Friday's Sports in Brief

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PHOENIX (AP) -- His voice self-assured, Ryan Braun stood a few feet from the batter's box and hit back at those who he feels tarnished his name and image.

The NL MVP insisted that he always believed his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test would be overturned and that he would be able to suit up opening day along with Milwaukee teammates who never doubted him.

Less than 24 hours after Braun's suspension was overturned by an arbitrator, a decision that irritated Major League Baseball officials, the star outfielder was back with the Brewers. With many of his teammates, all in full uniform, sitting in the stands of Maryvale Baseball Park, Braun confidently professed his innocence while questioning the system that allowed him to be suspended for failing a test he took following a playoff game on Oct. 1.

Now he is the first major league player to successfully challenge a drug-related penalty in a grievance, ending a four-month personal "nightmare."

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- More than 1,000 former teammates, family members and friends of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter paid tribute to him as much for his prowess on the field as for the type of man he was away from the ballpark.

Though television screens beamed images of Carter emerging from the dugout, embracing teammates in enveloping hugs and sliding into home plate, those who knew him spoke more of his compassion, his devotion to faith and family and his genuine goodness.

Carter died Feb. 16 of brain cancer. He was 57.


MARANA, Ariz. (AP) -- Lee Westwood got his revenge on Nick Watney and moved a step closer to a shot at regaining the No. 1 ranking in the Match Play Championship.

Westwood, eliminated at Dove Mountain each of the last two years by Watney, birdied the opening two holes and pulled away when Watney missed too many short putts. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 win.

Rory McIlroy also can go to No. 1 by winning the Match Play. He advanced with a 3-and-1 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) -- Daniel Summerhays birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead with Will Claxton and Greg Owen in the wind-swept Mayakoba Golf Classic.

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Katie Futcher and Jenny Shin shot 5-under 67s in the HSBC Women's Champions to join first-round leader Angela Stanford at the top of the leaderboard.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- In about 24 hours, Danica Patrick went from her biggest crash to her biggest moment in a stock car.

The former IndyCar star won the pole for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona, becoming the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR's second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The NCAA is alleging Oregon violated the organization's regulations in the way it used recruiting services over the past four years.

The accusations were contained in two draft documents, labeled "Proposed Findings of Violations," obtained Friday in a public records request by several media outlets. While the documents use language that indicates the NCAA and the university agree to certain points, an athletic department spokesman says Oregon does not acknowledge any of the violations.

The NCAA has been looking into Oregon's recruiting practices since questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles had a relationship with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A federal subpoena related to the child sex abuse scandal involving a former Penn State assistant football coach, sent to the university's top lawyer earlier this month, sought records of payments made by trustees to the school, or to third parties on the school's behalf, the university said.

A copy of the Feb. 2 subpoena for general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, posted on the school's website Friday evening, listed eight categories of records, including "reporting requirements on the part of employers and staff relating to misconduct" by staff and others associated with Penn State.

It directed Baldwin, a former state Supreme Court justice, to bring the documents with her to a federal grand jury meeting in Harrisburg on Wednesday, but the school said that deadline had been extended by U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith because of the volume of records.

Penn State said it was fully cooperating with the request.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Jurgen Melzer, playing with a broken big toe on his right foot, upset top-seeded John Isner 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, her game undone by mistakes in a 7-6 (3), 7-5 defeat to Julia Goerges.

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro each won for the 200th time in his career, setting up a semifinal between the two at the Open 13.

The top-seeded Tsonga beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-5 in an all-French quarterfinal, and Del Potro edged Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (5).

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the Copa Claro semifinals.


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Katie Uhlaender found some peace of mind at last. Two years after a disappointing Vancouver Olympics, Uhlaender won the women's skeleton race at the world championships.

Uhlaender's triumph at Mount Van Hoevenberg gave the United States its second gold medal at worlds in the women's event since it debuted in 2000.