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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ( .


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




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