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June 26, 2006 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
Here's an update on England's highly amusing David Beckham debate: He scored a majestic goal against Ecuador on Sunday, lending steam to the Beckham defenders, who last week had grown muffled, outnumbered and even mocked for their startlingly low intelligence quotients.
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June 25, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Bullfights at least have one redeeming feature. If the bull battles bravely against the inevitable, it deserves to be dispatched with the cleanest and quickest of blade thrusts. On a steamy Saturday night, Mexico was the bull and Argentina the matador. And the blade was a triple-edged sword -- Lionel Messi to Juan Pablo Sorin to Maxi Rodriguez.
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June 24, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Now it gets serious. Soccer's 2006 World Cup moves into a new phase today when the 16 remaining teams of the original 32 embark on the knockout phase. From tonight, when Germany plays Sweden and Mexico plays Argentina, until the July 9 final in Berlin, it's a matter of win or be eliminated. Said England defender John Terry: "It's cutthroat now."
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June 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Ukraine doesn't care how it got to the second round. Tunisia was furious at the way it was knocked out. Despite a lackluster performance, a disputed penalty shot by Andriy Shevchenko lifted Ukraine to a 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Friday at Berlin, making the World Cup newcomers the first former Soviet republic to reach the tournament's second round. Ukraine needed only a tie to advance, barring a blowout by Saudi Arabia over Spain in the other Group H match.
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June 24, 2006 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
A global city plus an ongoing World Cup equals a hundred pockets of magic, and you never know when you might happen upon one. So you can watch Brazil finish up against Japan on the TV at the gym, finish a brief conversation about Ronaldo's plumpness, presume the night's other match is finished, walk out idly into the piazza as it fades toward sleep at 10 p.m., turn the quiet corner thinking of nothing at all, and ... An abrupt roar, blaring out of some tavern mid-block. Passersby stop.
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June 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Marco Materazzi knew he had a tough task ahead when called on to replace injured Alessandro Nesta early in a game that could have decided whether Italy would stay alive at the World Cup. But Materazzi came through to send Italy to the second round. Materazzi headed in a corner kick in the 26th minute to help Italy win Group E with a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday and avoid a second-round matchup with Brazil.
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June 22, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
The wheels didn't come completely off Mexico's World Cup wagon Wednesday, but they held up just barely long enough for Coach Ricardo Lavolpe's team to wobble into the round of 16. Consider these miscues, all in the space of a 90-minute, 2-1 loss to Portugal: * Mexico gave up a penalty kick when its highest profile player, defender Rafael Marquez, inexplicably reached up to knock the ball away with his hand on a Portuguese corner kick.
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June 22, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Midway through Mexico's World Cup contest against Portugal, Felipe Calderon made his play of the day. "I will be the jobs president," the candidate declared in a 30-second spot to millions of Mexicans watching the televised match. Scattered jeering erupted in the zocalo, this city's giant downtown plaza, with tens of thousands watching on a stadium-sized screen. Minutes later, an ad by Calderon's rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, fell flat, drawing no response from the crowd.
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June 22, 2006 | Gerard Wright, Special to the Times
The color of the day is red: heart red, blood red, team red. It's the dominant color of the flag of Trinidad and Tobago, World Cup debutants in Germany; the color of emotion and home. It spills, just before 9 a.m. on a recent day, onto a sidewalk and to an adjoining parking lot, like an infusion of life and music into an otherwise nondescript Inglewood neighborhood.
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June 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
In his debut as a World Cup starter, Lionel Messi did everything but give Argentina a victory. It didn't matter. In a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany, the Argentines confirmed their role as title contenders and earned a second-round match against Mexico. Fielding four second-string players, Argentina showed its depth. The Dutch were less impressive as they head to a meeting with Portugal on Sunday in Nuremberg.
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