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Family says Ballesteros is deteriorating

Golf great Seve Ballesteros has suffered "severe deterioration" in his recovery from a cancerous brain tumor, according to a statement issued Friday by his family. The 54-year-old Spanish superstar was at his home in the northern Spanish town of Pedrena, where he has been since undergoing four operations and extended chemotherapy and radiation treatments beginning in late 2008 when it was discovered he had the tumor after fainting at the Madrid airport. Ballesteros won three British Opens, two Masters and 50 European Tour events. Phil Mickelson honored Ballesteros by serving a Spanish dish at the Champions Dinner at the Masters this year. Mickelson recalled his first PGA Tour event as a teenager and the thrill of playing a practice round with Ballesteros. "From that day on, he couldn't have been nicer to me," Mickelson said. "Because of the way he played the game, you were drawn to him."


Rangers ink young Czech center

The Rangers signed Roman Horak, a 19-year-old native of the Czech Republic, who scored 26 goals and recorded 78 points in 64 games for the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in his second season. Horak, a center who impressed in training camp last season, was the team's fifth-round choice, 127th overall, in the 2009 entry draft.


A first: No Americans in top 10

Tennis will be without a top-10 American man or woman next week for the first time in the 38-year history of the sport's rankings. Serena Williams is ranked 10th but is projected to drop out. The rankings Monday will mark the first time since the men's list was created in 1973 and the women's list in 1975 that no American is represented. -- AP


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