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Lionel Messi calls it quits after Copa America loss

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Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain

La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid will battle Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain Wednesday, July 27 at Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup.

“We are thrilled to bring the matchup between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to Columbus and Ohio State University,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Ohio Stadium is a tremendous sports venue that holds record crowds and we expect the great sports fans in the Columbus area to fill the Shoe to capacity. This is a matchup of two elite teams and we look forward to an excellent match.”

  • Date: Wednesday, July 27th 
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Ohio Stadium 
  • Ticket Prices: $35.00- $325.00 
  • Tickets on sale to the public Tuesday, April 5th at 10am.
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Sydney Leroux announces pregnancy, adds to USWNT Olympic uncertainties

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It looks like plans are changing for another key piece of the 2016 US Women's Olympic soccer team. Forward Sydney Leroux announced on Instagram that she's pregnant and will likely be missing the US' Olympic stint in Rio de Janiero.

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Leroux, a member of FC Kansas City, is married to Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer who made a similar announcement on his Instagram.

Leroux's absence will mean the US' World Cup and gold medal-winning offense will need to adjust if they want to make another deep run.

The team is already without forward Abby Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in women's soccer. Wambach retired after the team's World Cup performance in 2015.

Midfielders Lauren Holiday and Shannon Boxx and defender Lori Chalupny have also retired prior to the Olympics.

Forward Amy Rodriguez is likely a no-go for the games. She announced her second pregnancy in late December and remains questionable for the 2016 games.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe is a question mark for team. She tore her ACL in December but is working to return to the Olympics, which start Aug. 5.

As NBC Sports points out, if Rapinoe and Rodriguez are unavailable, Alex Morgan will be the only returning forward from the 2012 Olympic team.

Leroux started two games for the U.S. during their World Cup run in 2015. She had one goal in four games played in the 2012 Olympics.

Man names daughter after soccer team, wife finds out two years later

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Many crazed sports fans express their loyalty for teams in interesting ways. 

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But one Australian man named his daughter after his favorite soccer team – and he didn't tell his wife until the child was two years old.

Clare Smith wrote in to a magazine saying, "We chose our daughter's name, Lanesra, because it was unique and romantic. It wasn't (until) she was two that my husband told me it was actually his favorite soccer team, Arsenal, spelled backwards."

Social media users responded to the father's creative name online. 

It's unclear if there will be an uptick of soccer-related names in the coming year.

Dayton vs. Ohio State soccer

Don't use your head: U.S. Soccer bans headers for kids

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If you played sports growing up, you probably had a coach tell you to use your head. But that could become a thing of the past, at least in soccer.

As part of a new safety campaign designed to prevent concussions, U.S. Soccer announced it is "eliminating heading for children 10 and under, and limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13."

The change comes after a lawsuit filed last year against some of the largest youth soccer organizations in the country, including U.S. Soccer and American Youth Soccer Organization, demanding they take action to reduce head injuries in the sport.

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Although soccer is often mocked in the U.S. for being soft, especially when fans see players flopping, it’s actually the second most dangerous sport for high schoolers.

In the 2005-2006 school year, a study found that 40 percent of concussions suffered by high school athletes were from football, which isn't surprising. But 21 percent came from girls' soccer and 15 percent from boys' soccer.

And female soccer players are actually much more likely to suffer a head injury. Another study determined there were 4.5 concussions for every 10,000 girls who took the pitch compared to 2.8 concussions in boys with the same exposure.

Even though the study highlights the dangers that soccer can pose, it actually refutes the idea that heading the ball is the most dangerous part of the game. An author of the study said it’s not the heading itself that causes concussions, but usually contact with other players.

Professor Sarah K. Fields told CNN, "If we can enforce the rules and minimize player-to-player contact, that could get rid of 60 percent of concussions, plus that would reduce other injuries." 

In addition to the updated concussion rules, U.S. Soccer also announced it would improve protocols for athletes returning to play after suffering concussions.

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Referee pulls out gun during Brazilian soccer match

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A soccer referee is facing punishment after he pulled out a gun on the field in reaction to an argument during the game.

Gabriel Murta was kicked and slapped by players during a regional league match. At the same time, the manager of one of the teams demanded a red card, The Mirror reported.

That’s when Murta went to the locker rooms, and returned to the field with a gun, The Mirror reported.

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Murta is reportedly a policeman when he's not a referee.

A spectator recorded the confrontation as a linesman restrained Murta.

The group that oversees referees said Murta felt threatened and retrieved the gun to defend himself, The Mirror reported.

Murta was to undergo a psychological assessment and could be suspended or banned from refereeing.

David Beckham: Star in fashion and sports

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