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Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:28:26 -0400
Women - soccer: US looks for gold and brings the drama

Hope Solo is blaming the American media for spreading fear about the Zika virus and other problems ahead of the Rio Games. ''It's a little bit unfortunate because I think the American media has been really tough on people of Brazil,'' Solo said. Solo, in her third Olympics, said it seemed problems in Brazil were being blown out of proportion by media in the U.


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:34:20 -0400
Soccer-Napoli sign Poland forward Milik from Ajax

Playing at home, with its biggest star onboard and an unexpected last-minute change at the helm, Brazil is looking to win its first Olympic men's soccer gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Coach Dunga opted to include star striker Neymar as one of the three over-23 players allowed in the Olympic squads instead of taking him to the Copa America. This will be the third straight Olympics in which Brazil brings some of its best players looking for that elusive gold meda


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:28:54 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

If Frenchman Bruno Bini can guide China's women's soccer team deep into the Olympic tournament in Rio, he will be feted in his adopted homeland. To make a long sentence short, if I compare the Chinese team to the French team, Chinese women work harder and they complain much less," Bini told reporters in Rio. Diplomacy may not be a strong suit, but Bini - whose team play Brazil first up on Wednesday - is confident his women will be well drilled on the pitc


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:43:21 -0400
Molino scores twice to help Orlando City beat Revolution 3-1

Tsubasa Endoh and Sebastian Giovinco score in the first half and Jozy Altidore added a late goal in Toronto FC's 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Sunday night. Endoh opened the scoring for Toronto (9-7-6) in the eighth minute when a shot from Giovinco deflected off his back, which provided a spin that threw off Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clar


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:41:15 -0400
Plato, Morales rally Real Salt Lake past Union 2-1

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Molino scored twice and had an assist to help Orlando City rally for a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Sunday nigh


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:33:48 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Joao Plata and Javier Morales scored on well-placed shots early in the second half and Real Salt Lake beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sunday nigh


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:59 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Cristian Roldan scored his second goal of the season in the 49th minute to give Seattle the lead, but a defensive miscue late allowed Los Angeles' Sebastian Lleget to score the equalizer in the 78th minute as the Sounders and Galaxy finished in a 1-1 tie. Seattle was in position to get the victory in the debut of interim head coach Brian Schmetzer, taking over this week after the club and Sigi Schmid parted ways. Roldan's goal was his second of the season off an assist from Nelson Valde


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:24:16 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Jacob Peterson scored and Benny Feilhaber had an assist to help Sporting Kansas City beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Sunda


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:42:39 -0400
Soccer-Premier League transfer fees poised to break record

Brazil's hopes of winning its first Olympic gold medal in soccer took a hit Sunday when starting goalkeeper Fernando Prass was removed from the squad because of a right elbow injury. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Prass will not play in the tournament after tests showed a fracture in the goalkeeper's elbow. Coach Rogerio Micale has not yet announced his replacemen


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:01:03 -0400
Turkey soccer federation board members resign for security checks after coup

Brazil's hopes of winning its first Olympic gold medal in soccer took a hit Sunday when starting goalkeeper Fernando Prass was removed from the squad because of a right elbow injury. The Brazilian soccer confederation says Prass will not play in the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro after tests showed a fracture in the goalkeeper's elbow. Prass had missed a couple of practice sessions last week after hurting his elbow on Monda


Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:00:34 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino scored and Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-0 in an International Champions Cup exhibition game Saturday night at Levi's Stadiu


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:01:35 -0400
Over 105,000 watch Real Madrid beat Chelsea in Michigan

The New England Revolution says forward Charlie Davis is in remission after receiving treatment for cancer. The team said it has honored Davies' wishes for privacy over the past few weeks to allow him to spend time with family and receive treatmen


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:41:07 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed only 195 seconds on Saturday to score in his first game for Manchester Unite


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:28:05 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a superb goal just four minutes into his Manchester United debut and promised that there would be much more to come after they thrashed Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in a friendly in Gothenburg on Saturday. The 34-year-old Swede, who arrived at Old Trafford on a free transfer after a trophy-laden four-year spell with Paris St Germain, wasted no time in making his presence felt, flinging himself into the air to meet Antonio Valencia's cross. With Wayne Rooney netting twice and Valencia recording three assists against the rudderless Turkish outfit, a delighted Ibrahimovic said it was shaping up to be an exciting season, especially if United's transfer target Paul Pogba arrives from Juventu


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:28:59 -0400
Soccer-Ibrahimovic creating "functional empathy" at Man United - Mourinho

(Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing a pivotal role in creating a friendly atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho has said, adding that the striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer. "With Zlatan you may see someone with a big ego, big self-esteem, but it is in a positive way. When he is with the group, he is humble and friendly to everyone -- integration is good," Mourinho told MUT


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:50:37 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

Long before the U.S. women's soccer team filed a federal complaint over wage discrimination, the Australian women fought for better pay. The Matildas, as they are known, will be among the 12 women's soccer teams playing in Brazil next week when the Olympics get underway. The Matildas have made a quick ascent as one of the world's elite team


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:17:16 -0400
Barcelona sells left back Adriano to Besiktas

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced Friday that he is retiring from international football after making 120 appearances over 12 years. ''I have just asked the coach not to nominate me anymore for the national team because I would like to step back,'' the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger said on Twitter. ''We achieved something historic and emotional in winning the World Cup title in 2014, something that can't be repeated in my caree


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:13:52 -0400
Soccer-Ireland keeper Given calls time on international career

LONDON (Reuters) - German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from international football, he announced on Friday, saying he was disappointed to have not finished his career with a win at Euro 2016 in France. "It wasn't to be and I have to accept it," he said in a statement on his Twitter feed. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," added the Manchester United player who had 13 seasons with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. (Editing by Alison William


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:05:41 -0400
Soccer-MLS wants to be guinea pig for video reviews

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer in North America is fast-tracking plans to use video reviews to aid referee decisions, commissioner Don Garber said on Thursday. Garber has long been a proponent of using video to ensure crucial calls are correct, and the league recently hosted a visit to New Jersey by officials from the international rule-making body IFAB for the first ever live trials. The technology was tested during games between local youth teams, with the referee in constant communication with a video assistant refere


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:19:01 -0400
Soccer-Higuain determined to repay Juventus for massive fee

Didier Drogba hardly felt like celebrating his goal given the MLS All-Stars missed multiple late scoring chances that cost them their all-star game against Premier League power Arsenal. Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from close range on a nice cross from the left side by Nacho Monreal, and Arsenal topped the MLS All-Stars 2-1 in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Thursday. Once Arsenal's young substitutes got going after entering midway through the second half, the opportunities cam


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:18:29 -0400
Factbox: Russian athletes affected by Rio bans

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says midfielder Samir Nasri hasn't featured yet in the pre-season friendlies because he is overweight. Nasri was not in the France squad for the European Championship so returned to pre-season training at City having not played since May. Speaking after City beat Borussia Dortmund on penalties in a friendly on Thursday, Guardiola said there's ''still a little bit of weigh


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:47:21 -0400
Soccer-Saunders backing Liverpool terriers to excel

After joining Juventus in the most expensive transfer in Italian football history, Gonzalo Higuain has already set his sights on a Champions League title. At his presentation Thursday, Higuain declared that Juventus' goal this season is a treble - winning Serie A, the Italian Cup and the Champions League. ''I hope to win a lot of titles with Juv


Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:27:57 -0400
Sounders add Uruguay star Lodeiro as designated player

The best players from the MLS will look to post their third consecutive match victory against a European soccer stalwart when league's selected All-Stars square off against Arsenal of the English Premier League in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jos


Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:43:54 -0400
Soccer-Champions League qualifying round 3 results

Nicolas Lodeiro, the attacking midfielder who just helped Argentina powerhouse Boca Juniors reach the semifinals of the prestigious Copa Libertadores club championship in South America, has signed with the Seattle Sounders as a designated player. The 27-year-old Lodeiro also has 48 caps for the Uruguay national team, including this summer's Copa America Centenario in the United State


Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:21:35 -0400
Soccer-Lazio sign striker Immobile from Seville

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) -- For once, it's not what Lionel Messi is doing with his feet that's creating a sti


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:49:53 -0400
Neymar vows to keep partying as Olympics approach

Sigi Schmid won an MLS Supporters Shield, four U.S. Open Cups, and never missed the playoffs as head coach of the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders announced Tuesday that Schmid's run as the only coach in the franchise's MLS era has come to an end. Longtime Seattle assistant Brian Schmetzer is taking over immediately as interim head coac


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:46:14 -0400
Olympics-Neymar vows to keep partying as Games approach

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil striker Neymar has vowed to keep on partying after being asked if his off the field activities could harm the country's chances of winning their first Olympic soccer titl


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:48:42 -0400
19 Kids and Counting star Jinger Duggar gets engaged

The Seattle Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid are parting ways after eight years. The team announced Tuesday that Schmid's run as the only coach in the franchise's MLS era has come to an end. Longtime Sounders assistant Brian Schmetzer is immediately taking over as interim head coac


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:22:39 -0400
Soccer-Juventus has signed Higuain from Napoli - Napoli spokesman

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International sailing federation World Sailing said on Tuesday it had provisionally confirmed that six Russian competitors could compete in the Rio Olympics. World Sailing said in a statement on its website that Pavel Sozykin was denied eligibility for the Rio games because of the findings of the McLaren report commissioned by the World Anti-doping Agency. Fellow Russian competitors Stefania Elfutina, Maxim Oberemko, Lyudmila Dmitrieva, Alisa Kirilyuk, Sergey Komissarov and Denis Gribanov can however take part in the Rio games, the statement said. .


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:28:34 -0400
Soccer-FIFA chief wants two more Africa slots in expanded World Cup

Africa should be given two more places at the World Cup finals if the tournament is expanded to 40 teams, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino told reporters on a brief trip to Nigeria on Monday. Infantino repeated his presidential election manifesto pledge to push for the World Cup to grow by eight teams to 40 and wants Africa to get at least two extra slots from 2026. "I believe for the World Cup 2026 -- because the 2018 and 2022 finals are already decided -- there should be 40 teams... and out of the eight more there should be at least two slots for African teams," he told reporter


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:27:07 -0400
Soccer-Swansea chairman reassures fans about further signings

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) -- New England manager Sam Allardyce will take his time before deciding if Wayne Rooney continues as captai


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:42:22 -0400
Soccer-Howe wants young Cherries to ripen into pick of the bunch

By David Stanway SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Big money signings and investments in storied European clubs, and the backing of a president who is an avid soccer fan: things should be looking up for millions of Chinese supporting the 'beautiful game'. Not so, say some long-time football enthusiasts like Bian Minming, who fear the game is being taken away from them. Chinese soccer's new-found cash also means a deluge of heavy-handed corporate sponsorships, and Bian and others say that hampers Beijing's aim of nurturing a grass-roots base for the sport and homegrown talen


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:29:27 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Brandi Chastain likes U.S. soccer's prospects for defending gold in Rio, is advocating for fewer headers in youth games and tackling her son's diagnosis of Crohn's disease. It's been 17 years since Chastain's game-winning penalty shootout kick against China at the Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl in July 1999, and the celebratory photo of her overhead jersey twirl landed on magazine covers. Chastain is keeping an eye on the current women's national team - without retired star Abby Wambach - after helping the U.S. win two golds and a silver in the Olympics during her caree


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Olympic hoodoo still haunts hosts Brazil

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Soccer fans of a certain age will always remember Falcao at the World Cup in 1982 and his starring role alongside Zico, Socrates and Cerezo in one of the greatest Brazil sides of all time. The 1972 Munich Olympics was a disappointment for Brazil's players but losses to Denmark and Iran, sandwiching a draw against Hungary, tell only half the story. The Olympics, Falcao told Reuters, was something specia


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:24:46 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Serge Aurier scored twice and Paris Saint-Germain beat Inter Milan 3-1 on Sunday at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium. Layvin Kurzawa also scored for PSG on a stunning free kick in the 61st minute in the International Champions Cup match. Stevan Jovetic scored for Inter Milan on a penalty kick in stoppage time following the first hal


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:05:17 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Dom Dwyer scored twice and Sporting Kansas City held the Seattle Sounders without a shot until the 88th minute in a 3-0 victory Sunda


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:58:36 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice, Sacha Kljestan had a goal and two assists and the New York Red Bulls beat New York City FC 4-1 on Sunda


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:12:55 -0400
Soccer-Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

(Reuters) - Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britai


Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:16:44 -0400
Ulloa - long-distance goal gives FC Dallas 1-1 tie at Rapids

TORONTO (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco scored three goals and added an assist to break out of an eight-game scoring drought in Toronto FC's 4-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday nigh


Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:54:46 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

Vancouver's David Ousted and Houston's Joe Willis had four saves each in preserving a scoreless draw between the Whitecaps and Dynamo on Saturday night. The Dynamo's best chance came in the 71st minute when Boniek Garcia's left-footed shot crashed the inside of the left post, bounced along the goal line but went out past the other post. Vancouver's Erik Hurtado found the back of the net in the 84th minute, but the goal was disallowed because of a hand bal


Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:01:11 -0400
Giovinco has hat trick, Toronto beats DC United 4-1

MONTREAL (AP) -- Didier Drogba broke out with a hat trick to lead the Montreal Impact to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday nigh


Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:58:44 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes scored in the opening 11 minutes and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Portland 2-1 on Saturday to snap the Timbers' nine-game undefeated streak. Zarek Valentin scored for the Timbers, who were stung when they lost veteran defender Nat Borchers to what appeared to be a left ankle injury late in the first half. Borchers was a key piece to the Timbers' team that won the MLS Cup last seaso


Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:39:52 -0400
Soccer-Sunderland appoint Moyes as Allardyce - replacement

David Moyes was hired to take charge of Sunderland as Sam Allardyce's successor on Saturday, returning to Premier League management two years after being fired by Manchester United. Moyes signed a four-year contract less than 24 hours after Sunderland announced Allardyce's departure to become England manager. Allardyce secured Sunderland's Premier League status after inheriting a struggling team last October but the northeast club doesn't want to be in regular relegation battle


Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:04:46 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Luke Mulholland scored in the 64th minute to lift Real Salt Lake into a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday nigh


Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:49:54 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Crystal Dunn scored in the 15th minute and Carli Lloyd had her 88th career goal to help the United States women's team beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday night in its final game before the Rio Olympics next mont


Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:11:32 -0400
Soccer-Portugal coach Santos has a coffee and signs a new contract

Spain's football federation named Julen Lopetegui as the new coach of the national team on Thursday, replacing Vicente del Bosque. Del Bosque stepped down after eight years in charge following Spain's elimination in the round of 16 of the European Championship last month. The 49-year-old Lopetegui had been without a job since January after being fired from FC Porto, his only head coaching job with a major clu


Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:48:27 -0400
IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

MUNICH (AP) -- Pep Guardiola's return to Bayern Munich ended with a 1-0 defeat for his new club Manchester City on Wednesda


Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:26:55 -0400
Soccer-Celtic avoid further embarrassment against Gibraltan part-timers

England is on the verge of hiring Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce to take charge of the national team as Roy Hodgson's successor. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the English Football Association is close to finalizing Allardyce's appointment. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the appointment has not been made and the FA board, which is due to meet on Thursday, has to approve new coache


Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:16 -0400
Soccer-Marseille gets new CEO

Orlando City president Phil Rawlins wanted someone who fulfilled some important criteria when looking for a new coach 10 days ago. The 43-year-old Kreis, a one-time MLS star, comes to Orlando after short stint with New York City FC last yea


Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:07:50 -0400
Golf-Ten majors before I can be compared to Sweden - Ibrahimovic - Stenson

(Reuters) - Sweden's first male winner of a major golf championship, Henrik Stenson, joked that he needed to win another nine such titles before he could be considered as successful as Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Stenson, 40, who beat American Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon on Sunday to win the Open, finished eight-under-par 63, which was a new fourth-round low for the tournament. Stenson has attracted huge attention in his home country, but said he had some way to go to match Ibrahimovi




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