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Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been charged in North Palm Beach, Fla., after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's...
Capriati charged with stalking, battery on ex-boyfriend
Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been charged in North Palm Beach, Fla., after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day while he was working out at a gym.
Palm Beach County court records show Capriati was charged by prosecutors Wednesday. She has been issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17 on stalking and battery charges, though she has not been arrested.
North Palm Beach police said Ivan Brannan was working out when Capriati, 36, approached him and yelled at him. Brannan told police he tried to get away by walking to the men's locker room, but Capriati blocked his path and punched him in the chest. Brannan told police he and Capriati broke up in 2012 and she has harassed and stalked him since then.
Attorney Richard Lubin told the New York Daily News that Capriati is innocent of the charges, which he called "nonsense."
Serena Williams advances
Playing again at No. 1, Serena Williams routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Police: Former Dolphin Duper beat son unconscious
Former Miami Dolphins receiver Mark Duper was released from jail in Jacksonville, Fla., charged after police said he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their home.
Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest on one count of felony child abuse. He was released after posting a $5,000 bail.
Authorities said Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice.
Duper told The Miami Herald the fight was "a family matter."
Albert signs franchise tender
Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert signed his franchise tender and will make $9.828 million next season.
In other moves, the Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker Brad Jones; the San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent safety Darcel McBath; the Carolina Panthers re-signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn; free-agent defensive end Frostee Rucker agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals; the Jacksonville Jaguars signed receiver Jordan Shipley; the Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard; the New Orleans Saints re-signed linebacker Will Herring; and the New York Giants re-signed backup quarterback David Carr.
U.S. men set schedule
The U.S. will play its fourth straight home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, and will host Germany in an exhibition game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on June 2. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the sites of remaining home qualifiers: Panama in Seattle on June 11; Honduras in Sandy, Utah, on June 18; Mexico in Columbus on Sept. 10; and Jamaica in Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 11.
After losing 2-1 at Honduras last month in the opener of the final round of North and Central America and the Caribbean, the U.S. meets Costa Rica on Friday night in Commerce City, Colo., then plays Tuesday in Mexico.
Vancouver to host women's 2015 World Cup final
Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium will be the site of the women's 2015 World Cup final, the first time a championship game will be played on artificial turf. Montreal and Edmonton, Alberta, will host semifinals in the tournament that will run from June 6 to July 5. Games also will be played in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa; and Moncton, New Brunswick.
U.S. women add goalkeeper
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and defenders Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg were added for the U.S. women's roster for exhibition games next month in Germany and the Netherlands. Franch, who has not played for the national team, was selected as a backup to Nicole Barnhart and Ashlyn Harris after injuries to Hope Solo and Jill Loyden that required surgery.
Ramirez out for 8 weeks
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb.
Matt Harrison was named the Texas Rangers' opening-day starter, the team's fourth different starter in four years. Tim Hudson was picked to start on opening day for the Atlanta Braves.
• Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died in Florence, Ala., after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
• Two of the nation's top sprinters — Ronell J. Mance and Stephen Newbold — were suspended by Florida State hours after the athletes were arrested following an early morning poolside shooting incident.
• Pietro Mennea, a former Italian sprinter who held the world record in the 200 meters for nearly 17 years, has died in Rome. He was 60.
• Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the U.S. Alpine Championships, winning the giant slalom in her hometown of Squaw Valley, Calif. World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin was second.
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