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Brazil's other No. 10 – Marta – is getting respect

Brazil's other No. 10 - Marta - is getting respect

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Known simply by her first name, Marta Vieira da Silva is one of the best women ever to play soccer.

And with the Olympics in Brazil, people in her home country are finally getting familiar with her.

While Brazil's other No. 10 – Neymar – is struggling with the men's team, Marta is seeing success. And the locals are noticing.

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Brazil's golf history would fit on back of a scorecard

Brazil's golf history would fit on back of a scorecard

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The history of golf in Brazil would fit on the back of a scorecard.

It begins at the turn of the 20th century, when English & Scottish railway engineers convinced some Benedictine monks to set aside a parcel of land for the game on a monastery near Sao Paulo. A lot of people would argue it nearly ended there, too, shortly superseded in Brazil's sporting hierarchy by another wildly popular Scottish import of the era called ''futbol.''

Golf remains a niche sport here, played largely by the rich. But the hope is that the game's return at these Olympics could spark a boom, not unlike the way a swashbuckling young American named Arnold Palmer convinced his countrymen to pick up a club & donate golf a go in the 1960s.

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Juventus signs Brazil defender Dani Alves

Juventus signs Brazil defender Dani Alves

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus says it has signed Brazil wing back Dani Alves from Barcelona on a two-year contract.

Barcelona said earlier this month that the 33-year-old defender had made a ''personal decision'' to leave after eight years.

Italian champion Juventus says it moreover has the option to extend Alves's contract for a third year.

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Brazil held by Ecuador, Peru sole winners in Copa America

Brazil held by Ecuador, Peru sole winners in Copa America

(Reuters) – Eight times champions Brazil were held 0-0 by Ecuador in the glamor game as the second day of the centenary Copa America tournament mustered up only one, albeit spectacular, goal from three matches on Saturday.

Paolo Guerrero's diving header helped put Peru in the driving seat in Group B with a 1-0 win over Haiti in Seattle after Costa Rica & Paraguay had moreover played out a goalless draw in Group A in Orlando.

Neither Brazil nor Ecuador were able to dominate the match in Pasadena & it was the Andean side who might consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched all three points after having a goal chalked off 20 minutes into the second half.

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Brazil vs South Africa to open men's Olympic soccer

Brazil vs South Africa to open men's Olympic soccer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will face South Africa in the opening men's Olympic soccer match, as the five-time World Cup champion tries for its first gold medal.

Brazil lost to Mexico in the Olympic final four years ago in London.

The match is set for Aug. 4 in Brasilia, a day before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeiro. Iraq & Denmark are moreover in Group A.

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Brazil lawyers file new impeachment case against Rousseff

Brazil lawyers file new impeachment case against Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) filed a request on Monday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff for obstructing justice, fiscal accounting tricks & granting international soccer body FIFA tax-exempt status during the 2014 World Cup.

Rousseff already faces an impeachment process over the alleged manipulation of government accounts that opposition parties maintain helped her win narrow re-election in 2014 by allowing her to boost public spending.

Rousseff supporters tried to physically block the entry of the new impeachment request in the lower house of Congress, shouting the left-wing slogan "Não passaram!" (They shall not pass) while pushing & shoving opponents of the embattled president.

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Brazil without Neymar, Luiz for Paraguay trip

Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil will be without Barcelona star Neymar & Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz on Tuesday when they face a tricky 2018 World Cup qualifying trip to Paraguay with renewed uncertainty swirling around their campaign.

The Brazilians are licking their wounds after the disappointment of Friday's 2-2 draw with Uruguay, when they squandered a two-goal lead & finished the game clinging on for the point.

For the opening half hour in Recife, Brazil were irresistible, attacking with precision & purpose in what looked like being their best performance since their 2014 World Cup semi-final debacle against Germany.

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Odebrecht cooperates with Brazil probe after bribe scheme exposed

Odebrecht cooperates with Brazil probe after bribe scheme exposed

By Caroline Stauffer & Guillermo Parra-Bernal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Grupo Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL], the engineering firm at the heart of Brazil's biggest ever graft probe, on Tuesday agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, in a move likely to send shockwaves across political parties that for years illegally siphoned money from state contracts.

Executives at Salvador, Brazil-based Odebrecht targeted by the probe, known as "Operation Car Wash," will ask for plea bargain deals with prosecutors, a company statement said. It marked a radical shift for Odebrecht, which had previously done little to cooperate in the two-year-old probe. The company said the decision was made to assist "build a better Brazil."

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Brazil probe finds systematic Odebrecht graft, World Cup links

Brazil probe finds systematic Odebrecht graft, World Cup links

By Caroline Stauffer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday said they had uncovered systematic corruption at engineering conglomerate Odebrecht, with an office that paid bribes on work for state-run oil firm Petrobras, World Cup soccer stadiums & other projects.

Police have arrested 10 of the 15 people sought in connection with the latest phase of a massive two-year corruption probe, including Odebrecht executives & money launderers, Police Chief Igor Romario said at a news conference.

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Brazil names World Cup qualifying team without banned Neymar

Brazil names World Cup qualifying team without banned Neymar

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil coach Dunga, who will have to do without suspended Barcelona star Neymar as South American World Cup qualifying opens next month, named a squad Thursday headed by Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

Oscar returns for matches next month against defending Copa America champion Chile & Venezuela after missing the Copa America three months ago with an injury.

Neymar is serving a four-match ban after being sent off in the Copa America. He will miss both matches as Brazil opens on Oct. 8 in Santiago, Chile, & then faces Venezuela on Oct. 13 in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

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