Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

Soccer

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.

Times wires

Comments
Distance Classic journal: Feeling the burn at 81

Distance Classic journal: Feeling the burn at 81

TAMPA — Bill Riley is still at it, which is amazing because he's 81.A very, very fast 81.Riley, for instance, ran Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K in 26 minutes, 19 seconds, more than 10 minutes ahead of his next age group compe...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
USF honors seniors, watches them shine in win against Cincy

USF honors seniors, watches them shine in win against Cincy

What began as an emotional senior night segued into a methodical senior showcase for the 18th-ranked USF women Saturday.Six-foot Denmark native Maria Jespersen notched her 17th double-double of the season (26 points, 16 rebounds) while fellow senior ...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
What Lightning would be getting in Erik Karlsson

What Lightning would be getting in Erik Karlsson

MONTREAL – We don't know yet if the Lightning will be able to land Senators superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson by Monday's trade deadline.There's a chance, with Tampa Bay having enough interest – and high-level prospects – to make t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Inside the Raysí plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

Inside the Raysí plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

PORT CHARLOTTE – The Rays know tanking."We tanked in 2006 and '07, if you want to call it that," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. "We were the original tankers. Or tankees. It seems to be all the fad now."In losing 101 and 96 games in the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Journal: Duffy not just playing but playing well, Faria struggles, more

Rays Journal: Duffy not just playing but playing well, Faria struggles, more

FORT MYERS – Just playing on back-to-back days was significant for Rays 3B Matt Duffy.Playing well has made the start of spring training even better."Really liked the way Duffy has continued to play," manager Kevin Cash said after a 4-3 loss to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
That guy standing by Cash in the dugout? All part of Raysí plan

That guy standing by Cash in the dugout? All part of Raysí plan

Jonathan ErlichmanFor a moment Friday, it looked as if a young businessman, accountant or computer guy had won one of those charity auctions to spend a game in uniform in the Rays dugout.Actually, it was Rays analytics director Jonathan Erlichman, a ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Practice makes perfect for Gasparilla 5K champions

Practice makes perfect for Gasparilla 5K champions

TAMPA — The only other time Taylor McDowell ran the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K, he came in 10th place. So as this year's event neared, the Tampa resident created a training plan, and he stuck to it.McDowell, who competed in cross cou...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

It is an encouraging sign for the Lightning that wing Ondrej Palat is back on the ice, even if it's just light skating.Palat is arguably the team's best two-way forward, someone who plays in all situations, so Tampa Bay has missed him big-time.But Pa...
Updated: 6 hours ago