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Gamesmanship or cheating? Faking fouls, breaking unwritten rules debated

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, left, tackles German’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, center, as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, runs during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13. While such reactions to fouls were mostly warranted at the World Cup, the event came under fire for frequent flopping and embellishments by players.
Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, left, tackles German’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, center, as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, runs during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13. While such reactions to fouls were mostly warranted at the World Cup, the event came under fire for frequent flopping and embellishments by players.
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Rick Bennett, the Union College men’s hockey coach, hates diving — the practice of pretending to be tripped or hooked and collapsing to the ice in hopes of drawing a penalty. He seethed at the flopping in the recent World Cup soccer tournament, and will chew out one of his own players if he catches him embellishing with or without contact. “We’re not a bunch of angels, but we don’t want embellishing and we don’t ...


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