Police say 526 possible victims in UK soccer abuse scandal, 184 suspects

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:58am

Former footballer Andy Woodward poses for a portrait at the launch of The Offside Trust, an independent group set up to support players and their families who have suffered abuse, in Manchester northern EnglandBritish police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at soccer clubs dating back to the 1970s said on Wednesday they had now identified 184 potential suspects and 526 victims, adding other sports had also been implicated in the scandal. Police forces across the country launched inquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed in November he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with allegations. Victims say the scale of wrongdoing is likely to be worse than in the case of TV star Jimmy Savile, a cigar-chomping BBC television host who abused hundreds of youngsters over six decades until his death in 2011.

Bjorn gets extra wildcard pick as Europe tweak Ryder Cup criteria

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:07am

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn poses with the trophy after being appointed as the European Ryder Cup Captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup(Reuters) - The European Tour amended its selection criteria for the 2018 Ryder Cup on Wednesday, handing captain Thomas Bjorn an extra wildcard pick and tweaking the qualifying system so the team contains more in-form players. Europe lost to the United States by a crushing 17-11 margin at Hazeltine National last year, prompting the European Tour to change its selection criteria for the 2018 edition in Paris. Tournaments in the latter half of the season will also be given a greater points weighting to ensure the team contains the players who are in the best form before the Ryder Cup begins.

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