Liver­pool falls in CL

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

Liver­pool opened de­fense of its Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle with a 2-0 loss at Napoli on Tues­day in Italy. Dries Mertens con­verted a penalty eight min­utes from the end. Sub­sti­tute Fernando Llorente scored in stop­page time Liver­pool be­came the first reign­ing cham­pion to lose its open­ing game since AC Mi­lan in 1994.

Cagliari avoided pun­ish­ment from Serie A after sup­port­ers aimed racist abuse at In­ter Mi­lan’s Romelu Lukaku. The chants were au­di­ble on a video from the stands that was shared on so­cial me­dia. Lukaku, who is black, scored a penalty in an In­ter win this month. Video from so­cial me­dia was not ad­mis­si­ble in the case and the Ital­ian league judge de­cided po­lice ev­i­dence was not enough to pun­ish Cagliari.

Auto rac­ing: Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing de­clined to pick up the op­tion on rookie Daniel Hem­ric for next sea­son. Hem­ric, 28, is ranked 25th in the stand­ings, did not make NASCAR’s play­offs and has just two top-10 finishes in 27 starts this sea­son.

Horse rac­ing: Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity, who crossed the fin­ish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be dis­qual­i­fied for in­ter­fer­ence, won’t run in the Penn­syl­va­nia Derby this week­end be­cause of a colon is­sue.

NHL: The Bru­ins signed re­stricted free-agent D Bran­don to a 2-year, $5.7 mil­lion con­tract.

Ten­nis: Roger Fed­erer said he will de­cide soon if he will rep­re­sent Switzer­land at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The four-time Olympian met his wife at the 2000 Syd­ney Games and twice car­ried the Swiss flag dur­ing open­ing cer­e­monies.

WNBA: The New York Lib­erty won the draft lot­tery and will have the top over­all pick for the first time in fran­chise his­tory.

—News ser­vices

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