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Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage

In June 2008, Marine Cpl. Anthony Villarreal was driving back from a mission in Afghanistan when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He was 22 at the time and recently married to Jessica, who was just 21.<p>Villarreal suffered third-degree burns over most of his face and body and was very severely …

Thomas Vermaelen hints at Arsenal exit in January for regular playing time

• 'Never playing will not be ideal for me to go to the World Cup' • Belgian international kept out by Mertesacker and Koscielny<p>The Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen has hinted that he may seek a move away from the Emirates Stadium if first-team opportunities remain hard to come by.<p>The Belgian …

Sir Alex Ferguson Backed to Become Australia Coach at World Cup

Former Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has backed Sir Alex Ferguson to take the Socceroos to next summer's World Cup, following the sacking of Holger Osieck last week.<p>According to the <i>Daily Star</i>'s Jack Wilson, Bosnich has tipped his former Manchester United manager to turn around the fortunes of …

Soccer

Hernanes Reportedly Set to Spark Transfer Battle Between Arsenal and Tottenham

Arsenal and Tottenham are set to do battle once more in January, with the <i>Daily Star</i>'s Nick Lustig reporting that the North London duo are going to target Lazio playmaker Hernanes.<p>Hernanes, 28, is regarded as one of Serie A's best midfielders, but the report says he will not be signing a new …

Soccer

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Predictions for Intriguing Qualifiers on Tuesday

The final stages of World Cup qualifying always make for some tense and interesting moments. So many nations begin the journey with serious hopes of making the tournament. Some of those dreams are realized, while others are dashed late in the process.<p>Ultimately, it's that fine line between making …

Soccer

Mario Balotelli and Italy squad banned from Twitter at World Cup after striker called an 'imbecile'

Italy players banned from using social media at World Cup after Mario Balotelli is labelled an 'imbecile' by anti-mafia campaigner over a tweet<p>Italy's soccer players will be banned from using Twitter and other social media at the World Cup in Brazil next year, coach Cesare Prandelli has said.<p>"New …

25 Super Awkward Moments in Sports

In the YouTube era, every gaffe, accidental curse or clumsy fall is archived on the Internet. There was a time when a sideline reporter could wear an errant ball to the head without being immortalized as a meme, but those days are long over.<p>To celebrate the age when every humiliating moment is …

National Championship

Gareth Bale may be fit for Real Madrid return against Málaga

• Real president hits at speculation over player's injury • 'Small disc bulge is relatively common in elite players'<p>Gareth Bale could be fit to play in Real Madrid's home Primera División match against Málaga on Saturday, according to the club president Florentino Pérez.<p>Bale has made just one start …

International Sports Capital, Erick Thohir buy majority stake of Inter Milan

The sale is complete and confirmed: Massimo Moratti has sold his majority stake in Internazionale, with a trio of prominent Indonesian businessmen buying up 70 percent.<p>It's official: Internazionale have sent out a press release stating that Massimo Moratti has sold his shares in Inter Milan, with …