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Marlins park opening delayed

The Florida Marlins' new ballpark won't open until the 2012 season, a one-year delay, because a recent court challenge slowed the start of construction.

On Friday, a Miami-Dade judge eliminated the final legal obstacle -- a lawsuit filed by auto dealer Norman Braman against several projects, including the 37,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium.

The Marlins, however, have yet to break ground at the site.

The Marlins still expect to meet the targeted cost of $515 million for the ballpark, said team president David Samson.

MORE Baseball: Two New York City Council members say that Citigroup should show its thanks for a federal bailout by sharing the naming rights to the new Mets ballpark in Queens. The struggling bank is slated to pay $400 million over the next 20 years to name the stadium Citi Field. The bank made the commitment years ago, when it was flush with cash. Now that Citigroup is getting billions of dollars in federal aid, Staten Island Republicans Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo say the ballpark's name should be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field. Citigroup and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon have been saying that they have no plan to alter the naming-rights deal for the ballpark, which hosts its regular-season opener April 13. . . .

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has had arthroscopic hip surgery and is expected to need four to six months to recover. The three-time all-star had surgery to trim the labrum and a bony lesion in his right hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, team officials said. . . .

Roger Clemens' former trainer gave samples of his DNA to federal investigators trying to ascertain whether the star pitcher committed perjury before Congress. The request for a DNA sample from trainer Brian McNamee suggests that investigators found readable DNA on the syringes, needles and gauze pads McNamee turned over to federal prosecutors in January, The New York Times and Daily News reported. . . .

The Boston Red Sox will play four spring training games against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team that beat them in this year's AL championship series. Two of the games will be in Port Charlotte, the Rays' new spring home, and two will be in Fort Myers, the Red Sox's spring training site since 1993.

Golf FedEx Cup format revised

The PGA Tour Policy Board approved changes to the structure of the FedEx Cup to ensure that golf's points championship will be determined at the final playoff event, the Tour Championship.

Tour officials hope the changes will maintain interest in the playoffs through the final event. That didn't happen again this year when Vijay Singh was all but guaranteed to win the FedEx Cup title before the final event began.

Among the changes enacted Tuesday is a modification to the points structure that will ensure a win by any of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship will guarantee the FedEx Cup title outright.

Boxing Wright's comeback delayed

Winky Wright's comeback from a 16-month layoff has been postponed after the former undisputed 154-pound champion injured his left hand during training.

Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) was scheduled to fight Michi Munoz in Snoqualmie, Wash., on Dec. 4 in a 164-pound bout. Wright, who turns 37 on Wednesday, hasn't been in the ring since July 21, 2007, when he lost an upset decision to Bernard Hopkins.

"Cheating is embedded in human nature and doping is to sport what criminality is to society." -- IOC President Jacques Rogge saying that a drug-free Olympics is not realistic

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