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Nigeria Soccer Captain's Father Kidnapped Before World Cup Game

The father of John Obi Mikel, captain of Nigeria’s soccer team, was returned to his family Monday after being kidnapped just hours before Mikel played Argentina at the World Cup. Kidnappers called Mikel on June 26 to tell him his father, Pa Michael Obi, had been <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliceNG_Enugu/status/1013850056653463552?s=17" target="_blan… Sports

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Major League Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out As Gay

Collin Martin, a midfielder for Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United, came out as gay on Friday morning, ahead of the team’s planned Pride celebration before a match against FC Dallas tonight. Martin’s teammates and family have known he is gay “for many years,” he said in a statement posted to his Twitter account. <div class="content-list-compo… Sports

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Steve Nash hoping 2026 World Cup will boost Canada's soccer program

NEW YORK – Steve Nash is excited for what 2026 could bring to Canadian soccer. “It’s going to be huge and fantastic to have the World Cup back in North America,” he said. The two-time NBA MVP, who hosted the 11th annual Steve Nash Foundation Showdown on Wednesday night, believes co-hosting the World Cup with Mexico and the United States ...

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Amid rape allegation, Jordaan re-elected SAfrica soccer boss

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Danny Jordaan, the chief organizer of the 2010 World Cup, was re-elected as president of the South African Football Association for a second term despite allegations made by a singer that he raped her 25 years ago. Jordaan won the vote late Saturday with over 95 percent of the votes, SAFA said, and earned another five-year term. Former ...

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Platini vows to return to soccer after Swiss justice move

PARIS (AP) Banned former UEFA President and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to soccer after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing. Platini says in a statement it’s ”the end of a long nightmare for my family and those close to me.” Since September 2015, ...

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WORLD CUP: Gazza’s tears help relaunch English soccer

Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn’t done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team’s performance at the World Cup in Italy – and the tears of a 23-year-old midfielder from ...

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San Francisco 49ers buy stake in English soccer club Leeds

LEEDS, England (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have taken a minority ownership stake in English soccer club Leeds. Leeds says on its website the deal is a ”strategic partnership with 49ers Enterprises, an investment entity affiliated with the San Francisco 49ers.” The second-tier club says ”funds invested will remain inside the club and will go towards investment in the first ...

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