Cruz Azul thrown out of soccer playoffs in Mexico
The Mexican Soccer Federation disqualified Cruz Azul from the national league championship semifinals because the club allowed Salvador Carmona to play after he was handed a lifetime suspension for doping.
Cruz Azul was to have faced Pachuca in the second leg of the semifinals on Sunday after losing the first game 3-1 on Thursday. Pachuca will advance automatically to the finals.
Iditarod musher Ramy Brooks was suspended for two years and put on three years’ probation for abusing his dogs. The eight-member Iditarod Trail committee board of directors voted unanimously on the sanctions.
Brooks, 38, was disqualified in March from the 1,100-mile race after witnesses said they saw him punch and kick some of his dogs and hit them with a ski pole when they refused to leave a checkpoint on March 13, less than 100 miles from the finish.
USC offensive lineman Matt Spanos, who was academically ineligible last season, has qualified to participate in the 2007 season, according to a school official. Spanos, a senior, finished spring practice atop the depth chart at center.
— Gary Klein