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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez continued his battle to overturn his 162-game suspension when his lawyers filed suit in U.S. District Court on Monday alleging arbitrator Fredric Horowitz was biased in his ruling, reported.

The suit, which is attempting to vacate Horowitz's ruling, claims the arbitrator showed "manifest disregard for the law'' as well as "evident partiality'' and refusal "to entertain evidence that was pertinent and material to the outcome," according to the report.

The suit names Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association as defendants and uses Horowitz's written ruling on A-Rod's appeal as one of its exhibits.

The suit alleges Horowitz denied Rodriguez and his attorneys the right to cross-examine Bosch and MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who did not to testify in the appeal.

It also alleges Horowitz did not allow Rodriguez's attorneys to examine the BlackBerries Major League Baseball claims were used to send incriminating text messages.

Also Monday, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed for the public release of Horowitz's decision. The release of that ruling had been opposed by the Players Association on the confidentiality grounds.

--- Outfielder Dayan Viciedo and the White Sox avoided arbitration as Viciedo agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the White Sox, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Viciedo, 25, hit .265 with 14 homers in 124 games in 2013. He hit 25 homers in 2012 for the White Sox.


---Arizona and Syracuse hung on to the top two spots in the Associated Press top 25 for the sixth straight week, but six new teams entered the poll.

Top-ranked Arizona (17-0) received 61 first-place votes while No. 2 Syracuse (16-0) picked up the remaining four votes.

Wisconsin moved into the top three, Michigan State was fourth and Wichita State rounded out the top five.

---The jersey worn by Duke's Christian Laettner when he made one of the most memorable shots in college basketball history recently sold for $119,500 at a auction.

Laettner's No. 32 jersey went up for auction in late December with a posted starting bid of $100,000.

The jersey was worn by Laettner during Duke's 104-103 overtime win over Kentucky in the NCAA regional finals on March 28, 1992.


---Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo broke through to win the FIFA player of the year.

In three of the past four years, Ronaldo finished second in the Ballon d'Or voting for the world's best player.

Ronaldo, 28, was presented the award Monday in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lionel Messi, who won the award in each of the past four years, and Franck Ribery were finalists.

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