Brazil announces celebration of “King Pelé Day” for November 19

SAO PAULO.- Brazil will celebrate “King Pelé Day” every year on November 19, marking the date the soccer star scored what is considered to be the 1,000th goal of his career in 1969.

The Brazilian government made the official announcement on Tuesday, stating that President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had approved the bill to hold the national tribute to the three-time World Cup winner. The Brazilian soccer star passed away on December 29, 2022 at the age of 82.

The date chosen for the festivities is a reference to the day on which Pele He scored the winning goal for Santos in a 2-1 victory over Vasco da Gama at the Maracanã stadium in 1969.

Pele used the celebrations of that goal to make an unusual, somewhat political speech, telling reporters on the pitch that Brazil should take better care of its children. The South American nation was then under a military dictatorship that began in 1964 and only ended in 1985.

Cleveland retains Mitchell:

Donovan Mitchell has agreed to a three-year, $150.3 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old guard spent much of last season saying he was happy playing with Cleveland, which acquired him in a trade from Utah in 2022. The Cavaliers have made the playoffs in both seasons with Mitchell, one of the league’s top guards.

He agreed to the extension in Los Angeles over the weekend, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the NBA prohibits deals from being announced until its moratorium ends Saturday. ESPN was first to report Mitchell’s agreement.

The extension includes a $54 million player option for the 2027-28 season. Mitchell was under contract for one more season and will be eligible to become a free agent in three years.