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July 14, 1996 | MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All Richard Hamar wanted to do was write a screenplay. And he did. But in the process, the Beverly Hills attorney devoted eight months of his life and a substantial amount of his family's savings to creating, and bringing to Los Angeles, Colombia's first all-girls soccer league--a cluster of teams that is not only his obsession, but an important plot line in his script.
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SPORTS
October 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
China's Hongling Li set a world record in the 181.5-pound division by jerking 303.6 pounds in the World Weightlifting Championships at Donaueschingen, Germany. Maria Isabel Urrutia of Colombia set a world record in the same division by snatching 236.5 pounds.
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February 5, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the year of living dangerously in Colombia. A presidential candidate was assassinated in August, leading to a declaration of war by the government against the drug cartels. By the end of 1989, the death toll reached more than 300. Yet, when Credencial magazine polled 344 people in four cities about the year's top news story in Colombia, the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan finished second at 19.8%. The drug war was third at 12.3%. The winner, 39.
SPORTS
June 10, 1994
Pele wasn't much kinder to his former team. According to the Brazilian great, Colombia is the best team going into the World Cup. "Colombia has a good team. They have (Faustino) Asprilla. Colombia has a very organized team," Pele said at an awards ceremony in New York. "Win? I don't know. But they will be one of the four finalists. "For me Colombia is the best team. It doesn't mean they are going to win it. Italy, going into the 1982 finals, had the worst team."
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July 4, 1994 | LEN HALL and JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. soccer team, a mere infant when compared to some of the giants in the world's most popular sport, is using its prowess in the technological world to attempt to gain an advantage over its opponents in the World Cup. The team will use its new tool, a computer program stored in floppy discs, against the powerful Brazilian team when they meet today in the Cup's second round in Palo Alto.
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June 18, 1994 | EMILIO GARCIA-RUIZ
If the scene at Chicago's Soldier Field is any indication, fans attending today's game at the Rose Bowl will experience Valderrama-mania. Even though the Colombian forward with the wild blond hairdo doesn't begin World Cup play until today against Romania at the Rose Bowl, his fans were easy to find at the inaugural game. At least five Carlos Valderrama look-alikes were on hand, replete with bushy Valderrama blond wigs, No. 10 Valderrama game jersey and fake Valderrama mustaches.
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February 15, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials from soccer's 1994 World Cup organizing committee visited the Rose Bowl and Coliseum Wednesday as part of a 22-city venue tour, armed with the knowledge that the Coliseum they saw might not be what they get in four years. Ross Berlin, the organizing committee's vice president for venues, said both stadiums would be suitable for soccer as they stand with only minor alterations.
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June 1, 1994 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Try as he might--and the extent and sincerity of his effort must be seriously questioned--Faustino Asprilla can't seem to adopt the attitude of a European soccer professional. The 24-year-old Colombian lives his life with a wink and a shrug. His success as a forward on Parma's first division team has the citizens of this tidy town in Italy's breadbasket chanting "Tino, Tino" at games with every feint and daring dribble.
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June 19, 1994 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Saturday at the Rose Bowl, he was the Gretzky of Romania. Actually, for the last 10 years, he has been the Gretzky of Romania. His name is Gheorghe Hagi and his position is star midfielder for the Romanian soccer team that, on this bright and sunny afternoon, shocked Colombia and the rest of the soccer world with a convincing 3-1 win over the flashier and more highly touted South American team.
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June 22, 1994 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are two schools of thought on Colombia's mood going into today's World Cup game against the United States at the Rose Bowl. One says the intense pressure on Colombia, which was upset by Romania in its opener, will cause the team to wilt in its rush to gain a point with only two games left in the first round. This reasoning has it that the Colombians will press to score and lapse into undisciplined individual play.
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