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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Criscito dropped from squad

Cesare Prandelli said he dropped Domenico Criscito from his Euro 2012 squad due to the “inhuman” pressure the fullback would face if he went to Poland and Ukraine. Criscito was subjected to a search warrant by police at dawn on Monday as part of an investigation by the Cremona public prosecutor into match-fixing. Prandelli and the Italian Football Federation acted quickly by dismissing Criscito from the squad and the coach says it was for the player’s own good. “I’m not taking Criscito because we would have had to face pressure that no human being could have handled, he’s certainly not serene,” Prandelli said ahead of a pre-tournament friendly against Luxembourg in Parma, Italy. “The other reason is that he could have been called up by the public prosecutor at any time, even before a game.” However, the coach has not been so draconian with Juventus centerback Leonardo Bonucci, who remains with the national team, despite accusations levied against him. Former AS Bari midfielder Andrea Masiello, who has admitted to taking a bribe, has allegedly claimed Bonucci was one of his teammates involved in match-fixing.

SOCCER

Ukraine thrash Estonia

Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine thrashed Estonia 4-0 in a pre-tournament friendly in Kufstein, Austria, on Monday. Dynamo Kiev midfielders Andrei Yarmolenko and Oleg Gusev scored one each, while forwards Andriy Voronin and Artem Milevsky were also on target. Ukraine started without veteran star striker Andriy Shevchenko, but nevertheless dominated from the outset and in the ninth minute Yarmolenko fired home the first following a Sergei Nazarenko pass. Gusev made it 2-0 after 34 minutes when he converted a penalty after Estonia skipper Ragnar Klavan fouled Yarmolenko in the area. Voronin grabbed the third four minutes before the break, sending the ball into the net with a close-range header from Marko Devic’s cross. After the interval, Ukraine manager Oleg Blokhin substituted Yarmolenko for Shevchenko, who outplayed two Estonian defenders and fed another halftime substitute, Milevsky, who rounded off the scoring in the 50th minute.

CYCLING

Duggan wins national title

Liquigas-Cannondale rider Timmy Duggan won the US road race national title in Greenville, South Carolina, on Monday, making a solo attack on the final circuit of the 181km race. Frank Pipp won the sprint for second ahead of Kiel Reijnen, both finishing 26 seconds back. “It’s one of the most satisfying days of my career,” said Duggan, who finished in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 40 seconds. “It’s incredible. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and it’s exactly how it happened.When the moment’s right, you go all out. You can’t look back.”

BASEBALL

Miami’s Oviedo suspended

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo was suspended for eight weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud, the MLB said on Monday. The suspension is effective immediately and will be served through July 22, MLB said in a statement. The 30-year-old, formerly known as Leo Nunez, reported to the team’s complex in Florida on Monday after spending nearly eight months in the Dominican Republic dealing with legal issues relating to his identity. On Friday last week, Oviedo was given a visa to return to the US and he took a physical on Monday. Oviedo, who made his MLB debut in 2005 with the Kansas City Royals, has 92 saves with the Marlins from 2009 to last year.

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