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■ Soccer
Critical director resigns

A Liverpool club director who criticized the leadership and transfer dealings of manager Rafa Benitez resigned from the club's board on Tuesday. Liverpool said Noel White resigned with immediate effect after 21 years on the board. He quit after admitting he was the anonymous director who had made criticisms of Benitez to a British newspaper last week. "The board considers that the statements made do not reflect its own views and that this is not the Liverpool way of doing business," Liverpool chairman David Moores said. "The proper place for debate is around the boardroom table."

■ Soccer

Lippi turns down Qaddafi

Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi turned down an offer from Lybian leader Muammar Qaddafi to manage the Libyan national team, and says he only wants a club job, excluding him from any interest by Mexico as well. "He [Qaddafi] wanted me, it's true," Lippi was quoted as saying on Tuesday by online newspaper quotidiano.net. "I received 10 or so offers after the World Cup from very important federations, but I declined the various proposals," he said.

■ Baseball

Agent accused of smuggling

A sports agent was indicted by the federal government on Tuesday in a scheme that allegedly involved smuggling elite Cuban baseball players to the US. Gus Dominguez, of Los Angeles-based Total Sports International, was indicted along with four others with organizing and financing the smuggling ring. Geoffrey Rodrigues, Robert Yosvany Hernandez, Ramon Batista, and Guillermo Valdez were charged along with Dominguez. Law enforcement officials accuse Total Sports of sneaking several baseball players off the communist island in August 2004. Some of the players are playing for minor league clubs. Federal prosecutors allege Dominguez and the others used speed boats to transport the players and civilians to Florida.

■ Soccer

Club linked to cocaine cartel

Colombian second-division soccer club Cortulua is a front company for one of the South American country's four most wanted cocaine kingpins, US officials assert. They are freezing any US assets that belong to the team. In a news release, the US Treasury Department identified Cortulua among 10 companies and seven individuals who allegedly operate on behalf of Carlos Alberto Renteria Mantilla, one of the four leaders of the Norte del Valle cartel, the country's biggest. The team is based in Tulua near the southern city of Cali, long a hotbed of Colombia's narcotics trade. Cortulua qualified for the Copa Libertadores in 2002, has played in the Colombian first division as recently as last year and appears ready to return to the top flight next season.

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