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Sports briefs: Yankees’ Derek Jeter takes batting practice
First Published Feb 03 2014 05:14 pm • Last Updated Feb 03 2014 11:28 pm

MLB • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by injuries. Jeter hit with authority to all fields during a five-round, 39-swing session Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. Jeter also took grounders at shortstop for the first time this year.

"Everything is good so far, knock on wood," Jeter said.

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

• Third baseman David Freese and reliever Kevin Jepsen reached arbitration deals with the Los Angeles Angels. Freese will make $5.05 million in his first season with the Angels, who acquired the former World Series MVP from St. Louis in the offseason. Jepsen will make $1,462,500 after pitching in 45 games for Los Angeles last season.

• Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson underwent surgery on his pitching elbow last week and is expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season.

Chelsea shuts out Manchester City

soccer • Branislav Ivanovic scored in the 31st minute, and Chelsea neutralized the England’s most potent attack with a 1-0 win at Manchester City on Monday night in a key Premier League showdown.

Arsenal (17-3-4) regained the league lead on Sunday and is two points in front of City (17-5-2), which is ahead of Chelsea (16-3-5) on goal difference.


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Weber State to play in Paradise Jam

COLLEGE basketball • Weber State will play in the 2014 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the school announced Monday. The eight-team tournament will be played Nov. 21-24 on the island of St. Thomas.

Other teams in the field include Clemson, LSU, Seton Hall, Nevada, Illinois State, Old Dominion and Gardner-Webb.

"We’re excited and looking forward to [it]," said Weber State coach Randy Rahe. "This will be a great opportunity for our team to play in a high-level tournament against some outstanding competition."



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