Celtic end troubled year with Cup high

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Neil Lennon ended a troubled first full season as Celtic manager with glory in the Scottish Cup after his side beat Motherwell 3-0 on Saturday. Ki Sung-yueng and Charlie Mulgrew scored either side of Stephen Craigan's own goal at Hampden Park. Lennon has faced death threats, had parcel bombs sent to him [.

Brazilian star Bruno guilty of kidnapping lover

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil The captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian championship in 2009 has been found guilty of kidnapping his former lover and trying to force her to abort the child she claimed he'd fathered, officials said Tuesday. Bruno Fernandes — known in the football world just as Bruno [.


Guatemalan club official killed after threats

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GUATEMALA CITY = The vice president of Deportivo Xinabajul in Guatemala has been shot to death by unidentified gunmen after receiving threats related to the squad's poor performance. National Civil Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez says no suspects have yet been detained in the killing of Carlos Noe Gomez.

Kidiaba stars in Mazembe Super Cup win

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Veteran goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba starred as Club World Cup runners-up TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo collected a seventh African title Saturday. Kidiaba saved a shootout kick against FUS Rabat from Morocco in southern Congolese city Lubumbashi and then converted a penalty to give his team a 9-8 victory [.

Cantona on board with New York Cosmos

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NEW YORK, NY Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has made a shock return to football with the New York Cosmos. The Frenchman has joined as their director of soccer. "I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos. It's a big project, a wonderful project," Cantona told the Sun. "The Cosmos are [.

Gay rights group condemns Blatter comment

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LONDON, England A leading international gay rights group demanded an official apology from FIFA on Tuesday following Sepp Blatter's comment about homosexual fans traveling to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The president of the world soccer governing body said Monday that gay fans "should refrain from any sexual activities" during the World Cup [.


City see-off brave Foxes

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MANCHESTER, England A last-gasp Aleksandar Kolarov effort ended Leicester City's threatened fightback and saw Manchester City progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup. Carlos Tevez had put the hosts ahead after 15 minutes before Paul Gallagher equalised from the penalty spot four minutes later after Lloyd Dyer had been felled by Patrick [.

Group H: OBK no match for Labbadia’s Stuttgart

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STUTTGART, Germany Bruno Labbadia made a fine start at the Stuttgart helm as two goals from Timo Gebhart helped the German side round off Group H in style with a 5-1 victory over Odense BK. Timo Gebhart got the ball rolling with the first of his two goals on 20 minutes and by the [...]

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David Beckham visits troops in Afghanistan

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David Beckham made a long awaited trip to visit the British troops now deployed in Afghanistan. He stated that he had been wanting to make the trip for some time and that it was quite emotional for him to see the sacrifices made by the troops.

The British death toll since operations began in 2001 stands at 286.

Death in the Family

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Hey ya'll, I have to head out of a town because of a death in the family. I will check back with ya'll in exactly one week.

Don't forget to go vote for the All-Star game. Remember that you should totally vote for David Beckham and Schellas Hyndman.

Brooks Posts

Worst. Game. Ever.

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Kakha Kaladze's pair of own goals against Italy on Saturday may have seemed horrible at the time, but the truly tragic fate suffered by 31-year-old Czech regional league defender Michal Jezek on the same day should put things in perspective. Reports the AFP:

Nine minutes into the game between two villages northwest of Prague, defender Michal Jezek slammed the ball into his own net, then "collapsed on the pitch," CTK [news agency] quoted another player as saying.

Galliani is…insanely creepy

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Holy Lord that is frightening.

[Photo: REUTERS/Paolo Bona]

Champions League

Wow, I Thought I Was Disappointed

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Perhaps an insensitive title, but this is shocking. It's been reported on most news networks that a Nigerian Man Utd fan killed four Barcelona fans last night! He was obviously so disappointed after our loss to the Catalonia club that he couldn't take it but really, killing four people? That's fucking insane.

Chelsea fan killed in Rome

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Tuesday may have been a terrible day for Chelsea FC. It was tragic for a young supporter.

A flock of Blues fans, on their way to the Stadio Olympico in Rome for Tuesday's Champions League tie against AS Roma, were caught in a torrential thunderstorm. A 13-year-old boy was killed when a tree in which he took shelter under was struck by lightning.

Join The Fight For Al Bangura

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If you have not heard about Al Bangura's heart wrenching story, my good friends over at posted a riveting article offering a petition to the British Parliament . With all the media craze in the UK, Ahmed and his team are offering up at least a solution to the troubling situation Al is in.

Glasgow Rangers UEFA Champions League Group E Fixtures

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Home                         Away Sep 19, Stuttgart (h)       Oct 2, Lyon (a) Oct 23, Barcelona (h)      Nov 7, Barcelona (a) Dec 12, Lyon (h)              Nov 27, Stuttgart (a) Rangers first game in the group of death sees Walter Smith and Ally McCoist prepare their men for the visit [...

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POTD: Colombia’s Atletico Nacional Mourns Death Of Fan After He Is Shot By Rival Fan From Millonarios

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Funerals and deaths as a result of violent football attacks in South America can be a very painful and tragic event.

However, it happened in Colombia over the weekend, when Atletico Nacional fan Dumar Baquero was shot dead by a woman wearing the jersey of rival team, Millionarios.

Who Whistles the Whistlemen?

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[...] Abreu's friends and relatives immediately "rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.

Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

While we just bitch about MLS refs on Twitter.

Bryan Ruiz stuns Feyenoord in last minute

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ENSCHEDE, Netherlands Bryan Ruiz struck in the final minute to hand FC Twente a battling 2-1 victory over Feyenoord in the Eredivisie. Gill Swerts opened the scoring for the visitors on 51 minutes but Twente clawed their way back into contention when Wout Brama popped up with the equaliser 14 minutes from full-time.

Football remembers Besian Idrizaj

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Swansea City striker Besian Idrizaj has tragically died at the age of 22.

The Austrian youngster who joined the Swans from Liverpool in 2009 was a player Swansea had high hopes for. A club statement says:

"Swansea City can confirm that the agent of young striker Besian Idrizaj has informed the club that the striker has sadly passed away.

ANDREY ARSHAVIN- Doesn’t like girls football… or death, and can’t count!

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Andrey Arshavin has been answering fans questions again! He's one of my favorite players, but he is an odd one! I've highlighted my favorite answers!

1. From JuliaDr Andrey, Hello! Thank you for your FOOTBALL! I wanted to ask you how you

feel about celebrities who help ordinary people when opportunity arises.

NEWS: Man remanded over Shoebury baby death

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A man from Southend has been remanded in custody, accused of murdering an eight-week-old baby from Shoeburyness.

Thomas Smith, who's 24 and from Fernbrook Avenue, appeared before magistrates in the south Essex town, accused of killing baby Chantelle Pilkington.

He is believed to be Chantelle's father.

NEWS: Leigh woman dies in kitchen blaze

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A 77-year old woman from Leigh on Sea has died in a kitchen blaze.

The fire started after a cooker caught light at the property in Orchard Mead on Eastwood Road North just after 9am this morning (Wednesday 17 Feb).

Fire crews were sent to the property, but could not rescue the woman who died at the scene.

German Stopper Robert Enke Dead at 32

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Top German goalkeeper Robert Enke has passed away this afternoon at the age of 32. The Hannover number one has just returned to practice after battling with a minor intestinal disease. The former Barcelona and Benfica stopper has been tipped to be a sure shot for one of the goalkeeping spots for the Nationalmannschaft in [.

Three P's

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PerspectivePatella tendonPavon redeemed?

Players suddenly collapsing...

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The NY Times takes an in-depth look into the death of Antonio Puerta and also examines two other collapses that occurred yesterday and in the past:

Late yesterday another player — the Zambian striker Chaswe Nsofwa, 27, who plays for Hapoel Beersheva in Israel — collapsed during a scrimmage.