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Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Pellegri

Romario seeks Nuzman probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organising committee of last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for questioning earlier this month by Brazilian and French authorities in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land the Olympics for Brazil. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Romario's office told The Associated Press yesterday that the former Barcelona star wants to confirm a "preliminary committee of inquiry" by the end of the week.

Two years ago, Romario called the head of the Brazilian football confederation - Marco Polo del Nero - before a similar panel looking into corruption in the game in Brazil. He has called Del Nero a "cancer" on the game, although Del Nero continues to head the CBF.

New England Revolution fire coach Heaps

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP):

The New England Revolution have fired coach Jay Heaps, who had been with the team as a player or coach for 15 seasons.

The team announced the move yesterday. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take over for the rest of the season.

The Revolution had been within a point of playoff position before losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 10-1.

Under Heaps, the Revolution made the playoffs three times and reached the MLS Cup in 2014. In all, he had a 75-81-43 regular-season record and was 4-3-1 in the playoffs.

Before coaching, Heaps was a defender who appeared in 243 games for the Revolution and won four Eastern Conference championships from 2001-09. He was part of the team that reached the US Open Cup Final three times, including a 2007 victory

Genoa teenager a star in Serie A

ROME (AP):

The 16-year-old sensation of Serie A wouldn't mind taking advantage of his sudden stardom among classmates.

The problem is, he's being homeschooled.

"I can't even be the cool guy at school," Pietro Pellegri lamented after scoring twice for Genoa in a 3-2 loss to Lazio on Sunday that made him the youngest player in Italian league history to record a brace.

At 16 years, 112 days, Pellegri easily beat previous record-holder Silvio Piola, who was 17 years, 104 days in 1931 when he set the mark.

Piola went on to numerous records and with 274 goals still tops the all-time career list in Serie A.