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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:48:05 -0400
Soccer-Italy urged to stick to defensive roots by Chiellini

England coach Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to fans to behave after UEFA threatened to kick the team out of the European Championship. The video messages were published Monday, one day after UEFA warned the English and Russian soccer federations they risked being disqualified for a repeat of violence in Marseille which blighted the teams' opening Euro 2016 match on Saturday. Just when he was about to speak at a France team news conference, music started blaring from Moussa Sissoko's phon

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:26:02 -0400
Soccer-We can beat Wales, says former England captain Beckham

Russia will be looking to build on its stoppage-time equalizer against England when it meets Slovakia on Wednesday in the European Championship. UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings over the violence that surrounded the match and has threatened both Russia and England with expulsion from the tournament if there is further violence by their fans. An additional security concern surrounding Wednesday's Group B in the northern city of Lille is that England fans aren't going to be too far awa

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:57:42 -0400
Talks with Chinese over AC Milan sale extended to June 30 -source

Russians trained to fight were involved in the worst of the fan violence that erupted in Marseille during the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday. "There were 150 Russian supporters who in reality were hooligans," Brice Robin told a news conference. Most of the 35 people who were injured in the fighting were English, the prosecutor said, adding that two Russian nationals were being expelled from the countr

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:47:32 -0400
Russian hooligans trained for "ultra-violence" in Marseille: prosecutor

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says 150 specially trained Russian hooligans were behind much of the violence that broke out in Marseille ahead of the England-Russia game on Saturday. Robin spoke after a weekend of violence in the French port city ahead of the European Championship soccer game on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Robin told reporters Monday that while ''almost of those who were wounded were British,'' England supporters were also responsible for some of the violenc

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:01:20 -0400
Soccer-Roma - Pjanic undergoes medical at Juventus

One year ago, France coach Didier Deschamps watched with frustration as his players lost at Albania in a match devoid of passion or creativity. It was the low point of his coaching career with the national team, and he was scathing about the performance of his players. On Wednesday, France will head into a European Championship match against Albania looking to win its 11th match in 12 games, having scored 15 goals in the past five, and with two players who fared badly in that game now in their best for

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:43:51 -0400
Soccer-England do not lack passion or desire at Euro, says Hodgson

L'Avenue, Louzini's establishment, is located on a main crossroad near the Stade Bollaert-Delelis and is an obvious stop for fans traveling to one of the four Euro 2016 matches the city is hosting. With a cozy center full of narrow streets and red brick buildings, Euro 2016's smallest host venue - the stadium's 35,000 capacity can seat nearly all of Lens' inhabitants - should be a great place for fans to congregate and have a good tim

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:11:36 -0400
Germany makes winning start, warnings for England and Russia

Just weeks after he had doubts about even making it to the European Championship, a faultless performance by Jerome Boateng at the heart of Germany's defense helped the world champions make a winning start to Euro 2016. Having just recovered in time from a left leg muscle injury in January that put his entire season in doubt, the Bayern Munich defender proved his class in a hard-fought 2-0 win over Ukraine on Sunday. Hardly ever going out of his position, Boateng saved Germany on several occasions and impressed with his accurate passing - keeping an eye open for his teammates and almost always making the right choice

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:25:16 -0400
Hooliganism scars Euro 2016 as England, Russia risk ejection

Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his return from injury by sealing a 2-0 win for Germany over Ukraine in the world champions' opening game at Euro 2016 on Sunday. ''A Bastian Schweinsteiger is worth his weight in gold,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said. Schweinsteiger, who suffered his second serious knee injury of the year in training on March 22 and hadn't played since, came on in the last minut

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:32:38 -0400
Hooliganism scars Euro 2016 as England, Russia risk ejection

Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his return from injury by sealing Germany's 2-0 win over Ukraine in the world champions' opening game at Euro 2016 on Sunday. ''A Bastian Schweinsteiger is worth his weight in gold,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said. Schweinsteiger, who suffered his second serious knee injury of the year in training on March 22 and hadn't played since, came on in the last minut

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:07:24 -0400
The Latest: Germany beats Ukraine 2-0 at Euro 2016

Bolivian President Evo Morales was released from a hospital Sunday after knee surgery to correct a soccer injury. Dr. Gaston Cornejo said the president has responded well and with physical therapy should be able to play again in six months. Morales ruptured ligaments in his left knee during a game of indoor soccer marking the inauguration of a sporting complex financed by his government in a city near La Pa

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:52:11 -0400
Soccer-World champions Germany beat Ukraine in their Euro opener

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his famous ego are ready for their European Championship close-up. Did anyone expect anything else from the iconic Sweden captain before his team's opening match against Ireland on Monday? Ibrahimovic was asked about extending his career ahead of his fourth straight European Championship and an expected move to Manchester Unite

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:08:21 -0400
Bolivia - Evo Morales leaves hospital after knee surgery

Poland showed it's more than just one man. In a strong team performance on Sunday, Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to secure its first ever win in the European Championships. With Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, qualifying's top scorer, marked out of large stretches of the game, there was space for others to make the mar

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:24:03 -0400
France vows to expel foreign hooligans

Qualifying for a European Championship is one thing. Northern Ireland discovered Sunday that succeeding on European international football's biggest stage is another thing altogether. Michael O'Neill's team made up largely of lower-league journeymen finished top of its qualifying group and came to Euro 2016 on a 12-match unbeaten ru

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:43:42 -0400
Soccer-Paraguay coach Diaz resigns, sources say

A goal by Arkadiusz Milik was enough for Poland to break down a determined Northern Ireland and hand his team a 1-0 victory on Sunday at the European Championship. Poland's win in the Group C match was its first ever at a European Championship following disappointing displays in the previous two tournaments, including in 2012 when as co-host it came bottom of its group. Poland dominated large passages of the match but it was only in the 51st minute that Milik fired his team ahead from the edge of the penalty area following a neat square ball from Jakub Blaszczykowsk

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:15:50 -0400
Russia and England could be expelled from Euro 2016 if violence persists

Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky is fit and ready to play in his country's European Championship opener against defending champion Spain on Monday. ''I played all the three friendly games before the start of the tournament,'' Rosicky said Sunday, a day before his team's Group D match at the Stadium de Toulouse. The 35-year-old Rosicky, who is playing in his fourth and almost certainly his last European Championship, has been the Czech Republic's spark in midfield and his experience will be vital against Spai

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:51:45 -0400
Soccer-European Championship group C results and standings

By Patrick Vignal PARIS (Reuters) - A touch of Luka Modric magic handed Croatia a 1-0 win over Turkey on Sunday that puts them in pole position to successfully negotiate one of the toughest groups at Euro 2016. Croatia were the better side and created more chances but needed the brilliance of their inspirational midfielder to win their Group D opener at Parc des Princes and gain a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008. The Real Madrid playmaker scored the only goal, breaking the deadlock in a tense affair just before halftime by meeting a deflected clearance with a fine volley from 25 metres that bounced in front of diving Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babaca

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:49:56 -0400
Soccer-Milik delivery for Poland proves too much for N.Ireland

Few players are as eager for the European Championship to start as Belgium forward Eden Hazard. The talented 25-year-old Hazard is in need of an uplifting performance after a puzzlingly poor season for Chelsea. Especially with future club coach Antonio Conte in the opposing dugout plotting schemes to defend him when Belgium takes on Italy at the European Championship on Monda

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:49:56 -0400
Soccer-Milik delivery for Poland proves too much for N.Ireland

By Patrick Vignal PARIS (Reuters) - A touch of Luka Modric magic handed Croatia a 1-0 win over Turkey on Sunday that puts them in pole position to successfully negotiate one of the toughest groups at Euro 2016. Croatia were the better side and created more chances but needed the brilliance of their inspirational midfielder to win their Group D opener at Parc des Princes and gain a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008. The Real Madrid playmaker scored the only goal, breaking the deadlock in a tense affair just before halftime by meeting a deflected clearance with a fine volley from 25 metres that bounced in front of diving Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babaca

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:37:54 -0400
UEFA warns England, Russia could be kicked out of Euro 2016

A former policeman who was brutally attacked by German hooligans at the 1998 World Cup in France joined a delegation from the German football federation (DFB) for its opening game of Euro 2016 on Sunday. Daniel Nivel spent weeks in a coma with severe head injuries and never fully recovered after being attacked by several German fans in Lens on June 21, 1998. The 61-year-old Nivel was joined by his wife Lorette, their two sons and a grandson as they were welcomed by DFB president Reinhard Grinde

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:22:55 -0400
Soccer-Ireland raring to go ahead of Sweden clash, says ONeill

Spain begins the European Championship hoping to avoid the mistakes that led to early elimination two years ago at the World Cup. Monday's game against the Czech Republic will be Spain's first in a top tournament since the debacle in Brazil, when it arrived as the title favorite but failed to advance past the group stage. ''The disappointment of what happened in Brazil forces us to be more focused than ever in this competition,'' Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta said Sunda

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:50:33 -0400
Soccer-Cacic hails Croatia - majestic "leader" Modric

When Luka Modric scores, Croatia can't be beaten. The diminutive Real Madrid midfielder made the difference again on Sunday, displaying perfect technique to score with a dipping volley and lift Croatia to a 1-0 win over Turkey at the European Championship. Although Croatia coach Ante Cacic called it ''magical,'' the modest Modric could not even recall that his 11th international goal over a 10-year span made it 10 wins and a draw when he is on the scoreshee

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:53:27 -0400
Russia and England could be expelled from Euro 2016 if violence persists

France has found a new star in match-winner Dimitri Payet, who has a chance to follow in the footsteps of other talismanic players by making a lasting impression on a major tournament. Not since Zinedine Zidane has France had someone who plays with such a mixture of grace and efficiency. No wonder coach Didier Deschamps hugged Payet when he came off moments from the end of France's scrappy 2-1 win against Romania on Frida

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:29:53 -0400
Spain - goalkeeper doubts lingering before Euro 2016 opener

French authorities bracing for more hooligan violence in the north of the country involving Russian and English troublemakers say they have turned away 14 suspected hooligans who were trying to cross into northern France from Belgium. Philippe Malizard, a senior official of regional authorities in the northern Nord/Pas-de-Calais region, said they are considering restricting alcohol sales in European Championship host city Lille and will be getting riot police reinforcements for games on Wednesday and Thursday, when Russian and English hooligans could again cross paths following three days of violence in the south of the country, in Marseille. Already, Lille will be reinforced with an extra company of 80 riot police officers, a figure that could be increased further still if officials in Paris consider that necessary, he sai

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:07:18 -0400
Modric moment of class lifts Croatia to 1-0 win over Turkey

England and Russia have been threatened with expulsion from the European Championship if there is further violence by their fans. Expressing its ''utter disgust'' over three days of disorder in Marseille, UEFA told the English and Russian federations on Sunday ''to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner'' at the tournament in France. Only Russia is facing immediate UEFA disciplinary proceedings after its fans attacked English rivals inside the Stade Velodrome after their first match in Group B, which ended 1-

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:55:03 -0400
Soccer-Sweden fans could be left stranded by airline strike

At least 44 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between soccer fans in the southern French cities of Marseille and Nice, officials said Sunday. Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries in Marseille were minor but that four were serious and that one of them - an England supporter - was in serious but stable condition. Local officials in the Cote d'Azur city of Nice said clashes broke out after French soccer hooligans fought with fans from Poland and Northern Irelan

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:31:53 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

FIFA issued a statement Sunday soon after UEFA opened a disciplinary case against the Russian soccer federation for disorder and racist chants by fans at Stade Velodrome, where Russia drew 1-1 against England on Saturday. UEFA will judge the case on Tuesday. In the next two summers, Russia will host the FIFA-organized Confederations Cup in four cities and the 2018 World Cup in 11 citie

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:17:02 -0400
Soccer-Tosun surprise starter for Turkey against Croatia

By John Irish and Tara Oakes PARIS/MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after its fans assaulted English counterparts at the end of their Euro 2016 match in Marseille. Moments after the final whistle in the Stade Velodrome, masked Russian supporters charged at England fans, punching and kicking them. UEFA said it was also investigating allegations of racist behavior, the throwing of missiles and use of firework

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:50:15 -0400
French government backs police after Euro 2016 fan violence

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia on Sunday for crowd disturbances and racist behavior by its fans during a European Championship game against England. The governing body of European soccer also said it would strengthen security at stadiums in France in response to the disorder. The English Football Association, whose fans fled the stadium in Marseille after being attacked by a large group of Russian fans, has not been charged by UEF

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:11:21 -0400
Portugal superstar Ronaldo takes on Iceland minnows

At least 44 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between soccer fans in the southern French cities of Marseille and Nice, officials said Sunday. Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries in Marseille were minor but that four were serious and that one of them - an England supporter - was in serious but stable condition. Local officials in the Cote d'Azur city of Nice said clashes broke out after French soccer hooligans fought with fans from Poland and Northern Irelan

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:46:50 -0400
Garics may sing both anthems in Austria vs. Hungary at Euros

There could not be more different teams than Portugal and Iceland at the European championships. A well-established European soccer power, Portugal is relying heavily on the prowess of Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who hopes to take advantage of the competition to show the world how good he is. Iceland, on the other hand, qualified for the first time and has no star player in its squad apart from the aging ex-Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnse

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:42:45 -0400
Police say 35 injured in clashes in Marseille

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

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:42:45 -0400
Police say 35 injured in clashes in Marseille

On the eve of Spain's European Championship opener, the name of the team's starting goalkeeper is still in doubt. Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has yet to announce whether it will be veteran Iker Casillas or troubled David de Gea in goal when the two-time defending champions take on the Czech Republic on Monday. There used to be no question about Spain's goalkeeping position as Casillas was an indisputable starter for years, the captain of a golden generation that won two European titles and the World Cu

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:15:50 -0400
Soccer-US win group after Costa Rica stun Colombia

(Reuters) - The United States beat Paraguay 1-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America as Group A winners on Saturday after Costa Rica stunned already-qualified Colombia 3-2. The United States, who are hosting the tournament in its 100th anniversary, will next play the second-placed team in Group B. As it stands, Brazil top that group ahead of Peru and Ecuador, with Haiti already eliminated. U.S. forward Clint Dempsey converted a low cross from Gyasi Zardes in the 27th minute as the hosts had the better of the early exchange

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:00:21 -0400
Soccer-Workmanlike mentality gives Italy hope against Belgium

By John Irish LYON, France (Reuters) - Plagued by injuries to his creative midfielders and without a talisman up front, Italy coach Antonio Conte is banking on a workmanlike team full of energy to outfox Belgium's exciting young forwards when they meet on Monday. Once famed for their "catenaccio", a tactical system with an emphasis on a strong defensive unit, Italy come to the tournament with arguably their weakest team for years and conceding goals particularly against top teams. Despite opening the scoring, the Italians were beaten comfortably 3-1 by Belgium in a November friendl

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:16:10 -0400
Soccer-Euro 2016 violence spreads to second French city

By Philip O'Connor PARIS (Reuters) - A youthful England side produced a performance full of verve and skill but were punished for failing to convert their dominance into goals as Russia grabbed a late equalizer in their Euro 2016 opener in Marseille on Saturday. The end of the Group B match, which finished 1-1, was marred by violence in the stands as supporters clashed after the final whistle and, despite their superb performance, England will be left rueing their missed opportunities. The lads are disappointed not to get the win but we can take a lot of positives," England captain Wayne Rooney sai

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:51:41 -0400
Fighting overshadows football again at Euro 2016

Wayne Rooney began what may be a new era in his lengthy England career with a deep-lying midfield role against Russia at Euro 2016. Sitting back in the center of the pitch on Saturday, waiting for time and space to play a decisive pass, Rooney did the job he finished the English season performing at Manchester United in Louis van Gaal's final months as manager. One through ball in particular to Dele Alli could easily have resulted in a goal, and Rooney provided a calm, controlling presence in midfield in the 1-1 dra

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:48:32 -0400
England and Russia fans riot at in Marseille at Euro 2016

Clashes between England and Russia supporters even broke out inside the stadium at the final whistle, after Vasily Berezutsky headed the equalizer in stoppage time. England had taken a 73rd minute lead through a superb free kick by Eric Dier. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one British citizen was ''seriously injured'' in the clashe

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:27:16 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over Saturday's violence inside the stadium in Marseille, with Russia potentially facing tougher sanctions than England because its fans were in the front line of trouble at the last European Championship. ''UEFA can only take disciplinary action for incidents which happen within the stadium perimeter,'' the European soccer body said in a statemen

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:14:36 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

Russia fans stormed a section of England supporters inside the stadium moments after a 1-1 draw between the countries at the European Championship on Saturday, ending another day of violence and rioting in the southern French city of Marseille. The clashes continued moments after the final whistle, when a large group of Russian fans in one of the stands behind the goal advanced on England supporters in the neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking through a line of stewards. England fans - including young children - fled for the exits in panic, with some having to vault railings to escap

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:48:31 -0400
End of the old boys club? FIFA moves spur hope for equity

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The Euro 2016 game between Russia and England ended with scenes of mayhem on Saturday as scores of Russian fans charged into a section full of rival supporters, throwing missiles, tearing down flags and fighting with anyone who remained in their way. Thousands of England fans were forced to retreat, many climbing a high fence and pouring into the exit gangways, while a ring of stewards stood on the pitch watching events unfold while taking no action. Groups of Russian fans even advanced from ground level up to the second tier of the vast 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome before a handful of stewards eventually stepped in to form a ragged cordo

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:45:21 -0400
Violence mars England - 1-1 draw with Russia at Euro 2016

As the drumbeat for gender equity in soccer grows louder with the approach of the Olympics in Rio, there are signs that women's issues are being taken seriously by FIFA. New President Gianni Infantino appointed a woman, Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura as secretary general last month, and announced the creation of a women's soccer division at the recent FIFA Congress in Mexico City. FIFA also recently wrapped up its second Female Leadership Development Program, which seeks to support women in soccer while advocating for women in leadership positions within the gam

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:25:19 -0400
Soccer-Wales hopeful devastated Hennessey can face England

Eric Dier says England's emotions took a dive after Russia scored a late equalizer in Saturday's 1-1 draw. Dier gave England the lead with a 73rd-minute curling free kick but says ''our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly'' when Vasily Berezutsky scored for Russia. UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing the stronger sanctions after its fans attacked England supporters in the stadiu

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:19:35 -0400
Soccer-Late Russia goal snatches 1-1 draw against England

Two weeks on from winning the Champions League for the second time in three seasons with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition following a 58-year absence. It was Bale who put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and who was the driving force behind much of his team's attacking intent in its 2-1 victory on Saturday against Slovakia in a Group B match at the European Championship. Coleman said Bale understands exactly what's required of him and ''he delivers that and what comes of that is three million people Welsh people absolutely loving him to piece

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:17:12 -0400
Russia fans charge at English inside Marseille stadium

Since making his debut for Germany just months before the 2010 World Cup, Toni Kroos has quietly gone about becoming one of the team's leaders, and an undisputed star. Fresh from helping Real Madrid win the Champions League, Kroos is now one of the candidates to be captain when Germany opens its European Championship campaign against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday. Kroos exudes calm, plays at his own tempo, initiates the game and provides a reliable link between defense and attac

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:56:36 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

For much of Gareth Bale's footballing life, the recipe his teammates have had to follow is a fairly simple one: Give him the ball and his left foot will do the rest. Bale's standout talents in the Wales squad of players from the first, second and third tiers of English football make the debate worthy. The world-record 100 million euros (then worth $132 million) that Real Madrid reportedly paid for Bale in 2013 - a fee that would stretch higher than the second floor of the Eiffel Tower if stacked in a pile of 50-euro notes - is almost twice as much as other clubs paid, in total, for all of the other 10 players who stood side-by-side with Bale for the kick-off in Bordeau

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:46:56 -0400
Clashes erupt in Marseille ahead of England-Russia match

Ominously for the rest of the Euro 2016 contenders, Germany coach Joachim Loew reported good news on the injury front ahead of the world champion's opening game against Ukraine. Mats Hummels was well on his way to recovering from a calf injury sustained in the German Cup final and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is sure to ''play his part in the tournament at some stage,'' Loew said on the eve of Sunday's Group C game. Germany has had to cope with a number of notable absences through injury - Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Antonio Ruediger have all been ruled out - but Loew says he has the players to compensat

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:36:40 -0400
Loew says Germany is fully fit for Euro 2016

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane got the nod up front for England's opening Euro 2016 Group B game against Russia on Saturday as coach Roy Hodgson picked a team full of attacking talent. Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana were also included, heaping a huge defensive responsibility on Eric Dier, although whether Rooney acts as a second forward or takes more of a midfield role remains to be seen. Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill fill the centre back roles with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker outside them. Striker Jamie Vardy is among the substitutes. .

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:29:22 -0400
Robson-Kanu strikes late to give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane got the nod up front for England's opening Euro 2016 Group B game against Russia on Saturday as coach Roy Hodgson picked a team full of attacking talent. Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana were also included, heaping a huge defensive responsibility on Eric Dier, although whether Rooney acts as a second forward or takes more of a midfield role remains to be seen. Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill fill the centre back roles with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker outside them. Striker Jamie Vardy is among the substitutes. .

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:26:56 -0400
Soccer-Rooney and Kane spearhead England - attack

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late goal as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 at the European Championship on Saturday in his team's first match at a major competition since the 1958 World Cup. Gareth Bale had given Wales the lead in the 10th minute when he curled in a free kick. Ondrej Duda equalized with his first touch for Slovakia in the 61st, a minute after he came on as a substitut

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:15:23 -0400
Soccer-Terim says Turkey captain Turan ready to face Croatia

Before even kicking off at the European Championship, Croatia and Turkey is talking boldly of taking places in their national soccer history. Croatia's team at the European Championship is one of the best that's been sent to a major competition in the country's relatively short history, according to long-time captain Darijo Srna. Turkey coach Fatih Terim talked about his team ahead of Sunday's first match as a potential new era for the Euro 2008 and 2002 World Cup semifinalist which has lost just once in 16 matche

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