Soccer Put on Hold in Argentina

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Soccer Put on Hold in Argentina


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - All professional soccer matches in Argentina this weekend have been called off out of respect for a fourth-division player who died today after fracturing his skull more than a week ago. Argentine soccer officials at first said they would cancel all fourth-division games, but later today said they were calling off all divisions.

Emanuel Ortega, a 21-year-old forward, was playing for San Martin de Burzaco in a match on May 3 when he was pushed by an opponent and struck his head on a concrete pillar used to anchor a fence.

"Everyone agreed to it," said Luis Segura, president of the Argentine Football Association. "One shouldn't play, out of respect for the magnitude of the tragedy. I don't think anyone is in the mood to think about a football match."

Segura deflected questions about stadium security and safety. Many matches are played in stadiums ringed by fences and other barriers to separate players and fans. Fan violence threatens almost every match in all divisions in Argentina, where stadiums are old and policing is often lax.

NFL: Beckham gets Madden distinction

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Fans often compare Odell Beckham's one- handed grabs to plays only possible in video games. Now they're handing the Giants receiver the cover of football's biggest console franchise.

The second-year wideout who gained national attention with a spectacular one-handed catch and plethora of team records in 2014 has been chosen for the cover for EA Sports' Madden 16. He is the first Giants player to make the video game's cover.

Beckham beat out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for the honor in a fan vote conducted by EA Sports. Some players who have graced the Madden cover have struggled the following season, spurring the fan myth of the "Madden curse."

Despite missing four games with a hamstring injury in 2014, Beckham had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

NCAA: BROADCASTER FRAN FISHER DIES

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Fran Fisher, who broadcast Penn State football games on the radio for many years, has died. He was 91. Penn State athletics spokesman Jeff Nelson said Fisher's son informed him about the death, which occurred late Wednesday or early today.

Fisher began working for the Penn State Radio Network in 1966. He did play-by-play from 1970 to 1982 and again from 1994 to 1999. Nelson calls him a warm person with great passion for Penn State and its fans. Fisher lived in State College.

NHL: BRIDGE TO BE NAMED AFTER GORDIE HOWE

DETROIT - A planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was born in Saskatchewan and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships.

The yet-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020. Authorities want to build the bridge to alleviate congestion along the privately owned Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which is too tight for tractor- trailers. …

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