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Wed, 25 May 2016 08:24:43 -0400
Giggs dilemma: Fly solo or keep waiting at Man United?

More than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents will be deployed across France to ensure safety for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday. The month-long tournament opens across France on June 10 with a state of emergency still in force after Islamist attacks last November that killed 130 people in Paris at several sites across the capital, including the Stade de France stadium. About 2.5 million spectators are expected for 51 soccer matches involving 24 teams in games played at 10 stadiums across Franc


Wed, 25 May 2016 08:24:09 -0400
Soccer-Painful final defeats will spur Liverpool next season-Origi

Ryan Giggs is part of the furniture at Manchester United, and for good reason. To many, he is Mr. Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's imminent appointment as United manager is set to usher in one of the most exciting eras in its histor


Wed, 25 May 2016 01:26:51 -0400
Soccer-Bosz agrees three-year deal to manage Ajax

South Korean prosecutors have indicted two former soccer referees over allegations that they received money from a club official - also formally charged - in return for favorable decisions in five K-League matches in 2013. An official from the K-League said Wednesday that the two former referees, who allegedly received 5 million Korean won ($4,200) from a Jeonbuk Hyundai scout over five matches between March and October 2013, were permanently expelled from the league in December after prosecutors began their investigation into corruption in professional soccer. Jeonbuk, which on Tuesday advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League, said it suspended the scout and that he acted alon


Tue, 24 May 2016 18:59:26 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho agrees terms with Man United - Sky TV

Brad Guzan wants to put a rough Premier League season behind him and take a break from uncertainty over his club future. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann gave the Aston Villa goalkeeper plenty to think about in the next month, picking him to play in the Copa America over Tim Howard, the starter during the past two World Cups. ''My sole focus is on the summer, on this team, helping this team,'' Guzan said Tuesday, a day before a match against Ecuador in the second of three exhibitions ahead of the tournamen


Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:09 -0400
Arsenal received bigger EPL windfall than champion Leicester

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- Antonio Conte says Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco paid the price for choosing to play in Major League Soccer after the Italy coach left the duo out of his preliminary 30-man squad for the European Championshi


Tue, 24 May 2016 11:36:41 -0400
Zidane says Atletico is good at more than just defending

The stability Alex Ferguson fostered over more than 26 years at Old Trafford has eroded in the three years since his retirement. Manchester United often seems like just any other team, shorn of its aura of superiority and orderly calm while churning through managers. United was just a footnote in the Premier League story last season, even when Louis van Gaal's team was winning, due to the insipid football that was a turn-off for even loyal fan


Tue, 24 May 2016 10:39:30 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool, United fined by UEFA over fans misconduct

For the second time in three seasons, city rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will meet in the Champions League final - the sixth time Europe's most prestigious soccer competition will be contested by teams from the same country. All three have featured Real Madrid. No intra-national final occurred until 2000 when Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 to claim its eighth European Cu


Tue, 24 May 2016 07:51:04 -0400
Soccer-Fernandez quits as coach of Guinea

MADRID (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid's practice early after an injury scare but doctors say the striker is not at risk of missing the Champions League fina


Mon, 23 May 2016 18:35:49 -0400
Cup title gives Barcelona its 27th trophy in last decade

It seems Jamie Vardy is better at scoring goals than arranging a wedding. The Leicester and England striker is finally getting married on Wednesday after three previous attempts to wed fiancee Rebekah - in June 2015 and then twice this year - were aborted because dates wound up clashing with international duty. Vardy will briefly leave the England squad that is preparing for the upcoming European Championship in France, and is missing the warm-up match against Australia on Friday - even though he said he'd be prepared to play in that gam


Mon, 23 May 2016 17:44:18 -0400
Soccer-Van Gaal sacked by United, Mourinho poised to step in

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner's exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile role at the scandal-rocked world soccer body - as its interim top administrator promoting FIFA's wish to change its tainted culture even as his links to other investigations added up. The 45-year-old German official was due payments worth millions of dollars over a six-year period from 2008-14 from additions to his contract, a person familiar with the FIFA investigation said Monda


Mon, 23 May 2016 17:21:24 -0400
Soccer-Frankfurt win 1-0 at Nuremberg to stay in Bundesliga

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile has broken the world record for the most participants in a soccer matc


Mon, 23 May 2016 17:05:50 -0400
Soccer-Manchester United, Van Gaal statements

Haris Seferovic scored to keep Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Nuremberg in the second leg of their end-of-season playoff on Monday. Seferovic's 66th-minute strike after good work from Mijat Gacinovic gave Frankfurt a 2-1 win aggregate victory and left Nuremberg, which placed third in the second division, without top-flight football for at least another season. Gacinovic had scored for Frankfurt in the first leg 1-1 draw on Thursda


Mon, 23 May 2016 16:40:05 -0400
Frankfurt beats Nuremberg 1-0 to survive Bundesliga playoff

Louis van Gaal was fired by Manchester United on Monday after months of uncertainty around his position as the English Premier League team struggled despite more than $350 million spent on new players during his two years in charge. United is now set to make Jose Mourinho its third manager in the three years since Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden 26-year dynasty ended. Delivering United's first trophy - an FA Cup victory Saturday - since Ferguson retired in 2013 was not enough to save Van Gaa


Mon, 23 May 2016 16:27:27 -0400
Louis van Gaal - highs and lows at Man United

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has praised Louis Van Gaal for bringing academy graduates into the first team. Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have established themselves as regular squad members and potential stars of the future. It was only due to injuries that Van Gaal resorted to deploying the youngster


Mon, 23 May 2016 16:23:56 -0400
Soccer-Van Gaal sacked by United, Mourinho poised to step in

Manchester United sacked manager Louis van Gaal on Monday two days after the Dutchman led them to victory in the FA Cup final, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho widely expected to be appointed as his successor. News of Van Gaal's impending departure leaked out minutes after Saturday's 2-1 Wembley victory over Crystal Palace and, following relentless media speculation and a day of negotiations, it was confirmed by both on Monday evening. "I'd like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries)," executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement on the club website (


Mon, 23 May 2016 15:16:52 -0400
Suarez expected to make Copa America trip despite injury

Only by Barcelona's incredibly high standards can winning back-to-back doubles seem like a disappointment. The team led by Lionel Messi added the Copa del Rey to its Spanish league title on Sunday, but fell short of repeating its treble from last season. ''It was a positive season, we have won four of six titles,'' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique sai


Mon, 23 May 2016 14:35:51 -0400
Euro 2016 security concerns grow after French Cup incidents

FIFA has fired finance director and interim secretary general Markus Kattner after an internal investigation revealed he got irregular bonus payments worth millions of dollars. Kattner was due the payments over a six-year period from 2008-14 from additions to his employment contract, a person familiar with the FIFA investigation said Monday. The extra payments were signed off by then-President Sepp Blatter and then-secretary general Jerome Valcke, Kattner's immediate boss in that perio


Mon, 23 May 2016 14:06:15 -0400
France vows to fix stadium security before Euro 2016

The French football federation opened disciplinary proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille on Monday following incidents during the French Cup final that raised major concerns only a few weeks before the country hosts the European Championship. Despite a two-meter high security wall surrounding the Stade de France and triple security checks, supporters smuggled flares into the venue in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis and ignited fires in the stands on Saturday. Fans also complained about severe overcrowding at the security check point


Mon, 23 May 2016 13:58:24 -0400
Soccer-Houllier set to become Lyon general manager

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Security failures exposed at France's soccer cup final over the weekend will be sorted out before the start of Euro 2016 contest in three weeks' time, the government said on Monday. The month-long tournament opens across France on June 10 with a state of emergency still in force after Islamist militant attacks last November that killed 130 people in Paris and targeted multiple sites across the capital, including the Stade de France. Saturday's match between arch-rivals Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille at the Stade de France had been deemed a high risk event and a first test for organizers of security measures required for the Euro


Mon, 23 May 2016 12:36:26 -0400
Soccer-Napoli sign defender Lorenzo Tonelli from Empoli

Germany defender Mats Hummels has completed his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich. Bayern says the 27-year-old Hummels signed a five-year deal through June 2021 on Monday, two weeks after the Bundesliga rivals agreed on the transfer. Hummels played at every level of Bayern's youth set-up after joining at age 6 in 199


Mon, 23 May 2016 10:15:33 -0400
Left off squad, Balotelli denied chance at Euros encore

Luis Suarez is expected to travel to the United States to join Uruguay's national team for the Copa America, though he is likely to miss the start of the tournament because of a hamstring injury. Barcelona said tests on Monday confirmed that Suarez sustained a right-leg muscle injury in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Sunda


Mon, 23 May 2016 10:05:00 -0400
Louis van Gaal faces Man United departure despite FA Cup win

ROME (AP) -- There will be no encore performance for Mario Balotelli at the European Championshi


Mon, 23 May 2016 10:03:57 -0400
Cup title gives Barcelona its 27th trophy in last decade

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Louis van Gaal's career at Manchester United appears to be nearing the end after two turbulent year


Mon, 23 May 2016 06:57:13 -0400
French officials fret over stadium security ahead of Euro 2016

The nine-month chase for silverware is almost over for European clubs. All that's left to contest is the Champions League final on Saturday - a derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Then the focus shifts to the European Championship in France in June and Jul


Sun, 22 May 2016 21:57:19 -0400
Alashe - late goal helps Earthquakes to 1-1 tie with Galaxy

Luis Suarez' participation in the Copa America Centenario is in doubt after the Uruguay striker left Spain's Copa del Rey final with an apparent muscle injury and in tears on Sunday. Suarez is expected to undergo tests Monday to find out the extent of the right leg injury that forced him to limp off the pitch in the second half of the game against Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. On Twitter, Suarez showed optimis


Sun, 22 May 2016 19:20:52 -0400
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Braga defeated Porto 4-2 in a penalty shootout to win the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, 50 years after its only previous title. Goalkeeper Jose Carlos Marafona saved two penalties in the shootout to give Braga the upset win after the teams drew 2-2 following extra time. Rui Fonte and Josue put Braga ahead in the 12th and 58th minutes, but Andre Silva scored in the 61st and with a remarkable half-bicycle kick in the 90th to keep alive Porto's chances of winning a title this seaso


Sun, 22 May 2016 19:03:10 -0400
Barcelona beats Sevilla in extra time to win Copa del Rey

Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers rolled to a 4-2 victory over the Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. Jack McInerney, Dairon Asprilla and Darlington Nagbe also scored to help the Timbers snap a three-game losing streak. Christian Bolanos and Pedro Morales scored for Vancouve


Sun, 22 May 2016 18:16:36 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Sevilla for its second straight Copa del Rey title on Sunday. After 0-0 in regulation time, Alba found the net with a low left-footed shot into the far corner after a superb long pass into the area by Lionel Messi. Neymar closed the scoring in injury time to give Barcelona its 28th Copa troph


Sun, 22 May 2016 18:10:58 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona retain King - Cup with extra-time win over Sevilla

MADRID (Reuters) - Ten-man Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla thanks to extra-time goals by Jordi Alba and Neymar at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday. The win secured the double for La Liga champions Barca after Alba netted in the 97th minute before Neymar added the second right at the end, both scoring from assists by Lionel Messi. Barca had Javier Mascherano sent off in the 36th but held on for the extra period, after the match finished 0-0, with Sevilla also reduced to 10 men when Ever Banega was dismissed in added time. .


Sun, 22 May 2016 15:32:50 -0400
Kane, Vardy score again to earn England 2-1 win over Turkey

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was criticized by soccer club Rangers on Sunday for failing to condemn the behavior of Hibernian fans after violent scenes marred their Scottish Cup final. Several Rangers players were assaulted as thousands of Hibernian fans came on the field following Hibs' dramatic 3-2 win at Hampden Park on Saturday. Hibernian supporters broke one of the goalposts and ripped up sections of the Hampden turf, while fights broke out among rival fan


Sun, 22 May 2016 14:43:25 -0400
Arriola has goal, assist in US debut, 3-1 win at Puerto Rico

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy transferred their scoring form in the Premier League to the international stage Sunday, netting England's goals in an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Turkey in the teams' first warmup match ahead of the European Championship. Vardy capitalized on successive mistakes from Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan to sweep home a close-range winner in the 83rd minute, handing the Turks their first loss in 14 matches stretching back to November 2014. Kane put England ahead in the third minute and missed a 72nd-minute penalty that would have restored England's lead after Hakan Calhanoglu's 13th-minute equalizer - Turkey's first-ever goal against England in 11 game


Sun, 22 May 2016 14:29:27 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship play-offs results and standings

Paul Arriola had a goal and an assist in his national team debut, Tim Ream and Bobby Wood also scored, and the United States started its Copa America preparations with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico in an exhibition game Sunday. Arriola, a 21-year-old from Chula Vista, California, who plays for Tijuana in Mexico, is not on the tournament roster but was among players called in for a training camp while regulars remained with the Major League Soccer teams through the weeken


Sun, 22 May 2016 08:46:31 -0400
Soccer-Real - Varane to miss Champions League final - reports

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss the Champions League final after suffering a hamstring injury in training, Spanish media reported on Sunday. Varane was unlikely to start against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Milan with Sergio Ramos and Pepe coach Zinedine Zidane's usual first-choice defensive pairing. "After tests carried out today on player Raphael Varane he was diagnosed with a grade two injury in the left hamstring," the club said in a statemen


Sun, 22 May 2016 07:28:57 -0400
Soccer-Proven winner Mourinho is right man for United - Neville

Jose Mourinho is a proven winner who is the perfect choice as Manchester United manager, the club's former defender Phil Neville said on Sunday. "Mourinho is a proven winner. United fans want a team challenging for the league title, they don't want a team finishing in seventh or fifth," Neville told the BB


Sun, 22 May 2016 07:28:57 -0400
Soccer-Proven winner Mourinho is right man for United - Neville

Jose Mourinho is a proven winner who is the perfect choice as Manchester United manager, the club's former defender Phil Neville said on Sunday. "Mourinho is a proven winner. United fans want a team challenging for the league title, they don't want a team finishing in seventh or fifth," Neville told the BB


Sun, 22 May 2016 00:26:27 -0400
Soccer-Red Bulls maul NY City FC to maintain derby dominance

(Reuters) - New York Red Bulls routed New York City FC 7-0 on Saturday to sour Frank Lampard's first match of the season and register their fourth successive derby victory since their rivals entered Major League Soccer last year. The thumping victory, tying it with the biggest margin for an away win in MLS, pushed the Red Bulls (5-7-1) to within a point of second-place New York City (4-4-5) in the Eastern conference. .


Sat, 21 May 2016 21:52:52 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Cyle Larin scored twice and Ricardo Kaka had two assists to help Orlando City beat the Montreal Impact 2-1 on Saturday night to snap a six-game winless streak. Larin poked a left-footer into lower-left corner to put Orlando City (3-3-5) ahead for the first time in 87th minute. Kaka, slashing into the box, dropped a chest-pass near the penalty spot to Julio Baptist


Sat, 21 May 2016 21:03:44 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin had his fifth shutout of the season Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with the Columbus Cre


Sat, 21 May 2016 18:15:55 -0400
Uncertainty faces Van Gaal despite ending Man United drought

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan is set to start ahead of veteran Tim Howard for the U.S. national team in the Copa America tournamen


Sat, 21 May 2016 17:45:18 -0400
Soccer-Juventus beat AC Milan to win Italian Cup, complete double

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his Paris Saint-Germain career in style by reaching 50 goals in an outstanding farewell season as bitter rival Marseille was beaten 4-2 in the French Cup final on Saturday. Ibrahimovic scored a penalty at the start of the second half and showed his altruistic side, picking out forward Edinson Cavani with a perfect pass through Marseille's defense as PSG made it 3-1. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi created the fourth in the 82nd, allowing Ibrahimovic to charge through and coolly beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for his 156th goal in 180 games since joining the club in 2012 - and his 11th in 10 against Marseill


Sat, 21 May 2016 17:27:26 -0400
Brad Guzan to start in goal for US for Copa America

(Reuters) - United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has turned to experience for next month's Copa America Centenario on home soil, but said he had to make some "very close, tight decisions" before announcing his 23-player squad on Saturday. The roster includes 15 players from the squad that reached the round-of-16 in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, and a total of 18 who have already appeared in qualifying for Russia 2018. .


Sat, 21 May 2016 17:25:59 -0400
Sublime Lingard volley seals Man United FA Cup win

ROME (AP) -- Substitute Alvaro Morata scored in extra time and Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 to win the Italian Cup on Saturday, becoming the first club to win the league and cup double in consecutive season


Sat, 21 May 2016 17:24:01 -0400
Soccer-Juventus beat AC Milan to win Coppa Italia, complete double

Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties in the German Cup final on Saturday to seal the club's 11th domestic double and give coach Pep Guardiola a winning send-off. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved Sven Bender's spot kick and Sokratis Papastathopoulos missed the next for Dortmund. Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki saved Joshua Kimmich's penalty but Thomas Mueller kept Bayern in control, and Douglas Costa scored the decisive spot kic


Sat, 21 May 2016 17:01:03 -0400
Ice hockey-Canada to play Finland in world championship final

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Holders Canada reached a world championship final against Finland by beating the United States 4-3 thanks to Ryan Ellis' goal early in the third period of a pulsating match on Saturday. Bill Peters' Canada side got off to a fine start as they moved into a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period following goals from Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchan


Sat, 21 May 2016 15:57:35 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard's superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years. The game was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Jason Puncheon coming off the bench to put London side Palace ahead 12 minutes from time before Juan Mata equalized three minutes later. United central defender Chris Smalling was sent off in the extra period for a second yellow card but Lingard produced a moment of class to give under-pressure Dutch manager Louis van Gaal a first trophy in his two years at Old Traffor


Sat, 21 May 2016 15:36:53 -0400
Manchester United claim FA Cup with extra-time win over Crystal Palace

Louis van Gaal delivered Manchester United's first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after the 135th FA Cup final went to extra time on Saturday. With Ferguson watching at Wembley Stadium, Jesse Lingard, an academy graduate thrust into the first team by Van Gaal, completed United's comeback by volleying in the winner in the 110th minute. United's record-equaling 12th triumph in world football's oldest cup competition comes at the end of a lackluster second season under Van Gaa


Sat, 21 May 2016 12:05:18 -0400
Soccer-Ukrainian Cup final result

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Crowd trouble marred the end of the Scottish Cup final after Hibernian won the trophy for the first time in 114 years by beating Rangers 3-2 on Saturda


Sat, 21 May 2016 10:32:11 -0400
Soccer-Barca are Cup favourites but Sevilla have more desire - Emery

By Rik Sharma MADRID (Reuters) - Champions Barcelona are favorites to win the King's Cup final but Sevilla have more motivation for success, their coach Unai Emery said on Saturday. Emery rejected the idea that Sevilla will not be inspired for the match on Sunday after securing their third successive Europa League title. "Who knows if I will have an opportunity to play another King's Cup final?," Emery told reporter


Sat, 21 May 2016 08:41:12 -0400
Barcelona agrees to kit deal extension with Nike

Important titles already in hand, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday. Barcelona is defending its domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning its second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions face a Sevilla side that is riding high after coming back in the second half to beat Liverpool 3-1 and clinch a third straight Europa League title on Wednesda


Sat, 21 May 2016 07:11:01 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona agree kit deal extension with Nike

Barcelona have agreed an extension to their kit-manufacturing deal with Nike which Spanish media reported was the most lucrative arrangement of its kind in the world. The Spanish champions issued a statement saying details of the contract will be specified at their next general assembly. Barcelona-based daily newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo reported that the deal could be worth 155 million euros ($174 million) a season and would run until 202




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