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May 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Sir Alex Ferguson's last match as manager at Old Trafford, Manchester's famed "Theatre of Dreams," ended the only way it could have Sunday - with a Manchester United victory. Rio Ferdinand volleyed home the tie-breaking goal in the 86th minute to lift the Red Devils over Swansea, 2-1, sending the 71-year Ferguson bounding out of his dugout seat, pounding his fist in the air. Javier Hernandez scored United's first goal in the 39th minute before Michu equalized for Swansea 10 minutes later.
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February 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When Sir Alex Ferguson, the most celebrated manager in British soccer history, stepped down at Manchester United last spring, he personally anointed David Moyes as his successor. Nine months later, you have to wonder what Moyes did to Ferguson to be punished that way. Soccer's dream job has turned out to be the worst of nightmares for Moyes, whose deep-pocketed club goes into Sunday's Premier League match with Fulham seventh in the EPL standings, 16 points behind first-place Chelsea and 11 points out of a Champions League berth.
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July 21, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LIVERPOOL, England -- At first blush, John Terry's racism trial looked like much ado about nothing. But it could turn out to be worse than that. Because though the case leveled at the former England national team captain was meant to stamp out racism in the sport, it may unwittingly be having the opposite effect. Terry, a defender for European champion Chelsea and one of the more controversial players in the English Premier League, was acquitted by a British court earlier this month of racial abuse.
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May 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Sir Alex Ferguson's last match as manager at Old Trafford, Manchester's famed "Theatre of Dreams," ended the only way it could have Sunday - with a Manchester United victory. Rio Ferdinand volleyed home the tie-breaking goal in the 86th minute to lift the Red Devils over Swansea, 2-1, sending the 71-year Ferguson bounding out of his dugout seat, pounding his fist in the air. Javier Hernandez scored United's first goal in the 39th minute before Michu equalized for Swansea 10 minutes later.
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July 22, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The drawn-out battle over Rio Ferdinand reached its foregone conclusion Sunday when Leeds United agreed to sell the England national team player to Manchester United for $47 million, a deal that will make Ferdinand the most expensive defender in soccer history. The transfer fee is a British record for any player, surpassing the $45 million that Manchester United paid Lazio for Argentina national team midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron only a year ago.
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December 20, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Rio Ferdinand, who became the world's most expensive defender when he joined Manchester United from Leeds United for $51 million in July 2002, Friday was banned from soccer for eight months and fined $87,000 after failing to show for a drug test in September. The suspension means that Ferdinand, 25, will not be able to play for England in the European Championship in Portugal next summer and, once the ban begins Jan.
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October 30, 2003 | Jim Barrero, Times Staff Writer
England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand escaped a ban of up to two years when the Football Assn. handed him a lesser charge of misconduct for missing a mandatory drug test in September. Ferdinand, 24, still faces a suspension and fine, but things could have been a lot worse for the world's most expensive defender had he been charged with "willfully" avoiding the test.
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September 15, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
At last, someone devised a defensive strategy to take Gabriel Batistuta, Christian Vieri, Rivaldo and Hernan Crespo out of the game and hold them scoreless for weeks. Sweeper system? Zonal marking? 5-4-1? Try: This season delayed until the greedheads who run the sport finally figure out how to split up the television money. Italy's 2002-03 professional soccer season finally kicked off Saturday, two weeks after initially scheduled.
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May 23, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from London -- If oversized striker Peter Crouch was beginning to feel comfortable with his place on England's national soccer squad, it didn't take long for him to learn that comfort would have no place in the team's World Cup training camp. Crouch's bags had not even arrived at the team hotel in the Austrian Alps before Coach Fabio Capello chewed him out for wearing slippers in the lobby. And a dress code is not the only thing that England's players have had to deal with at Camp Capello.
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February 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When Sir Alex Ferguson, the most celebrated manager in British soccer history, stepped down at Manchester United last spring, he personally anointed David Moyes as his successor. Nine months later, you have to wonder what Moyes did to Ferguson to be punished that way. Soccer's dream job has turned out to be the worst of nightmares for Moyes, whose deep-pocketed club goes into Sunday's Premier League match with Fulham seventh in the EPL standings, 16 points behind first-place Chelsea and 11 points out of a Champions League berth.
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August 2, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Rio Ferdinand, a defensive standout for Manchester United of the English Premier League, is denying a charge of improper conduct concerning a tweet he made in the aftermath of a trial that focused on his brother being the target of a racism. Ferdinand appeared to endorse a Twitter post that referred to Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who like the Ferdinand brothers is black, as a "choc ice," a slang term for a person who is black on the outside and white on the inside. The tweet was in reference to Cole testifying as a defense witness for teammate John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton , a defender for the EPL's Queens Park Rangers.
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July 21, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LIVERPOOL, England -- At first blush, John Terry's racism trial looked like much ado about nothing. But it could turn out to be worse than that. Because though the case leveled at the former England national team captain was meant to stamp out racism in the sport, it may unwittingly be having the opposite effect. Terry, a defender for European champion Chelsea and one of the more controversial players in the English Premier League, was acquitted by a British court earlier this month of racial abuse.
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November 26, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
It was one of the most memorable moments from the FIFA World Cup last year: Before the semifinal matches, players from both teams stood alongside a huge banner that read "Say No to Racism" as their captains read statements condemning prejudice to a television audience numbering in the tens of millions. That it took place in South Africa, a country whose recent history bears testimony to the pain and futility of racism, made the scene all the more moving. Too bad FIFA President Sepp Blatter didn't get the message.
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June 4, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- South Africa has its fair share of poisonous snakes, but the country never thought its World Cup would be snake-bit. It has been, though. How else to explain the rash of injuries in recent weeks that will deprive the 32-nation tournament of many of the sport's leading figures? Germany's Michael Ballack suffered ligament damage in his right ankle when tackled by Kevin-Prince Boateng during the English FA Cup final May 15. Boateng is on Ghana's World Cup team, which lost its own most influential midfielder on May 27, when Michael Essien finally had to admit that he had not recovered sufficiently from a left knee injury sustained in January.
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May 23, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from London -- If oversized striker Peter Crouch was beginning to feel comfortable with his place on England's national soccer squad, it didn't take long for him to learn that comfort would have no place in the team's World Cup training camp. Crouch's bags had not even arrived at the team hotel in the Austrian Alps before Coach Fabio Capello chewed him out for wearing slippers in the lobby. And a dress code is not the only thing that England's players have had to deal with at Camp Capello.
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December 20, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Rio Ferdinand, who became the world's most expensive defender when he joined Manchester United from Leeds United for $51 million in July 2002, Friday was banned from soccer for eight months and fined $87,000 after failing to show for a drug test in September. The suspension means that Ferdinand, 25, will not be able to play for England in the European Championship in Portugal next summer and, once the ban begins Jan.
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November 26, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
It was one of the most memorable moments from the FIFA World Cup last year: Before the semifinal matches, players from both teams stood alongside a huge banner that read "Say No to Racism" as their captains read statements condemning prejudice to a television audience numbering in the tens of millions. That it took place in South Africa, a country whose recent history bears testimony to the pain and futility of racism, made the scene all the more moving. Too bad FIFA President Sepp Blatter didn't get the message.
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August 2, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Rio Ferdinand, a defensive standout for Manchester United of the English Premier League, is denying a charge of improper conduct concerning a tweet he made in the aftermath of a trial that focused on his brother being the target of a racism. Ferdinand appeared to endorse a Twitter post that referred to Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who like the Ferdinand brothers is black, as a "choc ice," a slang term for a person who is black on the outside and white on the inside. The tweet was in reference to Cole testifying as a defense witness for teammate John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton , a defender for the EPL's Queens Park Rangers.
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October 30, 2003 | Jim Barrero, Times Staff Writer
England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand escaped a ban of up to two years when the Football Assn. handed him a lesser charge of misconduct for missing a mandatory drug test in September. Ferdinand, 24, still faces a suspension and fine, but things could have been a lot worse for the world's most expensive defender had he been charged with "willfully" avoiding the test.
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September 15, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
At last, someone devised a defensive strategy to take Gabriel Batistuta, Christian Vieri, Rivaldo and Hernan Crespo out of the game and hold them scoreless for weeks. Sweeper system? Zonal marking? 5-4-1? Try: This season delayed until the greedheads who run the sport finally figure out how to split up the television money. Italy's 2002-03 professional soccer season finally kicked off Saturday, two weeks after initially scheduled.
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