Friday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:


All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $4.55 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

Cleveland's best player last season, Cabrera hit .273 with 25 homers, 92 RBIs and 32 doubles. He made $2,125,000.

The Indians have not gone to arbitration since 1991.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

The injury hampered Gronkowski in the Super Bowl, when he had just two catches for 26 yards in the 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in Indianapolis. His recovery schedule will last 10-12 weeks.

Gronkowski suffered a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens at home, a 23-20 victory.


BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- A judge said he would decide soon whether to grant former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky greater freedom -- and visits from his young grandchildren -- while he awaits trial on child sex-abuse charges, but prosecutors countered that Sandusky's home is not a safe place for children.

Judge John Cleland set a tentative trial date of May 14 for Sandusky and promised to rule quickly on a number of other issues, including dueling requests for changes to his bail restrictions.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Salacious claims about the wife of an assistant Syracuse University basketball coach who was fired after claims that he molested boys have no bearing in the slander lawsuit two of the men brought against the team's head coach, Jim Boeheim, a judge ruled.

The hearing in Manhattan was about whether two former ball boys who accuse Boeheim of defamation could get names and addresses of players on the team. The two men say the players may have had sex with Laurie Fine, the wife of fired assistant coach Bernie Fine. The request was part of a broader clash over the university's and Boeheim's request to move the case to Syracuse.


FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) -- Roger Federer was jolted at the Davis Cup with a four-set loss to John Isner, leaving the United States ahead 2-0 in the first-round series.

Isner won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2, his big serve backed by booming ground strokes that challenged the Swiss star in long rallies on the indoor clay court.

The upset of the third-ranked Federer was preceded by a thriller in the opening singles match in which Mardy Fish outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- On a day when sunshine gave way to a light rain, two things stayed the same at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Charlie Wi was still atop the leaderboard, and Tiger Woods didn't hole enough putts to make up ground.

Wi escaped most of the rain at Pebble Beach, where he holed a wedge from the 13th fairway for eagle and limited the damage to a bogey on his final hole for a 3-under 69 that allowed him to open a three-shot lead.

Dustin Johnson had to settle for a 72 that put him three back.

Padraig Harrington had a 66 at Pebble Beach and was among those tied for third. Harrington had five birdies in a six-hole stretch early in his round, the exception coming at the par-5 sixth.

Woods, meanwhile, again looked poised to make a move over at Monterey Peninsula. He missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and failed to make birdie on the par-5 10th when he pulled his second shot into the gallery. He had to settle for a 2-under 68, leaving him six behind.

Along the way, he stung his wrist hitting out of a divot and said he had to pop it back into the joint.

Phil Mickelson struggled in sunshine. In rain, he ran off five birdies for a 65 at Monterey Peninsula that put him five shots behind.

Wi was at 12-under 130 and now heads to Spyglass Hill, which has played slightly tougher than the other two courses. In these shifting conditions, Spyglass played about two shots harder than it did Thursday, while Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula were about one shot more difficult than the day before.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

Ryu, a playoff winner over Hee in July at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., had a 6-under 140 total on Royal Melbourne's Composite Course. Seo shot a 66, the best score in the first two days of the tournament also sanctioned by Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies European Tour.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead in the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, the 2009 winner, made seven birdies, including a 25-yard chip-in on No. 8, to match Bjorn at 13-under 131. Bjorn won the tournament in 2001.

First-round leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello was a stroke back after a 69.


BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Corey Pavin shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship.

Mark Calcavecchia, riding a streak of 11 top-10 finishes, was a stroke back along with Chip Beck, Mark Brooks and John Huston. Joey Sindelar was at 68 along with Jay Haas, Bill Glasson, David Frost, Brad Faxon and Mike Goodes. Defending champion Tom Lehman opened with a 71.