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BUSINESS
July 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
And the computer says, GOOOOAAAL! On Thursday members of the International Football Assn. Board (IFAB) approved two types of goal-line technology to assist soccer referees in determining whether or not a player has scored a goal. Human error in soccer game calls, like the one that  denied a clear goal by English midfielder Frank Lampard against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, may soon be a thing of the past. The new technology will be used by FIFA (international soccer's other governing group)
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SPORTS
February 22, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
It's the high school soccer game that produced so much drama and excitement that it couldn't all be contained in one day. On Tuesday in La Jolla, San Diego Crawford and Bishop's of La Jolla played a boys' playoff game that was tied, 3-3, after regulation. That's when the real fun started: 21 rounds of penalty kicks -- and still no winner. Each side had scored 18 times and failed three. Finally, the game was halted because of darkness. Officials feared a goalkeeper might be injured because he couldn't see the ball.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
October 4, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A regular exercise program is good for pretty much every segment of the population, including homeless men. A small study of homeless men living in Copenhagen found that playing street soccer for 12 weeks improved their cardiovascular health, blood pressure, body fat percentage and cholesterol. Although pedometer readings revealed that the study participants averaged more than 10,000 steps a day, they lacked intense physical activity that can improve the cardiovascular system. The majority of the men said they regularly smoked cigarettes and marijuana, and many also drank alcohol.
SPORTS
September 25, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United's attacking midfielder/striker, quickly condemned the "undoubtedly racist incident," that took place on Thursday night in London. "Come ON!!!" De Rosario wrote on his Facebook page. You might have thought the Canadian-native DeRosario was deploring yet another racially charged action directed at a player on the pitch. But he wasn't talking about soccer. Nor was the London in question the soon-to-be host of the Summer Olympics, located across the pond.
SPORTS
June 11, 2011
Friday's matches Group B (at Miami) Jamaica 2, Guatemala 0 Honduras 7, Grenada 1 Saturday's matches Group C (at Tampa) Canada (0-1) vs. Guadeloupe (0-1), 3 p.m., Galavision U.S. (1-0) vs. Panama (1-0), 5 p.m. TeleFutura, Fox Soccer Update: The U.S. can join Mexico in the quarterfinals with a victory over Panama, but the Central Americans, ranked 67th on the FIFA world list, figure to offer a tougher test than Canada, the U.S. opening-match opponent.
SPORTS
April 13, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
GALAXY TONIGHT AT TORONTO When: 5 p.m. Where: BMO Field, Toronto. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 1330 (Spanish). Records: Galaxy 2-1-2; Toronto 1-1-2. Record vs. Toronto (2010): 0-0-2. Update: Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall returns after serving a one-game suspension, but fellow midfielder Jovan Kirovski is out after receiving a red card in the last game. Landon Donovan, who missed Saturday's 1-1 tie with D.C. United because of a bruised right knee, was listed as questionable by the Galaxy on Tuesday because of inflammation in the knee.
SPORTS
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.
WORLD
August 13, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
World Cup soccer officials are investigating reports that North Korea's outmatched national team faced punishment by government officials back home after losing all three of its matches in South Africa. Sepp Blatter, president of the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA, said this week that the organization had received tips that players and coaches "have been condemned or punished" after an embarrassing appearance in which they conceded the highest number of goals among the 32 teams in the tournament.
WORLD
August 12, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
World Cup soccer officials are investigating reports that North Korea's outmatched national soccer team faced punishment by government officials back home after losing all three of its matches in South Africa. Sepp Blatter, president of the International Federation of Association Football, or Fifa, said this week that the organization had received tips that players and coaches "have been condemned or punished" after an embarrassing appearance in which they conceded the most goals of all 32 teams in the tournament.
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