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August 27, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Cliff Charles, who coached the U.S. men’s soccer team in the 2000 Olympics, died Tuesday. He was 51.

Charles also led the University of Portland women’s team to last year’s national championship while battling prostate cancer.

Charles also coached Portland’s men’s team since 1986 and took over as the coach of the women’s team three years later. He had a combined 439-144-44 record and was one of five NCAA coaches to win more than 400 college soccer games.

He led Portland to 13 conference titles, 20 NCAA tournament berths and seven Final Four appearances as coach of both the men’s and women’s teams.

His playing career began when he was a teenager in his native England for West Ham United.

Charles played as a defender for 17 years, including stints with the North American Soccer League’s Portland Timbers and Pittsburgh Spirit. His playing days ended in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lasers of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Besides leading the U.S. team to the semifinals at the Sydney Games, Charles was an assistant coach in 1998 for the U.S. squad at the World Cup that finished last.

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Phil Goodman

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ Phil Goodman, who was instrumental in starting the Georgia Public Radio network, died Saturday of cancer. He was 70.

Goodman helped start the 15-station system that began in 1985 as Peach State Radio with two stations in Warm Springs and Macon, said Val Joyner of Fairburn, a retired public broadcasting colleague.

Goodman earned his ham radio license in 1953 and sharpened his electronics skills as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy.

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