SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Retired Brazil striker Ronaldo said Sunday he hasnt received an invitation to replace Ricardo Teixeira as the head of the countrys 2014 World Cup organizing committee. Karlos Dansby Jersey
. Teixeira, president of the Brazilian football federation, has recently been making changes to how the sport is governed and a Brazilian newspaper said he would leave the presidency of the organizing committee to make way for Ronaldo. "I dont know anything about that, there hasnt been anything," Ronaldo said as he arrived to watch the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix. "Im surprised by all this speculation." Teixeira on Friday named Corinthians President Andres Sanchez as the No. 2 man in Brazilian football, giving up the responsibility for the countrys national teams in all age categories. Teixeira told the O Globo newspaper, the daily that reported Ronaldo was invited to head the organizing committee, that it had been "too much work" for him to handle all the national teams. Teixeira is seen as a possible successor to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the recent changes are widely seen as a move to open the way for his candidacy. But the changes also could be a way to remove Teixeira from the spotlight as he continues to be investigated for irregularities in Brazil and abroad. Teixeira is allegedly one of the members of FIFAs executive committee linked to an investigation of kickbacks at ISL, the marketing agency that owned World Cup television rights until its 2001 bankruptcy with debts of around $300 million. British broadcaster BBC has named the officials as Teixeira and his former father-in-law Joao Havelange, the longtime FIFA president who Blatter succeeded in 1998. The Brazilians have denied any wrongdoing. Blatter recently said he expected at least one FIFA member to leave his post when the governing body publishes Swiss court papers identifying the senior officials who allegedly took payments from the marketing partner in the 1990s. Blatter, who has said hes committed to wide-ranging anti-corruption reforms, said he will publish the ISL dossier on Dec. 17 after his executive committee meets in Tokyo. An undisclosed outside body will later advise FIFAs high command on what action to take if it finds members guilty of wrongdoing. The timing of the announcement that Corinthians president Sanchez will head the Brazilian national teams was harshly criticized in Brazil because the club is in the hunt for the Brazilian league title. It leads the competition with only two rounds left, and many said that the presidents connection with the federation could cast doubt on a potential Corinthians title. Sanchez will be in charge of hiring the coaches for all the teams, including the womens squad. Teixeira, considered one of the most powerful men in Brazilian football, also has been investigated by local authorities for allegedly illegally transferring money into Brazil at the time of the alleged ISL kickbacks. The Brazilian Congress has twice investigated Teixeira for alleged wrongdoings, but the inquiries were never completed. Former star Romario, now a congressman, has been one of Teixeiras critics. He has also been accused of unethical behaviour by the former chairman of Englands Football Association, David Triesman, who said during a British parliamentary inquiry that Teixeira and other FIFA executive committee members engaged in improper conduct during bidding for the 2018 World Cup. FIFA cleared Teixeira of the accusations. Before FIFAs draw for the World Cup qualifiers in July, Teixeira called the English media corrupt and refused to talk to British journalists. Champ Bailey Jersey
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. Just ask the Winnipeg Goldeyes how Saturday nights 4-0 loss to the Gary SouthShore RailCats went. LOS ANGELES -- A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot over the weekend led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people more than a year after a San Francisco Giants fan was left with brain damage after an attack on opening day, police said Monday. The latest attack occurred Sunday, when the victim, a man in his 20s, had a collision with another driver and three other men pinned him down, police said. The other driver kicked and hit the victim in the head and face while he was on the ground, police Sgt. David Armas said. "It was just a minor fender bender that just got totally out of hand," he said. The victim, whose name was not released, had scrapes and cuts to his face, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Armas said. A woman in the victims car who is eight months pregnant was not hurt, but she was examined at a hospital as a precaution, he said. The four men were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. They were identified late Monday as Arthur Morales, 20; Alan Trujillo, 29; Alejandro Briceno, 29; and Ulises Briceno, 26. The men have been released after posting bail, US$30,000 each. In a statement, Dodgers officials praised stadium security and Los Angeles police for a "quick security response (that) prevented the confrontation from escalating further." Security responded within moments, according to the statement issued Monday. Dodger president Stan Kasten said the organization is committed to providing a safe, family-friendly environment for fans. Troy Polamalu Jersey
. The violence came after Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten last year. Two men have pleaded not guilty to charges including mayhem and assault. Stadium officials beefed up security after that attack. Stows family has filed a lawsuit against the team and previous owner Frank McCourt, claiming security cutbacks were partially to blame for the attack. The Dodgers were sold earlier this year to an ownership group that includes NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Dodgers security staff and uniformed off-duty Los Angeles police were at the stadium Sunday and responded quickly. Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the officer who detained the suspects was an off-duty LAPD officer who was working in uniform for the Dodgers. Dodger Stadium is one of the few places that LAPD allows officers to be hired by an outside organization and to wear their police uniform, Smith said. Police were out in full force on opening day last month and reported a drop in the number of arrests and public drinking citations from opening day the previous year. Police have said officers wearing rival team jerseys will be at every home game. "Weve maintained that high presence throughout the year," Smith said. The beating occurred after the Dodgers 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. ' ' '