AP News in Brief 02-10-19

  • Whiskey the whippet competes in the Hound group Feb. 12, 2018 during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Whiskey the whippet is a top favorite for best in show when the Westminster Kennel Club competition begins Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Questions, criticism of Brazil soccer club where 10 killed

RIO DE JANEIRO — Under mounting criticism Saturday, Brazilian soccer club Flamengo defended its management of the training ground where a fire killed 10 of its academy players — all between 14 and 16 years old — at a dormitory that had been registered with the city as a parking lot.

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Rio de Janeiro’s city hall said in a statement that Flamengo was fined 31 times because of infractions at the Ninho do Urubu training ground, which had to be temporarily closed in October 2017. The club did not pay 21 of those fines.

City hall also said the sleeping quarters where Flamengo’s players died was irregularly licensed as a parking lot.

“The lodging area hit by the fire is not included in the last project approved by our licensing,” it said. “There are no registers of new licensing requests for that area as a sleeping quarter.”

Three teenagers injured in the fire were still in the hospital, including one in serious condition.

Whiskey the whippet revs up for Westminster

NEW YORK — Sleek and aerodynamic, Whiskey the whippet is dashing through the dog show world.

He’s among the fastest breed of pooches on the planet, and his rise has been rapid: Coming off big wins televised on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, he’ll now try for dogdom’s Triple Crown starting Monday at the Westminster Kennel Club.

“He does his best at these high-profile rings,” owner-breeder-handler Justin Smithey said. “He knows how to turn it off, lay down and wait till it’s his turn. And then he just goes.”

The fawn-and-white whippet is a favorite to get picked Tuesday night and succeed Flynn the bichon frise as America’s top dog.

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There are more than 2,800 entries, including popular Biggie the pug, a Lhasa apso from Hawaii who surfs with his owner and the nation’s No. 1-ranked qualifier last year, Grant the black cocker spaniel.

From wire sources

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