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Sports briefs: Jan. 19

Soccer

FIFA says no way it can punish Henry for hand ball

Thierry Henry won't be punished for his hand ball before the goal that helped send France to the World Cup instead of Ireland.

FIFA said Monday that its disciplinary panel decided it had no legal right to consider the case under its rules. The governing body said a hand ball offense is not classified as "a serious infringement" necessary to prosecute Henry under the Disciplinary Code.

"There is no other legal text that would allow the committee to impose sanctions for any incidents missed by match officials," FIFA said in a statement.

Henry touched the ball with his left hand and arm before passing for William Gallas to score the decisive goal in a playoff in Paris last November. France drew the match 1-1 after extra time to beat Ireland 2-1 on aggregate.

The Football Association of Ireland asked FIFA and the French federation to replay the match, but FIFA said in November that the result must stand because decisions made by referees on the field could not be reviewed.

Horse racing

Deputy Daney wins Winkfield Stakes

Deputy Daney stretched his undefeated streak to three on Monday, beating Red Bengal by 1¼ lengths in the $63,700 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York.

Breaking from the rail with Angel Arroyo aboard, Deputy Daney dueled Citizen's Arrest, the 3-5 favorite, for the early lead. Deputy Daney put that rival away on the turn and rolled to the victory in his stakes debut. Trained by Cathal Lynch at Philadelphia Park, Deputy Daney ran the six furlongs on the good track in 1:11.83.

■ Racing was rained out at Santa Anita, forcing the Grade II San Marcos Handicap to be postponed. Track president Ron Charles said Monday that a series of heavy rains washing through Southern California canceled racing on the main track. No races are scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday.

The field of nine runners for the San Marcos will be redrawn and the race run Jan. 24. The remaining eight races canceled Monday will be run in the coming weeks.

College football

Two more named to Vols' staff

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley has added 11-year NFL assistant Charlie Baggett to his Volunteers staff where he will work as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. The Vols also announced Monday that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will remain on staff.

Baggett worked last season with the St. Louis Rams and worked with Dooley with the Miami Dolphins. He has also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and the Houston Oilers. During his time in the NFL, Baggett has coached nine 1,000-yard receivers including Chris Chambers, Randy Moss and Cris Carter.

Skip Holtz's staff at South Florida will include five new assistants, as well as four holdovers who worked with the Bulls under fired coach Jim Leavitt. Mark Snyder, Todd Fitch, Vernon Hargreaves, Peter Vaas and Rick Smith were added on Monday. They join Kevin Patrick, Larry Scott, Carl Franks and Phil McGeoghan, who were retained from Leavitt's staff. Specific staff titles were not announced. Snyder has previously the head coach at Marshall.

Gymnastics

Cats climb in national rankings

Kentucky's gymnastics team moved up two spots to No. 12 in national rankings released Monday. It is the program's highest mark since 1998. UK is coming off a second-place finish at the Lady Luck Invitational quad meet Jan. 15 in Las Vegas.

"It's a nice honor, but the team is not satisfied," Coach Mo Mitchell said. "In fact, they are a little disappointed they didn't perform better in Las Vegas. The two events we have struggled with the most have been the beam and the bars. We've just got to make more handstands, stick more landings and get rid of falls."

Three Wildcats are listed in individual rankings. Sophomore Whitney Rose is tied for 10th on the vault (9.887). Senior Hillary Ferguson is tied for 20th on vault (9.850). Sophomore Storey Morris is tied for 17th on the balance beam.

Baseball

Offerman banned from Dominican League

Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field. The former All-Star, the manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Reyburn in the face or neck with a fist during Saturday's playoff game against the Cibao Giants. Rayburn fell to the ground.

The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido, announced the ban Monday. He said the decision against Offerman was made shortly after the attack.

Fernando Ravelo, the general manager of the Tigers, said the club will try to appeal the ban against Offerman, who had a contract with the club for next season.

"We know that he is a young man who committed a serious error, but we think that a pardon" can be granted by the winter league, Revolo told The Associated Press.

The last word

NASCAR's Matt Kenseth, a Wisconsin native and Green Bay Packers fan who once traded helmets with Brett Favre, said he wasn't rooting for Favre on Sunday against Dallas:

"Can't do it. I love Brett. I can cheer for him, but there's no way I can cheer for the Vikings."

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