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Orlando considering joint bid to host World Cup in 2026FIFA releases full Garcia report on possible 2018, 2022 World Cup corruptionXL Soccer WorldMLS soccer break ends, Orlando City ready for Atlanta UnitedUCF Women's soccer adds six players to 2017 rosterCoach Scott Calabrese releases UCF Men's soccer scheduleUCF women's soccer announces 2017-18 schedule

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:39:51 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 19:57:08 GMTMon, 24 Jul 2017 18:51:25 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:04:11 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:59:01 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 21:18:01 GMTMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:24:55 GMT

The City Beautiful is considering a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2026 with Canada and Mexico.

"The city of Orlando has been formally contacted to be a part of the group putting together a joint bid for the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host World Cup Soccer in 2026," the city of Orlando's press secretary told News 6. 

The World Cup is held by the Federation Internationale de Football Association, which Brazil held in 2014. The Orlando bid is interesting because the number of teams participating will increase from 32 teams to 48 teams, according to CNN. 

The 2018 World Cup is set to take place in Russia. 

 

 

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With the Gold Cup nearing its end, the second half of the 2017 MLS season gets underway with Orlando City looking for a strong start against Atlanta United on July 21.

The Knights added six new players to its 2017 roster, including two German stars.

UCF released its 2017 men's soccer schedule Monday. 

The Knights announced its 2017-18 regular season schedule, with battles against UNC, LSU and USF on the way.




Former UCF sharpshooter signs deal with Miami Heat

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:04:28 GMT

On Monday, the Miami Heat signed a new player to its team, and he's no stranger to Florida or the Orlando area. 

Former University of Central Florida men's basketball player and 3-point sharpshooter Matt Williams inked a deal that will put him in the NBA this coming season. He is joining a team that has seen several changes to it's roster this off-season. The details of his contract have not yet been disclosed.

 

 

The rosters for the two All-Star game teams can also be found below.

 

American League Starters:

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

1B Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays

2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

SS Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

OF George Springer, Houston Astros

DH Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

 

National League Starters:

C Buster Posey, San Fransico Giants

1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

2B Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

SS Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

OF Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

 

The complete list of reserves and pitchers for the 2017 All-Star game can be found in this Bleacher Report article.

 




Tebow rides eight-game hitting streak with class-A advanced St. Lucie MetsTim Tebow coming to Kissimmee stadium this month

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:16:06 GMTWed, 05 Jul 2017 23:22:19 GMT

After struggling for 64 games with a .220 batting average with the class-A Columbia Fireflies, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been riding a comeback with the class-A advanced St. Lucie Mets.

Riding an eight-game hitting streak, playing in 13 games thus far, driving in nine runs on two home runs, two doubles and 13 total hits, the minor leaguer in the New York Mets' farm system has racked up a .325 batting average.

Joining a struggling 5-12 minor league team that sits in last place of the Florida State League South division, the outfielder has had a big week while helping turn around the team.

Having only one error in the field with his new team, Tebow has also shared the field with Mets All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto for one game's time. 

Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets will play 10 more games before traveling to play the Florida Fire Frogs for a four-game series. 

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t503.

A Florida Fire Frogs official said there is much anticipation for fans to come out see the Heisman Trophy winner play.




Five reasons to watch World Aquatics ChampionshipsTour de France under scrutiny after crash on 'crazy' stage'Slippery' Wimbledon grass under spotlightTop showjumper Scott Brash disqualified over blood ruleOn vacation in US, football star Romelu Lukaku cited for noise violationWBO to review Pacquiao fight; won't reverse decision

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:06:25 GMTMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:33:57 GMTMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:20:05 GMTSun, 09 Jul 2017 12:26:39 GMTSat, 08 Jul 2017 22:14:00 GMTFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:57:00 GMT

It's been almost a year since the Rio Olympics but here comes a chance to catch up with the stars of the pool.Hungary will host the 17th FINA World Championships, or World Aquatics Championships, July 14-30, for six disciplines: swimming, water polo, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and high diving.Here's five reasons why you shouldn't miss the event. No Phelps or Lochte These world championships will be the first major international competition since 2000 without either 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps or six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte of the US.Although the 31-year-old Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, retired from the sport after the Rio Games, he hasn't stopped training and recently announced he will be racing a Great White Shark for Discovery's Shark Week.Lochte, 32, is still serving a 10-month ban, which ends at the end of the month, for his role in an alcohol-fueled episode at a gas station in Brazil during the Rio Olympics with three teammates.Although he's not allowed to compete in the pool -- and lost a number of lucrative endorsement deals -- he has since taken part in "Dancing with the Stars," finishing in seventh place. Scenic location The Hungarian capital Budapest and the city of Balatonfüred, on Lake Balaton, will play hosts to the biggest sporting event the eastern European country has ever staged.Some 2,500 athletes will be competing in more than 200 events over a period of 17 days at five iconic venues. Hungary has a long and rich swimming tradition, so expect large and enthusiastic crowds cheering on their local heroes."We have a lot of water in Budapest and Hungary," FINA's Miklos Borsa told CNN Sport's Christina Macfarlane."Hungary is a country of waters; we have lakes, we have rivers, we have everything. We want to show it to the world, not only those who come to Budapest but to the spectators as well."After Mexico dropped out as hosts, Hungary stepped in, building the main venue for the world championships -- the brand new Dagály Swimming Complex in Budapest -- in less than two years.This state-of-the-art arena, which will stage the swimming and diving, has two Olympic-size pools and can accommodate as many as 12,300 spectators.The water polo will be held at the historic Alfred Hajós swimming complex on the Margaret Island. Named after its architect, who was also Hungary's first Olympic gold medal winner, this 7,000-seat venue has been home to the mighty Hungarian water polo team since it was first built in 1930.The squad, winners of three world championship titles and a record nine Olympic gold medals, will be trying to make amends for finishing outside of the medals in the past two Olympics.Synchronized swimming will be staged in a temporary pool by Heroes' Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site located next to the City Park ice rink, and in close proximity to Vajdahunyad Castle.High divers will be able to take in views of Budapest's famous Parliament building when they compete alongside the river Danube by Batthányi Square. And finally, open water swimming will be held off the shores of Balatonfüred, in Central Europe's biggest fresh-water lake."All the venues are sold out," added Borsa. "Altogether we're expecting 300,000 spectators." New stars, old legends With Phelps and Lochte both absent, who will step up to become swimming's next big thing?Look out for whoever wins the 200 meter individual medley, an event Lochte and Phelps have dominated since the 2004 Athens Games.Can an American not named Phelps or Lochte keep the streak of seven consecutive world championship titles for the US alive?With four-time London 2012 Olympic champion Missy Franklin missing from the event because of two shoulder surgeries at the start of the year, all eyes will be on four-time Rio gold medalist Katie Ledecky on the American t[...]



Tour de France under scrutiny after crash on 'crazy' stageSagan expelled for Tour de France crash injuring CavendishSecurity tight for start of Tour de France

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:33:57 GMTThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:56:05 GMTFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:02:17 GMT

From the lakeside town of Nantua to the city of Chambéry, collarbones were fractured, kneecaps were dislocated and lungs were punctured.It's supposed to be bike race, but by the end of Sunday, stage nine of the 104th Tour de France felt more like an episode of a TV hospital drama.After 181.5 kilometers, three uncategorized climbs and no shortage of devilishly difficult descents, 11 riders were left by wayside -- five through serious injury.Chief among them were Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and overall contender Richie Porte, prompting commentators to brand it one of the most formidable climbing stages in recent history, and one rider to suggest "organizers got what they wanted."Colombia's Rigoberto Uran (Cannodale-Drapac) took the green jersey in a photo finish from Warren Barguil (Sunweb) by a tire's width after a six-man sprint -- turning the Frenchman's tears of joy to tears of sorrow.Chris Froome, now without his chief lieutenant Thomas for the rest of the Tour, retains the yellow jersey having finished third.But once again, as in Mark Cavendish's stage four horror crash, it's the riders that didn't cross the line who will dominate the headlines. 'Crazy day' Thomas, second overall behind teammate Froome at the start of play Sunday, was the first major name to fall -- breaking his collarbone on the tough Col de la Biche descent in a crash Dave Brailsford branded "devastating.""He had the crash in the Giro, then the roller coaster of coming here and being in yellow after winning the first stage, and then breaking his collarbone today," said the Team Sky general manager."We'll get our arms around him and make sure he's all right; we'll get him back on track but that's not nice to see."If Thomas's crash had been difficult to watch, Porte's crash just under 100km later was too much for some TV viewers, including Cavendish.Flying high above the town of Aix-les-Bans in slippery conditions, Australian Porte was traveling at speeds in excess of 70kph (45mph) when he veered onto the grass and off the road.As his bike threatened to tumble down the mountain, Porte hit the tarmac hard, skidding across the width of the road before clattering into the jagged rock face on his right.There was nowhere to go for Daniel Martin behind him, who somersaulted over Porte's body, then "bounced," but was somehow was able to get back on his bike and continue the descent.The Irishman -- crashing once again in a later incident but "remarkably" doing enough to still claim ninth position in Sunday's stage -- is sixth overall, one minute and 44 seconds behind Froome."I guess the organizers got what they wanted," reflected Martin after the race. "I don't think anyone wanted to take risks there, but it was so slippery under the trees."Richie locked up his back wheel, went straight into the grass, just wiped out, and his bike just collected me."I was very lucky the first time; I got through but my luck run out."There was no getting up for Porte, who was placed in a neck brace, stretchered into an ambulance and straight to hospital -- bloodied, bruised but still asking for his helmet and glasses.Later diagnosis revealed a broken collarbone and a fractured pelvis, meaning "four to six weeks' recovery, providing there are no complications," according to BMC team doctor Max Testa.Tour de France organizers did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Martin's criticisms, but British cyclist Chris Boardman, who has ridden the Tour, told ITV that Porte had chosen to descend at that speed.Earlier on Sunday, Boardman had ridden the descent, tweeting: "Been down today's final descent. In the wet. It was very hairy. Resurfacing has made it smoother ... and very slippery ..."Froome retains the overall lead from Italy's Astana rider F[...]



'Slippery' Wimbledon grass under spotlightBernard Tomic fined, loses sponsorship dealNovak Djokovic sizzles at WimbledonStella McCartney brings 'rebellion' chic to WimbledonThe art of queuing for the Wimbledon QueueRoger Federer: 'There were moments I wanted to walk away from tennis'

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:20:05 GMTFri, 07 Jul 2017 14:15:38 GMTThu, 06 Jul 2017 18:07:24 GMTThu, 06 Jul 2017 14:11:59 GMTWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:57:19 GMTTue, 04 Jul 2017 09:30:42 GMT

Be it the lack of a roof several years ago or its strict clothing policy, there always seems to be controversy at Wimbledon.This year the grass at what is considered to be tennis' most prestigious tournament is coming under scrutiny, especially after American Bethanie Mattek-Sands badly injured her knee in a fall while approaching the net in a second-round clash on Thursday against Sorana Cirstea.Those questioning the quality of the lawns aren't limited to competitors who have rarely played on the grass but include former Wimbledon champions, although Mattek-Sands' description of her injury in a Facebook live video suggested the grass wasn't to blame.No play on Sunday, as per tournament tradition, may have given the beleaguered grass a rest but that was tempered by a hectic Monday, which saw every player remaining in singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, on the schedule."The first two matches I didn't see any significant difference," three-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic told reporters Saturday, when asked to compare the grass to years past. "But I was hearing a lot of comments from other players. They were complaining, especially on the outside courts."But today I could see there is a difference in the grass, in the turf itself. It was a bit softer, I would say, especially around a couple of feet inside and outside, around the baseline area."I haven't had that kind of experience before at Wimbledon. I mean, the courts are always perfect here."When the Serb referred to his fellow pros "complaining" about conditions on outer courts, he might have been referring to Kristina Mladenovic for one.On the same day Mattek-Sands sustained her terrible mishap, the outspoken 12th seed slipped at least three times on Court 18 -- the same arena where John Isner outlasted Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history in 2010 -- in a defeat to American Alison Riske.According to Mladenovic, who slightly injured her knee and ankle, holes were visible on court. 'There's no grass' At one stage in the first set, play stopped as Mladenovic and Riske discussed the state of the turf with supervisor Pam Whytcross.In a briefing with reporters Thursday, Riske -- who generally likes to compete on grass, the most specialized of tennis' three main surfaces -- likened a part of the court to "ice.""There's no grass," Mladenovic told reporters. "I don't know how to describe it. It's not even clay. It's not flat."It makes it, of course, tough to put your strong footwork. You kind of have to run light and be careful, I don't know, not to push or press too much, too hard, which is strange to play on."I'm just honestly very happy and blessed that I didn't injure myself that much."This isn't the first time the grass at Wimbledon has drawn the ire of competitors.In 2013, twice grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka slipped on the grass in a first-round victory, injured her knee and withdrew ahead of her second-round contest. And Maria Sharapova described the court as "dangerous" in an upset loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito, having taken a tumble three times.That year, more rain than usual in England in May, little sun during the first four days of Wimbledon and humidity, noted the New York Times, perhaps meant the courts hadn't sufficiently dried.But this year, the issue could stem from too much heat and a lack of rain.Most parts of England experienced a heat wave a week-and-a-half prior to Wimbledon, with several days of warmer than usual temperatures following last week. Meanwhile, rain only briefly surfaced one day of the first week, last Monday.Brown, or dead, worn-out grass that usually results deep in the second week was thus an earlier than normal visitor. Federer weighs in "It changes color," Roger Federer, chasing a[...]



Magic sign Shelvin Mack as first free agent of 2017 off-seasonOrlando Magic hire John Hammond as general managerOrlando Magic hires Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations, sources sayLucas and Magic beat Knicks in Isaac's absence

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:18:58 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 15:56:48 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 03:13:44 GMTWed, 05 Jul 2017 23:57:40 GMT

The Orlando Magic announced Sunday the signing of free-agent point guard Shelvin Mack.

Mack, 27, who previously played for the Utah Jazz, will likely be a second or third string point guard, playing behind Elfrid Payton. 

Mack's contract was reported by ESPN as a $12 million deal for two years, giving the Magic a total of four point guards for the upcoming season.

In Mack's 55 games with the Jazz in the 2016 season, the point guard averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 turnovers per game. Averaging 21.9 minutes per game, Mack shot 44.6 percent from the field, putting up a 30.8 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

Playing in seven NBA seasons, Mack has appeared in uniforms for Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Utah. 

Mack is the first free agent signed by the Magic's new president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond.

The Orlando Magic introduce the team's new president of basketball operations.

The Orlando Magic has hired a new president of basketball operations, News 6 sports director David Pingalore has learned.




Top showjumper Scott Brash disqualified over blood ruleCarriage horse runs free in New York CityRoyal Ascot 2017: Duchess Kate stays cool as racegoers swelterIs this the world's toughest bike race?Donald Trump's son Eric opens new Turnberry golf courseHow the PGA is trying to fix golf's imageTiger Woods dashcam video: Golfer stumbles, appears confusedNBA player Taj Gibson arrested for driving with a suspended licenseActor Shia LaBeouf arrested on public drunkenness charge

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:26:39 GMTWed, 31 May 2017 14:31:45 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 17:28:09 GMTTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:28:22 GMTWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:47:29 GMTMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:34:06 GMTThu, 01 Jun 2017 01:06:25 GMTSat, 08 Jul 2017 10:05:09 GMTSat, 08 Jul 2017 19:52:43 GMT

Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash was disqualified from a top showjumping event in Portugal Saturday after traces of blood were found on his horse Hello Forever.The Briton had jumped a clear round to secure victory for his team Miami Glory in the Global Champions League event in Cascais before an official from the international governing body, the FEI, made the ruling after examining the 11-year-old chestnut gelding.The decision elevated Mexico Amigos, boosted by a double clear from Henrik von Eckermann, into first place.The Valkenswaard United pairing of Marcus Ehning and Bertram Allen were promoted to third place, lifting the team to first place in the overall series rankings after nine rounds. Rule change? The controversy surrounding Brash prompted the co-founder of the Global Champions League Jan Tops to suggest the FEI should reassess the blood rule that disqualified the former world No.1 ranked showjumper.Since it was introduced in 2012, the rule has led to a number of high profile disqualifications."It was a shame this evening, for what happened with Scott," Tops told the Global Champions Tour website."It's a rule, but it's a rule the FEI have to change. I know how much Scott looks after his horses, how great he is with his team of horses, and he didn't deserve that at all. It's a rule, but I think these things have to change."Neither the FEI or Brash were immediately available for comment.Miami Glory team owner Georgina Bloomberg said an "almost invisible amount of blood" had been found from spurs marks on the flank of Hello Forever."I consider myself the ultimate animal lover and advocate and am the first to stand up for an animal being mistreated," she said in a statement released on social media."In this situation I can find absolutely no wrong doing or abuse at all," she added.The 31-year-old Brash took gold for Britain in the team event at the 2012 London Olympics and is one of the star attractions on the world equestrian tour with several high profile victories. Global Champions Tour maiden win Later Saturday, Israel's Danielle Goldstein secured her maiden Longines Global Champions Tour victory on her mare Lizziemary in a a thrilling five-strong jump off under the Cascais lights.Dutch champion Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Arera finished second, over a full second behind the speedy Goldstein.To complete a fine night for young star riders, Martin Fuchs of Switzerland finished in third place on Clooney with Bertram Allen of Ireland on Molly Malone in fourth and Belgium's Jos Verlooyin fifth.Dutchman Harrie Smolders retains his lead in the overall rankings with van der Vleuten moving up to second after his fine performance in Portugal.Christian Ahlmann (GER) drops to third place heading into the 10th round in Chantilly, France."It feels great. We come out and we work every day, so it's a dream to win, it feels amazing," said Goldstein."I think everyone wants to win a Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, for me it's the top of the list at the moment, so I'm thrilled."A carriage horse recently escaped and galloped through the streets of New York City.Royal Ascot racegoers were getting hot under their collars as they sweltered in formal clothes in the UK's summer heatwave Tuesday.It's the dead of night, you're cycling through the desert and are so chronically fatigued you think you're seeing goblins. Welcome to Race Across America (RAAM) -- 12 days of hell spent������pedalling������from the west coast to the east.While his father runs the US, Donald Trump's son Eric has been busy launching the new "King Robert the Bruce" golf course at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland.[...]Golf has a reputation for being elitist and resistant to change.Dashcam video showing Tiger Woods' Memorial [...]



Orlando Pride take on Washington Spirit, play to 2-2 drawOrlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 3-2Pride fall 1-0 to Chicago Red StarsMarta scores for Orlando Pride in draw with Seattle

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 02:06:16 GMTThu, 29 Jun 2017 03:58:01 GMTSun, 02 Jul 2017 02:37:40 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 11:09:43 GMT

Marta increased her team-leading goal total Saturday afternoon, pacing the Orlando Pride to a 2-2 draw at the Washington Spirit.

The Pride have now picked up points in three straight road appearances with the draw.

Orlando and Washington traded goals throughout the match. Marta scored the first goal on a penalty kick in the ninth minute. The home team tied things up in the 24th minute to make it 1-1.

Marta scored her second goal of the game 11 minutes into the half. A late-game penalty kick call gave Washington an equalizer opportunity in the 90th minute and Mallory Pugh drew things level just before stoppage time.

"I thought for the first 25 minutes we controlled the game, controlled the tempo and went a goal up then we self-destructed. It took us a little bit to come back into the game. We were in the game for many periods in the second half until near the end and then we allowed the initiative to go back to Washington," head coach Tom Sermanni said. "So I'm bitterly disappointed that we got ourselves in front twice and then gave it away but that seems to be symptomatic of how our season has gone so far. Until we stop making those fundamental errors in this league, we won't win games that we should win."

Alex Morgan made her first appearance in the Pride's starting XI on Saturday night after debuting in front of the home crowd last weekend.

Orlando hosts FC Kansas City in the second meeting between the two teams this season. The match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Orlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 3-2 on Wednesday night at Rutgers University.

The Orlando Pride lost 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium.

The Orlando Pride (1-2-3, 6 points) played to a draw Sunday at Seattle.




On vacation in US, football star Romelu Lukaku cited for noise violationBarcelona and Lionel Messi agree on new contract renewalHulk: 'I'm sure racism doesn't exist in Russia anymore'Lionel Messi to marry childhood sweetheart in hometown of RosarioCristiano Ronaldo confirms he is father to twinsManchester United cleared over Paul Pogba transfer

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 22:14:00 GMTWed, 05 Jul 2017 10:14:34 GMTWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:32:27 GMTFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:53:50 GMTThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:30:21 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:59:03 GMT

Superstar striker Romelu Lukaku came to the US to holiday between football seasons but the noise at a rental house in Beverly Hills allegedly grew to be too much for neighbors and cops.

Beverly Hills police cited the soon-to-be Manchester United man for a misdemeanor on July 2 after a series of noise complaints.

Officers had been to the house five times prior, police said in a news release. The incident last Sunday took place around 8 p.m. PT.

The 24-year-old Belgian, who will transfer from Everton to ManU, has not commented on the matter. CNN attempted to reach his agent and get a statement from the team but was unsuccessful.

The football star has an amazing 85 goals in his first 186 Premier League appearances, including 25 scoring strikes this past season.

Manchester United said the deal is conditioned on a medical, which Lukaku reportedly will take in California ahead of ManU's upcoming US tour.

Lukaku has a court date for Monday, October 2, but it unlikely he will have to appear for the misdemeanor case.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed a contract renewal that will keep the Argentine at the Catalan club until June 30, 2021.

Two years on from saying he encountered racism in "almost every game," former Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk says the issue is no longer a problem in Russia.

The name Lucas Scaglia may not mean much to most people but without him, Lionel Messi's marriage to childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo may never have happened.

Cristiano Ronaldo's family is growing apace as the Real Madrid star confirmed he has become a father for the second time.

A world record soccer transfer involving two of Europe's most successful clubs and one of the leading stars of game is being investigated by football's world governing body.




NBA player Taj Gibson arrested for driving with a suspended license

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:05:09 GMT

NBA star Taj Gibson was arrested this week in Queens for driving with a suspended license, the New York Police Department said.

Gibson, 32, was pulled over by police after he made an illegal U-turn on Thursday. An officer did a computer check and discovered that Gibson's Illinois license was suspended, police said.

The veteran forward was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator.

He has been released from police custody, but is due back in court on September 1.

Earlier this week, Gibson agreed to a $28 million contract for two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He spent most of this career with the Chicago Bulls before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.




Kaká named to 2017 MLS All-Star GameToronto tops Orlando City 3-1Johnson scores in 17th, Orlando City ends 6-game road skidOrlando City's Cyle Larin cleared to play after DUI charge, suspensionFire top Orlando City 4-0Last-second goal gives Orlando City tie with Seattle

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:55:25 GMTThu, 06 Jul 2017 02:30:40 GMTSat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:51 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:23:38 GMTSun, 25 Jun 2017 02:55:39 GMTThu, 22 Jun 2017 10:11:28 GMT

Orlando City captain Kaká has been named to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game, joining a star-studded roster to face reigning UEFA Champions League and La Liga title holders Real Madrid.

NYCFC's David Villa, Toronto's Michael Bradley and Chicago's Bastian Schweinsteiger are also among the fan selections for next month's game.

Schweinsteiger was on Germany's 2014 World Cup team. He is joined on the MLS squad by Chicago Fire teammate Nemanja Nikolic as first-time All-Stars. The MLS team will face Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Atlanta United defender Greg Garza and teammate Miguel Almiron are also first-time All-Stars.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the Chicago Rapids will anchor a back line that includes fellow U.S. national players DaMarcus Beasley, of the Houston Dynamo, and Graham Zusi, of Sporting Kansas City.

Kaka completed the 10 fan selections. The 11th starter is Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, who was picked in a vote tied to a video game.

Kaká has now been selected for the third consecutive year in as many MLS seasons.

The Brazilian attacker was named captain and earned MLS All-Star Most Valuable Player honors by registering a goal and an assist against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the 2015 edition before captaining the best MLS talents against Arsenal in 2016.

Kaká has three goals and four assists this season for Orlando City.

The entire 2017 MLS All-Star gameday roster, consisting of 24 players, will be announced in mid-July.

The 2017 MLS All-Stars will face off against Real Madrid, the reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions League title holders. 

Sebastian Giovinco scored twice and set up Jozy Altidore's goal to help Toronto FC beat Orlando City 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Will Johnson scored in the 17th minute and Orlando City FC beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Friday night for its first victory in the series.

As reported by News 6 Sports Director Jamie Seh, Orlando City leading goal scorer Cyle Larin has been cleared to play by the Major League Soccer substance abuse program after his DUI charge from earlier in the month.

David Accam had his first MLS hat trick and added an assist to help the Chicago Fire beat Orlando City for the first time in league play, 4-0 on Saturday night.

Scott Sutter headed in a free kick on the last play of second-half stoppage time to lift Orlando City to a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.




'No cheering, no jeering': Parents at soccer games told to zip itGirl booted from soccer tourney because organizers thought she was a boy'Pierced' baby picture sparks outrage among parentsHow much do parents spend on education?

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:44:29 GMTTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:03:01 GMTFri, 07 Jul 2017 12:22:56 GMTThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:03:58 GMT

Heckling referees is practically a tradition in any sport, but South Carolina youth soccer officials feel it's gone too far.Come September, they're instituting a new rule: "No cheering, no jeering."Overeager parents will get two warnings. If they don't pipe down the third time, they'll be kicked out. Yelling has led to violence The state's Youth Soccer Association is calling this code of conduct "Silent September." And it's cracking down after problems with parents who are verbally, and even physically, aggressive toward referees -- some of whom are still kids themselves."I have witnessed parents yelling things directly at children on the other team or yelling things directly at a referee who might be 14, 15 or 16, who they themselves are just learning how to referee," the association's Rules and Compliance Chair Burns Davison told CNN.There are about 1,200 soccer referees in South Carolina. Over 500 are 17 or younger.In April, a 16-year-old referee was assaulted by a player's mother, said Kenneth Ayers, state referee administrator at the South Carolina Referee Association. The parent ran onto the field and shoved the teen after he called a foul on her child.Bob Correia, a soccer referee for over 30 years, has been on the receiving end more than once.Things got so bad at a game earlier this year, Correia said, that he made a call that had nothing to do with the 10-year-olds playing on the field.Spectators and even a coach jeered at him throughout that game. And it didn't end with the final whistle."I was writing the score on a little sheet of paper on a golf cart, kind of bent over," Correia told CNN. "And this parent came from behind me and grabbed my tricep and said, 'Leave your damn ego at home.'"After the encounter, Correia called the police and reported an assault.Parents, he said, need to learn how to keep things in perspective."It's not the World Cup," he said. "These kids are just learning how to play." It's not a new concept The concept of asking parents to shush at their kids' soccer games isn't new. It first gained attention in 1999 after a girls' soccer league in northern Ohio instituted a one-day ban. Since then, youth leagues in various states have tried "Silent Saturdays" from time to time. Colorado. Illinois. California.South Carolina's move goes further because it's declaring silence for an entire month.Parents responded with angry phone calls and emails. Most argued jeers are a part of the sport."As a spectator, having a son that also plays in the state leagues, I understand that it is going to be different and it's not going to have the same feel," Ayers said.But the initiative isn't really intended to leave games in complete silence."If a grandma says, 'Good job, Jimmy,' I'm not going to throw her out," Correia told CNN. "But it's gotten to the point where we're running out of referees because of parent abuse." It's meant to be a step in the right direction There's almost 30,000 kids playing youth soccer in South Carolina. But referee ranks aren't growing.Those who've called it quits say the biggest reason is the heckling from spectators."They don't want to go out there for 20 bucks and get yelled at for an hour," Correia said.The start of soccer season in September is a critical time for retaining referees. If they can make it through those first few games and into October, it's much more likely that they'll stay, officials say.That's where "Silent September" comes in.Correia doesn't know if the silence is the r[...]



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Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic is starting to pay a price for being "bored" with tennis.The 24-year-old has lost a sponsorship deal with sports equipment and clothing company Head and also has incurred a $15,000 fine from the Wimbledon referee following his controversial round-one exit from Wimbledon."Tomic was fined $15,000 for his comments in the press conference," said an International Tennis Federation (ITF) spokesman in a email sent to CNN."This fine was from the Wimbledon referee and not the ITF, as has been widely misreported."Still only 24, Tomic has a had rollercoaster career but the comments he made following Tuesday's defeat by German Mischa Zverev were condemned by a number of Wimbledon champions."I felt a little bit bored out there to be completely honest with you. You know I tried at the end and stuff ... but it was too late," said Tomic after the loss, adding that he "couldn't care less" about winning or losing at the US Open later this year."Holding a trophy or doing well doesn't satisfy me anymore," Tomic explained. Punished Tomic's comments haven't gone down well with Head, who released a statement to their official website on Thursday July 6, noting they were "extremely disappointed.""His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game," read the statement."Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic."Head's treatment of Tomic is in contrast to its decision to continue working with Maria Sharapova, despite the Russian's doping ban.Ranked world No. 59, Tomic got to as high as No. 17 just last year."I think this is my eighth Wimbledon already and I'm 24 years old," added Tomic in his media conference. After factoring in his fine, he will leave Wimbledon with $30,000 in prize money."It's tough to find motivation out there."The $15,000 fine was imposed for unsportsmanlike conduct, though Tomic reportedly plans to appeal."I was being honest," Tomic told the Herald Sun. "People say the fine is for calling for the doctor, but it's not. I don't think the fine is fair."However, some of Tomic's fellow professionals offered support to the Australian."He's going through a tough stage, and you have to kind of understand it and support it," former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was quoted as telling the Herald Sun.Latvian Ernests Gulbis said: "Unfortunately, yes, nowadays you get penalised a lot when speaking up your mind and saying some unpopular things. But I know him. He's a good guy."Tomic isn't the only player to be punished by the tennis authorities this week at Wimbledon. Daniil Medvedev was fined $14,500 for disorderly conduct after the Russian threw coins at the chair of umpire Mariana Alves.First came Bernard Tomic's lackluster showing on court, tumbling out of Wimbledon's first-round in straight sets to Germany's Mischa Zverev. Then came the media conference.Novak Djokovic has been out of sorts for most of 2017, but the Serb advanced to the third round of the Wimbledon men's singles with zero fuss on Thursday.If the All England Lawn Tennis Club is well known for its strict rules and regulations, fashion designer Stella McCartney says she's hoping to bring a "bit of rebellion" to the courts at Wimbledon this July.On a muggy London summer's day a middle-aged Australian woman looks out at the snaking river of humanity before her. She is perplexed. Never before has she seen an orderly procession such as this.[...]There have been times even Roger Federe[...]