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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:48:12 -0400
Man United breaks world transfer record to re-sign Pogba

(Reuters) - France mid fielder Paul Pogba has rejoined Manchester United from Italian champions Juventus on a five-year contract for a reported fee of 89 million pounds ($115.98 million), the Premier League club said in a statement on Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who played at Euro 2016, joined Juventus from the Old Trafford club in 2012, having come through Le Havre's youth system before moving to United's academy in 2009. .

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:14:10 -0400
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

The frustration with Brazil's soccer team is so great that fans are jeering Neymar and wishing women's star Marta could come to the rescue. While Marta has been thriving with the women's team, Neymar has disappointed at the men's Olympic tournament, where Brazil is facing early elimination in a scenario that once seemed unthinkable in the soccer-obsessed host country. Fans watching Brazil struggle in a 0-0 draw against Iraq on Sunday heckled Neymar by chanting Marta's name at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, wishing she help solve the many problems of the men's tea

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:03:56 -0400
Olympics-Swimming-Teen has data problem after surprise silver

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Canada's Penelope Oleksiak came to the Olympics hoping to get to a final and gain experience for the next games in Tokyo in 2020. ''I've run out of data,'' the Canadian newcomer said on Monday, just hours after winning a silver medal in the 100 meters butterfly to add to her earlier 4x100m freestyle relay bronze. ''I am always on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and everything and seeing all the notification

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:04:04 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship fixtures

Nigeria's sports minister says he has apologized to players for the travel mix-up that resulted in the men's soccer team arriving at the Olympics just hours before their first game. Officials said it was because they tried to buy plane tickets to Rio de Janeiro at the last minute and then found a charter plane was too small to carry the entire delegation. Despite those issues, Nigeria was the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals in Ri

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:19:16 -0400
Spanish forward Jese signs 5-year deal with PSG

Uli Hoeness has decided to run for Bayern Munich's presidency, seeking to return to a job that he gave up in 2014 after being given a prison sentence for tax evasion, the Bundesliga champion said Monday. Hoeness, 64, will be a candidate for the job when club members elect the president at their annual general meeting in November, Bayern said. It added that current president Karl Hopfner agreed not to seek re-election in what it termed ''very pleasant talks'' with Hoenes

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:33:57 -0400
Charismatic Klopp starting to make his mark at Liverpool

A day after masterminding the most unlikely title success in English football history, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was asked about his target for the next Premier League season. Leicester wrote a sporting underdog story for the ages by toppling the traditional heavyweights of England and winning the Premier League at pre-season odds of 5,000-1. Speculation has been swirling in the offseason around the future of two more of last season's key players, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahre

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:57:37 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Mexico lose Peralta and Pizarro to injury

(Reuters) - Mexico's leading striker Oribe Peralta has left the Rio Olympics after breaking his nose, with midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro also returning home with a broken leg, the country's soccer federation confirmed on Monday. Mexico, the defending champions, are second in Group C of the Olympic tournament after two matches, having drawn 2-2 with Germany and beaten Fiji 5-1. Raul Lopez and Carlos Fierro have been named as their replacement

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:41:50 -0400
Soccer-Late Cole goal saves Galaxy from defeat

(Reuters) - Ashley Cole scored in the 89th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Gonzalo Veron put the Red Bulls ahead in the 68th minute and Sean Davis looked to have sealed the win six minutes later when he put the visitors 2-0 u

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 23:34:29 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Disappointed yet again, the Brazilian fans jeered their own team and saved their applause for Iraq. Brazil, which has never won the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer, failed to win for the second consecutive game, held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq on Sunday. The result leaves Brazil tied for second place in Group A. The team needs a victory over Denmark on Wednesday in Salvador to advance and avoid another huge embarrassment at home two years after the 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinal

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 21:11:29 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Clint Dempsey had his second-career MLS hat trick and the Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday night to end a three-game winless strea

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 20:41:36 -0400
Engen, Dunn, exemplify depth of US women - soccer team

Diego Valeri, Jack Jewsbury and Fanendo Adi scored second-half goals while both teams played a man short to help the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Sunday. In the 65th minute, a left wing cross from Vytas Vytautas Andriuskevicius was too high for Jack McInerney to head on goal. ''Big players, especially attacking players, come up with goals,'' Portland coach Caleb Porter sai

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:00:06 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Mexico - Gutierrez scores four in Fiji rout

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fiji got their first goal in a major soccer finals on Sunday but Mexican striker Erick Gutierrez got four to give the holders a 5-1 win on a day that Portugal struggled to beat Honduras and Germany shared the points in a thrilling game with South Korea. Fiji, who have never made a World Cup finals and are competing in their first Olympics, looked to have recovered from Thursday's 8-0 drubbing by South Korea when Roy Krishna put them ahead in the 11th minut

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 15:45:54 -0400
Rio Games far from sold out, ticket sales at 82 percent

By Daniel Flynn and Caroline Stauffer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities' expulsion from venues of spectators carrying banners or shouting slogans against interim President Michel Temer stirred outcry on social media on Sunday, but Olympic organizers threw their support behind the move. "A gold medal for repression" tweeted several people following the protester's expulsion from Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. A spokesman for Temer declined to commen

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 15:45:54 -0400
Rio Games far from sold out, ticket sales at 82 percent

By Daniel Flynn and Caroline Stauffer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities' expulsion from venues of spectators carrying banners or shouting slogans against interim President Michel Temer stirred outcry on social media on Sunday, but Olympic organizers threw their support behind the move. "A gold medal for repression" tweeted several people following the protester's expulsion from Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. A spokesman for Temer declined to commen

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 15:41:05 -0400
Olympics-Rio Games far from sold out, ticket sales at 82 percent

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Another day of Olympic sports played out before empty seats led to an admission from organizers that only Friday's Opening Ceremony has so far sold out. Demand for tickets is running at 82 percent, considerably below London four years ago even though they are roughly half the price. Not even Brazil's Olympic soccer team in its first match at the Games has attracted a capacity crowd and on Sunday the women's sevens tournament was played in front of at best half-filled 15,000-seater Deodoro stadium while only a few thousand spectators watched the women's cycling road rac

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 15:41:05 -0400
Olympics-Rio Games far from sold out, ticket sales at 82 percent

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Another day of Olympic sports played out before empty seats led to an admission from organizers that only Friday's Opening Ceremony has so far sold out. Demand for tickets is running at 82 percent, considerably below London four years ago even though they are roughly half the price. Not even Brazil's Olympic soccer team in its first match at the Games has attracted a capacity crowd and on Sunday the women's sevens tournament was played in front of at best half-filled 15,000-seater Deodoro stadium while only a few thousand spectators watched the women's cycling road rac

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 14:56:51 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship results and standings

By Paulo Prada and Drazen Jorgic RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Olympic athletes and visitors might be forgiven if they feel like they accidentally stepped into one of Brazil's notoriously raucous football arenas, where insults, boos and outright hostility toward rival teams are common. Be it at boxing, judo, fencing, or even tennis, hometown Brazil fans are treating many Olympic sports as if they were at Flamengo vs. Fluminense, a crosstown Rio rivalry where passions, in addition to spit and occasionally fists, frequently fly. Early on Sunday, as Brazilian fencer Ghislain Perrier, parried lunges by Ma Jianfei, the local crowd jeered the Chinese rival, even though he wo

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 14:52:51 -0400
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

Erick Gutierrez scored three goals early in the second half and added another late in the game to help defending Olympic champion Mexico beat Fiji 5-1 on Sunday. Fiji, playing in its first Olympics and coming off an 8-0 loss to South Korea, took the early lead when veteran striker Roy Krishna scored in the 10th minute, but Gutierrez netted in the 48th, 55th and 58th to put Mexico back on track at the Arena Fonte Nova in the northeastern city of Salvador. Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo added to the lead in the 67th and Gutierrez finished it off in the 73r

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:52:39 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

Manchester United hired Jose Mourinho and signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring a winning mentality and trophies to a fallen English giant. Barely a month at United and they've already made their mark. Ibrahimovic headed in an 83rd-minute winner on Sunday as United beat Leicester 2-1 in the Community Shield - the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season - and give Mourinho his first piece of silverware as Old Traffor

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:29:15 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Strong winds wreaked havoc at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, forcing the cancellation of the rowing competition and delays to tennis and kayaking, while spectators ran for cover from flying debris on the second full day of competition. Powerful gusts swept across the Brazilian city, ripping a large banner off the aquatics center, triggering the closure of souvenir shops in the Olympic park and forcing organizers to reschedule events. Rowers were told to stay off the water at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon a day after difficult conditions on the opening program on Saturday led to complaints from rowers that races should have been postponed after one boat capsize

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:29:15 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

By Karolos Grohmann RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Strong winds wreaked havoc at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, forcing the cancellation of the rowing competition and delays to tennis and kayaking, while spectators ran for cover from flying debris on the second full day of competition. Powerful gusts swept across the Brazilian city, ripping a large banner off the aquatics center, triggering the closure of souvenir shops in the Olympic park and forcing organizers to reschedule events. Rowers were told to stay off the water at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon a day after difficult conditions on the opening program on Saturday led to complaints from rowers that races should have been postponed after one boat capsize

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:26:44 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Paul Pogba will have a medical examination at Manchester United to complete a move back to the English club from Juventus. The 23-year-old France midfielder is reportedly joining for a world-record transfer fee, eclipsing the 101 million euros that Real Madrid spent to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 201

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:09:49 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco had his second three-goal game of the season to take over the Major League Soccer scoring lead and power Toronto FC to a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday nigh

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Sun, 07 Aug 2016 01:34:20 -0400
Soccer-Giovinco scores second hat-trick to boost MVP claims

(Reuters) - Italian Sebastian Giovinco's second hat-trick of the season led Toronto FC to a 4-1 triumph over the New England Revolution and boosted his hopes of becoming Major League Soccer's (MLS) first ever back-to-back MVP on Saturday. The comprehensive win left Toronto (10-7-6) on 36 points, just one shy of first-placed New York City FC. The striker, who burst onto the MLS scene last year with an MVP season, is the league's leading scorer with 15 goals – two more than New York City’s David Vill

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 21:32:06 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Birnbaum scored for D.C. United in the 94th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:27:25 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-U.S. women march on with 1-0 defeat of France

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A goal from captain Carli Lloyd gave the U.S. women's soccer team a barely deserved 1-0 win over France on Saturday in a hard-fought match in Belo Horizonte. The U.S. captain was in the right place at the right time with 63 minutes gone to knock the ball into an empty net from two meters out after Tobin Heath's shot had come back off the post and left keeper Sarah Bouhaddi stranded. The win came against a French team that struggled to hit the target and failed to beat U.S. keeper Hope Solo in her 200th international matc

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Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:20:45 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Hope Solo was unaffected by the Brazilian boos as she made her 200th international appearance. Solo came up big as the United States fought off France 1-0 on Saturday in an Olympic group match at Mineirao Stadium. Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal for the American

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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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