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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - The match included 25 double- faults, one on a second serve that landed wide of the doubles alley. There were 91 unforced errors and 13 service breaks, resulting in 2½ hours of fitful tennis. Maybe one match every 20 months between Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams is enough. The two Grand Slam champions played Sunday for the first time since the 2005 Wimbledon semifinals, and Sharapova was slightly less erratic, winning 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open. Sharapova overcame 13 double-faults to exact a measure of revenge from the Williams family. She was drubbed by Serena Williams in the Australian Open final in January. Sunday's result prevented a potential fourth-round showdown between the Williams sisters. It would have been their first meeting since the 2005 U.S. Open.

Nationals release Lee

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Travis Lee asked for and was granted his unconditional release by the Washington Nationals on Sunday, making Dmitri Young the starting first baseman as the club made progress on settling its 25-man roster. The Nationals made several moves - including sending right-hander Tim Redding outright to Triple-A Columbus, which solidifies Jerome Williams' spot in the rotation - and began to prepare for starting the season without Nook Logan (strained groin) in center field.

U.S. men's soccer team trumps Ecuador 3-1

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TAMPA, Fla. - Landon Donovan scored in the opening minute, then added two more goals for the 10th hat trick in U.S. national team history and led the Americans over Ecuador 3-1 in an exhibition game Sunday. Donovan, selected as captain for the first time under interim coach Bob Bradley, moved into a second- place tie with Brian McBride on the American scoring list with 30 goals, four behind Eric Wynalda. Felipe Caidedo scored Ecuador's lone goal in the 11th minute.

Sonics' Allen out for season with bum ankle

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SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics All-Star guard Ray Allen will miss the rest of the regular season after deciding to undergo surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle. Allen missed the past two games as the pain and discomfort in the ankle increased. He has been bothered by the bone spurs since early February, but didn't reveal until March 1 that the ankle was a problem.

Pirates' Sanchez may begin season on DL

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BRADENTON, Fla. - NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez may begin this season in the same place he was opening day last year: on the Pittsburgh Pirates' bench. Sanchez, out since March 6 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, still can't play and the Pirates are weighing whether he should go on the disabled list. The injury has forced Sanchez to miss nearly three weeks of game action. The Phillies open at Houston on April 2.

Former Colt Reid faces drug, gun charges

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Dexter Reid, who won his second Super Bowl ring last month and then was released by the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested on gun and drug charges Sunday after being pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. Reid, a Norfolk native, was pulled over at 4:32 a.m. in the city, police spokesman Sgt. Brian Ricardo said. While officers were investigating, they found a handgun and marijuana in the vehicle, Ricardo said. Reid, 26, was cooperative with officers, who charged him with first-offense possession of a concealed weapon and with a felony charge of possession of marijuana.

Dodgers pitcher Kuo to rest sore shoulder

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VERO BEACH, Fla. - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, out of contention for the fifth spot in the rotation due to a sore shoulder, will go through two to three weeks of rehabilitation before throwing, the team said Sunday. He has not thrown since Wednesday's start against the New York Mets.

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