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■SOCCER

Bosingwa escapes FA action

Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa escaped any disciplinary action Monday for deliberately kicking Yossi Benayoun in the back during the Blues’ 2-0 Premier League loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Bosingwa’s reckless act late in the match looked a far more blatant foul than the challenge which saw Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard sent-off on the hour mark. However, although Mike Riley did not see the incident himself, the referee confirmed it had been witnessed by his linesman Mo Matadar. Because the officials deliberately decided not to take action against Bosingwa, the Football Association (FA) said that, under rules laid down by world governing body FIFA, they were barred from imposing any disciplinary sanctions upon the Portugal defender. Congo-born Bosingwa, 26, was in contrite mood on Monday. “I apologise for what I did and it was never my intention to hurt him [Benayoun],” Bosingwa said. “I know it was wrong and I apologize.

■BASEBALL

Venezuela, Mexico start well

San Diego Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez had two RBIs and drove in the winning run in the seventh inning as Mexico’s Mazatlan Venados beat Puerto Rican team Ponce Lions 3-2 on Monday on the opening day of the Caribbean Series in Mexicali, Mexico. Gonzalez broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a sacrifice fly off Puerto Rico reliever Todd Moser. Gonzalez’ brother, Edgar Gonzalez, drove in the other Mexican run.

■SOCCER

Mutu leads Fiorentina win

Returning captain Adrian Mutu scored two goals on Monday to help Fiorentina move back into Champions League contention with a 3-1 win over Bologna. The match in Blogna, Italy, had been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed because of heavy snow. With the three points, Fiorentina moved ahead of AS Roma and into fifth place with 38, two behind Genoa. Mutu gave Fiorentina the lead when he volleyed in Riccardo Montolivio’s lofted pass in the sixth minute for his 100th goal.

■SURFING

Kauanui killer jailed

A man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing professional surfer Emery Kauanui. Defendant Seth Cravens made a brief statement during sentencing in San Diego, California, on Monday, apologizing to the victim’s family and his own family. Cravens was convicted of second-degree murder for killing Kauanui with a single punch to the head during a scuffle in 2007.

■SOCCER

Steelmen steam past Locos

Inverurie Locos’ stay in the Scottish Cup finally came to an end after they lost 3-0 at home to Premier League side Motherwell in the fourth round on Monday. The match had been postponed four times as the Highland League club’s ground fell victim to the weather. But on a day when much of the rest of Britain was covered in snow, the tie at last went ahead, although the lines were painted orange and a yellow ball was used to cope with the flurries in Inverurie. The conditions appeared to provide the ideal backdrop to a Cup upset. However any hopes of a shock result lasted just 90 seconds. That was all the time it took the Steelmen to take the lead when John Sutton headed in Jim O’Brien’s free-kick. In the second-half, O’Brien crossed for David Clarkson, whose header made it 2-0 before Sutton scored his second and Motherwell’s third in the 69th minute to set up a home tie with Premier League rivals St Mirren on Saturday.

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