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By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died at 57.

Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.

Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Carter died at a hospice in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area.

NEW YORK (AP) ' The overall rise of salaries for players in arbitration slowed to its lowest level since 2007.

The 142 players who filed for arbitration last month averaged an 89 percent increase, according to a study of agreements by The Associated Press. That was down from an average jump of 123 percent last year and was the lowest increase since a 73 percent rise in 1996.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) ' New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana is ready for his first big test this spring.

A few days before training camp opens, Santana is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on a back field Friday morning.

This will be the first time the two-time Cy Young Award winner has thrown off a mound since pitching four innings in an instructional league game on Sept. 30. Santana had surgery on his left shoulder in September 2010 has not pitched in a major league game since then.


NEW YORK (AP) ' Some fans will no longer be able to watch every NCAA men's basketball tournament game online for free.

The model for streaming March Madness will change this year, Turner, CBS and the NCAA announced. Games aired on CBS will still be free through the network's website. Most, but not all, viewers who get TBS, TNT and truTV on their cable or satellite systems will be able to watch games aired on those channels online at no cost.

Fans can also pay $3.99 to see every game on multiple platforms ' online, mobile and tablet.


CLEVELAND (AP) ' LeBron James says he wouldn't rule out playing again for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Back in the city where he began his NBA career, Miami's All-Star forward said he could see himself playing in Cleveland, and if he decided to return he hopes "the fans would accept me." James played seven seasons for the Cavs before leaving as a free agent in July 2010. He acknowledged that he "made a mistake," but says he has moved on and is enjoying his time with the Heat.

CHICAGO (AP) ' A federal judge ruled that a national grocery store chain's reference to Michael Jordan in an ad-like magazine layout was constitutionally protected free speech ' a decision that thwarts the former Chicago Bulls player's bid for control of his billion-dollar image.

In a finding that surprised some legal observers, the court in Chicago concluded Jewel-Osco wasn't endeavoring to sell anything with the page featuring basketball shoes emblazoned with "23," Jordan's Bulls jersey number.

SEATTLE (AP) ' Hedge fund manager Christopher Hansen is making a $290 million proposal to his hometown that could be the impetus for a new sports arena that could bring the NBA and NHL to Seattle.

All he needs is city and county approval equaling $200 million and the two franchises to make it a reality.

CLEVELAND (AP) ' Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will need at least one month to recover from his broken wrist.

Varejao sustained a non-displaced fracture to his right wrist on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee. Cavs coach Byron Scott said Varejao will need four to six weeks to recover, and at this point, surgery is not necessary.


LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Four days after his big win at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson kept right on rolling, shooting a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open.

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) ' Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in warm and humid conditions to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Thailand.

NEW DELHI (AP) ' Spain's Alejandro Canizares and Scotland's Peter Whiteford shot 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead in the European Tour's Avantha Masters.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) ' Special Olympics of Pennsylvania received about $80,000 in donations in memory of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Paterno died last month, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 85.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, his family requested that donations be made to Special Olympics or the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which benefits pediatric cancer research and care. The dance marathon begins Friday.


AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) ' Flyweight Marlen Esparza, lightweight Queen Underwood and middleweight Claressa Shields advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic women's boxing team trials with victories in the winners' bracket.


LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) ' Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller was dismayed that Bayer Leverkusen players squabbled over Lionel Messi's jersey ' at halftime.

Messi scored one goal, set up another and hit a post in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League win at Leverkusen on Tuesday night, when two of the home team's players were a little too keen to collect a jersey from the three-time FIFA player of the year.

German daily Bild reported that Kadlec exchanged jerseys with the Argentine star at halftime, only for Friedrich to take it from him after a squabble outside the locker rooms.


SAO PAULO (AP) ' Nicolas Almagro of Spain extended the defense of his Brazil Open title to the quarterfinals by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ' The last two seeded players were knocked out of the Copa BBVA Colsanitas in second-round matches at the clay-court tournament.

Top-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania while No. 5 Gisela Dulko lost to Alexandra Panova of Russia 7-5, 6-2.

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) ' Second-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarterfinals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament when Marcos Baghdatis retired with a leg injury in the fourth game.

Also, third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro fired nine aces to advance with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Karol Beck of Slovakia.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) ' Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka defeated Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Qatar Open quarterfinals, while Lucie Safarova stopped Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (6), 6-3.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ' Ryan Harrison advanced to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open, closing with a flourish to beat Robbie Ginepri 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (0).

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