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napoli coach banned 2 games for slurs

MILAN — Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri was banned for two Italian Cup matches and fined $22,000 Thursday for "directing extremely insulting epithets" toward his Inter Milan counterpart, Roberto Mancini.

Sarri was sanctioned after making anti-gay slurs to Mancini during Napoli's 2-0 loss in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

Napoli said the decision "formally clarifies" that Sarri's comments were delivered in anger and not driven by racism or discrimination against gays. The club said it hoped Mancini "can accept the apologies which have repeatedly been offered."

Mancini was fined $5,422 for "an intimidating attitude toward the coach of the opposing team, who had insulted him" and for being "disrespectful" toward the fourth official in the dressing room after the match.

Both coaches were sent off in stoppage time after a touchline argument.

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Prison for Barcelona D in tax case, but …

Though he is not expected to serve any time, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano was handed a one-year prison sentence for not properly paying taxes in Spain.

Mascherano was also fined nearly $850,000 and prevented from receiving any tax benefits for a year. The prison sentence is expected to be replaced by another fine or dismissed.

The sentencing came nearly three months after Mascherano reached a deal with prosecutors and the attorney's office for failing to pay nearly $1.6 million in taxes for 2011 and 2012. He has paid back everything he owed.

Mustache cream appeal: Soccer's governing body, FIFA, asked sport's highest court to impose a two-year ban on a South Korean player who blamed his positive test for a steroid on a mustache-growing cream. The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear the appeal Feb. 5. FIFA is challenging a shorter sanction given to Kang Soo-il, who accepted a 15-match ban.

U.S. men: National team goalie Bill Hamid is expected to be sidelined for up to six months after having right knee surgery for torn meniscus, his MLS team, D.C. United, said.

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Bowling: Australian John Belmonte won his third straight PBA Player of the Year award.

Sailing: Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis, clinched the Maxi 72-class title, one day before the conclusion of the Key West Race Week regatta off the Florida Keys. Fauth, with tactician Terry Hutchinson of Harwood, Md., won all three races Thursday and built an insurmountable lead over other boats in the class. Bella Mente is the regatta's defending Maxi 72 champion and also the class' 2015 world champion. In the IRC 1 class, Quantum Racing, owned by Doug DeVos of Ada, Mich., was a half-point ahead of Spookie, skippered by Steve Benjamin of Norwalk, Conn., the 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. Calvi Network, skippered by Italy's Carlo Alberini, had a solid lead in the 54-boat J/70 class, the largest of 11 classes.

Track and field: Russia remains the preferred choice to host the 2019 European Games despite the country's current suspension from global track and field because of a doping scandal. Russia is preferred, "providing they can demonstrate their ability to support an anti-doping program of the highest international standards," the European Olympic Committees said.

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