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April 27, 2009

CONCACAF cancels U-17 tourney over swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) — CONCACAF says it is canceling the rest of its Under-17 championship because of concerns about swine flu. The tournament was being played in Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.

CONCACAF also will delay the second leg of its Champions League final between CD SC Cruz Azul and Atlante FC, both Mexican clubs, for two weeks, until May 12.

Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States had clinched spots in Wednesday's semifinals of the U-17 tournament, which was being played in Tijuana. But after the Mexican government announced it was closing schools nationwide, CONCACAF decided to abandon the tournament "to safeguard the health of players, officials and fans."

CONCACAF stands for Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

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