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Nick Loeb (L) and actress Sofia Vergara attend the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Puerto Vallarta: Sofia Vergara denied that she wanted to destroy the embryos she and her ex-boyfriend Nick Loeb froze, contradicting what the U.S. businessman had claimed in a lawsuit he filed against the Colombian actress.

"Vergara has never wanted to destroy her embryos," the attorney for the best-paid actress on U.S. television - according to People- told reporters on the weekend.

The star of the television series "Modern Family," who in May 2014 announced the end of her romantic relationship with Loeb, to whom she had been engaged, froze the embryos the couple had created while they were together using her eggs and his sperm.

"Vergara has never suggested that she wished to have the embryos destroyed ... She has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb's statements to the contrary," said attorney Fred Silberberg.

U.S. media had reported that Loeb was going to sue the 42-year-old Barranquilla native so that she could not proceed with the embryos' destruction.

However, Silberberg told People magazine that the lawsuit was "uncredible" and lacked "merit."

Vergara, who in May will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair, spoke to that magazine about her new fiance, actor Joe Manganiello, about whom she said that at first she thought he was "too handsome" for her to go out with.

"Vergara, who has happily moved on with her life, is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely as she has no desire to have children with her ex, which should be understandable given the circumstances," the lawyer concluded in his statement.



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After receiving a standing ovation from his emotional audience, Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante," tried to explain why television's longest-running show is coming to an end.

Created by its boisterous host, the weekly three-hour show, which means "Giant Saturday" in English, has long been Univision's most popular program. But on Friday, the Spanish-language channel announced the last "Sabado Gigante" show would be Sept. 19.

"As many of you know, yesterday Univision announced that after 53 years on the air, our program will close at the end of this season," Francisco said Saturday to his audience, some of them in tears.

"This 'Sabado Gigante' allowed all of us who work here to fulfill impossible dreams, and it is the time to end this story with dignity, at the best level ... and with the highest ratings. We are second, first, third nationally every week. Times have changed, we know that, and because of that we need to look for new challenges," he added.

"To us, I reiterate, this is not a moment of sadness. On the contrary, this is a moment of triumph," the Chilean-born Francisco said.

With an average of 2.2 million viewers, the show remains No. 1 on Saturday nights among Hispanics in the United States and was up this season among younger viewers, according to the Nielsen company. The show also is broadcast to more than a dozen countries throughout Latin America.

Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, noted that Saturday's show was the 1,510th edition of the show in the United States and the 2,756th in total. The Miami-based show started in Chile and moved to the United States in 1986.

As he has done since the start, Francisco closed his opening monologue asking with great enthusiasm, "What does the audience say!?" They responded, cheering and singing "Sabado Gigante's" theme song.

"Now, everyone to work. We are not on vacation. We have to entertain our audience, we have to make people have a good time, laugh, cry, sing, dance. We still have a few weeks ahead of us, 22 more," he said.



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It's official - former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has tossed her hat in the presidential ring, and she announced it Sunday with a video, "Getting Started." In an nod to the importance of the Latino vote, everyone in the video speaks English, but the only other language in her first video is - you guessed it - Spanish.


"Mi hermano y yo estamos empezando un primer negocio," ('my brother and I are starting our first business," says one man in the video. It consists of different people talking about the new things they are embarking on.

An Asian American young woman is looking for a new job after college graduation, an older woman is about to retire, an African American couple are going to have a baby and a male gay couple are going to get married, among others in the video.

"I'm getting ready to do something too - I'm running for President," says Clinton.



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It’s the end of a beautiful era in the fashion world.

PUERTO VALLARTA: In an emotionally charged show, Gisele Bündchen took her last stroll down the runway, bidding farewell to a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend.

The 34-year-old mother of two, who is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, compared her life to a cup of water that is filled to the brim.

“If your cup is full, how are you going to put more into it?” the Brazilian said in an interview broadcast in the Globo television network on Wednesday. “I’m emptying my cup so I can put more things into it.”

Bündchen made her final catwalk appearance during São Paulo Fashion Week for Colcci, the Brazilian streetwear label she has represented since 2005. She made three appearances, opening the show in an A-line dress in white lace and knee-high black boots and closing it in a sundress with a full skirt in ivory and salmon stripes.

For the final bow, a bevy of models emerged in jeans and T-shirts printed with Bündchen's image, and Bündchen herself wove her way through the pack, sporting painted-on jeans and a top depicting her in a yoga pose. Fighting back tears, she flashed her trademark broad smile and a thumbs-up.

Brady was on hand for his wife’s final appearance, competing with his wife for the cameras’ attention as he took in the spectacle from the first row.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the New England Patriots quarterback congratulated his wife on her final catwalk.

“Congratulations Love of my Life. You inspire me every day to be a better person. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished on the runway,” he wrote. “I have never met someone with more of a will to succeed and determination to overcome any obstacle in the way. You never cease to amaze me.”

He added, “Nobody loves life more than you and your beauty runs much deeper than what the eye can see. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

As the world’s highest-paid model, according to a 2014 ranking by Forbes magazine, Bündchen has said she wants to spend more time with her family, but vowed to continue working in the industry.

She is the face of Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Pantene and other top brands. She also designs her own line of flip flops and lingerie.

A household name the world over, Bündchen rivals soccer legend Pelé for the status of Brazil's most internationally famous citizen, and her meteoric rise from a middle-class family in a small, rural town to superstar is the stuff of modeling legend.

In a post Wednesday on her Instagram account, Bündchen wrote, "Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business."

"I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey," she wrote.

In an interview earlier this week with the newspaper Estado de São Paulo, Bündchen was quoted as saying she wanted her last runway experience to be in her native Brazil, "where it all started."

The Brazilian beauty bid farewell to the catwalk, closing out a stellar 20-year career. 



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A video shared on Facebook shows 12-year-old Michael Merlino shining while singing “La mejor de todas” with a poise and tone well beyond his years.

The 2:30-minute video, viewed more than 14 million times, was uploaded by a family friend with the sole purpose of getting the attention of one the world’s most famous and well-regarded classical singers, Andrea Bocelli.

It was Merlino’s dream to sing with the Italian singer.

“I love his style of music and he is a person with a disability and he still transcends to people. He sings just like a normal person,” the tween told Fox News Latino during a Skype interview from his native Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Merlino has been singing classical music since he was about 4 years old. His father used to play him old records of some of the great singers and he just picked it up.

“I am drawn to this type of music,” he said. “I feel good with this type of music.”

It was during a trip to Italy many moons ago that his parents noticed their son’s gift, telling FNL that he would interpret some of the classic songs perfectly.

“He was mimicking a song called “O Sole Mio” – sometimes singing it to me perfectly and we started to notice that he had a great ear,” his mother Miguelina Escaña said. “He was really young.”

Eventually the boy started attending a music academy and a few month ago, when he found out that his idol Bocelli was performing at the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater near Santo Domingo, his family and friends started the social media campaign.

The idea came from our friend Maria Isabel who asked Michael to sing something at the beach and she taped it,” Escaña said. “In that moment Michael said his dream was to meet and sing with Andrea Bocelli and she made sure to make his dream come true.”

And it did.

On April 4, Merlino took to the stage with Bocelli to sing “Amapaola.”

“I felt good because I was received perfectly [by the audience] and when I started singing, and reaching the higher notes with him, people were clapping,” he said. “I felt a little nervous but that was not the worst part. During the rehearsal I was really nervous," the boy admitted.

His mother said she had no words to describe the evening, calling it something beyond her wildest dreams.

“It’s an indescribable emotion. It’s something that I never dreamed of,” she said. “I knew he had talent, but for him to reach this level at only 12 years old is something that I cannot express in words. It’s an unforgettable emotion.”

Handling his instant fame with grace, Merlino will continue going to school and practicing his craft because singing on a stage like that is what he wants to be doing.

“Claro que si! (Of course I do!),” he said.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is the Entertainment Editor for Fox News Latino. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bryan Llenas currently serves as a New York-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC) and a reporter for Fox News Latino (FNL). Click here for more information on Bryan Llenas. Follow him on Twitter @BryanLlenas.



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Barack Obama says he plans to remove Cuba from America's list of state sponsors of terrorism, as he seeks to restore diplomatic relations after a decades-long freeze.

President Obama met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama on Saturday - the first meeting between US and Cuban leaders in nearly 60 years.Cuba's communist government had said normal relations between the two former cold war enemies would be impossible if it remained on the list, which includes Iran, Syria and Sudan.The meeting followed an announcement in December that the US and Cuba were hoping to normalise relations.The Caribbean island nation was placed on the list in 1982 when it was aiding rebel movements in Africa and Latin America, but Havana gave up supporting foreign insurgencies years ago. Its inclusion on the list continued to limit its access to international banking and overseas financial markets.

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"The Cuban government recognises the fair decision made by the president of the United States to eliminate Cuba from a list that it never should have been included on," Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry's chief of US affairs, said in a statement.In a report to Congress, President Obama said the government of Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding six-month period," and "has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future".Congress has 45 days to consider the president's decision before it takes effect, but it cannot stop it unless both chambers approve a joint resolution, a move that is highly unlikely. But a broader US embargo on Cuba will remain in place because only Congress can end it.


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Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American and newly announced Republican presidential candidate, denounced it as a "terrible" decision, saying Cuba was helping North Korea evade sanctions and harbouring fugitives from American justice.Republican Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, another Cuban-American, accused President Obama of "capitulating to dictators".







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A man works on a scaffold preparing the venue for the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. (Alejandro Bolivar)

Cuba ends more than five decades of official isolation from the institutions of the Western Hemisphere this week when President Raúl Castro attends a regional summit with up to 35 heads of state, including President Obama.

The White House said there will be “many opportunities” for conversations between the two leaders at the two-day Summit of the Americas that begins Friday in Panama, but noted that no formal bilateral meeting had yet been planned.

While administration officials said it was unlikely that the United States and Cuba would complete negotiations aimed at re-establishing diplomatic relations before the summit, there were strong indications that one of the main roadblocks in the talks was about to be removed.

The State Department is on the verge of completing a review of Cuba’s 33-year presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, ordered by Obama when he and Castro announced the Cuba-U.S. rapprochement on Dec. 17, officials said. Although three high-level negotiating sessions have been held since then, Havana has balked at moving forward on reopening embassies until it is taken off the list.

“As soon as I get a recommendation” from the State Department, “I’ll be in a position to act on it,” Obama told NPR in an interview broadcast Tuesday.

For Castro, attendance at the summit is a symbolic re-entry into the hemispheric infrastructure that avoids the question of Cuban membership in the Organization of American States, which Havana still considers an instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Although the OAS, which expelled Cuba in 1962, has invited the country to rejoin, Castro has said he would “never” do so.

Obama leaves Wednesday for a four-day trip to the region, traveling first to Jamaica to meet with a 15-nation grouping of Caribbean nations and arriving Thursday evening in Panama.

The hemispheric summit, held every three years, is the third of Obama’s presidency and the first not overshadowed by Latin American opposition to U.S. insistence that Cuba be excluded. Previous summits, held in 2009 in Trinidad and Tobago and in 2012 in Colombia, failed to issue joint declarations because of disagreements over Cuba.

“We, frankly, having gone through two previous summits, did not think it was constructive for the United States to continue to try to isolate Cuba,” said deputy national security adviser Benjamin Rhodes. “It only pointed to the failure of U.S. policy.”

Each time the U.S. took part in the Summit of the Americas, the question at issue was not about “improving democratic values,” Rhodes said, but “why Cuba wasn’t at the summit.”

Beleaguered by ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine as well as polarized politics at home, the visit is likely to be a welcome respite for Obama.

This time, “there is no question that Obama goes from a position of strength, with the wind at his back,” said Mack McLarty, an architect of the summit process, which began under the Clinton administration in 1994. Resolution of the Cuba issue “takes away a very contentious, complicated issue” of previous gatherings, McLarty said.

Obama’s current popularity in much of the hemisphere is due to more than the Cuba opening, regional experts said. There is broad recognition that the administration has “gone as far as they could through executive action” in changing U.S. immigration policy, said Harold Trinkunas, Latin America director at the Brookings Institution. Even though congressional Republicans have rejected administration initiatives, “people recognize the administration’s goodwill effort,” he said.

U.S. counternarcotics policy, another long-contentious issue, has also undergone significant changes. The United States has largely dropped demands for what Latin American countries considered odious certification of their compliance with U.S. drug-enforcement policies to be eligible for certain forms of American aid.

“Obama has a strong record to bring to Panama,” said Jorge I. Dominguez, vice provost for international affairs at Harvard University and author of numerous books on hemispheric affairs. The U.S. economic recovery, he said, has also put Obama in a strong position with regard to Latin America, where a period of sustained economic boom has long since ended.

Obama’s 2016 budget request included $1 billion for Central American economic, governance and security strengthening, keyed to addressing conditions that have led to unprecedented flows of illegal immigrants from that region.

Obama also plans a visit to the Panama Canal, where an expansion due to be completed next year will double the size of tankers and other cargo vessels that can pass through the waterway, to the advantage of ports along the U.S. East Coast.

If there is a fly in the ointment for the United States and the summit planners — and it could be a big one — it is Venezuela. In the weeks since the White House placed new sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials it charged with human rights abuses, President Nicolás Maduro has spoken of almost nothing else, attempting to shift attention away from his government’s economic troubles.

In the Jamaica meeting with members of the Caribbean Community, known as Caricom, Obama will continue efforts begun early this year at an energy security summit hosted by Vice President Biden to nudge Caribbean nations away from supporting Venezuela at regional institutions such as the OAS. Venezuela provides cut-rate oil to at least a dozen Caricom members — as it does for Cuba — and the administration is trying to persuade those countries to diversify their energy sources and turn their allegiances northward.

If Maduro seizes the spotlight in Panama and twists his domestic struggles into a clash with the United States, “the summit could get hung up on the region’s dislike of sanctions which Maduro and his allies have used as proof that the United States has continued in its trajectory of paternalistic behavior” in the region, said Carl Meacham, director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Although they are in the minority, Maduro also retains friends, including Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. Even those with little sympathy for Maduro are uncomfortable over the sanctions. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a key U.S. ally, called them “counter-productive.”

But most attention will be on Cuba and the extent to which Castro feels it necessary to support Maduro. With the future of cash-strapped Venezuelan largesse increasingly in doubt, Cuba is especially keen to attract foreign capital. Castro has an unparalleled opportunity to make the case that his country is modernizing, opening to foreign investment and poised for growth.

Miroff reported from Havana.



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The new rail bridge is the first between the countries in more than 100 years, which made it difficult to construct. File Photo by Steven Frame/Shutterstock.

PUERTO VALLARTA-- The first rail bridge between Mexico and the United States in 106 years is set to open in an effort that lasted more than 15 years.

The final inspection for the bridge was last Thursday and now U.S. and Mexican officials have to coordinate to set a date to begin traffic. Local governments in South Texas wanted to move freight trains outside of the city of Brownsville, Texas, which lies across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.

The new railroad bridge was built west of the city and will eliminate 14 railroad street crossings. The current railroad route would take freight trains through residential areas, neighborhood parks and commercial areas.

"The problem is that a lot of times, before the train is allowed to go into Mexico, they have to stage it. That blocks off several areas of downtown Brownsville," Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda said.

It would make it difficult for fire trucks and police vehicles to respond to emergencies, Sepulveda added.

With the new bridge, there are now seven railroad bridges between Texas and Mexico. The effort to fund and build the bridge lasted for 15 years.

"It was difficult from the standpoint that it hadn't been done before," Sepulveda said. "We had a lot of difficulties from [the Department of Homeland Security, which includes U.S. Customs], because they hadn't done another bridge in 100 years. That was pretty frustrating."

Mexico paid $80 million for the railroad and Brownsville and Cameron County officials gathered $40 million, mostly paid for by the federal government. Traffic congestion will decrease in both Brownsville and Matamoros, which has more than double the population of Brownsville.



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PUERTO VALLARTA.- A young Bolivian covered in fake blood was hoisted up on a cross under the crisp Andean sun, while an inmate in Mexico City played the role of Jesus as faithful across the Americas re-enacted the final hours of Jesus' life on Good Friday.

Haitian pilgrims hiked across the mountains to visit the Stations of the Cross, some balancing stones on their heads as a form of penance.

Ecuadoreans packed the capital's downtown as men carried a statue of Jesus through the streets and women walked shrouded by dark purple lace veils.

Hooded penitents in Mexico wore heavy chains and endured prickly cacti stuck to their bodies. Others hung from trees, suspended by body harnesses, re-enacting the hanging of Judas. Nicaraguans portraying Judas wore colorful and unique costumes, including pink face masks with sunglasses.

In Puerto Rico, a woman held up a cloth showing an image of Jesus' face in red.

Peruvian musicians played trumpets, onlookers clutched Holy Week schedules and female penitents walked among heavy incense with their heads covered in white lace.

A man playing the role of Jesus in Paraguay acted out the anguish of being tortured while he carried a wooden cross and other faithful costumed as Roman soldiers lashed and kicked him.

A slum in Rio de Janeiro put on a Passion of Christ performance in which the shadow of Jesus' cross cast a sinister shadow on a nearby building.

In Guatemala, children put on purple and white costumes to play the part of penitents, and afterward stopped to eat cotton candy on the sidewalk.




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 Italy hosted the 1934 World Cup, where Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli had his finest hour. Photograph

He scored four goals against Mexico and later became the only person to coach an NFL and college football team simultaneously. Remembering an early US legend

In many respects, Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli had the best of both worlds.

He not only was a football hero, but the Morgan, Pennsylvania native turned out to be a futbol hero as well.

He starred at college football and became the only person to coach at the collegiate and professional levels at the same time. He also turned in one of the most scintillating performances in US national team history before there was much of a history to write home about.

With the Americans and Mexicans preparing for another border clash in San Antonio, Texas on 15 April, it is appropriate to tell the story of Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli for what he accomplished in the first encounter between these two budding rivals in a World Cup qualifying match in Rome, Italy on 24 May 1934, three days before the main event kicked off. He scored four goals in a 4-2 USA victory.

Donelli turned out to be a sportsman for many seasons. He decided on pursuing a career as a coach in football, although he admitted on several occasions soccer was his main passion; he continued playing in amateur leagues into his 30’s.

“Soccer had to take second fiddle from the people I was around most of the times,” he once said.

Born on 22 July 1907, Donelli started playing soccer in the western Pennsylvania coal-mining area when he was 15.

Donelli – some newspapers spelled his last name as Donnelli – forged a reputation as lethal goal-scorer. As a 19-year-old he tallied four times in Cuddy’s 10-3 triumph over Westinghouse in the second round of the West Penn Cup on 31 October 1926. Playing for Morgan Strasser, Donelli led the Pittsburgh area in scoring from 1922 through 1928.

While wearing the colors of the Heidelberg Soccer Club in 1929, he struck five times in a 9-0 win over the First Germans of Newark in the National Amateur Cup final in Irvington, New Jersey. Some reports had Donelli scoring his goals within an eight-minute span, though that could not be confirmed. Regardless, news of Donelli’s exploits reached Preston North End of the English Football League, which reportedly had promised him a contract.

Donelli had a full plate with another brand of football, turning heads as captain and as a 5ft 7in, 170lb halfback and ambidextrous kicker for Duquesne University. His duties included punting – his kicking played a vital role in a 12-6 upset of Washington & Jefferson College in 1928. He also was known to drop-kick a field goal (while adding a point-after touchdown as well) in a 10-0 victory over St Thomas College on Oct. 6, 1928.

‘Soccer Develops Duquesne Star Into Greatest Kicker In Football’, read the headline in the 16 October 1929 edition of The Evening Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Some newspapers gave him an alliterative nickname: ‘Booting Buff’. There also were reports that he wore a football shoe on his left foot and a soccer one on his right, although they could not be confirmed.

Just part of a growing legend.

Duquesne coach Elmer Layden, star fullback of Notre’s Dame’s famed ‘Four Horsemen’, embraced Donelli’s unique kicking ability.

“Two footed kickers have greater value than the spectator believes,” Layden told the Altoona (Pennsylvania) Mirror. “Recall the occasions you have been a safety man trying to catch left-footed punts. The difficulty of handling left-footed spirals comes from the fact that most men are better right side runners. They catch ordinary spirals with the ball drafting into them, giving them a start. With the left-footed spirals the ball slides away from the natural running position, almost invariably demanding that the catcher stop and then start again before running the ball back.”

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 The program from the 1934 World Cup. Photograph

After helping the Dukes to 8-1 and 9-0-1 records in his junior and senior years, respectively, Donelli became an assistant coach, aiding Layden Saturdays, pursuing his true passion Sundays.

Donelli wasn’t able to play in the professional American Soccer League, missing out on the 1930 World Cup. Four years later, however, opportunity knocked. At the age of 26 – considered prime time for international strikers – Donelli took part in a three-game tryout.

It’s funny how life works. On 8 April 1934, Donelli probably hit a career low point, missing two penalty kicks, banging them off the post in Curry’s 2-1 defeat to Gallatin. A day later, he received news from US Football Association that he had made the team. He was told to report the Philadelphia for training 26 April and that the team would depart New York for Italy via boat 5 May.

The Americans arrived nine days later. Their first practice was a baseball, not a soccer, game.

In one scrimmage, according to Tony Cirino’s book, ‘US Soccer vs. the World’, Donelli started with the second team and scored a goal in the first half. He was moved to the first team for the second half and tallied the equalizer.

In a scenario that would not dare be repeated in today’s world of mega-hype, a final qualifier was held only three days prior to the World Cup at Stadio PNF in Rome.

The US submitted its qualifying application to FIFA late. FIFA allowed the Americans in with the stipulation they would have to play against the North American qualifying winner, Mexico. This was before the Mexicans became a Concacaf power. (This was only their ninth international match and the Americans’ 15th.)

Donelli was an 11th-hour addition the lineup on the insistence of star Billy Gonsalves.

“There was a clique among the New England and St. Louis players and they wanted me out of the lineup,” Donelli was quoted in US Soccer vs. the World. “Only later I was told that Bill Gonsalves went to [coach Elmer] Schroeder and told him. ‘If you don’t play Donelli, I’m not playing.’ “

Donelli played, putting on a one-man show before 10,000 spectators and Italian leader Benito Mussolini. He connected off a long pass after defender Edward Czerkiewicz’s interception in the 15th minute. After Mexico equalized seven minutes later, Donelli broke a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the 30th minute off a William McLean feed.

Mexican Lorenzo Camarena was ejected in the 59th minute for trying to stop Donelli with his hands as the American striker raced toward the goal.

Donelli took advantage of extra player in the 73rd minute as his third goal, a breakaway after a pass from Werner Nilsen. After the Mexicans moved within 3-2, Donelli was at it again in the 87th minute, taking a pass from Thomas Florie and fired a shot between two defenders. Donelli could have had five goals, but he missed a penalty kick (an interesting aside: the New York Times credited Florie with a hat-trick and Nilsen with another goal).

“Mexico had a team that was pretty equal to ours,” Donelli was quoted in the book. “But they were not very quick. They had a very, very deliberate style of attack. There was not a whole lot of imagination; it was a predictable attack. And if you did anything. If you moved a wee bit, it would put them off balance. I was just able to go around the man very easily.”

The Americans’ gift for besting Mexico was a quarterfinal-round encounter with eventual World Cup champion Italy in the tournament opener. The Italians vanquished the USA in a 7-1 romp, the worst result in American World Cup history.

Quite appropriately, Donelli, in his second and last international match, scored the lone USA goal.

“The Italian team that year was probably the best international team in the world,” he was quoted in the book. “Monti! I can still see him. He was on top of me. You know, because I scored four goals against Mexico Monti would not let me alone. He was tough and he was a big man.”

He was referring to midfielder Luis Monti.

In fact, Donelli was so impressive against Italy that he was offered $5,000, a princely sum in those days, to play in Italy. He turned it down.

No one realized it at the time, but the US-Mexico confrontation turned out to be the last time the USA defeated its neighbors for 46 years – a 2-1 qualifying victory in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on 23 November 1980 before the series turned into one of the world’s great international rivalries.

Donelli returned to the states, retiring as an international player with an astounding strike rate of 2.5 goals per game and began a rather impressive resume in American gridiron football. He was named Duquesne coach, guiding the Dukes to undefeated seasons in 1939 (8-0-1) and 1941 (8-0-0), the latter in which Dukes surrendered but 21 points, a mark matched only once in college ball since then. The Dukes finished in the Associated Press top 10 poll twice.

Leave it to Donelli to make more history as a coach. In 1941, he guided the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Duquesne at the same time. Donelli followed his old schedule of college football on Saturday and another pastime on Sunday.

“It was exhausting, but when you’re young [34], you can do a lot of things,” Donelli told the Pittsburgh Press in 1989. “I’d coach the Steelers in the morning at St. Vincent. ... I would finish with them about 12 or 12.30, jump in the car, have a bite to eat and drive to Duquense. I would get my athletic duties out of the [way] from one to three and then go to football practice.

“I would finish with them around six, jump in my car and go back [home].”

Five games into the NFL season – all losses – was he was asked to resign by Layden, who had become NFL commissioner. Layden felt the dual roles were not good for his league.

“Before I signed to coach them, I had an agreement with the Steelers that if there was a great improvement I would go with them,” Donelli told the Press. “But if Duquesne was in a position to do something, I would go with them. Art Rooney [team owner] understood the whole thing.”

After serving in the Navy in World War II, Donelli still had that winning touch as he coached the Cleveland Rams in the NFL and Boston University and Columbia University. BU has honored a senior each year with the Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli award and Columbia’s intercollegiate athletics weight room is named after him.

There are no awards named after Donelli in US Soccer, at least not yet, although he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1954. Only one other player has equaled his achievement – a hat-trick in his first international match – by current New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan in 2009.

Donelli, who passed away at the age of 87 on 9 August 1994, lived long enough to watch the USA host the 1994 World Cup, six decades after he made some World Cup history of his own.



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PUERTO VALLARTA.- The only way to tell the three brides apart was by the color of their bouquets.

Rafaela, Rochelle and Tagiane Bini, 29-year-old triplets from the town of Passo Fundo in Southern Brazil, were married on Saturday in the same wedding ceremony with identical haridos and dresses.

The three girls have always done everything together, so it seemed natural to the girls’ parents, Pedro and Salete, that they all get married at the same time, which presented some logistical issues at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Catholic church.

The pews had to be separated more to allow the three brides to walk down the aisle side by side by side with their father, a farmer. To say nothing of the 18 bridesmaids and page boys.

He told Brazil’s Globo, "We decided that we would all walk together until half way down the aisle. From there, I would take one girl at a time."

The first bride taken to the altar was the first to be born—but the last to get engaged—Tagiane. She told the paper, "I tried to hold back my emotion, but I couldn't. To see my dad there, at that moment, was a feeling I can't explain."

The brides weren't supposed to look exactly the same.

Globo reported that they originally intended to get their hair and make-up done differently, but, as Rochelle said, "We tried a number of styles, but we all liked the same one. It's not even worth trying, it always ends up like that."

The three look so much alike, in fact, that even the grooms sometimes get confused.

Rafael—Rafaela’s new husband—told the newspaper: “One time, we were all in the kitchen making dinner. Rochelle, who is Gabriel's [wife], was doing stuff at the sink, and Rafaela was at the stove. We were chatting, and they switched places. I went behind to hug [Rafaela] and said ‘oops’ when I realized I got the wrong girl.”

But there was no such snafu on the wedding day.

Eduardo, Tagiane’s husband, told Globo, “I knew which one was mine, for sure. I knew as soon as she entered the church—she was the most beautiful.'

Since they were young, the three girls have been inseparable. Tagiane told Globo. "Once when we were kids, I cut my arm. And Rafaela felt the pain."

"I started crying too, holding the arm and saying it hurt," confirmed Rafaela.



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