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Sports briefs: Yankees’ Jeter returns to practice field
First Published Jan 20 2014 04:53 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:34 pm

MLB • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed on-field work for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short. The Yankees captain hit off a tee in a batting cage and fielded 108 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt Monday in Tampa, Fla., at the Yankees minor league complex.

Jeter, 39, was limited to 17 games last year after breaking an ankle during the 2012 playoffs.

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• The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, making him the latest candidate for the team’s first-base job. Milwaukee announced Monday that Overbay has an invitation to big league camp in spring training next month.

The left-handed Overbay hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 142 games last year for the Yankees. He returns to Milwaukee, where he played two seasons starting in 2004. Overbay joins Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco as potential options at first for Milwaukee. Reynolds was signed to a minor league deal last week.

Corey Hart, who missed the 2013 season following right knee surgery, signed a free-agent deal this offseason with Seattle.

Jamaica will send bobsled to Sochi

OLYMPICS • Jamaica says it has decided to accept an invitation for its bobsled team to compete in next month’s Sochi Olympics. The Jamaicans made their Olympic bobsledding debut in Calgary in 1988. They last brought their bobsled to the Olympics in 2002.

Winston Watts will pilot the team’s two-man sled and says he has received calls from countless people around the world offering financial support. The Jamaican Olympic Committee says it and the Sochi Organizing Committee will cover the team’s travel costs, which Watts has estimated at $80,000.

Watts says he’s still trying to raise money for equipment.


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