Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Soccer

Game canceled because of security threat

BRUSSELS — Belgium called off today's scheduled exhibition against Spain after the government raised the security threat level amid an investigation related to last week's Paris attacks.

"Right at the end of the evening, the (federation) was contacted by the government which recommended that the Belgium-Spain match should not go ahead," the federation said in a statement.

France identified a Belgian man as the mastermind of Friday's attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital. His whereabouts were unknown as of Monday night.

U.S. game: The United States continues its CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight at Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain (6:25, beIN Sports in English and NBC Universo in Spanish). It's the U.S. team's final match of the year; qualifying picks up again in March.

Europe: Ireland qualified for next year's European Championship 3-1 on aggregate as Jonathan Walters scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin.

Golf

McDowell takes title in playoff

Graeme McDowell made an 8-foot par on No. 18 to force a playoff, then hit a 5-iron that grazed the edge of the cup and set up a 3-foot birdie to win a three-man PGA Tour playoff at the rain-delayed OHL Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. McDowell shot 5-under 66 for 266 total, then beat Russell Knox (66) and Jason Bohn (68) in the first extra hole for his first win in more than two years.

Autos

France, Kenseth meet after ban

NASCAR chairman Brian France met with Matt Kenseth three days after the suspended driver promised to remain aggressive when he returns for Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead. France met with Kenseth in Charlotte and "was pleased with the dialogue," NASCAR spokesman Brett Jewkes said. Kenseth, gaining revenge for a wreck three weeks earlier, intentionally crashed Joey Logano as Logano was leading Nov. 1 at Martinsville. Logano was eliminated from the Chase for the Championship late Sunday; Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex and defending series champion Kevin Harvick advanced after the rain-shortened race at Phoenix, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won.

Et cetera

Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 and Andy Murray beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 at the season-ending ATP finals in London.

Obituary: China's Guo Jie, a former discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, died Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 103.

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