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August, 22, 2011
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Soccer ShootingsAP Photo/El Siglo de TorreonFans of soccer club Santos take cover between the stadium seats as they hear shooting outside the stadium in Torreon, Mexico.


Scenes of terror and turmoil unfolded at Santos Laguna's Estadio Corona in the most newsworthy event in the Mexican Primera Division last weekend, as gunshots rang out during the Guerreros' showdown with Morelia.

Players dropped to the turf, then scrambled off the field, and fans escaped from the stands and onto the stadium floor or ducked under seats after a series of explosions -- from outside the Torreon stadium, it turned out -- went off late in the first half Saturday.

Nobody at the game was hurt, but the stadium was evacuated and the match suspended amid great chaos. No word yet on when it will be rescheduled.

According to Mexican media, the trouble began when a pickup truck, allegedly carrying drug-cartel members, sped through a checkpoint and was chased by police. Once the truck was cornered, outside the stadium, a gun battle broke out. Part of the stadium afterward was pockmarked by bullet holes.

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1. UPGRADE AT TIGRES: UANL Tigres has one of the deepest, most talented sides in Mexican soccer and -- under former Chivas USA youth director Dennis te Kloese, who has brought to suburban Monterrey a handful of very promising players from Southern California -- possibly the country's best development set-up, although those connected to Pumas UNAM and Guadalajara can make convincing arguments otherwise.

No question, the club will contend for the Primera Division's fall Apertura title, especially once the attack catches up, as it should, to Brazilian manager Ricardo Ferretti's masterful defensive plan.

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