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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:18 -0400
The Latest: France and Romania 0-0 at halftime at Euro 2016

Following the example set by Paul the Octopus, Watson the sea-lion hopes his nose for winners will bring him international stardom - and a few extra fish - as he predicts the outcome of France's games in the Euro soccer championship. Weighing in at a sprightly 350 kg (771.62 lb), the middle-aged mammal, residing in a zoo in the eastern French town of Amneville, accurately forecast France's passage to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, calling each game right until the French were knocked out 1-0 by Germany. Zoo keeper Pablo Joury hopes Watson will be a worthy successor to the German octopus, who accurately predicted Germany's 2010 World Cup run and became a celebrity before dying a few months late

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:47:40 -0400
Chinese, U.S. investors buy 80 percent of French soccer club Nice

Following the example set by Paul the Octopus, Watson the sea-lion hopes his nose for winners will bring him international stardom - and a few extra fish - as he predicts the outcome of France's games in the Euro soccer championship. Weighing in at a sprightly 350 kg (771.62 lb), the middle-aged mammal, residing in a zoo in the eastern French town of Amneville, accurately forecast France's passage to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, calling each game right until the French were knocked out 1-0 by Germany. Zoo keeper Pablo Joury hopes Watson will be a worthy successor to the German octopus, who accurately predicted Germany's 2010 World Cup run and became a celebrity before dying a few months late

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:47:40 -0400
Chinese, U.S. investors buy 80 percent of French soccer club Nice

Joe Ledley is ready to play for Wales in its opening Euro 2016 match against Slovakia on Saturday, capping a remarkable recovery after the midfielder broke his leg just over a month ago. Wales coach Chris Coleman paid tribute on Friday to Ledley's strength of character to come back from the injury he picked up while playing for Crystal Palace against Stoke on May 7. Saturday's match will be Wales' first in a major tournament since 1958, and Coleman wants his side to show that it will not just be making up the numbers at Euro 201

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:43:14 -0400
French riot police disperse English and Russian soccer fans in Marseille

A group of Chinese and American investors have brought an 80 percent stake in French Ligue 1 soccer club OGC Nice, the club said on Friday without disclosing the fee. The club said the two principal investors are Alex Zheng, president of hotel-owner Plateno Group, and Chien Lee, founder and chief executive of NewCity Capita

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:39:41 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - French police stepped in to break up small groups of English and Russian soccer fans who squared up and hurled taunts at one another in Marseille on Friday, ahead of the opening match of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Reuters TV footage showed one bare-chested supporter in the back of a police van and a handcuffed English supporter being frogmarched by two officers along the edge of Marseille's old harbor. "Officers separated groups of English and Russian supporters," one police source said, adding that at least two arrests had been mad

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:08:09 -0400
Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - England's exciting youngsters need to shake off the shackles of history and play without fear if they are to end 50 years without a major trophy at Euro 2016, coach Roy Hodgson and the squad's elder statesman Wayne Rooney said on Friday. England take on Russia on Saturday having not reached a global or European final since their 1966 World Cup triumph and it is 20 years since they even made a semi-final, also on home soil, in the 1996 Euros. Generations of England players have talked about how the pressure to break that drought has often been suffocatin

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:56:05 -0400
Soccer-Euro-Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

Spain full back Hector Bellerin is relishing the thought of facing Arsenal team mate Tomas Rosicky when the 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners take on Group D rivals Czech Republic on Monday. Midfielder Rosicky will captain the Czechs while Bellerin, who made his international debut two weeks ago, could start again in Toulouse. "Rosicky has helped me a lot in my career and has been important for m

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:56:05 -0400
Soccer-Euro-Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

Spain full back Hector Bellerin is relishing the thought of facing Arsenal team mate Tomas Rosicky when the 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners take on Group D rivals Czech Republic on Monday. Midfielder Rosicky will captain the Czechs while Bellerin, who made his international debut two weeks ago, could start again in Toulouse. "Rosicky has helped me a lot in my career and has been important for m

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:22 -0400
Ledley ready to play for Wales after leg break

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Dimitri Payet will start on the left side of the attack when hosts France launch Euro 2016 against Group A rivals Romania on Friday. Payet, who scored a spectacular free kick in a 3-2 win over Cameroon in their penultimate warm-up game, will play in a three up front alongside Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. The trio will be supported by N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi in midfield. Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny line up in central defense with Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna out wide. .

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:53:10 -0400
Payet starts for France in Euro opener v Romania

Wayne Rooney is regularly the subject of debate approaching a major international tournament with England, whether it's concerning his disciplinary issues, fitness problems or his form. At this year's European Championship, the conversation is whether the England captain deserves his place in the team at all. All that pedigree may count for nothing if he has a disappointing performance against Russia in England's opening Group B game on Saturda

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:24:23 -0400
De Gea vehemently denies allegations

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- Spain goalkeeper David De Gea on Friday denied wrongdoing after allegations he was embroiled in a police investigation into a pornographic filmmaker. In a hastily called press conference at Spain's European Championship team base in western France, De Gea said he was surprised by the allegations and called them a lie. ''I was the first to be caught by surprise by this news,'' De Gea sai

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:03:57 -0400
Soccer-England must play without fear say Hodgson and Rooney

French police fired tear gas to break up clashes between England soccer fans and local people in the Mediterranean city of Marseille on Thursday night on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer tournamen

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:51:04 -0400
The Latest: Lineups for France vs. Romania at Euro 2016

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Outside the Stade de France, there was anticipation - and defiance - from supporters as the venue prepared to stage the European Championship opener on Friday amid intense security. France was kicking off the month-long soccer festivities with a game against Romania seven months after the national stadium was targeted by suicide bombers as the team played Germany. Security agent Samuel Leclercq is part of the 90,000-strong force of police, soldiers and private guards assembled to protect the biggest sporting event in France since the 1998 World Cu

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:44:42 -0400
US, Chinese investors buy 80 percent of French team Nice

Police fired tear gas at rowdy fans at Marseille's Old Port for the second straight day on Friday. The outburst of violence came despite a heavy police presence a day before England is to play Russia at the European Championship in the Mediterranean port city's Stade Velodrome. When the tear gas cleared, hundreds of England fans remained in the area, singing and waving English flags as riot police stood nearby, watching closel

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:34:48 -0400
Soccer-Northern Ireland not just making up the numbers - McAuley

Albania, under Italian coach Giovanni de Biasi, has become a tough team to score against. Star midfielder Paul Pogba appears to be carrying the hopes of a nation in the build up to host France's European Championship opener against Romania at Stade de Franc

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:20:10 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1420 GMT on Friday, June 10

BERLIN (AP) -- Nelly the psychic Elephant has predicted that Germany will win its opening match at the European Championshi

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:24:17 -0400
Soccer-There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

(Reuters) - Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes says there is a lot more to their side than "best player in the world" Cristiano Ronaldo. Lopes, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais, is glad to be able to count on Ronaldo as a team mate, but says any talk of Portugal being a one-man outfit is misplaced. "We have the best player in the world and in France there is a lot of talk of Ronaldo, but we are 23 players and all of us have quality," he said on the Portugal soccer federation's websit

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:03:43 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

Twenty years after Croatia and Turkey played each other in their European Championship debuts, the two teams will add another chapter in their intimately shared history on Sunday at Parc des Princes. The Croats beat Turkey 1-0 in England at Euro '96 as both teams played at the continental tournament for the first time. Then, at Euro 2008, both had their most successful tournaments when Turkey beat Croatia in a shootout to reach the semifinal

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:44:24 -0400
French police teargas brawling England fans ahead of Euro 2016

Decades since Poland or Northern Ireland made a mark at an international football competition, both teams will be looking to get their European Championship campaigns off to a strong start on Sunday when they play each other in Group C. Northern Ireland, playing in its first European Championship, has the longest unbeaten run of any team in the competition, while Poland has Robert Lewandowski, one of the most feared strikers at the tournament. Northern Ireland's 12-game unbeaten run and first place in its qualifying group were eye-catching but those achievements were helped by a comparatively easy group in which ultimately Romania and Hungary proved to be the biggest threat

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:39:53 -0400
Soccer-Suarez tantrum lays bare Uruguay - Copa frustration

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - French police fired tear gas to break up clashes between England soccer fans and local people in the Mediterranean city of Marseille on Thursday night on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. A police official said about 100 England fans and 50 residents were involved in the fracas in the streets around the Vieux Port (Old Port) area. Up to 70,000 England fans and 20,000 Russians are expected to arrive throughout the day and on Saturday ahead of the match between the two countrie

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:03:05 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola will not have it easy in England, says Pedro

Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has taken the helm at Chinese second-tier club Tianjin Quanjian, marking his return to what is emerging as the world's richest football market. Cannavaro was scheduled to make his first appearance at an open practice on Friday after arriving in the northern port city of Tianjin on Thursday. The former defender previously spent a year as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande in the top flight Chinese Super League, followed by a brief stint with Saudi Arabia's Al-Nass

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:32:18 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

Euro 2016 organizer Jacques Lambert says strikes in France have already damaged the event, and are especially hurting working class fans who depend on public transport. ''The party has already been a bit spoiled.'' He told France Inter radio. ''The image given is not the one we wanted.'' Lambert played down violence in Marseille overnight, involving England fan

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 03:24:55 -0400
Soccer-Euros are perfect holiday substitute for Wales Ramsey

(Reuters) - Representing Wales at the European Championship is a welcome change from being on "holiday" during a major international tournament, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said. Wales will be making a first appearance at a major finals since the 1958 World Cup when Chris Coleman's side kick off their Euro 2016 Group B campaign against Slovakia on Saturday. Ramsey is keen for Wales to stamp their authority early on in the tournament with a positive result in their Bordeaux opene

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 02:14:52 -0400
Police use tear gas to break up fights in France

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - Police intervened to halt skirmishes involving British soccer fans and locals in the port city of Marseille overnight, just hours before the Euro 2016 championship opens in France. A police official said that two British fans were injured and four police officers slightly hurt in a string of incidents in the southern French city, one of several locations that will be hosting the month-long tournament. Paris, in contrast, hosted a massive music concert near the Eiffel Tower where tens of thousands of revelers danced late into the night, with no immediate reports of major troubl

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:20:27 -0400
Soccer-Venezuela stun Uruguay 1-0, close in on last-eight berth

(Reuters) - A goal by Salomon Rondon gave Venezuela an upset 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia on Thursday that put them on the verge of the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with the record 15-times champions facing elimination. When midfielder Alejandro Guerra lobbed Fernando Muslera from more than 30 meters, the Uruguay goalkeeper chased back but only managed to tip the ball onto the bar and striker Rondon raced in to tap it into the net in the 36th minute. Venezuela, who beat Jamaica 1-0 in their opening Group C match, have six points, three more than Mexico, who beat Uruguay 3-1 on Sunday and were playing the Jamaicans later on Thursday in Pasaden

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:00:21 -0400
Soccer-Temptation of draw might stymie England and Russia

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter. England, on the back of winning all 10 qualifiers, not to mention a rare victory in Germany in a friendly, start favorites and will expect to make the running in front of a 60,000 crowd that will be predominantly behind them. Strikers Jamie Vardy, fresh from leading Leicester City to the most unlikely Premier League title, and Harry Kane, the Premier League's top scorer, seemingly demand selectio

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:19:22 -0400
Stand Together boosts group that helps kids through soccer

There has already been some trouble in the southern city of Marseille, which is hosting a European Championship match between England and Russia on Saturday. Football legends Diego Maradona and Pele set aside their differences and made peace Thursday ahead of the European Championships. Both South American rivals embraced at the Palais Royal in Paris in an event dubbed as the ''The Friendship Game,'' a promotional event with a five-on-five match with others retired football stars, including Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf and Bebet

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:12:03 -0400
It - a battle of Kosovars as Albania takes on Switzerland

Thirteen-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi already has big plans for the summer. The organization, 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, is getting support from the local pro teams, the Timbers and the Thorns. Two of the kids have even gone on to play in the Timbers Academy for elite young player

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:52:24 -0400
Soccer-Turkey and Croatia among Kosovo - first World Cup opponents

(Reuters) - No amount of preparation is enough to snuff out the threat of Argentina's "assassin" Lionel Messi, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said ahead of Friday's Copa America clash between the teams. Messi was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 2-1 win over holders Chile in their opening Group D match in Santa Clara, California on Monday after a back injury but will reappear when they face Panama in Chicag

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:37:19 -0400
England looking to learn from Brazil disappointment

By Brian Love and Richard Lough PARIS (Reuters) - As the stench of rotten, uncleared garbage wafts through parts of Paris and pilots prepare to strike, French President Francois Hollande said he would do what was needed to ensure protests do not spoil the Euro 2016 soccer tournament starting on Friday. "France was chosen to host this big event and will live up to the scale of the task," Hollande said, adding that a smooth running of the world's third biggest sporting event would also showcase a country bidding to host the 2024 Olympic

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:22:16 -0400
Soccer-Assassin Messi could be unstoppable - Panama coach

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The first wave of an expected 70,000 England fans descended on Marseille on Thursday and wasted no time establishing a foothold in Vieux Port to start three days of drinking and singing ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 match against Russia. Noisy and boisterous, bare-chested and full of lager and bravado, they draped the flags around the Queen Victoria "British pub" and roared out their songs of defiance in the time-honored manner of "England Away", just as they had in the same port-side bars 18 years ago. Of course, the vast majority of England fans had nothing to do with the trouble, though many still enjoyed the thrill of being part of an "invading army", bussed in huge convoys, flags waving to the ever-present backing track chant of "Ingerland&quot

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:22:16 -0400
Soccer-Assassin Messi could be unstoppable - Panama coach

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The first wave of an expected 70,000 England fans descended on Marseille on Thursday and wasted no time establishing a foothold in Vieux Port to start three days of drinking and singing ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 match against Russia. Noisy and boisterous, bare-chested and full of lager and bravado, they draped the flags around the Queen Victoria "British pub" and roared out their songs of defiance in the time-honored manner of "England Away", just as they had in the same port-side bars 18 years ago. Of course, the vast majority of England fans had nothing to do with the trouble, though many still enjoyed the thrill of being part of an "invading army", bussed in huge convoys, flags waving to the ever-present backing track chant of "Ingerland&quot

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:42:43 -0400
UEFA places Kosovo in World Cup group avoiding Bosnia

By Ian Gordon MONTREAL (Reuters) - Heineken and Formula One announced a multi-year global partnership on Thursday that the Dutch brewer said would rank alongside its long-standing sponsorship of European soccer's Champions League. No financial details were given for the deal, which was announced at the Canadian Grand Prix and starts in September with title sponsorship of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. "F1 is going to be one of our biggest ever partnership

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:24:49 -0400
Pele - replica of World Cup sells for $570,000 at auction

French cafe owners are being told not to host large outdoor TV broadcasts of the Euro 2016 soccer championship because of the security risk, in a country where Islamist attackers killed 130 people on one night in November. "It's all planned to ensure security at specific places," sports minister Thierry Braillard said "We cannot accept unorganized crowds because the security forces don't have the means to make them safe," he told RMC radio ahead of the June 10-July 10 tournament. The U.S. government warned last week of possible summer attacks in Europe, saying targets could include Euro 201

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:24:49 -0400
Pele - replica of World Cup sells for $570,000 at auction

French cafe owners are being told not to host large outdoor TV broadcasts of the Euro 2016 soccer championship because of the security risk, in a country where Islamist attackers killed 130 people on one night in November. "It's all planned to ensure security at specific places," sports minister Thierry Braillard said "We cannot accept unorganized crowds because the security forces don't have the means to make them safe," he told RMC radio ahead of the June 10-July 10 tournament. The U.S. government warned last week of possible summer attacks in Europe, saying targets could include Euro 201

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:43:49 -0400
Soccer-England - Hart keen to banish demons of the past at Euro 2016

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up giant screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The move is aimed at improving security during the month-long tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather outside official fan zones if outdoor screens are banned. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Frida

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:37:33 -0400
Soccer-Defoe extends contract at Sunderland to 2019

French fans pinning their hopes on Paul Pogba being the talismanic midfielder leading them to European Championship glory on home soil may have to bank on someone else. Among the world's best players and valued at 100 million euros, Pogba shines for Juventus with driving runs and spectacular goals, but rarely plays with such panache for France because coach Didier Deschamps prefers him in a far more disciplined role. ''People expect too much from Paul,'' Deschamps sai

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:56:12 -0400
Soccer-England - Hart keen to banish demons of the past at Euro 2016

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- From sixth-tier football to the European Championship while bypassing all of Germany's youth sides, Jonas Hector's remarkable rise has caught most people by surprise. The 26-year-old Cologne defender, who only made his Bundesliga debut in 2014, is the only member of Germany's squad at Euro 2016 not to have played for one of its under-age teams, his talents hidden while playing for hometown team SV Auersmacher until he was 20. ''You can tell it's something different when it's the European Championship, when it's such a big tournament,'' Hector said Thursday at the team's base in Evian-les-Bain

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:00:49 -0400
No giant TV screens on French terraces during Euro 2016

By Diego Oré MARACAY, Venezuela (Reuters) - Every morning, Venezuelan archer Elias Malave picks up his old bow, attaches a handful of well-worn arrows to his belt and trains for five hours on an empty field, without a coach. The South American OPEC nation's brutal economic crisis has squeezed state funding for elite athletes, meaning many lack coaching, train with inadequate equipment and in some cases are pleading for donations to fund themselves. "The (government) response is always the same: 'There's no money,'" said Malave, who receives a small state stipend but confesses that a friendly karate fighter shares vitamin supplements with him because he does not have enoug

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:30:38 -0400
Soccer-Pedro backs Spain to cope with pressure at Euro 2016

Strikes on trains that go to the national stadium, and on planes that should be carrying fans. A tug of war between the Socialist government and labor leaders over changes to French workplace practices is ensnaring fans hoping for a month of fine football and a great time. Already Thursday, strikes threw train services to the national stadium into disarray before the opening game it hosts on Friday nigh

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:04:43 -0400
Kremlin shrugs off new doping allegations, raps corrupt fugitives

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The controversial move is aimed at improving security during the month-long tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather outside official fan zones if outdoor screens are banned. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Frida

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:04:43 -0400
Soccer-Going out early will be "failure", says Croatia - Modric

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday shrugged off new allegations of doping in Russian sport and slammed those giving such evidence to Western broadcasters as "well-known fugitive figures working off their 30 silver coins". The Kremlin maintains that documentaries, including the ones by German public broadcaster ARD/WDR, about numerous cases of Russians using banned substances, are "unfounded slander", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winnin

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:40:11 -0400
Soccer-Sanchez Flores named as Espanyol coach

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Friday. The ban is expected to annoy bar owners, especially in the south of France were people spend warm summer evenings outdoor

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 02:57:00 -0400
Soccer-Rooney rules out future move to new Premier League club

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he denied accusations of covering up a positive doping test from a top-flight Russian footballer, TASS news agency reported. Mutko said on Wednesday the allegations by German public broadcaster ARD/WDR were an attempt to sway a ruling on Russia's ban from international athletics ahead of the Rio Olympics. .

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 22:31:42 -0400
Brazil hammer hapless Haiti 7-1 in Copa America massacre

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris on Friday with a four-week feast of soccer that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up. All eyes will be on hosts France when they get the ball rolling against Romania in the Stade de France -- 210 days after suicide bombers at the same venue triggered a night of horror across the capital which killed 130 people. It should have been a proud moment for former UEFA president Michel Platin

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:52:18 -0400
Ronaldo back for Portugal with 2 goals in 7-0 win vs Estonia

Spain's first challenge at the European Championship will be to forget a disappointing home loss in its final warmup match. The two-time defending champions traveled to France on Wednesday filled with doubts after struggling against 137th-ranked Georgia, a team that wasn't even close to qualifying for Euro 2016. Tuesday's 1-0 loss in Getafe left players and coach Vicente Del Bosque searching for answers and looking to put the setback behind them as quickly as possibl

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:05 -0400
Striking transport workers disrupt fans travel to Euro 2016

The organizers of the Euro 2016 soccer championship fully realize the security challenges in holding the tournament, but are not aware of any precise threat, their head said on Wednesday. More than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents will be deployed across France to ensure safety for the June 10-July 10 competition. The tournament opens on Friday with a state of emergency still in force after Islamist attacks last November that killed 130 people in Paris at sites across the capital, including the Stade de France stadium where the opening game and the final will be hel

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