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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:30:01 -0400
United ends losing run, set up Mourinho vs Guardiola in cup

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona says Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks with a groin strain in his right le


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:11:27 -0400
Soccer-Juventus go top, Napoli frustrated at Genoa

Champions Juventus returned to the top of Serie A with a 4-0 home rout of Cagliari on Wednesday, while former leaders Napoli dropped to second after being held to a goalless draw at Genoa. First-half efforts from Daniele Rugani, Gonzalo Higuain and Dani Alves and a late own goal from Luca Ceppitelli helped Juve ease to their fourth win of the season and up to 12 points, one ahead of Napoli on 11. Inter Milan beat Empoli 2-0 away after a first-half double from Mauro Icardi to go fifth on 10 points, while Roma jumped to third, also on 10, after thrashing Crotone 4-


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:20:50 -0400
Soccer-League Cup fourth round draw

Arjen Robben picked up the ball on the right flank, cut inside and curled in a left-foot shot into the upper corner of the far post. It was a trademark goal from Robben that sealed Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin and left Carlo Ancelotti's team with a perfect record and a two-point lead after four matches in the Bundesliga. ''This is the most beautiful moment for me, I'd worked hard for this,'' Robben sai


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:48:17 -0400
Soccer-Bayern carve out two-point lead at top with Hertha win

Champions Bayern Munich eased past Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Wednesday to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga and inflict the first defeat for their opponents after three straight wins this season. Bayern gave Hertha no chance, with Arjen Robben scoring on his league comeback from injury last season after goals from Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara. The two teams were the only ones with a perfect record but Bayern ran roughshod over Hertha from the star


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:14:32 -0400
Iceland says dropped from FIFA 17 game after rights dispute

Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to injury and a chance to beat a direct title rival on Wednesday, when it was held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. Messi gingerly walked off the Camp Nou pitch in the 58th minute, just moments before Atletico substitutes Angel Correa and Fernando Torres went on and linked up to equalize. The night couldn't have started better for Barcelona, after seeing Real Madrid's hopes of breaking its Spanish league record for consecutive wins dashed by a 1-1 draw with Villarrea


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:12:21 -0400
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Iceland team that grabbed headlines at Euro 2016 has been left out of Electronic Arts's highly-anticipated FIFA 17 video game due to a dispute over image rights, the country's soccer chiefs said. The Football Association of Iceland told Reuters it was approached by EA after the team's successful run at the European Championship, but it turned down the company's offer of $15,000 to use its image rights in the hugely popular game, which comes out annually and features club and international team


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:05:16 -0400
London the perfect choice for Euro 2020 climax: new UEFA president

LONDON (AP) -- UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has yet to decide whether predecessor Michel Platini is entitled to a payoff despite his term being cut short by a FIFA ba


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:40:58 -0400
Soccer-Cup hero Fabregas ready to step up for Chelsea

By Steve Tongue LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes London is the perfect choice to stage the climax to Euro 2020 after 12 other cities across the continent host earlier matches, he said on Wednesday. In his first official engagement since the election, however, the Slovenian lawyer spoke positively about the format at the launch of the London logo in a ceremony that will be replicated in the other host cities over the next few week


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:52:00 -0400
Soccer-La Liga results and standings

AC Milan beat visitors Lazio 2-0 to claim consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since February thanks to Carlos Bacca's fifth goal of the season and an M'Baye Niang penalty on Tuesday. Bacca scored before halftime on the break, while Niang converted from the spot late on after handball by Stefan Radu. New coach Vincenzo Montella's Milan side are gaining momentum having lost twice this season and move up to third on nine points after seeing off Lazio, who are seventh on seve


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:40:59 -0400
PSG claims French league top spot with 3-0 win against Caen

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- With no European competitions clogging up their schedules, Chelsea and Liverpool are placing more importance on the English League Cup than usual this seaso


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:27:55 -0400
Soccer-Fabregas double gives Chelsea comeback win over Leicester

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions Leicester City out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday. Spaniard Fabregas has played a bit-part role in Antonio Conte's Chelsea side since the start of the season, but gave the manager a reminder of his talents with two neat finishes in the space of two minutes to turn the third-round tie on its head. Everton were dumped out 2-0 by second-tier Norwich City at Goodison Park as the club's former striker Steven Naismith returned to torment his old employers with the opene


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:12:16 -0400
Soccer-PSG beat Dijon 3-0 to keep pressure on Monaco

(Reuters) - Champions Paris St Germain provisionally moved back to the top of Ligue 1 as Adam Lang's own goal, Edinson Cavani's penalty and a second-half header from Lucas Moura downed promoted Dijon 3-0 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. The victory takes PSG to 13 points and above Monaco on goal difference although the principality side could restore a three-point lead when they travel to undefeated Nice on Wednesday. Unai Emery's PSG side took the lead in the 15th minute when Maxwell's cross looped over stranded goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet and into the net after a deflection off the unfortunate Lan


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:54:19 -0400
Soccer-Valencia sack coach Ayesteran after torrid start

MILAN (AP) -- AC Milan has won consecutive Serie A matches for the first time since Februar


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:50:09 -0400
Dortmund demolish Wolfsburg 5-1 to top Bundesliga

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Everton failed to transfer its strong Premier League form to the English League Cup on Tuesday, losing at home to Norwich while Liverpool and Arsenal dealt better with lower-league opposition in the third round on Tuesda


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:48:13 -0400
Soccer-Dortmund demolish Wolfsburg 5-1 to top Bundesliga

Ousmane Dembele, the highly touted French teenager, scored his first Bundesliga goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals but it was Dembele's goal that broke Wolfsburg's resistance. The 19-year-old Dembele is considered one of the biggest talents in Europe and his goal in the 59th for a 3-1 lead came at the time when Dortmund was under pressur


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:57:53 -0400
Guardiola: Toure wont play for City until agent apologizes

Lying flat on the Vicarage Road pitch, it seemed Anthony Martial's game could be prematurely over. The Manchester United forward had clashed with Watford defender Daryl Janmaat's head as they both soared to reach the descending ball. While Janmaat made the connection for the header, Martial felt the full force of the impact with his Premier League opponen


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:07:17 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola demands apology before Toure plays again

Even rivals are coming out to defend Neymar after his late-game antics got him into trouble in the Spanish league. The Brazil forward use his ball trickery in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Leganes last week, prompting a wave of criticism from people who accused him of showing off and trying to provoke opponents. Neymar appeared to ignore the un-written convention that top players should not make lesser opponents look foolis


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:43:43 -0400
Soccer-Luis Enrique and Simeone unite to defend "spectacular" Neymar

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone have launched impassioned defences of Neymar after the Brazilian's showboating again came under the spotlight. Former Barcelona great Michael Laudrup lambasted the Brazil international for "provoking" the opposition in Saturday's 5-1 win at Leganes and Neymar's flamboyant style will be scrutinised again on Wednesday when Barcelona host Atletico. Commentating on Saturday's game at Leganes for BeIN sports, Laudrup said he understood why Lluis Sastre kicked out at Neymar during the gam


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:02:26 -0400
France Football announces new rules for Ballon dOr

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his right ankle and it is unclear how long he will be ou


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:20:14 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo and Bale to make Real return against Villarreal

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will return to action for Real Madrid's La Liga game with Villarreal on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said. Ronaldo, Real's all-time top scorer, missed Sunday's 2-0 win at Espanyol with a sore throat while record signing Bale was out with a hip injury sustained in the Champions League win over Sporting Lisbo


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:49:42 -0400
Soccer-New York City - Lampard out injured for up to a month

(Reuters) - New York City FC midfielder and former England great Frank Lampard is expected to be sidelined for up to a month because of a low grade calf strain, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club announced on Monday. Lampard, who was ruled out by a different calf strain earlier in the season, suffered his latest injury during the first half of Saturday's match against FC Dallas. The 38-year-old, who made his debut for New York City in August 2015, has scored 12 goals in 15 starts for his team this season. .


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:57:41 -0400
Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several defendants charged in a wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA are in talks with U.S. officials about possibly pleading guilty, a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris spoke at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court after U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set a Nov. 6, 2017, trial date for seven former soccer officials and one former marketing executiv


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:51:45 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Several defendants in a wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA are in talks on possible pleas, a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris spoke in a court hearing in Brooklyn federal court after U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set a Nov. 6, 2017 trial date for eight defendant


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:53:05 -0400
Soccer-Rooney conundrum is Mourinho - biggest headache

By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Of all the managerial dilemmas facing Manchester United's Jose Mourinho after three success defeats, the future of his captain Wayne Rooney is by far the most pressing. The England captain, deployed in a central midfield role this season, has been a peripheral figure in a team struggling to gel and his lackluster performance in the 3-1 defeat at Watford on Sunday led to widespread calls for him to be dropped. Rooney mustered one shot, did not play a single through ball and created only two chances for team mates with the nine corners and free kicks he too


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:39:53 -0400
Soccer-Atletico seek first win at Barca in a decade

By Adriana Garcia MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid will try to secure their first win at the Nou Camp since 2006 when they face Barcelona on Wednesday in a heavyweight clash between La Liga title contenders. Real Madrid, who are chasing history in their home game against Villarreal the same day, head the standings by three points from Barca after four rounds of matches. Atletico have enjoyed success against Barcelona at home and especially in the Champions League, knocking them out in the 2013-14 quarter-finals and again last seaso


Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:07:26 -0400
Glasgow club Rangers suspends Joey Barton for 3 weeks

DUDLEY, England (AP) -- Troubled former England player Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offense and has been fine


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:55:21 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute and Toronto FC tied the New York Red Bulls 3-3 on Sunday to warp up a playoff spo


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:57:59 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal, Megan Rapinoe knelt again during the national anthem and the U.S. women's national team beat the Netherlands 3-1 on Sunday night. Tobin Heath ran in open space down the right sideline and found a trailing Lloyd near the penalty spot. Lloyd, who was coming off a hat trick against Thailand on Thursday, scored her 15th goal of the yea


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:51:38 -0400
Toronto FC ties Red Bulls 3-3 to clinch MLS playoff spot

Landon Donovan scored his first goal since coming out of retirement two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied Sporting KC 2-2 on Sunday. Donovan and the Galaxy announced his return on Thursday, ending a 21-month retirement to at least play the rest of this season. In his first game back, Donovan came on in the 74th minute and scored with his left foot after a give-and-go with Robbie Roger


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:06:53 -0400
Soccer-Perisic heads Inter to first league win over Juve since 2012

Midfielder Younes Belhanda again made an impression for Nice as he scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at his former club Montpellier on Sunday. Last weekend, Belhanda came off the bench to set up a late winner against Marseille in a 3-2 home win with a brilliant back heel. This time, after going close in the first half, the lively Belhanda struck in the 85th minute, giving Nice an important point that moves it into second place in the French league behind local rival Monac


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:00:14 -0400
Soccer-Real Madrid equal La Liga record for successive wins

Real Madrid equaled a record set by rival Barcelona as James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 defeat of Espanyol on Sunday in the Spanish league. It was the 16th straight league win for Madrid, going back to last season, matching Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in the 2010-11 season. Madrid maintained a three-point lead over Barcelona with its fourth straight league victory this seaso


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:11:17 -0400
Donovan scores 2 minutes after subbing in, Galaxy ties SKC

The footballing divide in Manchester is becoming clearer a month into the season. On the blue side, Pep Guardiola is thriving at the start of his Manchester City career with five wins out of five in the Premier League. On the red side, Jose Mourinho is discovering the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal endured trying to live up to Alex Ferguson's high achievements during his 26-year reig


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:06:45 -0400
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Landon Donovan scored two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied Sporting KC 2-2 on Sunda


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:08:03 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Russia and Ukraine's political rivalry will extend into the world of football next year as they try to outdo each other in hosting two of the sport's biggest events. Ukraine's capital Kiev will play host to the Champions League final at its 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium less than a month before Russia's 2018 World Cup begins. The decision was announced by UEFA on Thursda


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:52:45 -0400
Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

Hertha Berlin continued its winning start to the Bundesliga with a deserved 2-0 victory over visiting Schalke on Sunday, while Mainz claimed its first win of the season. Mitchell Weiser scored one and set up another for Hertha to make it three wins from three to stay second behind Bayern Munich on goal difference. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting went closest for Schalke in a first half of few chances, while Per Skjelbred and Vladimir Darida tried their luck from distance for the home sid


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:38:14 -0400
Belhanda again makes an impression as Nice earns 1-1 draw

Harry Kane scored in successive Premier League games for the time in six months as Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday to leave the north-east club with only one point from its first five matches. Although Kane was the league's top scorer in 2015-16, he faded toward the end of the campaign as Tottenham's title challenge faltered and made a sluggish start to the new season. After failing to score at the European Championship with England, the striker took until the fourth league game to get off the mark for Tottenham, netting once in last weekend's 4-0 rout of Stok


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:10:02 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Southampton manager Claude Puel had his first Premier League victory on Sunday as Charlie Austin again found the net for a 1-0 victory over Swanse


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:29:48 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Stoke's woes continued Sunday as it lost its fourth straight Premier League match, beaten 4-1 by Crystal Palace. Last-placed Stoke was 2-0 down within 11 minutes at Selhurst Park. James Tomkins' header in the 9th minute, followed by a goal from Scott Dann two minutes later, allowed the hosts to take control of the match early o


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:16:53 -0400
Soccer-Crystal Palace hit four past struggling Stoke City

Watford recorded their first win over Manchester United in 30 years Sunday as goals from Etienne Capoue, Juan Camilo Zuniga and Troy Deeney saw them take three points with a 3-1 victory at Vicarage Road. Marcus Rashford equalised for Man U (3-0-2) to make it 1-1 in the 62nd minute, but that couldn't stop Jose Mourinho from losing three games in a row for the first time since 2002. United fell to Feyenoord in Europa League action this wee


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:01:00 -0400
Soccer-Serie A results and standings

Joe Hart had barely a save to make in his home debut for Torino and kept his first clean sheet for his new team in a 0-0 draw against Empoli on Sunday. Hart, who joined from Manchester City on loan, had a Serie A debut to forget last week in a 2-1 defeat at Atalant


Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:23:22 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reign is quickly unravelling, with his new team condemned to a third successive loss by Watford on Sunday. Watford 3-1 victory exposed the brittleness of Mourinho's expensively assembled team and tasted success over the record 20-time English champions for the first time in 30 years. The United job was a chance for Mourinho to rehabilitate his career after being fired last year for a second time by Chelse


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:49:51 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

By his own admission, Jordan Morris didn't know if he would have scored that kind of a goal early in the season. Morris tallied in the 81st minute, and the Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive. Nicolas Lodeiro set up the goal by floating a target ball into the penalty area toward the top of goalkeeper David Ousted's 6-yard bo


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:05:01 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Jordan Morris scored in the 81st minute and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive. Seattle (10-13-5) won for the first time since Aug. 21 and snapped a three-game winless streak. Nicolas Lodeiro set up the goal by floating a target ball into the penalty area toward the top of goalkeeper David Ousted's 6-yard bo


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:35:28 -0400
Soccer: Barca win easily at Leganes, Atletico thrash Sporting

Arkadiusz Milik is ensuring Napoli fans quickly forget about Gonzalo Higuain. Milik came off the bench and scored twice to help Napoli beat Bologna 3-1 and move provisionally to the top of Serie A on Saturday. The Poland forward, who also scored twice midweek in a 2-1 win against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, has taken his tally to six goals in all competition for Napol


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:14:25 -0400
Soccer-De Bruyne on "another level" - just like Guardiola - City

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City maintained their imperious start to the season with a fifth straight victory on Saturday as Bournemouth were swept aside 4-0 to become the latest victims of Pep Guardiola's table-toppers. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Guendogan, on his Premier League debut, wrapped up the points after another scintillating display from the title favorites who continue to lay down a marker to their rivals. Heading the chasing pack are Everton, who stayed two points behind City with a 3-1 home win over Middlesbrough, Gareth Barry marking his 600th league appearance with a goa


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:31:01 -0400
Slimani scores 2 on Premier League debut for Leicester

Pep Guardiola is already making history at Manchester City. By beating Bournemouth 4-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday, City opened a season with eight straight wins for the first time in the club's 136-year existence. Five of those have come in the league and the other three in the Champions Leagu


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:08:20 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

After two seasons of misery in England's Premier League, striker Radamel Falcao is proving his worth again in France. Falcao pounced with a firm downward header from midfielder Adama Traore's cross in the 42nd minute. Midfielder Thomas Lemar hit two late goals, the first set up by Carillo and the second a fine strike from 25 meters ou


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:32:56 -0400
Soccer-Toshack - fight for love and glory in Casablanca is over

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Record signing Islam Slimani scored twice on his Premier League debut to help Leicester to a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturda


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:11:44 -0400
Sanchez scores 2, Arsenal beats Hull City 4-1

Alexis Sanchez scored two goals and missed out on a hat trick by having a penalty saved as Arsenal won 4-1 at 10-man Hull in the English Premier League on Saturday. The Chile forward rescued a point for Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek with a late equalizer at Paris Saint-Germain, and was back on the scoresheet with goals in each half at KCOM Stadium. Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the 17th minute by deflecting Alex Iwobi's shot into the net, before seeing his penalty turned aside by Eldin Jakupovic after Jake Livermore handled in the area in the 40t


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:06:12 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

A day before he turns 18, American midfielder Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season and set up two more in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 rout of Darmstadt on Saturday. Pulisic, who also scored in Dortmund's 6-0 win over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Wednesday, claimed the side's third goal against Darmstadt, sweeping the ball home with apparent ease after some good play from Ousmane Dembele and Marcel Schmelzer, who laid the ball bac




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