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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:10:50 -0400
Brazil men - team preparing for more jeers from home crowd

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The man who lit the Olympic flame was told he would be replacing Pele only an hour ahead of time and the selection of Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima provided the Rio Olympics with the perfect redemption story before they had even started. Cordeiro was leading the Olympic marathon in Athens in 2004 when a crazed fan tried to haul him to the ground. Spectators pulled the man off and Cordeiro went on to win the bronze meda

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:10:50 -0400
Brazil men - team preparing for more jeers from home crowd

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The man who lit the Olympic flame was told he would be replacing Pele only an hour ahead of time and the selection of Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima provided the Rio Olympics with the perfect redemption story before they had even started. Cordeiro was leading the Olympic marathon in Athens in 2004 when a crazed fan tried to haul him to the ground. Spectators pulled the man off and Cordeiro went on to win the bronze meda

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:36:08 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 Saturday in the International Champions Cup friendly, providing a boost for manager Juergen Klopp as he focuses on domestic success in his first full season in charg

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:23:19 -0400
Soccer-Schmeichel agrees five-year deal at Leicester

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champion

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 01:29:15 -0400
Josh Saunders, NYCFC hand Earthquakes 3rd straight draw

On Saturday, barring anything unusual, Solo will appear in her 200th game for the U.S. women's national team in a group stage match against France at the Rio Olympics. It also will make her the 11th U.S. player - across all positions - to reach that number of caps. ''As a goalkeeper, I think she's the best one in the world,'' France coach Philippe Bergeroo sai

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 00:58:36 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Saunders made four saves and first-place New York City tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Friday nigh

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:18:12 -0400
Soccer-Messi tops Bauza - agenda as Argentina coach is formally unveiled

By Miguel Lobianco BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - New Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza believes a softy, softly approach is the way to try to bring talisman Lionel Messi back into the national team. Bauza, officially unveiled as Gerardo Martino’s successor at Argentine FA headquarters on Friday, said he would seek to speak with retired captain Messi in Barcelona next week. “My sole intention is to see if I can talk about football with Messi... and from that chat will come the possibility of him being called up to play Argentina’s next games,” Bauza told a news conferenc

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:18:12 -0400
Soccer-Messi tops Bauza - agenda as Argentina coach is formally unveiled

By Miguel Lobianco BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - New Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza believes a softy, softly approach is the way to try to bring talisman Lionel Messi back into the national team. Bauza, officially unveiled as Gerardo Martino’s successor at Argentine FA headquarters on Friday, said he would seek to speak with retired captain Messi in Barcelona next week. “My sole intention is to see if I can talk about football with Messi... and from that chat will come the possibility of him being called up to play Argentina’s next games,” Bauza told a news conferenc

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:47 -0400
Olympics-Carried by samba stars and a prince, Olympic torch nears ceremony

By Brad Haynes and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carried by samba stars, a supermodel and Prince Albert of Monaco, the Olympic torch made its final journey on Friday from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the Games' opening ceremony amid anti-government protests. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus. Under cloudless blue skies, former Brazilian women's volleyball player, Isabel Salgado, lifted the flame beneath the giant statue of Christ that overlooks downturn Rio and the waters of Guanabara Ba

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:47 -0400
Olympics-Carried by samba stars and a prince, Olympic torch nears ceremony

By Brad Haynes and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carried by samba stars, a supermodel and Prince Albert of Monaco, the Olympic torch made its final journey on Friday from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the Games' opening ceremony amid anti-government protests. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus. Under cloudless blue skies, former Brazilian women's volleyball player, Isabel Salgado, lifted the flame beneath the giant statue of Christ that overlooks downturn Rio and the waters of Guanabara Ba

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:47 -0400
Olympics-Carried by samba stars and a prince, Olympic torch nears ceremony

By Brad Haynes and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carried by samba stars, a supermodel and Prince Albert of Monaco, the Olympic torch made its final journey on Friday from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the Games' opening ceremony amid anti-government protests. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus. Under cloudless blue skies, former Brazilian women's volleyball player, Isabel Salgado, lifted the flame beneath the giant statue of Christ that overlooks downturn Rio and the waters of Guanabara Ba

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:47 -0400
Olympics-Carried by samba stars and a prince, Olympic torch nears ceremony

By Brad Haynes and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carried by samba stars, a supermodel and Prince Albert of Monaco, the Olympic torch made its final journey on Friday from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the Games' opening ceremony amid anti-government protests. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus. Under cloudless blue skies, former Brazilian women's volleyball player, Isabel Salgado, lifted the flame beneath the giant statue of Christ that overlooks downturn Rio and the waters of Guanabara Ba

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:47 -0400
Olympics-Carried by samba stars and a prince, Olympic torch nears ceremony

By Brad Haynes and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carried by samba stars, a supermodel and Prince Albert of Monaco, the Olympic torch made its final journey on Friday from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the Games' opening ceremony amid anti-government protests. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus. Under cloudless blue skies, former Brazilian women's volleyball player, Isabel Salgado, lifted the flame beneath the giant statue of Christ that overlooks downturn Rio and the waters of Guanabara Ba

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:27:06 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

The last thing Brazil's men's soccer team needed in its first game at the Olympics was to leave the field without a win and jeered by fans. The disappointing 0-0 draw against 10-man South Africa prompted loud boos from the crowd and renewed fears of another embarrassment at home just two years after a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. Thursday's result in Brasilia heaped pressure on a young team that has the task of helping the nation regain lost pride by winning its first Olympic gold medal in footbal

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:11:54 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

With a goal in the U.S. women's opener in Brazil, Alex Morgan proclaimed that she's poised for another Olympic outburst. The reigning World Cup champion U.S. team faces France on Saturday at Mineirao Stadium as the Olympic tournament continues. Both the U.S. and No. 3 France sit atop their group with win

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:50:31 -0400
Protesters clog Rio - Copacabana beach ahead of Games opening

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer legend Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron at Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, a spokesman for the 75-year-old, three-time soccer World Cup winner said. Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nacimento, is considered by some to be the greatest soccer player of all time, but has been suffering muscle pains and needs a cane to get around after hip surgery. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Jeb Blount; Editing by Alison William

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:36:21 -0400
Mourinho addresses chances of Man United signing Pogba

FIFA President Gianni Infantino broke no rules by taking offers of private flights to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican, Vladimir Putin in Moscow and the Emir of Qatar. Infantino was cleared of suspicion Friday by FIFA's ethics court after a secret investigation which threatened to derail his six-month presidency of soccer's scandal-hit world governing body. The ruling - issued from Zurich as Infantino woke up in Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games later Friday - ended weeks of speculation fueled by leaks to Swiss and German media that he would become the latest FIFA leader suspended from offic

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:23:42 -0400
Soccer-Man United - Mourinho hints at Pogba arrival next week

Jose Mourinho has dropped a heavy hint that Paul Pogba's protracted transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is close to completion. Speaking ahead of Sunday's Community Shield with Leicester City, Manchester United's manager confirmed he expected one more player to arrive at Old Trafford before Aug. 14. "We have 22 and we are going to have 23," Mourinho told a news conferenc

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:44:32 -0400
Olympics-Torch begins final race to stadium from beneath Rio - Christ

By Daniel Flynn and Mary Milliken RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was raised before Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Friday on the final leg of its journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as Brazil excitedly put the final touches to seven years of preparations. At the evening ceremony in the famed Maracana soccer stadium, Brazil will declare open the 31st summer Olympic Games, the first to be held in South America. Organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, from polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika viru

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:33:39 -0400
FIFA ethics court drops investigation of President Infantino

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino, elected in February to lead the global soccer body into calmer waters after a series of corruption scandals, was himself cleared of possible ethics violations on Friday. FIFA's independent ethics committee said it had concluded a formal investigation into Infantino's conduct which focused on some of the flights he had taken during the opening months of his presidency and his failure to sign an employment contract. "It was found that no violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) had been committed by Mr Infantino," the ethics committee said in a statemen

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:17:03 -0400
Soccer-West Brom agree to sell club to Chinese investment group

West Bromwich Albion will soon become the latest English football club to be bought out by Chinese investors. The Premier League team said Friday that Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited, headed by entrepreneur Lai Guochuan, will complete a takeover of the club, subject to approval by the league and English financial authorities. West Brom has been in England's top division since 201

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:11:47 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Brazil held goalless in exciting opener

By Daniel Flynn and Mary Milliken RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - With a little bit of chaos and a last-minute sprint on preparations, Rio de Janeiro was ready on Friday to revel in a moment seven years in the making: the opening of the Olympic Games. At an evening ceremony in the famed Maracana soccer stadium, Brazil will declare open the 31st Summer Olympic Games and the first ever in South America. Organizers are hoping the start of the Games will erase months of bad publicity for Rio - from polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes village to worries about the Zika virus - all against the backdrop of a brutal economic downtur

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:11:47 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Brazil held goalless in exciting opener

By Daniel Flynn and Mary Milliken RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - With a little bit of chaos and a last-minute sprint on preparations, Rio de Janeiro was ready on Friday to revel in a moment seven years in the making: the opening of the Olympic Games. At an evening ceremony in the famed Maracana soccer stadium, Brazil will declare open the 31st Summer Olympic Games and the first ever in South America. Organizers are hoping the start of the Games will erase months of bad publicity for Rio - from polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes village to worries about the Zika virus - all against the backdrop of a brutal economic downtur

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:06:01 -0400
Olympics-Muscle pains could keep Pele from lighting Rio cauldron

Pele's doctors have given him the go ahead to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday, but muscle pains may bar the Brazilian soccer great from the torch ceremony that opens the Rio de Janeiro Games. "It all depends on the muscle pains that hinder his mobility," a spokesperson for Pele told Reuters. Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all tim

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:26:22 -0400
Games light up Rio de Janeiro as Olympic fever hits

Suddenly, Portugal's post-Cristiano Ronaldo era doesn't seem so daunting. The next generation of players from the country won their opening match at the Olympics on Thursday, beating Argentina 2-0 in Group D. Portugal won the European Championship last month, with the 31-year-old Ronaldo sidelined for much of the final with an injur

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:21:27 -0400
Olympics-Games light up Rio de Janeiro as Olympic fever hits

By Caroline Stauffer and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro was illuminated in Brazil's yellow and green national colors on Thursday as the city put the finishing touches to its preparations for South America's first Olympics. Workers rushed to install wiring and put up signs at venues as the Olympic flame made its way through the city of 6 million carried by a succession of sportsmen, stars and even a Nobel laureate, to cheers from thousands of residents who succumbed to the excitement of the Games. It was a far cry from the previous evening, when riot police had used stun grenades and tear gas to clear protesters from the torch's path in a poor suburb of Rio, fuelling complaints that the Games have ignored the city's poo

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:31:07 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Brazil held goalless in exciting opener

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham kicked off a new era with a comfortable 3-0 win over Slovenia's NK Domzale in its first match at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday, securing a place in the Europa League playoff

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:02:15 -0400
Soccer-West Ham start life at Olympic Stadium with emphatic win

Brazil started its quest for an Olympic gold medal in men's soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompted loud jeers by some of the home fans. Despite an attack led by Barcelona striker Neymar and talented youngsters Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol, Brazil was not able to find the net at the packed Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia. Gabriel Jesus, newly signed by Manchester City, had the game's best chance in the 69th minute but missed an open net with a close-range shot that struck the pos

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:03:46 -0400
Olympics-Under familiar Rio sun, Latam athletes aim to shine

The Nigerian men's soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the players to make a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games. The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet from Atlanta on Thursday morning and arrived in the jungle city of Manaus about six hours before its game against Japan. The team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contes

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:54:22 -0400
Olympics-Torch surfs its way into Rio after protests before Games

The Nigerian men's soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the club to board a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games. The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet out of Atlanta on Thursday morning for the jungle city of Manaus, where it plays Japan later in the day. Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, disputed reports that the team missed its original flight because of a money issue between the Nigerian government and a charter compan

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:39:57 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola impact at Man City may take time - De Bruyne

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne has warned it may take time for new coach Pep Guardiola to build a side and implement his playing style at Manchester City. The 25-year-old midfielder is one of several City players who featured at Euro 2016 and the Copa America in the close season and he only returned to training on Thursday after an extended break. "He's changing a few things," De Bruyne told Sky Sports television, referring to Guardiol

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:05:28 -0400
Away from spotlight, Benitez looks to revive Newcastle

Tasked with getting Belgium's golden generation to live up to its billing, Roberto Martinez said his biggest challenge as the new coach is to instill a winning mentality and make a young squad comfortable in the role as favorite. The 43-year-old former Everton manager was hired as coach of the world's second-ranked team on a two-year deal Wednesday. Martinez, in his first international job, replaces Marc Wilmots, who was fired after Belgium's failure to get beyond the quarterfinals at the European Championshi

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:42:38 -0400
Soccer-Marseille owner warns club sale may take years

Hope Solo wasn't bothered by the chanting. The veteran USA goalie was teased by fans chanting ''Zika, Zika'' at her as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand in its Olympic debut on Wednesday. The crowd of nearly 10,000 fans at the 60,000-capacity Mineirao Stadium jeered the goalkeeper with references to the virus that has scared many athletes ahead of the Rio Game

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:20:03 -0400
Dzeko, Nainggolan score in Roma - 2-0 win over Impact

With two goals in the second half by star midfielder Oscar, Chelsea beat AC Milan 3-1 in an International Champions Cup friendly Wednesday night, the first event at sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings. Bertrand Traore scored in the first half for Chelsea, a goal answered about 15 minutes later for AC Milan by Giacomo Bonaventura. The announced attendance was 64,101, the largest crowd to watch soccer in Minnesot

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:48:55 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - United States goalkeeper Hope Solo was the target of some teasing at the hands of Brazilian soccer fans on Wednesday as her team beat New Zealand 2-0 in their opening match of their quest for a fourth successive Olympic gold. Solo, playing her 199th international match in the game in Belo Horizonte, was greeted by thousands of fans shouting "Zika!", in reference to a Twitter photo she published last month, every time she cleared the ball or took a goal kick. "Not sharing this!!! Get your own!" the 35-year-old had written on Twitter, where she was photographed wearing a mosquito net and holding a jumbo-sized bottle of insect repellen

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 21:27:25 -0400
Tosaint Ricketts scores, Toronto FC beats Real Salt Lake 1-0

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Union traded French midfielder Sebastien Le Toux to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday in exchange for general allocation mone

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 21:03:48 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Tosaint Ricketts scored his first Major League Soccer goal to help Toronto FC beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Wednesday nigh

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:26:43 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

The first Olympics in Brazil are underway - aptly with soccer games in the sport's spiritual home and a win for the hosts. In Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Stadium, the Brazilian women's team eased to a 3-0 victory at the start of its quest for a first Olympic gold. It's an early sporting high for Brazil, where reservations about the cost of bringing the Olympics to South America for the first time have produced violent reaction

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:13:13 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Sweden kick off Games with 1-0 win

The first Olympics in Brazil are underway - aptly with a game of soccer in the sport's spiritual home. Sweden's women beat South Africa 1-0 in a drab group-stage game Wednesday in front of a sparse crowd of only a couple of thousand spectators in Rio de Janeiro. It was settled by veteran defender Nilla Fischer opening her third Olympics by scoring in the 75th minut

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:13:13 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Sweden kick off Games with 1-0 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, a regular starter on the U.S. national team, has signed with Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union from France's Nante

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:51:23 -0400
Soccer-Fazio joins Roma on loan from Tottenham

Brazil's men's soccer team is betting on a talented trio of attacking players to try to finally break through and win Olympic gold. Star striker Neymar and promising youngsters Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol will lead Brazil's attack when the hosts debut at the Rio Games against South Africa on Thursday in Brasilia. Neymar has already established himself as a top player with Barcelona, while Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol are considered Brazil's next big stars, 19-year-olds who are set to make their move to big European team

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:12:45 -0400
Soccer-Italy midfielder Candreva joins Inter Milan from Lazio

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing the wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA said on Wednesday that a trial for eight defendants could begin in September or October of 2017. U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn at a hearing said that federal prosecutors had sought an early 2017 trial date, but given the amount of evidence still being processed, that September or October of next year was more realistic. The trial would involve seven former soccer officials and one ex-marketing executive who are among the 42 individuals and entities charged so far in a case that has rocked the soccer worl

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:48:34 -0400
Soccer-Indonesian FA vote to replace entire executive committee

Manchester City signed one of Brazil's most highly rated forwards on Wednesday to continue the club's recruitment drive under new coach Pep Guardiola this offseason. Gabriel Jesus, who is the top scorer in the Brazilian league with Palmeiras and a member of Brazil's Olympic team, completed his move to City for a reported 27 million pounds ($36 million). It took City's offseason spending to more than $130 million, following the arrival of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Oleksandr Zinchenk

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:43:13 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian teen striker Jesus joins Man City

The federal judge overseeing the wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA said at a hearing on Wednesday that a trial could begin in September or October of next year. At the hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris said the government does expect to bring additional charges in the case although he also said it was "too early to say" if additional defendants would be charged.  So far 42 individuals and entities have been charged in the case that has rocked the soccer worl

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:24:01 -0400
Soccer-Hungary keeper Kiraly announces international retirement

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Red Bulls have completed a transfer for Austrian midfielder Daniel Roye

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:25:09 -0400
Soccer-Winger Kapustka joins Leicester City on a five-year deal

LONDON (AP) -- English Premier League champion Leicester signed Poland winger Bartosz Kapustka on Wednesday, adding more depth to its squad ahead of a first appearance in European competition in 16 year

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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:33:46 -0400
Olympics-Pele asked to light Rio pyre, checks with sponsors

Pele has been invited to light the Olympic pyre for the Rio Games on Friday but the Brazilian soccer great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium. "I have a contract that I am bound to fulfill," Pele told Globo TV late on Tuesday, adding that he was consulting the U.S. company that holds the rights to his brand name whether he can take up the invitation from the Olympic organizing committee. Pele later told reporters that International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and the head of the Brazilian committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman had personally asked him to light the pyre and that he would have an answer on Thursda

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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:44:00 -0400
Wales rejects Hull - approach for coach Chris Coleman

Manchester City took its offseason spending close to $100 million under coach Pep Guardiola by signing Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Sane joined City for a reported $49 million, making him the most expensive German player ever and the costliest signing by a Premier League team this offseason. Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Spain forward Nolito and Ukraine attacking midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko are the other main signings since Guardiola took over as coach in Jun

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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 06:16:41 -0400
Germany forward Leroy Sane joins Manchester City

(Reuters) - The Premier League will offer a tougher challenge to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola despite his success in the La Liga and Bundesliga, Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said. Guardiola, who succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City coach after spending three years as Bayern Munich boss, won 14 trophies at Barca before leading Bayern to three straight Bundesliga titles and two German Cups before his move to Englan

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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:13:27 -0400
Soccer-Former Newcastle defender Taylor joins MLS side Portland Timbers

(Reuters) - Portland Timbers have signed former Newcastle United center half Steven Taylor, the Major League Soccer club said on Monday. The 30-year-old Taylor made 10 Premier League appearances last season but could not help Newcastle avoid relegation from England's top flight. Taylor was a free agent after his contract expired at Newcastle, who were relegated to the English championship (second tier). "Steven Taylor gives us a proven piece that can step into our backline and perform immediately," coach Caleb Porter told the club's website (www.timbers.com). .

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