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Pele’s son’s in jail on drug trafficking charges in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal.

He is a former goalkeeper with Pele’s old club Santos and was first arrested in 2005, though he remained free pending the outcome of his appeals.

In 2014 a court convicted him to 33 years in prison. That sentence was later reduced to 12 years, 10 months.

In late February he turned himself in to complete his sentence and in early March a court ordered his release and allowed him to remain free while fighting the sentence.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

The latest on Neymar: “Happy” at Barca

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In a summer which saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s name in the transfer rumor mill, perhaps it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Neymar also poked his head into the frame.

Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, and a report in his home country said Neymar had accepted PSG’s triggering of his $254 million release clause.

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Barca vice president Jordi Mestre said the star would “200 percent” be with the club this season — two Neymars? Excellent! — and the player reinforced that notion to (even if the same report claims the player wants to leave). Neymar says, “I am happy here” and that last season opened some doors for him:

“It was the season where I felt more comfortable, even though we did not win the titles we would have wanted. We played great games and lived incredible moments. Now, we need to work for the 2017-18 season so it will be even more positive individually and as a group.”

That enough to convince you, or do you think there’s something to Neymar wanting to emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow and dominate the Paris sports scene? PSG fans may dare to dream of an attack with Neymar, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, and Edinson Cavani, but it’s a remarkably fantastic dream.

Brazil winger Douglas Costa ready to give Juventus a boost

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TURIN, Italy (AP) Brazil winger Douglas Costa is ready to provide a boost to a Juventus squad that has lost two key players in the transfer market.

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Costa was presented Monday after joining Juventus on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich for 6 million euros ($7 million). The deal requires the Italian champion to purchase his full rights within a year for 40 million euros ($45 million).

Costa says, “I hope to adapt quickly. …This is the perfect club for me at the perfect moment. This project has enormous potential and I am excited to play a part in that. With the World Cup next summer too, this was the ideal chance for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Defender Leonardo Bonucci is in the process of transferring from Juventus to rival AC Milan, while fullback Dani Alves left for Paris Saint-Germain.

Even with Juventus having lost this year’s Champions League final, Costa says he’s “sure to have joined the squad at the right time,” adding that he wants to provide “many assists” for forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Dani Alves signs for PSG to leave Man City scrambling

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Dani Alves will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the next two seasons as the Brazilian defender chose PSG over Manchester City.

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After agreeing to terminate his contract at Juventus everyone believed Alves, 34, was set to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at City.

On Wednesday he signed for PSG on a two-year deal and will be part of Les Parisiens squad for their U.S tour this summer as they play AS Roma in Denver on July 18, Tottenham in Orlando on July 22 and Juventus in Miami on July 26.

Speaking about his move to PSG, Alves revealed why he chose the French club as he wants to help Unai Emery’s side succeed in the UCL.

“There’s a very interesting project in Paris. I have friends here, I’m a man who loves challenges,” Alves said. “I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here… Our goal is to win the Champions League.”

Alves was reportedly offered $308,000 per week by PSG which is double what Man City offered the Brazilian international right back.

It is also believed that Alves was told he’d be City’s second-choice right back, which suggests that City are confident of landing Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur because right now they don’t have a right back after releasing both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.

The former Barcelona and Sevilla right back was a revelation at Juve last season with his marauding runs causing countless problems for opponents as Juve did the Italian double and lost to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

At PSG Alves will have to compete with Serge Aurier and Thomas Meunier but it’s unlikely he will be anything but an influential figure in their starting lineup.

City have missed out an experienced right back who has been a serial winner throughout his career. Alves won six La Liga titles and five Copa del Rey trophies during his time in La Liga with Sevilla and Barcelona, plus he won the Europa League, UCL three times and added two more trophies at Juve last season. For Brazil he remains a key figure and now PSG, rather than Man City, will benefit from his vast experience.

Brazil police investigating death of soccer fan after game


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police in Brazil are investigating the death of a soccer fan who was allegedly shot during clashes after Vasco da Gama was defeated by rival Flamengo in the Brazilian league.

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The G1 news website identified the deceased fan as 27-year-old Vasco supporter David Rocha Lopes, with his brother Carlos Henrique Rocha telling G1 at Souza Aguiar hospital that Lopes had died from a gunshot wound after the game in Rio de Janeiro.

Police did not confirm the man’s identity but said “investigations were underway.”

Video footage from the match showed police using teargas, stun grenades and pepper spray to contain Vasco fans after their team lost 1-0.

Clashes continued outside the stadium, where Lopes was allegedly shot. Another two people were injured and taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds, according to G1.