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January 9, 1989 | From Times wire services
Israel's Supreme Court today cleared the way for construction of a soccer stadium in Jerusalem, a move opposed by ultra-Orthodox Jews who fear that weekend games will desecrate the Sabbath. The ruling, which orders the Interior Ministry to sign the building permit, ended a 15-year battle to get the athletic field built, according to the office of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek.
January 21, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
First of all, let's state the obvious: It was weird watching “The Bachelor” on Monday. If I didn't already have mixed feelings about Juan Pablo -- which, uh, I definitely did -- it certainly didn't help to learn his feelings about gay people this week. If you're just catching up, on Friday JuanPabs told a reporter that he couldn't envision a season of “The Bach” featuring a gay individual. Because they are “more pervert.” *Face palm.* On Saturday, ABC responded , calling his comments “thoughtless and insensitive.” JuanPabs then apologized and blamed a lot of the misunderstanding on his language barrier.
March 24, 1985 | Associated Press
Columbia University, winner of a record seven straight Ivy League soccer championships, announced the construction of a $1 million stadium for its soccer team. "The new soccer stadium will be ready this fall," said Columbia Athletic Director Al Paul, "barring any unforeseen circumstances." Paul said the stadium would be a 3,500-seat facility equipped with lights for night games and will have natural grass. The stadium is being built with a $1 million grant from Lawrence A.
December 10, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
More than 90 world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans plan to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service Tuesday in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. The gathering, part of 10 days of national mourning, takes place at the soccer stadium where the former president made his last public appearance, in 2010, at the final game of soccer's World Cup championships. Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela was famous for bringing together people of all races, economic backgrounds and political persuasions, and his memorial is expected to do the same.
June 6, 1985 | Associated Press
The toll in the fire that engulfed a soccer stadium grandstand in Bradford last month has risen to 54 with the death of a woman who had been severely burned. Muriel Firth, 57, died Tuesday at Wakefield Hospital, near Bradford, a hospital statement said. Thirty-eight people injured in the May 11 fire remain in hospitals. Two are listed in critical condition and three in serious condition.
March 27, 1995 | Reuters
A 5.2-magnitude quake left two Ecuadorean soccer fans dead and 50 others injured Sunday after part of a stadium collapsed, a local radio station said. The victims were watching a soccer match in Quevedo, about 100 miles southwest of Quito, when the earthquake hit at 10:16 a.m. local time, causing part of the ceiling of the poorly maintained stadium to collapse, according to Radio Quito.
May 27, 1985
At least 10 youths died and 50 people were injured Sunday as fans frantically tried to push their way into a packed soccer stadium in Mexico City for the nation's championship game, the Red Cross said. Thousands of people shoved the closed stadium doors, trying to enter the already jammed stadium, said Red Cross spokesman Jose Tinajero. Tinajero told UPI that 10 people, aged 8 to 18, died in the melee.
April 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
A gatekeeper said today that he refused police orders to open an outer gate and allow thousands of late arrivals to pour into a soccer stadium where 94 fans were crushed to death. Fans and officials said police opened the barrier. South Yorkshire police, who were in charge of Saturday's club semifinal at Hillsborough stadium, came under mounting attack as Liverpool ordered a week of mourning for victims who went to watch the city's team play Nottingham Forest. Fans and officials said officers responded inadequately and far too slowly when spectators were crushed against a steel anti-riot fence in a standing-room-only area.
September 5, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Even without recognizing the famous face, it was clear from the beginning that the distinguished looking man setting up a protest sign across the street from Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's office here Friday morning was no ordinary demonstrator. He not only brought a desk, he also had a secretary, a mobile telephone, and a beach umbrella to shield them from the bright sun on a warm, cloudless day.
May 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A fast-moving fire swept through a crowded wooden grandstand at a soccer stadium in northern England on Saturday, killing 41 people and injuring 149, according to officials. Millions witnessed the tragedy on television. "The scenes were absolutely mayhem," police officer Kevin Cooper said. "It was a sad sight seeing people scrambling, some with their clothing alight, over walls to get away from what was literally a blazing inferno."
November 26, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
If you're not a big fan of David Beckham you might want to spend the next four years or so under a rock because the former Galaxy midfielder seems to be making news every day in his effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami. But even the league has said it's not likely to approve expansion to South Florida before the 2017 season. The latest news has Beckham planning a 75,000-seat stadium in the Miami area, one that would be surrounded by shops and a hotel. Beckham has reportedly already scouted out a location -- although he's not saying where that is. However, the Miami Herald is reporting Beckham has approached Miami-Dade County about building a stadium near the seaport, not far from the Miami Heat's home at American Airlines Arena.
April 9, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Go into any English soccer stadium on any given Saturday afternoon and you are assured of hearing language that would curl a nun's toes. So why is such a fuss being made of Wayne Rooney and his latest bit of Neanderthal behavior? Mostly because it makes good copy, that's why. It titillates television viewers, and it sells tabloid newspapers. For those who have not been paying attention, here is a brief rundown of the latest contretemps to embroil the Manchester United and England millionaire misfit.
October 4, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES, ON SOCCER
On Saturday, the countdown clock ticked past the 250-day mark. That's how many days remain before the 2010 World Cup kicks off at the cooking-pot-shaped, 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Ready or not, South Africa, here they come. And they will come demanding much. Soccer's global elite are pampered every bit as much as their American baseball, basketball and football counterparts. Don't believe it? Well, consider these "requirements" that the likes of England's David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and all the rest will expect when they touch down in South Africa next June.
March 29, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Ever since becoming Major League Soccer's commissioner in 1999, Don Garber has talked a good game, and continues to do so. Garber was in Los Angeles recently, briefing reporters about the league's 11th season, which begins Saturday. MLS no longer had concerns about its long-term viability, he said. Instead, the focus now was on the future. "It's about what do we need to do to go forward and continue the growth of professional soccer in the United States," he said. "What are our priorities?
Galaxy midfielder Ezra Hendrickson engaged U.S. women's national team players Lorrie Fair, Heather Mitts and Jenny Benson in an impromptu game of kicking a soccer ball around a dirt lot Thursday. Wearing hard hats, dodging earth-moving machines and struggling to be heard over the din of a construction site, the foursome were on the floor of what will be a soccer stadium at the under-construction Home Depot National Training Center in Carson.
Stone Field doesn't look like much. It's a blend of rock and dirt, broken by gopher holes. It is littered with candy wrappers and broken bottles. Here and there, grass pokes through. "You get a lot of scrapes, bruises and sprained ankles playing here," said 9-year-old Jose Monroy, a midfielder for the Cruz Azul Soccer Club. "But we don't care. At least we have a place to play."
A second proposal to build a soccer stadium in the San Fernando Valley with no public subsidy was unveiled Wednesday, creating competition between professional and amateur groups for the site in the newly renovated Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Steve Sampson, the former coach of the U.S. national soccer team now representing Pueblo Corp.
June 2, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The head of the French Football Federation was charged with involuntary homicide in the May 5 collapse of temporary stands at a soccer stadium that left 15 dead. Jean Fournet-Fayard was also charged with involuntarily inflicting injuries in the accident, in which more than 1,300 were injured.
What started out as Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's modest idea to build a home for one of his five soccer teams has mushroomed into a major project intended to provide top-flight facilities for more than half a dozen sports.
Soccer supporters do not make pilgrimages to Roland Garros tennis stadium in Paris to watch World Cup qualifiers, nor do tennis fans trek to Old Trafford in Manchester, hoping to see Pete Sampras trade forehands with Andre Agassi. But in Tim Leiweke's grandiose vision of Los Angeles' sporting future, local soccer and tennis enthusiasts will be sharing the same address by 2002--on an 87-acre plot of land in Carson.
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