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Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:44:50 -0400
Sparta goalkeeper apologizes for criticism of female referee

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane goes into the long international break with a lot of thinking to do. While the hiatus leaves fans having to mull over the team's struggles a little longer, Zidane will be able to use the extra time off to find ways to get his squad back on track after four straight draws. Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw by Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, leaving the field jeered by fan


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 22:34:30 -0400
Soccer-Brazil get two more Libertadores spots in expansion

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Brad Evans scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Sunday night in a game where both teams finished with 10 player


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:02:22 -0400
Soccer-Barca have no excuses for loss at Celta, says Luis Enrique

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid became the surprise table toppers on Sunday after beating Valencia 2-0 following a thrilling day of La Liga action which saw champions Barcelona lose 4-3 at Celta Vigo and Real Madrid held to a 1-1 draw at home to minnows Eibar. Barca had the chance to go top after Real drew a fourth consecutive game in all competitions for the first time in over a decade but they were rattled by rampant Celta who capitalized on a litany of mistakes from Luis Enrique's side. The Barca coach rotated his team after the hard-fought 2-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving experienced defender Javier Mascherano out and starting without midfield maestro Andres Iniest


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:37:28 -0400
Soccer-Iachini sacked for third time in a year

Atletico Madrid won early Sunday and then watched a humbling defeat for Barcelona, and yet another disappointing draw by Real Madrid, to lead the Spanish league for the first time this season. Atletico dominated in a 2-0 win at Valencia, while Madrid drew 1-1 at home with Eibar for its fourth-consecutive draw, and Barcelona conceded three goals in 11 minutes in the first half in a 4-3 loss at Celta Vigo. The crucial fourth goal was an embarrassing mistake by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stege


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:10:32 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Cristian Ledesma scored twice from the penalty spot to lead Panathinaikos to a 3-1 victory over Asteras in the Greek league on Sunday. Marcus Berg opened the scoring only 22 seconds in and Ledesma made it 2-0 in the 39th minute. Asteras was left with 10 players in the 55th when Luis Farina was dismissed for spitting at an opponen


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:04:16 -0400
Soccer-Rashford and Lingard in Southgate - first England squad

LONDON (AP) -- Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were rewarded for breaking back into the Manchester United team by getting call-ups to Gareth Southgate's first England squad since he took over as coach from Sam Allardyc


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 15:28:22 -0400
Ricciardo savours sweet taste of F1 success in Malaysia

Dominic Oduro scored in a second straight game, Evan Bush had his sixth shutout of the season and the Montreal Impact beat Orlando City FC 1-0 on Sunday to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal (11-10-11) has won two in a row and sits one point ahead of fifth-place D.C. United. Orlando (7-11-14) was eliminated from playoff contentio


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 15:05:38 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied his side were facing a crisis after they drew 1-1 at home to La Liga minnows Eibar and racked up a fourth consecutive draw for the first time in more than 10 years. The last time Real drew four games in all competitions was in March 2006, when the club were reeling from on-field and institutional crises and president Florentino Perez had recently resigned. Although Real remain unbeaten in the league, they are without a win in their last three games and are on 15 points from seven games, the number Zidane's predecessor Rafael Benitez had earned at the same stage last seaso


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:41:31 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

By Neil Robinson LONDON (Reuters) - Something was always likely to give when the Premier League's two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane on Sunday where Tottenham Hotspur swept Manchester City aside 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola's first defeat as the visitors' manager. The victory switched the focus from City's best opening to a top-flight campaign to what has become Spurs' finest start to a season since 1961 when they won the league and FA Cup double. No wonder Tottenham's Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino described their performance as "nearly perfect&quot


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:10:30 -0400
Sunderland - Gooch picked for US roster, could make debut

Manchester City's winning start to the English Premier League is over - and the title favorites might just have seen close up their biggest rival for the trophy. Producing a clinic in high-octane pressing, Tottenham hounded City into submission in a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane that consigned Pep Guardiola to his first loss in 12 games. Six of those matches had come in the Premier League, and had been won at a cante


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 13:30:25 -0400
Soccer-Real slump to fourth straight draw as Atletico go top

Arsenal scored with virtually the last touch of the game to beat Burnley 1-0 and extend its winning run in the Premier League to five games on Sunday. After a short corner in the second minute of injury time, Theo Walcott flicked on a cross and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to turn the ball in at the far post - via the unintentional hand of teammate Laurent Koscielny just in front of him. It was a memorable way for Arsene Wenger to mark his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manage


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:41:55 -0400
Leicester draws 0-0 with Southampton in Premier League

Wolfsburg's lackluster start to the season continued Sunday with a scoreless draw at home to Mainz in the Bundesliga. Germany striker Mario Gomez again failed to score in his fifth full game for the side since his summer switch from Fiorentina. Wolfsburg made the stronger start, controlling possession, winning the lion's share of challenges and forcing Mainz to defend in number


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:28:01 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Tottenham ended Pep Guardiola's perfect Premier League start with Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 victory on Sunday that left the London club as the only unbeaten side. Far from suffering a hangover after last season's title-challenge collapse, Spurs are enjoying their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign. City trailed for the first time in the league this season in calamitous circumstances when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted the ball into his own goal in the ninth minut


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:21:49 -0400
Soccer-Norwegian championship results and standings

The race to become Serie A's top scorer this season is up and running, with Gonzalo Higuain favorite to retain his title. Higuain scored 36 goals last campaign for Napoli to break a 66-year-old Serie A record and could even surpass that mark after his 90 million euro ($99 million) transfer to Juventus. Higuain netted twice in Juventus' 3-0 win at Empoli on Sunday to take his tally to six for the season, after seven round


Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:45:30 -0400
Soccer-Dybala, Higuain lead Juve to another win

Manchester United's stumbles in the Premier League continued Sunday with a 1-1 home draw against struggling Stoke, which left Old Trafford without losing for the first time in 36 years. United, which has won just one of its last four league games, took the lead in the 69th minute through Anthony Martial's curling strike - two minutes after he came on as a substitute. Joe Allen grabbed an 82nd-minute equalizer for Stoke following a rare mistake by David de Gea, who fumbled a long-range shot to allow Jon Walters to scoop a cross against the bar before Allen smashed home from close rang


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:03:33 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Lamar Neagle scored twice and D.C. United beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday night, dropping the Canadian club to third in the Eastern Conference playoff rac


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:31:53 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Dax McCarty capped the scoring in the 66th minute and had assists on New York's first two goals to give the Red Bulls a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday nigh


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:39:19 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings

MILAN (AP) -- Chievo Verona maintained its impressive start to the season by beating Pescara 2-0 to move to within two points of Serie A leader Juventus on Saturda


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:52:59 -0400
Soccer-Collins says night out helped West Ham to get back on track

Thirty years after Diego Maradona's goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal on Saturday evoking memories of the Argentina great. Unlike Maradona's 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet's mazy run through Middlesbrough's defense came on a far less significant occasio


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:08:41 -0400
Sevilla flying high in Spain after Ben Yedder brace

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Patrick van Aanholt rescued just a second English Premier League point for Sunderland with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturda


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:36:07 -0400
Watford, Bournemouth draw 2-2 in EPL

It wasn't magic but Diego Costa's skill helped Chelsea make its winless streak in the English Premier League vanish with a 2-0 victory at Hull on Saturday. Costa set up the opener for Willian in the 61st minute and curled home a similar effort six minutes later to end his side's demoralizing league run - a 2-2 draw with Swansea, followed by losing 2-1 to Liverpool, and a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. Conte must have feared the worst after watching his side struggle in a disappointing first half in which Chelsea did not have a single shot on targe


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:17:52 -0400
Bournemouth, Watford settle for 2-2 draw

With an exceptional solo goal, Dimitri Payet briefly put the smiles back on West Ham fans' faces. Payet's nutmegs and stepovers, bamboozling Middlesbrough's defense before scoring West Ham's equalizer, provided only a flicker of hope. With a 1-1 draw against the newly-promoted side, West Ham did halt a run of four successive Premier League losse


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:49:10 -0400
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric injures left knee

Cologne became the first side to stay undefeated against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, working hard to come from behind and snatch a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Cologne is unbeaten in its last 11 games going back to last season, while Bayern dropped points for the first time this season to follow Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Anthony Modeste claimed the visitors' equalizer with just under half an hour remaining, time enough for Bayern to twice hit the post in a frenetic final


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:50:35 -0400
Soccer-Luis Enrique praises Iniesta before 600th game

Francesco Guidolin's future as Swansea manager looks bleak after Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. Guidolin said before the game that his job was in jeopardy if Swansea, winless since the opening day of the season and just above the relegation zone, did not beat Liverpool. Liverpool swept to a fourth straight victory despite Guidolin seeing Swansea produce its best performance of the seaso


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:01:53 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

HOUSTON (AP) -- David Villa scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season and New York City FC beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Friday night to take the Eastern Conference lea


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:51:34 -0400
EPL - battle of Belgium strikers ends Lukaku 1, Benteke 1

(Reuters) - Everton moved up to third place in the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace as Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku both got on the scoresheet in a battling encounter on Friday. Benteke headed the equalizer for Palace five minutes into the second half after Lukaku opened the scoring in the 36th and remarkably it was the Everton forward's first Premier League goal from a direct free kick out of the 65 he has scored. The draw took Everton to 14 points from six matches before their rivals play this weekend with a top-of-the-table clash that sees leaders Manchester City, who have a maximum 18 points, visiting Tottenham Hotspur in second on 1


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:49:49 -0400
Soccer-Everton up to third despite being held by Palace

The English Premier League's battle of the Belgium strikers ended in a stalemate when Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke scored in Everton's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Friday. Benteke grabbed Palace's equalizer in the 50th minute, rising above Seamus Coleman to connect with Joel Ward's cross and guiding a header inside the far pos


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:43:13 -0400
Soccer-Unbeaten Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-1 to claim third spot

Unbeaten Leipzig continued its impressive start in its first Bundesliga season by beating Augsburg 2-1 to move to provisional third on Friday. Leipzig, founded in 2009 when energy-drink manufacturer Red Bull rebranded fifth-tier side SSV Markranstaedt and financed its speedy promotion as a new entity through the lower leagues, is the first promoted side in the Bundesliga to remain unbeaten after six games. ''It's nice to see that we've settled into the league,'' Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl sai


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:08:55 -0400
Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

Neymar has filed a suit against Brazil's government for allegedly leaking details of an investigation into fiscal crimes supposedly by him and his family. According to records of a federal court in the capital Brasilia, to which The Associated Press and Brazilian media had online access, Judge Eduardo Santos da Rocha Penteado received Neymar's complaint on May 17. Penteado asked Brazil's government to reveal which staff members had access to Neymar's dat


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:13:22 -0400
Mangala replaces Mathieu in France squad

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday. “I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters. “I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old adde


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:13:22 -0400
Mangala replaces Mathieu in France squad

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday. “I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters. “I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old adde


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:04:53 -0400
Ilkay Gundogan returns to Germany squad for qualifiers

MOSCOW (AP) -- UEFA says it has not opened a disciplinary case against Russian club FC Rostov after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League gam


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:16:10 -0400
Soccer-Police to review corruption evidence before FA

MADRID (AP) -- Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injur


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:16:10 -0400
Soccer-Police to review corruption evidence before FA

MADRID (AP) -- Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injur


Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:36:58 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho bemoans United - poisoned October fixtures

(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described next month's fixture list as a "poisoned gift" following Thursday's Europa League 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk. "Well, we could play Liverpool on the Saturday, we could play Liverpool on the Sunda


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:33:48 -0400
Soccer-Inter suffer more Europa woe, Totti shines for Roma

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Inter Milan's aversion to Europa League soccer continued with a 3-1 defeat at Sparta Prague, while AS Roma ended a continental hoodoo stretching back seven games with a 4-0 home win over Romanian side FC Astra on Thursday. The second round of group stage matches featured a string of high-scoring encounters as Fiorentina, Zenit St Petersburg and Krasnodar all hit five in comprehensive victories. It is six years since Inter last won the Champions League but they have not played in Europe's top club competition since 2012 and have now got a losing habit in its second-tier cousi


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:20:30 -0400
Inter suffer more Europa woe, Fiorentina thrash Qarabag

Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches were recalled to the Portugal squad after injury on Thursday as coach Fernando Santos urged the European champions to switch out of party mode. Santos, naming his players for next month's World Cup qualifiers at home to Andorra and away to the Faroe Islands, believes his players were not fully switched on when they began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat in Switzerland. "We have to get out of European champion mode, that party mode, that state of relaxation," Santos told reporter


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:02:17 -0400
Soccer-Inter suffer more Europa woe, Fiorentina thrash Qarabag

Inter Milan's loss to Hapoel Beer-Sheva became less shocking when it fell at Sparta Prague 3-1 and dropped to last in its Europa League group on Thursday. A three-time champion, Inter has lost four straight in European competitions. Inter arrived boosted by a come-from-behind win over Juventus in Serie A, but produced another poor performance in European competition at Generali Aren


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:26:23 -0400
Soccer-Gladbach forward Raffael out with thigh muscle injury

By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Twice major winner Martin Kaymer has urged Europe's six Ryder Cup rookies to soak up the unique atmosphere of the competition, stay calm and "enjoy the amazing life experience they are going to have". Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters are playing in the biennial team event for the first time this week and Kaymer said they should all avoid trying too hard to impress. "For me, it was very important yesterday when I did a little putting competition with the Junior Ryder Cup tea


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:58:07 -0400
Soccer-Allardyce sacking a black mark for football, says Koeman

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - With scandal after scandal rocking the world of sport, cycling is shedding its image as the black sheep because of its changing culture, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme believes. Long associated with systematic doping, his sport has been spared such close scrutiny during recent affairs that have plagued football, athletics and the International Olympic Committe


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:23:51 -0400
Soccer-Winterburn backs Wenger for England, says he will stay at Arsenal

A British newspaper investigation led to a second soccer coach getting fired in England on Thursday. Two days after Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager following an undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph, second-tier club Barnsley fired assistant coach Tommy Wright. Wright was filmed apparently accepting an envelope which the Telegraph said contained 5,000 pounds ($6,500) from a fake Asian firm to help place players at the northern clu


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:20:08 -0400
Soccer-Banana thrown onto pitch during Rostov - Champions League match with PSV

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Legia Warsaw must play Real Madrid in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behavior at a Champions League matc


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:05:39 -0400
Soccer-LMA calls on newspaper to disclose evidence of bungs

Manchester City's risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic. With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players, Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for himself and burst upfiel


Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:47:10 -0400
Soccer-West Ham searching for one good result to gain momentum

Russian club FC Rostov is likely to face a UEFA disciplinary case for fan racism after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven. The FARE Network, which monitors racist incidents for UEFA, said Thursday the banana was thrown about eight minutes into Wednesday's 2-2 draw. ''We have reviewed the media from the match and have seen that it took place in the 8th minute after Rostov scored and took place in the opposite end to the action,'' FARE director Piara Powar said in an e-mailed statemen


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:48:30 -0400
Piatti has goal and assist, Impact beat Earthquakes 3-1

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto FC regained the Eastern Conference lead with a 0-0 draw with Orlando City on Wednesday nigh


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:39:32 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- Matteo Mancosu set up first-half goals from Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti and the Montreal Impact beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game winless strea


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:01:01 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday, Sept 29

Gerardo Martino hasn't spent much time in the United States and admits that he needs to learn more English, yet the coach from Argentina knows enough about Atlanta United that he can hardly wait to start as the first manager of the Major League Soccer expansion club. Before being introduced Wednesday, the 53-year-old former head of Argentina's famed national team looked at facts and then pursued his first job in the U.S. There's owner Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL's Falcons, and the fancy downtown Mercedes Benz Stadium he's building for both teams, a $60 million practice facility going up, a roster forming the 22nd MLS team, and a brand already popula


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:26:00 -0400
Man City, Bayern winning streaks end in Champions League

Liverpool owner John Henry says fan protests against ticket prices are causing the club to reassess plans to further redevelop Anfield. Henry's Fenway Sports Group apologized to fans earlier this year and reversed planned rises in ticket prices after a walkout during a game. The Anfield Road stand had been next in line for rebuilding at the 54,000-capacity Anfiel


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:05:41 -0400
Cavani double allows PSG to sink Ludogorets

Edinson Cavani struck twice in the second half to lift Paris Saint-German to a 3-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Wednesday. PSG and Arsenal both have four points in the group, while Ludogorets and Basel have a point each. Ludogorets wasted a golden opportunity in the 59th when Cosmin Moti failed to convert a penalty kic


Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:48:18 -0400
Higuain a distant memory as Napoli thump Benfica

Bayern Munich's struggles in Spain continued on Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Bayern's defeat at the Vicente Calderon Stadium after a first-half strike by midfielder Yannick Carrasco made it another frustrating night for the German champions against Spanish clubs. Bayern's last three trips to Spain had ended in elimination in the semifinals of the Champions League - against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico last seaso




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