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No. 18 Seattle wins rain-shortened BWI

Day 3 of the Cal State Stanislaus-hosted Mizuno Best of the West Invitational softball tournament was canceled due to soggy fields at Pedretti Park in Turlock. Overnight rain flooded the fields and nearby areas. The tournament ended with Seattle and UC San Diego at 4-0 after two days. Based on tournament rules and tie-breaking procedures, No. 18 Seattle was declared the tournament champion. Seattle was awarded the title with two shutout wins to UCSD's one. Cal State Monterey Bay and Notre Dame de Namur both finished 3-1. No. 6 Humboldt State was 2-2 and No. 10 Stanislaus went 0-4.

F1 driver Hamilton endures racist taunts

Lewis Hamilton endured racist taunts from spectators at Formula One testing in Barcelona, Spain, Spanish media reported Sunday. The 23-year-old from Britain, F1's first black driver, was jeered and insulted when he moved between the McLaren motorhome and the team's garage at the Montmelo circuit Saturday. Circuit director Ramon Pradera instructed staff to erect barriers around the team's paddock for Hamilton's safety, the reports said. Banners making references to Hamilton and team boss Ron Dennis were removed while the stands directly above McLaren's garage were cleared to ensure no debris could be thrown down when the car returned to the pit lane.

Nine arrested for forging Super tickets

Nine people were arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., on suspicion of selling forged Super Bowl tickets for thousands of dollars. The investigation into the forged tickets began when a Massachusetts couple reported unwittingly buying forged tickets for $2,500 from a man on a Scottsdale street Saturday. One suspect was trying to eat five forged tickets when police found him. In all, police confiscated 50 forged Super Bowl tickets and more than $6,000 in cash. Those arrested could face charges including false reporting, forgery, fraud schemes and marijuana possession.

Union wants foreign players treated equal

Baseball union head Donald Fehr has heard rumors about the possibility U.S. authorities could deny or restrict work visas for foreign players mentioned in reports of use of performance-enhancing drugs. Attending the Caribbean Series, Fehr said Sunday that the union will attempt to ensure foreign players are treated the same as U.S. citizens. "I just heard recently that an issue of that type had risen. Our position would be that players from wherever they come have to be treated the same as American players," Fehr told The Associated Press. "We would help out in any way we could to make sure that someone is treated the same way an American player would be treated."