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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:47:21 -0400
Soccer-Leverkusen and Tottenham share points in goalless draw

Riyad Mahrez made it three wins out of three for Leicester on its Champions League debut, clinching a 1-0 victory for the Group G leaders over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday. Leicester is in a strong position to reach the knockout phase, holding a five-point lead over Copenhagen and FC Porto halfway through the group stage. Mahrez's first-half goal ended Danish league leader Copenhagen's 21-game unbeaten run in all competition


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:43:23 -0400
Soccer-Five-goal Real turn on the style against Legia

Bernardo Silva's late goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Monaco away to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday. CSKA had been heading for victory thanks to a first-half goal from Ivorian striker Lacina Traore - who is himself on loan from Monaco - but Silva leveled in the 87th with a curling sho


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:57:44 -0400
Soccer-Inter fans refuse to accept Icardi as captain

Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi of Thailand was banned from soccer for five years on Tuesday for election forgery. The judging chamber of FIFA's ethics committee said it found Makudi guilty of forgery and falsification of documents and refusing to cooperate with investigators. Makudi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:51:10 -0400
Luka Modric extends his contract with Real Madrid until 2020

Andres Iniesta can see it already. The Manchester City team coming to the Camp Nou for Wednesday's Champions League match against Barcelona has quickly been infused with Pep Guardiola's playing style. Iniesta identifies his former coach's fingerprints at City, with the English club one of the toughest teams to beat in Europ


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:34:05 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Manchester City achieved its second profit under its Abu Dhabi owners prior to a bout of heavy spending on players in the offseason which is aimed at title challenges in England and Europe. As City disclosed its annual financial results, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said Tuesday that the Premier League club has started a ''critical new phase'' in the transformation that began with the 2008 takeover by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi's oil-rich ruling family. Profits nearly doubled to 20.5 million pounds ($25 million) in the 2015-16 season, when the only trophy was the League Cup, prompting the replacement of Manuel Pellegrini as manager with Pep Guardiol


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:41:29 -0400
United contains Liverpool in 0-0 draw in Premier League

Torino moved into fourth place with a 4-1 win at Palermo on Monday, ruining the Sicilian hosts' celebration of their 1,000th Serie A match. After Bulgaria midfielder Ivaylo Chochev put Palermo ahead early, Torino responded with two goals from Adem Ljajic and one each from Marco Benassi and Daniele Baselli. Extending its unbeaten run to five matches, Torino moved level on points with Napoli but ahead on goal differenc


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:08:55 -0400
Soccer-Thuram criticises FIFA for ending anti-racism project

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - French World Cup winner Lilian Thuram has criticized FIFA's decision to dissolve its anti-racism task force, telling Reuters he found the decision "shocking". FIFA wrote to members in September to say it was disbanding the task force set up by then boss Sepp Blatter in 2013, and declaring that it had "completely fulfilled its temporary mission". "I am extremely shocked that such an important organization that can reach millions of people, especially children, can say in 2016, in this global political situation, 'the job is done'," he told Reuters in Stockholm, where he was speaking on the subject of racism for his Lilian Thuram Foundatio


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:15:26 -0400
Wolfsburg parts company with coach Dieter Hecking

PARIS (AP) -- American businessman Frank McCourt has bought Marseille soccer club from Russian-born billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfu


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:56:31 -0400
Juve without Chiellini and Mandzukic for Lyon clash

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi will be punished according to ''internal club regulations'' after his comments about hard-core ''ultra'' fans. The ''ultras'' cheered after Icardi missed a penalty for Inter in a 2-1 loss to Cagliari on Sunday. Icardi says, ''Within a family, tough times and misunderstandings happe


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:35:40 -0400
Neymar to sign contract extension with Barcelona until 2021

PARIS (Reuters) - Juventus will be without defender Giorgio Chiellini and striker Mario Mandzukic when they face Olympique Lyonnais in Champions League Group H on Tuesday. Chiellini missed the Serie A leaders' game against Udinese on Saturday because of a thigh injury and Juve said his condition was "being monitored" at present after he was kept out of the squad for the match in France. Mandzukic was also omitted because of a "muscular strain in his right adductor region", the club said on Monday. .


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:24:18 -0400
Soccer-Ranieri urges Leicester to raise game for Copenhagen visit

Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021. Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monda


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:04:19 -0400
Dzeko - goals pace Roma into top challenger spot in Serie A

The goals keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo, and they seem to be making Legia Warsaw a bit nervous. The Portugal forward scored five goals with his national team during the break, and added another for Real Madrid in a Spanish league win over Real Betis. The defending champions will next face Legia in the Champions League on Tuesda


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:27:04 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Henderson eyes Mourinho revenge for 2014 loss

(Reuters) - Victory over Manchester United in Monday's Premier League clash would "put to bed" bitter memories of Liverpool's defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea two years ago, midfielder Jordan Henderson has said. Former Chelsea boss Mourinho led the London club to a 2-0 Premier League win at Anfield in April 2014 to derail Liverpool's hopes of first English top flight title since 1990, with Manchester City ultimately taking the crow


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:26:51 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Pep Guardiola, the managerial mastermind who led Barcelona to 14 of 19 possible titles in four seasons, is returning to Camp No


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:17:44 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Carlos Ruiz stabbed home Mauro Diaz's flick pass in the 89th minute and FC Dallas moved to the top of the Supporters' Shield table with a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunda


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:36:18 -0400
Late Ricketts gives Toronto FC 2-2 draw with Impact

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Carlos Ruiz stabbed home Mauro Diaz's flick pass in the 89th minute and FC Dallas moved to the top of the Supporters' Shield table with a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunda


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:31:20 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 87th minute to give Toronto FC a 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact in the rain Sunday nigh


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:52:04 -0400
Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi can do no right, it seems, and a missed penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday won't help at all. Icardi had a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but angered a section of fans known as ''Ultras'' at Inter with comments in his autobiography, which the supporters called ''lies'' in a lengthy statement. A threatening banner was also left outside Icardi's hous


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:26:49 -0400
Wright-Phillips scores 2 goals for lead in Golden Boot race

The reaction from Dijon players was as fiery as the mustard the eastern French town is famed for, following a last-minute penalty that denied the struggling team a valuable win at Saint-Etienne on Sunday. After the French league match finished 1-1, Dijon captain Cedric Varrault and another player were restrained in the tunnel leading back to the dressing rooms as they remonstrated with staff members from Saint-Etienne. Striker Nolan Roux, whose penalty in the fifth and final minute of injury time rescued a point for mid-table Saint-Etienne, was among those calming down Varrault, who was shown a second yellow card by the referee for protesting the penalty decision and sent of


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:33:28 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

As the goals have dried up for Jamie Vardy at Leicester, another former non-league striker has embarked on a hot scoring streak for a Premier League club. Charlie Austin made it seven goals in six games in all competitions for Southampton with a double in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Burnley that took the south-coast club up to eighth in the standings. In a career that began outside England's four professional leagues, Burnley provided the 27-year-old Austin with one of his stepping stones to the world's richest soccer competitio


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:29:15 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Southampton's rich vein of form in the Premier League continued as they beat Burnley 3-1 with two goals from Charlie Austin on Sunday while another promoted side, Middlesbrough, fared just as poorly, losing 1-0 at home to Watford. With Hull City having crashed 6-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday, the top flight is proving an unforgiving environment for the teams who came up this season with all three now mired at the bottom end of table after posting impressive starts. Sunday's defeat could have been worse for Championship winners Burnley had goalkeeper Tom Heaton not produced an inspired performance before Austin took his tally to seven goals in six games with a 52nd minute strike and 66th minute penalt


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:41:49 -0400
Soccer-Leipzig stun Wolfsburg 1-0 with Forsberg winner

Missed penalties set a Bundesliga record on Sunday as promoted Leipzig continued its remarkable start to the season with a 1-0 win at Wolfsburg to go third. Emil Forsberg fired the unbeaten side to its fourth win from seven games, putting it level on points with another surprise team, Cologne, and just two points behind leader Bayern Munich. The Swedish midfielder missed the chance to score from the penalty spot in the first half, sending his effort to the left of Koen Casteels' goal after the Wolfsburg goalkeeper had brought down Timo Werne


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:08:03 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Jose Holebas lit up an unspectacular game with an eye-catching goal to give Watford a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday. Watford climbed to 10th place as Middlesbrough remained winless at home this season since returning to the Premier League and only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. ''I know for everybody it is not a nice moment,'' Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said after a fourth loss in five league game


Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:36:57 -0400
Holebas gives Watford win at Middlesbrough in Premier League

(Reuters)- - A goal out of nowhere from Jose Holebas on Sunday inspired Watford to a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, who have now gone six games without a Premier League win. The visitors gave club-record signing Isaac Success his first start and Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan was fortunate to still be on the pitch at halftime after holding back the lively Nigerian while on a yellow card. Success was involved in Watford's opener after going down on the edge of the are


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:15:09 -0400
Soccer-Bayern held at 10-man Frankfurt, Gladbach miss two penalties

Stoke broke a bad habit of not scoring in the first half to win its first Premier League match of the season, beating winless Sunderland 2-0 Saturday as Joe Allen's scoring streak continued. The Wales international shrugged off concerns over a hamstring problem with two first-half goals that took his total to five in four games for club and country, as Mark Hughes' side finally won in its eighth league fixture. Sunderland, under former Manchester United boss David Moyes, is last with two point


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:14:12 -0400
Mourning Thailand asks to move World Cup qualifier

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham climbed out of the Premier League's relegation zone by beating Crystal Palace 1-0, thanks to Manuel Lanzini's first-half goal on Saturda


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:54:15 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is in prolific scoring form these days and hardly needs any help from his opponents. It was a poor performance from defending champion PSG, which was dominated in midfield by two veterans playing for the last-placed side. Center back Michael Chretien casually headed an intended back pass straight into his path, and Cavani sprinted through before calmly lobbing goalkeeper Guy N'Dy Assembe for his 12th goal in 10 games this seaso


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:25:32 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

The first American coach in the 24-year history of the Premier League got a taste of the frantic nature of England's top division in his debut match in charge of Swansea, a 3-2 loss at Arsenal on Saturday. It was some first game for Bradley, but ultimately a sixth loss in the last seven league games for Swansea and a reminder of the scale of the task facing the much-traveled, 58-year-old coac


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:15:14 -0400
Arsenal tops Swansea to spoil Bradley - English coaching debut

Three touches of the ball were all Lionel Messi needed to score for Barcelona on Saturday, showing he is ready to take on his former coach Pep Guardiola in the Champions League. The convincing win comes shortly before former Barcelona coach Guardiola comes home to Camp Nou at the helm of new club Manchester City for a highly anticipated Champions League clash on Wednesda


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:45:50 -0400
Bob Bradley loses in thrilling EPL debut

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal joined Manchester City at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after leaders City suffered another afternoon of penalty woes in a 1-1 draw with Everton that ended their 100 percent home record this season. Arsenal's 3-2 win over Swansea City, featuring a double from Theo Walcott, put them level with City on 19 points but Pep Guardiola's side remained as leaders on goal difference. Tottenham Hotspur, who had started the day in second place, missed a chance to go top, needing an 89th-minute goal from Dele Alli to rescue a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion and protect their record as the only unbeaten side in the leagu


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:37:24 -0400
Bournemouth posts record 6-1 win over Hull in EPL

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- Dele Alli scored an 89th-minute goal to rescue a late point for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:19:55 -0400
Alli strikes late to save Spurs at West Brom

Bayern Munich's early-season euphoria has been quashed after being held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday, in its third consecutive game without a win. Rising star Joshua Kimmich looked to have dug Bayern out of a hole again, scoring to put the league leaders 2-1 ahead, minutes before the visitors' position was made even more comfortable with Szabolcs Huszti's sending off. Huszti, who had cancelled out Arjen Robben's early goal for Bayern, was shown his second yellow card for making a motion with his head toward Renato Sanches' forehea


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:19:16 -0400
Double penalty woe for Man City as 100 percent home record falls

Arsenal beat Swansea 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Emirates Stadium to condemn Bob Bradley to defeat as he became the first American to manage in the English Premier League on Saturday. Twice in seven first-half minutes, Swansea was the architect of its own downfall, failing to clear and allowing England winger Theo Walcott the easiest of doubles from inside the six-yard box. Mesut Ozil's stunning second-half volley ultimately secured a sixth consecutive league victory for Arsenal, but Bradley could take consolation from the fight his side showed, twice pegging the home side back through goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Borja Basto


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:14:53 -0400
Soccer-Alli strikes late to save Spurs at West Brom

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City should take note: Lionel Messi is back and showing no signs of the injury that kept him sidelined for more than three weeks. Messi needed just four minutes to score in his return on Saturday, when he went on as a second-half substitute and completed Barcelona's 4-0 rout of Deportivo La Coruna. Messi used one touch of his left boot to fire in a well-placed pass by Neymar, who excelled as Barcelona's playmaker throughout the Spanish league matc


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:00:39 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

MILAN (AP) -- Roma forward Edin Dzeko has a point to prov


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:59:49 -0400
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Manchester City had two penalties saved and required a 72nd-minute goal by Nolito to earn a 1-1 draw against Everton in the English Premier League, extending its winless run under Pep Guardiola to three games on Saturday. It's the first wobble of Guardiola's short reign at Etihad Stadium, but this was a match City should have won, only for Kevin De Bruyne and substitute Sergio Aguero to be denied by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from spot kicks either side of halftim


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:12:17 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea hammer Leicester in battle of last two champions

(Reuters) - - Chelsea demolished the team that succeeded them as Premier League winners when champions Leicester City succumbed tamely 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Goals from the Premier League's leading marksman Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses ensured Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri's visit to his old club was a far cry from five months ago when the Foxes received a guard of honor for their title triumph. The unmarked Costa's seventh-minute strike was his seventh goal of the season, before Chelsea's dominance was further rewarded, following more comedy defending, by Hazard's expertly-taken secon


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:35:32 -0400
Refugees stranded in Greece feel normal at soccer match

In a talk show aired late Friday on Swedish television network SVT, Solo said she was still reeling from being kicked out by the U.S. Soccer Federation, and suggested it was partly due to her advocacy for women's right


Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:29:30 -0400
Chelsea hammer Leicester in battle of last two champions

Leicester slumped to another big defeat before a Champions League game, losing 3-0 to Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday. Diego Costa scored his league-leading seventh goal to set Chelsea on its way in the seventh minute, before further goals by Eden Hazard and Victor Moses at Stamford Bridge. Leicester has sustained three-goal defeats before each of its games in the Champions League group stage this season, having already lost 4-1 to both Liverpool and Manchester Unite


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:10:03 -0400
Soccer-Nice cement Ligue 1 lead with 2-0 win against Lyon

Mario Balotelli missed a late penalty for French league leader Nice, shortly after appearing to aim a kiss at the Lyon bench in a dominant 2-0 win on Friday night. The win moved Nice four points clear of Monaco, which lost 3-1 at Toulouse despite scoring first, and 10 clear of Lyon. The way he won the penalty was brilliant, receiving a pass from Younes Belhanda, sharply cutting inside the area with a superb first touch and drawing a foul from the inexperienced Gaspar, who is 19 years ol


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:02:08 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Hertha Berlin's dogged defense frustrated Borussia Dortmund's high-scoring attack for 80 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched the equalizer for a 1-1 draw in a Bundesliga match on Friday that saw both teams finish with 10 men. Aubameyang hit the post and wasted a penalty before scoring his league-high sixth goal of the season. Valentin Stocker put Berlin ahead in the 51st, but was sent off in the 90th for a harsh tackl


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:23:40 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has expressed his frustration at his team having to play two Premier League matches inside 48 hours over the holiday period, suggesting such fixture congestion is to blame for England's poor results at major tournament


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:47:02 -0400
Shrewd Klopp turning Liverpool into title contenders

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said Joachim Loew needs to be more open to helping football's development after the Germany coach criticized plans to expand the World Cup. Loew, whose Germany side won the 2014 World Cup, has criticized Infantino's plans to increase the amount of teams from 32 to 40 or 48 and said it would dilute the quality of the tournament. "It's easy for the world champions to have an opinion about the World Cup," Infantino told reporters on Frida


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:48:12 -0400
British soccer player found not guilty of rape after retrial

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has criticized the Premier League's Christmas fixture schedule which will force his team to play twice in the space of 48 hours. Liverpool's clash with Manchester City has been moved to Dec. 31, less than 48 hours before they face Sunderland. Klopp, who was named Premier League manager of the month for September, said the change in timings meant his joy at the award was short-live


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:23:39 -0400
Soccer-Klopp angered by Liverpool - festive fixture schedule

A former English Premier League player was found not guilty of rape on Friday following a retrial, ending a five-year case. Ched Evans, a Wales international who has played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, wept and hugged his fiancee after the verdict was given at Cardiff Crown Court. The 27-year-old Evans admitted to having sex with a teenager in a hotel in north Wales in May 2011 but always insisted it was consensua


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:35:05 -0400
Mourinho calls for respect ahead of Liverpool-United game

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has extended the work of its panel mediating between Israeli and Palestinian soccer officials, and declined to act against clubs based in Israeli West Bank settlement


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:26:25 -0400
Soccer-CONCACAF gets boost in bid to host 2026 World Cup

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The United States, Canada and Mexico's hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup were handed a significant boost when European countries were effectively ruled out of bidding by FIFA on Friday. The FIFA Council also confirmed that co-hosting would be allowed and said there would be no restriction on the number of countries in a given bid. Discussions on whether to increase the number of teams from 32 to 40 or even 48 teams, plus the tournament format, will continue with a final decision on Jan. 9 or 1


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:05:37 -0400
British soccer player found not guilty of rape after retrial

North America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after FIFA essentially barred European countries from bidding on Friday. The FIFA Council agreed that UEFA and Asian confederation members should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup and Qatar has the 2022 tournament. ''That has changed the landscape (of the 2026 contest) a little bit,'' said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, a FIFA Council membe


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:24:29 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea - Conte laughs off sacking rumours, says Terry fit

(Reuters) - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte laughed off rumors that he is close to being sacked and confirmed that club captain John Terry would return to the squad for Saturday's visit of defending champions Leicester City. On Thursday several British bookmakers stopped taking bets on Conte becoming the next Premier League manager to be sacked, with the club seventh in the table on 13 points after four wins, one draw and two defeats in the league. "I'm trying to find who put the money on," Conte joke


Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:18:53 -0400
Soccer-Europe can only bid for 2026 World Cup as standby - FIFA

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - European countries will be able to bid to host the 2026 World Cup only if none of the eligible candidates are good enough, soccer's governing body said on Friday. In a further boost to a possible joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026, FIFA said that co-hosting would be permitted and there would be no restriction on the number of countries in a given bid. The FIFA Council agreed to the "general principle that member associations from confederations of the last two hosts of the FIFA World Cup will be ineligible to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup," FIFA said As Russia and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, the decision means that neither European nor Asian countries will be eligible to stage the tournament in 202




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