Semifinal subplot: Klose could break Ronaldo’s record against, in Brazil

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There’s a certain sadness to the idea of breaking the record in Brazil, but that’s unlikely to phase Miroslav Klose. Currently tied with Selecao great Ronaldo on top of the World Cup’s all-time goal scoring list, Germany’s 36-year-old forward can claim sole possession of one of the tournament’s prized records with a goal in tomorrow’s semifinal in Belo Horizonte. In front of a stadium full of Brazil faithful, Klose could score his 16th career World Cup goal, and do so on Selecao soil.

This all assumes Klose even plays. He’s only featured in 135 minutes during Germany’s five games, but he did score in a substitute’s role against Ghana, his late equalizer moving him even with Ronaldo with 15 World Cup goals.

With Thiago Silva out for Brazil, the current Lazio forward could stand a better chance or finding his record-setting tally, but with Mario Götze, Andre Schürrle, and Lukas Podolski all options to join Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil in attack, there’s no guarantee Klose will play, let alone start.

Should he score, Klose will continue a legacy that started with a hat trick against Saudi Arabia in 2002, when he scored six times while helping Germany to the final. At home in 2006, Klose added five more goals as Germany reached the semifinals. During another semifinal run four years later, the former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich star scored four more times, leaving him one short of the record coming into this summer’s tournament.

All of which makes for a storied World Cup career, but put yourself in a Brazilian’s shoes. Or, put yourself in Ronaldo’s. Playing in Belo Horizonte, against the Selecao, Klose has a chance to unseat one of the best goal scorers in history. Imagine the deflated reaction at the Estádio Mineirão, particularly if that goal proves decisive.

In terms of the 2014 tournament, it’s minor but enthralling subplot. Within the history of the tournament, however, it could become a moment to remember. If Klose scores in Brazil, against Brazil, to unseat a Brazilian as the competition’s all-time leading scorer, it will add a defining wrinkle to one of the more illustrious records in the soccer world.

Sir Alex’s son in trouble for saying he’d “shoot” refs

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LONDON (AP) It clearly runs in the family.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was known for having an explosive temper during his nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, and it seems he has passed it down to his son.

Darren Ferguson, who is the manager of third-tier English team Doncaster, is in trouble for saying he would “shoot” referees because of what he perceived as their poor standards.

Ferguson was charged by the English Football Association on Wednesday for remarks that “were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The 45-year-old coach has already apologized, saying it was a “tongue-in-cheek comment” and that “I do not advocate violence against officials.”

Ferguson was unhappy his team was denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Saturday.

“The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I’ve had enough of it,” Ferguson said after the match.

“What can I do? Shoot them, it would be a good idea.”

Follow Live: Chelsea, Swans, Cherries in FA Cup replays

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Chelsea, Swansea City, and Bournemouth look to avoid upsets in replays of their third round FA Cup matches.

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All three matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

The Blues tangle with former Premier League peers Norwich City, this time at Stamford Bridge, in a bid to host a fourth round match with Newcastle United.

Antonio Conte‘s not messing around (too much) with the XI.

Swansea City and Wolves, meanwhile, are arguably battling for a bid in the fourth round, as a trip to Notts County is on the docket for the winner of Wednesday’s replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Bournemouth is at Wigan Athletic for a replay with the third-tier Latics, with the victor hosting West Ham United on Jan. 27.

Benevento captain Lucioni banned one year for doping

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ROME (AP) Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni has been banned one year for doping.

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Italy’s national anti-doping organization made the decision Tuesday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento’s 1-0 loss to Torino in September.

Benevento team physician Walter Giorgione was banned for four years for administering the steroid to Lucioni in a spray.

Both Lucioni and Giorgione plan to appeal.

The 30-year-old Lucioni joined Benevento in 2014 and the defender helped the team move from the third division up into Serie A this season for the first time.

Benevento is last in Serie A with only two wins in 20 matches.

The ban is back-dated to October, meaning Lucioni can return early next season.

Everton completes move for Walcott: “I’m dead excited” (video)

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Everton continues to supply its managers with top-end talent, adding Theo Walcott to its expensive season of boys which includes Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Cenk Tosun, Jordan Pickford, and Michael Keane.

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The deal is reported to be near $28 million for Walcott, who’s made only a half-dozen Premier League appearances this season but did nab three goals in five Europa League matches.

Walcott, 28, scored 108 goals in 397 appearances for the Gunners. His 19-goal campaign last season was his second-best — he scored 21 in 2012-13 — but Walcott dipped down Arsene Wenger‘s depth charge and is leaving to pursue regular football.

And his comments will be lapped up by the #WengerOut brigade at his now former club:

“The Club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that

The move is another exciting one for Everton, which has underachieved under Ronald Koeman and now Sam Allardyce. And it’s another sale from Arsenal which gives pause: Are the underperforming Gunners going to regret the move?

In the 2005-06 season, Walcott made his Southampton debut in the Football League Championship at the age of 16, and moved to Arsenal the next season.

Walcott has eight goals in 47 caps for England, and won two FA Cups at Arsenal.

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Here is a useful quote from Sam Allardyce:“His physical output is excellent, he would be one of our top players in that area as well, which will hopefully bring us a lot more excitement and more ability to get forward quicker and create.

And here is an utterly useless one: ““If you analyse his goal record, then we are looking at a player who contributes goals on a regular basis.”

You don’t say. To paraphrase: If you look at all his goals, he regularly scores goals. Here’s more from the player on his move.