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Dennis Rodman's Daughter Now a Pro Athlete

Trinity Rodman picked 2nd overall in National Women's Soccer League draft

(Newser) - Trinity Rodman was selected as the second overall pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft on Wednesday, cementing her entrance into professional sports, just like her father before her. The daughter of basketball legend Dennis Rodman, Trinity Rodman, a standout forward on the US women's under-20 national...

Lawyer Calls Soccer Star's Death 'Criminal Idiocy'

Maradona's lawyer wants an investigation into slow response by ambulance

(Newser) - Emergency help was too slow in coming after Diego Maradona had a heart attack, his lawyer said, blaming "criminal idiocy" for the Argentine soccer great's death. Although there have been no accusations of foul play, TMZ reports, Matias Morla wants an investigation. Morla said an ambulance took more...

Maradona Fans, Police Clash

Violence cuts short public visitation for soccer giant

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of fans, many weeping, filed past the coffin of soccer superstar Diego Maradona on Thursday in Buenos Aires, in ceremonies that mixed head-of-state-like honors with the chaos of a rowdy stadium. Viewing was halted shortly before 6pm as the family wished, and the body of the Argentine...

Soccer's 'Golden Boy' Dead at 60

Argentina mourns Diego Maradona, one of the all-time greats

(Newser) - Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60. Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following...

Soccer's 'Golden Boy' Exits Sudden Brain Surgery

Diego Maradona recovering well as of Tuesday night

(Newser) - Fans of Diego Maradona can breath a sigh of relief following news that the Argentinian soccer legend has successfully undergone surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. The 60-year-old "Golden Boy" was hospitalized with dehydration, depression, and anemia in La Plata on Monday before an MRI revealed...

This Type of Athlete Wows at Conquering Pain

High-level endurance athletes beat soccer players in pain tolerance, thresholds

(Newser) - Want to fell less pain? You may want to try long-distance running. Research published in July comparing pain perception in endurance athletes, soccer players, and nonathletes suggests elite athletes overall have increased pain tolerance, higher pain thresholds, and lower pain intensity—but also that endurance athletes manage the best. In...

One of the World's Most Famous Athletes Tests Positive

Soccer star Ronaldo has COVID

(Newser) - Cristiano Ronaldo posted a photo on Instagram on Monday showing him at the head of a long table occupied by Portugal's national men's soccer team. The team appeared to be dining inside a restaurant, and no one was wearing a mask. That proved concerning on Tuesday because the...

Soccer Star Steps Up to Help Out Mascot

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal offers to cover salary of laid-off 'Gunnersaurus'

(Newser) - The UK soccer team Arsenal announced a plan to trim 55 jobs as part of coronavirus cutbacks, but one layoff in particular was making waves. The team said that its beloved mascot of 27 years, Gunnersaurus Rex, was among those on the chopping block. More specifically, Jerry Quy, who has...

Team Maintains Social Distancing, Loses 37-0

'We tried to postpone the match. But Holdenstedt wanted to play'

(Newser) - A lower league soccer team in Germany worried about coronavirus infection socially distanced themselves from each other, the opposing team's players—and apparently the ball. Ripdorf lost 37-0 on Sept. 13 after their request to have the game against local rivals SV Holdenstedt II was rejected, the BBC reports....

Soccer Trophies' Disappearance Shocks Nation

Egpyt, a powerhouse in African tournament, launches searches

(Newser) - Egyptian soccer authorities are investigating the disappearance of several trophies, including the Africa Cup of Nations trophy the Pharaohs were awarded in 2010 after winning the tournament three times in a row. The revelation of the trophies' disappearance last week by a former board member of Egypt's soccer association,...

3 University Soccer Players Kicked Off Team After Party

Louisville gathering linked to 29 infections

(Newser) - Three University of Louisville men's soccer players are off the team after organizing a party blamed for dozens of coronavirus infections, university authorities say. The university says the three players booted off the team are believed to be "primarily responsible" for the off-campus party, which has been linked...

Prince William: I Scared Foe With Fake Sniper

Duke also admits to abusing soccer referees 'in my head,' reveals worst gift he ever got his wife

(Newser) - Being a royal comes with perks even on the soccer field, at least for Prince William. During an appearance on the BBC's That Peter Crouch Podcast, where he spoke with the former professional soccer player about mental health and more, the Duke of Cambridge fessed up to getting a...

Alleged Culprit Behind Racist Messages Is 12 Years Old

They went to soccer star Wilfried Zaha

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in the UK after allegedly sending racist messages to a British Premiere League soccer player. Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha shared the messages on Twitter Sunday ; they're difficult to look at but include multiple racist slurs and images. Zaha, 27, was born in...

In England's Soccer Return, Names Replaced on Jerseys

They read 'Black Lives Matter'

(Newser) - Players kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of the coronavirus were remembered as the Premier League made a somber return on Wednesday from a 100-day shutdown that deprived England of its national sport. Back on the sideline at Manchester City was Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta,...

Online Posts by Soccer Player's Wife Get Him Cut

LA Galaxy forward Aleksandar Katai's wife, Tea, mocked George Floyd protesters online

(Newser) - The LA Galaxy soccer team cut its 29-year-old Serbian forward Aleksandar Katai on Friday, not because of anything he did, but because of his wife, report Deadline and CNN . The team had become aware that Tea Katai, also from Serbia, recently posted messages online mocking protesters at George Floyd demonstrations....

League: Soccer Team Didn't Use 'Common Sense' With Dolls

FC Seoul didn't intentionally order sex dolls, but should have figured it out, says K-League

(Newser) - A professional soccer team in South Korea has received a record fine after using sex dolls to fill stadium seats . Since the K-League resumed games in empty stadiums earlier this month, teams have been recreating the atmosphere with crowd noises and cardboard cutouts of people. FC Seoul went a different...

Oops: Team's Mannequins Not Exactly Family Fare

They're made by a sex-doll company

(Newser) - Soccer is resuming in South Korea, and one team added mannequins to the otherwise empty stands to provide a sense of normalcy. One problem: Sharp-eyed fans watching on TV noticed the mannequins looked more like sex dolls, albeit fully clothed ones, reports the Guardian . One giveaway: Some were sporting advertisements...

Soccer Is Back Here, but 'Without Fans Is Nothing'

Professional soccer is starting up again in Germany, but the stadiums are empty

(Newser) - Professional soccer resumed in Germany after a two-month break, with four games in the second division on Saturday taking place behind closed doors. The games were the first since soccer was put on hold March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they were played in empty stadiums amid strict...

Nation's President Mocks Virus 'Psychosis,' Soccer Goes On

Belarus' Premier League is carrying on as if there's no pandemic, and it's gaining fans

(Newser) - It's the "last league standing," per the Guardian , and that's no exaggeration. Like pro sports throughout much of the globe, professional soccer is virtually canceled across the EU due to the coronavirus —except for the Belarusian Premier League, which has bucked what other neighboring countries...

Soccer Star Dies After Accidental Fall

Peter Whittingham was 35

(Newser) - An English soccer star is dead at age 35 after an accidental fall, the Guardian reports. Peter Whittingham started his career with Aston Villa from 2003 to 2007, played more than 450 times for Cardiff City during 11 seasons with the team, and ended his career with Blackburn Rovers. He...

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