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SAN FRANCISCO---Police have arrested
two people in the fatal stabbing of a
Dodgers fan during a fight near a San
Francisco baseball stadium after the
Giants defeated the Dodgers 6-4,
authorities said yesterday.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr
did not provide additional details about
the arrests. He told the San Francisco
Chronicle earlier that was a Dodgers fan
and was wearing Dodgers gear.
The Medical Examiner s office has
identified the victim as Jonathan Denver,
24. It was not clear whether the victim s
gear played a role in the Wednesday night
attack. The Giants and Dodgers are long-
time division rivals. The Giants are the
defending World Series champions. But
this year, the Dodgers won the division
while the Giants were set to miss the
playoffs. Police said the stabbing occurred
shortly after 11.30 pm on a street corner
during a confrontation between two
groups of men.
LONDON---The dust had barely settled
on the inquest into Manchester United s
loss to Manchester City when the appar-
ent crisis ended. With critics circling after
the 4-1 derby setback, David Moyes side
responded by beating Liverpool in the
League Cup. With West Bromwich Albion
next up tomorrow here are some things
to know about this weekend s English
Premier League matches.
Just five games out of 38 games have
been played in United s Premier League
title defense, and the champions are only
five points behind pacesetters Arsenal and
Tottenham. In reality, it represents the best
start by any new United manager since
Matt Busby in 1946.
"That is one of the good stats," Moyes
said. "I have not had that many good ones.
But that is one of the better ones. It is not
frustrating. I will sort it. I will fix it. I will
turn it round. I have no doubt about that."
Moyes might be looking over with envy
at the start made by his former club, with
Roberto Martinez s Everton the only Pre-
mier League side still unbeaten. And the
Merseyside team is two points above United
in fifth as it prepares for the visit of New-
castle on Monday.
The pupil is being reunited with his
master at White Hart Lane as Andre Vil-
las-Boas faces Jose Mourinho for the first
time as a manager. Villas-Boas was on
Mourinho s coaching team at Chelsea and
Inter Milan before setting out on his own
"There are probably lots of things in my
organisation I do similarly to him, of
course," Villas-Boas said Thursday. "I don t
think there s anything to prove. Jose s career
speaks for itself and I m very proud of
what I ve done so far and what I ve
Facing Chelsea brings back bitter mem-
ories of Villas-Boas ill-fated eight-month
reign at Chelsea in the 2011-12 season. The
Portuguese has rehabilitated his managerial
reputation at Tottenham, which is two
points above Mourinho s Chelsea and only
behind leader Arsenal on goal difference.
And Tottenham can boast one of the
stingiest defenses in Europe, conceding
just one goal in nine league and cup match-
es so far.
There was a setback for Chelsea heading
into the London derby, with midfielder
Marco van Ginkel ruled out for around six
months following ankle surgery.
LONDON---While pleased Luis Suarez is
back in action following a biting ban, Liv-
erpool is still concerned about the damage
the striker caused for the club s brand glob-
The 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea
defender Branislav Ivanovic during a game in
April came after Suarez had been banned for
eight games after racially abusing Manchester
United s Patrice Evra in 2011.
"Any types of incident of that nature are
damaging to a brand," Liverpool managing
director Ian Ayre said yesterday.
Suarez returned to action in a 1-0 loss to
Manchester United in the League Cup on
Wednesday, although the Uruguay striker
hoped not to be playing in a Liverpool shirt
Throughout the offseason, rather than
focusing on repairing his image, Suarez was
publicly pushing for a transfer away from Liv-
erpool in search of Champions League football.
Liverpool, though, was steadfast in rejecting
bids from Arsenal for the Uruguay international
and put him through a rehabilitation process
to try and ensure there are no further incidents
that harm the club.
"Luis is a footballer, he s a street fighter,
he s a larger-than-life character," Ayre said at
the Sport Industry Group Breakfast Club in
London. "Nobody is condoning any bad
behavior but it s just something you have to
deal with. He is what he is, he is the character
he is, and we have to try and harness that.
"We have worked a lot with Luis since the
last incident with Ivanovic and he has respond-
ed well to that.
"He has been prepared to commit to that
sort of work on his character."
While Ayre said Suarez s misdemeanors
haven t hit sponsorship revenue, the 121-year-
old club wants to ensure its principles are
"We are very much an institution and we
base ourselves on family values, and when
your kids are naughty you tell them off and
you try to teach them the error of your ways---
it s no different," Ayre said.
"Every time you have a negative issue like
that particular one then of course it s dam-
aging, but the important thing is to put it
right and restore the integrity of the football
club. And I believe that s what we did."
The club and its American ownership backed
Suarez after the racist-abuse verdict, hitting
out at the English Football Association process.
After Suarez sunk his teeth into Ivanovic
during a Premier League game in April, Liv-
erpool immediately condemned the player s
actions, while still claiming he was being vic-
timised with his hefty sanction.
But Liverpool, whose principal owner is
sports tycoon John Henry, has learnt lessons
from how it handled the Suarez cases.
"What s important at those times is to
ensure we act respectively and professionally
as a football club, and in the past we ve got
some of that wrong and more recently we got
that right," Ayre said.
Fan stabbed to death near San Francisco ballpark
Suarez bites into
Liverpool's Luis Suarez walks from the pitch after his team's 1-0 loss at Manchester United in
their English League Cup soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England,
Wednesday. AP PHOTO
Moyes in EPL
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