Ex-Big lea­guers Val­buena, Castillo killed in Venezuela

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Four peo­ple have been ar­rested in Venezuela in con­nec­tion with the deaths of for­mer Amer­i­can big league base­ball play­ers Luis Val­buena and Jose Castillo in a crash caused when thieves put a stone in the high­way to dis­able their van.

Julio Leon Here­dia, the gover­nor of Yaracuy state, where the in­ci­dent took place, dis­closed the ar­rests on Fri­day, a day af­ter 33 year old Val­buena and 37 year old Castillo were killed on their way back to Bar­quisimeto af­ter play­ing for Car­de­nales de Lara against Cara­cas' Los Leones. Castillo is among the only eight play­ers with 1,000 hits in the his­tory of the Venezue­lan league. He played with Ma­jor League Base­ball's Pitts­burgh Pi­rates, the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants and the Hous­ton Astros be­tween 2004 and 2008, and played in the Mex­i­can Base­ball League (LMB) be­tween 2011 and 2016. Val­buena played 11 seasons in the ma­jor leagues and be­came a free agent af­ter his con­tract with the Los An­ge­les An­gels ended this year.

CAS re­ject Boca’s Copa Lib­er­ta­dores ap­peal

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) on Satur­day re­jected an ap­peal by Boca Ju­niors to be handed vic­tory from the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal ahead of Sun­day's de­ci­sive sec­ond-leg against bit­ter ri­vals River Plate in Madrid, Spain. Boca ap­pealed to the CAS claim­ing it de­served to be handed the win fol­low­ing vi­o­lent at­tacks by River fans on Boca's team bus fol­low­ing the first-leg in Buenos Aires last month, which forced the post­pone­ment of the sec­ond leg and its even­tual trans­fer to Real Madrid's San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium.

But the Lau­sanne-based body dis­missed the ur­gent re­quest in which Boca sought to sus­pend the sec­ond-leg of the Copa fi­nal. The sec­ond­leg is sched­uled for 1930 GMT (11.30, Oman time).

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