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Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM
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Rio prosecutors launch probe into football violence

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)

Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro launched an investigation yesterday into the fan violence surrounding the Copa Sudamericana final between local club Flamengo and Argentine team Independiente.

Clashes broke out on the night before Wednesday's match at Maracana Stadium, and continued throughout the day. There was vandalism inside the stadium during the match and violence afterwards, with more than 50 Flamengo supporters being detained over the two days.

The Rio prosecutor's office said in a statement it would be questioning officials at Brazil's football confederation, South American ruling body, CONMEBOL, and local police about the incidents.

Pink joins list of stars for Super Bowl week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)

Pink is joining the list of stars performing in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.

The singer will perform Friday, February 2, at Nomadic Live! in the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building.

Imagine Dragons will headline the EA Sports Bowl on Thursday, February 1, at the Armory. Jennifer Lopez will also perform in the building near U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, February 3.

Super Bowl week will be packed with entertainment. Performers at various venues include The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line and the Dave Matthews Band. A 10-day free concert series features a "Prince night" and local acts such as Soul Asylum and Mint Condition.

LA Galaxy acquire Norwegian defender

CARSON, Calif. (AP)

Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik has joined the LA Galaxy on a free transfer.

The five-time MLS champions announced the deal with Skjelvik yesterday.

The 26-year-old Skjelvik joined Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg in 2013 and played on three Eliteserien title-winning teams. He recorded six goals and 13 assists while appearing in 163 games for the club in central defence.

Skjelvik also has played six games for Norway, including two recent appearances in World Cup qualifiers.

The Galaxy are rebuilding their defence after yielding a franchise-record 67 goals last season and finishing last in the Western Conference.