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mexican star pulido kidnapped

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Federal and state forces mounted an extensive search Sunday for Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido, who was abducted in the crime-plagued northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Pulido, 25, is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece and was part of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team. He wasn't called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week.

"We have information that he was intercepted by armed persons, and since then his whereabouts are unknown," State Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said.

The Tamaulipas Coordination Group, which includes federal and state security agents, said on its Twitter account that it was searching for Pulido. Reporters in the city saw an unusual deployment of troops and police in the streets, while at least two police or military-style helicopters flew overhead.

A state official earlier said Pulido was kidnapped early Sunday after leaving a party near his hometown, Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, a state that has suffered battles between major drug gangs.

Authorities gave no details about the kidnapping or a motive for the abduction, which happened a week before state elections to pick a new governor for Tamaulipas.

ET CETERA

boxing: Tony Bellew — who played the role of world champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan in Creed, the seventh installment in the Rocky series that was released last year — knocked out Ilunga Makabu in the third round to win the WBC cruiserweight title at Liverpool, England.

cycling: Riding a pink bicycle and patting his teammates, Vincenzo Nibali clinched a second Giro d'Italia victory and a fourth Grand Tour title after the final leg, a flat 101-mile route from Cuneo to Turin. Nibali's chances of repeating his 2013 feat seemed impossible Friday — he started that stage nearly five minutes behind leader Steven Kruijswijk — before a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian classic saw the Astana cyclist surge into the lead, helped by Kruijswijk's crash into a snowbank. Nibali finished with a total time of 86 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds, 52 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves. Alejandro Valverde was third, 1.17 behind Nibali. Kruijswijk finished off the podium, nearly two minutes off the pace.

olympics: The head of the International Tennis Federation said there is "still an awful lot of work that needs to go on" to have his sport's venue ready for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. David Haggerty said in an interview at the French Open that the list of unfinished items includes adding another layer of surfacing to the hardcourts, fixing the stadium lights, installing stands for spectators at smaller courts and "making sure the surroundings are the way we want them to be."

wnba: Indiana's Tamika Catchings joined Tina Thompson as the only players in league history to reach 7,000 points in an 85-76 loss to host Atlanta. Catchings, 36, had 16 points to push her total to 7,005. Thompson, who retired in 2013, had 7,488.

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