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Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
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Manchester clubs avoid sanctions

Manchester United and Manchester City will not be sanctioned following a review into a melee involving players and coaches from both Premier League teams after the derby at Old Trafford this month.

After receiving evidence from both clubs and independent eyewitness accounts, the English Football Association (FA) said it will be taking "no formal action."

The incident took place around the doorway to City's dressing room after the team's 2-1 win over United on December 10. About 15 people were involved and City assistant coach Mikel Arteta sustained a cut on his forehead.

The FA also said yesterday that United manager Jose Mourinho would not be punished for comments made to the media before the derby. Mourinho accused City's players of going to ground too easily and said match officials needed to be aware of City's "tactical fouling".

Mourinho was reminded that "any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary

Cavs assign Thomas to Canton team

The Cavaliers have assigned injured point guard Isaiah Thomas to their Canton G-League team so he can practise. Thomas is nearing his debut with Cleveland after being sidelined all season with a hip injury, and full-court scrimmages are the next step in his rehab. On Wednesday, Thomas said he would be playing with the Cavs as early as next week, depending on how he recovers from intense practices.

The All-Star guard said he wants to be "special" when he returns to the floor and not "just another body". Cleveland acquired him in a summer trade from Boston.

The Cavs, who have won 18 of 20 and 11 straight at home will visit the Golden State Warriors on Christmas and play at Sacramento and Utah next week before returning to Cleveland to face Portland on January 2.

 

Scottish football official charged over rules breaches

 

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)

A director at Scottish football club Aberdeen has been charged with four counts of allegedly breaching rules on betting on matches.

The Scottish Football Association said yesterday that Duncan Skinner, a non-executive director at the top-flight club, allegedly breached disciplinary rules this season as well as the previous three seasons.

The SFA didn't say which or how many matches Skinner is alleged to have bet on, or if they involved Aberdeen.

Skinner has until January 3 to respond.