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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:59:11 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

With the Olympic soccer gold medal only two games away, Brazil is trying hard to manage expectations. The Olympic title is the only significant championship Brazil hasn't won in men's soccer. ''We can't start thinking about the final,'' Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus sai

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:40:01 -0400
Soccer-My philosophy already working at Chelsea, says Conte

Striker Diego Costa struck in the 89th minute as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 Monday night in the English Premier League. ''I'm delighted with the performance, I saw a lot of things that are working, a good intensity with the ball, but we know we can improve,'' said Conte, a former Juventus and Italy manager. West Ham thought it had grabbed a late equalizer in the London derby at Stamford Bridge after James Collins' well-struck shot in the 77th minute canceled out Eden Hazard's penalty kic

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:03:02 -0400
Soccer-Late Costa strike gives Conte winning Chelsea debut

LONDON (AP) -- Striker Diego Costa struck late as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 Monday night in their English Premier League opener at Stamford Bridg

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:24:39 -0400
Soccer-African Champions League group B results and standings

Women's soccer has not traditionally been popular in Brazil, but Marta and her teammates have been capturing hearts as they've traveled across the country en route to a semifinal match against Sweden at the Maracana Stadium on Tuesday. ''We are aware of the pressures,'' Brazil coach Vadao said through a translator on Monday. Sweden deployed a defensive strategy against the United States and won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 dra

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:31:01 -0400
Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

With the Olympic soccer gold medal only two games away, Brazil is trying hard to manage expectations. The Olympic title is the only significant championship Brazil hasn't won in men's soccer. ''We can't start thinking about the final,'' Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus sai

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:54:07 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola says impressed by Hart, Toure despite transfer rumours

(Reuters) - Pep Guardiola is impressed with what he has seen from Yaya Toure and Joe Hart in training ahead of Manchester City's Champions League playoff against Steaua Bucharest, even though the pair face uncertain futures at the Etihad Stadium. Toure, 33, has not traveled with the City squad to Romania for Tuesday's match, having also been omitted from the squad for Guardiola's Premier League debut win over Sunderland this weekend. England number one Hart was replaced in the starting lineup by Willy Caballero on Saturday, and while he has made the trip, speculation about his future has intensified in the British medi

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:40:53 -0400
Ex-soccer player in UK dies after police use Taser on him

City manager Pep Guardiola last week included Toure in his provisional squad list for the two-legged playoff, but the Ivory Coast midfielder was not among the players who flew to Romania. ''I have a lot of respect of him, for his career and quality, but for the first days - against Sunderland - we were looking for a more intensive game,'' Guardiola sai

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:46:34 -0400
Soccer-Barca captain Iniesta to miss start of La Liga season

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, (Reuters) - Barcelona's midfield maestro Andres Iniesta will be out for two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday's 2-0 Spanish Super Cup first leg win at Sevilla. The Barca captain was forced off in the 36th minute following a late challenge from Sevilla defender Mariano, barely 10 minutes after Jeremy Mathieu was substituted with a hamstring problem. Barca said in a statement on Monday that Iniesta would be out for at least two weeks, missing Wednesday's Super Cup second leg plus the first two La Liga games of the season at home to Real Betis on Saturday and at Athletic Bilbao the following weeken

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:31:01 -0400
Altidore scores 3rd goal in 4 games, Toronto FC ties Houston

Canada is back in soccer's medal round at the Olympics, and this time the team wants more. The Canadian women surprisingly reached the podium four years ago at the London Games, beating France 1-0 for the bronze medal. The Canadians again knocked off the higher-ranked French in the quarterfinals in Brazil, earning a semifinal match against Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizont

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:13:31 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

HOUSTON (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored his third goal in four games and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 tie with the 10-man Houston Dynamo on Sunday night in a game postponed Saturday because of rai

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:31:55 -0400
Soccer-Suarez, Munir strikes edge Barca towards Super Cup

Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 2-0 win at Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Arda Turan set up Suarez with a wonderful chested pass in the 54th minute after Denis Suarez found him in the area with a well-placed lob. ''We played a great second half,'' Suarez sai

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:18:10 -0400
Soccer-Suarez and Munir strikes edge Barca closer to Super Cup

Razvan Cocis scored off a set piece late in the second half to give the Chicago Fire a 2-2 draw with Orlando City on Sunday. Brandon Vincent put the ball out front after a quick pass on a corner kick and Cocis got his head on it with enough force that goalkeeper Joe Bendik couldn't keep it out of the net despite getting a hand on it. It was the third goal for Coci

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:56:16 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

By Andrew Downie and Liana B. Baker RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Olympic champion Justin Rose appealed to Games chiefs to forget the withdrawals of top names and focus on the players and fans who did turn up and use that positivity to ensure golf remains as an Olympic sport. Golf's future in the Games will be debated over the next few years but Rose said Sunday's exciting finale in front of big crowds should guarantee its spot beyond Tokyo 2020."To anybody making the decision going forward, I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday?," Briton Rose told reporters after a thrilling final-round showdown with Sweden's Henrik Stenson earned him the gold medal, the first in the sport since the last time golf was played in the Olympics in 1904. Golf returned to the Olympics after an absence of 112 years and the purpose-built course in Rio de Janeiro was packed to see Rose defeat British Open champion Stenson with a birdie at the final hol

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:27:32 -0400
Soccer-Lacazette hat-trick gives Lyon 3-0 win at promoted Nancy

Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Super Cup to get new coach Carlo Ancelotti off to a winning start Sunday. Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mueller scored in the second half after Dortmund, which had dominated the game at home in its Westfalenstadion, wasted several chances to score. ''It was difficult,'' Ancelotti said after his first competitive game in charg

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:47:37 -0400
Bayern beats Dortmund 2-0 to win German Super Cup

It might be time to put Neymar's name back on the Brazilian jersey. After an uninspired start that prompted some fans to replace his name with Marta's on the famed No. 10 shirt, Neymar is finally showing why he arrived at the Olympics as one of its biggest stars. Neymar led Brazil to the semifinals of the Olympic soccer tournament with an outstanding performance in the 2-0 win over Colombia on Saturda

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:29:12 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- A rampant Liverpool came from behind to beat Arsenal 4-3, while Manchester United began its new era under Jose Mourinho with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth in their opening games of the English Premier League season on Sunda

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:51:41 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

Liverpool roared back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 4-3 on Sunday in a thrilling finish to the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead in the 31st, less than two minutes after missing a penalty, only for Philippe Coutinho to equalize for Liverpool in first-half stoppage time with a spectacular free kick. It proved to be a turning point as Liverpool tore Arsenal's makeshift defense to shreds after the interval, with superb goals by Adam Lallana, Coutinho and Sadio Mane giving the visitors a 4-1 lead by the 63rd minut

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:22:11 -0400
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

It was the 100th minute of a physical and tense game in the quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament. Sweden was moving the ball dangerously down the right flank when, out of nowhere, a Brazilian player came sprinting to make a perfectly timed sliding tackle. The player was 38-year-old Miraildes Maciel Mota, known simply as Formiga, or 'ant' in Portuguese, a nickname that she picked up because of her tireless and hard-working style of pla

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:36:34 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day nine at the Rio Olympics

A superb goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his Premier League debut helped Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday in Jose Mourinho's first league game in charge of his new club. Juan Mata opened the scoring five minutes before halftime after a defensive blunder and captain Wayne Rooney headed United's second in the 59th after a wayward shot by Anthony Martia

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:27:07 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- A superb goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his Premier League debut helped Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday in Jose Mourinho's first league game in charge of his new clu

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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:37:57 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Neymar scored his first goal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Saturday, giving Brazil a 2-0 win over Colombia and a spot in the semifinals of the men's soccer tournament. Neymar scored from a free kick in the 12th minute, sending a right-footed shot through the wall and into the lower right corner of the net. Luan added the second in the 83rd at the Arena Corinthians with a shot from outside the area, keeping alive Brazil's hopes of winning the soccer gold medal for the first tim

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:45:16 -0400
Soccer: Powers Brazil, Germany into semi-finals

HOUSTON (AP) -- A thunderstorm forced the postponement of the Major League Soccer game Saturday night between Toronto FC and the Houston Dynam

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:44:48 -0400
Neymar leads Brazil into men - soccer semifinals

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil beat Colombia 2-0 to move into the last four and a date with Honduras, while Nigeria and Germany both won on Saturday to set up an intriguing semi-final line up in men's soccer at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Brazil, who have never won the Olympic soccer title, were nervous, especially in a first half that had 21 fouls and five yellows cards, four of them for Colombi

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:55:52 -0400
Soccer-Cheeky Lineker keeps promise by baring almost all on TV

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Abdullah Al-Rashidi had to settle for bronze in the Olympic men's skeet competition on Saturday - but for choice of outfit, he beat the field. The 52-year-old won his first Olympic medal in six Games sporting an Arsenal shirt: the English soccer club nicknamed 'the Gunners'. The Kuwaiti had no official uniform to wear as his country was last year suspended from competing for government interference in sport. But Al-Rashidi would not reveal if the choice meant he was a supporter of the north London Premier League club. .

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:01:02 -0400
Soccer-Italian Cup 3rd round results

Cowardly or not, Sweden's defensive strategy against the United States got the job done. The Swedes stymied the powerful American attack and advanced to the women's soccer semifinals at the Olympics, leaving the U.S. team empty-handed and with their earliest exit from a major tournament. Sundhage certainly knows the U.S. tea

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:31:03 -0400
Soccer-Leicester stunned by Hull, Guardiola - City edge Sunderland

LONDON (AP) -- West Bromwich Albion began the new Premier League season with a promising 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturda

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:56:44 -0400
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

Manchester City came away 2-1 winners over Sunderland in Pep Guardiola's debut as their manager thanks to a late own goal. The first half saw complete domination from the Citizens, and though some may have expected a windfall after Sergio Aguero's fourth minute penalty, the blue side of Manchester will have been content with their side's creativity during the first half, even if it did not yield further goals. Sunderland enjoyed a five-minute spell of pressure at the end of the first half, in which Willy Caballero expertly denied Jermain Defoe from point-blank rang

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:39:36 -0400
Man City defeats Sunderland in Guardiola - debut

Germany cruised to a 4-0 victory over Portugal on Saturday to advance to the Olympic semifinals. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring when Portugal's goalkeeper Bruna Varela couldn't reach Gnabry's shot in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Mattias Ginter, the youngest player on the German team that won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, scored in the 57th minut

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:28:58 -0400
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City needed a late own-goal to beat Sunderland 2-1 Saturday in an unconvincing start to Pep Guardiola's management career in the Premier Leagu

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:19:44 -0400
Soccer-West Brom match-winner Rondon eyes World Cup lift

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0, with four players sharing the goals, to progress to the semi-finals of the Rio Games football tournament on Saturday. Striker Serge Gnabry scored the opener for the Germans with a lovely angled shot seconds before half time and Matthias Ginter added a second with a commanding header from a corner 12 minutes into the second half. Davie Selke got a third in the 75th minute with a goal that was almost identical to the first, then substitute Philipp Max put the icing on the cake when he ended a sweeping move with a lovely finish into the top corner three minutes from tim

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 13:27:46 -0400
Soccer-Leicester stunned by Hull, Everton hold Tottenham

His players may not be fully fit yet but Ronald Koeman's first Premier League game in charge of Everton ended in an encouraging 1-1 draw on Saturday against Tottenham. Everton went ahead in the fifth minute at Goodison Park when Ross Barkley's free kick, which he may have meant as a cross, bounced straight in. Koeman, who took over from Roberto Martinez in June, had said his players were only at 70 percent of the fitness he wanted, but he will be pleased by their organized performance for the rest of the first hal

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:59:50 -0400
Tough return to EPL as Burnley loses 1-0 to Swansea

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins scored to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Friday night for their first road victory of the seaso

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:34:29 -0400
Upset for Leicester, Tottenham draws as EPL season starts

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Ronald Koeman's first Premier League game in charge of Everton ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday against Tottenha

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:23:00 -0400
Southampton rallies for 1-1 draw with Watford

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is disappointed that United States goalkeeper Hope Solo branded opponents Sweden as cowards after they knocked her team out of the women's soccer tournament, but will not take any disciplinary action. The best team did not win today." Solo is no stranger to controversy having been at the heart of domestic violence cases involving both her husband on the eve of their wedding as well as her half sister and nephe

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:16:54 -0400
Soccer-Spurs hold Everton to 1-1 draw on Koeman - debut

MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) -- After a seven-year wait Middlesbrough earned a point in its first Premier League game since 2009 with a 1-1 draw against Stoke on Saturda

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:01:12 -0400
Soccer-English premier league summaries

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Nathan Redmond celebrated his Southampton debut with the equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Watford on Saturday, as both teams started the Premier League season under new managemen

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:24:55 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Leicester opened its title defense with a shock 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Hull on the first day of the Premier League season on Saturday. Having sprung one of soccer's biggest surprises by winning the league last season, Leicester was on the receiving end of an upset after Robert Snodgrass rifled home Hull's winner in the 57th minute. Despite facing a side that was already mired in difficulties off the pitch, Leicester became the first champion to lose its opening league game of the following season since the Premier League began in 1992-9

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:25:23 -0400
Soccer-English premier league results and standings

Leicester opened its title defense with a shock 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Hull on the first day of the Premier League season on Saturday. Having sprung one of soccer's biggest surprises by winning the league last season, Leicester was on the receiving end of an upset after Robert Snodgrass rifled home Hull's winner in the 57th minute. Hull, which is still without a manager after Steve Bruce left in July, took the lead in first-half stoppage time with an acrobatic shot by Adama Diomand

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 01:13:46 -0400
Earthquakes beat Whitecaps 2-1 for first road win of season

There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States. Alex Morgan's eyes were red from tears following a quarterfinal loss to Sweden, which won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Frida

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:32:40 -0400
US ousted, Sweden wins 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 draw

The last time Neymar faced Colombia, he was sent off and went on a rant that led to a four-match suspension. Neymar has no fond memories of those recent matches with the senior team. Now he hopes for better luck in the Olympics when Brazil and Colombia meet in the quarterfinals Saturda

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:31:00 -0400
Soccer: Messi back for Argentina after reversing decision

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's football tournament on penalties on Friday. "I think we showed a lot of heart," Solo told Sports Illustrated after the Europeans moved into the semi-final 4-3 on penalties. "But I also think we played a bunch of cowards," she sai

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:39:34 -0400
US ousted, Sweden wins 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national team. ''There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved in Argentine football, but I prefer to help from within and not criticize from the outside,'' Messi said. Messi said he was done with the national team after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final in June, when the Barcelona playmaker missed a penalty kick in the decisive shootou

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:30:48 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day seven at the Rio Olympics

For the first time, the United States won't win an Olympic medal in women's soccer. The three-time defending champions were ousted by Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday. Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat Hope Solo and Christen Press' attempt against Hedvig Lindhal went over the ne

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:57:05 -0400
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

Lionel Messi has announced that he will play on for Argentina, reversing his decision in June to retire from international soccer. The Barcelona forward said he would not play for Argentina again after the team lost to Chile in the final of the Copa America in the United States. "I consider there to be a lot of problems in Argentine football and it's not my intention to create another one," the 29-year-old sai

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:27:55 -0400
Soccer: Messi wants to return to Argentina squad

The three-time defending champion U.S. women's national soccer team won't win an Olympic medal for the first time after being ousted by Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday. Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat Hope Solo and Christen Press' attempt against Hedvig Lindhal went over the net. As Sweden celebrated, U.S. captain Carli Lloyd crouched on the field at Mane Garrincha Stadiu

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:21:12 -0400
Toronto FC-Dynamo preview

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Lionel Messi says he has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national tea

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:14:53 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Holders U.S. suffer penalty heartache against Sweden

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden knocked the United States out of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Friday, recording one of the sport's biggest shocks by beating the holders 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time. Lisa Dahlkvist converted Sweden's final penalty after Alex Morgan and Christen Press missed for the holders in the shootout. Linda Sembrant also missed for Swede

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:14:53 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Holders U.S. suffer penalty heartache against Sweden

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden knocked the United States out of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Friday, recording one of the sport's biggest shocks by beating the holders 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time. Lisa Dahlkvist converted Sweden's final penalty after Alex Morgan and Christen Press missed for the holders in the shootout. Linda Sembrant also missed for Swede

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:27:11 -0400
Soccer: Rivals are scared of title talk, says Mourinho

By Pamela Barbaglia and Adam Jourdan LONDON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - It was over lunch at his villa outside Milan with soccer "super-agent" Jorge Mendes that Italian tycoon Silvio Berlusconi realised an unpleasant truth: his storied club, AC Milan, needed cash, and plenty of it. Mendes, a source familiar with the matter said, was discussing the potential sale of Colombian star James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for 85 million euros ($95 million)- cash that loss-making, debt-burdened AC Milan simply did not have. Weeks later, Berlusconi became the latest European club owner to sell out to Chinese buyers, in a shopping spree that has caught up clubs from England's Aston Villa to France's OGC Nice and adds up to around $3 billion since December alon

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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:48:01 -0400
HIGHLIGHTS-Olympics-Day six at the Rio Olympics

The top-ranked team in the world will likely be the undercard in women's Olympic soccer on Friday. The United States, the three-time defending champions, will take on Sweden in Brasilia. The Aussies and Brazilians met at the Women's World Cup last year, and it was Australia that advanced by beating Marta and Co. 1-0 in the round of 1

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