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MLB: Yanks visit Rivera’s home country

on March 16, 2014 1:35 AM

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The New York Yankees are preparing for a pair of exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in the home country of Mariano Rivera, the retired career saves leader.

A fundraising dinner for Rivera’s foundation and the games today and Sunday at Rod Carew Stadium highlight a weekend that is a tribute to the pitcher, who retired after last season.

Rivera told reporters Thursday night before the Yankees’ split-squad arrived that “I feel like a peacock.”

Texas athlete tops pole vault record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Texas’ Kaitlin Petrillose broke the women’s NCAA pole vault record by clearing 15 feet, 1 inch in the Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Petrillose broke the mark of 14-11 set by Arkansas’ Tina Sutej in 2012. Florida State’s James Harris turned in one of the top individual performances of the meet, clearing 7-7 1/2 in the high jump, and nearly pushing the collegiate record of 7-9 1/2.

In the team standings, the Oregon led with 24 points heading into the final day. The Ducks’ Edward Cheserek won the 5,000 in 13:46.67 and teammate Parker Stinson was third.

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