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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:38:09 -0400
Soccer-Klopp wary of West Bromwich and Pulis

With one of the world's best strikers bearing down on him, Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a quick decision to make as he received the ball five meters (yards) outside his penalty box. Instead, he attempted a delicate lob-pass over Luis Suarez to teammate Fernandinho - and completely fluffed it. The mis-hit pass went straight to Suarez, whose goal-bound return shot was blocked by the outstretched hands of Bravo outside the are


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:33:12 -0400
AC Milan - youth movement in full flow as Juventus visits

(Reuters) - Struggling West Ham United are unsure when striker Andy Carroll will return to action as he continues to recover from what manager Slaven Bilic described as a "very strange injury". The 27-year-old has been sidelined since injuring a knee against Romanian club Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League in August and has played only one Premier League game this season. "It was a very strange injury," Bilic told a news conference on Thursda


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:12:14 -0400
Spanish authorities release Legia fans involved in violence

Carlo Ancelotti wanted a reaction from his players - and he got it. Bayern Munich produced an emphatic performance in sweeping aside PSV Eindhoven 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday to end a three-match winless run. Ancelotti came under some scrutiny after Bayern's recent lethargic outings that began with a 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and continued with two draws in the Bundeslig


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:52:16 -0400
Sevilla showing its strength under coach Sampaoli

An Asian consortium is looking to buy English Premier League club Hull for 130 million pounds ($160 million). A document on the Hong Kong stock exchange said GreaterChina Professional Services has entered into a ''heads of terms agreement'' with Hull's Egyptian-born owner, Assem Allam, relating to the sale of the northern club. The document, dated Oct. 13, said completion of the deal is subject to approval of the Premier League and the English Football Association, and that the agreement is not legally bindin


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:23:29 -0400
Soccer-Hull remain quiet on report of $160 million takeover

Several clubs and national teams were after Jorge Sampaoli when Sevilla made the surprise announcement in June that it was hiring the Argentine-born coach. After an up-and-down start, Sampaoli is on his way to fulfilling his words. The team from Spain's southern Andalusia region is in a good position to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions Leagu


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:50:53 -0400
Soccer-Gladbach prepare for toughest game against Bayern

Glance at the Champions League standings and it would seem all is just fine at Leicester City this season. If only the defense of its English Premier League title was going so well. Few expected Leicester to replicate the feats of last season, when the unheralded team from central England went from relegation favorites to title winners in one of the most amazing stories in all of sport


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:27:31 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Lynn Williams scored 49 seconds into her national team debut, and Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis added goals to lead the U.S. over Switzerland 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. U.S. coach Jill Ellis gave five players debuts as the Americans retool ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Stanford junior midfielder Andi Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short started, and Williams, a Western NY forward, entered at the start of the second hal


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:40:21 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz will miss the playoffs with a torn left Achilles tendon, a significant setback for the MLS-leading club with one game left in the regular seaso


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:52:58 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Pep Guardiola's decision to leave Sergio Aguero out of his Manchester City starting lineup Wednesday backfired badly in a 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the Champions League. Barcelona capitalized and seized its opportunities, with Lionel Messi scoring three goals and setting up Neymar for another. The loss at Camp Nou against Guardiola's former team exposed two of the manager's most important decisions as being off the mar


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:52:36 -0400
Soccer-Ozil nets hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Ludogorets 6-0

Angel Di Maria ended his goal drought at just the right moment and striker Edinson Cavani continued his scoring streak as Paris Saint-Germain overcame a poor start to beat Basel 3-0 in the Champion League on Wednesday. Having gone 17 games without a goal for club and country, Di Maria pounced five minutes before halftime - but only after the Swiss visitors missed several good chances. Brazilian winger Lucas slotted in his seventh goal of the season in the 62nd minute and Cavani added a late penalt


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:31:02 -0400
Soccer-Aboubakar gives Besiktas dramatic win at Napoli

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to inflict a humbling defeat on his former mentor Pep Guardiola on Wednesday, leading Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League. Messi sped through City's defense and around former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before giving the hosts a 17th-minute lead in a Group C match that both teams finished with 10 men. It only got worse for Bravo, who was sent off in the 53rd minute for using his hands to block a shot outside the area after his poor pass gifted the ball to Luis Suare


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:23:49 -0400
Soccer-Bayern crush PSV to return to winning ways

Bayern Munich dispelled any doubts about its commitment by ending a three-match winless run with a comfortable 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday. Bayern wobbled briefly after PSV had cut the deficit to 2-1 but quickly restored its dominance to extend its Champions League home record of 14 consecutive wins. PSV lost after a 21-match unbeaten run away from home in all competition


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:09:37 -0400
Carrasco fires Atletico to win over Rostov

Borussia Moenchengladbach capitalized on two defensive errors by Kolo Toure to beat Celtic 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, earning the German team its first points in Group C. Andre Hahn wrapped his foot around the defender and hooked the ball back into the area, where Lars Stindl drove a shot through goalkeeper Craig Gordon's legs from an acute angle. Hahn doubled the lead in the 77th after Toure's pass near the halfway line was intercepte


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:54:35 -0400
Soccer-Toure errors see Celtic - home record undone by Gladbach

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Eduardo Salvio converted a penalty and Franco Servi also scored as Benfica beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 on Wednesday for a first win in the Champions League this seaso


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:41:04 -0400
Soccer-Champions League group C results and standings

Mesut Ozil fired a second-half hat trick as Arsenal took a big step to qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 6-0 rout of Bulgarian champion Ludogorets on Wednesday. The north London side, which is now unbeaten since the opening game of the season two months ago, tops Group A of the Champions League at the halfway mark with seven points from three games. Ludogorets languishes in bottom place with just one poin


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:41:30 -0400
Soccer-Only untouchable at United is team spirit says Mourinho

Wayne Rooney knows it already and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have been warned by manager Jose Mourinho that no player is "untouchable" at Manchester United. During Mourinho's trophy-laden first spell at Chelsea from 2004-07 the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele became almost undroppabl


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:25:35 -0400
Putin removes Mutko as sports minister, makes him deputy prime minister

Moments from the most important game of his life, Webb was struck down by another bout of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior. Webb kept the condition secret throughout a career that saw him referee the Champions League final and World Cup final in the same year, fearing the harsh world of soccer would mark him down as mentally unsound. In Johannesburg, as the Netherlands and Spain prepared for the World Cup final, Webb was trying to get change


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:33:20 -0400
City - Stones keen to test himself against Messi

Tottenham Hotspur's progress into the last 16 of the Champions League is in their own hands but they must solve their Wembley jitters, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side drew 0-0 in Leverkusen on Tuesday. Several tremendous saves by keeper Hugo Lloris earned Tottenham the draw in Germany that left them second in a tight Group E on four points and they have two of their remaining three matches at home at their adopted Wembley Stadium. While home ties with third-placed Leverkusen in two weeks and against CSKA Moscow in December look enticing, Tottenham can ill afford a repeat of the home sickness they suffered when losing to Monaco in their opening fixtur


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:11:23 -0400
City - Stones keen to test himself against Messi

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a serious challenge for trophies will go a long way towards convincing influential winger Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil to sign new long-term deals at the club. Ozil and Sanchez have entered the last 20 months of their current contracts at the Emirates Stadium and will hope to secure hefty pay rises to their reported 140,000 pounds ($171,654.00) per week salaries to stay beyond 2018. Wenger admitted that while the financial aspects of contract negations were important, it was Arsenal's on-field progress that would prove decisiv


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:51:14 -0400
Soccer-Rooney expects big things of fantastic United

(Reuters) - Captain Wayne Rooney says there is enough talent in the "fantastic" Manchester United squad to launch a serious challenge for the Premier League title despite a mixed start to the campaign. United, who last won the league in 2013, have displayed flashes of brilliance under Jose Mourinho but their erratic performances have threatened to undermine the Portuguese manager's maiden campaign at Old Trafford. "I do think we'll be challenging this season -- we've still got that belief and it is even stronger after working with this manager and the players over the last few months," Rooney told British medi


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:48:56 -0400
Buffon stars for Juventus while Ronaldo draws a rare blank

A former sports marketing executive who was arrested last year in a U.S. corruption probe involving soccer's global governing body FIFA is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday, according to a court filing. The plea by Aaron Davidson, who headed the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing firm Traffic Group, was disclosed in a scheduling order filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to a request for commen


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:27:57 -0400
Ex-sports marketing executive to plead guilty in FIFA bribe case

Gianluigi Buffon kept the shots out while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to put them in. While Buffon starred in goal for Juventus, saving a penalty and making two remarkable saves in a 1-0 win at Lyon, it was a frustrating night for record-chasing Ronaldo in the Champions League. The Real Madrid forward needed only two goals to become the first player to score 100 career goals in European club competition


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:18:36 -0400
Soccer-Holders are Real deal with five-goal show

Cristiano Ronaldo was kept waiting for his 100th career goal in European club competitions as Real Madrid swept to a 5-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Tuesday. Gareth Bale opened the scoring with his first goal in the Champions League since December 2014. An own-goal by Tomasz Jodlowiec, followed by further strikes from Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata, then sealed an emphatic victory for the holder


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:53:07 -0400
Monaco rescues draw against CSKA to Akinfeev - despair

Sevilla was rewarded for a display of attacking football with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday that kept up its momentum in the Champions League. After winning three consecutive Europa League trophies, Sevilla continued to make it presence felt in Europe's top competition - courtesy of a first-half strike from Samir Nasri on a rainy night at Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium. Sevilla has not conceded a goal in its three Champions League matches and is level on seven points with Group H leader Juventus, which won 1-0 in Lyo


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:48:52 -0400
Dortmund claims 3 points against Sporting

Tottenham held off Bayer Leverkusen's constant pressure in the second half to earn a useful Champions League point in a 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Vincent Janssen hit the crossbar for Tottenham in the first half and Dele Alli had the follow-up tipped over, but Leverkusen had the better chances after the break. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris scooped the ball away on the line after an effort by Javier ''Chicharito'' Hernandez - with goal-line technology showing that the ball hadn't fully crossed the lin


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:21:00 -0400
Soccer-Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for 100 percent Leicester

FC Porto came from behind to beat Club Brugge 2-1 Tuesday with an injury-time penalty to become a challenger in Champions League Group G. Brugge, hit with a slew of injuries, got its first goal in the group in the 12th minute when forward Jelle Vossen latched on to a rebound, kept a cool head in a goalmouth scramble and sent it home with a curling shot. Increasing pressure paid off for Porto in the 68th minute when Mexican defender Miguel Layun was given too much space and hit home with a long-range drive from well outside the penalty area that gave goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle no chanc


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:07:39 -0400
Madrid cruises past Legia Warsaw in Champions League

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon shrugged off recent uncharacteristic errors with an outstanding performance on Tuesday to help 10-man Juventus win 1-0 at Lyon in the Champions League. Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado scored the winner in the 76th minute after cutting in down the right, beating full back Jeremy Morel and launching an unstoppable shot into the near top corner from the tightest of angles. The win kept Juventus top of Group


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




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