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NEW YORK -- Some Columbia University wrestlers will be suspended from the team for as long as the rest of the school year over lewd and racially insensitive text messages, but some teammates can keep competing, including in a state championship this weekend, the university announced on Friday.Columbia wouldnt say how many wrestlers are barred from competing, citing educational privacy laws, and the team coach and assistant coaches didnt immediately respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.The team apologized in a letter on Thursday, calling the text messages inexcusable and saying members were prepared for repercussions.We could not be more remorseful for the harm that this situation has caused, the team wrote, according to a student-run blog that said it received the letter.The blog, Bwog.com, had published screengrabs of the crude text messages.The Ivy League university had put all competition on hold Monday to investigate the texts, which the blog said were exchanged by seniors on the wrestling team.Some messages disparaged female students, expressed hope that someone would be sexually assaulted at a campus event, used anti-gay terms and slurred black people, including while discussing the deadly police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.The blog redacted the senders identities, so it was unclear how many people sent or responded to them. But Columbias athletics department said in a statement on Friday it determined only a distinct group of wrestlers was involved.Those responsible for the offensive statements are suspended from the team through the rest of the school year, some others are barred just through the rest of the semester and those who werent involved can continue competing, the athletics department said. No wrestlers are suspended from their studies, just from the sport.The department said it recognized students have a right to express themselves, but the appalling messages dont fit behavior standards for Columbias student-athletes. The athletes code of conduct includes pledges to treat everyone with dignity and respect and not to do anything that might reflect poorly on themselves or the team.The wrestlers will work with an advocate for fighting discrimination in sports, the department said.The messages were revealed a week after Harvard University canceled the remainder of the season for its mens soccer team because of lewd comments about members of the womens soccer team. Liverpool owner John Henry says fan protests against ticket prices are causing the club to reassess plans to further redevelop Anfield.Henrys Fenway Sports Group apologized to fans earlier this year and reversed planned rises in ticket prices after a walkout during a game.But having funded the redevelopment of Liverpools main stand over the last year, the next phase of the expansion program might not make economic sense if the club cant recoup the construction cost. The Anfield Road stand had been next in line for rebuilding at the 54,000-capacity Anfield.I dont know if there is a next step because ticket prices are an issue in England, Henry said. That may foreclose further expansion. Well have to see.Henry was speaking Tuesday at Yankee Stadium where his baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, was playing the New York Yankees.Liverpool has opened its first full season with Juergen Klopp in charge by winning four of its six Premier League games. The German signed a contract extension in July through 2022.He was a perfect fit for Liverpool, for the culture of the club, for the supporters, for the kind of team that we were trying to build, Henry said. We couldnt have asked for a better fit.With no European matches this season, Liverpool is chasing a top-four finish to return to the Champions LLeague.ddddddddddddrom the 2018-19 season, entry into the Champions League group stage is easier for English clubs with the Premier Leagues fourth-place team no longer having to go through a playoff.The market pool system, which steers UEFA prize money to clubs in England, Germany, and Italy, where the broadcasting deals are bigger, will be changed to reward better historical results in the competition. That should help Liverpool as a five-time European champion but see income drop for Manchester City, which has never won the continents top prize.The Champions League changes were agreed by a small number of club officials and UEFA, with the rest of Europe not knowing the outcome until the announcement in August.Henry said he was aware of other teams in England obviously not happy with the UEFA deal.The changes werent really discussed with us, they were implemented essentially. They unilaterally made changes to the market pool and there should have been I think more discussion. But I can tell you that the (Premier League) owners were not happy ... at least among the clubs that I speak with.---AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '