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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:26:04 -0400
Soccer-Man City - Aguero gets three-match ban for violent conduct

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association said on Friday. The Argentine striker elbowed West Ham United defender Winston Reid during Sunday's Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, which City won 3-

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:39:12 -0400
Soccer-Toure left out of Man City - Champions League squad

Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City's Champions League squad by coach Pep Guardiola, further undermining the Ivorian's position at the club. Toure, a mainstay of the City midfield since joining from Guardiola's Barcelona in 2010, has failed to start any of the club's opening three Premier League matche

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 06:31:45 -0400
Soccer-Messi battling groin injury, could miss Venezuela qualifier

Lionel Messi’s triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a hint he may not be fit to play in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Venezuela. Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following their Copa America final defeat in June, scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win over Uruguay on Thursday that sent Argentina to the top of the South American group. “My groin is hurting a lot, from before this match,” Messi told reporter

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:19:10 -0400
Soccer-Shaw buries hatchet with Mourinho over high salary remark

Luke Shaw has cleared the air with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over remarks the Portuguese made concerning the left back's high wage demands ahead of a prospective transfer to west London when he was in charge at Chelsea. The 21-year-old rejected a chance to join Chelsea in favour of a switch to United in 2014 with Mourinho saying at the time that Shaw would have "killed" the stability of the dressing room if he had paid "that much to a 19-year-old kid". "I just thought that I had a better chance of playing at United (than at Chelsea

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:00:17 -0400
Soccer-Xhaka keen to hone his skills under world class Arsenal trio

As coaches take notes, teenagers dribble footballs through a course of cones on Ritan Middle School's gleaming artificial field in eastern Beijing, part of a massive program to promote soccer as a pillar of China's rise to global prominence. The 14-year-old boys and girls were being scrutinized under a newly added section of Beijing's high school entrance exam, which beginning this year includes an elective football skills test in addition to such standards as Chinese, math, and English. While the skills tests comprise only a small part of the placement exam, the fact education officials tweaked a notoriously rigid standardized test is one sign of how thoroughly China is mobilizing under President Xi Jinping's drive to overhaul the game domestically and turn the Chinese team into a World Cup winner by 205

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:05:24 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Frank Lampard scored his second goal of the match three minutes into stoppage time to give New York City FC a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Thursday nigh

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:11:42 -0400
FIFA president hails successful test of video replays

Roberto Martinez's Belgium was booed off the pitch against Spain. Gian Piero Ventura watched Italy's error-prone defense gift goals to Franc

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:38:16 -0400
Soccer-Silva double gives Spain win over Belgium under new coaches

BARI, Italy (AP) -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino says ''football history'' has been made with a successful test of video replays in France's 3-1 win over Italy in a friendl

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:36:53 -0400
Soccer-Aguero to contest violent conduct charge - reports

Traditionally feared for its stalwart defense, Italy made three elementary errors to gift European runner-up France a 3-1 win in a friendly on Thursday. Defender Giorgio Chiellini was to blame for France's opening two goals, and 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to protect his near post to let in the third on his international debut. Anthony Martial opened the scoring and Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa also found the target for France after Graziano Pelle equalize

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:10:36 -0400
David Silva brace for Spain sinks Belgium in friendly

Nani seized the limelight in Cristiano Ronaldo's absence with two goals as Portugal beat Gibraltar 5-0 in its first match as European champion on Thursday. The friendly in Porto was also Gibraltar's first game since gaining membership of world football's governing body, FIFA, in May ahead of qualifying for the 2018 World Cu

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:46:20 -0400
David Silva brace for Spain sinks Belgium in friendly

U.S. women's national team midfielder Heather O'Reilly has announced her retirement from international soccer after a 15-year run with the team. O'Reilly will play her final international match on Sept. 15 against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio. A New Jersey native who played at North Carolina, O'Reilly made her debut with the U.S. team at age 1

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:09:40 -0400
Chinese consortium ready to raise Liverpool valuation - report

Between his surprising summer with the U.S. men's national team last year and his dazzling debut with club team Hamburg last week, it's been an impressive 14-month stretch for forward Bobby Wood. With Clint Dempsey sidelined because of an irregular heartbeat, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is counting on the 23-year-old Wood to continue his rise. A U.S. victory coupled with Trinidad & Tobago beating Guatemala would advance the Americans to the hexagonal round that begins in Novembe

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:39:55 -0400
Soccer-Chinese consortium ready to raise Liverpool valuation-report

(Reuters) - A Chinese-backed consortium interested in acquiring a stake in Liverpool is willing to raise its valuation of the Premier League club closer to 1 billion pounds ($1.33 billion), Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing a source familiar with the situation. The consortium is a partnership between PCP Capital Partners and Chinese state-owned financial conglomerate Everbright. Liverpool's Boston-based owners, the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), have said the club is not for sale, but indicated they are open to offers for a minority stake in the 18-times English League champion

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:40:34 -0400
Soccer-Sunderland - Borini out for three months with groin injury - reports

By Alan Baldwin MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Max Verstappen compared himself to Manchester United's mercurial Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday when Formula One rivals questioned the teenager's aggressive driving at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. It is not because other drivers tell me I have to change my driving style that I will change my driving style." Verstappen has emerged as a Formula One sensation, a rare talent who in May became the youngest race winner in the sport's history and established himself as both a fan favorite and source of controversy. The teen appeared to suggest afterwards that his actions against Raikkonen were a response to what happened at the star

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:44:00 -0400
Soccer-Premier League outlay tops $1.5 billion in window

Records tumbled in the transfer window as Premier League spending totaled 1.165 billion pounds ($1.54 billion), financial analyst Deloitte's Sports Business Group said on Thursday. The outlay represents a 34 percent rise on the previous highest in all windows of 870 million pounds set 12 months ago and means the overall spend by clubs in 2016-17 already represents a record for a single Premier League season. "This is the fourth consecutive year the summer transfer spending record ... has been broken," said Business Group partner Dan Jones in a statemen

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:09:49 -0400
Swiss open 2006 World Cup criminal case against Beckenbauer

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named captain of the national team, replacing the retired Bastian Schweinsteiger. Germany coach Joachim Loew announced his decision Thursday, one day after Schweinsteiger played his last match in a 2-0 friendly win over Finland. Neuer, a 30-year-old Bayern Munich goalkeeper, made his Germany debut in June 2009 and won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazi

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:18:58 -0400
Premier League outlay tops $1.5 billion in window

ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors say they have opened criminal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee for financial wrongdoin

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:55:26 -0400
Soccer-Wilshere signing a step into unknown, say Bournemouth

Swiss prosecutors are investigating German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer after a news report said he was suspected of money laundering and breach of trust in connection with the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. The report by Spiegel Online said the accusations were linked to Beckenbauer's role as head of the organizing committee for Germany's successful bid to host the tournament, which is also being investigated by global soccer body FIFA. Beckenbauer, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday, has previously admitted to making mistakes but denied any wrongdoin

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:20:56 -0400
Swiss launch criminal probe of German soccer great Beckenbauer

(Reuters) - Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday after injuring his arm in training, according to media reports. The 28-year-old was expected to start the game in Trnava but the reports said he had been sent back to his club side Southampton for treatment. Joe Hart, who was left out of Manchester City's opening three Premier League games of the season before moving on loan to Torino this week, is now likely to keep his place in goal for England. The match in Slovakia is England's first under new manager Sam Allardyce. .

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 06:44:45 -0400
French federation supporting Ceferin for UEFA presidency

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is still considering a request from new members Kosovo to allow a number of players to switch national teams and represent them, world soccer's ruling body said on Thursday. Kosovo, who play their first competitive international on Monday when they visit Finland in a World Cup qualifier, were accepted as members of FIFA and European football's governing body UEFA in May despite fierce opposition from Serbia. FIFA told Reuters in a statement that it had received a "series of requests for change of associations from the Football Federation of Kosov

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 02:46:20 -0400
Olympics-Australia seeks to have detained athletes records cleared

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) will ask Brazilian authorities to expunge records of criminal proceedings against nine athletes who were detained at the Rio Olympics after their accreditation passes were tampered with after an investigation labeled the criminal process "oppressive". Nine athletes were detained on Aug. 19 by local authorities for over seven hours after they were discovered to have entered the basketball arena without proper accreditation for Australia's semi-final against Serbia. A report commissioned by the AOC said two of its 'Athletes Services' staff had stuck labels on the accreditations to allow them to enter the venu

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:34:41 -0400
Soccer-European coaches ponder abolition of extra-time

Bastian Schweinsteiger captained Germany for the last time in a 2-0 friendly victory over Finland on Wednesday, receiving an emotional send-off to cap a 12-year international career that included the 2014 World Cup title. Schweinsteiger burst into tears as he was honored before kickoff and was cheered nearly every time he touched the ball. The 32-year-old midfielder decided to quit the national team after the European Championship, where Germany lost in the semifinals to host nation France in Jul

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:45:58 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal - Wilshere joins Bournemouth on loan

Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal for a season-long loan at Bournemouth in a bid to revive an injury-stalled career. The 24-year-old midfielder had also been considering an offer from Crystal Palace after agreeing with Arsenal that he would benefit from playing regular first-team football. Although Wilshere went to the European Championship in June, he was left out of new England manager Sam Allardyce's first squa

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:51:44 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship preliminary round results and standings

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has agreed an annual salary of 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.53 million) with no bonus in 2016, seeking to end a distracting issue of his first six months in office. FIFA said Infantino will also receive a chauffeured car, his lodgings paid, plus monthly expenses of 2,000 Swiss francs ($2,040), in the contract agreed with a three-member compensation panel and signed Wednesday. ''I am pleased that this matter is resolved and that I have a signed, valid employment agreement,'' Infantino said in a statement released by FIF

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:53:55 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea agree fee with PSG for David Luiz return

David Luiz is set to return to Chelsea under new coach Antonio Conte after two years at Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea says it has struck a deal with PSG on transfer deadline day to re-sign the Brazil defender, who now has to complete a medical examination and agree personal terms. Chelsea sold the 29-year-old Luiz for 50 million euros (then $57 million) ahead of its 2014-15 title-winning seaso

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:34:53 -0400
Soccer-FIFA chief Infantino to be paid 1.5 mln Swiss francs a year

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be paid a salary of 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.53 million) a year, less than a quarter of that received by his predecessor Sepp Blatter, soccer's world governing body announced on Wednesday. Infantino, who was elected on Feb. 26, will also get a "car and lodging free of charge during his term and contribution to expenses in accordance with FIFA’s expenses regulations," FIFA said in a statement. "Bonus payments from 2017 onwards will be awarded in accordance with objective criteria related to FIFA’s mission and operations as well as the outcome of the organizational reforms, now being implemented," said the statemen

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:48:39 -0400
Guardiola clearout sees Hart, Bony, Nasri, Mangala exit City

Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong has joined Turkish club Galatasaray, leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy after making only 18 appearances. Galatasaray says the 31-year-old De Jong will earn at least 5 million euros ($6 million) during his two-year contract. De Jong will also receive a bonus of 250,000 euros bonus if he plays 25 matches, and 5,000 euros for every goal he scores in the Turkish league and European competition

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:34:59 -0400
Soccer-Records tumble on final day of transfer window

While Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund made no last-minute moves, Bundesliga rival Schalke and other clubs signed new players as the transfer deadline expired Wednesday with record spending and Hamburger SV landing Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Douglas Santos. The five-year deal was signed shortly before the German transfer deadline ran out at 1600 GMT. Douglas Santos, a left back, last played for Atletico Mineiro and was in Brazil's lineup that beat Germany in the Olympic fina

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:42:33 -0400
The Latest: Add Samir Nasri to the exodus at Man City

Manchester City's clear-out after an offseason of heavy spending was in full flow Wednesday, with Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri sent out on loan as new coach Pep Guardiola attempted to streamline his squad on the final day of transfer window. Hart, the England goalkeeper, was loaned to Italian club Torino for the rest of the season after dropping to third choice at City behind new signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero under Guardiola. Bony, who hasn't played a minute for City since Guardiola's arrival, has joined Stoke for the remainder of the seaso

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:37:28 -0400
Soccer-Korea coach Stielike confident despite lack of planning

By Julie Zhu HONG KONG (Reuters) - China Everbright Ltd, part of the state-owned China Everbright Group, is not in talks to buy a stake in British soccer team Liverpool FC, Chief Executive Chen Shuang said on Wednesday. Chen said that, after media reports of Everbright's interest in the English Premier League club, he called several executives at different units of Everbright that might be involved in outbound mergers and acquisitions and found no one was working on any such deal. The Financial Times reported Liverpool's owners had hired an investment bank to advise on a possible sale to a consortium that included Everbrigh

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:37:28 -0400
Soccer-Korea coach Stielike confident despite lack of planning

By Julie Zhu HONG KONG (Reuters) - China Everbright Ltd, part of the state-owned China Everbright Group, is not in talks to buy a stake in British soccer team Liverpool FC, Chief Executive Chen Shuang said on Wednesday. Chen said that, after media reports of Everbright's interest in the English Premier League club, he called several executives at different units of Everbright that might be involved in outbound mergers and acquisitions and found no one was working on any such deal. The Financial Times reported Liverpool's owners had hired an investment bank to advise on a possible sale to a consortium that included Everbrigh

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:16:46 -0400
LA Galaxy - Zardes out for regular season with broken foot

Despite the improving Chinese Super League and its growing number of famous foreign stars, it is a second appearance at the World Cup by its homegrown players that fans in China truly crave. The Chinese Super League's highest-profile stars - such as Alex Teixeira, Hulk and Jackson Martinez - will be of no help when China makes the short journey to the South Korean capital for the opening game in the last round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. For China, which made it only World Cup appearance in 2002, the precedents are troublin

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:01:01 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday, Aug 31

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the rest of the MLS regular season with a broken foo

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:59:53 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian Kenedy joins Watford on loan from Chelsea

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has decided to end her season with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer Leagu

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:25:16 -0400
Soccer-Kodjia joins Villa in deal that may set second tier record

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is on the verge of completing a loan move to Torino from Manchester City. Hart, who was given permission to leave the England camp to fly to Italy, underwent a medical at the Serie A club on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was greeted by around 200 fans loudly chanting his name at Torino's headquarters, and there were further cheers and applause when he appeared at the window brandishing a club jersey with his name on the bac

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:00:12 -0400
Schweinsteiger says MLS could be option if unused at Man U

For Sam Allardyce, England's long journey back to respectability in world soccer starts with lightening up and having some fu

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:21:19 -0400
Schweinsteiger says MLS could be option if unused at Man U

Arsenal bolstered its striker options by signing Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna on the next-to-last day of Europe's transfer window, and England goalkeeper Joe Hart's departure from Manchester City grew closer on Tuesday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been trying to buy a striker since the end of last season, only to see bids for Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette get rejected. With time running out to add to his squad, Wenger settled on the 27-year-old Lucas - a scorer of 17 goals last seaso

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:55:05 -0400
Soccer-Rooney to quit England after 2018 World Cup

Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday when will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap. "Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up, said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monda

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:55:05 -0400
Soccer-Rooney to quit England after 2018 World Cup

Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday when will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap. "Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up, said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monda

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:44:22 -0400
Soccer-Schweinsteiger still dreams of playing for Man United

Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to continue playing for Manchester United this season, even though manager Jose Mourinho said last week that the former Germany captain is unlikely to figure in his plans. "My dream is to play for Manchester United," the 32-year-old told reporters at a Germany news conference on Tuesday, reflecting on his bad luck with injuries last seaso

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:31:14 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona, Luis Enrique agree to delay new contract talks

Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique have agreed to put off talks on a contract extension until early next year, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said. Luis Enrique is in his third season in charge of Barca and recently said he would only consider his future at the end of the campaign when his current deal runs out. Barca are determined to keep the 46-year-old, who has won eight trophies out of a possible 10 in his two years as coach, beyond next yea

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:26:33 -0400
Soccer-Rosicky set for Sparta return - reports

Netherlands assistant coach Marco van Basten is to give up the role by the end of the year as the leadership crisis surrounding the side took another twist on Tuesday, a week before the Dutch kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign. Van Basten is the second of Danny Blind's assistants to announce their departure in the last two weeks after Dick Advocaat opted to take over as head coach of Turkish side Fenerbahce. The Dutch football association (KNVB) confirmed the 51-year-old's impending exit on Tuesday, saying Van Basten was leaving to start work with the sport's global governing bod

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:50:54 -0400
Rooney will remain England captain, Allardyce says

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) -- The English Football Association says goalkeeper Joe Hart has been given permission to leave the England camp, amid speculation he is about to complete a loan move to Italian side Torin

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:49:35 -0400
Rooney remains captain, back as forward for England

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will stay on as England skipper under new manager Sam Allardyce. "Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue," Allardyce told the FA website (www.thefa.com) on Monday. Rooney, 30, took over as captain from Steven Gerrard in 2014 and is on course to become England's most-capped outfield playe

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:28:19 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been added to the U.S. team roster heading into two World Cup qualifying matche

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:13:58 -0400
Soccer-Time is right to retire, says Ireland striker Keane

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Striker Robbie Keane said he was feeling emotional about his final appearance for Ireland on Wednesday but the time was right for him to retire from international soccer. "It's been an emotional week, it's been surreal. I've dreaded this day for a long time (but) it's the right time for me," Ireland's most prolific goal-scorer told a news conference on Monday. "To the fans, it's been an incredible journey and something I'll never forget. Wednesday night will be very emotional. .

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:51:49 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

American businessman Frank McCourt is buying French soccer club Marseille from Russian-born billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, heralding a new chapter for a team that has fallen into the shadow of bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain. At a news conference on Monday in Marseille's city hall, Mayor Jean-Claude Godin said he was ''satisfied'' with the impending sale, joking that McCourt will need to ''put in some dough'' to revitalize the team. McCourt sold the Dodgers for $2 billion in 2012 to Guggenheim Baseball Managemen

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:04:24 -0400
Former LA Dodgers owner McCourt to buy Marseille

Barcelona says that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Messi will travel to join the Argentina squad, but his ''presence in his country's World Cup qualifying matches will depend on how the injury develops,'' Barcelona say

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:02:18 -0400
South Sudan supporter of Infantino runs in FIFA Council vote

Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, said on Monday he had entered exclusive negotiations to buy Olympique de Marseille and vowed to restore the club to their former glories. Billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the Russian-born chairwoman of Louis Dreyfus Commodities trading house, said in April she was looking for a buyer for the Ligue 1 side. "Margarita and I just executed a contract for us to buy OM, the greatest football club in the French league and one of the best in the world," McCourt told a news conference alongside Louis-Dreyfus and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudi

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:19:39 -0400
Soccer-Former L.A. Dodgers owner McCourt to buy Olympique de Marseille

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Frank McCourt, the former owner of U.S. baseball team the L.A. Dodgers, said on Monday he had entered exclusive negotiations to buy French Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille (OM), vowing to restore the team to its former glory. Billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the Russian-born chairwoman of Louis Dreyfus Commodities trading house, said in April that she was looking for a buyer for Marseille. "Margarita and I just executed a contract for us to buy l'OM, the greatest football cub in the French league and one of the best in the world," McCourt told a news conference alongside Louis-Dreyfus and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudi

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