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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. .

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:54:20 -0400
Portugal reward coach Euro 2016-winning Santos with new contract

''We're looking to make a step change in the way our participants behave and how they are seen around the world,'' Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said after showing the compilation of incidents of indiscipline at a former London courthouse on Wednesday. The Premier League is already the world's wealthiest soccer competition, raising 8.3 billion pounds ($12 billion) from television rights for the next three season

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:58:43 -0400
Soccer-Italy coach says he should not be judged by lack of titles

Angel Maria Villar, UEFA's longest-serving vice president, is standing in the election to succeed Michel Platini as the head of European soccer. The Spanish federation president announced his candidacy ahead of Wednesday's deadline for September's UEFA presidential election. Villar is set to be challenged for the presidency by Michael van Praag, a UEFA vice president from the Netherlands, and Slovenia federation head Aleksander Ceferi

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:55:44 -0400
Soccer-FIFA promises "appropriate steps" over alleged Russian doping cover-up

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Soccer's world ruling body FIFA has promised "appropriate steps" after a report on Monday said a dozen positive doping cases in Russian football were among hundreds covered up by Moscow. The independent WADA report, which followed an investigation led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, concentrated on allegations of systematic doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. "FIFA will request from WADA all details concerning the individual cases of doping in Russian football that are referenced in the McClaren report," FIFA said in a statement to Reuter

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:40:41 -0400
Soccer-Villa boss Di Matteo warns top-flight return will be tough

By Nacho Doce RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - As hundreds of thousands of tourists begin descending on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics that start Aug. 5, the headlines have focused on the street violence, the Zika virus, the water pollution and the rush to finish venues and transport. It is also where most tourists will stay during the Games, with hotels in Copacabana and Ipanema nearly full and thousands more renting apartments through websites like Airbnb. The same party atmosphere is expected for Rio 201

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:19:57 -0400
Soccer-La Liga players dominate UEFA - Best Player in Europe shortlist

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal. In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium - provisionally named Zenit Arena - and other infrastructure must be built on time. The decree said Putin instructed officials to ''adopt comprehensive measures to eliminate the gaps'' in the stadium's construction schedul

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:23:10 -0400
Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist, edging Will Grigg

FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor on Monday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia. FIFA said that, under a new commercial strategy for the World Cup, up to four packages were being offered for regional sponsors in each of five regions it listed as Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, and Asi

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:56:21 -0400
Thousands arrested in global football gambling raids: Interpol

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor on Monday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia. FIFA said that, under a new commercial strategy for the World Cup, up to four packages were being offered for regional sponsors in each of five regions it listed as Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, and Asi

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:56:21 -0400
Thousands arrested in global football gambling raids: Interpol

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor on Monday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia. FIFA said that, under a new commercial strategy for the World Cup, up to four packages were being offered for regional sponsors in each of five regions it listed as Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, and Asi

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:55:21 -0400
Soccer-FIFA says Russiaa Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

More than 4,000 people have been arrested worldwide and more than $13 million seized across Asia in operations targeting illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 football tournament, Interpol said on Monday. The global police cooperation agency, which called the operation the "most significant in recent years", said more than 4,000 raids were carried out across China, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam during Operation SOGA VI (short for soccer gambling) on dens estimated to have handled $649 million worth of bets. "The number of seizures is the highest and most significant amongst similar operations in recent year

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:26:26 -0400
Russia - Alfa-Bank signs with FIFA as 2018 World Cup sponsor

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to take measures to eliminate delays on soccer World Cup-2018 preparations, RIA news agency reported on Monday. A total of eleven cities will host World Cup in 2018 in Russia, while not all the venues are yet ready for the event and some of them are behind the schedule. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by Vladimir Soldatki

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:24:45 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- David Villa and Jack Harrison scored in the first half and first-place New York City held on for a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Sunday nigh

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:58:55 -0400
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

Diego Valeri scored goals on either side of halftime to give the Portland Timbers a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. The win extended Portland's MLS unbeaten streak to nine games (4-0-5). Valeri's first came on the brink of halftime, as he combined with Lucas Melano to move the ball down the left win

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:18:19 -0400
Soccer-Messi still the best despite international failures - Ronaldinho

By Shravanth Vijayakumar CHENNAI,  (Reuters) - Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world despite never winning a major international trophy for Argentina, former Barcelona team mate and Brazil great Ronaldinho said on Sunday. The 29-year-old Messi, who retired from internationals last month after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final, is his country’s top scorer with 55 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, his frequent rival for FIFA's prestigious Ballon d’Or, recently won Euro 2016 with Portugal, to reignite the debate about which of the two is the world's best playe

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:37:55 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

The last time Brazil played a major soccer tournament at home, Neymar was stretchered off the field and then missed an embarrassing loss against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. Although the Olympic soccer tournament doesn't have the same importance of a World Cup, the Rio Games have a special meaning for the Brazilian striker. Neymar will be one of the games' biggest stars and will carry the responsibility of leading the five-time world champions to their first soccer gold meda

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:55:00 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canadian national team member Cyle Larin scored the tying goal in the 50th minute in Orlando City's 2-2 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:14:26 -0400
Urriti, Castillo lead FC Dallas to 3-1 win over Fire

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Marlon Hairston scored, U.S. national team star Tim Howard had his second shutout in three games with Colorado and the Rapids beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 to extend their franchise-record unbeaten streak to 14 game

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:11:33 -0400
Egypt court dismisses assault charges against soccer star

WIGAN, England (AP) -- Jose Mourinho has taken charge of his first game as Manchester United manager, a 2-0 win over second-tier Wigan in a low-key preseason friendl

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 01:01:45 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Steven Gerrard scored the game's only goal and Brian Rowe made four saves to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Baggio Husidic connected with a streaking Robbie Keane on a long feed, but goalkeeper Joe Willis deflected Keane's shot and Gerrard raced in and rolled a right-footer into the lower-right corner of the net. It was the third goal of the season for Gerrard, who has three assists in the last four matche

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:34:39 -0400
World Cup host city fires contractor for major stadium

The investigatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee has asked for former executive committee member Worawi Makudi to be banned from soccer for at least four years for allegedly breaching the soccer governing body's code of conduct. Makudi, the former president of the Thailand Football Association, should also pay a fine of at least 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,538.87) for alleged violation of the general rules of conduct, the chamber said in a statement on Friday. The investigation has been completed by the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Cornel Borbely, and handed over to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, which will decide what action to take, the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee sai

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:25:09 -0400
Olympics-Argentina name Correa, Simeone in Olympic soccer squad

Argentina have named Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa and Giovanni Simeone, son of the Spanish club's coach Diego, in the national soccer team for next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Correa is one of five players based abroad, including West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini, Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli plus forwards Jonathan Calleri and Lucas Romero, who play in Brazil for Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro respectivel

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:24:02 -0400
Soccer-Ethics investigators to interview Infantino -BBC

Twelve days after his two-year stint with Italy ended at the European Championship, Conte was presented as the new manager of Chelsea ahead of his first spell in English football. After winning the league at a canter in 2015, the London club put up a woeful defense of the title - costing coach Jose Mourinho his job - and finished in 10th place. Chelsea won't be playing in Europe next seaso

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:40:01 -0400
Dempsey sparks surge, Sounders beat FC Dallas 5-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ignacio Piatti scored late in the first half to lift the Montreal Impact into a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday nigh

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:34:50 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Hamilton tied it in the 64th minute and Toronto FC held on for a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Wednesday nigh

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