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Perez scores twice; FC Dallas beats Vancouver 2-1

Perez scores 2 goals to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps
Steve Hunt, The Canadian Press

FRISCO, Texas - For just over 10 minutes, the Vancouver Whitecaps appeared as though they would leave Toyota Stadium with at least a point for the first time in five meetings with FC Dallas.

Trailing 1-0 after a fluke goal by striker Blas Perez in the 20th minute, Vancouver tied the game in the 67th minute when Erik Hurtado capitalized on some general disarray by several members of the Dallas backline. But 11 minutes later, Perez scored his second of the game and eighth of the season off a free kick to lead Dallas to a 2-1 victory.

Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

James Bond says Aye, Harry Potter says Naw: Scottish celebrities take sides on independence
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist — from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the "core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future."

Moyes reign costs Man U $90M but sponsorship soars

Man United reveals Moyes' failure costing club around $90M but sponsorship revenue surges
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England - The wall of fame of Manchester United managers still informs Old Trafford visitors that a "new chapter has begun" under David Moyes. In reality, it was a short, painful chapter in United history that will cost around $90 million, the club disclosed on Wednesday.

Racism ruling coming for Italian soccer president

UEFA president Platini promises ruling on alleged racist comment by Italian football president
Andrew Dampf, The Associated Press

ROME - UEFA President Michel Platini has promised a ruling from the organization's disciplinary body over an alleged racist comment by the Italian football federation's new leader.

Carlo Tavecchio, a long-standing executive in Italian football, was elected president last month despite causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.

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