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Templeton Recreation department

Youth sports competitions are still prohibited in California due to COVID-19 restrictions. But recreation departments throughout SLO County say they have been getting creative in finding ways for children to get athletic.

The United States Soccer Team is scheduled to play its first elimination-round World Cup game Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT against Belgium.

Managers at Central Coast bars and restaurants showing the game say they expect to see big crowds, even though it's in the middle of a work day.

An informal survey of a half-dozen sports bars from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles shows an uptick in business of between 5 to 20 percent, thanks entirely to the games.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The Santa Ynez Valley soccer coach accused of having sex with a teenage girl is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Santa Maria Superior Court.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced child molestation charges against 42-year-old Buellton resident Jose Diaz on Tuesday.

Investigators say the crimes happened last year between August and November.

Diaz had been a coach with the local American Youth Soccer Organization girl's league for nearly two decades.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

A longtime youth soccer coach in the Santa Ynez area is in custody on $100,000 bail, charged with sex crimes against a child.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says 42-year-old Jose Diaz was arrested Tuesday in Solvang for having sexual relations with a teenager when the girl was 14 and 15 years old. 

Diaz has been a coach with the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) girl's league for nearly two decades. Sheriff's detectives are concerned there may be more victims.