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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASEBALL

Darvish surgery successful

Yu Darvish had his season-ending elbow surgery on Tuesday, when the torn ligament from the Texas Rangers ace’s right arm was replaced with a tendon from his forearm. The Rangers say James Andrews reported elbow ligament-replacement surgery went as expected, with no complications. Andrews did the surgery in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where Darvish was to have a follow-up exam yesterday. Andrews was the last of three doctors to review images of the 28-year-old pitcher’s elbow. Darvish announced on Friday last week that he was having Tommy John surgery, but said he had made up mind about that after the first doctor recommended the procedure. Darvish was first examined by Rangers team physician Keith Meister and then New York Mets medical director David Altchek before Andrews reviewed the images.

ICE HOCKEY

Lundqvist cleared to practice

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to practice after being sidelined for more than a month with a vascular injury to his neck. The Rangers made the announcement on Tuesday after Lundqvist had an exam and met with specialists. Lundqvist was injured on Jan. 31, when he was struck by a shot by Carolina’s Brad Malone. He finished the game and played two nights later. Further tests revealed the severity of the injury. Lundqvist has been working out on the ice, but facing only low shots. The Rangers’ career wins and shutouts leader was 16-4 with a 1.82 goals against average and one shutout in 20 games before the injury. This season, he is 25-11-3 with a 2.25 goals against average and five shutouts. New York have thrived behind backup Cam Talbot, going 15-2-3.

OLYMPICS

Vanuatu relief donated

Olympic officials say they will contribute US$500,000 to help rebuild sports facilities in Vanuatu after the South Pacific island nation was devastated by a cyclone. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is coordinating the relief efforts with the Association of National Olympic Committees. The money will go toward rebuilding sports venues and the headquarters of Vanuatu’s national Olympic committee. IOC president Thomas Bach says “we want to support the athletes in this region so that they can return to their sporting life as soon as possible, and in such a way, give hope to the whole population.”

BOXING

Romney to ‘fight’ Holyfield

He surprised the US by flirting with a presidential run, but that was just the start? Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has decided to step into the boxing ring with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The May 15 match will benefit Charity Vision, an organization founded by a Salt Lake City doctor that provides medical equipment to poverty-stricken areas around the world. “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney told the paper. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.” Just how ready to box is Romney? Well, he seemed to be in great shape when he made the presidential rounds earlier this year. And he has met at least one famous boxer, who could have given him a tip or two. In 2012, he talked to world champion Manny Pacquiao in the locker room before a big fight. As the story goes, as reported in the Washington Post, Romney went up to Pacquiaio and introduced himself, saying: “Hi, Manny. I ran for president and lost.” Pacquiaio was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, and Romney got the blame.

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