Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusation

Cristiano Ronaldo declared his innocence on Twitter.
Cristiano Ronaldo declared his innocence on Twitter.(FILE/MARCO BERTORELLO/ GETTY IMAGES)

Soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo denied accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a ‘‘clear conscience’’ as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation. Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga. She has said Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009. ‘‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,’’ Ronaldo said in a statement. ‘‘My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.’’ Ronaldo sent the messages on Twitter. Mayorga’s lawyers said a psychiatrist determined she suffers post-traumatic stress and depression because of the alleged attack.

Pulisic may miss US friendlies

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic suffered a torn calf muscle, casting doubt on his availability for the US men’s national team’s international friendlies this month against Colombia and Peru . . . A Croatian court rejected a perjury charge against Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric because the accusations are ‘‘premature,’’ state TV reported. Modric, recently named FIFA’s player of the year, is accused of lying in his testimony about financial deals with a former Dinamo Zagreb director convicted of embezzlement and tax fraud.

Colleges Ex-Clemson RB Fuller dead

C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back who was part of the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22. The school did not give a cause of death. Fuller played at Clemson from 2015-17. He was planning to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer, but in March he was accused of robbing someone at gunpoint . . . University of Georgia first baseman Adam Sasser was dismissed from the baseball team amid allegations he shouted racist remarks at Bulldogs quarterback Justin Fields in Saturday’s Tennessee-Georgia football game. Sasser issued an apology on his Twitter account . . . University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban topped USA Today’s annual coaching salary database again, with a total pay package of $8.3 million. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer was second at $7.6 million. The highest-paid ACC coach was Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, seventh overall at $6.5 million . . . Yale junior Kurt Rawlings and Assumption senior Cody Williams earned the Week 5 Gold Helmets from the New England Football Writers . . . New Jersey financial adviser Munish Sood testified in Manhattan federal court that he gave about $19,500 last year to the father of Brian Bowen Jr. He said the money was meant to get Bowen to commit to the University of Louisville basketball team.



IOC may drop boxing The International Olympic Committee reiterated its threat to drop boxing from the Olympics, expressing ‘‘extreme concern’’ with how the sport is run after a businessman from Uzbekistan who was accused by US authorities of having ties to organized crime was announced to be running unopposed for president of the amateur boxing association . . . Juan Martin del Porto qualified for the ATP Finals for the fifth time by beating Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing . . . New Zealander Russell Coutts and American software tycoon Larry Ellison announced their SailGP global racing league in London. The five-regatta sailing series begins Feb. 15 in Sydney, Australia.