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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
In a piece headlined "MLS Cup coaches offer contrast," Beau Dure examines the relationship between Los Angeles' Bruce Arena and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis. "In the early 1990s, Jason Kreis was an All-American soccer player at Duke whose team had the misfortune of sharing a conference with a dynasty ... Read the whole story
The Thierry Henry handball that knocked Ireland out of the World Cup was about the only thing being discussed on the Emerald Isle on Thursday. Politicians, comedians and businessmen all lit into the French for their unjust victory and tallied up the cost. For Irish businessmen, qualification for the World ... Read the whole story
The controversy over the handball that sent France through to the World Cup finals at Ireland's expense reached the highest diplomatc levels Thursday when French president Nicolas Sarkozy apologized to Ireland. Sarkozy talked with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen at an EU summit in Brussels. "I told Brian Cowen how ... Read the whole story
Several arrests have been made by police in Germany on suspicion of an international illegal betting ring allegedly fixing games in top European leagues. "There were many searches and arrests made in the whole of the state [of Germany] and abroad," the state prosecutor's office in the city of Bochum ... Read the whole story
Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that his second favorite sport is ping pong and that while a youngster a ping-pong coach tried to persuade him to quit soccer to focus on the smaller ball: "One day the coach of the Sporting table tennis said, 'I've seen you play and I think you ... Read the whole story
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson says today's players are "cocooned" by agents, who have gotten increasingly bolder: "I had an agent phone me up - we had a young boy, got in the England Under-21s, and his agent phoned the next day and said, 'I think it's time we sat ... Read the whole story
Obina and Mauricio, teammates on Brazilian club Palmeiras, exchanged punches as they left the field at halftime of a 2-0 loss to Gremio. Both were ejected and their team played the rest of the game two-men down. "The two players will never again wear the Palmeiras shirt," said club vice ... Read the whole story


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