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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Flacco signs six-year contract with Ravens 2013-03-04T212941Z_1_BRE92316Q_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-RAVENS-FLACCO.X ML () -

Halfway home, Blackhawks still on fire 2013-03-04T235101Z_1_BRE9231BJ_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-BLACKHAWKS-STRE AK.XML () -

Sabres' Kaleta banned five games for illegal hit 2013-03-04T232141Z_1_BRE9231AR_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-SABRES-KALETA.X ML () -

Yankees GM breaks leg in parachute jump for charity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman broke his right fibula and dislocated his ankle upon landing from a parachute jump for charity in Florida, the team said on Monday. Cashman, 45, the main executive who decides which multimillion-dollar contracts to offer on Major League Baseball's highest paid team, was attempting to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which aids U.S. military veterans when they return from war.

Cuba, Japan clinch second-round berths in WBC 2013-03-04T203855Z_2_BRE923117_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-WORLD.XML () -

Jamaican sprinter Mullings loses appeal against life ban

BERNE (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has lost his appeal against a lifetime ban from athletics, imposed in November 2011 for a second doping offense, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday. Mullings, 30, who won a gold medal in the 4x100 meters relay at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, tested positive for testosterone in 2004 and for the banned diuretic furosemide in 2011.

Carolina netminder Ward to miss six to eight weeks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a sprained knee ligament, the NHL team said on Monday, dealing the Southeast Division leaders a serious blow. Ward was injured midway through the second period of Carolina's 3-2 win over Florida on Sunday, and the injury could sideline him through the end of the regular season, which ends on April 27 for Carolina.

Blake to run at opening Doha Diamond League meeting 2013-03-04T123813Z_1_BRE9230FX_RTROPTC_0_US-ATHLETICS-DIAMOND-B LAKE.XML () -

Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog race begins in earnest from frozen lake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Competition in the famed sled-dog race known as the Iditarod began in earnest on Sunday as 65 mushers and their canine teams set off from a frozen lake to venture into the snowy Alaska wilderness. The Iditarod's official restart, a day after a ceremonial launch in Anchorage, was staged on an ice-covered lake in Willow, a small community about 80 miles north of Alaska's biggest city.

Tokyo an inspirational choice for Games, Abe tells IOC

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo would be an inspirational choice to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Olympic officials on Monday, with Japan keen to showcase its recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Abe made sure that an inspection tour by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) team got off to a heavyweight start.

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