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Sports in brief: Genoa's soccer team banned from own stadium after fans' outburst

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ROME — Genoa's team was banned from its stadium for its final two home games this season after a protest-filled 4-1 loss to Siena.

The league announced the decision a day after Sunday's match with Siena was suspended for about 45 minutes early in the second half. Genoa fans threw flares onto the field and climbed onto barriers as they were met by stadium officers in riot gear.

With Genoa trailing 4-0, players tried to appease the hard-core fans by removing their shirts to acknowledge they weren't worthy of wearing them.

The ANSA news agency says police have identified three fans involved and banned them from sports events for five years.

This was the latest in a long list of crowd problems at Serie A matches, and Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci said Monday the situation is "beyond the point of no return."

The loss left Genoa one point above the relegation zone, and resulted in coach Alberto Malesani being fired for the second time this season.

"It's not enough to ban the stadium, we need to stop these delinquents that are damaging football and Genoa," Serie A president Maurizio Beretta said.

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Defense propels U.S. to U-18 title

Collin Olson made 27 saves for a record-setting defense, Nicolas Kerdiles had two goals and three assists and the United States routed Sweden 7-0 Sunday to win its fourth straight title and seventh overall under-18 world championship Brno, Czech Republic.

Olson earned his third shutout of the tournament and the Americans allowed only four goals in six games to set an International Ice Hockey Federation under-18 record. The United States set a record with its 10th medal at the tournament.

The United States also got goals from Daniel O'Regan, Ryan Hartman, J.T. Compher, Connor Carrick and Thomas DiPauli. Olson earned top goaltending honors.

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Obituary: LeRoy Walker, the first African-American to lead the U.S. Olympic Committee and the first black man to coach an American Olympic team died in Durham, N.C. He was 93. Mr. Walker's death was confirmed by Scarborough & Hargett Funeral home, but no cause of death was given. The grandson of slaves raised in the segregated South before he moved to Harlem, Mr. Walker led the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1992 to 1996, both shepherding the summer games played in Atlanta and leading the group when the 2002 Winter Olympics were awarded to Salt Lake City.

Golf: The course at Royal Lytham and St. Annes has been lengthened by 181 yards for this year's British Open, with all but two holes having been altered since the last time the tournament was held there in 2001. Royal and Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said the total length of the course has increased to 7,086 yards, but that it will remain a par 70. The British Open starts July 19.

Horses: Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, was retired after injuring an ankle following a workout at Churchill Downs. Owner Rick Porter said on his Fox Hill Farm website that the injury was detected in the champion filly's right front ankle Sunday. After she was examined at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., "we didn't get a positive prognosis for continuing her racing career."

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Sports in brief: Genoa's soccer team banned from own stadium after fans' outburst 04/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:08pm]
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