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December 24, 2011 | Wire reports
Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni acknowledged fixing Serie B soccer games in Italy involving his team, according to reports, and said his club knew nothing about his actions. Doni was among 16 people arrested across Italy on Monday in an investigation into match-fixing and illegal betting on games. After five days of solitary confinement, Doni was permitted to meet with his lawyer Friday and was then questioned by prosecutors. "Yes, I knew about the fix for Atalanta-Piacenza.
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March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It's generally not a good sign when a team starts all its games with its best scorer on the sidelines. But unless Coach Juergen Klinsmann suddenly decides, at 49, to suit up and play, that's the situation his U.S. soccer team finds itself in less than 100 days before the World Cup. In the three world championships Klinsmann appeared in as a player, he scored 11 goals for his native Germany. But in the last three World Cups the U.S. appeared in as a team, it scored only 14 times. So Klinsmann will continue auditions for a starting striker Wednesday when the U.S. meets Ukraine in Cyprus, in the first of two tests before preliminary World Cup rosters are due in May. The friendly was originally scheduled for Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, but when deadly demonstrations in the capital of Kiev widened last week, the game was moved to Cyprus.
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February 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Soccer is the world's most popular sport. And now, after an 18-month investigation into game-fixing, it appears as if it's one of the world's most corrupt sports as well. Europol, the European Union's joint police body, said Monday that its wide-ranging investigation uncovered more than 680 "suspicious games" on five continents, among them a Champions League game in England that ended in a tie and three World Cup qualifiers, two played in Africa and the other in Central America. Europol declined to name specific suspects, teams or games because investigations are continuing, but the suspicious Central American game featured teams from CONCACAF, the regional federation that includes the United States.
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August 23, 2013
In almost unbelievable news for Dodger fans, Koufax and Drysdale are back. Funny thing, they changed their names to Kershaw and Greinke. Cecil Worthington Los Angeles :: While I'm as thrilled as anyone at the return of Vin Scully next year for his 65th season as a Dodgers announcer, I think it's time management took a serious look at finding and grooming his replacement. We don't need a Scully clone, but at least an announcer who doesn't announce every play as if it were the ninth inning with two outs, a la Eric Collins, or announce the game as if you were sitting next to him, a la Charley Steiner.
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February 15, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Raul Gonzalez showed class and Gennaro Gattuso showed none. That, in 10 words or less, was the story of Tuesday's two European Champions League round-of-16 soccer games played in Spain and Italy, respectively. Tottenham Hotspur, ignoring as best it could the outrageous and disgraceful behavior of AC Milan and Italian national team midfielder Gattuso, defeated the seven-time European champions, 1-0, in Milan on a sublime fastbreak goal set up by winger Aaron Lennon and scored by striker Peter Crouch.
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December 9, 1997
Birmingham 7, North Hollywood 0--Krissy Oakes scored five goals and Errin Smith had three assists for the Braves (2-0-1) in a nonconference game at Birmingham. El Camino Real 9, Canoga Park 1--Melissa Cleal, Becky Hernandez and Kori McLaughlin each scored two goals for the Conquistadores (3-0) in a nonconference game at Canoga Park.
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January 19, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
More than 35,000 fans are expected to attend a double-header of soccer games today at the Rose Bowl, and police said spectators should expect tight security. Mexico will play El Salvador at 1 p.m., followed by the United States against South Korea about 3 p.m. Fans will be subjected to the same level of scrutiny maintained during the recent college football championship at the Rose Bowl, said Police Lt. Lisa Perrine. Spectators and their belongings will be checked, she said.
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February 19, 1993
Second-seeded El Toro will have to wait a few days to begin the Southern Section Division I girls' soccer playoffs. Heavy rains forced the postponement of the Chargers' game against Ocean View, scheduled Thursday at El Toro High, until 3 p.m. Monday. The only other Orange County playoff game affected by the weather was Edison's Division I game against Palos Verdes Peninsula, which was postponed until 3 p.m. Monday.
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June 25, 1990 | BETH KLEID
Spanish-language TV station KMEX Channel 34 has scored a goal of its own with its coverage of the 1990 World Cup soccer action: High ratings. KMEX Research Manager Maureen Schultz said that the station's audience has gone up 25%-50% during time periods with soccer games since the tournament began on June 8. "I'm very pleased with the numbers," General Manager Emilio Nicolas said.
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August 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first thing to go was the pitcher's mound, which was shrouded in black cloth before being jackhammered into fine dust. Then came the infield, with the grounds crew digging deep into the dirt to create trenches running from foul line to foul line, and filling them in with sod and covering it with grass. By early Friday morning the transformation was complete and the field at Dodger Stadium, among the most handsome and stately in baseball, had become a soccer pitch. In its 51-year history, Dodger Stadium has welcomed the Beatles and the Harlem Globetrotters.
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April 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Vuvuzelas might be on the way out during soccer games in South Africa, where Premier Soccer League officials are considering a ban on the plastic horns, but not for the reason one might think. The vuvuzela gained international attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the blare of the horn was a constant drone during play. As irritating as many found the sound, the fact that the horns have been used as weapons is now of concern to soccer officials. Vuvuzelas were among objects thrown at Orlando Pirates Coach Roger de Sa after a recent game in which fans were unhappy with the home team's draw against AmaZulu.
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February 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Soccer is the world's most popular sport. And now, after an 18-month investigation into game-fixing, it appears as if it's one of the world's most corrupt sports as well. Europol, the European Union's joint police body, said Monday that its wide-ranging investigation uncovered more than 680 "suspicious games" on five continents, among them a Champions League game in England that ended in a tie and three World Cup qualifiers, two played in Africa and the other in Central America. Europol declined to name specific suspects, teams or games because investigations are continuing, but the suspicious Central American game featured teams from CONCACAF, the regional federation that includes the United States.
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January 29, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
At 6:45 a.m., Alan Smolinisky pads out to his driveway in a hillside cul-de-sac just west of the Getty Villa. He wears black-and-white-checked flannel pajama bottoms and a pristinely white T-shirt that glows like a beacon in the muted light. In one arm, he carries 15-month-old Charlie, named for billionaire investor Charles Munger. Bending carefully toward the concrete apron, Smolinisky lets Charlie scoop up three newspapers stuffed in plastic bags. As Charlie sucks on a bottle in the kitchen, Smolinisky unwraps the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, separating sections into carefully considered piles - news, features, markets coverage.
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December 21, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons and Robert Lopez
Los Angeles Fire Department officials said Friday that they were investigating why it took ambulance crews roughly 15 minutes to arrive at a Wilmington middle school, where a teenager had collapsed on a soccer field and was pronounced dead a short time later. "There was a response, it was to the wrong address," Battalion Chief Armando Hogan, a spokesman for the Fire Department, told The Times. He said that it was not correct to refer to what happened as a "delayed response. " Hogan said several calls were made to report the incident that occurred on Sunday afternoon during a soccer match at Wilmington Middle School, but "there was a little bit of a challenge getting the address of the location of the school.
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September 10, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The neighborhood was unfamiliar and the local roads confusing. So like any wise traveler, the 300-pound black bear that sauntered through Montrose on Sunday morning headed for the freeway, prompting the California Highway Patrol to stop traffic on the 210 in both directions. The bear strolled through several residential yards, caused a brief panic at a soccer game at Crescenta Valley High School and engaged in a short staring contest with a woman reading the paper on her porch.
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August 7, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON -- FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is investigating Monday's Olympic semifinal between the U.S. women and Canada -- only it's not investigating what you think. According to Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail, FIFA isn't concerned about the controversial rulings of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen but rather the Canadian team's reaction to those calls. According to the report FIFA is “analyzing incidents that occurred after the conclusion” of Canada's 4-3 overtime loss to the U.S.  The report left an unspoken threat of suspension and/or fines hanging over the team as it attempted to regroup ahead of Thursday's bronze-medal match against France.
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July 25, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The Olympic women's soccer tournament wasn't even able to make it through the first day of competition without a political mix-up bringing things to a halt. When the teams from Colombia and North Korea were preparing to come out for Wednesday's second match and Hampden Park, the North Koreans noticed the flag displayed on the stadium scoreboard was the South Korea banner. The North Korean delegation accused Olympic organizers of a premeditated act of disrespect and returned to its dressing room, refusing to take the field until the problem was resolved.
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