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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:07:39 -0400
Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums desert-proof

If playing on a brand new soccer pitch requires any specific skills, Germany might have an advantage over Slovakia in Sunday's last 16 match at the European Championship. The Dutch company which is replacing the turf at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Thursday provided Germany with an identical field at their pre-tournament training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, last month. UEFA called in Hendriks Graszoden to install the new playing surface at Euro 2016's most northern venue after the initial pitch was badly damaged because of non-soccer events before the tournament and unfavorable weather condition


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:02:46 -0400
Soccer-Marco Silva quits as Olympiakos coach

By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state's punishing desert climate. Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the cooler month of November. It also wants the stadiums to be used all year round beyond the 2022 tournament, Saud Ghani, a Qatar University engineering professor, sai


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:57:31 -0400
Curse of the penalty shootout hangs over England again

Kuwait is seeking $1 billion in damages from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for banning the country from international competitions, state news agency KUNA reported. The IOC suspended Kuwait in October 2015, accusing the government of interference in its national Olympic Committee. Kuwait's minister of information and youth said late on Wednesday that Kuwait "is taking the International Olympic Committee to the Swiss courts for damages amounting to $1 billion as a result of the IOC's unjustifiable decision to suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee," KUNA sai


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:09:29 -0400
Soccer-Leukaemia survivor Petrov to return to training with Villa

Led by prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Poland was the top scoring team in qualifying for the European Championship with a remarkable 33 goals in 10 games. After scoring 13 goals in qualifying, Lewandowski has failed to find the net so far and his team has managed just two goals in its three matches. Only Ukraine, Sweden, Albania and Austria scored fewer goals in the group stage - and all four of those teams have been eliminate


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:56:05 -0400
Soccer-Leicester strike early blow as Vardy signs new contract

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- With fitness worries over central defender Jerome Boateng, Germany coach Joachim Loew gave his players the day off Thursday. It starts with the round of 16 game against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday. ''The medical team and Jerome are working hard on i


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:13:35 -0400
Column: 24-team Euro 2016 a wacky success

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- Three matches into the European Championship and Spain again is talking about its goalkeepers. The doubts that surrounded the team before Euro 2016 apparently had been put to rest when coach Vicente Del Bosque named David De Gea as the starter in place of veteran Iker Casillas. De Gea was criticized for failing to make a stop in Croatia's winning goal in Bordeaux on Tuesday, an 87th-minute low shot by Ivan Perisic that got past the goalkeeper at the near pos


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:51:25 -0400
Soccer-Rangers sign Kranjcar on two-year deal

PARIS (AP) -- It's no surprise to see Gareth Bale and Andres Iniesta lighting up the European Championship. However, some other players who are hardly household names in European soccer have also impressed at this year's tournamen


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:26:01 -0400
Soccer-Spain - De Gea turns criticism into inspiration

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


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:42:31 -0400
Soccer-Chile beat Colombia 2-0 to set up final against Argentina

(Reuters) - Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday's final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due to a torrential rain storm. Chile were already two goals up at half time but the second half was delayed as an electrical storm powered towards Soldier Field and drenched the stadium with rain. The teams came back to a waterlogged pitch and Colombia, who had a man sent off early in the second period, could not reduce the defici


Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:18:39 -0400
Sinclair, Nadim score and the Thorns beat the Red Stars 2-0

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Jordan Allen broke a tie in the 87th minute and Real Salt Lake beat New York 2-1 on Wednesday night to end the Red Bulls' four-game winning strea


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:26:48 -0400
Soccer-Chile v Colombia suspended at halftime due to storm

(Reuters) - The second half of Wednesday's Copa America semi-final between Chile and Colombia in Chicago has been suspended because of an approaching storm, officials said. With Chile leading 2-0 at the break, fans at Soldier Field were advised to take shelter before an announcement was made that the second half would be delayed. "Due to inclement weather in the immediate stadium vicinity, tonight's Copa America Centenario match at Soldier Field has been temporarily suspended," authorities sai


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:06:35 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Roland Alberg had the second three-goal game in Philadelphia history and the Union beat the Chicago Fire 4-3 on Wednesday night. Philadelphia (7-4-5) snapped a seven-game winless streak in the series, which included three losses and four draws. Chicago (2-7-5) had its MLS-record road winless streak extended to 32 games, dating to July 201


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:01:10 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday, June 23

Italy coach Antonio Conte has urged his team to be upbeat about facing two-time defending champion Spain in the last 16 of the European Championship. ''With regards to the draw, it's definitely odd to win the group and come up against Spain,'' Conte said through a translator. Italy began Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over Belgium and then beat Sweden 1-0 to secure a first place finish in the grou


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:56:19 -0400
Ireland - resilience rewarded with late winner against Italy

Waving his arms in frustration and shouting frenziedly to all around him, Cristiano Ronaldo seethed as Hungarian rivals celebrated. Ronaldo couldn't believe his teammates in the rearguard had conceded less than five minutes after he had finally scored his first goal at this European Championship. In the heat and humidity of Lyon, the pent-up frustration simmering inside Ronaldo after two goalless games was visible to one and al


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:28:54 -0400
Column: Ibrahimovic doesnt go out like a legend

He calls himself Gummi Ben and he's becoming a cultish phenomenon of the European Championship. Gudmundur Benediktsson's wildly enthusiastic calls of Iceland's goals for national television have been finding new fans worldwide as clips are shared on social media. On Wednesday, Gummi Ben broadcast an instant classic to describe Iceland's stoppage-time goal to beat Austria 2-


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:28:54 -0400
Wildly popular Icelandic TV commentator is a worldwide hit

Ireland's never-say-die mentality has finally paid off. A late goal from Robbie Brady was enough for Ireland to beat a reshuffled Italy side 1-0 on Wednesday and advance to the knockout stages for the first time as one of the best third-place teams. Ireland's reward is a match against France in Lyon on Sunday that will surely resonate for Ireland's passionate fans as it will revive memories of the last time the two sides met in November 2009, in a two-legged playoff for the following year's World Cu


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:19:45 -0400
Belgium knocks out Sweden in Ibrahimovic - last game

The self-proclaimed legend of Swedish football stopped delivering. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last game in Swedish bright yellow wasn't worthy of a movie and had no Hollywood ending. Sweden's record scorer leaves international football with memories to cherish, none more powerful than the acrobatic overhead kick against England that won him FIFA's goal of the year award in 2013, but also with a gnawing feeling that a player with his talents and footwork that was astounding for a 6-foot, 4-inches (1.94-meter) tall colossus could and should have achieved mor


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:05:07 -0400
Soccer-Sweden - coach doubts they will find another Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo dragged Portugal back from the brink of elimination twice, and Ireland found a late goal to stun Italy and stay in the European Championship on Wednesday. Iceland's winning goal in stoppage-time against Austria wrote another chapter of the tournament's feel-good story and set up a round of 16 clash with England. Sweden and Austria are heading home now, as are Turkey and Albania, which had hung around in France hoping that results would fall their way and lead to a place in the last 16 among the best third-placed team


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:52:06 -0400
Sad end for Ibrahimovic as Belgium advance

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Sweden, a 1-0 loss to Belgium on Wednesday at the European Championship. The Swedes were eliminated from the competition while Belgium advanced to the round of 16, where they will play Hungary on Sunday in Toulouse. ''I hoped we could have a better finish (for Ibrahimovic),'' Sweden coach Erik Hamren sai


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:33:59 -0400
Soccer-Bookmakers odds to win Euro 2016

A late goal from Robbie Brady proved enough for Ireland to beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday and secure a place for his team in the knockout stages of the European Championship. Brady's 85th minute header ended Ireland's 22-year wait for a competitive win over Italy and guaranteed that the team ended up as one of the best third-place teams. It's the first time Ireland has made it to the knockout stage of the European Championship, having failed to do so in its two previous appearances, in 1988 and 201


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:18:23 -0400
The Latest: Turkey ousted by Ireland - victory

By Philip O'Connor LILLE, France (Reuters) - Robbie Brady scored a glorious late winner for Ireland to put them through to the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time thanks to a 1-0 win over Group E winners Italy. Brady scored his 85th minute headed goal from a pinpoint cross by his Norwich City clubmate Wes Hoolahan, who had just spurned a golden opportunity to seal the well-deserved victory himself. It earned the Irish a famous victory against a second-string Italy side, with the three points securing third place in the group and setting up a last-16 tie against hosts France in Lyon on Sunda


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:59:31 -0400
Soccer-Last 16 fixtures at Euro 2016

Marcel Koller's team made an early exit from after losing 2-1 to Iceland on Wednesday, following a goalless draw against Portugal. Having started as a playmaker and then been substituted in the 65th minute against Portugal, Alaba was handed the same role in the first half against Iceland. With his team trailing 1-0 as the players headed back to the dressing room, Koller finally decided to make Alaba play in a more familiar, deeper role after the interva


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:26:12 -0400
Tiny Iceland advances at Euro 2016, next plays England

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


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:50:48 -0400
The Latest: Italy and Ireland 0-0 at halftime

Memo to reporters at the European Championship: Don't disturb Cristiano Ronaldo on his morning stroll. As he walked with Portugal teammates beside a lake in a park, Ronaldo responded to a seemingly harmless question ahead of Wednesday's game against Hungary by snatching the microphone off a TV reporter and apparently throwing it into the water. The three-time world player of the year has had his issues with the tabloid in question, Correio da Manha, threatening to sue it twice over reporting about his private lif


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:24:12 -0400
Ronaldo scores 2 in Portugal - 3-3 draw with Hungary

By Patrick Vignal PARIS (Reuters) - Iceland wrote the most glorious page in their sporting history when a stoppage-time winner gave them a deserved 2-1 victory against Austria for a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 on Wednesday. "Our national holiday is on June 17," said Iceland coach Helmir Hallgrimsson. The last-gasp goal secured Iceland second place in Group F, level on five points with Hungary, who drew 3-3 with Portugal in an action-packed encounter in Lyo


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:23:07 -0400
Soccer-Heroic Iceland set up last-16 clash with England

Cristiano Ronaldo came through. Ronaldo's strikes, the first with a spectacular back heel and the second with a header, helped Portugal earn a 3-3 draw with Hungary, sending both teams through. The goals came in the 50th and 62nd minutes, and they made Ronaldo the first player to score in four consecutive European Championship


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:42:10 -0400
Ronaldo scores 2 in Portugal - 3-3 draw with Hungary

A catchy chant featuring a little-known Northern Ireland striker is lighting up the European Championship. The 24-year-old Will Grigg is one of the hits of Euro 2016 thanks to the chant that has gone viral around grounds and on social media, even as he remained rooted to the bench while coach Michael O'Neill's mash-up of lower-league journeymen qualified for the round of 16. The chant originates at Grigg's club Wigan Athletic, where he earned fans' adoration by scoring 25 league goals last season to lead the team to promotion to England's second-tier Championshi


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:39:43 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo on target as Portugal and Hungary go through

By Zoran Milosavljevic LYON, France (Reuters) - Hungary and Portugal reached the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a rip-roaring 3-3 draw in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice and became the first player to score at four European Championship finals on Wednesday. The Portuguese came from behind three times as Ronaldo, who also set a tournament record of 17 appearances, finally rediscovered his touch to help Portugal make the last 16, where they will meet Croatia in Lens on Saturday. Group F winners Hungary finished above Iceland, who also qualified after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Austria in Paris, and third-placed Portuga


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:31:38 -0400
Iceland extend heroic run with last-gasp win

Iceland, the smallest nation at the European Championship, delivered the feel-good story of the tournament by beating Austria 2-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Iceland's victory, which came deep in stoppage time, has earned the team a mouthwatering round of 16 match against England in Nice Monday - a prospect previously described as a ''dream'' by captain Aron Gunnarsson. Arnor Ingvi Traustason sealed the win for Iceland in the fourth minute of injury time following a classic counter attack as Austria pressed for a winner that would have seen it qualify for the next round of Euro 201


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:24:50 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo scores at four Euros, sets appearance record

The youth came through for Croatia. With Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic both out injured, the Croats lined up to face defending champion Spain with three of its starting players 21 or under. The Spanish hadn't lost a match at the European Championship in 12 years, but they couldn't shake Croatia on Tuesday at Stade de Bordeau


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:40:24 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo sets all-time record for Euro appearances

Iceland is heading for the knockout stage of the European Championship after taking a 1-0 lead at halftime against Austria thanks to an 18th-minute goal by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. The striker controlled a flicked header by Kari Arnason from a throw-in, and wrong-footed Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer with a low, angled finish. Austria missed a chance to equalize in the 37th minute when Aleksandar Dragovic struck the outside of the post with a penalty after David Alaba was tugged bac


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:33:46 -0400
Soccer-Hungary make five changes for Portugal clash

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has made two changes for his third-place team's crucial final game in Group F at the European Championship. Defender Raphael Guerreiro, who was a doubt with a thigh injury, has been replaced by Eliseu. The other change from the side that was held 0-0 by Austria is midfielder Joao Mario replacing Ricardo Quaresm


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:04:52 -0400
Soccer-Nobody is scared of England, says Shearer

Spain has not made many wrong steps over the past eight years at the European Championship. Spain's traditional give-and-go approach malfunctioned against the gritty Croatians. It had never lost after taking the lead in the European Championship since the tournament age began in 198


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:33:30 -0400
Soccer-Less glamorous team guaranteed moment in sun at Euro 2016

Russia is giving coach Leonid Slutsky time to change his mind before it accepts his offer to resign. Slutsky said the 2018 World Cup host nation would be better with a new coach after it exited in the group stage of Euro 2016 with defeats to Slovakia and Wales. Russian Football Union head Vitaly Mutko, who is also the country's sports minister, suggests he wants Slutsky to change his min


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:13:20 -0400
Will Grigg - on Fire chant lights up Euro 2016

Memo to reporters at the European Championship: Don't disturb Cristiano Ronaldo on his morning stroll. Already enduring a frustrating tournament on the field, the Portugal star was clearly unhappy to be approached by a reporter for the TV station of a Portuguese tabloid and asked how he was feeling ahead of Wednesday's match against Hungary at the European Championship. ''Are you ready for the game?'' the 31-year-old Ronaldo was asked as he walked with teammates beside a lake in a park, with some Portuguese security personnel shielding them from fan


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:54:21 -0400
McGovern set to cash in on his European Championship heroics

By Zoran Milosavljevic LYON, France (Reuters) - - Video footage has emerged of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo bringing an impromptu interview to a sudden halt -- by throwing the reporter's microphone into a nearby lake on Wednesday. When the reporter from Portugal's CMTV approaches to ask if he was prepared for the game, Ronaldo grabs the microphone from him with one hand and pitches it into the water. The 31-year-old Real Madrid forward has been under pressure after refusing to shake hands with Iceland's players following Portugal's 1-1 draw in their opening game and missing a penalty in their second group match -- a goalless draw with Austri


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:53:17 -0400
Czech Republic facing need to overhaul aging squad

PARIS (AP) -- Michael McGovern gave all he had in the game of his life at the European Championship, and got plenty in retur


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:44:23 -0400
Soccer--Ronaldo throws reporter - microphone in lake

For the Czech Republic, it's time to give youth a chance. Following its group stage exit from the European Championship, the Czech Republic has little option than to replace its aging starts with the next generation of players. For this tournament, Czech coach Pavel Vrba stuck with an experienced group of players, many of whom came from the domestic league, such as 34-year-old Sparta Prague forward David Lafata, who failed to replicate his club for


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:25:37 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona expect Neymar to stay at Nou Camp

France coach Didier Deschamps was unhappy with the quality of the field at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille for Sunday's match against Switzerland and was scathing about the state of the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, where France played against Albania four days earlier. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday at the national team's Clairefontaine training camp on the outskirts of Paris, Le Graet backed his coach. ''For our league to become better quality, it needs better pitche


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:03:36 -0400
Soccer--Tight-lipped Ronaldo throws reporter - microphone in lake

PARIS (AP) -- French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has opened the door for striker Karim Benzema's return after the European Championshi


Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:16:32 -0400
Soccer-Goal machine Messi leads Argentina to Copa final

(Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored his 55th international goal to become his country's all-time leading scorer as Argentina thrashed hosts the United States 4-0 to ease into the final of the Centenary Copa America on Tuesday. Many of those in the 70,858 crowd in Houston had come to witness the Barcelona star etch his name in the history books and he did not disappoint, curling a sensational free kick past Brad Guzan after 32 minutes to put Argentina 2-0 ahead. Messi had been chopped down by Chris Wondolowski 25 yards from goal as he burst forward and the ensuing strike moved him clear of previous record holder Gabriel Batistuta's 54 goal tall


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:55:57 -0400
Soccer-Messi becomes Argentina - all-time top goalscorer

(Reuters) - Argentina striker Lionel Messi became his country's all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday when he scored in the Copa America semi-final against the United States to take his international tally to 55 goals. The five-time world player of the year scored in the 32nd minute of the match in Houston to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. The goal in his 112th international lifts him above Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 54 goals in 78 games for the two-time world champion


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:34:48 -0400
France expels Russian soccer fan chief again

Two years on from perhaps his biggest disappointment in football, Mario Gomez staked a claim to lead Germany's misfiring attack at the European Championship. Gomez, who wasn't picked for Germany's triumphant World Cup campaign in Brazil through poor form, scored his side's sole goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday. My time with the national team can't be ended like that,'' Gomez sai


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:41:58 -0400
Soccer-Cacic says his players showed true face of Croatia

Turkey rebounded from two losses at the European Championship to beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Tuesday and keep alive its chances of reaching the knockout stages from Group D. With their team having failed to score in its defeats to Spain and Croatia, some Turkish fans celebrated with firecrackers and flares that landed on the pitch after the second goal at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Turkey must now wait until the final group matches are played on Wednesday to discover whether it can advance as one of the four best third-place team


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:18:52 -0400
Soccer-Triumphant Terim says Turkey can go far, given the chance

(Reuters) - Chile must find a player with the dynamism Arturo Vidal showed in their 7-0 rout of Mexico when they face Colombia without the suspended midfielder in Wednesday’s Copa America Centenario quarter-final in Chicago. The 29-year-old Bayern Muncioh player is the true leader of the Chile team captained by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, runs the midfield, gets into scoring positions, is good with his head and an aggressive ball winner. Colombia, though, will not allow themselves to relax despite Vidal’s absence and are prepared for a pressing game from Chile like the one that undid Mexico regardless of who replaces Vidal, whose role is likely to be taken by Charles Arangui


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:49:41 -0400
Gomez stakes claim to be Germany - main striker at Euro 2016

By Steve Tongue BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - Holders Spain lost for the first time in 15 matches at the European Championship finals on Tuesday when Croatia beat them 2-1 to win Group D at Euro 2016. Ivan Perisic scored the winner with three minutes left after Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic had saved a penalty from Spain captain Sergio Ramos with 20 minutes remaining. Croatia's Nikola Kalinic had cancelled out an early goal from Spain striker Alvaro Morata in the first hal


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:36:43 -0400
Germany beats Northern Ireland 1-0 but both advance

Turkey rebounded from two losses at the European Championship to beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Tuesday and keep alive its chances of reaching the knockout stages from Group D. With their team having failed to score in its defeats to Spain and Croatia, the Turkish fans celebrated with firecrackers and flares that landed on the pitch after the second goal. Turkey must wait until the final group matches are played on Wednesday to discover whether it can advance as one of the four best third-place team


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:28:13 -0400
Croatia win group by beating holders Spain

Croatia came from behind to beat two-time defending champion Spain 2-1 Tuesday and finish top of Group D at the European Championship. Ivan Perisic's 87th minute goal ended Spain's unbeaten run at a European Championship that stretched all the way back to 2004. Defeat means that Spain will now meet Italy in the round of 16, in a potentially mouth-watering match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Monday - a repeat of the 2012 final that Spain won 4-


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:26:48 -0400
Soccer-Croatia win group by beating holders Spain

By Philip O'Connor LENS, France (Reuters) - Turkey snatched a Euro 2016 lifeline with a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic on Tuesday that secured third place in Group D and left them waiting to see if they had done enough to reach the last 16. After defeats to Croatia and Spain in their first two games, goals by Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan gave the rejuvenated Turks hope, although they need results to go their way when the group stage concludes on Wednesday. Should they go through, Turkey will face either Wales in Paris or hosts France in Lyo


Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:52:41 -0400
Blaszczykowski goal cements Poland - place in last 16

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