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July 8, 1994 | BILL DWYRE
Hristo Stoitchkov, Bulgaria's star midfielder, is a quote machine. He is the Al McGuire of the soccer world. After his team had beaten Mexico in the round of 16, its best showing in World Cup competition, Stoitchkov, who spends most of his time in Spain and is a star for FC Barcelona, said, "Today, God was a Bulgarian." Earlier in his career, according to the Chicago Tribune, Stoitchkov was banned for two months from the Spanish League after stamping on a referee's foot while disputing a call.
January 5, 1998 | Associated Press
Rodrigo de la Fuente, Washington State's leading scorer, will pass up the remainder of his senior season to return to his native Spain to play professional basketball. Washington State Coach Kevin Eastman made the announcement Sunday. The Cougars open their Pacific 10 Conference season tonight at Washington. De La Fuente averaged 16.1 points and 34.7 minutes this season for the Cougars, who are 7-4.
February 10, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
BARCELONA, Spain -- Not that we tread in some sort of fable with Pau Gasol's life story here, but you really should see the hospital where he joined the world on July 6, 1980, just seven weeks after Magic scored 42 at Philadelphia. Really now, how many hospitals do you know that look like some cross between Shangri-La and the Hotel del Coronado? How many caress the eyes with murals, mosaics, sculptures or the two soaring palms that tower out front at L'Hospital Sant Pau?
January 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Shakira and her beau Gerard Piqué are brand new parents. The Colombian-Lebanese pop singer, 35, and her soccer star boyfriend, 25, welcomed their baby boy in Spain on Tuesday. The tiny tot's name: Milan, which means "dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification," according to Shakira's website. "We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain," said a statement posted Tuesday.
July 31, 2009 | Helene Elliott
David Beckham missed the Galaxy's practice Thursday at the Home Depot Center because of back pain that he said flared up a few days ago. Beckham, who has played in only two Major League Soccer games this season because of his loan to AC Milan, said he hoped to resume training today to play for the Galaxy against powerhouse FC Barcelona on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. "I've got slight back pain, but it's not a problem," he said Thursday.
March 29, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN
MEN No. Player: Comment 1. Pete Sampras: Slumps happen. 2. Marcelo Rios: SI smack: most hated man in tennis. 3. Andre Agassi: Could give Rios an image makeover. 4. Petr Korda: Blows another chance to become No. 1. 5. Patrick Rafter: He'll always have the U.S. Open. 6. Greg Rusedski: Forms accord with Henman--for now. 7. Tim Henman: True Brit shines in Florida. 8. Alex Corretja: Doing as well as beloved FC Barcelona. 9. Yevgeny Kafelnikov: Can he regroup for Davis Cup? 10.
August 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Santino Quaranta scored his first goal of the season a day after being acquired by the Galaxy, and it held up for a 1-0 win over the host Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night at Reliant Stadium. Quaranta, traded Tuesday from D.C. United to the Galaxy for a draft pick, lofted a left-footed shot from a steep angle into the left corner of the net from about 12 yards in the 69th minute.
October 17, 1997 | Associated Press
Michael Jordan has a sore toe, and the Chicago Bulls are already missing Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Could a stumble be coming in the McDonald's Championship in Paris? Jordan cut his practice time in half as the Bulls prepared for their opener today in this six-team international championship, and Bull Coach Phil Jackson sounded worried. "He had one toe bothering him [Monday] and now the other toe is bothering him," Jackson said. "It hurts him and he can't jump.
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