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The hearse carrying the coffin of Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio stops in front of Lisbon’s city hall for a tribute, Monday, Jan. 6 2014.

Tens of thousands of people paid final homage to Eusebio, also known as the “Black Panther,” whose death has sparked worldwide tributes.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who was born into poverty in Africa and became one of the world’s top scorers during the 1960s, died Sunday of cardio-pulmonary arrest at 71. (Photos: Armando Franca/The Associated Press, Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

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Photos: Eagles defeat Detroit Lions in Philadelphia blizzardLeSean McCoy had the best rushing performance in team history in some of the worst conditions.McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a blizzard Sunday.Snow began falling two hours before kickoff and intensified after the game started. Workers used shovels and hand-held blowers to clear off yard lines. Conditions were so poor neither team tried a field goal, and there were 2-point conversion attempts after seven of the eight TDs.Forecasters predicted only some snow, so neither team was prepared for a storm that dropped up to six inches in Philadelphia. See more photos of the game at the National Post’s website. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

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Photos: Eagles defeat Detroit Lions in Philadelphia blizzard
LeSean McCoy had the best rushing performance in team history in some of the worst conditions.

McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a blizzard Sunday.

Snow began falling two hours before kickoff and intensified after the game started. Workers used shovels and hand-held blowers to clear off yard lines. Conditions were so poor neither team tried a field goal, and there were 2-point conversion attempts after seven of the eight TDs.

Forecasters predicted only some snow, so neither team was prepared for a storm that dropped up to six inches in Philadelphia.

See more photos of the game at the National Post’s website. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

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The official ball of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup — Brazuca — is unveiled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. (Photos: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images, Victor R. Caivano/The Associated Press)

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Ford and football, together again: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continued his tradition of attending major football games in the city, arriving fashionably late to watch the Buffalo Bills play their annual game at Rogers Centre.Ford arrived after the first quarter began on Sunday. He sat in an aisle seat, 35 rows off the field.Fans lined up to have their picture taken with him. A stadium security guard took a seat on the armrest of a seat in front of the mayor, trying to usher fans along — to varying degrees of success.The scene became increasingly chaotic, forcing Toronto police to try to step in and usher Ford away. (Photo: Gary Wiepert/The Associated Press)

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Ford and football, together again: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continued his tradition of attending major football games in the city, arriving fashionably late to watch the Buffalo Bills play their annual game at Rogers Centre.

Ford arrived after the first quarter began on Sunday. He sat in an aisle seat, 35 rows off the field.

Fans lined up to have their picture taken with him. A stadium security guard took a seat on the armrest of a seat in front of the mayor, trying to usher fans along — to varying degrees of success.

The scene became increasingly chaotic, forcing Toronto police to try to step in and usher Ford away. (Photo: Gary Wiepert/The Associated Press)

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A tiny Washington high school is home to perhaps the largest running back anywhere in the country — amateur or professional.At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that his coach put Picard at running back because he was so athletic for his size. Many NFL running backs weigh half as much as Picard.Current NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles weighs in at 208 pounds. Picard’s size also rivals some of the largest NFL linemen around.Video of Picard’s rumbling runs has drawn more than two million views on YouTube. The clips show the 17-year-old plowing through defenders while also showing swiftness on his feet. Picard hopes to go on to play college football. (Photo: Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic/The Associated Press)

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A tiny Washington high school is home to perhaps the largest running back anywhere in the country — amateur or professional.

At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that his coach put Picard at running back because he was so athletic for his size. Many NFL running backs weigh half as much as Picard.

Current NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles weighs in at 208 pounds. Picard’s size also rivals some of the largest NFL linemen around.

Video of Picard’s rumbling runs has drawn more than two million views on YouTube. The clips show the 17-year-old plowing through defenders while also showing swiftness on his feet. Picard hopes to go on to play college football. (Photo: Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic/The Associated Press)

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Rob Ford gets Grey Cup, Argos not so lucky: In a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room, Chad Owens was speaking a register above the background murmurs of his teammates. He was still in his cleats, his wrists and ankles were still taped: “I want another quarter, I’m not ready for the off-season, man.”Perhaps an hour earlier, it was Owens who made the final, desperate attempt to extend his season, and help the Toronto Argonauts defend their Grey Cup title. Owens fielded a punt deep in Toronto territory as the final seconds dripped off the clock, and he slashed upfield until there was no more room, and no more time.The Argos lost the East Division final to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, losing their grip on a game they had threatened to turn into a blowout. Toronto fell, 36-24, after being shut out in the second half. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

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Rob Ford gets Grey Cup, Argos not so lucky: In a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room, Chad Owens was speaking a register above the background murmurs of his teammates. He was still in his cleats, his wrists and ankles were still taped: “I want another quarter, I’m not ready for the off-season, man.”

Perhaps an hour earlier, it was Owens who made the final, desperate attempt to extend his season, and help the Toronto Argonauts defend their Grey Cup title. Owens fielded a punt deep in Toronto territory as the final seconds dripped off the clock, and he slashed upfield until there was no more room, and no more time.

The Argos lost the East Division final to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, losing their grip on a game they had threatened to turn into a blowout. Toronto fell, 36-24, after being shut out in the second half. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

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Argos won’t return Rob Ford’s love:The ongoing saga involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford spilled over its political banks into the sports world on Thursday.After his contentious showdown with council on Wednesday, Ford chose to switch up his workday wardrobe Thursday and wore his Toronto Argonauts sweater, complete with “Mayor Ford” on the nameplate and the No. 12, the year the Argos hosted and won the Grey Cup.But while wearing the sweater to promote this weekend’s CFL East final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ford made comments on media reports coming from the second round of revelations coming from Toronto Police’s Information To Obtain document. Ford’s comments included a profane response to allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a former female staffer, for which he later apologized.The team released a statement expressing their displeasure at being dragged into the the Mayor’s theatre of the absurd."The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best," the team said in the statement and on Twitter. "These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey, are particularly disappointing given our organization’s work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention." (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

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The ongoing saga involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford spilled over its political banks into the sports world on Thursday.

After his contentious showdown with council on Wednesday, Ford chose to switch up his workday wardrobe Thursday and wore his Toronto Argonauts sweater, complete with “Mayor Ford” on the nameplate and the No. 12, the year the Argos hosted and won the Grey Cup.

But while wearing the sweater to promote this weekend’s CFL East final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ford made comments on media reports coming from the second round of revelations coming from Toronto Police’s Information To Obtain document. Ford’s comments included a profane response to allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a former female staffer, for which he later apologized.

The team released a statement expressing their displeasure at being dragged into the the Mayor’s theatre of the absurd.

"The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best," the team said in the statement and on Twitter. "These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey, are particularly disappointing given our organization’s work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention." (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

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Afghan boys play football during a break at their school in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013. Afghan children across the country increasingly play football after Afghanistan beat India to win the South Asian Federation Football Cup earlier this month. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Afghan boys play football during a break at their school in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013. Afghan children across the country increasingly play football after Afghanistan beat India to win the South Asian Federation Football Cup earlier this month. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Verlin Deer In Water, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, shows his t-shirt prior to the start of the Oneida Indian Nation’s Change the Mascot symposium on Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, calling for the Washington Redskins NFL team to change its name.Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says respect goes both ways when it comes to the debate over the team’s nickname.The man who ultimately gets to decide whether the name stays or goes offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday in a letter to season-ticket holders, the first time he has addressed at length the change-the-name campaign that has picked up momentum this year.The tone of the letter suggests that no change is under consideration.“I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name,” the letter states. “But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.”The letter recalls Snyder’s experience when he attended his first Redskins game at age 6 and cites polls and anecdotal evidence that indicate support for the name from Native Americans. It states that the original Boston Redskins had a Native American coach before the franchise relocated to Washington, even though research shows that it is unclear whether William “Lone Star” Dietz was an actual Indian or whether he stole the identity of a missing man from the Oglala Sioux tribe. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press)

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Verlin Deer In Water, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, shows his t-shirt prior to the start of the Oneida Indian Nation’s Change the Mascot symposium on Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, calling for the Washington Redskins NFL team to change its name.

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says respect goes both ways when it comes to the debate over the team’s nickname.

The man who ultimately gets to decide whether the name stays or goes offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday in a letter to season-ticket holders, the first time he has addressed at length the change-the-name campaign that has picked up momentum this year.

The tone of the letter suggests that no change is under consideration.

“I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name,” the letter states. “But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.”

The letter recalls Snyder’s experience when he attended his first Redskins game at age 6 and cites polls and anecdotal evidence that indicate support for the name from Native Americans. It states that the original Boston Redskins had a Native American coach before the franchise relocated to Washington, even though research shows that it is unclear whether William “Lone Star” Dietz was an actual Indian or whether he stole the identity of a missing man from the Oglala Sioux tribe. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press)

Prince William warns players ‘if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to [the Queen]‘ at Buckingham Palace soccer match

Prince William had a warning for those set to play a rare soccer match on the beautiful lawns of Buckingham Palace: don’t break a window.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football [soccer] on my grandmother’s lawn,” Prince William said of the first competitive match held on the extensive palace grounds. “One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.”

In a training session during the game, the Prince — who sported track pants with an immaculate, apparently ironed, crease down the front — a self-proclaimed Aston Villa fan sported a pair of orange Nike football boots for the occasion, which were reportedly given to him as a gift by Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney (Photos: Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Bare-chested men shout — Legia Warsaw’s supporters cheer up their team during the UEFA Europa League match SS Lazio vs Legia Warsaw on September 19, 2013 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Bare-chested men shout — Legia Warsaw’s supporters cheer up their team during the UEFA Europa League match SS Lazio vs Legia Warsaw on September 19, 2013 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Brazilian soccer fans storm pitch, decapitate referee after he stabs player to deathPolice say enraged spectators invaded a football field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death.The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao says in a statement that it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.The statement issued this week says Abreu’s friends and relatives immediately “rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.”Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field. (Photo: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazilian soccer fans storm pitch, decapitate referee after he stabs player to death
Police say enraged spectators invaded a football field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death.

The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao says in a statement that it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.

The statement issued this week says Abreu’s friends and relatives immediately “rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.”

Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field. (Photo: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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This won’t end well: Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody on Wednesday, and it’s probably related to a murder investigation involving an acquaintance. A Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house, and police have been searching his residence and surrounding area for the past week.

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This won’t end well: Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody on Wednesday, and it’s probably related to a murder investigation involving an acquaintance. A Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house, and police have been searching his residence and surrounding area for the past week.

'I can kill someone with this ring': Vladimir Putin denies he stole an NFL Super Bowl ring from team owner Robert KraftRussian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring that’s now on display in the Kremlin, but says he’s ready to buy him another ring as a gift.Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel last Thursday.“I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,”’ Kraft said, as quoted by the Post. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift. (Photo: Larry Busacca// Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images)

'I can kill someone with this ring': Vladimir Putin denies he stole an NFL Super Bowl ring from team owner Robert Kraft
Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring that’s now on display in the Kremlin, but says he’s ready to buy him another ring as a gift.

Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel last Thursday.

“I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,”’ Kraft said, as quoted by the Post. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift. (Photo: Larry Busacca// Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images)