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Cops Ask Ronaldo for a DNA Sample

January 11, 2019

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of a Nevada woman’s allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the soccer star’s lawyer and Las Vegas police said Thursday.

Attorney Peter S. Christiansen downplayed the development, denied the rape allegation and called evidence collection common in any investigation.

Police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the superstar player. Officer Laura Meltzer, a department spokeswoman, said the request involved a warrant.

Ronaldo, 33, plays for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus.

TENNIS

Murray nears retirement

A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.

The three-time Grand Slam champion says he plans to start his opening match against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open, where he has reached the final five times but never won the title. He says he can no longer play at the elite level because of the pain, and is considering another operation on his hip.

GENERAL

Lowrie joining Mets

Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie and the New York Mets have agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract. A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year and hit .267 for the A’s. He also has played for Boston and Houston, and he has a .262 career big league average with 104 homers and 509 RBIs. He began his pro career with the Lowell Spinners.

Andrew Putnam didn’t get a practice round in for the Sony Open because of a bee sting, and he apparently didn’t need one in Honolulu.

Putnam made birdie on half of his holes at Waialae, none of them tap-ins, and took only 23 putts for an 8-under 62. It was the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and gave him a four-shot lead among the early starters. Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and John Chin were at 66, with defending champion Patton Kizzire among those at 67. ... Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Carolina Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug tests and they’re demanding the league and the players’ union “immediately issue a retraction.” ... Former Tennessee women’s athletic director Joan Cronan and four-time WNBA All-Star Ticha Penicheiro are among the 12 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced.

The Hall of Fame will release its official 2019 class on Feb. 4. Finalists include: Cronan, Penicheiro, former Women’s Basketball Coaches Association CEO Beth Bass, former Delta State guard Debbie Brock, inaugural NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee chair Nora Lynn Finch, former coach Lucille Kyvallos, former Notre Dame and WNBA center Ruth Riley, former Wayland Baptist Flying Queens star Carolyn Busch Roddy, former Western Kentucky coach Paul Sanderford, former high school and Division II college coach Bob Schneider, former Kentucky star Valerie Still and former longtime Stanford assistant coach Amy Tucker.

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