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Soccer referee dies after being punched in face by teen player

The US referee, Ricardo Portillo, was allegedly attacked after issuing a yellow card to the player during a recreational soccer league game in Salt Lake City.
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Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching referee Ricardo Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. (AFP/Getty Images)
Soccer referee dies after being punched by player.

Kentucky Derby 2013: Rain, races, and of course, $1,000 mint juleps (PHOTOS)

The 139th annual Kentucky Derby faced cloudy skies with its usual southern charm.
The 139th annual Kentucky Derby didn't kick off until 3:24 p.m. on Saturday, but the festivities in Louisville had been in full swing since Friday, as race-goers braved the rain and tightened security for "the greatest two minutes in sports."

Ye Wocheng, 12, youngest to ever play pro golf in China

Teens, especially from China, putting world of professional golf on its ear.
Guan Tianlang, 14, made cut and finished as top-scoring amateur at the Masters.

Washington Redskins 'racist' logo should change to RedTails: councilman

David Grosso says RedTails honors Tuskegee Airmen while dropping derogatory nickname of NFL team.
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Washington, DC, councilor David Grosso suggested on April 30, 2013, that his local NFL team change the Redskins' logo to RedTails to avoid the "racist and derogatory" nickname. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Grosso said he has eight other council members on his side, and suggested RedTails honors Tuskegee Airmen.

South African Olympic hero Mokoena leaps over bed of crocodiles

Here's one that'll up the ante on Olympic feats.
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A crocodile-infested river delayed the opening of a voting station near the Olifants River in Limpopo, South Africa, election officials said. (Warren Little/Getty Images)
Indiana Jones alert: man leaps over bed of crocodiles -- for real.

Jason Collins comes out as first gay active NBA player (VIDEO)

Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran who played in 34 games for the Celtics this season, came out as gay in a piece he wrote for Sports Illustrated.
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Jason Collins, #98 of the Washington Wizards, rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Collins came out as gay in a piece he wrote for Sports Illustrated. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Sports Illustrated also published a behind-the-story of Collins's piece, which will appear in the May 6 issue of the magazine.

Green Bay Packers give highest annual average salary in NFL history

It's worth $110 million over five years with a $62.5 million guarantee.
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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the New York Giants on Jan. 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers signed Aaron Rogers to an expensive contract extension, reportedly offering the quarterback $110 million over five years with a $62.5 million guarantee.

Not bad for a guy picked 24th in the 2005 draft. In fact, many are saying it's the most expensive deal in NFL history


Akhmed Bilalov, fired Russian Olympic Committee official, claims he’s been poisoned

Akhmed Bilalov, who fled Russia earlier this year, says he is being treated in Germany.
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Race technicians ski down a hill at the Rosa Khutor Mountain Resort in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Feb. 18, 2012. Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games there. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
"They have found elevated levels of mercury in my body," Bilalov told the Interfax news agency on Saturday, according to the Guardian. "I didn't want to announce this before, but now that the press has found out, I'm forced to confirm it."

Rio's Maracanã stadium reopens after renovations for World Cup test

Rio's famous Maracanã stadium reopens Saturday after nearly three years of renovations to host a match that will be its first test ahead of June's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.
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From fireworks to flags almost as large as the field, Brazilian soccer matches are a riot of noise and passion. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The exhibition match will be between teams of some of soccer's biggest stars of the past and present — captained by Ronaldo and Bebeto — and will be watched by around 30,000 super fans, including President Dilma Rousseff and 21,000 workers involved in the renovations, as well as their relatives.

Hockey Night in Delhi? In Canada, you can watch games in Punjabi (VIDEO)

Public TV station CBC offers new Canadians path to learn national winter sport through NHL games broadcast in Punjabi.
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Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips stops Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals during the Sens' 2-1 overtime win at Verizon Center on April 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CBC cites statistics that say Punjabi is the fourth most popular language in Canada.