Argentina naming league in honor of sunken warship

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- As tension rises over the 30th anniversary of the deadly war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the Argentine government has decided to name the upcoming soccer season in honor its naval ship sunk by British torpedoes during the conflict.

The season, which begins Friday, will be the known as the first division "Crucero General Belgrano," or Cruiser General Belgrano in English.

The Argentine death toll in the war was 649 soldiers, 323 of whom were crew members on the Belgrano.

The Argentine government owns the rights to Argentine first-division matches and shows all the games on free-to-air television.

Advertising time during the matches is often used to promote the accomplishments of the Argentine government, which says the islands it calls "Las Islas Malvinas" belong to Argentina.