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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Fifth-tier match ends 19-5

Italian fifth-division side Cavese 1919 lived up to their name by powering to a 19-5 win over depleted ASD Licata 1931 in a bizarre match without coaches. Licata could only field nine players — all from the youth team — because of a dispute between the senior players and the club, and their coach was also missing, media said. Cavese coach Francesco Chietti and his staff resigned hours before Sunday’s Serie D, Group I match “in response to a request from some fans in the hours before the game to impose two Cavese players on the starting lineup,” the club said on Facebook. Cavese’s Claudio de Rosa had nine of the goals to finish as the group’s top scorer with a tally of 30. Sunday’s game added to a litany of wild matches in Italy’s lower leagues, including one in February in which eighth-tier side Bagheria scored eight own-goals in the last 10 minutes of their tie against Borgata Terrenove to lose 14-3 and a third-tier clash between Nocerina and Salernitana last year that was called off when Nocerina made the three allowed substitutions in the first two minutes and five players went off injured in the next 20. Nocerina players did not want to play after receiving threats from their fans, who were banned from the game and wanted it canceled in protest.

RUGBY LEAGUE

NRL probes Hurrell sex tape

Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) yesterday said it is probing the apparent leak of a sex tape involving the New Zealand Warriors’ Konrad Hurrell and Kiwi actress Teuila Blakely. Embarrassingly for the league, the scandal comes as it celebrates “Women in League” week ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday. The video reportedly shows Hurrell, 22, and Blakely engaged in a sex act while the player was driving a car. Radio New Zealand said the footage appeared to have been filmed on a cellphone and circulated on social messaging service Instagram before being deleted. Blakely confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that it was her in the video and said it was shot about two months ago, but that neither she nor Hurrell knew who put it online. “Yeah it was me, but it was a private video between me and Koni and it wasn’t meant to have been leaked,” the 39-year-old told the paper. “I accept what I do in my life, and neither of us are bothered about it. It was a tape between two people who have a lot of fun together. It’s not like I’m Kim Kardashian.” NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said the league was investigating because of the impact the scandal could have on its reputation. Heading to a function to launch “Women in League” on Monday, Doyle told Fairfax Media that it could deter mothers from allowing their children to play rugby league.

FOOTBALL

Eagles sign army captain

Alejandro Villanueva, a US Army captain who grew up in Spain and began playing football when his family moved to Belgium, has signed with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles announced on Monday that they signed Villanueva, who spent the past four years in the US Army and served three tours in Afghanistan, as a free agent defensive end. The 2.05m, 125kg soldier’s awards included the Bronze Star Medal for valor for moving forward under enemy fire to pull wounded soldiers from isolated positions. The Eagles scouted Villanueva at a tryout camp last month in Detroit. Villanueva, 25, was born in Mississippi and played football for the army while at the US Military Academy as an offensive and defensive lineman, as well as a receiver in 2009, when he led the Black Knights with 34 catches, 522 yards and five touchdowns.

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