January 5, 2013 |
FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is throwing a huge gala Monday in Zurich, where it will announce the men's and women's players of the year for 2012. But with FIFA following a well-worn script, what should be a time for celebration will again be clouded in controversy because a player who could arguably win the women's award won't even be there. Christine Sinclair, without question the most underrated elite player in the world, has been overlooked again. Consider that last year she accounted for more than half her team's goals while captaining Canada to an Olympic bronze medal, her country's first medal in a traditional Summer Games' team sport since 1936.
December 16, 2012 |
Numbers alone can't reveal the magic of Lionel Messi -- although the numbers are, inarguably, quite magical. Entering Barcelona's match with Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Messi has 88 goals in 68 games this calendar year, breaking a record that had stood for four decades. That's an average of one goal every four days -- including the weeks when Messi didn't play a game. Oh, and he also has 29 assists. "We will not see a player like this ever again," Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova said last weekend, after Messi scored twice in a 2-1 win over Real Betis.
November 25, 2012 |
Two years ago, after the longest season of his long career, Landon Donovan returned to his Manhattan Beach home, drew the curtains, turned off the phone and spent two weeks trying to recover. He eventually emerged from his sequestration to have one of his finest Major League Soccer seasons in 2011, leading the Galaxy with 15 goals, including the score that gave the team its first title in six years. Exhausted again, Donovan will go back into hiding after Saturday's MLS Cup final, his 49th game in 48 weeks.
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November 23, 2012 |
As a child, the boy would pretend to be his favorite soccer pro, sliding across the ground and narrating into an imaginary microphone, "Oh, what a save by Oswaldo Sanchez!" But his mother thought the game was too rough. So he could only play pickup. When he entered La Puente High, his mother decided to let him play. What authorities have said happened next was staggering, and led to the arrest of four students in September. According to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials, older soccer players sodomized younger ones — and attempted to sodomize the youth, who requested anonymity.
November 14, 2012 |
Soccer players who repeatedly strike the ball with their heads may be causing measurable damage to their brains, even if they never suffer a concussion, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Assn. By examining brain scans of a dozen professional soccer players from Germany, researchers found a pattern of damage that strongly resembled that of patients with mild traumatic brain injury, said Dr. Inga Katharina Koerte, a neuroradiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, who led the study.
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November 6, 2012 |
Three teenagers arrested in connection with alleged sexual hazing of younger members of the La Puente High School soccer team have been charged with various sexual assault and battery charges, prosecutors said Tuesday. The names of the three boys were not released because they are minors. They were arrested last month after an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Unit. The boys were charged in Juvenile Court. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19. Two of the boys, both 17, were charged with 10 counts each: one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and four misdemeanor counts of hazing.
October 18, 2012 |
An art exhibition in Vienna titled "Nude Men" -- "Nackte Manner" in German -- is stimulating considerable media attention in Austria. The show, which opens this week at the Leopold Museum, is dedicated to depictions of male nudity from the 19th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. The Leopold Museum is offering some of the artwork on its website. (Please note the images may be offensive for some readers.) On its exterior wall, the museum has put up a full-frontal image of a naked man created by Austrian artist Ilse Haider, "Mr. Big. " One of the items in the museum show has already proved controversial.
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October 5, 2012 |
Four teenagers who say they were sexually hazed by soccer players at La Puente High School filed legal claims against the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District on Thursday. The claims allege that the attacks were captured on cellphone videos, that a coach knew about the hazing and that older players targeted younger players. The claims, precursors to civil lawsuits, allege that the coach "supported and conspired and abetted with students. " Four senior members of the soccer team have been arrested on suspicion of assault and the soccer coach has been placed on leave.
September 28, 2012
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored some remarkable goals in his soccer career but here's betting he'll never match 17-year-old Massachusetts' high schooler Nico Calabria, who used his left foot to deflect a corner kick into the net in a game last week. Here's what's so remarkable about that: Calabria has one leg, which would seem to be a disadvantage in a sport most of the world calls "football. " Calabria, who plays for Concord-Carlisle High, one of the top soccer schools in the state, was born without a right leg. But using crutches he manages to get up and down the field almost as fast as his able-bodied teammates.
September 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Rain and wind are again playing havoc with the U.S. Open windup, with officials announcing that the women's final between top-seeded Victoria Azarenka and fourth-seeded Serena Williams has been moved to Sunday. The first men's semifinal between sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych and third-seeded Andy Murray was delayed by more than an hour because of rain. The match is being played on Arthur Ashe Stadium and the first set, which was won by Berdych, 7-5, took 1 hour 18 minutes to play.