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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:44:10 -0400
Column: No Brexit, please! This is football

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Schalke in the Bundeslig

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:44:10 -0400
Column: No Brexit, please! This is football

Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Bundesliga club Schalke. Swiss champion Basel and Schalke said Sunday that the 19-year-old striker has signed a five-year contract. Embolo played in each of Switzerland's games at Euro 2016 without scoring, and was a second-half substitute against Poland in the round of 16 on Saturda

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:37:10 -0400
Column: No Brexit, please! This is football

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- Spain is pledging to stick to its acclaimed passing game to try to break through Italy's equally famous defense in the round of 16 of the European Championship on Monday. Facing one of the best defenses at Euro 2016, Spain is vowing to stay patient and keep the ball for as long as needed to create scoring chances against its old rival in Monday's match at Stade de France. ''It's difficult to score and it's difficult to create opportunities against them,'' Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara sai

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:03:43 -0400
Soccer-Copa America third-place play-off result

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kaka scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute of stoppage time to give Orlando City a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:54:14 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Dom Dwyer scored twice to help Sporting Kansas City rally for a 2-2 tie with Montreal Impact on Saturday night. Lucas Ontivero and Ignacio Piatti scored for Montreal. Dwyer continued his dominance over the Impact, scoring his eighth and ninth career goals against Montrea

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:40:29 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolanos scored and the Vancouver Whitecaps handed the Philadelphia Union their first home loss of the season, 3-2 on Saturday night. Bolanos had the key goal in the 84th minute, with Chris Pontius scoring the final goal for Philadelphia late in stoppage time. Bolanos took a pass from Erik Hurtado near the top left corner of the 18 box, made a move and right-footed a shot through the legs of defender Keegan Rosenberry for his fifth goa

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:41:21 -0400
Modric and Rakitic fall just short for Croatia again

That was some way for Portugal winger Nani to celebrate his 100th cap. With barely minutes to go in its round of 16-match against Croatia at the European Championship on Saturday, Portugal conjured a winner from its first really penetrating attack. It was he who set up Cristiano Ronaldo, whose shot was saved firmly by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasi

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:21:10 -0400
Soccer-Santos hails tactical triumph as Portugal snatch late winner

The quarterfinal lineup at the European Championship started to take shape on Saturday after three drab matches that will live forever in the record books but not in the memory. The start of the round of 16 saw Poland, Portugal and Wales make it through to the final eight. Poland qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Championship for the first time after it converted all its penalties to beat Switzerland 5-4 in a shootout in Saint-Etienn

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:17:52 -0400
Lampard, Matarrita score, New York City beats Sounders, 2-0

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal seized their chance to stay in the chase for an elusive first title together on Saturday. Ronaldo's only shot created a rare scoring opportunity and substitute Ricardo Quaresma finished it off, helping Portugal to beat Croatia 1-0 on Saturday and advance to the European Championship quarterfinals. Portugal settled a poor game in the 117th minute with its only serious attack, when Ronaldo's one shot all match was parried by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic across the goalmouth in the second half of extra tim

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:07:25 -0400
Soccer-European Championship last 16 summaries

Cristiano Ronaldo helped create a rare chance and substitute Ricardo Quaresma finished it off, helping Portugal to beat Croatia 1-0 on Saturday and advance to the European Championship quarterfinals. Portugal settled a poor game in the 117th minute with its only serious attack, when Ronaldo's one shot all match was parried by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic across the goalmouth in the second half of extra time. Quaresma stooped to head the ball into an unguarded net from close rang

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:52:41 -0400
Portugal beats Croatia 1-0 at European Championship

So soon after Britons voted out of the European Union, this was unexpected: Enthusiastic throngs of Frenchmen merrily turning out to cheer them on. For many of them, Brexit, the turning of backs across the English Channel, was a rude slap in the face. Only, perhaps, at a football stadium would this have been possibl

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:19:07 -0400
Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

Wearing a red shirt and white shorts just like daddy, Alba Violet Bale danced around the Parc de Princes field in celebration with her father. The 3-year-old girl hasn't been seeing much of Gareth Bale lately, and the Welsh nation will be hoping they'll have to wait a bit longer before being able to spend any quality time together. It's largely thanks to Bale that the first tournament appearance by Wales in 58 years is going to last at least another week after a cagey 1-0 win over British rival Northern Ireland on Saturday put the Welsh in the quarterfinal

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:08:35 -0400
Loew wants Germany to be better than England vs. Slovakia

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- A lot has changed for Spain since it routed Italy in the European Championship final four years ago. While Italy remains the same hard-working team with solid defense and efficient offense, Spain is no longer the dominant force it once was, having lost some important players from its most successful generation and coming off an embarrassing elimination in the 2014 World Cup. For the first time in quite a while, Spain won't be the obvious favorite when it plays old rival Italy on Monday at Stade de France in one of the most anticipated matches of the round of 16 at Euro 201

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:28:05 -0400
Soccer-Wales reach last eight as own goal downs Northern Ireland

Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident his side will be ''better than England'' when it plays Slovakia on Sunday in the last 16 at the European Championship. Slovakia held England to a goalless draw to reach the knockout stage as one of four third-place sides behind Wales and England in Group B. The draw earned praise from Loew, whose own side was beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in a storm-interrupted friendly in Augsburg, Germany on May 29. ''But they already played a great game against us in Augsbur

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:53:05 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) -- As spectacular as it was, Xherdan Shaqiri's beautiful bicycle kick goal just wasn't enough. The Switzerland forward scored the goal of the tournament against Poland on Saturday, jumping with his back to the net before sending a left-footed volley inside the post from near the edge of the area. The goal made it 1-1 in the 82nd minute, but Poland managed to win a 5-4 in a penalty shootout and advance to the European Championship quarterfinal

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:16:15 -0400
Soccer-Croatia - Modric and Mandzukic start against Portugal

Gareth Bale was the creator of the only goal - an own-goal - to put Wales into the European Championship quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Saturday. Bale's cross was aimed at teammate Hal Robson-Kanu but it was inadvertently tipped into the net by Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley in the 75th minute. Obviously no disrespect to Ireland, but they make it difficult to play (against),'' Bale sai

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:07:40 -0400
Soccer--Defensive Poles know they need to show more flair

For Hungary, the pressure is all on Belgium ahead of their round of 16 clash at the European Championship. Hungary has surprised many by qualifying for the knockout stages of Euro 2016 as group winner. Belgium, on the other hand, was one of the pre-tournament favorites, many of its players earning their living at some of Europe's biggest club

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:20:46 -0400
Soccer-"Free and liberated" Hungary happy to play underdog role

Coach Martin O'Neill has questioned Ireland's ''unfair'' ticket allocation for Sunday's match against host France in the last 16 of the European Championship. ''The ticket allocation is something that I do have a gripe about. It's totally disproportionate for a stadium of this size,'' O'Neill told a news conference on Saturda

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:17:48 -0400
Soccer-Shaqiri makes his mark but unable to enjoy his moment

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) -- Poland spent time preparing for a penalty shootout - and it showed. The team qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Championship for the first time after it converted all its penalties to beat Switzerland 5-4 in a shootout. Following a 1-1 draw Saturday that Switzerland had dominated for long periods, Grzegorz Krychowiak stepped up to score the winning penalty into the top left corne

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:48:28 -0400
The Latest: Northern Ireland and Wales 0-0 at halftime

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) -- Poland qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Championship for the first time after it converted all its penalties to beat Switzerland 5-4 in a shootout. Following a 1-1 draw Saturday that Switzerland had dominated for long periods, Grzegorz Krychowiak stepped up to score the winning penalty into the top left corner. Poland will play either Croatia or Portugal in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Marseill

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:01:58 -0400
Soccer-Poland sink Swiss on penalties after brilliant Shaqiri goal

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has told his players to step up a level when they take on Hungary in the last 16 of the European Championship on Sunday. Hungary has been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, while Belgium had mixed results in Group E - losing 2-0 to Italy, beating Ireland 3-0 and scraping a 1-0 win over Sweden in its final match. ''We don't have the right to make any mistakes,'' Wilmots said Saturda

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:45:27 -0400
Tennis-Kerber eyes German Wimbledon-Euros double

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber is looking forward to a potential German sporting double over the next fortnight, aiming to win Wimbledon as one of the favorites while also cheering on her national soccer team at Euro 2016. Australian Open champion Kerber revealed on Saturday that she had been hooked on watching the Euros, particularly the progress of Die Mannschaft, during her preparations in London. On the weekend before the tournament, Kerber normally likes to take in a show in London's West En

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:16:37 -0400
Soccer-Poland recall four regulars for Switzerland clash

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:10:34 -0400
Soccer-Ireland - Duffy relishing Euro 2016 after brush with death

LA ROCHELLE, France (AP) -- Spain says 10 national soccer team players have undergone doping tests at its European Championship training camp in western Franc

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:42:14 -0400
Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

Brought up on a regular supply of the Premier League, Iceland's players are used to cheering on England at major soccer tournaments. In what appears to be the biggest mismatch of the European Championship's round of 16, Iceland - the smallest nation ever to appear at the tournament - will attempt to deliver yet another shock by beating England in Nice on Monday. Elimination would be an embarrassment, and surely cost Roy Hodgson his jo

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:02:57 -0400
Sporting Kansas City-Montreal preview

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The troika running the Copa America Centenario proclaimed the soccer tournament a rousing success on Friday heading into the final weekend of the special event hosted by the U.S., but would not commit to a regular arrangement.     The 100th anniversary of the world's oldest international soccer tournament was a cooperative effort between South American confederation CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF, representing North America, Central America and the Caribbean, with U.S. Soccer organizing the competition. .

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:47:15 -0400
Soccer-FIFA puts troubled Argentine FA under administration

FIFA has put the crisis-torn Argentine FA under the administration of a committee to put its house in order and prepare it for presidential elections, world soccer’s governing body announced on Friday. The AFA, run as a personal fiefdom by the late Julio Grondona for 35 years until his death in 2014, has since been immersed in a financial and governance crisis. "This committee will administer the AFA’s daily activities, check its statutes to adapt them to the latest version of FIFA’s Model Statutes and organize elections by June 30, 2017 at the latest," FIFA said in a statement on its website (es.fifa.com

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:56:27 -0400
From indifference to uncertainty, Brexit talk hits Euro 2016

Croatia's key players Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic trained well on Friday and could be ready for at least part of the round of 16 game against Portugal. Coach Ante Cacic indicated the two men were recovering. Modric, the playmaker, and striker Mandzukic were nursing muscle injuries that forced them out of the final group stage match, a 2-1 victory over double-champion Spai

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:31:47 -0400
Soccer-Croatia focused on limiting Ronaldo damage

Britain's momentous decision to leave the European Union was the talk of soccer's European Championship on Friday, with one leading Italian player even warning about an undermining ''domino effect'' across Europe. Wales coach Chris Coleman spoke of the virtues of free movement of workers in Europe, while England striker Harry Kane conceded to having little interest in the referendum that changed his country's political destiny. Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill rued his failure to cast a ballo

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:17:18 -0400
Whitecaps-Union preview

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- The young players considered the future of Spanish soccer have not been getting many chances to show their potential at the European Championship. Coach Vicente Del Bosque has been revamping Spain after the debacle at the 2014 World Cup but has preferred to stick to more experienced players at Euro 2016. Most of the youngsters he brought to France have not played a major role for the two-time defending champions so far, and it's unlikely many will be on the field when Spain faces Italy in the tournament's round of 16 on Monday at Stade de Franc

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:59:37 -0400
Red Bulls lend defender Karl Ouimette to NASL - Jacksonville

It would be a surprise if Robert Lewandowski isn't feeling the pressure. Poland's main striker has not had his scoring boots on so far at the European Championship, a sharp contrast to the qualifying stage when he was top goal-scorer. ''We don't have a single problem with the fact that Robert hasn't scored a goal,'' Poland coach Adam Nawalka said through a translator on Frida

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:24:29 -0400
Revolution-United preview

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany needs to find its cutting edge. Coach Joachim Loew knows there's a problem and has juggled his front line during the tournament, introducing Gomez into the team for the match against Northern Irelan

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:45:53 -0400
Soccer-There - little luck in the science of penalty shootouts

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) -- With a coach who has plied his trade in Italy and a squad of much-traveled players, Switzerland is counting on its international experience for success at the European Championship. Vladimir Petkovic, who replaced Ottmar Hitzfeld after Switzerland's defeat by Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, has made some important changes to a side that faces Poland in the last 16 on Saturday. A former Lazio coach, he has kept Hitzfeld's defensive mentality while bringing a dash of creativity to a squad of players that also has experience of Serie A socce

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:20:18 -0400
Factbox: Copa America finals since 1993

South America, by turning its flagship Copa America into a joint effort with the northern half of the continent, has definitively taken its showpiece tournament into the 21st century. Sunday’s centenary final between Argentina and Chile pits one of South America’s three big teams that have historically dominated the event against the current best of the second tier of nations looking to make a more permanent mark. First called the South American Football Championship, with Copa America the name of the trophy, it was first played in Buenos Aires with Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay taking part in 1916, the year the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) was founde

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:04:15 -0400
Premier League says Brexit will not harm its appeal

Chile face Argentina in Sunday's Copa America final for the right to call themselves South America's dominant team but perhaps an even bigger question for football fans the world over regards whether Lionel Messi can finally win a major international title. The Barcelona forward has won every trophy possible with the Spanish club but he has lost three finals with Argentina, including in 2014 World Cup Final in 2014 and the Copa America last year. Sunday's game against Chile in New Jersey gives Messi a chance to end both his personal hoodoo and that of Argentina, who have not won a major title since lifting the Copa America in Ecuador in 199

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:01:58 -0400
Italy defender Chiellini ready to face nemesis Spain

Goalkeepers who leave their goal-line early to save a penalty should get a yellow card and the kick should be retaken, UEFA's head of referees said Friday. Pierluigi Collina acknowledged it was wrong of referee Bjorn Kuipers to let Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic advance so far from his line to save a Sergio Ramos penalty kick for Spain at the European Championship on Tuesday. ''Unfortunately, that goalkeeper moved forward, it was not spotted by the referee's team,'' Collina said at a briefin

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:19:10 -0400
UEFA - Collina wants keepers to stay on line for penalties

The saga of Iceland's football team doesn't need to end any time soon, and rivals would be foolish to underestimate the smallest team in the European Championship. Midfielder Elmar Bjarnason even went so far on Friday as to warn England, his team's opponent in the last 16 on Monday, not to underestimate the Icelanders. Iceland has surprised spectators in France and delighted the 330,000-strong population back home with a series of efficient and muscular performance

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:32:35 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Some of the continent's top strikers are finding it tough at the low-scoring European Championship, stifled by so-called weaker teams employing defensive tactics to grind out points. England striker Harry Kane might know this better than anyone. The leading scorer in last season's English Premier League with 25 goals for Tottenham, Kane didn't score in the group stage and barely even had a sight of goal up against the deep, packed defenses of Russia, Wales and - as a second-half substitute - Slovaki

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:11:32 -0400
Soccer-Cool hand Xhaka makes Swiss midfield tick

Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not harm the prestige of the world's most popular domestic soccer competition, the Premier League said on Friday. Last season 432 European players were registered to play in the 20-team Premier League -- with some of the continent's biggest names plying their trade with England's leading clubs. Although there will no immediate implications for EU-based players already in the Premier League, long-term it could potentially be harder for English clubs to sign new player

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:11:32 -0400
Soccer-Cool hand Xhaka makes Swiss midfield tick

Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not harm the prestige of the world's most popular domestic soccer competition, the Premier League said on Friday. Last season 432 European players were registered to play in the 20-team Premier League -- with some of the continent's biggest names plying their trade with England's leading clubs. Although there will no immediate implications for EU-based players already in the Premier League, long-term it could potentially be harder for English clubs to sign new player

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:16:00 -0400
Soccer-Lahm comparison makes no sense, says Germany - Kimmich

With the benefit of three days' extra rest, France is hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet on Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship. France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday in Lille and only got back to its Versailles base outside of Paris at around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. ''Three days is important in a tournament and qualifying earlier does give you more rest,'' France's assistant coach Guy Stephan said Frida

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:58:55 -0400
Soccer-Bale faces challenge to breach N.Ireland defence-Lafferty

At least in public, its players and coaching staff appear wary as they prepare for Sunday's game in Toulouse against Hungary in the round of 16. Led by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium is among the teams being tipped to win Euro 2016, while Hungary is playing at its first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup. ''Hungary have really surprised everyone, but they deserve it,'' Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel sai

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:26:57 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Amandine Henry quickly showed the prowess that has made her one of the world's best players in her first start stateside with the Portland Thorns. Henry aimed a header at the goal that was popped in by teammate Nadia Nadim in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars, and Portland remained the only undefeated team in the National Women's Soccer League. Henry is arguably the biggest star from Europe to join the NWSL as it plays out its historic fourth seaso

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:54:46 -0400
United defender Bobby Boswell suspended for game

England is back in the knockout stage of a major soccer tournament. England has lost six of its seven shootouts in major tournaments since 1990, making it something of an unwanted tradition for the national team. Players like Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Gareth Southgate and David Batty are as well known for missing penalties for England than anything else they achieved in their career

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:25:21 -0400
Spain says lessons learned from Croatia loss

NEW YORK (AP) -- D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS on Thursday for a serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponen

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:55:36 -0400
Soccer-Wanyama completes move to Tottenham

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- An over-confident Spain has learned the lessons of its shock defeat to Croatia and won't fall into the same trap against Italy in the last 16 of the European Championship. Defender Juanfran Torres said Thursday that Spain, already qualified for the round of 16, fell into a trap at 1-0 up. ''This small excess of confidence that we had is something that needs to change against Italy,'' Torres sai

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:17:17 -0400
Soccer-Mexico keep faith with coach Osorio despite 7-0 humiliation

Jamie Vardy agreed to stay with Leicester on Thursday to spearhead their English Premier League title defense and first Champions League campaign. The central England club announced its top scorer agreed to extend his contract by four years, appearing to end Arsenal's hopes of signing the striker. Arsenal activated Vardy's release clause before the European Championship, and he stayed silent publicly on his future while on England duty in Franc

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:51:43 -0400
Albania out of Euro 2016 but etched in a nation - pride

In five transformational years, Wales and Northern Ireland have gone from playing in front of 529 fans to preparing for a British derby in the 45,000-capacity Parc des Princes in Paris. The start of the knockout phase is unchartered territory for Wales and Northern Ireland as they make unexpected progress on their debuts in UEFA's continental showpiece. Few will relish facing Bal

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:25:23 -0400
Soccer-Blanc parts ways with PSG, reports LEquipe

(Reuters) - Angel Di Maria is working hard on his fitness for the chance to play a part in Argentina’s Copa America Centenario final against title holders Chile on Sunday after bad luck in two previous finals. Di Maria, nicknamed “Fideo” (noodle), is desperate not to lose out on the East Rutherford showcase after missing the 2014 World Cup final through injury and having to come off after half an hour of last year’s Copa America decider in Chile. The last two, I couldn’t, let’s hope this is the definitive one,” said Di Maria, who scored Argentina’s first goal of the tournament in a 2-1 group stage win over Chil

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:10:14 -0400
Fan chief says Russians suffering politicized treatment at Euro 2016

With the European Championship group stage over, UEFA proudly flagged up a statistic on Thursday: no team won all three games. The lack of walkovers and dead-rubber group games provides some vindication for UEFA after eight teams were added to make its showpiece a 24-team event. Part of the joy of the expanded European Championship was the appearance of five new team

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