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Wed, 11 May 2016 17:57:43 -0400
Soccer-Mussenden, Montagliani battle to lead CONCACAF out of crisis

Sunderland completed its latest escape from relegation in the English Premier League on Wednesday - and consigned bitter northeast rival Newcastle to the second tier in the process. A 3-0 win over Everton guaranteed safety for Sunderland with a game to spare this season, justifying its decision to hire survival specialist Sam Allardyce as manager in October. Under Allardyce, who has yet to be relegated from the English top flight in 25 years as a manager, Sunderland lost just one of its last 10 matches - and that was against champion Leiceste


Wed, 11 May 2016 17:30:55 -0400
Soccer-Newcastle thank fans after relegation confirmed

A stoppage-time equalizer from substitute Christian Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in the English Premier League on Wednesday. Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a superb solo goal in the 32nd minute, taking possession about 30 meters out and gliding past three Liverpool players before sending a shot into the bottom corner of the net. Liverpool, which faces Sevilla in the Europa League final next week, rallied in the second half of manager Juergen Klopp's 50th match in charge and Hazard's Belgium teammate Benteke headed the equalizer from close range in the second minute of injury tim


Wed, 11 May 2016 15:05:59 -0400
Soccer-Ekeng had serious heart problems, tests show

Sweden coach Erik Hamren on Wednesday promoted six players from the team that won the European Under-21 trophy last year to the 23-man senior squad he's bringing to the European Championship in France next month. Goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren, defenders Victor Nilsson Lindelof and Ludwig Augustinsson, midfielders Oscar Lewicki and Oscar Hiljemark and Celta Vigo striker John Guidetti were key players in the U-21 team that beat Portugal on penalties in the fina


Wed, 11 May 2016 14:26:13 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Soccer star Zinedine Zidane's childhood home in Marseille is being demolished, part of an urban renewal project aimed at rehabilitating a blighted area of the southern French city. Journalists and neighbors crowded around as construction vehicles on Wednesday went to work tearing apart ''Building G,'' unofficially referred to as the ''Zidane building,'' in the Castellane neighborhood of northern Marseill


Wed, 11 May 2016 14:10:47 -0400
Soccer-West Ham leave home as English landscape changes

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando City SC coach Adrian Heath has been suspended one game for entering the field during the match against the New York Red Bull


Wed, 11 May 2016 11:54:56 -0400
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

England forward Danny Welbeck will miss the European Championship after being ruled out for nine months by Arsenal on Wednesday because of a knee injury. Arsenal said Welbeck has had surgery on his right knee after scans showed Welbeck sustained ''significant cartilage damage'' when he attempted a tackle during the English Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday. The 25-year-old Welbeck only returned to action in February after 10 months out with a left knee injur


Wed, 11 May 2016 10:27:50 -0400
Soccer-Juve pair Buffon and Barzagli sign up until 2018

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Francesco Guidolin will stay on as Swansea coach for another two years after keeping the team in the Premier League in his brief time in charg


Wed, 11 May 2016 06:38:36 -0400
Soccer-Palace - Joe Ledley may miss Euro with fractured leg

By Adriana Garcia VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Almost everything Lionel Messi does looks effortless but the Barcelona forward insists a lot of practice goes into trying to perfect the free-kicks which have contributed a sizeable chunk of his goals this season. The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this year's La Liga, the latest in Sunday's 5-0 triumph over Espanyol. Messi now has 23 goals from free-kicks in his career at the club, equaling the previous record of former Barcelona star Ronald Koema


Wed, 11 May 2016 05:17:02 -0400
Soccer-Ranieri, Aguero pick up monthly Premier League awards

By Adriana Garcia VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Luis Suarez could become Barcelona's highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday's La Liga match at Granada, having equaled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club. The 29-year-old's brace against Espanyol in Barca's 5-0 triumph last Sunday saw him reach 81 goals for the Catalans to equal the record of Villaverde Vazquez who had joined the club in 1954 and played 10 seasons, scoring 81 goals in 224 games. In only his second season at Barcelona, Suarez has struck 50 goals in all competitions this season to help the team remain in contention for a domestic double, overtaking his previous record of 49 for Ajax in the 2009-2010 campaig


Wed, 11 May 2016 04:13:30 -0400
EXCLUSIVE-UPDATE 1-Soccer-FIFA warns Nepal FA to get house in order or will step in

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - FIFA has warned troubled Nepal football association (ANFA) to reinstate suspended executive committee members and immediately call a congress or risk intervention of the world soccer's governing body. In a letter sent to ANFA General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan dated May 9 and seen by Reuters, FIFA's acting Secretary General Markus Kattner said ANFA had failed to act according to its own statutes and should this issue persist it could establish a FIFA "normalization committee." Ganesh Thapa, former president of ANFA, was banned in November 2015 for 10 years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs for a series of acts of misconduc


Tue, 10 May 2016 19:16:42 -0400
Soccer-FIFA unveil 2026 World Cup bidding process

By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - FIFA unveiled the timetable of its delayed bidding process for the 2026 World Cup on Tuesday, with president Gianni Infantino's plans for a 40-team tournament to be decided upon by October and a final decision on the hosts to be made in May 2020. A FIFA source said they had considered increasing this wait period to 12 years or more and that there had been no discussions about allowing a continent to host successive World Cups. This could mean that with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup, Europe would have to wait until at least 2030 before staging the tournament agai


Tue, 10 May 2016 16:45:29 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship champions group results and standings

Real Madrid returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after two wins in a week. Zinedine Zidane's side advanced to the Champions League final at the expense of Manchester City with a 1-0 second leg victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, before defeating Valencia 3-2 in the Spanish league to maintain its title charge. ''The Champions League semifinal second leg against Manchester City was a dour one but Real Madrid was in control as they booked its ticket to the final in Milan,'' Umaid Wasim of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan sai


Tue, 10 May 2016 16:41:32 -0400
Soccer-England boss delays naming Euro 2016 squad until Monday

Real Madrid returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after two wins in a week. Barcelona is runner up after staying atop the Spanish standings with an emphatic 5-0 win over Espanyol, while Bayern Munich is third after winning the Bundesliga title. Luis Suarez is player of the week after scoring twice in Barcelona's wi


Tue, 10 May 2016 15:27:44 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship play-offs results and standings

Manchester United's team bus was attacked on the way into Upton Park as the Premier League squad arrived for Tuesday's match against West Ham. Objects were thrown at the bus as United arrived at West Ham's last ever game at the Boleyn Ground, ahead of its move to the Olympic Stadium next seaso


Tue, 10 May 2016 08:58:07 -0400
Bayern starts rebuilding squad with 2 new arrivals

MILAN (AP) -- Silvio Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest has agreed to negotiate exclusively with a group of Chinese investors for the possible sale of a stake in AC Mila


Tue, 10 May 2016 07:51:18 -0400
Soccer-Bayern swoop for Sanches, Hummels in strong show of intent

Bayern Munich has started to rebuild its squad as coach Pep Guardiola prepares to leave after three seasons. Bayern brought in Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels on Tuesday and signed an 18-year-old rising Portuguese star to one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history. The moves come one week after Bayern was eliminated in the semifinals of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, the third consecutive season Bayern has gone out at the penultimate stage against Spanish oppositio


Tue, 10 May 2016 07:30:00 -0400
Soccer-I am happy at Leicester, says Vardy

(Reuters) - Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has given the Premier League champions further encouragement that he will stay with them next season by saying he is happy at the club. Vardy, who has scored 24 Premier League goals this season and was named player of the year by the Football Writers' Association, has played a pivotal role in taking his team from 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the campaign to champions of England. "We've just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next yea


Tue, 10 May 2016 06:39:00 -0400
Soccer-Bayern Munich sign Sanches from Benfica

The Berlusconi family holding company Fininvest called a board meeting for Tuesday noon to open exclusive talks with a consortium of Chinese investors over the sale of AC Milan soccer club, a source close to the matter said. The asset is one of the most cherished ones by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who last summer failed to complete a sale of the club to Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol. A person who followed the negotiations said Berlusconi changed his mind at the last minut


Tue, 10 May 2016 04:26:47 -0400
Indonesia wants Special One to train national team

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The "arrogance" of senior officials brought corruption-related turmoil to world soccer but important governance reforms could restore its credibility, according to influential sports administrator Kevan Gosper. Former International Olympic Committee Vice President Gosper served last year on FIFA's reform committee, which was formed as part of the governing body's response to U.S. authorities indicting a raft of senior soccer officials and marketing executives for corruption. With that backdrop, FIFA holds its first annual Congress under new president Gianni Infantino in Mexico this week, hoping to bring its 209 member associations up to speed on reforms to clean up the gam


Mon, 09 May 2016 22:11:45 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

China plans to have more than 70,000 soccer pitches available for everyone to use by 2020 as the country continues to map out ways of revitalizing the sport, the government said on Tuesday. President Xi Jinping is an avid soccer fan and China is in the midst of a plan to turn its national team into one of the world's best by 2050, though the sport has been damaged by match-fixing scandals and poor performances on the field. China has worked since 2009 to promote grassroots soccer and crush illegal gambling syndicates but admitted last year its efforts were still laggin


Mon, 09 May 2016 18:33:44 -0400
Soccer-Olympic stadium wont be fortress, says West Ham - Bilic

With less than three months to go until the start of the games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil's Ministry of Labor and Employment said. Officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village shut down operations at those and two other sites. "We have no intention of hampering the event," Robson Leite, the ministry's regional superintendent, told reporter


Mon, 09 May 2016 10:44:04 -0400
After Leicester title, Ranieri has open offer to coach Italy

The Swiss Federal Court has cleared the way for former Nicaraguan soccer official Julio Rocha to be extradited to the United States after rejecting his appeal to be sent to his home country, the court said in a statement on Monday. Rocha, a former FIFA development officer and president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation, was among seven people arrested at a Zurich hotel a year ago in the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into corruption surrounding world soccer body FIFA. U.S. federal prosecutors in New York accuse Rocha of demanding and taking bribes of $150,000 in connection with the sale of marketing rights to World Cup qualifying game


Mon, 09 May 2016 09:05:39 -0400
Soccer-Infantino gives positive vision before first FIFA Congress

Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years. Platini called the verdict a ''deep injustice'' and said he will now step down from the UEFA position he has held since 2007. CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban ''corresponds to the duration of a presidential term,'' the court said in a statemen


Mon, 09 May 2016 07:50:06 -0400
Chelsea - implosion leaves incoming Conte with tough job

ROME (AP) -- Claudio Ranieri has been awarded the Enzo Bearzot award for best Italian coach of the season after leading Leicester to an improbable Premier League titl


Mon, 09 May 2016 06:34:00 -0400
Soccer-Romania says Ekeng death inquiry reveals faulty ambulance equipment

Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years. Platini called the verdict a ''deep injustice'' and said he will now step down from the UEFA position he has held since 2007. CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban ''corresponds to the duration of a presidential term,'' the court said in a statemen


Mon, 09 May 2016 05:56:40 -0400
Platini to resign after CAS imposes 4-year ban from soccer

Atletico Madrid's title chase is over, leaving only Barcelona and Real Madrid in the hunt with one match to go. ''We came one round short of battling with Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title,'' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Atletico, which still has the Champions League final to play against Real Madrid, had been tied on points with Barcelon


Mon, 09 May 2016 05:21:26 -0400
Platini to resign from UEFA in coming days: lawyer

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday reduced suspended UEFA President Michel Platini's six-year ban from soccer for ethics violations to four years, saying the original punishment from FIFA was too severe. The Frenchman, one of the finest players of his generation and also a former coach of his country's national side, had said he recognized that his long, illustrious career in the game would be over if he lost an appeal over the ban. (Reporting by Michael Shields, Editing by John Mille


Mon, 09 May 2016 01:04:11 -0400
Soccer-Keane back with a bang as Galaxy send Revolution reeling

(Reuters) - Robbie Keane was firing on all cylinders on his return from knee surgery on Sunday, the Irish international scoring twice to help lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 4-2 victory over New England Revolution in their Major League Soccer showdown. Two months after undergoing a right knee procedure, the 35-year-old Keane combined well with team mate Gyasi Zardes (two assists) to give the Galaxy plenty of optimism moving forward. "Come July, hopefully we get everybody back together, everybody fit and healthy, and I think you'll see a stronger, stronger team." The Galaxy could hardly have looked any stronger early on Sunday as they stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first hal


Sun, 08 May 2016 23:10:14 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Bayern Munich sealed a record fourth successive Bundesliga title triumph at the weekend while PSV Eindhoven retained their Dutch crown. In Spain, Barcelona remain in pole position but old foes Real Madrid can still cash in if they falter on the last weekend of La Liga. In England, the celebrations went on at Leicester City as they marked their fairytale Premier League success with another win while champions Juventus' long unbeaten streak in Italy came to an en


Sun, 08 May 2016 18:11:17 -0400
Napoli wins at Torino to stay on course for Champs League

Robbie Keane returned from knee surgery to score two goals, Gyasi Zardes had two assists and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the New England Revolution 4-2 on Sunday. Los Angeles (5-1-3) extended its undefeated streak to seven games. New England (1-3-7) pushed its winless stretch to six game


Sun, 08 May 2016 14:38:42 -0400
Tottenham loses 2-1 at Southampton in Premier League

Barcelona routed city rival Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday to increase its lead in the Spanish league going into next weekend's final round of matches, when another victory will secure the Catalan club its second consecutive title. Luis Suarez scored twice, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Rafinha adding one goal each at the Camp Nou to keep Barcelona one point in front of Real Madrid, which defeated Valencia 3-2 with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and one by Karim Benzem


Sun, 08 May 2016 14:36:17 -0400
Soccer-Players again vote Ibrahimovic as Ligue 1 - best

PARIS (AP) -- Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been voted the French league's player of the year for a third time by his fellow professional


Sun, 08 May 2016 14:32:47 -0400
Soccer-Barca thrash Espanyol as Atletico exit title race

Manuel Pellegrini's long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semifinals, City was held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt its return to Europe's elite competition next season. Fourth-place City is two points clear of United, which has two games left - against West Ham and Bournemouth - to City's on


Sun, 08 May 2016 13:17:53 -0400
Arsenal holds Man City to 2-2 draw in Premier League

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino scored for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Watford in the English Premier League on Sunda


Sun, 08 May 2016 13:03:35 -0400
Soccer-Barca thrash Espanyol, Atletico crash out of title race

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona routed city rival Espanyol 5-0 to increase its lead in the Spanish league going into next weekend's final round of matches, when another victory will secure the Catalan club its second consecutive titl


Sun, 08 May 2016 11:56:36 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Roma celebrated Francesco Totti's 600th Serie A appearance with a 3-0 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday to move provisionally above Napoli in the race to qualify directly to the Champions League. Totti provided a sublime assist for the final goal which had the fans on their feet. Roma moved a point above third-place Napoli, which visits Torin


Sun, 08 May 2016 10:31:44 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship play-off results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham squandered a lead for the second time this week to lose 2-1 to Southampton on Sunday, jeopardizing its attempt to finish in second place in the English Premier Leagu


Sun, 08 May 2016 09:25:39 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

A growing number of broken beer bottles crunched beneath their feet as thousands of Leicester supporters continued singing past midnight on the city's High Street on Sunday. Singing it perhaps reminds Leicester fans that the past year is real and not some improbable sporting fantasy. It was little surprise that Leicester Royal Infirmary reported twice the usual number of patients being admitted during the Saturday night revelry, mostly for minor injuries or alcohol-related incident


Sun, 08 May 2016 06:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Shadow of Brazil still looms over Spain, Del Bosque says

By Richard Martin MADRID (Reuters) - The shadow of their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign still hangs over Spain as they prepare to defend their European Championship crown in France next month, according to coach Vicente del Bosque. Although they finished top of their qualifying group for Euro 2016, Spain failed to sparkle against relatively weak opposition and have won just two out of seven friendlies since the World Cup. “The origin of everything is Brazil and that disappointment,” Del Bosque said in an interview with international news agencie


Sun, 08 May 2016 02:26:28 -0400
Soccer-FIFPro concerned about first-aid in Romania after Ekeng death

(Reuters) - Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact rallied from a three-goal deficit to eke out a 4-4 draw against Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer on Saturday. Dominic Oduro scored in the 93rd minute to cap the comeback at Columbus Crew Stadium as Montreal staged a brilliant second half comeback in the contest. Defensively, we have to address certain things, but I’m glad that we showed that we can score at any time." Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain each scored twice for Columbus who seized control in the second half only to relinquished it moments late


Sat, 07 May 2016 23:33:57 -0400
Soccer-Gignac brace spurs Tigres on, Cruz Azul fall short

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Jermaine Jones scored in the 47th minute and the Colorado Rapids beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night in the Rocky Mountain Cu


Sat, 07 May 2016 22:15:27 -0400
Christian Bolanos scores again, Whitecaps beat Timbers 2-1

Rookie Tsubasa Endoh scored his first MLS goal in Toronto FC's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night in the Canadian team's home opener. Sebastian Giovinco set up the 28th-minute goal for Toronto (4-3-2) in front of a sellout crowd of 30,025 at newly renovated BMO Field. Clint Irwin had is fourth shutout of the seaso


Sat, 07 May 2016 21:58:54 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

Dominic Oduro scored in the 93rd minute and the Montreal Impact rallied to tie the Columbus Crew 4-4 on Saturday night. Didier Drogba had a glancing header of Ambroise Oyongo's long throw in and Oduro was left open at the far post for an easy finish. Montreal (4-3-3) was down 4-1 early in the second half but Drogba pulled the Impact within 4-2 on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Ignacio Piatti cut it to 4-3 a minute later when he finished Oduro's back pas


Sat, 07 May 2016 21:07:46 -0400
Ranieri soaked in champagne as Leicester receives EPL trophy

Christian Bolanos scored his third goal in three games and the Vancouver Whitecaps rallied to beat the Portland Timbers 2-1 on Saturday. Bolanos broke a tie in the 66th minute on a chip into the penalty area that goalkeeper Jake Gleeson allowed to trickle between his legs after Whitecaps striker Blas Perez flashed in front. ''Blas made a problem for the goalkeeper,'' Bolanos sai


Sat, 07 May 2016 20:01:45 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Christian Bolanos scored his third goal in three games and the Vancouver Whitecaps rallied to beat the Portland Timbers 2-1 on Saturda


Sat, 07 May 2016 17:08:10 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

With an English Premier League winner's' medal around his neck, Claudio Ranieri was preparing to reflect on the emotions of Saturday's trophy presentation ceremony away from the boisterous partying on the field. The first championship-winning players in Leicester's 132-year history had other ideas. Soon Ranieri was being sprayed with the bubbly along with the front row of journalists - and laptop


Sat, 07 May 2016 15:37:36 -0400
More partying as Leicester collects Premier League trophy

(Refiles with new headline) LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) - Ritchie de Laet enjoyed an unprecedented double celebration on Saturday when he picked up a Premier League winner's medal on the day his other team won promotion to the top flight. The 27-year-old journeyman Belgian defender, who played 12 league matches for Leicester this season, joined Middlesbrough on loan in January and made 10 appearances for the north-east club to help them finish second in the Championship. After Boro drew 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday to confirm their promotion, De Laet travelled to the King Power Stadium to see Leicester beat Everton 3-1 before collecting English soccer's biggest prize for the first tim


Sat, 07 May 2016 14:32:14 -0400
Leicester beats Everton 3-1 before collecting EPL trophy

MILAN (AP) -- Inter Milan beat Empoli 2-1 in the penultimate round to mathematically secure fourth spot in Serie A on Saturday and a berth in the Europa Leagu


Sat, 07 May 2016 13:57:40 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship relegation group results and standings

On the day Leicester received the English Premier League trophy, Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland were scrabbling for points to stave off relegation, just as the champion was doing a year ago. Sunderland was the only one of the trio to win on Saturday. Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 to climb out of the relegation zone with two games remaining as the deposed champion saw captain John Terry sent of


Sat, 07 May 2016 13:23:51 -0400
Newcastle moves closer to EPL relegation, draws with Villa

First came the flood of fans, then the deluge of rain. Nothing, though, could dampen the party spirits at Leicester. Thousands of supporters started gathering outside Leicester's King Power Stadium more than four hours before Saturday's final home game of a season that's witnessed one of the most astonishing turnarounds in sport




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