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Portuguesa walks off field during game

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian club Portuguesa abandoned its second-division match against Joinville in the 16th minute on Friday, saying it had a court order allowing it to play in the top flight that begins on Saturday.

Portuguesa players left the field with the scored tied 0-0 after a court official showed up during its match and presented the ruling to team officials and referees. The match official said the team had to keep playing, but the club said it had to abide by the court order.

Young:...

Fluminense, Vasco seek loopholes

Vasco da Gama, four-time Brazilian champions, lost 5-1 to Atletico Paranaense in a match marked by fan violence on Sunday.

SAO PAULO -- Fluminense could avoid relegation in the Brazilian league because another team may have used a suspended player in the final round.

• Young: History of violence

Brazil's sports tribunal will analyse a complaint that Portuguesa breached rules, which could cost the team four points and allow Fluminense to stay in the first division.

Fluminense ended the tournament in the relegation zone, but would surpass Portuguesa in the 20-team...