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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ex-English youth soccer
coach guilty of abusing
LIVERPOOL, England (AP)—A former
English youth soccer coach has been
found guilty of sexually abusing more
Barry Bennell, who has previously re-
ceived three jail sentences for offenses
against children, was found guilty of
fresh sex charges linked to 10 complain-
ants at Liverpool Crown Court yester-
The jury will return Wednesday to
deliberate on charges involving further
The latest case against the 64-year-old
Bennell, relating to abuse covering a pe-
riod from 1979 to 1990, was sparked by
some former players waiving their right
to anonymity to speak publicly in 2016.
Boys coached by Bennell told the trial
how he had a power hold over them as
they dreamed of becoming professional
Premier League sells
TV rights for $6B
LONDON (AP)—The Premier League has
raised more than $6 billion from the sale
of the majority of the rights to broadcast
matches live in Britain.
Sky has four packages of games and
BT has just one in the 2019-22 rights
cycle. It leaves 40 of the 200 matches
up for sale still available for broadcast-
In the 2016-2019 cycle, Sky and BT are
paying 5.14 billion pounds ($7 billion)
for the rights to show 168 of the 380 an-
nual matches between them.
This time 200 matches were avail-
able, and the league has so far raised
4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) for
the next three years.
While Sky has bought 128 games so
far, BT has 32 matches on Saturday
The unsold games are the two new
packages that allow a broadcaster to
show every game on four match nights.
fined after fans mock
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP)—South
America’s football governing body has
fined Uruguay’s Nacional and ordered
the club to play its next three interna-
tional games without its fans after some
of its supporters mocked the plane
crash that killed most of Brazilian squad
Chapecoense two years ago.
Conmebol’s disciplinary court an-
nounced the sanction and the $80,000
fine late Monday, and said that if a simi-
lar “infraction to the sporting discipline
is reiterated, it will be considered an ag-
At least two Nacional fans made ges-
tures with their arms imitating a plane
crash during Nacional’s 1-0 victory at
Chapecoense on Jan. 31 in the first leg of
a Copa Libertadores meeting.
The Brazilians lost the second leg in
Montevideo by the same score and were
knocked out of South America’s top club
Kane leads Spurs’
recovery in 2-2 draw
TURIN, Italy (AP)—Tottenham recovered from con-
ceding twice inside the opening nine minutes to
draw 2-2 at Juventus in the first leg of their Champi-
ons League round of 16 match yesterday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice, including a pen-
alty, but the Argentina forward also hit the bar from
another spot kick at the end of an exhilarating first
Tottenham had managed to reduce the deficit by
then through Harry Kane, who was thwarted on
several other occasions by Juventus goalkeeper Gi-
anluigi Buffon, and Christian Eriksen leveled in the
The return fixture is on March 7.
It was also an exciting first half in Basel, with Man-
chester City scoring three goals before going on to
win 4-0 to leave it with one foot in the quarterfinals.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri went for an
attacking lineup, with Federico Bernardeschi, Doug-
las Costa and Mario Mandzukic supporting Higuain.
And that paid off right from the start in a night-
mare opening 10 minutes for Spurs.
Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards
(meters) from goal, inside the first minute. Pjanic
himself took the free kick and picked out Higuain,
who beat the offside trap to volley into the far cor-
Matters swiftly went from bad to worse for Spurs
as Ben Davies tripped Bernardeschi inside the area
and referee Felix Brych pointed instantly to the spot.
Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty
into the bottom left corner for his second of the
match and his eighth in his last five matches.
Tottenham had a mountain to climb against a side
which had reached the Champions League final in
two of the past three seasons. Juventus had not let
in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in its
past 16 matches.
Man City sends out another
statement with 4-0 win
BASEL, Switzerland (AP)—Manchester City sent out
another statement to the rest of Europe by thrashing
Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their Champions
League last-16 match yesterday, with Ilkay Gundogan
scoring two of the goals.
The Premier League runaway leaders scored three
times between the 14th and 23 minutes—through
Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero—be-
fore Gundogan added a fourth goal from long range
in the 53rd minute.
City scored four goals away from home for the
third time in this season’s Champions League and
has only lost two games in all competitions, one of
them against Shakhtar Donetsk when qualification
for the last 16 was already guaranteed.
This is the best chance City has had to win Eu-
rope’s biggest prize, especially with one of Real Ma-
drid and Paris Saint-Germain sure to be eliminated
City didn’t even have to be at its best to see off
the Swiss champions, whose striker Dimitri Oberlin
wasted chances either side of the visitors’ flurry of
goals. With his team still trying to win a quadruple
of trophies, Guardiola had the luxury of substituting
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling around the
The second leg is on March 7.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, 2nd left, celebrates with teammate Erik Lamela and
Harry Kane, right, after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League,
round of 16, first-leg football match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspurs, at the
Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, yesterday.
Basel’s Taulant Xhaka, behind, clings to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, front, and
gets a yellow card for this action, during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first
leg football match between Switzerland’s FC Basel 1893 and England’s Manchester City,
in the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday.
n Porto hosts Liverpool @ 3:45 pm
n Real Madrid hosts PSG @ 3:45 pm
TODAY’S CL MATCH-UPS
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