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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


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


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. .


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 (


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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