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SOCCER

SPAIN PICKS NOVICE FOR NATIONAL TEAM

LONDON — Lucas Vazquez has never played for Spain. Marcus Rashford is fresh from his England debut. Joshua Kimmich has only one Germany cap.

They are all going to the European Championship next week.

Tuesday was deadline day for the 23-man squads to be submitted to UEFA, and a clutch of inexperienced but precocious players made the cut for some of the continent's biggest teams.

One of the biggest surprises was Vazquez making the Spain squad, fresh from scoring a penalty in Real Madrid's Champions League triumph Saturday, at the expense of more established club teammate Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.

Both are 24, but Vazquez only made his breakthrough last season, and his international debut could come in France where Spain is chasing its third successive European title.

"It is a dream come true," Vazquez wrote on Twitter.

MORE SOCCER

MESSI TRIAL: Lionel Messi's tax trial began in Madrid, with the player deciding not to appear in court. Messi is facing a prison sentence of nearly two years on charges he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona from 2007-09.

COPA AMERICA: Argentine Football Association president Luis Segura said the national team will play in the U.S. as planned, dismissing reports that it might withdraw in protest against the national government trying to assert control over the AFA.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Andrei Ryabinsky, the promoter for Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, said that he wants the title fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder rescheduled for later this year and that new testing proves Povetkin is clean.

DOGS: Derby Lane kennel owner Rodney Connell, 79, died Monday from declining health. Mr. Connell, who ran dogs at Derby Lane for more than three decades during two stints, had lived in St. Petersburg since December after moving from Eustis. A funeral service is at 11 a.m. Sunday at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, 1148 E Plant St., Winter Garden.

NFL: Tom Brady has added more high-profile legal power to his "Deflategate" appeal. The AFL-CIO filed a friend of the court brief asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision handed down by a three-judge panel in April.

TENNIS: The Tennis Integrity Unit said no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year's Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns.

WRESTLING: Two-time world champion Viktor Lebedev said he is giving up his place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a brawl marred a Russian qualifying tournament against Ismail Musukayev.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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05/31/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:32pm]
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