Posts Tagged Soccer

Batistuta asked legs be cut off to relieve pain

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former star Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s record goal scorer for the national team, says he once asked a doctor to amputate his legs to relieve intense pain in his ankles.

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Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game.

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Fundraiser planned for family of soccer referee

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Kris Bieniewicz, of Westland, and her sons Josh Bieniewicz, 9, and Kyle Bieniewicz, 14, remember her husband and their father, John Bieniewicz, at the soccer fields of Founders Sports Park in Farmington Hills, where the boys have played soccer and their father officiated matches. John Bieniewicz died earlier this summer after being punched while refereeing during a soccer game in Livonia, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza) DETROIT NEWS OUT;  NO SALES

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — A fundraiser is planned for the family of a Detroit-area referee who died after being punched by a player during a recreational soccer game this summer.

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Balotelli in line for Liverpool debut at Spurs

Liverpool's Adam Lallana, left, and Mario Balotelli in the stands during the English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, where Manchester City were playing Liverpool, Monday Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut against Tottenham on Sunday after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers in the Italy striker’s first practice sessions with his new club.

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Roma’s American CEO keeps euphoria in check

In this April 8, 2013 file photo, AS Roma soccer club president James Pallotta, center, follows a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio at Rome's Olympic stadium. For Italian football fans, merely mentioning the word "scudetto" _ league title _ in association with a favorite club is considered tabu. The theory goes that it's better left unsaid until your squad actually raises the trophy. Yet recently, the word has begun popping up in animated discussions inside Rome's myriad coffee bars and impassioned sports-talk radio stations. The talk, and not only in the capital, is that Roma can put together a serious challenge for the Serie A title this season. Three years after takeover by US owners, Roma is expected to contend for the Serie A title.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)

ROME (AP) — For Italian soccer fans, merely mentioning the word “scudetto” — league title — is considered taboo.

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