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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:15:09 -0400
Soccer-Ramos surprised by Casillas exclusion from Spain squad

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain defender Sergio Ramos was surprised to learn that the country's record appearance maker and long-time captain Iker Casillas had been left out of the Spain squad by coach Julen Lopetegui. The Spain players met up with their new manager for the first time on Monday to prepare for the international friendly in Belgium on Sept. 1 and their opening World Cup qualifier at home to Liechtenstein on Sept. 5. Casillas was the most high-profile absence from Lopetegui's squad announcement since succeeding Vicente del Bosque, although Pedro Rodriguez and Cesc Fabregas, who won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, were also exclude


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:02:22 -0400
Soccer-World Cup Qualifying European 1st round fixtures

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- New Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura hopes to build on the foundations of Antonio Conte's reign as he looks to take the Azzurri back to the top agai


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:15:23 -0400
Soccer-England boss Allardyce defends decision to omit Barkley

Wayne Rooney's midfield experiment with England is over, with the Manchester United captain set to revert to playing as a deep-lying forward for the national team under new coach Sam Allardyce. Rooney finished last season playing as a central midfielder for United under Louis van Gaal, and played there for England during its European Championship campaign that ended with an embarrassing last-16 loss to Iceland. New United manager Jose Mourinho has returned Rooney to the No. 10 role behind the striker, and Allardyce also thinks that's his best positio


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:57:25 -0400
Winning run ahead of Manchester derby important for United: Rooney

(Reuters) - England manager Sam Allardyce has defended the decision to leave Everton midfielder Ross Barkley out of his first squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia at the weekend. The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to the Premier League season and many observers felt he had done enough to deserve a place in the 23-man group named on Sunday. "We have had to make a few difficult decisions and none more so than Ross Barkley," Allardyce told reporters on Monda


Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:44:40 -0400
Soccer-Winning run ahead of Manchester derby important for United: Rooney

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Wayne Rooney will revert to playing as a deep-lying forward for England under new coach Sam Allardyce but must wait until Tuesday to see if he is still captai


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:11:31 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Kaka scored a goal in each half and Orlando City beat New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday night in a matchup of 2015 expansion teams. Kaka gave Orlando City (6-7-13) the lead for good in the 63rd minute when he converted on a penalty he drew after the City defenders brought him down in the area. Orlando City moved a point behind D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conferenc


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:11:02 -0400
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

The Portland Timbers scored four goals in the first half then held off Cascadia rival Seattle 4-2 on Sunday, snapping the Sounders' five-game unbeaten streak. Vytautas Andriuskevicius, Fanendo Adi, Lucas Melano and Steven Taylor scored for the defending MLS Cup champion Timbers (9-10-8). Seattle forward Clint Dempsey missed the game because of medical tests for an irregular heartbea


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:16:51 -0400
Antonio in, Barkley out as Allardyce names 1st England squad

Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half to help Barcelona win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday for a second straight victory at the start of the Spanish league season. The Croatia midfielder headed in a well-placed cross by Arda Turan to cap a quick attack that broke down Bilbao's high defensive line in the 21st minute. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were both off-target with a handful of opportunities to seal the victory at San Mames Stadium, but Barcelona's dominant possession game never let Bilbao mount a serious challeng


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:56:47 -0400
Rakitic scores to give Barcelona 1-0 win at Bilbao in Liga

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunda


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:22:13 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Sam Allardyce dropped midfielder Ross Barkley and called up uncapped winger Michail Antonio for his first England squad since taking charge after the team's disappointing European Championship campaig


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:29:29 -0400
Las Palmas routs Granada 5-1 led by El Zhar - 2 goals

Inter Milan showed signs of improvement in a 1-1 draw with Palermo on Sunday in its home opener at San Siro. The Nerazzurri's preparations for Serie A were slowed by the departure of Roberto Mancini less than two weeks before the season started and new manager Frank de Boer had a rough start with a 2-0 loss at Chievo Verona last weekend. While Inter dominated the first half, it was another difficult game as Andrea Rispoli put Palermo ahead three minutes after the break with the visitors' first shot on goa


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:16:51 -0400
Diego Rolan scores winner as Bordeaux beats Nantes 1-0

Raheem Sterling scored an early goal and struck again in second-half injury time to help Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 in the English Premier League on Sunday. Fernandinho scored the other goal for City, which has won its first three matches of the campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola to be level on points with title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea. It didn't come easy for City, though, with Michail Antonio's 58th-minute header making it 2-1 and setting up a tense finish at Etihad Stadiu


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:03:16 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Julian Schieber scored the second of two injury-time goals to give Hertha Berlin a dramatic 2-1 win over promoted Freiburg in their opening Bundesliga game of the season Sunday. Freiburg captain Nicolas Hoefler thought he'd salvaged a draw for his side on its return to the Bundesliga after one season away when he scored with a header from a corner in the 93rd minute. Vladimir Darida opened the scoring against his former side in the 61s


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:38:49 -0400
Middlesbrough stays unbeaten after 0-0 draw at West Brom

HULL, England (AP) -- With his injury-time goal, Marcus Rashford was the match-winner for Manchester United at Hull in the Premier Leagu


Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:33:42 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Vancouver's David Ousted and Los Angeles' Brian Rowe had three saves each and the Whitecaps and Galaxy played to a scoreless draw Saturday nigh


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:50:10 -0400
Alberg - goal and assist help Union beat Sporting 2-0

TORONTO (AP) -- Ignacio Piatti scored in the 73rd minute and the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Saturday night to end the Reds' unbeaten streak at seven game


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:39:25 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Patrick Mullins scored three goals, Patrick Nyarko had a goal and two assists and D.C. United beat the 10-man Chicago Fire 6-2 on Saturda


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:47:06 -0400
Soccer-Serie A summaries

Toni Kroos' late score ensured Real Madrid won its home opener over a feisty Celta Vigo 2-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Playing without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Madrid took an hour to break through when Alvaro Morata scored a rebound from a save by goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez. Celta midfielder Fabian Orellana responded with an equalizer seven minutes late


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:56:03 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 results and standings

Manchester United maintained their perfect start to the season Saturday against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium thanks to a last-gasp winner from Marcus Rashfor


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:16:50 -0400
Premier League: Rashford rescues Man United with late winner

Substitute Marcus Rashford scored in the second minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win at Hull and a third straight victory to open the English Premier League on Saturday. Rashford capped an impressive cameo as a 71st-minute substitute by tapping in from close range after Wayne Rooney cut in from the left and sent across a low ball. After previous wins over Bournemouth and Southampton, United was on course to drop points for the first time this season in the face of an obdurate defensive performance by promoted Hull, which also won its first two game


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:42:59 -0400
Rashford - stoppage-time goal keeps Man U - perfect start alive

Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden. The move was announced Saturday by the Reign, saying that the Olympic goaltender has been granted personal leave. The team did not say how long Solo would be awa


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:26:04 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Juventus won 1-0 at Lazio on Saturday in a Serie A match dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in central Italy. Also, Lazio's shirts featured a message that read ''Noi con voi'' - ''We're with you'' - including an image of the clock tower in the hardest-hit town of Amatrice, which was stopped at 3:36 a.m. when the quake hit. Amatrice and other towns affected are in the Lazio regio


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:05:52 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Wilfried Zaha wants out from Crystal Palace, and yet he was the inspiration in their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday. Palace was shaken this week when Zaha asked manager Alan Pardew for a transfer to Tottenham. Pardew made him a substitute for the match, and Palace was lackluster and fortunate to concede only once in the first hal


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:37:10 -0400
Leicester City 2, Swansea City 1

Alexis Sanchez scored one goal, set up another and also earned a penalty as Arsenal used a dominant first-half display to beat Watford 3-1 for its first win of the Premier League season on Saturday. The Chile forward tumbled to the ground in the area after being challenged by Nordin Amrabat, giving Santi Cazorla the opportunity to slot a penalty kick down the middle to put Arsenal ahead in the 9th minute. Meeting Theo Walcott's low cross from the right, Sanchez fell over while applying the finish but still managed to get the ball past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and over the line before it could be cleare


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:22:14 -0400
Rodriguez - late goal gives Southampton draw with Sunderland

Chelsea continued its perfect start to the English Premier League under new manager Antonio Conte, beating Burnley 3-0 on Saturday. Chelsea has nine points from three league games with Conte, who moved to Chelsea after leading Italy to the European Championship quarterfinals. Newly promoted Burnley quickly fell behind at Stamford Bridge when Eden Hazard shot from outside the area in the ninth minute for his second goal in three matches, and Willian made it 2-0 in the 41st with a low shot after an assist from Diego Cost


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:39:15 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

BERLIN (AP) -- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first goals of the season gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win over Mainz while Schalke lost its opening Bundesliga game 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturda


Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:25:03 -0400
Soccer-Rose equaliser denies Liverpool victory at Tottenham

Danny Rose's second-half equalizer earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday in a match between two outsiders for the English Premier League title. Liverpool had the better of a frenetic, entertaining game at White Hart Lane and took the lead through James Milner's 43rd-minute penalty after Roberto Firmino was tripped by Erik Lamela. Rose preserved Spurs' unbeaten start to the season by scoring from one of his team's rare sights on goal, shooting inside the near post after Lamela flicked on Eric Dier's right-wing cros


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:23:39 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Yura Movsisyan scored two goals and Real Salt Lake beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 after missing two second-half penalty kicks Friday nigh


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:34:31 -0400
Soccer-Lewandowski grabs treble as six-goal Bayern rout Werder

Bayern Munich kicked off the Bundesliga season in spectacular fashion on Friday, thrashing Werder Bremen 6-0 with three goals from Robert Lewandowsk


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:15:56 -0400
Bravo - debut for City could come against United

(Reuters) - German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United this season, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. Mourinho has used Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Spaniard Ander Herrera this season and the signings of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have pushed Schweinsteiger further down the pecking order. The 32-year-old Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football last month, is yet to make a first team appearance this season and has been training with the club's reserve


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:55:04 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea wont fall into Burnley trap, says Conte

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Manchester United winger Memphis Depay was left out of the Netherlands squad on Friday for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Swede


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:45:14 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola excited about Barcelona reunion

(Reuters) - Pep Guardiola is excited about the prospect of returning to his former club Barcelona, though he acknowledges that Manchester City have their work cut out to advance from a testing Champions League group. City have been drawn in Group C alongside Barca, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic, with Guardiola set to return to the club where he began his career and managed with distinction for four seasons. "I can't deny it's something special for me to return to Barcelona," he told reporters on Frida


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:22:44 -0400
Soccer-Sevilla sign Italy goalkeeper Sirigu on loan from PSG

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Three of the Olympic silver-medal team were called up by Germany on Friday for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norwa


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:20:11 -0400
Soccer-Portugal without Ronaldo for opening World Cup qualifier

(Reuters) - Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being drawn in a tough Europa League group on Friday alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk. Three-times European champions United must negotiate a competitive group if they are to win one of the few titles that has eluded them. The Premier League side will face 19-times Turkish champions Fenerbahce, who missed out on the Champions League group stage after a 4-3 aggregate defeat by AS Monaco in the third qualifying roun


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:30:35 -0400
Portugal starts World Cup qualifying without injured Ronaldo

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Former France striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as the talent-packed team seeks to shake off its underachiever ta


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:42:16 -0400
Lopetegui drops record-holder Casillas from Spain - squad

(Reuters) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri wants more from his title-winning squad this season and is eager to see how his team will compete against Europe's top clubs in their Champions League debut. Ranieri led the 5,0000-1 outsiders to a historic league title last season and they have been drawn in Group G along with Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen. Now we are in the Champions League and we have another wonderful opportunity to show our quality," Ranieri told the club's websit


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:41:54 -0400
Wanda to invest $9.5 billion in China tourism park

In a power shift toward Europe's wealthiest clubs, UEFA has agreed to give more guaranteed Champions League group-stage places to the four highest-ranked leagues who each get four slots from the 2018-19 season. UEFA also promises that annual prize money to the 32 group-stage teams - worth 1.32 billion euros ($1.49 billion) this season - will be ''increased significantly'' for the three seasons through 2021. UEFA announced the deal on Friday after months of talks with the influential European Club Association, whose members raised an old threat of breaking away to form a closed Super League dominated by the rich and storied elit


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:15:17 -0400
Soccer-Koeman backs Lukaku to rediscover scoring touch

China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, has signed an agreement to invest 63 billion yuan ($9.45 billion) to build a tourism and sports complex in Jinan city, cinema-to-theme park developer Dalian Wanda Group said in a statement on Friday. The project, which will have malls, sports facilities, hotels and a theme park, will raise a further challenge to fierce rival Walt Disney Co, which opened a $5.5 billion resort in Shanghai in June. Wanda's Wang has already taken aim at Disney saying the U.S. firm would be no match for his "wolf pack" of park


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:57:57 -0400
Soccer-Bilic agony as Astra oust West Ham in Europa playoff

MONACO (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madri


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:20:04 -0400
Guardiola returning to Barca in Champions League

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted UEFA's 2015-16 Best Player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann. "We are really happy because two Real players were among the best in Europe," said club president Florentino Perez. Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real who won the Champions League and finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga. The Portugal marksman also played a key role in his country's triumph at Euro 2016. (Reporting by Adriana Garcia; Editing by Tony Jimene


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:36:07 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola returning to Barca in Champions League

By Brian Homewood MONACO (Reuters) - Pep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage after his new club Manchester City were drawn against his former Barcelona team on Thursday. The two sides were drawn in Group C alongside Borussia Moenchengladbach and former European champions Celtic in one of the toughest of the eight sections. Spanish coach Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barca, faced the Catalans when he was in charge of Bayern Munich two seasons ago and suffered a 5-3 defeat in the semi-final


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:10:25 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola going back to Barcelona in Champions League

MONACO (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madri


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:39:18 -0400
Soccer-Transfer struggles will not undermine Burnley campaign: Dyche

(Reuters) - Manchester United are excited about participating in the Europa League this season and Jose Mourinho's side will be taking the competition seriously, midfielder Ander Herrera said on Thursday. United missed out on a return to the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League under Louis van Gaal and had to settle for a spot in Europe's secondary club competition. "I think it is a very enjoyable competition and we want to fight for every competition we have this season," midfielder Herrera told MUT


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:49:22 -0400
City acquires goalie Bravo from Barcelona on 4-year deal

Manchester City have signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for an initial 18 million euros ($20.3 million), the clubs confirmed on Thursday. The 33-year-old agreed a four-year contract to join City as new manager Pep Guardiola continues his major overhaul of the 2014 Premier League champions. "Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad," Guardiola told the club website (


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:44:54 -0400
Barca signs goalie Cillessen, moving Bravo closer to City

Bayern Munich's rivals have been rebuilding as they attempt to stop the Bavarian powerhouse claiming an unprecedented five straight Bundesliga titles. While the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, and Wolfsburg have made wholesale changes to their squads this offseason, Bayern has been uncharacteristically restrained in the transfer market, with new coach Carlo Ancelotti inheriting a dominant side from Pep Guardiola. Guardiola won the German league in each of his three seasons and Ancelotti will be expected to continue the ru


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:14:27 -0400
Soccer-Butland not yet fit to return to action, says Stoke - Hughes

''I do hope it will be positive for me,'' Blatter, sporting a light gray beard, told reporters at around 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) ahead of a hearing expected to last several hours. The 80-year-old Blatter denies wrongdoing in authorizing a $2 million payment to former FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011. The so-called ''disloyal payment'' led Blatter to be put under investigation for criminal mismanagement by Swiss federal prosecutors last Septembe


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:56:50 -0400
Drinkwater stays at champion Leicester, signs 5-year deal

By Cecile Mantovani LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer's global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the then European soccer boss, Michel Platini. "My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, if I wasn’t optimistic," he told reporters as he arrived for the hearin


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:32:26 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

ORLANDO (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored in the 86th minute, Sebastian Giovinco had two assists and Toronto FC beat Orlando City 2-1 on Wednesday nigh


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:12:28 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

ORLANDO (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored in the 86th minute, Sebastian Giovinco had two assists and Toronto FC beat Orlando City 2-1 on Wednesday nigh


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:38:52 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- Hassoun Camara nodded in a goal in the 77th minute and the Montreal Impact tied D.C. United 1-1 on Wednesday nigh




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