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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:37:26 -0400
Clinical Portugal begin to dream after denting Welsh pride

Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Gareth Bale to propel Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring a thumping header and then setting up Nani's goal in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday. The goals came in the space of three minutes early in the second half in Lyon, helping end Wales' unlikely run to the semifinals in only its second ever major tournament. Ronaldo equaled France great Michel Platini's record of nine goals in European Championship football when he timed a prodigious leap to perfection and planted home a header in the 50t

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:53:17 -0400
Soccer-European Championship results

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani struck in quick succession early in the second half to fire Portugal to a 2-0 win over Wales in the first Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday. After a tense and tactical first half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock five minutes after the re-start when he leapt majestically to head Raphael Guerreiro's pinpoint cross into the net following a short corner. Ronaldo inadvertently set up the second three minutes later with a mis-hit shot which Nani deflected into past Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennesse

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:50:34 -0400
Soccer-European Championship summaries

Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring with a header and setting up Nani's goal soon after in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday. The goals came in the space of three minutes early in the second half in Lyon, helping end Wales' unlikely run to the semifinals in only its second ever major tournament. Ronaldo tied with Michel Platini on nine goals as the leading scorer in European Championship history when he timed a prodigious leap to perfection and powered home a header in the 50t

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:49:40 -0400
Germany - Schweinsteiger fit to lead side against France

Portugal and Wales are drawing 0-0 at halftime in a tightly contested European Championship semifinal match, with Gareth Bale outshining Cristiano Ronaldo so far in Lyon. Impressing in his roving role for the Welsh, Bale fired over from a short-corner routine and had a long-distance shot saved after a surging 50-meter run. Andy King also went close for Wales when he headed ove

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:49:40 -0400
Germany - Schweinsteiger fit to lead side against France

As his Germany team prepares to face France in the European Championship semifinal, coach Joachim Loew has paid tribute to a bond between the teams forged amid the chaos and bloodshed of November's Paris attacks. Explosions rang out at the Stade de France when three suicide bombers detonated their devices near the stadium during the last meeting between the teams, a friendly on Nov. 13. It was part of a wave of gun and bomb attacks across Paris which left 130 people dead and many more wounde

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:08:21 -0400
Soccer-Pepe out of Portugal side to face Wales

''Everyone at home is talking about football - nothing else matters at the moment,'' 36-year-old Richard Morris said. ''It's the year of the underdogs so hopefully it continues,'' said Williams, referring to Leicester City winning the Premier Leagu

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:49:37 -0400
Deschamps challenges players to write new page for France

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not spend much time researching how Germany's players take penalties, in case their European Championship semifinal goes to a shootout on Thursday. Although Germany beat Italy on penalties to reach the semis, Lloris says there is a limited amount to gain from studying their techniques. Germany is hoping captain Bastian Schweinsteiger can recover to play the European Championship semifinal against France in Marseille on Thursda

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:38:03 -0400
Germans, locals soak up sun and wine ahead of Euro 2016 semi

Coach Didier Deschamps has challenged his players to write themselves into the history of French football on Thursday by beating Germany in their European Championship semifinal. France has not won a trophy since Euro 2000 and is bidding to reach the final of a major competition for the first time in a decade. The players can write it,'' Deschamps said Wednesday at a pre-match news conferenc

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:25:24 -0400
A look at some tactical choices for Germany vs. France

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- A look at some of the tactical choices for France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of the European Championship semifinal against German

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:11:36 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1610 GMT on Wednesday, July 6

Loew has a defensive riddle to solve with central defender Mats Hummels ruled out through suspension. Not only that, but the coach has to ponder whether to stick with his three-man defense that allowed five players to crowd the midfield in the quarterfinal against Italy, or revert to the more familiar four-at-the-back that didn't concede in the group games against Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland, or in the round of 16 match against Slovakia. Jerome Boateng will anchor the defensive line no matter which option Loew choose

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:04:31 -0400
FIFA appoints Slovenian state auditor to replace Scala

A Barcelona court on Wednesday gave Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The court also fined Messi 2 million euros and his father, 1.5 million euros. During the four-day trial last month, Messi and his father denied any wrongdoin

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:53:13 -0400
Soccer-Russian international Neustadter joins Fenerbahe

Germany is hoping captain Bastian Schweinsteiger can recover to play the European Championship semifinal against France in Marseille on Thursday. Schweinsteiger, who took a knock to his injury-prone right knee in Saturday's quarterfinal win over Italy, started the team's last training session at its tournament base on Wednesday but his participation remains in question. Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl or Liverpool's Emre Can could step in for their tournament debuts if the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger doesn't make i

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:39:00 -0400
Germany hoping to have Schweinsteiger fit to face France

Barcelona's Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a court in the Spanish city said on Wednesday. The court handed the same jail sentence to the Argentine soccer player's father, Jorge, and fined him 1.5 million euros. Messi, 29, and his father were accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of 4.2 million euros ($4.7 million) in tax between 2007 and 200

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:13:53 -0400
The Latest: Putin calls Monaco party shameless

Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a statement from the court said on Wednesday. The court also sentenced the Argentine soccer player's father, Jorge, to 21 months in prison for the same three crimes. The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, the statement sai

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:13:53 -0400
The Latest: Putin calls Monaco party shameless

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany is hoping captain Bastian Schweinsteiger can recover to play the European Championship semifinal against France in Marseille on Thursday. Schweinsteiger, who took a knock to his injury-prone right knee in Saturday's quarterfinal win over Italy, started the team's last training session at its tournament base on Wednesday but his participation remains in question. Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl or Liverpool's Emre Can could step in for their tournament debuts if the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger doesn't make i

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 03:45:28 -0400
Basketball-Satoransky relishes prospect of Wizards spell

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Tomas Satoransky regards his expected move from Barcelona to the NBA's Washington Wizards to provide him with the greatest challenge of his career, the Czech guard told Reuters. "We have a verbal agreement, it's not official yet," Satornasky said after the Czechs suffered a shock 71-59 reverse to Latvia at an Olympic qualifying tournament in the Serbian capital on Tuesday. "We will see when this tournament is over but it's a challenge I have always looked forward to." After five years at Sevilla, Satoransky joined Barcelona in 2014 and quickly drew attention with impressive performances in the Euroleague, the continent's premier club competitio

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:55:35 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Rookie forward Jordan Morris came off the bench to score two second-half goals and the Seattle Sounders beat West Ham United of the English Premier League in an international exhibition game on Tuesday night 3-0. Herculez Gomez also scored for the Sounders, converting a penalty kick late in the first half. Morris' first goal came in the 70th minute, just eight minutes after subbing into the gam

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:55:35 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Rookie forward Jordan Morris came off the bench to score two second-half goals and the Seattle Sounders beat West Ham United of the English Premier League in an international exhibition game on Tuesday night 3-0. Herculez Gomez also scored for the Sounders, converting a penalty kick late in the first half. Morris' first goal came in the 70th minute, just eight minutes after subbing into the gam

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:20:18 -0400
New York City FC-Revolution preview

MOSCOW (AP) -- World Cup ticket prices have broken the $1,000 barrier for the first tim

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:26:57 -0400
ARGENTINA SOCCER COACH GERARDO MARTINO RESIGNS OVER PROBLEMS IN NAMING RIO OLYMPIC TEAM - ARGENTINE FA

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Gerardo Martino, the coach of Argentina's national soccer team, has resigned, local media reported on Tuesday, days after the country lost to Chile in the regional Copa America tournament final. Reuters could not immediately reach Argentina's AFA soccer organization for comment. The team's star player, Lionel Messi, quit the national team after the game, prompting hundreds of his fans to protest in the rain over the weekend. (Reporting by Luis Ampuero, Writing by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein, editing by G Crosse and David Gregori

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:45:20 -0400
Soccer-Portugal out to improve their semi-final win ratio

The journey to Wednesday's game against Portugal - the first semifinal in Welsh football history - has been an arduous one for the 46-year-old Coleman. ''There are a lot of good managers out of work because there only so many jobs,'' Coleman said Tuesday. Many in Coleman's position might have given up and pursued an easier life as a television pundi

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:53:44 -0400
Soccer-Champions League qualifying round 1 results

FIFA said on Tuesday it had reduced the bans imposed on two senior officials, including its former secretary general, who were barred from taking part in soccer-related activities following a corruption investigation. Former secretary general Jerome Valcke was handed a ban of 12 years while another official, Chung Mong-joon, was given a six-year ban in a corruption scandal at the heart of FIFA which led to several dozen people, including senior football officials, being indicted. Valcke, who was right-hand man to FIFA's now-banned president Sepp Blatter for eight years, was found guilty of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidenc

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:00:26 -0400
Euro 2016 final attack risk grows with French involvement: Germany

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Despite his puzzling failure ever to score at a European Championship, otherwise prolific Germany forward Thomas Mueller sees no reason for change ahead of Thursday's semifinal with France in Marseille. The 26-year-old Mueller, who contributed nine goals in nine qualifying games for Euro 2016, has missed a host of chances in five games so far, extending his scoreless record from Euro 2012. ''Goals are not my gasoline, but the paint on my car perhaps, the special paint that makes it look good,'' Mueller sai

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:59:07 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Argentina struggling to prepare team for Rio

FIFA has reduced the ban on two senior officials, including its former secretary general, who were barred from soccer-related activities following a corruption probe, the global soccer body said on Tuesday. The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee regarding Jerome Valcke, but reduced his ban from 12 to 10 years. Chung Mong-joon, another official, had his ban reduced from six to five year

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:59:07 -0400
Olympics-Soccer-Argentina struggling to prepare team for Rio

FIFA has reduced the ban on two senior officials, including its former secretary general, who were barred from soccer-related activities following a corruption probe, the global soccer body said on Tuesday. The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee regarding Jerome Valcke, but reduced his ban from 12 to 10 years. Chung Mong-joon, another official, had his ban reduced from six to five year

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:43:23 -0400
The Latest: Playing surfaces are improving says UEFA

Jose Mourinho set out his vision to revive Manchester United and defended his record promoting youngsters on Tuesday, cutting out his usual bluster and eschewing fueling the rivalry with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola. United is in need of both a quick-fix and long-term stability after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal struggled as successors to Alex Ferguson, whose 26-year reign ended in 2013. A seemingly mellowed Mourinho was presented to the media for the first time as United manager seven months after being fired by Chelsea for the second tim

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:29:52 -0400
Soccer-Swansea City make Fer move permanent

The World Cup winners against the hosts, the resumption of an old rivalry, the ''Marseillaise'' sung loud in Marseille - France's semifinal against Germany makes for a mouthwatering semifinal on Thursday. Germany goes into the game missing key players through injury or suspension, while France is so far untested against top-level opposition at this tournament. Few French fans could forgive the World Cup semifinal in 1982 when a physical West German team beat France 3-3 on penaltie

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:03:03 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho targets glory at Man United unveiling

PARIS (AP) -- Home advantage has counted little for host nations in recent European Championship histor

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:50:53 -0400
Soccer-Guendogan targets September debut for Manchester City

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin and top security officials on Tuesday discussed what extra legal steps may be needed to stamp out doping among Russian athletes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "The importance of introducing rules for investigative procedures for law enforcement was stressed," Peskov said, when describing what a meeting of Russia's Security Council had discussed. He made his comments to reporters on a conference call. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Andrew Osbor

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:34:15 -0400
UEFA asks players to keep their children off the grass

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from the European Championship (all times local

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:28:57 -0400
Soccer-Poland defender Glik joins Monaco on four-year deal

Don't let Cristiano Ronaldo's devilish grin and chiseled torso fool you. Portugal is the undisputed ugly duckling of the four teams left standing at the European Championship. While semifinal rival Wales, along with Germany and France, have all impressed with big wins to deservedly reach this stage, Portugal has only joined them after barely squeaking through each roun

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 23:18:23 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Tim Howard made two saves in his Colorado debut and the Rapids played to a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on Monday nigh

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:29:42 -0400
Soccer-Ferguson urges Giggs to stand on his own feet in management

The Wales squad playing with their children on pitches across France has provided some of the most heartwarming images of the European Championship. ''UEFA are frowning on it unfortunately because it's encroachment on the pitch,'' Football Association of Wales President David Griffiths told The Associated Press on Monday. Already history-makers in their rugby-obsessed homeland, the Welsh are one game away from a final against Germany or host Franc

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:32:25 -0400
Del Bosque steps down as Spain coach after Euro 2016

The referees' performances in the 48 games played so far in France have received top marks. Will it be England's Mark Clattenburg, Germany's Felix Brych or Hungary's Viktor Kassai, all of whom have turned in impressive performances? ''Mark Clattenburg must have a great chance of that huge honor of taking the Champions League final and a major international final in the same season, now that the rules allow you to do so,'' said former FIFA referee Kim Milton Nielsen, writing on the ''You are the Ref'' refereeing websit

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:17:41 -0400
Del Bosque steps down as Spain coach after Euro 2016 exit

Olivier Giroud is gunning for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. With 10 goals in his past 11 games for France, Giroud is in the best form of his career heading into the European Championship semifinal against Germany on Thursday. ''Of course he's a key player for them, but I've scored a few against him,'' Giroud said Monda

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:08:29 -0400
EU orders Real Madrid, rival Spanish soccer clubs to repay state aid

He's being talked up as the future of Portugal's national team and the likely heir to Cristiano Ronaldo. Renato Sanches certainly has plenty to live up to. The flamboyant, dreadlocked Sanches arrived at the European Championship with a reputation as one of the continent's most-talented young player

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:55:32 -0400
Soccer-France euphoria is extra motivation for us - Germany - Loew

When Portugal and Wales face off for a spot in the final of the European Championship, two players will be expected to rise far above the rest. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, club teammates at Real Madrid and the most expensive players in the history of the sport, will bear the hopes of their nations on Wednesday night at Stade de Lyon. The winner will earn a spot in the July 10 final at Saint-Denis against either world champion Germany or tournament host Franc

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:02:54 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Khedira out of France semi-final

EVIANS-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has been ruled out of Thursday's European Championship semifinal against France, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is struggling to be fit for the clash in Marseille

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:51:49 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Khedira out of Euro 2016 semi-final v France

MARCOUSSIS, France (AP) -- Portugal center back Pepe is an injury concern for the European Championship quarterfinal against Wales on Wednesda

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 21:12:08 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Matt Besler scored in stoppage time to help Sporting Kansas City beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Sunday night and extend its unbeaten streak to four game

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:44:00 -0400
Who will take Spain - crown? Euro 2016 down to final 4 teams

Antoine Griezmann defied plenty of skeptics by becoming the highest scorer at the European Championship. France's hopes of a first title since Euro 2000 rest largely on the slim shoulders of Griezmann, who is on the small side for an attacking player at 1.76 meters (5-foot-9). The 25-year-old forward scored with an excellent finish and set up two more goals as France swatted aside Iceland 5-2 on Sunday to set up a semifinal against German

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:42:09 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward Asano

The European Championship semifinals promise mouth-watering matchups as the last four teams battle for a berth in the July 10 final and a chance to succeed two-time winner Spain. In Lyon on Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal takes on a Welsh team featuring his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. A day later in Marseille, world champion Germany, fresh from a nerve-rattling penalty shootout win against Italy, looks to add the European title against host France which is coming off a morale-boosting 5-2 win against Icelan

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:12:13 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Iceland left with heads held high. France now faces Germany riding a wave of confidence that comes from scoring five goals in one match. Iceland goes home having proved to everyone that a great deal can be done with very littl

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:56:43 -0400
The Latest: France beats Iceland 5-2 to make the semifinals

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Olivier Giroud scored two goals to lead France to an emphatic 5-2 victory over Iceland on Sunday, sending the hosts into a European Championship semifinal meeting with Germany. It was a humbling but far from embarrassing exit for Iceland, which was playing in its first-ever international tournament and progressed much further than expected. Giroud, who was booed by the team's fans in May, is proving to be an essential component of Les Bleus, netting the opener and heading in France's fifth goal at the Stade de Franc

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:26:54 -0400
The Latest: Umtiti to make France debut in quarterfinal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jack Harrison scored an early goal and set up David Villa for one in the second-half as FC New York City beat New York Red Bulls 2-0 Sunday, FCNYC's first win over its local riva

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:04:06 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Sweat and tears is what Italy coach Antonio Conte demanded from his players, and sweat and tears is what he got during a two-year reign that ended in the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Conte, who is leaving the Azzurri to join Chelsea in the English Premier League, transmits passion and the desire to succeed to his players. Captain Gianluigi Buffon was crying as he left the pitch, while another experienced player Andrea Barzagli also broke down while giving an intervie

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:56:26 -0400
Germany - Mario Gomez to miss rest of Euro 2016 with injury

Pep Guardiola began life as Manchester City manager on Sunday by dismissing any chance of signing Lionel Messi and outlining his determination to silence critics who doubt he will be able to replicate his success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Guardiola, possibly the most coveted coach in world soccer, was welcomed by an estimated 6,000 City supporters at a fan event at the club's Etihad Stadium campus. Presented alongside six players from across City's various teams, in front of a screen bearing the motto ''It Begins,'' Guardiola was relaxed - even to the point of answering a question from a heckling fan about whether Messi would be following him to Cit

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:28:20 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Gomez out of Euros, Khedira and Schweinsteiger doubtful

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the European Championship semifinal against either France or Iceland, while midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are both doubtfu

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:01:55 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a muscle tear in his right thigh. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are also both doubtful for Thursday's semifinal in Marseille with a knee injury and groin injury, respectively. The DFB says an MRI scan in Annecy on Sunday revealed Schweinsteiger had a ligament strain in his right knee after receiving a knock in Saturday's quarterfinal against Italy, while Khedira has a left adductor injur

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 08:35:46 -0400
Light injuries after Paris Euro 2016 fan zone fight

The heads of state and prime ministers from France and Iceland are to attend the European Championship quarterfinal between their countries on Sunday. French president Francois Hollande has been a regular guest wearing his Les Bleus scarf at Euro 2016 matches. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will lead a delegation of French lawmakers among the VIP guests at Stade de France, according to UEF

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