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Messi sets European record with 74 goals

Messi scores hat trick, shatters Champions League scoring record with 74 goals
The Associated Press

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record by taking his tally in the competition to 74 in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.

Irish football chief sorry for nationalist song

Irish football chief executive apologizes after being filmed singing nationalist song in pub
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The Football Association of Ireland chief executive apologized on Tuesday for any offence caused by singing an Irish nationalist song in a pub.

A video posted on YouTube shows John Delaney in a pub singing "The Ballad of Joe McDonnell" about a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died in a 1981 prison hunger strike.

"I do accept that if I have upset anybody here, I'm sorry," Delaney told Irish broadcaster RTE.

The video shows Delaney singing only the end of a song that earlier features inflammatory lyrics about Britain.

German league chief tells Blatter to resign

German league chief Rauball tells FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign
The Associated Press

FRANKFURT - German league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

"In contrast to others who just do it via the media, I personally called Mr. Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign," Rauball told this week's Kicker magazine.

Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. He has been a vocal critic of Blatter on the issue of Qatar.

Pele back in hospital for 'medical evaluation'

Pele back in hospital for 'medical evaluation;' reportedly to treat urinary infection
The Associated Press

SAO PAULO - Brazilian soccer great Pele has been hospitalized for a "medical evaluation."

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo says the three-time World Cup champion is "stable" after being admitted late Monday.

Brazilian media says Pele has a urinary infection, but the information could not be immediately confirmed by the hospital.

The 74-year-old Pele was released from the same hospital less than 10 days ago after successfully undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones.

Canadian Akindele voted MLS Rookie of the Year

Canadian Tesho Akindele voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Dallas forward and Calgary native Tesho Akindele has been voted Major League Soccer's rookie of the year.

He scored seven goals during the regular season and had one in the playoffs, against Vancouver.

The league said Monday that the 22-year-old player received 86 per cent of combined team, media and player votes. Chicago midfielder Harry Shipp was second at 73 per cent and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum third at 63 per cent.

More misery for Liverpool; Spurs fight back to win

Liverpool's misery compounded by 3-1 collapse at Palace; Tottenham recovers to beat Hull 2-1
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Liverpool's rapid downfall continued with a fourth successive loss on Sunday, with Crystal Palace adding to Brendan Rodgers' woes with a 3-1 victory.

The pressure, though, eased on Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham team came from behind to beat Hull 2-1 in the Premier League.

United inflicts 1st Arsenal home loss in 15 months

United inflicts 1st Arsenal league home loss in 15 months; leader Chelsea and Man City win
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Manchester United inflicted Arsenal's first Premier League home loss in 15 months on Saturday in a 2-1 victory that propelled the fallen power into the top four for the first time under Louis van Gaal after a faltering start.

2 convicted in Delaware soccer field shootings

2 gang members convicted of murder in 2012 shootings at Delaware soccer tournament
Randall Chase, The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. - Two gang members who prosecutors say were out to avenge a friend's death and to silence a witness to an earlier killing have been convicted of murder in a 2012 soccer tournament shooting in Delaware that left three people dead.

A jury on Friday convicted 38-year-old Otis Phillips and 23-year-old Jeffrey Phillips of first-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old tournament organizer Herman Curry. The two defendants, who are not related, also were convicted of manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old soccer player Alexander Kamara at Wilmington's Eden Park.

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jewish people while defending under-fire coach
The Associated Press

WIGAN, England - The owner of English club Wigan has made controversial comments about Jewish people while defending his decision to hire a coach who is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic messages.

Malky Mackay was hired as Wigan manager on Wednesday even though the English Football Association is looking into a dossier from his time in charge of fellow second-tier team Cardiff, when he sent offensive text messages to a colleague.

Pele's son released from jail in Brazil

Pele's son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction
The Associated Press

SAO PAULO - The 44-year-old son of soccer great Pele has been released from jail and will remain free while he appeals a conviction in a money laundering case that involved a drug gang.

Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, known as Edinho, was released late Wednesday, a day after he was taken into custody in the coastal city of Santos. A judge had said he had to stay in jail during the appeal process, but his lawyers obtained a petition to free the former goalkeeper.

Edinho was handed a 33-year prison sentenced this year after being found guilty of laundering money to a drug gang.

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