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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Frank Lampard launched an attack on the British press on Tuesday, saying the intense scrutiny of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is counter-productive to England's World Cup campaign. Rooney's place in the starting 11 has been the subject of intense debate in the UK and the scrutiny only intensified after ... Read the whole story
Brazil on Tuesday failed to secure qualification for the World Cup round of 16 thanks to the heroic goalkeeping of Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa, who produced six saves during the 0-0 draw in Fortaleza. The host now heads into its final group game against Cameroon on June 23 needing a result ... Read the whole story
Anyone who follows the English Premier League knows that Marouane Fellaini endured a miserable first season with Manchester United following his hefty 27 million pound ($45.8 million) transfer to Old Trafford from Everton last summer. Not only did the big midfielder end up warming the bench for most of the ... Read the whole story
USA captain Clint Dempsey, who scored the stunning opening goal in the USA's dramatic 2-1 win against Ghana on Monday night, has recorded a 13-track rap album under his stage name "Deuce." Apparently, the 31-year-old former Fulham and Tottenham forward spent two weeks before the World Cup in Los Angeles ... Read the whole story
Russia coach Fabio Capello was apparently so pleased that his team was able to rescue a point against South Korea in its Group H opener that he described the draw as "the greatest birthday gift I could receive." One wonders, then, what Capello, who turned 68 on Wednesday, would have ... Read the whole story
At least 13 people including young children were killed by a bomb in northeast Nigeria that was set off where fans had gathered to watch the World Cup, witnesses told Reuters. Apparently, an attacker dropped a device in front of the venue on Tuesday night and then ran off, while ... Read the whole story
A Spanish judge has accepted that Lionel Messi should not be prosecuted for having broken Spanish tax law, but a case against his father, Jorge Messi, is reportedly set to continue. Spain's tax authorities have accused the Messis of not paying four million euros ($5.4 million) due in relation to ... Read the whole story
Al-Arabi coach Dan Petrescu on Tuesday revealed that Xavi Hernandez has signed a pre-contract at the Qatari club for the next two seasons, and will earn between eight and 10 million euros ($10.9-$13.6 million) per year. The Barcelona legend had been a reported target of new MLS club New York ... Read the whole story


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