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Tue, 31 May 2016 08:57:28 -0400
Soccer-Lionel Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial

Hooliganism is making a comeback, and the timing could be bad with four high-risk matches in the first week of the European Championship in a country where the police force is already under huge strain. Police forces in France have been stretched since last November's deadly terror attacks that killed 130 people. At the French Cup final, fans managed to sneak flares and objects into the Stade de France, despite a two-meter high security wall and triple security checks, while others tried to invade the pitch, raising serious concern ahead of Euro 2016, where the opening match between France and Romania takes place on June 1

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Tue, 31 May 2016 08:11:49 -0400
Soccer-Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas ruled out of Copa America

Jose Mourinho says he won't let his past rivalry with Pep Guardiola get in the way of his new career at Manchester United. With Guardiola taking charge at Manchester City, the pair will face off in the Premier League next seaso

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Tue, 31 May 2016 07:20:04 -0400
Soccer-Unlucky Reus left out of Germany Euro 2016 squad

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus was dropped from Germany's European Championship squad on Tuesday, and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger made the final cut despite injury. Reus, who had been struggling at the team's training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, was omitted from the final list of 23 players, along with Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and Bayer Leverkusen players Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi. ''The doctors could not give a clear prognosis,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said of Reu

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Tue, 31 May 2016 05:21:17 -0400
Soccer-AS Roma makes Rudiger loan deal permanent

Three players from Real Madrid and three from Atletico Madrid will compete for the final four spots in Spain's squad for the European Championship. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has announced a list with 19 players who will make it to France, leaving the final four spots available to the players who participated in Saturday's Champions League final between Madrid and Atletico. Seven players from the Madrid clubs had been included in the preliminary list released two weeks ago, but Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal was ruled out of the tournament because of a muscle injury sustained in the final in Mila

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Tue, 31 May 2016 00:05:30 -0400
Mexican soccer player beats up kidnapper to free himself

UEFA is set to decide in December on changing the Champions League as Europe's top clubs chase a new format and bigger share of the competition's billion-dollar annual income. Closed-door meetings of European soccer leaders in Milan around Saturday's Champions League final, making slow progress shaping the competition for the three seasons from 2018, The Associated Press was told. Talk of a breakaway Super League was fueled in January by some wealthy members of the European Club Association (ECA) who saw uncertainty over UEFA's leadership during the FIFA presidential electio

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Mon, 30 May 2016 18:21:37 -0400
Soccer-AFC Wimbledon promoted to English third tier

By Natalie Ann Schachar MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The authorities billed it as a rescue, but Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido escaped his kidnappers by punching the one guarding him, snatching a cellphone and calling for help, a top official in the country's violent northeast said on Monday. State security forces located Pulido within minutes of his call from a safe house in the restive city of Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state, as they were scouring the area nearby, state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla told local radio. The 25-year-old Mexico national team striker who also plays professionally with the Greek team Olympiakos disappeared in his hometown on Saturday night, when he was intercepted by gunmen after leaving a party with his girlfrien

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Mon, 30 May 2016 17:17:01 -0400
Soccer-Coman grabs limelight in France win over Cameroon

NANTES, France (AP) -- Dimitri Payet scored a brilliant last-minute free kick as European Championship host France beat Cameroon 3-2 in a friendly Monda

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Mon, 30 May 2016 12:46:04 -0400
Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido rescued after kidnapping

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) -- Switzerland has three 19-year-olds in its final European Championship squad of 23 players that features new Arsenal signing Granit Xhak

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Mon, 30 May 2016 11:54:27 -0400
Soccer-I will retire if no interesting job offers - Pellegrini

AFC Wimbledon, an English soccer club created in 2002 by disgruntled supporters after their original team was controversially relocated and rebranded, continued its rise up the league pyramid by getting promoted to the third division on Monday. The south London team beat Plymouth 2-0 in the League Two playoff final at Wembley Stadium. AFC Wimbledon began life in the ninth tier of the English game 14 years ago, after the ''original'' Wimbledon FC was moved 90 kilometers (56 miles) to Milton Keynes, a commuter town north of Londo

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Mon, 30 May 2016 10:03:38 -0400
Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido rescued after kidnapping

Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido was rescued within a day of his kidnapping in the restive northeastern state of Tamaulipas after he was able to make a phone call and alert authorities of his location, a state official said on Monday. The 25-year-old Mexico national team player and striker for the Greek soccer team Olympiakos disappeared in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria on Saturday night, when he was intercepted by gunmen after leaving a party. "The most important thing is that is he is here with us," Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantu told reporters in footage broadcast on local television, standing next to Pulid

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Mon, 30 May 2016 09:32:38 -0400
Soccer-Rashford signs long-term contract with Man United

Marcus Rashford signed a new contract with Manchester United through June 2020, a reward for the teenage striker's breakthrough this season that could earn him a place in England's European Championship squad. United announced the deal on Monday, saying Rashford has an option to extend the contract by a further year. The 18-year-old Rashford was plucked from the youth teams and given his senior debut in February because of an injury crisis at Unite

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Mon, 30 May 2016 08:50:23 -0400
Soccer-Deportivo sack coach Sanchez

Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before midnight in the northeast border state of Tamaulipas. Pulido had been seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday nigh

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Mon, 30 May 2016 03:43:14 -0400
Soccer-Terry backs Mourinho to succeed at Manchester United

(Reuters) - Chelsea captain John Terry expects Jose Mourinho to be a success at Manchester United, saying the Portuguese is the right manager to lead the 13-time Premier League champions back into contention for major honors. Mourinho, who was named as Louis van Gaal's successor on Friday, will hope to usher in a return to the glory days the club's fans took for granted until Alex Ferguson ended his trophy-laden 26-year tenure with his retirement in 2013. Terry won eight trophies under Mourinho during the 53-year-old coach's two spells at Stamford Bridg

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Mon, 30 May 2016 00:10:14 -0400
Soccer-Gabigol scores on debut as Brazil beat Panama 2-0

(Reuters) - Teenage striker Gabriel lived up to his nickname 'Gabigol' on Sunday when he came off the bench to score on his debut in Brazil's 2-0 win over Panama. The 19-year-old replaced Jonas after 62 minutes of the friendly match in Colorado and slotted home Brazil's second with his left foot 10 minutes later. Jonas had opened the scoring in the second minute for a compact and solid Brazi

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Sun, 29 May 2016 23:09:42 -0400
Soccer-Villa blunder opens door for Orlando

(Reuters) - David Villa's embarrassing miss from the penalty spot came back to haunt New York City FC on Sunday as Orlando took full advantage of the let-off to fight back for a 2-2 draw in Major League Soccer. With hosts New York leading 2-0, Villa had the perfect chance to make the game safe in the 70th minute but slipped just as he was about to shoot and ballooned the ball high and wide of the Orlando goal. Orlando were quick to capitalize on the miss with Julio Baptista pulling a goal back two minutes later, and Kevin Molino headed the equalizer four minutes into stoppage time at Yankee Stadiu

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Sun, 29 May 2016 19:29:15 -0400
Mexican police mount big hunt for kidnapped soccer player

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Molino scored in second-half stoppage time to give Orlando City a 2-2 tie with New York City FC on Sunda

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Sun, 29 May 2016 17:38:43 -0400
Soccer-Ukraine beat sloppy Romania 4-3 in penultimate Euro warm-up

Two second-half goals in seven minutes from Raphael Guerreiro and Eder helped Portugal to a 3-0 win over Norway in a warmup game Sunday for the European Championship. Ricardo Quaresma put the Portuguese ahead with a spectacular dipping shot in the 13th. Missing Cristiano Ronaldo, who played in the Champions League final the previous day, Quaresma was Portugal's standout playe

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Sun, 29 May 2016 17:30:01 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo targets more Real glory after San Siro success

By Richard Martin MILAN (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo is hungry for even more silverware with Real Madrid after winning the Champions League on Saturday for the third time. The prolific Portuguese did not look fully fit and was far from his best in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid but he slammed home his team's decisive fifth penalty in the shootout to seal Real’s second Champions League final success over their local rivals in three years. Ronaldo cited tiredness for his underwhelming display in the final, the last game of another gruelling season in which he played 48 competitive games and scored 51 goals, the sixth straight season in which he has netted over 50 time

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Sun, 29 May 2016 14:58:37 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship champions league play off results and standings

Germany's European Championship preparations had a setback Sunday in a 3-1 thunderstorm-interrupted defeat to Slovakia. Goals at the end of the half from Marek Hamsik and Michal Duris gave Slovakia a 2-1 lead at the interval in the Euro 2016 warmup before the storm peppered the pitch with large hailstones and heavy rain. The unmarked Juraj Kucka, who earlier conceded the penalty from which Mario Gomez opened the scoring, made up for it in the 52nd minute with a volley to Patrik Hrosovsky's corner, sending the wet ball through the unfortunate Marc-Andre ter Stegen's hands and leg

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Sun, 29 May 2016 12:45:41 -0400
Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido kidnapped in border state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Alan Pulido, a Mexican striker for the Greek soccer team Olympiakos, was kidnapped in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, authorities said according to local media reports on Sunday. A relative of Pulido also told Milenio TV that he had been kidnapped. Pulido was kidnapped after leaving a party in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria, media outlets reported. (Reporting by Veronica Gomez; Editing by Phil Berlowit

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Sun, 29 May 2016 12:36:13 -0400
German nationalist slammed over black soccer player comment

Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was kidnapped Sunday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, a state official said. Pulido is a forward for Olympiacos of Greece and was part of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team, though he wasn't called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week. The official said the 25-year-old player was kidnapped after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of a state that has been plagued by organized crim

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Sun, 29 May 2016 10:55:55 -0400
Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

A top member of a rising German nationalist party drew sharp criticism Sunday for reportedly saying that many people wouldn't want Jerome Boateng, a key player on Germany's national soccer team whose father was born in Ghana, as their neighbor. Alexander Gauland, deputy leader of Alternative for Germany, was quoted as telling the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper: ''People find him good as a footballer. Germany's national team has long reflected varied ethnic background

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Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:38 -0400
Germans would not want soccer star Boateng as neighbour, politician says

Tens of thousands of fans endured rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday to celebrate the Champions League title. Many waited all night after celebrating the team's win over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout on Saturday in Milan. The players arrived in Madrid at about 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) and traveled on an open bus to the club's traditional celebration spot, the Cibeles fountain, where an estimated 30,000 supporters mark the club's 11th European titl

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Sat, 28 May 2016 23:40:46 -0400
Ola Kamara - hat trick lifts Crew over Real Salt Lake 4-3

Didier Drogba scored on a free kick in stoppage time to give the Montreal Impact a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. In the dying seconds of stoppage time, Drogba scored from 30 yards out. ''I just wanted to hit the target, and that's what I did,'' said Drogba, who has scored in four consecutive matche

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Sat, 28 May 2016 23:39:42 -0400
U.S., Peru, Mexico warm up for Centenary Copa with wins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ola Kamara scored his first career MLS goal and added two more for a hat trick in the Columbus Crew's 4-3 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 28 May 2016 23:24:10 -0400
David Accam scores, Fire ties Timber 1-1

(Reuters) - Teenage U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic grabbed the headlines by scoring his first international goal in a 4-0 win over Bolivia while Mexico and Peru also enjoyed wins in Copa America warm-up matches on Saturday. The 17-year-old Pulisic came on as a substitute after 63 minutes and five minutes later slotted home the Americans' fourth goal from 12 yards after nice work from Darlington Nagbe. Gyasi Zardes scored once in each half and John Brooks got another against a poor Bolivia side who rarely threatene

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Sat, 28 May 2016 23:19:38 -0400
Soccer-US, Peru, Mexico warm up for Centenary Copa with wins

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Brian Carroll tied it in 92nd minute and the Philadelphia Union escaped with a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in a showdown of the Western and Eastern conference leader

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Sat, 28 May 2016 23:07:16 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines with the winning kick in a penalty shootout in the Champions League final, more than compensating for what was a quiet game by his standards. Ronaldo's decisive spot kick in the shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties over city rival Atletico Madrid, following a 1-1 draw after extra time in Saturday's final. Pictures of him ripping off his shirt in celebration will be splashed on the front pages but, unlike his previous two successes in the competition, Ronaldo failed to impose himself on the matc

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Sat, 28 May 2016 22:36:34 -0400
Drogba scores in stoppage time, Impact beat Galaxy 3-2

Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American scorer in the modern era and the United States routed Bolivia 4-0 in an exhibition Saturday night to sweep its three warmup matches for next month's Copa America. Zardes scored in the 26th and 52nd minutes around defender John Brooks' goal in the 37th. At 17 years, 253 days, he bettered the mark set by Juan Agudelo (17-359) against South Africa in 201

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Sat, 28 May 2016 22:25:03 -0400
Peru beats El Salvador 3-1 in friendly at RFK

Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick and assisted on Femi Hollinger-Janzen's go-ahead goal in the New England Revolution's 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. Nguyen tied it in the 24th minute after the referee ruled that defender Erik Friberg handled the ball inside the penalty area. Nguyen has a goal and an assist in each of the last three matche

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Sat, 28 May 2016 20:08:23 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Defender DaMarcus Beasley scored in the 20th minute to help the Houston Dynamo tie the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 on Saturda

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Sat, 28 May 2016 20:03:14 -0400
Zidane lavishes praise on team player Ronaldo

Already one of the greatest players in the history of football, it turns out Zinedine Zidane makes the right moves on the touchline, too. Less than five months after taking over a squad in disarray under Rafa Benitez, Zidane has brought Real Madrid back to its accustomed place atop European football. ''When you have players of this caliber you can really achieve a lot,'' Zidane sai

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Sat, 28 May 2016 19:48:14 -0400
Soccer-Zidane lavishes praise on team player Ronaldo

By Brian Homewood MILAN (Reuters) - Real Madrid handed Atletico Madrid another cruel Champions League final defeat when Cristiano Ronaldo's spot kick saw them beat their neighbors on penalties to win Europe's top club trophy for a record 11th time on Saturday. Real's former playmaker Zinedine Zidane was left to celebrate winning Europe's elite club competition five months after starting his first coaching job and become the seventh man to claim the trophy as both a player and a manage

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Sat, 28 May 2016 16:50:31 -0400
The Latest: Champions League final heading to extra time

MILAN (Reuters) - Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes in the Champions League final on Saturday. Sergio Ramos gave Real a 15th minute lead, Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty for Atletico at the start of the second half and substitute Yannick Carrasco equalized in the 79th minute. (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferri

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Sat, 28 May 2016 13:55:45 -0400
Soccer-Hull promoted to Premier League with playoff win

Hull secured an immediate return to the English Premier League and a minimum $250 million cash bonanza by beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the League Championship playoff final on Saturday. ''That little bit of quality to decide a big game,'' Hull manager Steve Bruce said. Wednesday goalkeeper Kieren Westwood had produced a string of excellent saves to keep dominant Hull at bay at Wembley Stadium, and got his fingertips to Diame's sho

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Sat, 28 May 2016 13:03:45 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

MILAN (AP) -- Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are resuming their intense city rivalry in the Champions League final on a hot and humid Saturday evening at San Siro Stadiu

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Sat, 28 May 2016 12:48:14 -0400
Soccer-Messi - pain eases, recovery time unclear-Argentina doctor

(Reuters) - Lionel Messi, recovering from a bad knock to his back 10 days before Argentina’s opening Copa America Centenario match, was feeling less pain on Saturday, team doctor Daniel Martinez said. “Messi is better, with less pain than last night,” Martinez told reporters after Messi suffered bruising to his lower back and rib cage during Friday's 1-0 friendly win over Honduras. Messi was kneed in the back by Honduras substitute Oliver Morazan during a warm-up game for the June 3-26 tournament in the United States played in the Argentine city of San Juan and had to be substituted, walking off in pain in the 64th minut

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Sat, 28 May 2016 00:58:53 -0400
Kamara scores late, lifts United to 1-0 win over Sporting KC

Brad Evans is usually among the most easygoing members of the Seattle Sounders. Which is why after saying hello, Evans gave me a chill. ''So, we get to fire at your face?'' the Sounders and U.S. national team defender said with a smir

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Sat, 28 May 2016 00:27:56 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Alhaji Kamara scored late in D.C. United's rain-soaked 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Friday nigh

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Fri, 27 May 2016 23:11:24 -0400
Messi worries Argentina with back injury in 1-0 win

Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi left the field with a back injury in the second half of a 1-0 victory over Honduras in a friendly Friday night. The Argentine team captain and Barcelona star was hit on an apparently inconsequential play and immediately went to the locker room. ''Messi suffered a trauma to the left side of his lower back and rib cage,'' the Argentine Football (Soccer) Association said in a statement, adding that doctors were looking at the injur

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Fri, 27 May 2016 17:14:16 -0400
Ireland draws 1-1 with Netherlands in Euro 2016 warmup

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland had the ideal Belfast send-off before the European Championship by beating Belarus 3-0 on Friday to extend its undefeated run to 11 game

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Fri, 27 May 2016 16:39:35 -0400
Brazil - Dunga names Kaka to replace injured Douglas Costa

Teenage star Marcus Rashford made a convincing case to be included in England's squad for the European Championship by scoring within three minutes of his international debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Australia on Friday. Wayne Rooney scored England's other goal after coming on as a halftime substitute in the team's final game before its final 23-man squad is selected. Rashford only made his Manchester United debut in February but a fairytale first season could yet be extended to include Euro 201

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Fri, 27 May 2016 16:37:50 -0400
FC Dallas-Earthquakes Preview

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil coach Dunga has called up Orlando City midfielder Kaka to replace Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa, who is out of the Copa America Centenario with an injured left thig

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Fri, 27 May 2016 14:45:31 -0400
Soccer-Ramos: 2014 victory has not sated Real - thirst for glory

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- He scored on his Manchester United debut, on his Premier League debut and in his first Manchester derb

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Fri, 27 May 2016 14:26:01 -0400
Atletico not thinking of cruel past in rerun of 2014 final

If recent form is any indication, the San Siro stadium should be a fitting setting for a Champions League final between two defensive-minded teams. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has made no secret of his squad's ''catenaccio'' tendencies, conceding just 18 league goals in 38 Spanish Liga matches this season, the best per game ratio in Europe' s top five leagues. ''We adapt to our strengths,'' Simeone said Frida

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Fri, 27 May 2016 13:41:34 -0400
Timbers-Fire Preview

KUFSTEIN, Austria (AP) -- The Czech Republic opened its final stage of preparations for the European Championship with a 6-0 victory over Malta on Frida

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Fri, 27 May 2016 12:38:18 -0400
Sounders-Revolution Preview

(Reuters) - Derby County have offered Nigel Pearson a route back into management by appointing the former Leicester City boss on a three-year contract on Friday. Pearson takes over from Darren Wassall, who led the club to fifth in the Championship but missed out on Premier League qualification after they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Hull City in the playoff semi-finals this month. "We are delighted to welcome Nigel to the club," Derby Chairman Mel Morris told Derby's website (www.dcfc.co.uk

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Fri, 27 May 2016 12:38:18 -0400
Sounders-Revolution Preview

(Reuters) - Derby County have offered Nigel Pearson a route back into management by appointing the former Leicester City boss on a three-year contract on Friday. Pearson takes over from Darren Wassall, who led the club to fifth in the Championship but missed out on Premier League qualification after they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Hull City in the playoff semi-finals this month. "We are delighted to welcome Nigel to the club," Derby Chairman Mel Morris told Derby's website (www.dcfc.co.uk

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Fri, 27 May 2016 11:29:36 -0400
Soccer-Croatia ordered to play two World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors

(Reuters) - Croatia have been ordered to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after incidents at two recent friendlies, soccer's governing body, FIFA, said on Friday. The restrictions were imposed after Croation fans engaged in "discriminatory chants" during a match against Israel on March 23 and Hungary three days later. The team were also fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($151,087.83). .

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Fri, 27 May 2016 10:52:55 -0400
Soccer-Carvalhal chases fame and fortune for Sheffield Wednesday

Jose Mourinho may be making headlines again but a lesser-known Portuguese manager will this weekend hope to give Sheffield Wednesday their biggest day for almost a quarter of a century by returning them to the Premier League. Carlos Carvalhal, 50, was a surprise choice to take charge of the Yorkshire club last pre-season but in 10 months he has transformed them from a side regularly struggling in the bottom half of the Championship (second tier). On Saturday they play Hull City at Wembley in the playoff final for a prize frequently described as the most lucrative in sport for any one-off fixtur

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