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Player ordered to trial for fatal punch of referee

Detroit-area soccer player ordered tried on murder charge after punching referee over ejection
The Associated Press

LIVONIA, Mich. - A recreational soccer player will stand trial for the one-punch slaying of a referee who was about to penalize and eject him from a game in suburban Detroit.

After a two-day preliminary examination, Livonia District Judge Kathleen McCann determined Thursday there was enough evidence to bind Bassel Saad, 36, over to Wayne County Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree murder.

Authorities say the auto mechanic from Dearborn struck John Bieniewicz on June 29 as the referee was preparing to red-card Saad in an adult recreational league game.

Player ordered to trial for fatal punch of referee

Detroit-area soccer player ordered tried on murder charge after punching referee over ejection
The Associated Press

LIVONIA, Mich. - A recreational soccer player will stand trial for the one-punch slaying of a referee who was about to penalize and eject him from a game in suburban Detroit.

After a two-day preliminary examination, Livonia District Judge Kathleen McCann determined Thursday there was enough evidence to bind Bassel Saad, 36, over to Wayne County Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree murder.

Authorities say the auto mechanic from Dearborn struck John Bieniewicz on June 29 as the referee was preparing to red-card Saad in an adult recreational league game.

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths; 2 aid workers might be brought back to US
Clarence Roy-MacAulay And Krista Larson, The Associated Press

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.

Travel ban for Sierra Leone players over Ebola

Sierra Leone soccer team barred from travelling to Seychelles over fears of Ebola virus
The Associated Press

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - The Sierra Leone soccer team has been banned from travelling to the Seychelles for an African Cup of Nations qualifier because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus.

Players and officials were barred from boarding a plane Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, that would have taken them to the Seychelles capital of Victoria for Saturday's game.

Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

Goalkeepers Sean Johnson, David Ousted perfect, Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw
Jack McCarthy, The Canadian Press

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Traction remains hard to come by for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Wednesday's 0-0 Major League Soccer draw with Chicago at Toyota Park was the Whitecaps' 11th of the season and fourth straight.

Still Vancouver coach Carl Robinson, whose team is now 6-4-11, 29 points, wasn't entirely displeased with the effort.

"We're disappointed because I think it was a game we could have won," he said. "(But) the boys showed a lot of blood and guts and thunder, they couldn't have given me any more effort.

DC United beats Toronto FC 3-0

Hamid makes saves 8 saves, DC United beats Toronto FC 3-0
Thomas Floyd, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen could probably provide a slew of reasons for his team's recent slide. But after TFC's 3-0 loss to D.C. United on Wednesday, he boiled it down to a simple explanation.

"We had the opportunities to score goals. We didn't take them," Nelsen said. "Then when he had to defend our box, we didn't defend it very well."

Toronto outshot United 14-10 at RFK Stadium, but Nelsen's squad couldn't pull off the win. They dropped to 1-3-4 since the World Cup break.

Players describe punch that killed soccer referee

Player testifies that Michigan soccer referee who later died 'did not see the punch coming'
Mike Householder, The Associated Press

LIVONIA, Mich. - A soccer referee who was fatally punched by a player during a recreational game in suburban Detroit did not expect the attack, one of the player's teammates testified Wednesday.

Dr. Jamal Saleh testified during a probable-cause hearing for Bassel Saad, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of referee John Bieniewicz.

Fans run on field in Real Madrid-AS Roma match

Fans stop action in the 87th minute as AS Roma beats Real Madrid 1-0
The Associated Press

DALLAS - Approximately 20 fans ran on the field in the 87th minute of AS Roma's 1-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday night, disrupting play in the International Champions Cup match.

The group of mostly young men appeared to overwhelm the security officials working the game, and players waited patiently as the visitors were rounded up and removed from the field.

Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped in Argentina

Father of Juventus star Carlos Tevez kidnapped in Argentina
The Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The lawyer for Carlos Tevez says the father of the Argentina and Juventus star has been kidnapped by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the Argentina capital Buenos Aires.

Lawyer Gustavo Galasso described the family Tuesday as "dismayed" by the news. He offered few other details.

Galasso did not identify Tevez's father by name. News sources in Argentina identified him as Segundo Tevez or Juan Alberto Cabral.

Sassuolo withdraws support for Tavecchio

Sassuolo latest Serie A club to withdraw support for Italian presidency candidate Tavecchio
The Associated Press

SASSUOLO, Italy - Sassuolo is the latest Serie A club to withdraw its support for Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for the presidency of the Italian football federation, following his alleged racist comments.

A club statement on Tuesday says its owners "stay true to their values in the world of sport and thus maintain Carlo Tavecchio's candidacy is no longer sustainable."

Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Cesena already withdrew support for Tavecchio, who originally had the backing of all Serie A clubs apart from Juventus and Roma.

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