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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:39:10 -0400
Olympics-Lochte apologises for behaviour in Rio

U.S. gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte on Friday apologized for his behavior at the Olympics after being accused by Brazilian police of inventing a story about an armed robbery to cover for some bad behavior at a gas station. Lochte, together with fellow U.S. swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, were found to have fabricated a story about being robbed by gunmen posing as policemen. Lochte, Bentz and Conger have returned to the United States, while Feigen was still in Brazil on Friday mornin

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:04:51 -0400
Olympics-Brazil police says U.S. swimmer Feigen agrees to pay $11,000 fine

Brazilians know the 7-1 loss to Germany's senior team at the World Cup will never be forgotten. Two years after the humiliating home defeat, Brazil faces Germany's under-23 team on Saturday with a chance to win the soccer gold medal for the first time. Victory would give Brazil the only trophy it hasn't won in soccer, but not revenge for 201

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:30:59 -0400
Neid - last match as German - coach is for the gold

By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Two U.S. swimmers accused of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games landed in Miami from Brazil early on Friday, a Reuters witness said. Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were moved to business class and covered themselves to avoid the media during an overnight flight, after they were jeered leaving the Rio airport. Ryan Lochte, the most outspoken about the alleged robbery, is already in the United States and Jimmy Feigen was still in Brazil hoping to secure the release of his passpor

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:30:59 -0400
Neid - last match as German - coach is for the gold

By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Two U.S. swimmers accused of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games landed in Miami from Brazil early on Friday, a Reuters witness said. Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were moved to business class and covered themselves to avoid the media during an overnight flight, after they were jeered leaving the Rio airport. Ryan Lochte, the most outspoken about the alleged robbery, is already in the United States and Jimmy Feigen was still in Brazil hoping to secure the release of his passpor

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:42:37 -0400
USOC apologizes for behavior of swimmers who claimed they were robbed

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Coach Silvia Neid's final match as coach of Germany will be for the gold medal at the Rio Game

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:56:00 -0400
Soccer-UEFA Europa League play-off round results

Back when the first women's Olympic soccer tournament was held in 1996 at the Atlanta Games, they were players: Silvia Neid played for Germany and Pia Sundhage for Sweden. It will be Neid's last match as coach of the German team. Neid said Sundhage asked what she was planning to do with her time, perhaps play gol

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:30:12 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO POLICE CHIEF SAYS UP TO BRAZILIAN JUDGE WHEN PASSPORTS WILL BE RETURNED TO U.S. OLYMPICS SWIMMERS

Brazil police could "in theory" charge a group of U.S. Olympic swimmers with giving false testimony and vandalism over an incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro last weekend, the head of Rio's civil police, Fernando Veloso, said on Thursday. Police began investigating the incident after four swimmers, including gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, said they been robbed by gunmen impersonating police officers in the early hours of Sunday, as they returned in a taxi to the Athletes' Village from a party in the city. Veloso said there was no robbery as described by the swimmers and that they had instead offered to pay some money for damage to the gas statio

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:22:08 -0400
Soccer-UEFA Europa League play-off round results

Brazilian police accused a group of U.S. Olympic swimmers on Thursday of vandalism during an incident at a Rio gas station last weekend, saying they were considering whether to recommend charges against any of them. Police began investigating the incident after four swimmers, including gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, said they been robbed by gunmen impersonating police officers in the early hours of Sunday, as they returned in a taxi to the Athletes Village from a party in the city. The head of Rio de Janeiro's civil police, Fernando Veloso, said there was no robbery as described by the swimmers and that they had instead offered to pay some money for damage to the gas statio

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:54:31 -0400
Olympics-Video undermines U.S. swimmers account of Rio robbery

By Rodrigo Viga and Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil TV aired a video on Thursday that showed four U.S. Olympic swimmers did not tell the whole truth when they said they were robbed at gunpoint in an incident that has marred the image of South America's first Olympic Games. The security-camera images broadcast on Globo TV appeared to show the swimmers, including Olympic gold medallists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, in a dispute with staff at a Rio gas station, a fact they did not mention to police in their accounts. "The athletes lied to us about their story," a top Rio police official told Reuters on Thursday, declining to be identified because the matter was still under investigatio

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:36:15 -0400
Video undermines U.S. swimmers account of Rio robbery

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts. A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Federal police also want to question U.S. gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of swimming's most decorated Olympians, but he had already flown home to the United States on Monday, a police spokesman sai

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:48:40 -0400
U.S. SWIMMERS BENTZ AND CONGER HAVE ENTERED RIO POLICE STATION FOR INTERVIEW OVER ARMED ROBBERY STORY - REUTERS WITNESS

Despite all the talk at the Olympics about Brazil's talented strikers, it's the defense that's holding the team together as the host tries to win the soccer gold medal for the first time. Brazil has yet to concede a goal entering Saturday's final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium, helping keep the pressure off an offense led by Neymar and youngsters Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus. ''We are just doing our part,'' said defender Marquinhos, who on Wednesday scored a goal in the 6-0 rout of Honduras in the semifinal

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:27:30 -0400
Olympics-Video shows U.S. swimmers in dispute with gas station guards

By Rodrigo Viga and Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil TV aired a closed-circuit television video on Thursday from a gasoline station in Rio de Janeiro showing four Olympic swimmers involved in a dispute with employees, over what a security sources said was damage to the premises. The images broadcast on Globo TV appeared to show the swimmers, including Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, being prevented from leaving the station by security. At one point, Lochte stands and appears to argue with the guards but is made to sit down agai

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:35:54 -0400
Soccer-Man Utd - Mourinho wants fear factor at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United's players and supporters to reconnect and bring the fear factor back to Old Trafford as he prepares for his first home game in charge against Southampton on Friday. United have lost 12 home league games in the last three seasons compared with 12 in the final eight years of former manager Alex Ferguson's reign, with teams taking points at Old Trafford with increasing regularity. Mourinho, who has lost nine home league games over his managerial career, once going more than nine years without a home league defeat, insists that his team can make Old Trafford a fortress agai

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:13:10 -0400
Soccer-Pochettino backs Vorm to step up in Lloris absence

(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has confirmed that record signing Paul Pogba is ready to make his second Manchester United debut when Southampton visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Friday evening. United spent 89 million pounds ($116.91 million) to bring the France international back to the club from Juventus following his departure in 2012, and while Mourinho isn't expecting any immediate fireworks from his new recruit, he's confirmed that the midfielder is "ready to play" against Southampton. "He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play," Mourinho told journalists on Thursda

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:13:10 -0400
Soccer-Pochettino backs Vorm to step up in Lloris absence

(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has confirmed that record signing Paul Pogba is ready to make his second Manchester United debut when Southampton visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Friday evening. United spent 89 million pounds ($116.91 million) to bring the France international back to the club from Juventus following his departure in 2012, and while Mourinho isn't expecting any immediate fireworks from his new recruit, he's confirmed that the midfielder is "ready to play" against Southampton. "He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play," Mourinho told journalists on Thursda

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:13:34 -0400
Soccer-Klopp offers assurances on Mane injury

The English Premier League may be splashing the cash but as long as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale call La Liga home, then Spain is where the best players will be performing each week. After Suarez's league-leading 40 goals from last season, Barcelona begins its campaign for a third straight domestic title on Saturday, when Real Betis comes to Camp No

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:28:17 -0400
Leicester and Arsenal meet after false starts to EPL season

Most Brazilian players were already back in the locker room when Neymar rushed across the field at Maracana Stadium to celebrate with the fans. Shirtless, Neymar raised his arms toward the stands. Neymar had just scored two goals Wednesday - including the fastest one in Olympic history, just 15 seconds into the game - to lead Brazil to a 6-0 rout of Honduras in the semifinals and keep alive its hopes of winning Olympic soccer gold for the first tim

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:03:02 -0400
Brazil police pull U.S. swimmers from flight amid robbery probe

When the English Premier League champions take on the runners-up, the stage should be set for a clash between two teams bursting with confidence. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri even talked about his team's target of avoiding relegation after a 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Hull, while Arsene Wenger conceded that his Arsenal side just wasn't ready for an opening match that ended in a 4-3 home defeat by Liverpool. Along with the final score, a worrying aspect of Leicester's game was just how much Ranieri's defense lacked the protection of combative midfielder N'Golo Kante, who has joined Chelse

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:30 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, Aug 18

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts. A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Federal police also want to question U.S. gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of swimming's most decorated Olympians, but he had already flown home to the United States on Monday, a police spokesman sai

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:34:29 -0400
Sweden and Germany both make first Olympic final

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts. There was confusion over the whereabouts of a third swimmer, James Feigen. One police source said he too had been stopped at the airport, but another police source later said officers had gone there to pick up Feigen, who had a reservation on the same flight, but did not find hi

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:18:26 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Even Germany and Sweden seem to be surprised they are in the women's Olympic soccer final. Most figured the World Cup champion U.S. national team would be cruising to its fourth straight gold medal. With the United States out, many figured at host Brazil and national star Marta would be playing for gol

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:27:14 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day 12 at the Rio Olympics

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police stopped three U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about inconsistencies in their accounts of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, police sources said. Federal police also want to question gold medalist Ryan Locke, but he had already returned to the United States. A Brazilian judge ordered police on Wednesday to seize the passports of Lochte and fellow gold medalist James Feigen so they could be questioned over their description of the robbery, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning and also involved team mates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conge

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:44:47 -0400
BRAZILIAN POLICE SOURCE SAYS THAT U.S. SWIMMER FEIGEN WAS ALSO PREVENTED FROM BOARDING FLIGHT TO UNITED STATES FROM RIO ON WEDNESDAY

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Federal police in Brazil stopped U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its Web site. The swimmers were taken off the plane for questioning, the newspaper said. A Brazilian judge issued an order on Wednesday to prevent their team mates Ryan Lochte and James Feigen from leaving Brazil while police investigate their account of how the four U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday. .

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:08:54 -0400
Lochte back home but Brazil police seek other U.S. swimmer

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:03:46 -0400
Olympics-Lochte back home but Brazil police seek other U.S. swimmer

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police said on Wednesday Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte had returned to the United States before a judge&#039;s order to stop him but they were searching for his team mate amid doubts over their account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. Judge Keyla Blanc, of Brazil&#039;s Special Tribunal for Fans and Major Events, ordered police on Wednesday to seize the passports of Lochte and fellow gold medalist James Feigen so they could be questioned over inconsistencies in their descriptions of the robbery at the weekend. Police discovered after checks at Rio&#039;s international airport that Lochte, 32, had already left Brazil, where he won a relay gold medal in the Olympic swimming competition that ended on Saturda

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:29:08 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day 12 at the Rio Olympics

Arda Turan scored two goals before Lionel Messi added a third as Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-0 on Wednesday to win the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-0 victory on aggregate. Messi headed Barcelona&#039;s third in the 55th, his first goal this season. Barcelona finished with 10 men after Javier Mascherano asked to be substituted with 10 minutes left and after coach Luis Enrique had made all three change

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:51:59 -0400
Soccer-Spanish Super Cup final result

Lukas Klosertmann and Nils Peterson scored to send Germany into the Olympic gold-medal match for the first time with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Nigeria on Wednesday. The Germans will play Brazil on Saturday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium was the site of the country&#039;s World Cup victory in 2014, a few days after the German senior team embarrassed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:31:18 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Final pits Brazil vs Germany and old ghosts

By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police were searching for U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen on Wednesday after a judge issued an order preventing them from leaving the country until they clarified their accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint. After checks at Rio&#039;s international airport, police sources said they believed Lochte had already left Brazil where he won a relay gold medal in the Olympic swimming competition that ended on Saturday. U.S. media quoted a lawyer for Lochte, one of swimming&#039;s most decorated Olympians, as saying his client had already returned to the United State

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:39:52 -0400
Soccer-Champions League play-off round results

GENEVA (AP) -- Roma hung on to draw 1-1 at Porto in a Champions League playoff first-leg on Wednesday after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before halftime on his debu

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:54:59 -0400
Neymar scores early, leads Brazil to Olympic soccer final

Fans wearing the familiar gold-and-green-trimmed shirts of Brazil&#039;s national team were still streaming up the ramp and into the Maracana Stadium when Neymar struck. Its 6-0 semifinal win Wednesday over Honduras kept Brazil in pursuit of the Olympic gold medal - the one important international prize the only five-time World Cup champions have never won. &#039;&#039;I&#039;m happy for the goals but the most important thing is that we made it to the final,&#039;&#039; said Gabriel Jesu

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:29:42 -0400
Soccer-Germany striker Mario Gomez signs for Wolfsburg

With the fastest goal in Olympic history, Neymar led Brazil back to the gold-medal match. The Barcelona striker scored 15 seconds into the game and converted a penalty kick in second-half injury time Wednesday to lead Brazil over Honduras 6-0 in the semifinals of the men&#039;s tournament. Gabriel Jesus added two goals in the first half at the packed Maracana Stadium and Marquinhos and Luan scored a goal each in the secon

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:45:28 -0400
Soccer-Australia - Jedinak joins Aston Villa from Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling has got his season off to an impressive start at Manchester City - and new manager Pep Guardiola may be the reason why. Guardiola called the midfielder a &#039;&#039;fantastic player&#039;&#039; after Man City&#039;s 5-0 thrashing of Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League playoff first-leg match on Tuesday, when Sterling set up two goals and looked dangerous both on and off the ball. &#039;&#039;He&#039;s fast, has a good work ethic, can play right or left, go out to the line or go in the middle,&#039;&#039; Guardiola sai

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:51:04 -0400
Olympics-Judge orders U.S. swimmer Lochte, teammate not to leave Brazil

By Tatiana Ramil and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen not to leave the country, saying they gave conflicting accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint outside the Rio Games at the weekend. Judicial sources say they believe the pair are no longer in Brazil. Judge Keyla Blanc, of Brazil&#039;s Special Tribunal for Fans and Major Events, ordered the seizure of the swimmers&#039; passports until they gave further evidence concerning the incident, which has fueled concern over security at South America&#039; first Game

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:51:04 -0400
Olympics-Judge orders U.S. swimmer Lochte, teammate not to leave Brazil

By Tatiana Ramil and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen not to leave the country, saying they gave conflicting accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint outside the Rio Games at the weekend. Judicial sources say they believe the pair are no longer in Brazil. Judge Keyla Blanc, of Brazil&#039;s Special Tribunal for Fans and Major Events, ordered the seizure of the swimmers&#039; passports until they gave further evidence concerning the incident, which has fueled concern over security at South America&#039; first Game

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:51:04 -0400
Olympics-Judge orders U.S. swimmer Lochte, teammate not to leave Brazil

By Tatiana Ramil and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen not to leave the country, saying they gave conflicting accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint outside the Rio Games at the weekend. Judicial sources say they believe the pair are no longer in Brazil. Judge Keyla Blanc, of Brazil&#039;s Special Tribunal for Fans and Major Events, ordered the seizure of the swimmers&#039; passports until they gave further evidence concerning the incident, which has fueled concern over security at South America&#039; first Game

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:35:03 -0400
Olympics-Judge orders Lochte & teammate not to leave Brazil - daily

By Tatiana Ramil and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A judge in Brazil has issued an order to prevent U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen from leaving the country on the grounds they gave conflicting accounts of their robbery outside the Rio Games on Sunday, a Brazilian daily said on Wednesday. Lochte said he, Feigen and two other team mates were traveling to the Athletes&#039; Village in a taxi in the early hours of the morning, after a party, when armed men carrying police badges pulled them over. Officials from the U.S. Olympic Committee and a lawyer for Lochte could not be immediately reached for commen

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:23:31 -0400
Brazil - Marta isnt finishing the Olympics as shed hoped

Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl wouldn&#039;t mind a third straight penalty shootout for Sweden in the women&#039;s Olympic soccer final on Friday. &#039;&#039;If that&#039;s what it takes, I don&#039;t mind,&#039;&#039; Lindahl said Tuesday after leading Sweden to a 4-3 shootout win over host Brazil in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament. &#039;&#039;It&#039;s fun as a goalkeeper, you have nothing to los

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:02:40 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday, Aug 17

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil is contending for an Olympic gold medal in men&#039;s soccer thanks to Neymar and a group of talented youngsters who soon could be starring in top European club

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:54:15 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Marta - hopes of career-capping gold dashed at Maracana

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil&#039;s Olympic women&#039;s football team was showered with joyous attention until their heart-breaking semi-final elimination on Tuesday which brought forward a key question: Was the interest the start of something big or another false dawn? Brazil does not have a season-long women&#039;s league, forcing 13 of those in the 18-strong squad to ply their trade overseas. &quot;When we got to the Olympic final in 2004... we thought that it would take off, that it would get sponsorship, that a league would be created,&quot; said Carlos Alberto Parreira, Brazil coach at the time and the manager who led the men&#039;s team to their 1994 World Cup triump

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:53:32 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Women - semifinal results

Sergio Aguero hit a hat trick after failing to score from two early penalties as Manchester City thrashed Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday, virtually assuring a sixth straight season in the group stage. On a night when City&#039;s movement and speed of passing bewildered its Romanian opponent, Aguero had one spot kick saved and saw another clip the bar either side of David Silva&#039;s 13th-minute opener. Aguero sidefooted home from the edge of the area in the 41st, Nolito scored his first City goal, before Aguero added two more in the final 12 minutes in the Romanian capita

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:39:43 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day 11 at the Rio Olympics

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the sides were goalless following extra time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women&#039;s football tournament at the Rio Olympics. Sweden, whose previous best showing at an Olympics was a fourth place finish in 2004, will now face the winner of the other semi-final between Germany and Canada. Lisa Dahlkvist scored the decisive penalty on Sweden&#039;s fifth attempt after Andressa, the youngest player on the Brazil squad, saw her penalty saved by Hedvig Lindah

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:36:11 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Sweden beat Brazil in shootout to reach final

Sweden did it again, this time against the hosts. The Swedes are headed to the gold-medal match at the Olympics for the first time, advancing 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with Brazil on Tuesday. Brazil forward Marta, one of the biggest stars of the tournament, buried the first kick of the shootou

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:10:20 -0400
OBITUARY-Soccer-Havelange reshaped FIFA but career ended in disgrace

One of Joao Havelange&#039;s favorite utterances was that when he arrived at FIFA house to take over as president in 1974, he found $20 in the till and headquarters that were falling apart. When he left 24 years later, he said there was $4 billion in the coffers, $100 million worth of property and soccer&#039;s governing body had more members than the United Nations. During his presidency the Brazilian, who died at the age of 100 on Tuesday, transformed FIFA and its flagship competition, the World Cu

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:39:44 -0400
Soccer-Fenerbahce name Advocaat as manager

Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer&#039;s governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. Havelange, who was suffering from a respiratory infection, died early Tuesday while Rio de Janeiro was hosting the Olympic Games, according to the Samaritano Hospital. In 2009, Havelange led off Rio&#039;s bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen by inviting the members to vote to &#039;&#039;join me in celebrating my 100th birthday&#039;&#039;&#039; at the 2016 Games in Brazi

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:35:21 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day 11 at the Rio Olympics

Brazil will look for inspiration from playing at the historic Maracana Stadium when it faces Honduras in the semifinals of the men&#039;s Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday. The decisive game will mark the debut of many of Brazil&#039;s youngsters at the famed venue, which is expected to be packed with nearly 70,000 fans hopeful of seeing Brazil stay on track for its first soccer gold medal. &#039;&#039;We know about the importance of Maracana in the history of Brazilian football,&#039;&#039; Brazil defender Marquinhos sai

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:38:10 -0400
Germany honor Schweinsteiger, Podolski with farewell games

Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer&#039;s governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. In 2009, Havelange led off Rio&#039;s bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen by inviting the members to vote to &#039;&#039;join me in celebrating my 100th birthday&#039;&#039;&#039; at the 2016 Games in Brazil. With more cash for football also came widespread financial wrongdoing by its top officials, including Havelang

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:34:30 -0400
Soccer-Germany honour Schweinsteiger, Podolski with farewell games

(Reuters) - Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski will be honored with farewell matches after announcing their retirement from international duty, according to a statement by the German Football Association. Schweinsteiger revealed his intention to end his international career after winning his 120th cap in Germany&#039;s Euro 2016 semi-final defeat by France in July, and will have a final opportunity to say goodbye to supporters against Finland in Moenchengladbach on Aug. 31. Podolski announced that he no longer wanted to be considered for international selection in a post on his official Instagram account on Monday (poldi_official), although due to a ankle injury, the date of his farewell match has not yet been confirme

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:44:09 -0400
Joao Havelange, ex-president of FIFA, dies at age 100

Joao Havelange, the former president of FIFA, died in Rio de Janeiro&#039;s Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday, the hospital said, without giving further details until authorized by his family. The former Olympic swimmer and water polo player for Brazil had been in and out of the hospital in recent months with respiratory problems. Havelange, who was 100, was the first non-European to head the International Football Federation (FIFA), world soccer&#039;s governing bod

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:31:37 -0400
Soccer-Luis Enrique expects more Barcelona signings

(Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that more new faces will arrive at the Nou Camp this transfer window while some squad members will be sold.The Spanish champions have recruited Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez since the end of last season while Marc Bartra, Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano Correia and Sandro Ramirez have departed. &quot;I believe that players will come and some players will leave,&quot; Luis Enrique said in Tuesday&#039;s news conferenc

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:31:37 -0400
Soccer-Luis Enrique expects more Barcelona signings

(Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that more new faces will arrive at the Nou Camp this transfer window while some squad members will be sold.The Spanish champions have recruited Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez since the end of last season while Marc Bartra, Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano Correia and Sandro Ramirez have departed. &quot;I believe that players will come and some players will leave,&quot; Luis Enrique said in Tuesday&#039;s news conferenc

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