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Angel Cabrera returns to Argentina to face assault charges

Angel Cabrera at 2015 U.S. Open
Angel Cabrera, who was extradited Tuesday from Brazil to his native Argentina, faces trial next month on allegations of domestic assault.

Attorney for 2-time major champion, who was extradited from Brazil, downplays allegations as 'from long ago' and ‘light injuries’

Angel Cabrera, a two-time major champion, was extradited from Brazil to his native Argentina on Tuesday to face trial on charges that he assaulted three former domestic partners, The Associated Press reported, citing Argentine media outlets.

Cabrera, 51, has been held since January in a Brazilian jail after he was arrested on an Interpol warrant after months on the run.

Cabrera’s former wife, Silva Rivadero, and former girlfriends Cecilia Torres Mana and Micaela Escudero accuse Cabrera of assault, intimidation and causing undisclosed injuries.

Argentine TV networks showed video footage of Cabrera being handed over to law-enforcement authorities in Puerto Iguazu, a border city about 750 miles north of Buenos Aires. Cabrera was scheduled to be transported Wednesday to Cordoba, his hometown, where his trial was scheduled to begin in July.

Cabrera’s attorney, Carlos Hairagedian, dismissed the allegations as having “come from long ago” and involving “light injuries,” he said in an interview with TV Todo Noticias.

The international arrest warrant was issued last year after Cabrera traveled to the U.S. in July without permission, violating the terms of the investigation, according to news reports.

Cabrera won only three times on the PGA Tour, but two of them were among the game's biggest prizes. He claimed the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, holding off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk for a one-stroke victory. Two years later, he won the Masters in a playoff against Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. Cabrera narrowly missed a third major championship at Augusta National in 2013 when he lost in a playoff to Adam Scott at the Masters.

Cabrera, nicknamed "El Pato" (The Duck), also won three times on the European Tour, 24 times on the Argentine Tour and was a four-time participant for the International team in the Presidents Cup.

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