Cruz Azul thrown out of soc­cer play­offs in Mex­ico

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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

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