In Brief | Nation and World March 4


Man, 46, dies during Alcatraz triathlon

SAN FRANCISCO — Officials say a 46-year-old Texas man died in the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay just moments after the start of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

Race officials said in a statement that they have reason to believe the man from Austin died of a massive heart attack in Sunday’s race, which was held months earlier than previous years and in far colder waters.

The statement says the death is the first in the 33-year history of the event, which begins with a 1.5-mile swim from the site of the former federal prison followed by an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.

The unidentified man was pulled from the water and CPR was performed, but he could not be revived.

Gulbis wins second Delray Beach title

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Qualifier Ernests Gulbis beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday for his second title at the Delray Beach International Championships.

The 109th-ranked Gulbis, who also won the tournament in 2010, is the first qualifier to reach a final this season. The previous qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title was Jarkko Nieminen last year in Sydney.

Gulbis also became the third qualifier to win the title at Delray Beach, joining Kei Nishikori (2008) and Andrew Ilie (1998). The Latvian is set to move way up when the next rankings are released.

Pliskova wins Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic fought back from a poor first set to beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open.

Each was looking for her first WTA singles title, but the 127th-ranked Pliskova won in her first final.

Wild card Mattek-Sands — a former top-30 player who has slipped to No. 197 — struggled against her Czech opponent in the third set, which was delayed by more than 30 minutes due to an evening rainstorm.

Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki OK after traffic accident

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki said he had no soreness Sunday, one day after being involved in a traffic accident.

Suzuki was on his way home after Saturday’s spring training game against Detroit when the accident occurred a few miles from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Suzuki said his SUV was totaled in the accident. He had a green light when he was hit by another vehicle in an intersection. The driver of the second vehicle was cited by police.

Weiner says increased penalties are ‘2014 issue’

SARASOTA, Fla. — Baseball players’ union head Michael Weiner says toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.

The current sanctions have been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for a first offense, 100 for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. Selig held a news conference Saturday and said he wanted increased penalties as soon as possible.

By wire sources