FROM Jamie Trecker
Match-fixing Scandal Shocks Soccer World When Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy this week in Major League Soccer, it was bigger news in Europe than in the US. But now soccer fans around the world are preoccupied with a scandal far from China, Hong Kong and Singapore, where soccer games have been contaminated by match-fixing. Seventeen people have been arrested and some 200 are said to be under investigation in several European countries. Jamie Trecker is senior soccer writer for Fox Sports and author of Love & Blood , about the 2006 World Cup.
Iraqi Soccer Association Suspended Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish players overcame social odds to form the Iraqi national soccer team. Then they won an unlikely victory at the Asian Cup. But today their coach says they are "crushed" psychologically because they might not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics in August or for the World Cup in 2010. The government of Iraq has disbanded its Olympic Committee, so the world governing body of soccer, in turn, has suspended Iraq's soccer team. We hear more from Stephen Farrell of the New York Times and Jamie Trecker of FoxSports.com .
David Beckham's Star Power Shines on LA Galaxy David Beckham is in Los Angeles, preparing to earn his $6 million-a-year salary. The soccer icon is also a major celebrity, the husband of Posh Spice , a global marketing brand and a major investment by the LA Galaxy who will no doubt bring unprecedented buzz to the game of soccer. That buzz began long before Beckham's arrival yesterday to an enormous reception by the media. But are fans as excited as the paparazzi? Though enormously popular with this country's Latino population, and with suburban kids and their parents who gather on playing fields all over the US, soccer's never achieved the media status enjoyed by other sports. Will Beckham make a difference? We ask Jamie Trecker of FoxSports.com and Andrew Gumbel of London's Independent .
David Beckham Comes to LA America's Major League Soccer is in the minor leagues worldwide, but David Beckham has now signed to play for the Galaxy , headquartered in Carson. The price tag is $250 million, and Major League Soccer officials claim Beckham will finally make their sport a national pastime. Beckham became a world celebrity playing football, as they call it--in Britain, where he made history with Manchester United , then spent a lot of time on the bench for the Spanish team Real Madrid . Does he still have the talent? Will he be just another Hollywood celebrity?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.