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cycling

Cavendish latest Brit cyclist involved in crash with car

LONDON – Sprint specialist Mark Cavendish became the latest member of Britain’s cycling team to be involved in a bike crash after hitting the back of a car during a training ride in Italy.

The 2011 world road race champion said on Twitter he sustained a bruised arm after a car in front slammed on the brakes, but he is “relatively OK.”

Cavendish’s accident came two weeks after Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton were hospitalized after being knocked off their bikes.

Wiggins spent one night in the hospital with bruised ribs and hands when he was hit by a car.

Sutton had surgery on a broken cheekbone and also sustained bruising and bleeding to the brain, but has returned to work.

nfl

Ravens safety suspended for repeated hits to head, neck

NEW YORK – Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons.

The latest came in Sunday night’s 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Reed also was penalized Sept. 23 against the Patriots for unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking Deion Branch when the receiver was defenseless.

Before that, Reed hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Dec. 19, 2010, and was fined $10,000.

soccer

Dempsey repeats as U.S. soccer’s top player

CHICAGO – Clint Dempsey was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation’s top male athlete for the second consecutive year.

The Tottenham midfielder also won this honor in 2007.

He joined midfielder Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999, 2005) as the only players to win three times or more.

Dempsey had a team-high six goals for the United States this year, including five in World Cup qualifying.

Rubio Rubin was voted young male athlete of the year after scoring eight goals for the under-17 team.

Gruesome murder trial opens against Brazilian goalkeeper

RIO DE JANEIRO – The trial of a former star goalkeeper charged with orchestrating the kidnapping and gruesome murder of an ex-girlfriend started Monday, with two lawyers abandoning the case and the victim’s mother making a tearful plea for justice.

The case of Bruno Fernandes, known in Brazil as Bruno, has riveted the country and shocked the soccer world.

Fernandes’ accomplices allegedly captured his former girlfriend, model Eliza Samudio, before killing her, quartering her and feeding her remains to dogs.

Bruno was captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian championship in 2009.

That same year, Samudio made the first allegations to police that she was pregnant with Fernandes’ child, and that the players and others kidnapped her and tried to force her to terminate the pregnancy.

She refused.

The child was born healthy and named Bruno as well. The model disappeared soon afterward in June 2010.

In December of that year, Fernandes was found guilty of Samudio’s initial accusations and is serving a prison sentence of 4 1-2 years and six months in that case.

After a court dispute, Samudio’s mother was named the child’s guardian.

Bruno now faces a second trial on charges he ordered his ex-girlfriend’s grisly death.

Associated Press