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Danell Leyva competing despite stitches

Updated: March 1, 2012, 3:36 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

World parallel bars champion Danell Leyva of Miami will compete in the prestigious AT&T American Cup event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday with dozens of stitches in his face after being bitten by one of his family's dogs 10 days ago.

Leyva's agent, Tara Modlin, told ESPN.com that Leyva, 20, was alone at the family home in Miami on Feb. 20 when their three American Bulldogs began fighting in the yard.

Leyva had been cautioned by his father and coach, Yin Alvarez, not to intervene ...

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