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January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Mike Magee was invited to train with the U.S. soccer national team, he was young and cocky and admits he didn't appreciate the honor. So it's probably no surprise that it took nine years before he was asked back. "When you're young you feel like it's just a normal thing and you take it for granted," said Magee, who is at StubHub Center in Carson for Coach Juergen Klinsmann's final extended camp before this summer's World Cup. "I won't make that mistake again. " It took a 21-goal season that ended with Magee hoisting Major League Soccer's most-valuable-player award to change the way the national team looked at the Chicago Fire forward.
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SPORTS
January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Galaxy forward Mike Magee will be returning to StubHub Center on Monday after earning an invitation to the U.S. national team's winter training camp. Magee, who won Major League Soccer's MVP award last season after tying for the league lead with 21 goals, will be joined in the monthlong camp by former Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. The camp, the longest and most extensive ahead of June's World Cup in Brazil, will be split across two continents. After six days in Carson, the roster will be trimmed to 23 players and the team will decamp for the U.S. team's summer training base in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for 12 days of twice-daily sessions.
SPORTS
January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up 26 players for the first training camp of 2014 on Friday as the U.S. national soccer team begins ramping up its preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The monthlong camp, which begins Monday in Carson, will be split between Southern California and Brazil and will end with a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea at the StubHub Center. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup," said Klinsmann, whose team will hold twice-daily training sessions at its World Cup base in Sao Paulo on Jan. 13 to 25. "It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament.
WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil - When two workers were crushed by a crane in late November on the construction site of the Sao Paulo stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, the tragedy led to investigations of working conditions and the threat that completion will be delayed until just before the opening whistle. Two more men died Dec. 14, from a fall and a heart attack, on the site of another soccer stadium under construction, in the Amazonian city of Manaus. Authorities quickly halted parts of the project as attention intensified on Brazil's rush to finish its flashy temples to futebol . "So much is being done in a hurry and at the last minute that it puts tremendous pressure on the workers," said Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, president of the Sao Paulo civil construction workers union and a state legislator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Ronnie Biggs, one of the most famous criminals in British history, who helped commit the Great Train Robbery of 1963, broke out of prison, enjoyed a notoriously colorful life on the lam in Brazil and then gave himself up, in thoroughly British fashion, to a tabloid newspaper decades later, has died. He was 84. Biggs died during the night, his official Twitter account said Wednesday morning; a woman at the nursing home where he was living, outside London, confirmed the news.
WORLD
December 17, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has published a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil," saying he has been inspired by the reaction around the world to his revelations, and lamenting that he can't fully assist the South American nation's investigations into spying without being granted permanent political asylum. "Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the U.S. government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak," he wrote in the letter published by Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Here's how director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") and art director Tom Duffield bonded professionally: They got kidnapped. The duo, who would go on to work together on three films (including the upcoming "Lone Survivor"), were scouting locations in the Brazilian rain forest for Berg's 2003 film, "The Rundown," and were held for several hours by three armed men who were trying to figure out how to ransom them. "Going through an experience like that and coming out the other side, a real relationship of trust is formed," says Berg.
WORLD
December 12, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- At least three people were killed and more than 2,000 displaced when heavy rainfall caused flooding this week in the coastal state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said Thursday. The downpour began Wednesday and continued overnight, dumping more rain in 10 hours in parts of the state than was expected for the entire month of December. Local media were full of photographs of streets turned into rivers, commuters seeking refuge on top of buses and reports of looting as residents of the Baixada Flumeninse region fled their homes.  Authorities said they had discovered at least three bodies so far, but the death count could rise.
SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann said he had a gut feeling things would not go well for his U.S. team in Friday's World Cup draw. With the field for next summer's tournament in Brazil the strongest ever, the chances Klinsmann's team would wind up with tough first-round matchups were high. And when the World Cup pairings were announced at the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe, that nightmare came true, with the U.S. drawn into a group with three-time champion Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Ghana.
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