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Stabbings, of icer
mayor yesterday praised fans
for their largely peaceful rev-
elry at the Eagles' Super Bowl
parade, noting only a few "small
hiccups" during a celebration
that included two stabbings, a
toppled Jumbotron and the as-
sault of an of icer.
Police reported two arrests
as hundreds of thousands of
people wearing green, many
of them overcome with equal
parts joy and relief after the Ea-
gles' irst Super Bowl victory,
crowded the city for a party
nearly 60 years in the making.
Any foul play during the pa-
rade was minor, said Police
Commissioner Richard Ross,
who tallied damage such as
four police cars dented by fans
climbing on them, two stab-
bing victims who are expected
to survive, an of icer who was
assaulted by a woman trying to
get onto the parade route and
two arrests for assault. People
attempting to scale a Jumbotron
knocked over the huge video
Serena won't play
Fed Cup today
ASHEVILLE---Serena Williams' re-
turn to competitive tennis will
have to wait one more day.
Williams won't be playing in
either of today's Fed Cup sin-
gles matches as she makes her
comeback ive months after
becoming a mother. Williams
teams up with Lauren Davis to
face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi
Schuurs of the Netherlands in
tomorrow's doubles match.
Williams, 36, hasn't played an
of icial match since winning the
2017 Australian Open. Williams
later revealed she was preg-
nant during that tournament.
She's unsure whether she will
play all three remaining Grand
Slam events this year. Williams'
23 Grand Slam singles titles put
her one behind the record held
by Margaret Court.
Coleman's 60m record
won't be rati ied
Christian Coleman's world re-
cord in the 60-meter dash will
not be recognised by track au-
thorities, a person with knowl-
edge of the decision told The
Associated Press yesterday.
Coleman set the indoor world
record of 6.37 seconds on Jan-
uary 19 in Clemson, South Car-
olina, USA. But the person said
the record will not be submitted
for rati ication by USA Track &
Field because there was no
"zero gun" test and because
electronic starting blocks were
not in use. The blocks measure
Suarez kicks Barcelona in line for 2 titles
BARCELONA---Luis Suarez hitting his
stride is a big reason why Barce-
lona is on course for two titles in
Spain this season.
Suarez has shaken off his trou-
bles scoring during the irst three
months of the season and netted
14 in his last 15 matches.
That scoring run has played a
key part in Barcelona establishing
a commanding nine-point lead in
the Spanish league, and making
the inal of the Copa del Rey. In
those semi inals against Valencia,
Suarez scored the sole goal in the
opening leg, and gave two assists
in the second leg this week in an
aggregate 3 0 win.
Suarez said an injury to his
right knee in August kept him
from playing his best as Barce-
lona was adjusting to new coach
Ernesto Valverde, and to Ney-
mar's record-breaking move to
Paris Saint-Germain which broke
up the formidable attack trio with
Suarez and Lionel Messi.
"I was very worried, not so
much for not scoring, because
I have been through these dips
before. (But) my knee felt bad
and I was afraid it would affect
me psychologically. My attitude
and level of intensity weren't the
same," Suarez told Barcelona's La
Vanguardia newspaper this week.
"Then in November I felt great.
I could rest, recover and change
my outlook psychologically."
Asked by Valverde to help out
more in constructing than inish-
ing attacks, the Uruguayan striker
saw his production suffer and
managed only ive goals in his irst
But as Barcelona settled under
Valverde and its players kept win-
ning without Neymar, Suarez is
once again flourishing as its No. 9.
"Neymar's exit was a blow to
our morale," Suarez said. "But
we pulled through it because of
the mentality and the con idence
of our coaches, which has been
fundamental, spectacular. . Tac-
tically, we have also changed.
Before, we had the problem that
teams would hit us on counter-
attacks, but we solved that by
strengthening our mid ield and
playing with our wing backs
higher up the pitch." (AP)
charge from FA
LONDON---West Bromwich Albion
forward Jay Rodriguez has been
charged by the English Football
Association with allegedly racially
abusing an opponent during a
Premier League game.
The FA said Thursday that Rod-
riguez is alleged to have "used
abusive and/or insulting words
which included a reference to eth-
nic origin and/or colour and/or
race" toward Brighton defender
Gaetan Bong, who is black, in the
Jan. 13 game at The Hawthorns.
The Englishman has until Feb-
ruary 16 to respond to the charge.
The incident took place during
the second half of West Brom's
2 0 victory over Brighton. Rodri-
guez pinched his nose and said
something to Bong after clashing
with the defender, who alerted
the match of icials moments later.
of icial to US
BUENOS AIRES---A federal judge in
Argentina has rejected an extradi-
tion request by the United States
for the former CONMEBOL secre-
tary general who is charged in the
Fifa corruption scandal.
A source for the federal court
of Quilmes said on Thursday the
judge turned down the extra-
dition request because Argen-
tina is already investigating Jose
Luis Meiszner for similar money
laundering and electronic fraud
charges. The court source spoke
on condition of anonymity be-
cause he was not allowed to
speak about the ruling. Meiszner
also served as president of the
Quilmes club in Buenos Aires.
He has been charged along with
other South American soccer of i-
cials in the bribery scandal engulf-
ing Fifa. (AP)
Sri Lanka strengthens hold on 2nd Test
DHAKA---Sri Lanka strengthened
its grip on the second Test against
Bangladesh by increasing its lead
to 312 runs in its second innings
on day two yesterday.
Sri Lanka was 200 8 at stumps,
after taking a 112-run lead on the
Roshen Silva was 58 not out,
his second ifty in the match, and
Suranga Lakmal on 7.
If Bangladesh is to win, it will
have to shatter its highest success-
ful fourth-innings chase of 215 in
2009 against the West Indies.
More likely, Sri Lanka looks set
to record a 16th win in 20 tests
against Bangladesh, as early as
Saturday. That would also claim
the series, as the irst test at Chit-
tagong was drawn last weekend.
Silva said Sri Lanka can't believe
Bangladesh has offered a pitch
which suits the visitors' strengths.
"Sri Lanka has a good spin at-
tack. I don't know why they gave
a wicket like this," he said.
"I don't think it is possible
to get more than 300 runs on
this wicket. It is common sense
but cricket is a funny game. We
bowled them out for 100 and we
wanted to get more than 300-
plus runs as a target actually. We
passed it. Tomorrow morning we
will add as much runs as possible
to the target."
Bangladesh allrounder Mehidy
Hasan believed his side could pull
off a record chase.
Mehidy Hasan top-scored with
an unbeaten 38.
Akila Dananjaya took 3 20, Lak-
mal 3 25 and Dilruwan Perera
2 32. (AP)
Sri Lanka 222 & 87/3 (Dimuth
Karunaratne 29, Dhananjaya de Silva
28; Taijul Islam 1-25) lead Bangladesh
110 (Mehidy Hasan 38; Akila Dananjaya
3-20, Suranga Lakmal 3-25) by 199
ISLAMABAD---Former test bats-
man Nasir Jamshed has been
charged with violating ive an-
ti-corruption rules by the Paki-
stan Cricket Board.
Jamshed is already serving a
one-year ban from cricket, which
ends on Tuesday, after the PCB
found him guilty of minor charges
in its Pakistan Super League
spot- ixing investigation last year.
"Nasir Jamshed now has 14
days to respond to the notice of
charge," the PCB said in a state-
The charges include ixing
matches, accepting money to
influence games, and inducing
other players to get involved in
Jamshed was arrested in Britain
by the National Crime Agency last
year in connection with the PSL
investigation before he was re-
leased on bail.
Jamshed, who played his last
international for Pakistan at the
2015 Cricket World Cup, lives in
Birmingham, England, and has
appeared before the PCB tribunal
through video link.
The left-handed opener has de-
nied any wrongdoing.
He's the ifth Pakistan cricketer
to have been sanctioned in regard
to PSL spot- ixing that blotted the
second edition of Pakistan's pre-
mier domestic Twenty20 tourna-
ment in the United Arab Emirates.
Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mo-
hammad Irfan and Mohammad
Nawaz all faced bans and ines for
violating anti-corruption rules.
Shahzaib Hasan was also charged
and has taken his case to court.
Sri Lanka's Roshen Silva acknowledges the crowd after scoring 50 runs
during the second day of the second and final Test cricket match against
Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez poses with the La Liga player of the month award
prior to the Spanish La Liga football match between FC Barcelona and
Alaves at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain on January 28.
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