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Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Soccer player dies after collapse

YENAGOA, Nigeria (AP) A soccer player in Nigeria has died after collapsing during a game in the country's top league.

The Nigerian Premier League club Ocean Boys says defender Emmanuel Ogoli was stricken in the 39th minute of Sunday's home game against Niger Tornadoes in Yenagoa, in southern Nigeria. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Team spokesman Eddy Ohis said the club thinks the cause was heart failure but is not sure.

Ogoli was rushed from the stadium in an ambulance as the game continued. Ohis said his team's players went to the hospital after the game "to find the body." He said the team has requested an autopsy.

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