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Venus stops Israel's Peer

Venus Williams ended the stirring run of Israel's Shahar Peer, 6-1, 6-4, Friday in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships. Victoria Azarenka ousted Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-4. in the other semifinal.

Peer's movements have been restricted to the court and a hotel because of organizers' security concerns. The Israeli, who last year was denied a visa by United Arab Emirates authorities, was surrounded by guards and played on the most secure court - not Center Court - all week.

Williams agreed to defend her title this year only if the Israeli player was admitted to the Emirates.

GOLFCasey, Cink, Sergio in quarters

Paul Casey beat Brian Gay, 5 and 4, to reach the quarterfinals of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Casey, the highest seed left at No. 6, will play Stewart Cink. Other winners: Sergio Garcia, Oliver Wilson, Retief Goosen, Camilo Villegas, Ian Poulter and Thongchai Jaidee.

Pettersen up by 3

Suzann Pettersen shot 8-under-par 64 to lead by three strokes after two rounds of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand in Pattaya . . . Tom Jenkins and Jay Haas shot 8-under 64 and lead by one shot after the first round of the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.

BASEBALLNo guns in clubhouse

Major League Baseball wants guns, long knives and explosives out of the clubhouse. Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating "individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while performing any services for MLB."


Redskins' Westbrook arrested

Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested in Waldorf, Md., early Friday and charged with driving under the influence


A University of Mississippi football player died after collapsing during the first day of team workouts. The university says 20-year-old Bennie F. Abram died at a hospital in Oxford.

- AP

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