Tevez still owes community service, despite Juventus move

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Just when Manchester City fans thought they had seen the back of Carlos Tevez, the Argentine striker may well be back on the streets of Manchester.

Tevez, who joined Italian champions Juventus earlier this week, still has a huge chunk of his 250 hours of community service to serve. The 29-year-old forward was ordered to complete the community service after being found guilty of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

In a bizarre twist following his transfer, Tevez’ lawyer Gwyn Lewis — nicknamed Merlin the Magician at City for seemingly getting several people out of trouble with the law — has spoken out to reassure the public that his client doesn’t “break any rules” regarding the remaining hours of his sentence.

Tevez’ troubled time in Manchester seemed to be at an end, however how he gets around this conundrum will be interesting to see. Currently the maximum amount of community service Tevez can complete is 40 hours a week, but he only has approximately two weeks until preseason begins with his new club in Turin. He won’t finish his sentence before he has to join up with Juve.

(MORE: Tevez has Juventus medical as $18 million deal agreed)

So as he settles into Italian soccer, Tevez will need to keep making jaunts back to Manchester to carry out his community service as promised to the judge in the UK.

If Tevez does break any of the rules he can be re-sentenced and given another community order to “secure compliance with the purposes of the original sentence.” We are now left with the intriguing scenario of Tevez having to go back amongst the Manchester City fans, after already stating that Juventus have “more ambition” than City.

For a laugh on a Friday afternoon, check out these wonderful mockups of Tevez as a street cleaner in Manchester, following his sentencing back in April. Genius.

So, if you are strolling around the streets of Manchester and its suburbs this summer. Make sure you keep an eye out for a man called Carlos in a fluorescent orange bib.

Defoe walks out Bradley Lowery, scores in England win

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Jermain Defoe’s friendship with terminally-ill Bradley Lowery has been special to watch unfold, and the Sunderland striker brought his little buddy to Wembley today.

Then he notched a match-winner.

Lowery walked Defoe out onto the field in a replica England kit before Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, and then Defoe scored his 20th goal for country.

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It was his first since 2013, the last year Defoe was called up for the Three Lions.

Here’s the goal, which was followed by a second-half Jamie Vardy tally as England stayed atop Group F with a 2-0 win over Lithuania.

Two Russian soccer fans stabbed in Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday police were looking for the knife-wielding perpetrators who attacked a group of Lokomotiv fans in downtown Belgrade late Saturday.

Serbian media reports said the Russian fans were attacked by supporters of Red Star’s rival Partizan Belgrade.

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The match, which Red Star won 2-1, was meant to promote Serbia’s traditional friendship with Russia.

Stefanovic says “nobody should think they could hurt the Serbian-Russian friendship” with such attacks.

Serbia has seen a surge of fan violence inside and outside stadiums. In 2009, a French football fan was fatally beaten in Belgrade.

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.