Portuguese police announced yesterday the arrest of a Portuguese man in Hungary who they believe hacked, stole, and then leaked secret documents from European football (soccer) clubs during the past four years. Authorities didn't disclose the man's name, but local newspaper Record identified the suspect as Rui Pinto, a man who several newspapers from Spain, Portugal, and Germany previously named as the shadowy figure behind the infamous Football Leaks portal. Since 2015, the Football Leaks website operated a-la WikiLeaks, publishing secret documents that it claimed it obtained from anonymous sources. The documents helped reveal the football world's shady inter-club player transfers that included shell companies and a slew of intermediaries that siphoned off huge bonuses from each player transaction. The site also revealed how top European football clubs like Machester City and Paris Saint Germain often broke regulations, dumped private emails from David Beckham, and revealed how Jose Mourinho avoided paying taxes on millions.
Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Why is it called "foot"ball when the feet are rarely used outside of the kickoff, PAT and field goals? Farmer: According to Jon Kendle, archivist at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the roots of American football stemmed from soccer and rugby. On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played in what was billed as the first college football game. It wasn't until the 1880s that Walter Camp, a great rugby player from Yale, pioneered rules changes that distinguished rugby from the new game of American football.
Michigan football fans are fanatical about their college team. In 1975, I moved to Mozambique, then a scenic colony on the Indian Ocean, where a ten-year guerilla war was ending a half millennium of Portuguese rule and, in turn, igniting challenges to white-minority regimes across southern Africa. It was a historic time, and I needed a telephone to report on it. Impossible, the post, telephone, and telegraph agency told me--the waiting list was nine years long. I worked through layers of bureaucracy at its headquarters--pleading, cajoling, pressing, and flirting--until I found someone who spoke English with an American accent.
This week, Boston University researchers published a study that is sure to fire up parents worried about letting their kids play football: The earlier people played tackle football, researchers concluded, the sooner they could experience behavioral and emotional issues later in life. The study, published in the Annals of Neurology on Monday, showed that those who played tackle football before 12 years old experienced those symptoms, on average, 13 years earlier than those who played the sport after that age. In interviews with friends and family members of 246 football players who have died, researchers discovered that for every year earlier these athletes played football, they reported experiencing cognitive, mood, and behavioral issues about two half and years earlier. Of the 246 football players whose brains were donated to the BU study, 211 of them had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head. The study adds to the growing body of research around the connection of playing tackle football and long-term brain trauma.