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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


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:58:48 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Manchester City produced another scintillating attacking display to beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday, maintaining the leaders' 100 percent start to the English Premier League season after five games. Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the first half, before Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan added more goals after the break. An 86th-minute red card to Nolito, for motioning a head-butt on Adam Smith as they squared up, took the gloss off another impressive display by City under Pep Guardiol


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:51:11 -0400
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

Bayern Munich conceded for the first time and labored to maintain its winning start to the Bundesliga while Borussia Dortmund underlined its title credentials with another rout on Saturday. Rafinha sealed Bayern's 3-1 home win over Ingolstadt after the visitors missed a host of chances to equalize, while Dortmund thrashed Darmstadt 6-0 to follow Wednesday's 6-0 win over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League. Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti was forced to rotate in Munich with David Alaba, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels all ou


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:59:41 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

MADRID (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's Spanish league match at Espanyol on Sunda


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:59:17 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Barcelona's unstoppable trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to make short work of newly promoted Leganes in the Spanish league on Saturday. The three stars combined repeatedly in the first half to set the defending champions on their way to a 5-1 win in Barcelona's first ever visit to Leganes, a small club from southern Madrid playing its maiden campaign in the top tier. Last weekend, Barcelona left Messi and Suarez on the bench against Alaves, only to see the promoted side snatch a rare 2-1 win at Camp No


Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:45:28 -0400
Soccer-Bale and Ronaldo miss Espanyol trip as Real target record win

Sepp Blatter has been expelled from FIFA but not eradicated from its headquarters. A swift left turn after entering FIFA's slate-walled lobby in Zurich still takes visitors to the place where football's disgraced self-styled ''godfather'' is forever president. A plaque of infamy commemorates the FIFA leadership on the day their gleaming global base opened in 200


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:13:01 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Bobby Boswell scored in stoppage time to give D.C. United a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire on Friday nigh


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:03:51 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday, Sept 17

London has made Liverpool feel right at home. In three trips to the capital in the first five rounds of the English Premier League, Liverpool is still unbeaten after comfortably accounting for Chelsea 2-1 on Friday. Having won at Arsenal and drawn at Tottenham, Liverpool ended Chelsea's unbeaten start in the league at Stamford Bridge, where the visitors posted consecutive wins for only the second time in 40 year


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:03:06 -0400
Liverpool beats Chelsea 2-1 in English Premier League

Edinson Cavani silenced his critics when he scored four goals in Paris St Germain’s 6-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Friday. The Uruguay striker, who wasted a handful of chances in the French champions’ 1-1 home draw against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, found the back of the net four times before the break in a one-sided encounter. The result meant that PSG, who had bagged only one point from their last two league encounters, move to the top of the standings with 10 points from five game


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:52:58 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - CHELSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 2 A stunning strike from Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool secure a comfortable 2-1 win at Chelsea on Friday that ended the London club's unbeaten start to the season and underlined the growing potential of Juergen Klopp's side. Liverpool largely dominated the encounter and took a 2-0 lead after Dejan Lovren was left unmarked to steer home the opener and Henderson bent the ball into the top corner from 30 meters to put the visitors in command at halftime. Chelsea fought back after the break when Diego Costa sidefooted home from close range after 61 minutes but there was little further goalmouth action as Liverpool comfortably held o


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:09:53 -0400
Soccer-Simeone may make early Atletico exit after contract change

Four straight wins to start the season - one in the Community Shield and three in the English Premier League - saw new United manager Jose Mourinho cast by many as a savior of England's biggest club, which has slumped since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. Not that Mourinho had been getting carried awa


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:49:37 -0400
Soccer-New Chinese owners wont change much at West Brom - Pulis

FIFA President Gianni Infantino hit out on Friday at attempts to ''undermine'' the World Cup in Russia, saying he will not judge the country on the investigation which documented a state-sponsored doping program that included soccer. Infantino told The Associated Press it is still ''very good'' working with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who has been accused of personally intervening to cover up a doping case of at least one foreign footballer in the Russian Premier League. The details emerged in a report authored by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who was attending an ethics conference at FIFA HQ as Infantino conducted a 30-minute interview with the A


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:39:25 -0400
Soccer-Imagination and lies, says Infantino of UEFA election link

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino has dismissed as "imagination and lies" any suggestion that he lobbied in favor of Aleksander Ceferin who was elected head of European soccer's governing body UEFA this week. "Mr Ceferin has said it as well, this is imagination and lies and I think the result speaks for itself," former UEFA general secretary Infantino told reporter


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:09:07 -0400
Soccer-Souare could be out for six months, says Pardew

(Reuters) - Soccer star Megan Rapinoe on Thursday again protested social inequality by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, this time as a member of the United States women's national team. Rapinoe knelt during "The Star Spangled Banner" before her team's game against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio, signaling her support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who have done the same over the past few weeks. "There is a bigger conversation that needs to happen and it is far bigger than sports," Rapinoe, who is gay, told ESPN after her team beat Thailand 9-0 in an exhibition gam


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:58:01 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Soccer's global governing body, FIFA, on Thursday gave Guatemala's soccer federation until Oct. 1 to avoid suspension by reinstating an oversight committee formed after the arrest of its president. A court of the Sports Confederation of Guatemala, or CDAG, suspended the committee overseeing the Guatemalan national federation, Fedefut, after four local players said they had been wrongly accused of doping. CDAG is a sports governing body to which Fedefut belong


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:53:32 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

FC Dallas has signed veteran forward Carlos Ruiz for the stretch run in the regular season and the playoffs. It's the second stint with FC Dallas for Ruiz, whose return makes him the third-leading active scorer in MLS with 88 goals in 182 games. Ruiz, who turned 37 Thursday, has been playing with Municipal in his home country of Guatemala since 201


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:03:45 -0400
Soccer-Inter stunned by Beer-Sheva, United beaten by Feyenoord

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Three times European champions Inter Milan were stunned 2-0 at home by Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Manchester United were floored by a late goal from Feyenoord as the Europa League group stage got underway on Thursday. The Israeli champions scored twice through Miguel Vitor and Maor Buzaglo in the second half to silence a sparsely populated San Siro and inflict a painful defeat on Inter manager Frank de Boer in his first European game at the club. Competition favorites United's trip to Rotterdam turned sour when Feyenoord's Tonny Trindade applied a slide-rule finish late in the second half to secure a 1-0 win in Group A following a poor display from Jose Mourinho's star-studded sid


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:02:21 -0400
Feyenoord downs Man United 1-0 as Europa League kicks off

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United's first appearance in the Europa League group stage ended in disappointment after Feyenoord's Tonny Trindade applied a slide-rule finish late in the second half to secure a 1-0 win on Thursday. Europe's second-tier contest began in earnest with three times continental champions United topping the bill in Group A, but Jose Mourinho's side were undone after a poor display in which clearcut chances were at a premium. It was a different story in Israel where there were goals galore in Maccabi Tel Aviv's game against Zenit St Petersburg with the Russian club fighting back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 with all their goals coming from the 77th minute onward


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:27:08 -0400
Less than 10 seconds for 1st goal in 1st Europa League match

Feyenoord stunned Manchester United 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, handing the English giant a second loss in less than a week. For Feyenoord, it was just more of the same - Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team has won all five of its Dutch league matches. Midfielder Tonny Trindade de Vilhena broke the deadlock in a tight Group A match when he side-footed the ball just inside David de Gea's right-hand post in the 79th minute, after running onto a cutback from the right by Nicolai Jorgenso


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:52:29 -0400
Soccer-UEFA Europa League group J results and standings

The takeover of English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion by Chinese investors has been finalized. West Brom said in a statement that the purchase of the club by Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited, announced in August, was completed on Thursday. Lai Guochuan will head the new ownership grou


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:25:52 -0400
Spotlight on fiery Costa in Chelsea-Liverpool

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Real Madrid learned its lesson after almost losing at home to Sporting Lisbon in its Champions League opener. Madrid's late comeback on Wednesday night gave the defending champions a winning start in the group stage, but the team's disappointing performance at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium raised some concerns. Ronaldo grabbed an 89th-minute equalizer and substitute Alvaro Morata netted the winner four minutes into injury time to give Madrid the 2-1 win over the Portuguese side where Ronaldo started his caree


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:49:25 -0400
Soccer-Luiz to replace injured Terry for Chelsea v Liverpool

With 24 bookings in two-and-a-bit seasons, moody Chelsea striker Diego Costa is used to living on the edge in English football. A stamp on Emre Can that earned Costa a retrospective three-match ban. It doesn't take much to rile Costa but there's something about Liverpool that really fires up the often-pilloried Spain internationa


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:51:27 -0400
Soccer-Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final

ROME (AP) -- First there was Edinson Cavani. Then came Gonzalo Higuain. Now it's Arkadiusz Milik's turn to take over the scoring duties at Napol


Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:40:09 -0400
Soccer-Swansea - Dyer out for up to two months with ankle injury

Boos reverberated around a far-from-full Etihad Stadium as Manchester City's players lined up for the Champions League anthem before their group game against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Pep Guardiola already has achieved plenty during his short time at City - seven wins from his first seven games in charge is evidence of that - but there's a sizeable task that still needs fixing: Getting the club's fans to embrace the Champions League. Initially, it was because of disappointing early results, perhaps due to a bigger focus on winning the Premier Leagu




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