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Farrell's cancer in remission

The Red Sox say manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission.

Boston said Farrell had his post-treatment testing and learned yesterday that his non-Hodgkins lymphoma was in remission.

Farrell says he's thankful for the support he's received. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the team is looking forward to having him back.

Farrell was diagnosed with cancer in August and missed the last six weeks of the season. Bench coach Torey Lovullo took over for him temporarily. The Red Sox went 28-20 under Lovullo but couldn't avoid their third last-place finish in four seasons.


Secret FIFA payment revealed

A previously secret financial deal between Sepp Blatter and Franz Beckenbauer was revealed by the German football federation yesterday as it sought to further defend a payment to FIFA from 2006 World Cup organizers. The explanation from an uneasy federation chairman Wolfgang Niersbach at a hastily called news conference in Frankfurt was followed by the global governing body saying the payment "in no way corresponds to FIFA's standard processes and regulations."


Pavan, Lu share lead

Italy's Andrea Pavan birdied four of his last six holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the Hong Kong Open lead with Taiwan's Lu Wei-chih.

England's Justin Rose was a stroke back in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. Ian Poulter, who opened with a 67, got a late spot in the field when American Rich Beem generously gave up his sponsor exemption, allowing the Englishman to reach the minimum 13 events on the European Tour to keep his membership and be eligible for the Ryder Cup.


Vonn makes her return

Lindsey Vonn felt "awesome" after resuming ski training free of pain, 10 weeks after fracturing a bone in her left ankle and just two days before the new World Cup season starts. The four-time overall champion made eight practice runs on a glacier, without her ankle showing any reaction. Vonn crashed during a training camp in New Zealand in August, suffering yet another setback after an impressive return from serious knee injuries last season. -- AP

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