Thu, Sep 13, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Soccer Shorts

AGENCIES

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Alex Ferguson attacked

A man has been charged with assault after an alleged attack on Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson at a train station. According to British Transport Police (BTP), who are responsible for dealing with crime on the train services, Ferguson received injuries to his leg after an incident at Euston Station in London on Monday afternoon after he had traveled from Manchester. BTP issued a statement confirming the alleged attack and said the Red Devils manager was not badly hurt and was able to continue to the function he was on the due to attend. The police said that a 40-year-old man had been charged with assault.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Ian Porterfield dies

Ian Porterfield, who scored a legendary FA Cup final winner and later managed Chelsea and a string of national teams, died on Tuesday, his family said. He was 61. Tributes were paid yesterday to the Armenia manager, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. He died in a hospice in Surrey, southwest of London. Porterfield scored the only goal in the 1973 FA Cup final as second-tier Sunderland defeated English top-flight giants Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley, one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup final history.

■ JAPAN

Japan win tournament

Late second-half substitute Kisho Yano scored in injury time to give Japan a 4-3 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday, and send them home with the title in a four-nation friendly tournament. After Japan fell behind 2-0 by the 13th minute, Shunsuke Nakamura converted a pair of second-half penalties and Seiichiro Maki had another to put the Asians ahead 3-2 by the 78th. But Swiss substitute Johan Djourou equalized from a corner kick in the 79th setting the stage for Yano's dramatic winner. After the 0-0 draw with Austria on Friday, Japan finished with four points -- one better than Switzerland and Chile, who beat Austria 2-0 on Tuesday. Austria finished with two points.

■ ASIA

Player of the year finalists

Iraq captain Younis Mahmoud and South Korean World Cup veteran Lee Woon-jae are among 33 players in the running for the Asian Football Confederation's Player of the Year award. Contenders include five players from Asian Cup champion Iraq, four from Japan, three from Saudi Arabia, two each from Iran, South Korea, Thailand, Kuwait, Vietnam, Oman and Syria, and one each from the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Tajikistan and China, the AFC said in a statement yesterday. The AFC Annual Awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 28 in Sydney, Australia. Players who have earned 40 or more points in this year's AFC or FIFA competitions have been included in the shortlist.

■ UNITED STATES

Chivas snap up Hunter

Former National Hockey League and National Basketball Association executive Shawn Hunter has been hired as president and chief executive officer of Chivas USA. The 44-year-old Hunter will assume responsibility of the day-to-day operation for the Mexico-based ownership of the Major League Soccer team. Chivas USA shares the Home Depot Center in Carson with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Chivas has the fourth-best record this season, but the team's attendance for home games is down from last year.

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