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Journey to Comfort: Doug Flutie - Brothers

Is there only one MVP in the Flutie family?

Brazil's World Cup, Olympics upgrades spark criticism

As Brazil gears up for the 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics, government ministers have become fond of proclaiming how the tournaments will boost economic development.

Barcelona beat Real Madrid again and other soccer news

Barcelona victory in Madrid proves they remain the greatest.
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MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 18: Fernando Carvalho (L) of Real Madrid tackles Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the Copa del Rey Quarter Finals match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) (Denis Doyle/AFP/Getty Images)

Bliss it is to be alive when Barcelona are redefining the possibilities of their sport. Last night they played Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, the knock-out competition, similar to England's FA Cup, that runs at the same time as the league championship. The scoreline was 2-1

It wasn't as if Real Madrid played badly. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal. But thereafter it was all Barca, Barca, Barca.

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France: Eric Cantona enters race for president

Former Manchester United soccer star, film actor and committed social activist Eric Cantona declares as an independent candidate.
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Eric Cantona - football player, actor, activist and now presidential candidate (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE:  IT TURNS OUT THE FRENCHMAN ISN'T SERIOUS.  HE WAS USING HIS CELEBRITY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE WORK OF THE ABBE PIERRE FOUNDATION, A FRENCH HOUSING CHARITY.

"He isn't looking for signatures to be a candidate for the presidency, but to pass on the message of the Abbé Pierre foundation in support of better housing policy, and to make housing, which is a priority for French people, a priority for the presidential candidates," Libération's deputy editor, Paul Quinio, told the I-Tele news channel.

But the original item is still worth reading, because Eric Cantona is one interesting mec (dude).

Ooh-ahh Cantona - that's what the crowds at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, used to chant when the Frenchman was leading their team to victory - and occasionally kung-fu fighting opposing fans (video here).

Since retiring as a player Cantona has had a remarkably interesting career: as an actor, a poet, a product spokesman and social activist. Now, according to a report in Liberation, he is garnering the necessary 500 signatures of mayors around France that will allow his name to be on the ballot for this April's presidential election.

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He's back!!!!!!! Hero Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal

All-time great will play for two months on loan from the New York Red Bulls
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Thierry Henry is already immortalized in bronze outside Arsenal's Emirates' Stadium. Will he recapture that form at the age of 34? (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
All time Arsenal great returns to the club for two months
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