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Sports news briefs — May 4

Compiled from wire reports

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SOCCER

Levante player does dance to offset jeers

• Spanish soccer was marred by more racist abuse Sunday when Levante midfielder Papakouly Diop was targeted with jeers by a group of Atletico Madrid supporters. This latest incident in Spain’s first division came a week after Barcelona defender Dani Alves responded to a Villarreal fan who threw a banana at him by eating the fruit before continuing to play. Diop’s answer to the “monkey” taunts was to do a dance, which enraged the traveling Atletico fans at Ciutat de Valencia stadium after their team lost 2-0. Diop, from Senegal, says “I started to do the dance to take importance away [from the jeers]. That they call black players monkeys has to end.” Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez said he apologized to Diop. 

• Four people have been arrested, including a Napoli fan awaiting surgery, following a shooting that preceded the Italian Cup final. Police say Daniele De Santis fired the four shots and was arrested for investigation of alleged attempted murder. The fan who is to have surgery is Ciro Esposito. He is in serious condition at a Rome hospital. The start of the match was delayed for 40 minutes as officials attempted to calm fans in the stadium, where a firefighter was injured by a flare thrown from the stands. Police add that De Santis acted alone and is also being investigated for fighting and a firearms violation. The three fans who were shot were being investigated for fighting. Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-1 for the trophy Saturday.

COLLEGES

Winston reinstated to Seminoles squad

• Jameis Winston has been reinstated to Florida State’s baseball team after being suspended following a shoplifting incident, the school confirmed Sunday. The Heisman Trophy winner was issued a civil citation and entered a program that required 20 hours of community service. The 20-year-old two-sport star is the closer on the baseball team and missed the three-game series against Minnesota this weekend. He was issued the citation last Tuesday after he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. Baseball coach Mike Martin conferred with football coach Jimbo Fisher and decided to suspend Winston until he completed the community service. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Winston led the Florida State football team to an undefeated season and a national championship. He leads the Seminoles with five saves.

• The Big Ten and Big East will begin a series of basketball games in 2015 and the multiday event will be named for the late Dave Gavitt. The conferences will have a news conference today to announce the deal. The games will take place the first Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the regular season. The games will be played at home sites, four from each conference.

DIVING

Canadian duo earn their first gold medal

• Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware won their first international gold medal, topping the women’s 3-meter synchro event Sunday in the Canada Cup. Abel and Ware, competing in their home province, finished with 322.71 points. China’s Wu Chunting and Zheng Qulin Zheng finished second at 305.70, and Americans Maren Taylor and Deidre Freeman were third at 286.80. China’s Zhang Yanquan and Huo won the men’s 10-meter synchro, and compatriot Ren Qian topped the women’s tower.

hockey

Montreal authorities ready for fan chaos

• With tensions already running high between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins, Montreal officials say they’re staying vigilant to ensure the passion doesn’t get destructive. The city has a reputation during recent NHL playoff runs for its spontaneous celebrations that occasionally deteriorate into rampages of vandalism, looting and violence. In the only Canadian city hosting playoff hockey this year and with the team’s biggest rivals in town, authorities say they’re ready for anything with the series tied 1-1 and heading back to Montreal.

— From wire reports


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