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Eusebio in serious condition

Portuguese media reports say former soccer star Eusebio -- who concluded his career as a member of the Buffalo Stallions -- has been hospitalized with a serious illness.

Broadcaster S.I.C. Noticias and sports paper Record said the 69-year-old former Benfica and Portugal great was taken into intensive care at a Lisbon hospital Wednesday with suspected pneumonia.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who was born in Mozambique when it was still a Portuguese colony, became known as the Black Panther for his powerful performances in the 1960s for Benfica and the Portuguese national team. Eusebio scored 41 goals in 64 games for Portugal.

Eusebio concluded his soccer career with the Stallions. He had one goal in five games during the 1979-80 season, the Stallions' first in the Major Indoor Soccer League.


Cubs make deal with Johnson

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs and outfielder Reed Johnson are closing in on a one-year contract.

Johnson batted .309 in 111 games for the Cubs last season. He was with them in 2008 and 2009 after playing his first five seasons in Toronto and spent 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson can play all three spots in the outfield and figures to fill a reserve role.


Kostelic wins slalom

Defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic won a night slalom in Flachau, Austria, for his 20th career World Cup victory.

The Croat led after the first run and finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 48.94 seconds to beat Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.07 seconds. Cristian Deville of Italy was another 0.02 behind in third.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria failed to finish his second run after straddling a gate but remained in the lead of the overall standings.

From News Staff and wire service reports