The restart of the Paraguayan football league was called off Friday after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus. The Montreal Impact and midfielder Ignacio "Nacho" Piatti have agreed to mutually terminate his contract. San Lorenzo vs. Arsenal di Sarandi was brought to a temporary halt by one of the cutest pitch invasions you're ever likely to see. The Copa Libertadores quarterfinals are dominated by Argentine and Brazilian sides, but the other two clubs involved could surprise the favourites. The Portland Timbers completed the signing of winger Sebastian Blanco as a designated player on Thursday.
Chosen Wednesday by a gathering of Roman Catholic cardinals, he is in some ways a history-making pontiff, the first from the Jesuit order and the first pope from Latin America. He has been accused of knowing about abuses and failing to do enough to stop them, during a period when as many as 30, people were abducted, tortured or killed by the dictatorship. Despite the criticism, many here praise Cardinal Bergoglio — who likes the more humble title of Father Jorge — as a passionate defender of the poor and disenfranchised.
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