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World Cup referees take a crash course in cursing

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

RUSTENBURG, South Africa(AP)—Watch those mouths, boys. Same for fingers, elbows, fists and anything else that could be construed as, uh, universal gestures. The Brazilian referee and his assistants for Saturday’s England-United States game at the World Cup are brushing up on the lexicon of English-language obscenities. The crash course in cursing is thanks in part to hot-tempered E...Full Story »

Official: Chivas USA Captain Sacha Kljestan Transfers To Anderlecht

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan officially joined Anderlecht today, the MLS club confirmed. The 24-year-old had six months left on his contract, so the Belgian club paid a transfer fee for his services, though no details were released. “I’m very excited and proud to be joining a club like Anderlecht, and I wouldn’t be there to sign with them today if I hadn’t been for...Full Story »

United States-England Preview

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer Sixty years ago, the United States stunned England in the World Cup in one of the most storied upsets in sports history. A win in South Africa might not prove to be as legendary, but could be more significant. The U.S. and England meet Saturday in one of the most highly anticipated matches of this World Cup. Joe Gaetjens scored to give the U.S. a 1-0 victo...Full Story »

Singing before soccer at World Cup

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By DONNA BRYSON Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG(AP)—The world came to Soweto on Thursday for a celebration of soccer, music and unity on the eve of Africa’s first World Cup, with a concert featuring international headliners Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys. Warm-up acts played for hours before the internationally televised portion of the concert at Orlando Stadium ...Full Story »

Drogba back in training

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Ivory Coast have been boosted by the news that Didier Drogba could be fit for their World Cup opener after the Chelsea striker returned to training on Thursday. The 32-year-old underwent surgery last weekend on a broken arm sustained in a friendly match and there were fears he would be ruled out of the showpiece event, but he was back in training with a light protective cast and coach Sven-Gora...Full Story »

Ramos thinking positive

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Spain defender Sergio Ramos is in confident mood heading into the World Cup and is keen to banish any thoughts of possible failure in South Africa. Heading into major tournaments with high expectations is nothing new for the Spanish, but in the past they have often failed to live up to their lofty billing with a series of disappointing displays on the biggest stages. "We shouldn't think about ...Full Story »

Parreira wary of daring Mexico

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned his South Africa side of the threat posed by what he describes as "the most daring team" at the World Cup ahead of their showdown with Mexico at Soccer City. The two countries kick off the 19th edition of the finals and first ever on the African continent in Johannesburg on Friday with plenty of expectation on the host nation. "Friday, as much as the pressure...Full Story »

Skrtel approaching fitness

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by PA

Slovakia's Martin Skrtel is nearing fitness as he continues his recovery from injury. The 25-year-old Liverpool defender has been unable to train with his team-mates since their arrival in South Africa on Wednesday, but is expected to step up his work as coach Vladimir Weiss prepares for Tuesday's opening Group F clash with New Zealand in Rustenburg. Asked about his squad, Weiss said: "All are...Full Story »

Robben fit for opener - Physio

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by PA

Arjen Robben is fit enough to play against Denmark in Holland's World Cup opener, according to the physiotherapist treating him. The Bayern Munich winger suffered a hamstring injury in a pre-tournament friendly and Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has already said he will not be considered for Monday's match in Johannesburg. But Dick van Toorn told German newspaper TZ that Robben is ready to go....Full Story »

Montolivo ready to replace Pirlo

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by PA

Riccardo Montolivo is ready to step in as Andrea Pirlo's replacement in Italy's opening two World Cup games. The experienced Pirlo is set to miss games against Paraguay and New Zealand through a calf injury but could return in time for the Azzurri's final Group F match against Slovakia on June 24. With Pirlo out, Italy coach Marcello Lippi is likely to give Fiorentina midfielder Montolivo a sta...Full Story »

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