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'Ball boy-gate' to be reviewed

LONDON — The disciplinary body of England's Football Association will review the game in which Chelsea wing Eden Hazard was ejected for what appeared to be kicking a 17-year-old ball boy in the ribs while attempting to retrieve the ball near the end of a League Cup semifinal match against Swansea on Wednesday.

Hazard has apologized to the boy, Charlie Morgan, the son of multimillionaire hotel tycoon Martin Morgan, a part owner of Swansea. He will get a minimum three-match ban for violent conduct. Some former players have sympathized with Hazard, who was attempting to get the ball into play quickly after Morgan fell on top of it with Chelsea needing a late score to force extra time. The match finished 0-0, with Swansea advancing to the final 2-0 on aggregate goals.

Morgan, who apologized to Hazard, was criticized for posting on Twitter before the game that he was asked to be a ball boy for "time wasting." He also became the butt of social media jokes for appearing to overreact to the kick.

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Messi's magic helps Barcelona into semis

Lionel Messi scored in his 15th straight start to seal a 4-2 win for Barcelona at Malaga on Thursday, sending the defending champions through to a Copa del Rey semifinal against archrival Real Madrid.

Barcelona advanced with a 6-4 victory on aggregate. Atletico Madrid eliminated Real Betis 3-1 on aggregate to reach the other semifinal with Sevilla.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas broke a bone in his left hand in a quarterfinal at Valencia, the team said. It did not say how long he would be out.

Et cetera

Autos: Scott Pruett earned the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which kicks off the racing season Saturday. Pruett covered the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway in 1 minute, 40.553 seconds. He averaged 127.455 mph, a tad faster than Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon. Pruett is looking to tie Hurley Haywood's record of five victories. … Kyle Busch signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Sprint Cup. Terms were not disclosed.

Figure skating: Defending women's champion Ashley Wagner won the short program at the U.S. championships in Omaha, Neb. The free skate is Saturday. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were the leaders after the pairs short program. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig, who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex in Manatee County, were fifth among the 10 pairs.

X games: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White finished second in snowboard superpipe qualifying at Aspen, Colo., to advance to Sunday's final. He goes for a sixth straight gold in the event. He also made it out of slopestyle qualifying.

Track: 2008 Olympic hurdles champion Dayron Robles told the Associated Press he is through running for Cuba but did not elaborate.

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Sports in brief 01/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:45pm]

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