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This Friendship Between A Six-Year-Old With Cancer And A Soccer Superstar Was Sport At Its Best - Huffington Post Australia

In the frenzy of the multi-million dollar English Premier League transfer season a six-year-old boy has reminded the world why sport is about more than just money.

From the outside, the story of Bradley Lowery is tragic. Diagnosed with a rare cancer, neuroblastoma, as an 18 month-old baby, he finally succumbed to the disease last week at the tender of age of six. His death came despite the unfaltering efforts of his family in pursuing potential treatments.

Yet through the tragedy, Bradley inspired and moved people around the world with his love of the failing Premier League club, Sunderland, and the story of his friendship with team's striker, Jermain Defoe.

It is the beautiful and unlikely friendship between the two which has lifted this story, we learned that sometimes in life age is irrelevant and a connection with another person can be life changing.

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Soccer 101: More than Just a Throw - Orlando City SC (press release) (registration) (blog)

The rules of soccer state that if a ball goes out of play on either sideline, the match will be resumed by a ‘throw-in’. Whichever team touches the ball last before it goes out of bounds concedes the throw-in.

This rule helps maintain the flow of a soccer game.

Non-stop, flowing action is part of what makes soccer the Beautiful Game. When the ball rolls out of play, elite players use that brief moment to organize their team’s defensive shape or, in certain circumstances, advance up the field to gain leverage in the attack.

Soccer is similar to many sports in that - more often than not - sustained offensive pressure yields positive results. Throw-ins can be a useful tool to pin the opponent back in their defensive half. A throw-in that is flicked deep into the opponent’s half gives the team an opportunity to move, as a unit, up the field to produce scoring opportunities.

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Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums - Washington Post


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, receives a jersey signed by the Iranian national soccer team last month to celebrate the country’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup. (EPA/Presidential official website handout)

For the last 38 years, it’s been illegal for women to attend soccer matches in Iran. Two of the country’s most prominent names in the sport say it’s time to change that.

“This is the demand of millions upon millions of female fans who’d like to watch soccer matches and other events up close,” Ali Karimi, a former Bayern Munich midfielder and current coach of one of Iran’s most popular teams, said told Iranian news agency ISNA this week (via RFE/RL). “This important issue is not impossible, this dream of female sports fans can be achieved through correct planning.”

Karimi’s comments follow those made late last month by current Iranian national team star Masoud...


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Youth soccer coach accused of lewd acts with child - Ventura County Star

Ventura County sheriff's detectives arrested a youth soccer coach on suspicion of lewd acts with a child after authorities received a report of an incident with a female juvenile on a team, authorities said Tuesday.

Detectives learned of the matter after the victim, who is now an adult, reported it to authorities in June.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said in a news release: "The victim reported she had a sexual relationship with her former club soccer coach when she was between the ages of 14 to 16 years old." That was between 2007 and 2009, authorities said.

Authorities said the suspect, identified as Vincent Thomas, of Thousand Oaks, was 37 at the time of the first alleged offense. 

Thomas, now 47, has been a youth soccer coach in the Ventura County area over the past 20...


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Soccer, volleyball camps accepting sign-ups - Record Bee

MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown Mustang Youth Soccer Camp opens Tuesday and runs through July 20 at the Middletown High School soccer fields. Camps hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day.

Sponsored by the Middletown girls soccer team, the nine-time defending North Central League I champions, the camp is designed to help boys and girls ages 5-10 improve their basic soccer skills. The first two days of the camp will concentrate on developing basic skills and teaching offensive and defensive strategies. The third and final day of the camp will put these skills into practice with a tournament consisting of several short games.

The cost is $30 per camper. Campers signing up mail are guaranteed camp T-shirts. Campers signing up on the first day of camp will receive T-shirts as long as supplies last.

Campers should bring their own water bottles to camp. Soccer balls will be supplied but you can...


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SK Gaming defeats Virtus Pro 5-4 in exhibition soccer match | Dot ... - Dot Esports

SK Gaming, the recently-crowned ESL One Cologne champions from Brazil, faced off against the Polish Virtus Pro roster in an exhibition match earlier today. But Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wasn’t the name of the game–it was soccer.

The two teams played six-on-six for 40 minutes on a miniature soccer field at the Rhein Energie Stadium in Cologne, Germany, which is home to the local FC Köln soccer team. VP sported all-black jerseys, while SK wore all-white jerseys, which is a big change from their typically black CS:GO jerseys.

Related: SK Gaming sweep Cloud9 to win their second straight ESL Cologne title

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VP’s Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and SK’s Marcelo “coldzera” David quickly traded goals in the first 18 minutes, giving VP an early 2-1 lead. The minutes following halftime were quiet until Jarosław "PashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski of VP earned a goal of his own in the...


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Youth soccer league calls for parents to be silent ... and that's a good ... - Yahoo Sports

A new message for soccer moms and dads in South Carolina:

Shush.

The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association has called for a “Silent September,” where parents at games cannot cheer, yell or berate referees. Parents must sign a form acknowledging the new code of conduct in order for their child to play. They must also stay on the half of the field opposite their child’s bench. And after two warnings, offending parents will be dismissed.

That ALL CAPS TYPING you hear is commenters on social media and message boards (and probably the space below this story) throwing out buzzwords like “PC Police,” “Participation Trophy,” “Snowflake,” and “Safe Space.” Of course, if you’re someone who speaks without listening or types without reading, you might be part of the problem here. All of us know a parent who screams too much at games, but no one actually admits to being that parent.

Consider this...


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This Friendship Between A Six-Year-Old With Cancer And A Soccer Superstar Was Sport At Its Best - Huffington Post Australia

In the frenzy of the multi-million dollar English Premier League transfer season a six-year-old boy has reminded the world why sport is about more than just money.

From the outside, the story of Bradley Lowery is tragic. Diagnosed with a rare cancer, neuroblastoma, as an 18 month-old baby, he finally succumbed to the disease last week at the tender of age of six. His death came despite the unfaltering efforts of his family in pursuing potential treatments.

Yet through the tragedy, Bradley inspired and moved people around the world with his love of the failing Premier League club, Sunderland, and the story of his friendship with team's striker, Jermain Defoe.

It is the beautiful and unlikely friendship between the two which has lifted this story, we learned that sometimes in life age is irrelevant and a connection with another person can be life changing.

Bradley described the...


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Stormzy angry at Irish newspaper for confusing him with a Belgian soccer player - Brag Magazine

Written by Tyler Jenke on Jul 11, 2017

Stormzy, the English grime superstar who is merely days away from touching down in Australia for his first Aussie tour since 2015, including a spot on the Splendour In The Grass lineup, has hit out at an Irish newspaper for confusing him with Belgian soccer player Romelu Lukaku.

As The Telegraph reports, in an article about Belgian soccer player Romelu Lukaku passing a Manchester United medical test, Irish newspaper The Herald mistakenly included a picture of Stormzy. Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, happens to be an avid Manchester United fan, and as such, is often seen supporting the team. In this case, the picture used by The Herald just happens to be Stormzy in a top bearing the club’s logo, rather than Romelu Lukaku.

2 panel image of English rapper Stormzy and a news article that used his image mistakenly

Stormzy wasn’t impressed, and took to Twitter to let his feelings about the matter be known. “I don’t find none of...


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Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums - Washington Post


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, receives a jersey signed by the Iranian national soccer team last month to celebrate the country’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup. (EPA/Presidential official website handout)

For the last 38 years, it’s been illegal for women to attend soccer matches in Iran. Two of the country’s most prominent names in the sport say it’s time to change that.

“This is the demand of millions upon millions of female fans who’d like to watch soccer matches and other events up close,” Ali Karimi, a former Bayern Munich midfielder and current coach of one of Iran’s most popular teams, said told Iranian news agency ISNA this week (via RFE/RL). “This important issue is not impossible, this dream of female sports fans can be achieved through correct planning.”

Karimi’s comments follow those made late last month by current Iranian national team star Masoud...


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NYCFC, Major League Soccer - New York Times

Big names: Miami F.C. midfielder Robert Baggio Kcira was named after the Italian great Roberto Baggio.

Souvenirs: T-shirt, $25. Knapsack, $60. Wool hat, $30.

Food: Nathan’s hot dog, $4.50. Foot-long, $5.75. Domestic beer (Bud), $8. Premium beer (Corona), $8.50.

Vendor’s response to “What’s really good?” “The burgers.”

Were they really good? No.

Cool thing: View of the Atlantic Ocean and Coney Island’s amusement park rides, including the parachute drop lit up with “Cosmos.”

Fan perspective: Jennifer Gualotuna and Lino Tineo of Jackson Heights were to be married in three weeks and attended the game with a group of 10 friends for a surprise bridal shower. “You’re closer to the players; there’s a more family atmosphere,” their friend Daniela Carpio said of the N.A.S.L. experience. She wasn’t pleased at having to pay $25 to park, though.

Result: Miami F.C. 3, Cosmos 0.

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Fountain City Futsal Academy Kicks Off New Era for KC Youth Soccer - Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, is excited to announce that our long-time partner United States Youth Futsal (USYF) will be launching the Fountain City Futsal Academy (FCFA). FCFA is the first futsal academy sanctioned by USYF in Kansas City, which is home to the largest USYF league in the nation and hosts the USYF Regional and National Championships.

FCFA is a premier futsal development program that offers players a unique opportunity to train and compete with players form other soccer clubs that are at the same skill-level. The program is designed to complement, not compete with a player’s regular soccer training with their own clubs.

Players will receive 60 futsal training sessions per year from a specialized futsal coaching staff.

“This is an exciting new era in KC for youth soccer! Fountain City Futsal Academy will provide players futsal training throughout...


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One dead in Brazil soccer-related violence between Vasco da Gama and Flamengo - Wide World of Sports

One fan was killed and three others were wounded in the fights that broke out after the Vasco da Gama v Flamengo match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police said Sunday.

A 27-year-old Vasco da Gama fan was shot in the chest and killed at a stadium entrance on Saturday.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are investigating the shooting, while several eyewitnesses told the press that a police officer fired the fatal shot.

Two other people were shot after the Campeonato Brasileiro match and a third person was wounded by flying glass after taking cover behind a truck.

The incidents started when Vasco da Gama fans tried to take the field at the end of the match at Sao Januario Stadium and were met by police firing tear gas to disperse them.

Fans threw all kinds of objects, including home-made bombs, on the field, preventing Flamengo's...


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Data analysis is really helping the Dutch national women's soccer team - Phys.Org

Data analysis is really helping the Dutch national women’s soccer team
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The European Football Championship for Women, in the Netherlands this summer, is the background of a large and innovative data research project. The Dutch football union is cooperating with Leiden University and Sportinnovator. The research is going to find links that have thus far remained unknown.

Optimize the game

To be able to perform optimally in top sport, optimal conditions are necessary. In the past, good shoes and a decent ball were enough, but today super computers are of help. Scientists of Leiden University's Sport Data Center know how to use this to optimize the football game. A large data investigation is supposed to give new insights.

Extreme computing power

'What we do, is look at football from a mathematical point a view', says professor Joost Kok. 'As if the players are moving parts.' Kok's computers have an extreme computing power. 'We can...


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WATCH: How Heather O'Reilly became one of North Carolina Courage's biggest fans - Excelle Sports

The North Carolina Courage has a brand new fan at their home games.

This fan, a 32-year-old woman, doesn’t live far from the Courage’s Sahlen Stadium in Cary, N.C., where she’s been spotted cheering in the stands, talking to players from the railing and even banging the drum in the Carolina supporters section.

This new fan is no ordinary enthusiast, though. Instead, it’s Heather O’Reilly, one of the world’s most capped soccer players who won three Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup with the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT). While she retired from international play last year, the New Jersey native continues to compete for the Arsenal in the English Women’s League, spending the off-seasons not far from where she was a soccer star at the University of North Carolina.

[More from Excelle Sports: Former USWNT star Heather O’Reilly signs with Arsenal Ladies]

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WATCH: Brazilian soccer player purposely falls off stretcher to waste precious time - CBSSports.com

As annoying as it may be, soccer players killing time during a match is just a part of the sport. We see everyone do it, from goalkeepers to ball boys, and it's a pretty effective way to hold on to a result with just a couple minutes to go. 

Then there is this: Lucao, a player for Brazilian club Criciuma, wanted to waste some time during his team's visit to Internacional in Serie B action on Saturday. After scoring a goal earlier in the game, he was carted off the pitch with an injury, but before he was taken away he decided to roll off the cart onto the ground. Yes, he really did. Take a look:

That was too obvious, and it was also too funny. You've got to do what you've got to do to secure points, right? The game ended in a draw thanks to his "heroics." He clearly looks down to see if he can pull it off, and he goes for it.

Let's file this under "things we thought we would never...


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SK Gaming defeats Virtus Pro 5-4 in exhibition soccer match - Dot Esports

SK Gaming, the recently-crowned ESL One Cologne champions from Brazil, faced off against the Polish Virtus Pro roster in an exhibition match earlier today. But Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wasn’t the name of the game–it was soccer.

The two teams played six-on-six for 40 minutes on a miniature soccer field at the Rhein Energie Stadium in Cologne, Germany, which is home to the local FC Köln soccer team. VP sported all-black jerseys, while SK wore all-white jerseys, which is a big change from their typically black CS:GO jerseys.

Related: SK Gaming sweep Cloud9 to win their second straight ESL Cologne title

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VP’s Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and SK’s Marcelo “coldzera” David quickly traded goals in the first 18 minutes, giving VP an early 2-1 lead. The minutes following halftime were quiet until Jarosław "PashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski of VP earned a goal of his own in the...


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Youth soccer league calls for parents to be silent ... and that's a good thing - Yahoo Sports

A new message for soccer moms and dads in South Carolina:

Shush.

The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association has called for a “Silent September,” where parents at games cannot cheer, yell or berate referees. Parents must sign a form acknowledging the new code of conduct in order for their child to play. They must also stay on the half of the field opposite their child’s bench. And after two warnings, offending parents will be dismissed.

That ALL CAPS TYPING you hear is commenters on social media and message boards (and probably the space below this story) throwing out buzzwords like “PC Police,” “Participation Trophy,” “Snowflake,” and “Safe Space.” Of course, if you’re someone who speaks without listening or types without reading, you might be part of the problem here. All of us know a parent who screams too much at games, but no one actually admits to being that parent.

Consider this...


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Premier Soccer League Awards - Soccer Laduma

The Premier Soccer League awards evening took place on Monday evening, and Cape Town City's star duo were the big winners on the night.

Click throught the gallery to see the award winners on the night.

Lebogang Manyama walked away with three awards on the night, claiming the Footballer of the Year, Absa Premiership Player's Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards.

Manyama's City teammate, Aubrey Ngoma also picked up a couple accolades, as he won the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament and the Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season awards.

Bidvest Wits head coach, Gavin Hunt walked away with the Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award after leading the club to their first ever top flight title.

Other notable award winners on the night included Abbubaker Mobara (Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament) and Daine Klate (MTN8 Last Man Standing).

Sedwyn George walked away with...


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Here's your only chance to catch pro soccer in Austin - MyStatesman.com

Liga MX soccer set for Dell Diamond on Wednesday

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