VARGINHA, Brazil — Ronaldo Sarto’s hot dog truck hums with activity as students from nearby universities gather to eat and discuss the day’s news in this southeastern Brazilian city. Lately, one topic has dominated the conversations: local soccer club Boa Esporte’s decision to sign a two-year contract with Bruno Fernandes de Souza, a former star goalkeeper who in 2013 was convicted with the grisly murder of his ex-girlfriend. Souza, 32, was found to have ordered the kidnapping and murder of Eliza Samudio in 2010 after she demanded child support for the couple’s newborn. Police said parts of Samudio's body were fed to dogs. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison but has been temporarily released pending
Jermain Defoe made a scoring return after more than three years out of the England team as the Group F leaders eased to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying on Sunday. The 34-year-old Defoe, who was accompanied onto the pitch by terminally ill five-year-old mascot Bradley Lowery, netted his first England goal since March 2013 in the 21st minute at Wembley Stadium. The Sunderland striker swept in his 20th England goal on his 56th appearance after Raheem Sterling glided through the Lithuanian defense before crossing the ball sweetly to the striker's feet.
Seeing Jermain Defoe walk Bradley Lowery onto the Wembley pitch before slotting home in clinical fashion on Sunday made me, as a Sunderland fan, swell with pride. The man who has almost single handedly kept the club in the discussion for the past 18 months thoroughly deserved his return to the national side after a four year absence, and his Man of the Match award was the cherry on top of a perfect day for him and young Bradley. I’m not deluded, and do not expect Defoe to be at the club next year. Even if we pull of another great escape (and this one would be the greatest, all things considered), his contribution to the side will never be forgotten by any Sunderland fan. His work-ethic, professionalism