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Published Jul. 7, 2010


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Times wires

German police said two Italian men died after being shot following an argument at a bar in Hannover that apparently centered on the World Cup records of Italy and Germany.

Both men were taken to a hospital with head wounds after the Monday morning shooting. A 47-year-old died shortly afterward, and police said Tuesday that his 49-year-old friend died overnight.

Police said the men stopped in the bar after leaving the Italian restaurant where they worked. They got into an argument with a German man over the past World Cup successes of three-time champion Germany and four-time winner Italy before the shots were fired.

Police were looking for the 42-year-old suspect late Tuesday.

Australia: Football Federation Australia launched defamation proceedings against the Age newspaper in Melbourne over stories about Australia's bid for the 2022 World Cup. The articles referred to the federation's accounting practices and its use of taxpayer money in its bid. The 2018 and '22 sites will be chosen Dec. 2.

Argentina: A legislator proposed building a monument to honor Diego Maradona, whose future as national team coach has been uncertain since Germany eliminated Argentina in the quarterfinals. Juan Cabandie, a member of the Argentine congress' lower house, sponsored a bill to honor Maradona "as an icon of popular Argentine culture." Building a monument would officially place Maradona in the pantheon of national icons, joining former President Juan Peron, his second wife, Eva, and Carlos Gardel, the most important figure in the history of tango.

Ghana: Ghana's players will be given national honors and $20,000 each for reaching the quarterfinals.

Nigeria: The sport's governing body will continue monitoring the national program for possible political interference, even though the government backed down from threats to suspend the team for two years after its early exit.