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Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Ex-Barcelona president enters jail for bribery

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Former Barcelona club president José Núñez started his prison sentence yesterday after being convicted of bribing tax inspectors.

Antena3 television showed a car carrying Núñez arrive at the Quatre Camins prison near Barcelona, where he is expected to spend two years and two months.

On Nov. 6, a judge gave the 83-year-old Núñez 10 days to enter prison after he lost his final appeal.

Núñez was found guilty of having bribed tax inspectors by a court in 2011. The case did not involve Barcelona football club.

His original sentence of six years was later reduced.

Núñez , owner of a construction company, was president of Barcelona from 1978-2000.


Daley Blind suffers knee injury

AMSTERDAM (AP):

Manchester United mid-fielder Daley Blind could face a lengthy layoff after injuring his knee playing for the Nether-lands against Latvia yesterday.

Coach Guus Hiddink says Blind likely twisted or possibly ruptured a medial ligament in his knee in a challenge with Eduards Visnakovs.

Blind limped off in the 20th minute as the Netherlands thrashed Latvia 6-0 in a European qualifier. Hiddink said he would have an MRI scan today.

"I'm rather negative," Hiddink said. "I think it's a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture."

Blind has been one of United's most consistent players this season in Louis van Gaal's first year in charge, looking composed in the holding midfield role.


Cruzeiro beat Santos

SAO PAULO (AP):

Cruzeiro defeated Santos 1-0 yesterday to move a step closer to winning their second consecutive Brazilian league title.

Brazil midfielder Ricardo Goulart scored in the 50th minute, to give the defending champions a four-point advantage over second-placed Sao Paulo, which beat rivals Palmeiras 2-0 also yesterday.

Cruzeiro's third consecutive win moves them onto 70 points, with four games left to play. Sao Paulo have one less.

Internacional moved up to third following a 1-0 win over Goias, courtesy of defender Paulao's bicycle kick. Luiz Felipe Scolari's Gremio moved into fourth place after defeating last-place Criciuma 3-0 on Saturday. Corinthians beat Bahia 2-1 in Salvador to remain fifth.