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SD Sockers look for
record 41st straight win
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Sockers will set a U.S. professional team record if they win their 41st straight game tonight.
The Sockers will face the Toros de Mexico at the former San Diego Sports Arena.
The Sockers beat the Arizona Storm last weekend to tie the record of 40 straight victories set by the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football from 2005-2008.
Former Sockers great Juli Veee will deliver the ceremonial first kick prior to today’s opening kickoff. The 62-year-old Veee was part of seven Sockers championships with the indoor team from 1980 to 1988.
Veee was the first soccer player inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions and was part of the inaugural class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.
Arizona RB Wells
returns to face Rams
TEMPE, Ariz. – Beanie Wells will be back in the Arizona Cardinals backfield on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams remember him all too well.
The last time Wells faced them, almost exactly a year ago, he rushed for a franchise-record 228 yards in a 23-20 Arizona victory in St. Louis.
With Wells coming back from an injury and the Rams defense greatly improved, no one is expecting anything close to that this time around. But the presence of a healthy Wells is a welcome addition to a team looking to end a six-game losing streak.
Steelers’ Roethlisberger, wife welcome first son
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, are giving thanks for their new bundle of joy.
Benjamin Roethlisberger Jr. arrived Wednesday at 10:06 p.m., according to the athlete’s website. The couple’s first child weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was just over 19 inches long.
The quarterback posted yestersday that mother and baby boy were doing well.
“We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, it really means a lot to us. God is so good!” he wrote.
Roethlisberger made an appearance Thursday at a team facility in Pittsburgh, smiling and waving to a well-wisher who congratulated him as he left practice about 30 minutes early. He had previously been scratched from Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of rib injuries.
Roethlisberger’s website says that he’ll post pictures this weekend.
Donald shoots 65 to lead after 1st round in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Luke Donald shot a 7-under 65 yesterday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
Donald saved par on Nos. 1 and 4 with precise putting, and some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes.
McIlroy, who has already clinched the European and PGA tour money titles, surged into contention with a string of three birdies on the back nine.
The PGA Championship winner could have matched Donald, but his tee shot on the 18th went into a creek.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Marc Warren of Scotland are also at 6 under.
Lee Westwood and 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer are among six players at 5 under.
Lazio fans attack
ROME – Rome police say dozens of fans of Italian team Lazio wielding cobblestones, knives and metal rods attacked Tottenham supporters out drinking before their Europa League match.
At least one person was stabbed yesterday, and seven were hospitalized.
The brawl took on anti-Semitic overtones, with witnesses reporting that the Italian hooligans shouted “Jews” at the Tottenham fans.
Tottenham supporters are often called the “Yid Army,” and the team is known to have a large Jewish fan base from north London. Lazio fans are traditionally right-wing and often use fascist salutes and slogans.
Rome police say they detained some of the 50 or so hoodlums responsible for assaulting the British fans and trashing “The Drunken Ship” pub in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori square.
dismissed for fighter
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A misdemeanor vandalism charge was dismissed against mixed martial arts fighter and reality show host Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who was found naked in a Southern California church.
Court records show that the 31-year-old Miller had the charge dismissed at a hearing Wednesday.
Miller was found nude in a church three months ago by a pastor who called authorities when he found books and CDs that were strewn about and missing boards from a previously broken window.
Orange County prosecutors said Miller was accused of breaking at least one picture frame, spray-painting inside the church and damaging a propane tank and other items.
Miller, has fought for several organizations including the UFC, and hosted the MTV show Bully Beatdown.