A week ago, we brought you the story of goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes finding a new club despite a conviction for ordering the torture and murder of his mistress, whose body was then fed to dogs. The two were having a disagreement on child support. Fernandes, 32, was set free from jail on a technicality and has since been signed by Boa Esporte in Brazil. He said he couldn’t “throw in the towel” on his career because he believed in himself. Fans were outraged with the team, major sponsors pulled their funding, and an activist group even hacked Boa Esporte’s web page. And the club is digging in its heels. Boa Esporte’s president, Rone Moraes da Costa, reacted to protests by saying he’d rather move
Fernandinho and Man City lost to Monaco in the Champions League round of 16. The Premier League is no longer the best or even the second-best league in Europe. Unless Leicester City miraculously makes the Champions League final in Cardiff, the Premier League will extend its drought to five years without a finalist in Europe’s top club competition.
SAN JOSE — Long before they reported to U.S. training camp this week, every player was familiar, to varying degrees, with Bruce Arena. They knew of his MLS coaching triumphs and of his previous gig in charge of the national team, marked by a World Cup quarterfinal run almost 15 years ago. Many had played against his Los Angeles Galaxy teams. Few had ever played for him. So in accepting the job in November, Arena made a point of connecting with the prime figures in the player pool. Time was short. The United States had begun the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with two defeats under his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, and would have to resume this month without the benefit of a