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.
September 8, 2012 |
Brazilian soccer fans let their men's national team know that a 1-0 victory over South Africa in an exhibition match just won't do. The fans, accustomed to watching a dynamic, attacking style that few nations have been able to match decade after decade, booed their team Friday night and in particular their young star, Neymar, who was roundly jeered when he went to the sideline late in the game for a substitute. For their part, the players were upset with their fans' harsh critique during a win. "We all know that we did not put in a great performance, but we still managed to win the game," Neymar said.
September 1, 2012 |
Sitting recently in a busy cafe on the outskirts of Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city, Jonathan Spector appears as English as the queen's corgis. He even has the touch of an accent, making him sound vaguely British. But when he orders espresso instead of tea, his cover is blown. "I'm still very much viewed as an American," Spector says with a shrug. Luckily for him, that's not quite the pejorative it used to be - at least not in English soccer circles, which is where Spector spends most of his time Once viewed as hardworking, if not particularly talented, players from a soccer backwater, Americans are now making a major impact in the English Premier League, considered by many to be the best league in the world.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON -- What is it with soccer players and Twitter? Two days after Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women's team, raised a row with a series of tweets lambasting TV analyst Brandi Chastain, Switzerland sent defender Michel Morganella home after he used social media to post a racist insult following his team's loss to South Korea on Sunday. "Michel Morganella gravely insulted and discriminated against the South Korean people and their football team with his highly offensive comments on Twitter," said Gian Gilli of the Swiss Olympic delegation.
May 28, 2012 |
You never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says. In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament. For Shannon Boxx it happened in college - and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship. Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.