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Flash's Morgan joins Sounders

Two weeks after signing U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, the Seattle Sounders have added another national star to their roster.

The Sounders announced Monday they have signed forward Alex Morgan for the 2012 season.

The Sounders are part of the W-League and affiliated with the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Seattle plays in the Western Conference of the 27-team league. Morgan's signing is still pending approval.

The 22-year-old Morgan has 32 appearances and 16 goals for the national team since making her debut in 2010. She played for the Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer league a year ago.

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Miller out for season

Bode Miller is setting aside his skis for the rest of the World Cup season because of a balky left knee.

The five-time Olympic medalist had a minor arthroscopic procedure performed on the knee earlier this month with the hope of quickly returning to the circuit. But when Miller recently arrived back in Europe, he experienced more discomfort in the knee and opted for another season-ending surgery.

The U.S. ski team didn't release a date for Miller's next operation.

As for his future plans, they seem to center more on rehab than retirement.

"I love ski racing and I love being active so I hope for a solid recovery and to get back to training as soon as possible," Miller said. "I'm still having fun and as long as skiing is enjoyable, I'm going to continue to do it."

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Browns ink Jackson

The Cleveland Browns have signed linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a multi-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

Jackson made a strong comeback last season, making 158 tackles -- second most in the NFL -- after missing nearly two complete seasons with chest injuries. A team leader, the 28-year-old Jackson finished second in voting for the league's comeback player of the year to Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Browns made it known late in the season they intended to re-sign Jackson, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. Jackson also wanted to return to the Browns because of the loyalty they showed when he was injured.

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Djokovic still in form

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic played his first match since winning the Australian Open, shaking off the rust to beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-4, 6-2, Monday in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Djokovic, going for a fourth consecutive Dubai title, is now 8-0 this year. He insisted he was not concerned with matching his exploits in 2011 -- including three Grand Slam titles and a 41-match win streak to open the season.

Marko Djokovic -- ranked 868 spots below his brother -- had a less successful day. The younger Djokovic, a wild-card entry into the tournament, was bounced in the opening round with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

From News Staff and wire service reports