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After failing to lead team to World Cup title, Scolari resigns as Brazil manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Brazil manager after the hosts suffered two of their worst defeats in World Cup history, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Monday.

Scolari’s men were favorites to win the tournament but were demolished 7-1 in the semi-finals by eventual champions Germany. To compound their misery, they lost the third-place playoff 3-0 against the Netherlands.

CBF president Jose Maria Marin confirmed Scolari’s much expected departure in a statement and thanked the experienced coach for helping “rescue the Brazil team’s self-esteem.”

“Scolari and all his backroom staff deserve our respect and thanks,” Marin said in a short statement published on the CBF’s website. “They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people a love for the national side, even if they did not achieve our highest aim.”

Corn Capital Days softball tourney looking for teams

A 16-team, double-elimination men’s softball tournament in conjunction with Corn Capital Days in Olivia is being held July 26 and 27.

First place pays out $400 and the entry fee is $135. A 20-player roster must be turned in before the first game and there is a four home run limit. Entry fees are due by July 21.

Contact Ben Baumgartner at 320-522-2320 or to sign up or for more information.

Omaha team wins Watercade Slowpitch Softball Tournament

One of the legendary slowpitch softball teams in the Midwest and Prairie states took first at the Litchfield Fire Department’s 26-team Watercade Slowpitch Tournament on Sunday.

Champion Omaha T’s13 defeated UCC/Krown/Longhorn of Savage, which came through the knockout bracket. Defending champ Budweiser/NLL/Promolink topped 2013 runners-up KR Rockets of Litchfield in the third-place game.

The field was the largest in the LFD’s three years running the 42nd annual event. The tourney paid back 100 percent of entry fees, according to tourney chief Matt Kadelbach.

Profits from concessions pay the umpires and, among other projects, help fund a LFD high school scholarship, Litchfield youth baseball and the Lake Ripley beach playground.