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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:58:39 -0400
Soccer-Holders Spain knocked out by Italy in last 16

PARIS (Reuters) - Holders Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday after goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle set up a quarter-final with world champions Germany. Chiellini opened the scoring after 33 minutes while Pelle wrapped up the victory in stoppage time to end Spain's reign as European champions which covered the 2008 and 2012 tournaments. Chiellini's strike was the first goal Spain conceded in a knockout match at a European Championship or World Cup since Zinedine Zidane scored for France at the 2006 World Cup. .

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:58:39 -0400
Soccer-Holders Spain knocked out by Italy in last 16

PARIS (Reuters) - Holders Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday after goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle set up a quarter-final with world champions Germany. Chiellini opened the scoring after 33 minutes while Pelle wrapped up the victory in stoppage time to end Spain's reign as European champions which covered the 2008 and 2012 tournaments. Chiellini's strike was the first goal Spain conceded in a knockout match at a European Championship or World Cup since Zinedine Zidane scored for France at the 2006 World Cup. .

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:25:47 -0400
Messi retires from internationals after Chile retains Copa

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

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:44:46 -0400
Factbox: Profile of Lionel Messi

By Larry Fine EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row on Sunday. Messi cut a dejected figure after losing his third Copa America final, and fourth major final after Argentina's loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, and said after the match he was retiring from the international game. "I tried so hard to be champion with Argentin

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:20:41 -0400
Soccer-Capello impressed by callow England

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has suggested bonus payments to the sport's four top teams could be replaced with a Premier League-style system to spread revenues more equally from 2020. Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull currently receive special payments worth tens of millions of dollars to reflect past success and their importance to the sport, and will be determined to retain them. "I am going to have a good look at how things work to see if I can come up with something more equal for all the teams," Ecclestone, 85, told the Times newspaper on Monda

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:53:07 -0400
Soccer-Messi retires from internationals after Chile retain Copa

Paris Saint-Germain fired coach Laurent Blanc on Monday, only months after he signed a new two-year contract. Without giving details, PSG said talks led to an agreement, signed Monday, that ''preserves the interests'' of both Blanc and the club. Assistant coach Jean-Louis Gasset and physical trainer Philippe Lambert also are leavin

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:49:58 -0400
Soccer-Southampton - Mane to undergo medical at Liverpool - reports

On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship. In tournament soccer where a team's matches typically come every four days, France's schedule is more like a club team. On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its grou

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:18:19 -0400
Soccer-Flexibility is the name of the game as Germany set marker

By Larry Fine EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row on Sunday. Messi cut a dejected figure after losing his fourth Copa America final, and fifth major final after Argentina's loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, and said after the match he was retiring from the international game. "I tried so hard to be champion with Argentin

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:56:38 -0400
Soccer-Messi says he has retired from internationals

By Larry Fine EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has said that he is to retire from international soccer after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final on Sunday, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side. Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, missed Argentina's opening penalty in the shootout after the game ended 0-0 and he was shown in tears while sitting in the team dugout. "I tried so hard to be champion with Argentin

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:35:43 -0400
Soccer-Messi says he has retired from internationals

Lionel Messi has said that he is to retire from international soccer after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final on Sunday, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side. Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, missed Argentina's opening penalty in the shootout after the game ended 0-0 and he was shown in tears while sitting in the team dugout. "I tried so hard to be champion with Argentin

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:51:06 -0400
Soccer-Chile retain Copa with shootout win over Argentina

By Larry Fine EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Chile upset favorites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition. Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America's dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina 4-2 on penalties for a second straight year. Lionel Messi missed from the spot in the shootout, cutting a dejected figure after the result was sealed and Argentina's trophy drought had been extended to 23 year

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:51:06 -0400
Soccer-Chile retain Copa with shootout win over Argentina

By Larry Fine EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Chile upset favorites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition. Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America's dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina 4-2 on penalties for a second straight year. Lionel Messi missed from the spot in the shootout, cutting a dejected figure after the result was sealed and Argentina's trophy drought had been extended to 23 year

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:29:29 -0400
Belgium hammers Hungary 4-0 to advance to quarterfinals

France, Germany and Belgium sealed their places in the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Sunday as three of the pre-tournament favorites lived up to their promise. There was a scare for the host nation after Ireland scored a second minute penalty, but Antoine Griezmann struck twice after the break to give France a deserved 2-1 victory in Lyon. While France was made to work hard to advance, Germany had no such difficulties in a polished 3-0 victory over Slovakia, while Eden Hazard inspired Belgium to what ended up as a crushing 4-0 win over Hungar

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:48:13 -0400
Soccer-Hazard inspires Belgium to 4-0 defeat of Hungary

They voted to take Britain out of the European Union. Now they're back on the continent hoping to see England's national soccer team conquer Europe. From beaches to bars around the world, England fans flaunt their patriotism following the team - covering city streets in the flag of St. George and evoking past glories with jingoistic song

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:29:30 -0400
Slovakia can count its European Championship debut a success

A superb performance by Eden Hazard guided Belgium to a 4-0 victory over Hungary on Sunday and a place in the European Championship quarterfinals. Center back Toby Alderweireld opened the scoring with a header in the 10th minute after poor marking by the Hungary defense. The Chelsea playmaker surged past a group of Hungary defenders on the left side before supplying a perfect low cross for substitute Michy Batshuayi to steer home in the 78th minute, just two minutes after coming o

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:21:03 -0400
Patience key for Spain against Italy - tough defense

LILLE, France (AP) -- For a team that's been drilled to defend, conceding early is never idea

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:02:36 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Germany's first penalty miss at a European Championship for 40 years proved but a footnote Sunday as the team eased into the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Slovakia. Goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and man-of-the-match Julian Draxler ensured the world champion did not rue Mesut Ozil's missed spot kick early in the first half. Up next for Germany is a quarterfinal-clash against two-time defending champion Spain or old rival Italy for what will undoubtedly be one of the most-anticipated matches in the next roun

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:51:20 -0400
Draxler delivers arguably his best performance for Germany

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Better than anyone, Alvaro Morata knows what Spain will be up against on Monday. The 23-year-old Juventus striker has spent the last two seasons playing in Italy, the country the defending champions will face in the round of 16 at the European Championship. Tactically, they are almost perfect,'' Morata said Sunda

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:50:37 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Boateng confident of being fit for quarter-final

Julian Draxler isn't sure whether his performance against Slovakia was his best yet for Germany. Draxler proved a constant menace as Germany overwhelmed Slovakia 3-0 in a round of 16 European Championship match in the northern French city of Lille on Sunday. By then, the 22-year-old left winger had long put his stamp on Germany's victory and he was deservedly named man of the matc

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:33:24 -0400
Boxing champ Fury shows up at Euro 2016 and buys fans drinks

Germany produced its best performance yet at the European Championship to book a place in the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Slovakia on Sunday. ''Today was a good performance, in defense and in attack,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said. Jerome Boateng put Germany ahead as soon as the eighth minute when his shot from outside the area took a slight deflection into the corner of the Slovakia goa

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:32:29 -0400
Soccer-After Germany master class, Loew demands improvement

After postponing his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, English boxer Tyson Fury headed straight to the European Championship where he stunned England soccer fans Sunday by buying a 1,000-euro ($1,110) round of drinks. Wearing an England jersey, the world heavyweight champion arrived unannounced in Nice's historic old town the evening before England plays Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship on Monda

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:36:29 -0400
England encounters new problem at Euro 2016: The final ball

Ireland bowed out of the European Championship on Sunday with a 2-1 loss after relinquishing a halftime lead against a better rested France. France had a full week to recover from the group phase and prepare for the round-of-16 match. Ireland, meanwhile, had to beat Italy on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stage

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:08:31 -0400
Soccer-Griezmann double sends hosts France into last eight

Antoine Griezmann again rescued France from another patchy and nervous performance at the European Championship. The diminutive forward's two quick goals early in the second half on Sunday helped see off a spirited Ireland side 2-1, sealing a spot in the quarterfinals. ''It was great to score in front of my family, who were here to watch,'' said Griezmann, who grew up in Macon, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Lyo

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:32:15 -0400
Soccer-France - Griezmann spreads wings with perfect timing

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

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:58:07 -0400
England to meet old foe in form of Iceland coach

Antoine Griezmann scored two goals in quick succession early in the second half Sunday to give host France a 2-1 victory over a spirited Ireland and a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals. The goals came with France trailing 1-0 after Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady's second-minute penalty. ''We screamed at each other at halftime,'' Griezmann sai

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:56:46 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

England will be facing an old foe when it meets Iceland at the European Championship on Monday. Lars Lagerback, one half of the coaching team behind Iceland's advance to the round of 16, knows all about frustrating England. Twice at successive World Cups in 2002 and 2006, Sweden and England ground out draw

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:24:26 -0400
The Latest: Goetze dropped for Germany team to face Slovakia

Antoine Griezmann scored two goals in quick succession early in the second half Sunday to give host France a 2-1 victory over a spirited Ireland and a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals. Griezmann, who had a chance for a hat trick late in the match, equalized with a powerful header from near the penalty spot in the 58th minute following a cross from right back Bacary Sagna. Three minutes later, he collected a headed knockdown from striker Olivier Giroud, took one touch to move the ball inside the area and then composed himself before slotting the ball inside the right pos

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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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