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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASEBALL

Man jailed for killing pitcher

The motorist convicted of murder for driving drunk in the car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was sentenced to 51 years to life on Wednesday. Prosecutors said they sought the maximum term for Andrew Gallo, 24, because the pitcher and two other people died in the crash and his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. Gallo was on probation for a previous drunken driving offense at the time. A jury in September convicted Gallo on three counts of second-degree murder for causing the wreck on April 9 last year, which took Adenhart’s life just hours after he threw six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics. The 22-year-old rising star for the Angels made his Major League Baseball debut in 2008.

SOCCER

Centenary comes early

Centenary celebrations will come early for Levski Sofia after officials at the Bulgarian side discovered their club was three years older than they thought. Officials found documents showing that the club was established in Sofia on May 10, 1911, rather than on May 24, 1914, the year shown on the club’s emblem. Plans to commemorate the centenary are underway and the 26-times champions hope to celebrate with another league title if they can topple current leaders Litex Lovech by the end of the season. The discovery was not welcomed by Slavia Sofia, who until now had been regarded as Bulgaria’s oldest club after being founded in 1913. “Someone is trying to misrepresent history,” Slavia Sofia president Ventsislav Stefanov said. “They say that God created Levski, but they were created for Slavia to have someone to play against.”

TENNIS

Doping ban suspended

US player Wayne Odesnik can return to competition next week after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) suspended the remaining 12 months of his two-year ban for importing human growth hormone into Australia. The ITF said on Wednesday that the ban was cut in half because Odesnik cooperated with its anti-doping program. The ITF banned Odesnik in May for possessing human growth hormone (HGH) even though he denied using it and never tested positive for the banned substance. The ban was backdated to start on Dec. 29 last year, so Odesnik can now compete from Thursday. The ITF’s anti-doping program states that the latter part of an athlete’s ban can be suspended “where the participant has provided substantial assistance” in uncovering other offenses. The ITF did not specify how Odesnik cooperated. Odesnik was stopped by customs officers on Jan. 2 when he arrived in Australia. Eight vials of HGH, were found in his baggage.

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