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August 11, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones
Ronaldinho, whose two goals against New Zealand on Sunday helped propel Brazil into the quarterfinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament, caused a stir even among Chinese police when he and the rest of the Brazilian players arrived in Shenyang. "Ronaldinho was surrounded by a multitude asking for autographs, shouting his name and taking photographs," the Brazilian soccer federation said on its web- site.
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January 15, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Saturday afternoon in Wolfsburg, Germany, home of VfL Wolfsburg, the 2009 Bundesliga champion. The winter break is over and Bayern Munich is in town, ready to launch the second half of its 2010-2011 season. Coach Louis van Gaal and the 22-time German champions are intent on closing ground on league leader Borussia Dortmund, which holds a 17-point lead over fifth-place Bayern. But there is a second story line at work, one every bit as compelling as the Munich team's improbable quest.
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July 22, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
If you wouldn't buy a used car from Silvio Berlusconi, the AC Milan president who doubles as Italy's prime minister, why would you buy a used soccer player from the man? Sure, the New York Red Bulls have been suckered into splashing out a bundle of money for French forward Thierry Henry and soon will do the same for Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, but New Yorkers have been taken to the cleaners by a whole succession of past-their-prime soccer players — Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthaeus, Claudio Reyna, the list is endless.
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January 2, 2011 | Wire reports
Caron Butler could be out at least two months because of a knee injury, a tough blow for the already ailing Dallas Mavericks. A person with direct knowledge said the initial diagnosis is a torn patellar tendon. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was awaiting MRI test results before making any announcement. Butler was injured during Dallas' loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night. He was coming off a season-high 30-point performance the previous game while picking up the offensive slack because of an injury to leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki . Coach Rick Carlisle had no new information about the injury before Sunday's game at Cleveland.
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May 8, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Here are five things for South African fans to remember when they flock to stadiums in Johannesburg and Durban next month to watch Brazil play in the World Cup: • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1958, when a 17-year-old named Pele lit up Sweden with six goals in four games. • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1962, when Garrincha, the "little bird" on the wing, dazzled everyone with his dribbling and his goals. • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1970, when the cast of magicians in yellow and blue included Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Rivelino and Tostao.
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January 2, 2011 | Wire reports
Caron Butler could be out at least two months because of a knee injury, a tough blow for the already ailing Dallas Mavericks. A person with direct knowledge said the initial diagnosis is a torn patellar tendon. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was awaiting MRI test results before making any announcement. Butler was injured during Dallas' loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night. He was coming off a season-high 30-point performance the previous game while picking up the offensive slack because of an injury to leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki . Coach Rick Carlisle had no new information about the injury before Sunday's game at Cleveland.
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March 2, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The winner of soccer's 2010 World Cup could make itself evident at any moment, 100 days before the tournament in South Africa begins. It might be Tuesday night's victorious team, five-time World Cup winner Brazil, which defeated Ireland, 2-0, in London. Equally likely, it could show up Wednesday night a few miles away at Wembley Stadium, where England plays Egypt amid pleas for English fans not to boo under-siege defender John Terry. Or it might be in Monte Carlo, where world champion Italy plays Cameroon, or in Munich, where Germany plays Argentina, or in Paris, where 1998 World Cup winner and 2006 runner-up France plays reigning European champion and 2010 favorite Spain.
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July 20, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES
If there was ever any doubt that David Beckham and AC Milan are meant for each other, that doubt vanished Sunday evening. It was evident in the body language of the Milan players, in the words of the Milan coach and in the behavior of the Galaxy's highest-paid and highest-profile player. Beckham turned in a performance that made nonsense of claims that at 34 he is either over the hill or no longer interested.
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December 15, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The Galaxy moved Wednesday to significantly improve the depth of its attack by drafting veteran Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel. Angel, 35, was selected in the second stage of Major League Soccer's reentry draft after his contract was not renewed by the New York Red Bulls. He was the fourth player selected, after Americans Josh Wolff (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Chivas USA) and Ryan Cochrane (New England Revolution). The Galaxy also picked up Angel's former New York teammate, midfielder Luke Sassano, 25, of Orinda, Calif.
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June 28, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
There were Romario and Bebeto and their "rocking the baby" goal celebrations for Brazil en route to winning the 1994 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl. American soccer fans remember them. There were Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, the one with the goofy grin and the other with his strange half-moon haircut, leading Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan. American fans remember them.
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December 15, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The Galaxy moved Wednesday to significantly improve the depth of its attack by drafting veteran Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel. Angel, 35, was selected in the second stage of Major League Soccer's reentry draft after his contract was not renewed by the New York Red Bulls. He was the fourth player selected, after Americans Josh Wolff (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Chivas USA) and Ryan Cochrane (New England Revolution). The Galaxy also picked up Angel's former New York teammate, midfielder Luke Sassano, 25, of Orinda, Calif.
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July 22, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
If you wouldn't buy a used car from Silvio Berlusconi, the AC Milan president who doubles as Italy's prime minister, why would you buy a used soccer player from the man? Sure, the New York Red Bulls have been suckered into splashing out a bundle of money for French forward Thierry Henry and soon will do the same for Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, but New Yorkers have been taken to the cleaners by a whole succession of past-their-prime soccer players — Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthaeus, Claudio Reyna, the list is endless.
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May 8, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Here are five things for South African fans to remember when they flock to stadiums in Johannesburg and Durban next month to watch Brazil play in the World Cup: • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1958, when a 17-year-old named Pele lit up Sweden with six goals in four games. • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1962, when Garrincha, the "little bird" on the wing, dazzled everyone with his dribbling and his goals. • This will not be the winning Brazil team of 1970, when the cast of magicians in yellow and blue included Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Rivelino and Tostao.
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April 26, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
David Beckham's announcement Monday that he will not be fit to play again before November because of his left Achilles' tendon injury could lead to some intriguing possibilities for the Galaxy and its owner, AEG. First, Major League Soccer has to be convinced that Beckham's likely unavailability for the entire 2010 season should allow the Galaxy to acquire another designated player in his absence. That scenario is quite possible. If so, it would open the door for such stars as AC Milan's Ronaldinho or Real Madrid's Raul to come to Los Angeles this summer.
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March 2, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The winner of soccer's 2010 World Cup could make itself evident at any moment, 100 days before the tournament in South Africa begins. It might be Tuesday night's victorious team, five-time World Cup winner Brazil, which defeated Ireland, 2-0, in London. Equally likely, it could show up Wednesday night a few miles away at Wembley Stadium, where England plays Egypt amid pleas for English fans not to boo under-siege defender John Terry. Or it might be in Monte Carlo, where world champion Italy plays Cameroon, or in Munich, where Germany plays Argentina, or in Paris, where 1998 World Cup winner and 2006 runner-up France plays reigning European champion and 2010 favorite Spain.
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July 20, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES
If there was ever any doubt that David Beckham and AC Milan are meant for each other, that doubt vanished Sunday evening. It was evident in the body language of the Milan players, in the words of the Milan coach and in the behavior of the Galaxy's highest-paid and highest-profile player. Beckham turned in a performance that made nonsense of claims that at 34 he is either over the hill or no longer interested.
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July 20, 2003 | From Associated Press
FC Barcelona signed Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho from Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in a transfer deal worth up to $33.6 million. The 23-year-old midfielder, who agreed to a five-year contract, will undergo a physical today and be officially introduced Monday. Barcelona officials said the team will pay a $28-million transfer fee and up to another $5.6 million depending on how the team performs. "Everything worked out fine," Barcelona Vice President Sandro Rosell said.
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October 16, 2003 | Jim Barrero, Times Staff Writer
Barcelona's slow start in the first round of the UEFA Cup became a distant memory Wednesday after Ronaldinho's hat trick led the Spanish club to an 8-1 victory over visiting Puchov of Slovakia. Barcelona, which had tied Puchov, 1-1, in the first leg of the series, advanced to the second round, along with other powers such as Liverpool and Parma. Liverpool and Parma, both former champions, also had endured 1-1 ties in their first games only to come away with 3-0 decisions Wednesday.
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June 28, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
There were Romario and Bebeto and their "rocking the baby" goal celebrations for Brazil en route to winning the 1994 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl. American soccer fans remember them. There were Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, the one with the goofy grin and the other with his strange half-moon haircut, leading Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan. American fans remember them.
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August 11, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones
Ronaldinho, whose two goals against New Zealand on Sunday helped propel Brazil into the quarterfinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament, caused a stir even among Chinese police when he and the rest of the Brazilian players arrived in Shenyang. "Ronaldinho was surrounded by a multitude asking for autographs, shouting his name and taking photographs," the Brazilian soccer federation said on its web- site.
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