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ENGLAND

Pompey drop to fourth tier

Portsmouth, the 2008 FA Cup winners who were in the Premier League in 2010, were relegated to League Two, the fourth and lowest division in the English Football League, on Tuesday. Portsmouth, who have been in administration for more than a year, were relegated after Oldham Athletic beat Yeovil Town 1-0 in their League One game and condemned Pompey and Hartlepool to the drop. The two managers — Lee Johnson at Oldham and Gary Johnson at Yeovil — were the first father and son to lead opposing teams in a Football League match since March 1971, but that statistic was overshadowed by the implications of the result for Portsmouth and Hartlepool.

ENGLAND

Aguero apologizes to Luiz

Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has apologized to Chelsea’s David Luiz for the challenge he made on the Brazilian defender in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Chelsea, who lost the match 2-1, were awarded a free-kick after the two-footed tackle nine minutes from time, but Aguero was not shown a card by referee Chris Foy. After the game Luiz said Aguero should apologize, which the Argentine did on Tuesday via the micro-blogging social media Web site Twitter. “I’ve contacted David Luiz and apologized for what happened during the match,” Aguero tweeted. “It was an impulse reaction that shouldn’t have happened.” Luiz tweeted in response: “Thank you ... for a demonstration of character. We get to know great men and athletes this way.” The FA had said on Monday that Aguero would not be charged retrospectively for the tackle because Foy had seen at least part of the incident and acted on it during the game.

UNITED STATES

Anti-gay slur costs Gordon

San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer (MLS) on Tuesday for a homophobic comment he directed at an opponent. Television cameras caught Gordon, who has since apologized for his comments, making an anti-gay slur to Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson during Sunday’s game. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Gordon used “unacceptable and offensive language” and that he should attend diversity and sensitivity training. “Major League Soccer stands against discrimination and prejudice of any kind and will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Garber said in a statement. “All of our players, staff and fans must remain committed to respect and dignity at all times.”

SOUTH AFRICA

Lowly Leopards bear claws

A Rodney Ramagalela stoppage-time goal earned Black Leopards a crucial 2-1 home win over Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday in a South African Premiership relegation battle. Ajax failed to clear a corner at the Peter Mokaba stadium in the northern city of Polokwane and Ramagalela poked the ball past former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld. The Cape Town club took the lead on 19 minutes with a wonderful goal as Abia Nale squeezed the ball past goalkeeper Postnett Omony from the tightest of angles. However, constant second-half pressure by Leopards paid off on 74 minutes when Michael Nkambule used his weaker left foot to score with his first touch a minute after coming off the bench. Ajax and Leopards have 23 points each with five rounds left in the battle to avoid finishing second last and going into the play-offs with two second-tier sides for a Premiership place next season.

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