Vagner fires CSKA clear
Brazilian striker Vagner Love scored his first goals since returning to league leaders CSKA Moscow for a second spell as they hammered bottom side Alania Vladikavkaz 4-0 on Monday. The 28-year-old only returned to Moscow in January after a year back in Brazil with Flamengo, but showed he had lost none of his goalscoring instinct after firing a second-half brace. The victory saw CSKA extend their lead in the title race to eight points over defending champions Zenit St Petersburg. Russia international Alan Dzagoev gave CSKA the lead in the 25th minute, firing home from the edge of the six-yard box after being set up by Vagner. Vagner increased the visitors lead in the 52nd minute when he scored from the rebound after Alania goalkeeper Dmitry Khomich repelled Ahmed Musa’s close-range shot. Two minutes later, Alania’s hopes of a comeback were totally dashed when their Brazilian fullback Welinton Souza Silva was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Vagner. In the 70th minute, Vagner made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area. CSKA’s Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia rounded off the scoring in stoppage-time.
San Lorenzo skipper arrested
San Lorenzo captain and goalkeeper Pablo Migliore has been arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice in a homicide investigation, the Argentine club said. Migliore was arrested on Sunday after his team lost 1-0 to Newell’s Old Boys in a police operation at the Nuevo Gasometro in the capital. Migliore is suspected of aiding Maximiliano Mazzaro, an alleged high-ranking member of Boca Juniors’ hardcore barrabrava fans, often associated with hooliganism. Mazzaro is wanted by police for his alleged role in the death of Ernesto Cirino, who died from injuries sustained in a 2011 beating. Police claim they have evidence that 31-year-old Migliore has been in contact with Mazzaro.
Dictatorship probed Pele
Soccer legend Pele was investigated by Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, records released on Monday showed. The records are among nearly 300,000 digital files posted on the “Political Memory and Resistance” portal made public by Sao Paulo state. “It’s all public,” Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin said, noting that people can access the records from their homes. “It is very important in terms of transparency and freedom of information for the families of victims during the dictatorship period.” The portal includes 274,105 files. The Cold War-era military regime often probed leftists, as well as people suspected of being leftists. The file belonging to Pele includes details on money transfers, newspaper article cutouts related to assaults on his home in 1973 and police reports. Pele is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, having won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970, as well as scoring 1,281 goals during his career.
Warnock quits Leeds United
Neil Warnock quit as manager of ailing English giants Leeds United on Monday just over a year after he took up the post. Warnock, 64, who replaced Simon Grayson when he was sacked in February last year, leaves with the club just five points above the relegation zone in the second-tier Championship. Having been hired to restore the club to the Premier League, Warnock is walking away early from a contract which expires at the end of the season. Warnock had already said that he would leave if it became impossible for Leeds to get promotion.