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SOCCER

Crawley beat Derby County

Argentinian midfielder Sergio Torres struck in time added on to give non-league Crawley Town a famous 2-1 win over Championship side Derby County in their FA Cup third round clash on Monday. The 27-year-old — who has played in England for the past six years with either lower league or non-league sides such as Basingstoke — struck with a brilliant shot one minute into time added on to land an away trip to League Two outfit Torquay at the end of the month. It was no more than the hosts deserved as they had dominated the match taking the lead through Scotsman Craig McAllister in the eighth minute — five minutes after the visitors had a Kris Commons penalty saved by Michael Kuipers. Derby had drawn level in the 63rd minute when the injury-prone Miles Addison headed home from Commons’s cross.

SOCCER

Ronaldinho joins Flamengo

Ronaldinho is joining popular Brazilian club Flamengo until the 2014 World Cup. Flamengo’s Web site announced the deal on Monday after details on the player’s transfer from AC Milan were finalized in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement ends several days of negotiations and seals Ronaldinho’s return to his native country after 10 years in European soccer, where he thrived with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. Flamengo was able to sign the 30-year-old Ronaldinho after Brazilian clubs Gremio and Palmeiras ended their efforts to acquire the two-time FIFA player of the year over the weekend.

SOCCER

Maradona needs convincing

Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona said on Monday he had received an offer to coach in the English Premier League — but did not divulge the name of his suitor. “I am going to England in February to study the offer from this club,” Maradona said on a visit to the Uruguayan spa of Punta del Este in comments reported by the media. “If they can convince me, I might accept,” added the 50-year-old. “I know one day I will coach a new team,” Maradona said.

SOCCER

Mourinho wins coach of year

Jose Mourinho was named world coach of the year in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday for securing the treble of Champions League, Serie A title and Italian Cup with Inter Milan last season. The 47-year-old Portuguese — known as the “Special One” — edged out Spain’s World Cup winning coach Vicente Del Bosque and Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola.

CYCLING

Rider commits suicide

Former mountain bike rider Alberto Leon, who was accused of forming part of two separate doping rings in Spain, has been found dead of a reported suicide. A Civil Guard spokesman from San Lorenzo del Escorial — the town near Madrid where Leon lived — confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Monday. The spokesman would not give his name in compliance with departmental rules. The 37-year-old Leon was one of 14 individuals implicated in the Spanish Civil Guard’s anti-doping investigation Operation Galgo that cited him as a supplier of performing enhancing drugs. Leon was also implicated in Operation Puerto, a doping investigation that began in 2006 and led to the banning of cyclists Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso. Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that the former mountain bike racer had hung himself at his home, but the Civil Guard spokesman would not confirm details of Leon’s death.

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