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December 12, 2009

WINTER SPORTS: Olympic champion Shani Davis of Chicago broke his own world record in the 1,500 meters at a World Cup speedskating meet in Salt Lake City. Davis' time, 1 minute, 41.04 seconds, bettered the mark of 1:41.80 he set in March at the same rink.

BASEBALL: The Rays completed a trade with the Braves, acquiring right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano and signing the reliever to a $7.25 million, one-year contract. ... Jason Kendall agreed to a $6 million, two-year deal with the Royals and is expected to become their everyday catcher.

GOLF: Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker were tied with Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank at 6-under 66 after one round of the Shark Shootout in Naples, Fla. ... Pablo Martin shot 9-under 63 to build a four-shot lead over Ernie Els and Edoardo Molinari after two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. ... In-Kyung Kim shot a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

MOTORSPORTS: A federal appeals court has rejected claims by Kentucky Speedway that NASCAR is violating federal antitrust laws by keeping it off the premier racing circuit. ... Kyle Busch is entering team ownership with two entries next season in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. ... Milka Duno will join fellow IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick at next week's ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway.

SOCCER: The Washington Post reported the Fire are interested in New York Red Bulls interim coach Richie Williams and are expected to speak with him soon. Williams' name is the second to surface after the Fire reportedly interviewed Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser earlier this week. ... Top-seeded Akron eliminated North Carolina on penalty kicks in the semifinals of the men's College Cup. Blair Gavin sent a shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net to give the Zips a 5-4 winning margin after neither team scored in regulation or the two 10-minute overtime periods. The Zips (23-0-1) will play Virginia (18-3-3) for the championship Sunday after the Cavaliers defeated Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime.

HOCKEY: Juraj Mikus scored the decisive goal as Toronto defeated the Wolves 5-4 in a 10-round shootout. The Wolves' Anthony Stewart tied the game with a third-period goal.

NFL: Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (knee) has been ruled out, as expected, for the game against the Buccaneers. ... Niners linebacker Jeff Ulbrich is retiring after 10 seasons with the franchise. He suffered a severe concussion on Oct. 11 against the Falcons.

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly before a packed crowd during the North Baltimore Aquatic Club's three-day holiday meet in Annapolis, Md.

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