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National Soccer Hall of Fame on the veteran ballot. national team from 1973 75. His father, Kyle Rote, starred for the NFL’s New York Giants from 1951 61 and became a broadcaster for NBC.

Rote Jr. will be inducted along with former national team players Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic, and former national team coach Bruce Arena, all elected earlier this year.

Rote appeared on 60 percent of ballots cast by living Hall of Famers, beating out the late Glenn Myernick (58 percent), Shep Messing (50 percent) and Desmond Armstrong (46 percent), among others. The top person is elected, provided the person appears on at least 50 percent of ballots.

SAfrican broadcaster admits World Cup mistake

JOHANNESBURG A South African TV channel postponed the broadcast of a new drama series after a FIFA football appeared in some scenes.

“Upon reviewing FIFA’s regulations around licensing for the World Cup during this time, M Net and Waterfront Television realized that showing the scenes with the official FIFA ball would be against regulations.” M Net said in a statement on Monday.

M Net said experts were brought in to make the football scenes in the “League of Glory” series “as accurate and professional looking as possible” but one of the experts brought an official FIFA ball and it was used in some of the takes.

M Net said approximately nine minutes of the drama, which had been scheduled to go on air on April 28, were reshot with the official ball replaced by a generic black and white one. Broadcast of the series will now start on May 5.

The channel said it had not been contacted by FIFA.

“The rest of the series, and football references within, adhere to the regulations and guidelines set forward by FIFA,
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” M Net said.

FIFA has stringent marketing laws around World Cups to protect the rights of its official partners, which include adidas, Coca Cola, Emirates and Sony.

Last month FIFA forced South African budget airline Kulula, which is not an official World Cup sponsor, to drop an advert after it used images of footballs and a World Cup stadium.

FIFA said the combination of World Cup related images in the Kulula advert constituted a breach of its marketing laws.

M Net’s sister channel SuperSport has the rights to broadcast World Cup games in more than 40 countries in Africa through its DStv satellite network.

Public broadcaster SABC is the main World Cup rightsholder in South Africa.

Torres expects to play in World Cup after surgery

MADRID Spanish forward Fernando Torres expects to be ready for the World Cup following knee surgery that will sideline him for six weeks.

Torres was operated on Sunday in Barcelona and will miss the rest of Liverpool’s season. Spain’s World Cup opener is against Switzerland on June 16.

“Now, the World Cup is the most important thing,” he said Monday on his Web site. “I have been waiting for four years, and if all goes well I do not see myself missing it.”

“If I had been thinking about the World Cup and Spain, I would have asked to be taken out of the game,” Torres said. “I did not do that. I wanted to make the Europa League final with my team.”

Liverpool faces Torres’ former club, Atletico Madrid, in Thursday’s Europa League semifinals.

South Africa minister says World Cup will be safe

MEXICO CITY South Africa’s foreign minister says her country is committed to hosting a safe World Cup and visitors can expect to “go back home safe and happy.”

Maite Nkoana Mashabane says South Africa has committed money and resources so the tournament is the best “the world has ever seen.” She said Monday the country is enlisting the help of more than 24 countries and Interpol.

The World Cup runs from June 11 to July 11 and will be in Africa for the first time.

Nkoana Mashabane says her country is especially honored to host the tournament, given its history with apartheid.

End of Copa Libertadores interrupted by World Cup

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Mexico The winner of this year’s Copa Libertadores will have a long wait before picking up the trophy.