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Tue, 17 May 2016 09:19:36 -0400
Ryder Cup captain Clarke seeks insight from Klopp

France will deploy anti-drone technology to interfere with and take control of any flying machines that violate no-fly zones over stadiums at the European Championship, part of unprecedented measures to secure Europe's biggest sports event since the Paris attacks in November. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Euro 2016 security chief Ziad Khoury said Tuesday that no-fly zones will be declared over all 10 stadiums as well as training grounds for the 24 teams at the June 10-July 10 tournament. French authorities have trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical weapons over crowd

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Tue, 17 May 2016 09:16:47 -0400
Germany coach Loew keeps faith with Schweinsteiger, Podolski

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke wants to pick Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp's brains as he prepares for the biennial match against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota, in September. Following the lead of his predecessor Paul McGinley, who invited former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to address his team at Gleneagles two years ago, Clarke plans to chat with German Klopp. "Juergen Klopp is definitely one of the guys I want to speak to, especially as a Liverpool fan myself," Clarke said in a report on the BBC's websit

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Tue, 17 May 2016 08:42:11 -0400
Soccer-Loew opts for youth in German preliminary Euro 2016 squad

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany coach Joachim Loew is giving captain Bastian Schweinsteiger every chance to prove his fitness for the European Championship despite the Manchester United midfielder's knee injur

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Mon, 16 May 2016 18:09:21 -0400
Sheffield Wednesday into 2nd-tier playoff final in England

An estimated 240,000 people turned out to watch Leicester's players parade the Premier League trophy in an open-top bus tour through the streets of the city in central England on Monday. Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 longshot to win the title, having only narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said ''it's unbelievabl

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Mon, 16 May 2016 14:27:10 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

ROME (AP) -- Seven new players made Italy's preliminary 28-man squad for the European Championship on Monda

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Mon, 16 May 2016 13:24:40 -0400
Police commissioner demands inquiry into Manchester United fake bomb fiasco

The head of a security firm that left behind a fake bomb inside Old Trafford, sparking an evacuation of the stadium and the postponement of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Bournemouth, says he takes ''full responsibility'' for the matter. Reid's company undertook a security training exercise using search dogs at Old Trafford on Wednesday. One of the devices used in the drill was left behind, and discovered by a member of United's staff shortly before the United-Bournemouth match on Sunda

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Mon, 16 May 2016 12:56:37 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea, Spurs handed heavy fines

CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. is uncertain of Jozy Altidore's availability for the Copa America following yet another hamstring injury. The team also will be without a half-dozen foreign-based players for Sunday's exhibition game at Puerto Rico because of club commitment

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Mon, 16 May 2016 11:43:48 -0400
Fake bomb at Man United sparks renewed security fears

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford was selected in England's provisional 26-man squad Monday ahead of the European Championship, less than three months after making his debut for Manchester United. The 18-year-old Rashford has established himself as United's No. 1 striker in the final months of this season, scoring seven goals, and was one of five strikers selected by coach Roy Hodgson in an enlarged group for warm-up matches against Turkey, Australia and Portugal. The squad will be trimmed to 23 players by May 31, and Hodgson said Rashford faces a fight to knock a fellow striker ''off their perch'' and make the final squa

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Mon, 16 May 2016 11:27:22 -0400
Soccer-Managerial sackings tally "embarrassing" - LMA

Those who have experienced relegation, football's annual ritual culling of the weak, say the pain of being sent to the next league down is almost as intense as the grief of death. When Leicester City, the team that thrilled this season by winning the Premier League, suffered the indignity of dropping to the third tier of English football for the first time in its 124-year history in 2008, angry supporters hurled beer mugs at the garden gate of manager Ian Holloway, who was then let go by the clu

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Mon, 16 May 2016 10:04:13 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship champions league play off fixtures

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - The job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world's biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night. Throw in a French state of emergency due to the threat of a militant attack, as well as growing demonstrations against the government, and you would forgive the head of security for Euro 2016 for showing a few nerves just weeks before the tournament kicks off in Paris. The objective is to organize things well," Ziad Khoury told Reuters in an intervie

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Mon, 16 May 2016 10:04:13 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship champions league play off fixtures

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - The job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world's biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night. Throw in a French state of emergency due to the threat of a militant attack, as well as growing demonstrations against the government, and you would forgive the head of security for Euro 2016 for showing a few nerves just weeks before the tournament kicks off in Paris. The objective is to organize things well," Ziad Khoury told Reuters in an intervie

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Mon, 16 May 2016 09:13:27 -0400
Police: Fake bomb at Man United left from training exercise

By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A few steps from the entrance to Mexico City's imposing Presidente Hotel, where FIFA delegates are staying during this week's Congress, a boy of around 10-years-old sells tamarind balls covered in chili powder from a cart for 10 Mexican pesos ($0.55) each. The spicy, tangy sweets are a local specialty yet are unlikely to have been tasted by the FIFA delegates. FIFA has often been known for lavishing a five-star lifestyle on its delegates and official

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Mon, 16 May 2016 08:51:37 -0400
Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

The mayor of greater Manchester on Monday demanded an inquiry into a security ''fiasco'' that saw Manchester United's stadium evacuated after a fake bomb was left behind from a security training exercise. The discovery of the realistic-looking dummy bomb on Sunday prompted the evacuation of the 75,000-seat Old Trafford stadium minutes before Manchester United's last game of the season was due to start. ''Fiasco is the right word,'' Mayor Tony Lloyd sai

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Mon, 16 May 2016 07:53:16 -0400
Soccer-Italy judge acquits future Chelsea coach Conte in match-fixing case

Italy coach Antonio Conte was cleared of match-fixing Monday after a fast-track trial in Cremona. Prosecutor Roberto Di Martino had requested a suspended six-month sentence for the future Chelsea manager as well as a fine of 8,000 euros ($9,000). ''I learn with great joy of the acquittal of Antonio Conte by the Cremona court today,'' Italian soccer federation president Carlo Tavecchio sai

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Mon, 16 May 2016 06:09:44 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford has been included in England's provisional 26-man squad ahead of the European Championshi

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Mon, 16 May 2016 05:04:14 -0400
Soccer-Arteta set to hang up boots after Arsenal farewell

With Barcelona celebrating yet another Spanish league title, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are already looking forward to an even bigger prize. After pushing Barcelona to the end in the Spanish league, the Madrid clubs quickly switched their focus to the Champions League final in two weeks in Milan. Real Madrid won its final 12 games to finish only one point behind Barcelona, while Atletico won seven of its last eight, finishing three points behin

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Mon, 16 May 2016 03:30:34 -0400
Soccer-Flores keen to continue managerial career in England

Manchester's police commissioner demanded an inquiry into the "fiasco" of a fake bomb left behind from a training exercise at Old Trafford that forced the abandonment on Sunday of a Premier League soccer match. "This fiasco caused massive inconvenience to supporters who had come from far and wide to watch the match," Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd sai

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Sun, 15 May 2016 20:25:17 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

A suspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United's stadium on Sunday was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise, police said. Two of the Old Trafford stands were evacuated about 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of the Premier League game against Bournemouth at 10.00 a.m. ET when the item was found in the toilets at the ground. Police used sniffer dogs to search the area before calling in an army bomb disposal unit which carried out a controlled explosion on the item they described as being "an incredibly realistic-looking explosive device&quot

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Sun, 15 May 2016 19:15:03 -0400
Carpi relegated from Serie A, Palermo stays up

A security blunder at Manchester United prevented the Premier League completing the season on Sunday, with a fake bomb spotted inside Old Trafford only discovered to have been left from a terror exercise long after the game against Bournemouth was postponed. Police conducted a controlled explosion and later said that the ''incredibly lifelike explosive device'' had not been cleared by security contractors from a toilet inside England's second biggest soccer stadium after the security exercise. ''It is outrageous this situation arose and a full inquiry is required to urgently find out how this happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable,'' said Tony Lloyd, the police and crime commissioner in Mancheste

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Sun, 15 May 2016 19:13:11 -0400
The Latest: Mayor demands inquiry after security fiasco

Carpi was relegated from Serie A on Sunday despite a 2-1 win at 10-man Udinese after Palermo beat bottom club Hellas Verona 3-2 in a dramatic match which saw both sides have a player sent off in the first half. It was an impressive end for Palermo, which had several managerial changes this season. David Ballardini, who steered the Sicilian club to safety, was reappointed last month after being fired in January after seven matches in charg

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Sun, 15 May 2016 16:28:03 -0400
Fake bomb sees United game abandoned on final day of season

STOKE, England (AP) -- West Ham's impressive season ended disappointingly with a 2-1 loss at Stoke in the English Premier League on Sunday but the Hammers can still clinch a Europa League spo

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Sun, 15 May 2016 16:16:41 -0400
Barnes goal helps Dynamo top Real Salt Lake 1-0

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Quique Sanchez Flores ended his season-long spell as Watford manager on the back of a 2-2 draw with Sunderland on the final day of the English Premier League Sunda

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Sun, 15 May 2016 15:49:53 -0400
Barcelona celebrates Spanish league title with city parade

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Southampton qualified for the Europa League and could finish the English Premier League as high as fifth place after beating Crystal Palace 4-1 in the final round of the season Sunda

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Sun, 15 May 2016 15:21:54 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship relegation group results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Everton put the firing of manager Roberto Martinez out of its mind as the Toffees beat already relegated Norwich 3-0 in the last round of the English Premier League seaso

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Sun, 15 May 2016 14:54:48 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship champions group results and standings

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Liverpool's final Premier League game in a turbulent season ended in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Sunda

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Sun, 15 May 2016 14:29:08 -0400
Benfica wins 3rd straight Portuguese league title

Manchester City effectively secured a Champions League place for next season with a 1-1 draw against Swansea in the English Premier League on Sunday. In manager Manuel Pellegrini's last league match in charge, City went ahead when Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho capitalized on Sergio Aguero's shot that rebounded favorabl

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Sun, 15 May 2016 14:13:08 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

A suspect package which was subject to a controlled explosion at soccer club Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium on Sunday was an "incredibly lifelike explosive device" which was found not to be viable, police said. Earlier the club's English Premier League match against Bournemouth was canceled and the stadium evacuated shortly before kick-off on police advice after a suspect package was found. "Bomb disposal experts carried out controlled explosion at Old Trafford on what is described as incredibly lifelike explosive device," Greater Manchester Police said on Twitte

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Sun, 15 May 2016 13:58:37 -0400
Soccer-Serie A results and standings

Arsenal ended the English Premier League season in second place after Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick on Sunday to lead Arsenal to a 4-0 victory over relegated Aston Villa. The result, combined with Tottenham's 5-1 defeat against Newcastle, means that Arsenal finished the season one point ahead of their north London rivals. Giroud's first goal came in the 5th minute, a header from a cross by Nacho Monrea

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Sun, 15 May 2016 13:32:12 -0400
Suspect explosive device at Man United stadium not viable: police

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Manchester City effectively secured a Champions League place for next season with a 1-1 draw against Swansea in the English Premier League on Sunda

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Sun, 15 May 2016 12:55:54 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship relegation group results and standings

Leicester ended its remarkable title-winning season with a 1-1 draw against manager Claudio Ranieri's former club Chelsea on Sunday in the English Premier League. Chelsea took the lead through Cesc Fabregas' penalty in the 60th minute, following a foul on Nemanja Matic by Jeffrey Schlupp. Leicester's equalizer came in the 82nd minute with Danny Drinkwater's sublime finish into the bottom corner from outside the penalty bo

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Sun, 15 May 2016 11:52:38 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0 May 15 (Reuters) - Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Arsenal overwhelmed relegated Aston Villa 4-0 on Sunday to pip their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to second place in the Premier League table. French striker Giroud put Arsenal ahead after five minutes with a neat header from Nacho Monreal's cross and the home team dominated possession. News of Newcastle's third goal against Spurs caused a huge cheer at the Emirates Stadium and Giroud added Arsenal's second goal 12 minutes from time before completing his hat-trick with a fine left-footed finish. .

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Sun, 15 May 2016 11:46:02 -0400
Man United - Old Trafford stadium evacuated; match postponed

Greater Manchester Police says a bomb disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion at Old Trafford stadium. The controlled blast came soon after British military bomb disposal experts arrived at Manchester United's stadium to investigate reports of a suspicious package. The Premier League match between United and Bournemouth was called off after the stadium, which has a capacity for more than 75,000 fans, was evacuate

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Sun, 15 May 2016 11:25:10 -0400
Soccer-Man United v Bournemouth match abandoned after suspect package found

A Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned on Sunday after a suspect package was found in the ground and an army bomb disposal unit was called. The Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End of the Old Trafford ground were evacuated about 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff at 1400 GMT. Greater Manchester Police said it was working with staff at the club to investigate a suspicious item found at the stadiu

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Sun, 15 May 2016 10:38:48 -0400
Man United v Bournemouth match abandoned after suspect package found

Manchester United's Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford was postponed on police advice Sunday after a suspect package was found at the stadium. The announcement was made by both United and Greater Manchester Police. United said the package was ''found in the North West Quadrant'' of Old Traffor

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Sun, 15 May 2016 07:01:15 -0400
Soccer-Suarez the new leader of Barcelona - MSN strike force

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona’s celebrated ‘MSN’ strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar had La Liga defenses at their mercy for much of the campaign but as Barca swept to the title by winning their final five games it was Suarez who led the three-pronged attack. The Brazilian had the chance to have the final say in the win at Granada when he got through on goal but he selflessly teed up Suarez for a hat-trick. Neymar was reportedly told by Argentine team mate Javier Mascherano recently to “stop being selfish and play for the team

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Sat, 14 May 2016 23:40:41 -0400
Diaz, Barrios help FC Dallas end skid, beat Sounders 2-0

May 14 (Reuters) - - An early second-half header from Kevin Doyle gave Colorado a 1-1 draw on the road against the Kei Kamara-less Columbus Crew on Saturday, extending the Rapids' unbeaten streak to seven games. The Western Conference-leading Rapids (7-2-3) were playing their third game in eight days and have now gone 5-0-2 in their past seven games. The Crew (2-4-4) were playing their first game without Kamara, dealt to the New England Revolution before the trade deadline on Thursda

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Sat, 14 May 2016 22:10:39 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship quarterfinal results

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kevin Doyle scored on a header to help the Colorado Rapids tie the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday night and extend their unbeaten streak to seven game

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Sat, 14 May 2016 21:59:23 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Kekuta Manneh and Pedro Morales scored two minutes part in the second half and the Vancouver Whitecaps held on for a 4-3 victory over Toronto FC in chilly conditions Saturday nigh

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Sat, 14 May 2016 19:03:56 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- C.J. Sapong scored the tying goal in the 24th minute in the Philadelphia Union's 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact on Saturda

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Sat, 14 May 2016 18:19:53 -0400
Higuain breaks 66-year-old scoring record, Napoli comes 2nd

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set a record for league goals in a single season by a Paris Saint-Germain player, saying farewell on Saturday with a brace in a 4-0 win over Nantes in the French league. Playing his last game at PSG's home ground in the final round, Ibrahimovic moved to 38 league goals, ahead of Carlos Bianchi, who managed 37 in 1977-78. Josip Skoblar holds the all-time record of 44 league goals in 1970-71 for Marseill

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Sat, 14 May 2016 17:08:17 -0400
Swiss town in shock after soccer coach held over 4 killings

It's taken less than 80 days for Gianni Infantino's claim to be leading FIFA into a new era to be publicly undermined. Infantino was plunged into damage limitation mode on Saturday after a significant figure behind the clean-up of FIFA - independent compliance and audit chief Domenico Scala- quit with a stinging rebuke about the president's conduct. It left Friday's bold declaration by Infantino that FIFA's crisis had ended looking like his own premature ''Mission Accomplished'' momen

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Sat, 14 May 2016 16:02:36 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Pep Guardiola was showered with beer and praise during Bundesliga title celebrations following his last home game as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday. Bayern, which had already secured an unprecedented fourth straight league title, signed off by beating relegated Hannover 3-1 for its 28th win from 34 games. After lifting the trophy in front of 75,000 fans, Bayern's players engaged in the customary beer showers, dousing any victims they could find with huge tankards of wheat bee

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Sat, 14 May 2016 13:35:46 -0400
New York City FC-Timbers Preview

Barcelona won its second straight Spanish league title after defeating Granada 3-0 on Saturday with a hat trick by Luis Suarez in the final round. The result capped a five-game winning streak that allowed the Catalan club to finish one point ahead of Real Madrid, which fell short despite winning its last 12 league games. Madrid defeated Deportivo 2-0 in La Coruna with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, but it needed Barcelona to stumble in order to clinch its first title since 201

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Sat, 14 May 2016 13:23:10 -0400
Soccer-Hat-trick hero Suarez leads Barca to title glory

Stuttgart was relegated on the final day of the Bundesliga by losing at Wolfsburg 3-1, while Werder Bremen clinched survival with a late 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Papy Djilobodji prodded the ball over after a goalmouth scramble in the 88th minute for Bremen to overtake Frankfurt, which faces a two-leg playoff against Nuremberg - third in the second division - to determine which side plays top-tier football next season. ''The team will have to show another face on Thursday,'' Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac said of the first leg in Frankfur

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Sat, 14 May 2016 13:10:59 -0400
Brilliant 40-goal Suarez crucial to Barca - title win

MILAN (AP) -- Juventus celebrated its fifth straight Serie A title in style with a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Sampdoria on Saturda

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Sat, 14 May 2016 12:58:42 -0400
Underwhelming feeling at Barca despite title win

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona has won its second straight Spanish league title after defeating Granada 3-0 on Saturday with a hat trick by Luis Suarez in the final roun

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Sat, 14 May 2016 12:52:12 -0400
HOLD-Soccer-How La Liga was won and lost

(Reuters) - Barcelona won the La Liga title with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Granada thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick in the season finale on Saturday. Barca finished with 91 points, one point ahead of their nearest title rivals Real Madrid, who won 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna. (Editing by Ken Ferri

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Sat, 14 May 2016 12:50:26 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA needs to start thinking about professional footballers and address their problems, according to the general secretary of the World Players' Union FIFPro. FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen said on Saturday he was still waiting for details on a new FIFA stakeholders committee which will include player and club representatives. Van Seggelen, acknowledging FIFA was making progress after a series of corruption scandals, wants to get the new Soccer stakeholders' committee up and running as quickly as possibl

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Sat, 14 May 2016 11:42:21 -0400
Soccer-Benitez has "positive" talks with Newcastle over his future

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alvaro Saborio and Patrick Nyarko scored first-half goals and D.C. United beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Friday night in the Atlantic Cu

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Sat, 14 May 2016 11:31:36 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship relegation group results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- Stuttgart was relegated on the final day of the Bundesliga by losing at Wolfsburg 3-1, while Werder Bremen clinched survival with a late 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturda

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