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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, June 30, 2006
TV ratings for soccer games may have doubled since last World Cup, but Reuters columnist Steve James wants you to keep in mind a few things: games took place at 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 AM at the last World Cup, and while ABC's average rating of 2.5 for its first ... Read the whole story
The Chinese commentator famous for throwing expletives at the Australian team as Italy converted its last-minute penalty to send them home, could be headed for a sacking, the Age reports. Huang Jianxiang shouted things like "long live Italy" and "I don't like the Australian team" after Francesco Totti put in ... Read the whole story
The Asian Football Federation is less than impressed with its teams' performance at this year's World Cupnone of them qualified for the second round and has said it will make a "very concerted effort" to help restructure and re-launch its leagues, improve match formats, and boost their overall technical and ... Read the whole story
German Bundesliga officials hope the World Cup will increase Germany's appetite for its domestic league, making it easier to sell television rights abroad to matches played by clubs like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. Germany's league pales in comparison to the English Premiership or Spain's La Liga in ... Read the whole story
Germany is in the semifinals after a winning a stirring World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina. The hosts showed tenacity and resourcefulness to come back from a goal down after it looked as though Argentina was set to shut up shop and grind out a defensive 1-0 win. Argentina went ahead ... Read the whole story


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