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Tue, 03 May 2016 08:54:55 -0400
Olympics-Flame lands in Brazil for three month relay to Games

The Olympic flame arrived on Tuesday in Brazil's capital, where it will start a three-month relay through more than 300 towns and cities that will end with the opening of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro's Maracaná stadium on Aug. 5. President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing impeachment proceedings in Congress, was due to attend the lighting of the Olympic torch at the presidential palace, though she will likely be removed from office before the opening ceremony in Rio. The Olympic flame, burning inside four lamps, arrived in Brasilia aboard a TAM jetliner that was escorted by two Brazilian Air Force fighter


Tue, 03 May 2016 07:52:08 -0400
Olympics-Flame lands in Brazil for 90-day relay to Games

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Olympic flame arrived on Tuesday in Brazil's capital where it will start a 90-day relay through 300 cities that will end with the opening of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro's Maracaná stadium on August 5. President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing impeachment proceedings in Congress, was due to attend the lighting of the Olympic torch at the presidential palace, though she will likely be removed from office before the opening ceremony in Rio. The Olympic flame arrived in Brasilia aboard a TAM jetliner that was escorted by two Brazilian Air Force fighters. .


Tue, 03 May 2016 07:49:18 -0400
Soccer-Hiddink condemns Chelsea-Spurs post-match scuffle

Kosovo was given UEFA membership Tuesday, and could now be fast-tracked into FIFA and the 2018 World Cup qualifying program. UEFA's member federations voted 28-24 to accept the former province of Serbia, which led the opposition. The UEFA congress also elected Florence Hardouin, the French soccer federation's marketing director, as a member of its executive committe


Tue, 03 May 2016 05:47:43 -0400
Clear-minded Leicester will thrive in European soccer, Buddhist monk says

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- After partying late into the night, Leicester's first championship-winning team swapped beers for bibs as they resumed training on Tuesda


Tue, 03 May 2016 05:00:57 -0400
Infantino urges UEFA leaders to share FIFA funds worldwide

Real Madrid is set to have Ronaldo back after he missed three straight games because of a leg injury, including the 0-0 first-leg draw in Manchester last week. Ronaldo leads the Champions League with 16 goals, one shy of the record he set in the 2013-14 season. Madrid has not released any official information about the injury, prompting widespread rumors about its severity, but he participated fully in training on Monday and looked fit to return to actio


Tue, 03 May 2016 04:36:47 -0400
Infantino urges UEFA leaders to share FIFA funds worldwide

Claudio Ranieri was hailed as a national hero at home in Italy after coaching Leicester to a highly improbable English Premier League title. ''King Claudio,'' read the headline on the front page of Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday, above a statuesque image of Ranieri as the Roman emperor Claudius. Leicester secured its first top-flight title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew at Chelsea 2-


Tue, 03 May 2016 03:20:02 -0400
No outfoxing Leicester: owners aim to keep winners together

(Reuters) - Liverpool and France defender Mamadou Sakho's 30-day suspension for failing an anti-doping test has been extended worldwide by world soccer's governing body FIFA. The 26-year-old was banned for 30 days by European football governing body UEFA after testing positive for an illegal substance following Liverpool's Europa League tie against Manchester United on March 17. The new suspension covered all games, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures, FIFA said in a statement, and came on top of UEFA's original European ba


Mon, 02 May 2016 20:31:04 -0400
Soccer-Leicester triumph is why we love football, says Messi

Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away. In the second tier two years ago, in a relegation fight last season, a 5,000-1 long shot last summer, Leicester is now alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and the other clubs who can call themselves champion. The Foxes clinched the most improbable title of the Premier League era when second-place Tottenham was held to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday nigh


Mon, 02 May 2016 17:59:59 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea fightback ends Tottenham title bid

Whenever sporting fans say they dare to dream in future, Leicester City shows they really can. Leicester has now given hope to sports fans the world over after its astonishing rise to win the Premier League. The phrase ''doing a Leicester'' will now enter the sporting lexico


Mon, 02 May 2016 17:43:18 -0400
Leicester - amazing year from impending doom to unimagined glory

Leicester City secured its first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea in one of the biggest-ever triumphs by an underdog in sports. Jubilant Leicester players watched the game at top-scorer Jamie Vardy's house and were filmed singing ''Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!'' while jumping up and down with their arms on each other's shoulders. Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to being relegated again last yea


Mon, 02 May 2016 17:40:52 -0400
Bremen defeats Stuttgart 6-2 to leave Bundesliga drop zone

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Leicester City's Premier League title dream finally became reality as nearest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in a thrilling game at Chelsea on Monday. With Leicester's players watching on television 160km away in the East Midlands, first-half goals from Tottenham's Harry Kane and Son Heung-min looked like extending the title race to the penultimate weekend of an unforgettable seaso


Mon, 02 May 2016 17:15:22 -0400
Soccer-Is Leicester - 5,000-1 upset the greatest sporting shock?

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester has pulled off the seemingly impossible and won the English Premier Leagu


Mon, 02 May 2016 15:26:23 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship play-offs results and standings

Francesco Totti made another statement to Roma's ownership by scoring a late equalizer in a 3-2 win at Genoa on Monday that kept alive the Giallorossi's hopes of finishing second in Serie A. In his 24th season with Roma and approaching his 40th birthday, Totti is still waiting for his contract to be extended despite having scored four goals in his last four matches - all as a substitute. Totti's latest goal came with an explosive free kick through Genoa's wall and Stephan El Shaarawy then scored the winner three minutes from the end after being set up by fellow forward Edin Dzek


Mon, 02 May 2016 14:54:37 -0400
Soccer-Norwegian championship results and standings

Chelsea have known for months they will not repeat as Premier League champions. There is no love lost between the London rivals, and Spurs' history of misery at Stamford Bridge - where they have eight draws and 17 losses without a win since 1990 - only adds to the desire of the Blues (12-11-11) wanting to play spoilsports. Chelsea are already assured of their first non top-six finish since placing 11th in 1995-96, and with them almost locked into ninth or 10th, motivation for wins needs to come from outside source


Mon, 02 May 2016 14:14:08 -0400
Soccer-Burnley unlock riches with promotion to Premier League

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of facing Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday were boosted as he returned to full training, having missed three consecutive games because of an injury to his right leg. Ronaldo looked fit again as he practiced with the rest of the squad on Monday - the first full practice session for the Portuguese forward this week. Ronaldo got injured late on in a Spanish league game against Villarreal on April 2


Mon, 02 May 2016 11:14:51 -0400
Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea Preview

(Reuters) - FIFA has been told to reconsider Gibraltar's application for membership, after the British territory's soccer association partially won an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but stopped short of directly awarding it membership. The Gibraltar FA (GFA) appealed against a FIFA executive committee ruling in 2014 that rejected its application, saying that the requirements for admission were not met. The GFA had argued that its application was "improperly rejected", CAS said in its summar


Mon, 02 May 2016 06:56:07 -0400
Soccer-Writers pick Leicester - Vardy as player of year

Bayern Munich is looking to its strength at home to overturn a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid and reach the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Since losing the 2014 semifinal to Real Madrid, Bayern has won all 11 Champions League games in Munich. Another victory Tuesday would match Manchester United's record from 2006-0


Mon, 02 May 2016 05:45:25 -0400
Soccer-Leicester - Vardy named football writers player of the year

LONDON (AP) -- Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has won England's Footballer of the Year award on the day his team could clinch an unlikely Premier League titl


Sun, 01 May 2016 22:24:45 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Giovani dos Santos scored to help the Los Angeles Galaxy tie Sporting Kansas City 1-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to six games Sunday nigh


Sun, 01 May 2016 18:38:00 -0400
Soccer-Astra clinch first Romanian title as Steaua draw

Diego Valeri scored on a free kick in the 74th minute to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday. The winning goal, which gave Portland a three-match undefeated streak and snapped Toronto's three-game run without a loss, came on Valeri's birthday. Portland took the early lead with a goal on in the 17th minute on a nice series from Darren Mattocks to Valeri and then to Fanendo Adi in the middle of the box for the goa


Sun, 01 May 2016 16:10:28 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Thomas Mueller has promised ''fireworks'' as Bayern Munich seeks to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid and reach the Champions League final, where Real Madrid or Manchester City await. Five-time champion Bayern could go out to Spanish opposition at the semifinal stage for the third straight season, after defeats to Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2014 and 2015. Another Bayern fightback in front of 70,000 fans is expected Tuesday, with Pep Guardiola's side counting on the spirit that helped it recover from 2-0 down against Juventus to win 4-2 after extra time earlier in the campaig


Sun, 01 May 2016 15:07:17 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

One chance gone for Leicester in its attempt to clinch a first English league title. Needing three points to pull off the ultimate underdog success story in sports, Leicester only managed to pick up one from a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday. Leicester still has two games left - against Everton at home next weekend and Chelsea away on the final day - to collect the required two point


Sun, 01 May 2016 14:10:37 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Sadio Mane scored a hat trick as Southampton eased past Manchester City 4-2 in the English Premier League on Sunday, when the visitors' minds seemed more on the Champions Leagu


Sun, 01 May 2016 12:11:41 -0400
Juventus celebrates Serie A title with 2-0 win over Carpi

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- If Leicester clinches the English Premier League title on Monday, its manager might be among the last people to kno


Sun, 01 May 2016 11:38:38 -0400
Leicester draw at Man United to move to brink of title

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Yura Movsisyan scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute and Real Salt Lake beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night to move into a tie for the MLS lea


Sun, 01 May 2016 11:22:16 -0400
Ajax beats Twente to stay top of Dutch Eredivisie

Leicester missed its first chance to clinch the Premier League title, drawing 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday to move within two points of the most unlikely championship in English soccer. Second-place Tottenham, which is eight points behind Leicester, must beat Chelsea away on Monday to keep alive the title race. Leicester fought back after going behind to Anthony Martial's eighth-minute goal, with captain Wes Morgan heading in a free kick to equalize in the 17t


Sun, 01 May 2016 11:01:55 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

MILAN (AP) -- Juventus celebrated another Serie A title victory with a 2-0 victory over Carpi in a party atmosphere in Turin on Sunda


Sun, 01 May 2016 09:09:31 -0400
Soccer-Ayew double teaches Liverpool - Klopp a lesson

Liverpool's much-changed team was beaten 3-1 at Swansea in the English Premier League on Sunday, with Andre Ayew scoring two goals. Liverpool rested some players ahead of the second leg of its Europa League semifinal against Villarreal and paid the price, with one of the fringe players brought in - Brad Smith - getting sent off in the 76th minute at 3-1. Ayew headed in the opening goal from a 20th-minute corner and Jack Cork made it 2-0 with a curling shot from the edge of the are


Sun, 01 May 2016 05:47:37 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

The organizers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup said on Sunday they were investigating the death of an Indian laborer at one of its sites but denied it was caused by working conditions which the wealthy Gulf country is under pressure to improve. Along with accusations of corruption during its World Cup bid, Qatar has long been under fire from rights groups for labor abuses. Last week, world soccer body FIFA urged Qatar to hasten improvements for builders on World Cup sites and said it would monitor condition


Sun, 01 May 2016 00:31:46 -0400
Soccer-Colorado share lead in the West after Montreal draw

(Reuters) - The visiting Colorado Rapids moved into a three-way tie for top spot in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference after they twice battled back for a 2-2 draw with Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact on Saturday. Rapids (5-2-2) defender Bobby Burling scored in the 73rd minute from close range off a header from Axel Sjoberg to tie up the game for good and extend Colorado's unbeaten run to four games after three wins and a draw. Former Chelsea striker Drogba curved a free kick from outside the box in ninth minute to open the scoring, but Colorado's Shkelzen Gashi converted a cross from Mekeil Williams in the 47th minut


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:52:55 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Yura Movsisyan scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute and Real Salt Lake beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night to move into a tie for the MLS lea


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:57:25 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Steven Mendoza broke a tie in the 73rd minute and New York City FC beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 on Saturday to snap a seven-game winless strea


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:11:15 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Rookie Jordan Morris scored off a rebound in the 88th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday. After Oalex Anderson's shot was stopped by goalkeeper Steve Clark, Morris kicked in the loose ball for this third goal in three games. ''Oalex had a nice shot and they had a good save and the ball just kind of bounced there for me and I ran up and hit it,'' Morris sai


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:24:42 -0400
Rapids rally to tie Impact, 2-2

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Striker Islam Slimani scored two goals as Sporting Lisbon defeated Porto 3-1 on Saturday to remain two points behind Benfica with two rounds left in the Portuguese leagu


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:11:40 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Rookie Jordan Morris scored off a rebound in the 88th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday. After Oalex Anderson's shot was stopped by goalkeeper Steve Clark, Morris kicked in the loose ball for this third goal in three games. In front of a crowd of 39,473 at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (3-4-1) came on strong in the second half with several near-goal


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:10:59 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Udinese remains uncomfortably close to the relegation zone after being thrashed 5-1 at home to Torino in Serie A on Saturday, while Fiorentina's miserable run continued with a goalless draw at Chievo Verona. Luigi De Canio's Udinese is six points clear of Palermo, which hosts Sampdoria on Sunday, with two rounds remaining after the current round. Defender Pontus Jansson headed Torino ahead in the 12th minute with his first club goal and Afriyie Acquah blasted a second into the roof of the net on the stroke of halftim


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:48:11 -0400
Soccer-Title rivals Barca, Atletico and Real all win

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona scored two second-half goals to defeat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Saturday and move closer to winning the Spanish league titl


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:40:55 -0400
Arsenal edges past Norwich in 1-0 win on day of fan protest

Monaco moved provisionally ahead of Lyon in pursuit of automatic Champions League qualification, with a 3-2 victory over Guingamp in the French leagu


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:29:57 -0400
Soccer-Monaco heap pressure on Lyon in race for second

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Defender Leighton Baines' first goal since 2014 gave Everton a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday but it was not enough to prevent growing opposition to manager Roberto Martine


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:51:11 -0400
Soccer-Slovak championship results and standings

Substitute Danny Welbeck's second-half goal helped Arsenal to a 1-0 victory Saturday over relegation-threatened Norwich in the Premier League on a day of protests and division among the home fans. Welbeck scored in the 59th minute after strike partner Olivier Giroud nodded down a cross for him in the center of the area. Up to that point, Norwich had the clearest chances in the match, with midfielder Nathan Redmond missing three first-half opportunitie


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:18:07 -0400
Soccer-Townsend cracker lifts Newcastle out of relegation zone

STOKE, England (AP) -- A last-minute penalty by Jermaine Defoe rescued a valuable point for Sunderland in its 1-1 draw at midtable Stoke in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:52:48 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

Gareth Bale made up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, scoring late in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday to keep alive his team's hopes of winning the Spanish League. Bale scored with a firm header after a well-placed cross by Lucas Vazquez in the 80th minute, giving Madrid its 10th-straight league win and putting pressure on Barcelona and Atletico Madri


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:34:55 -0400
Soccer-Deeney double seals Watford comeback against Villa

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- A stunning free kick from Andros Townsend gave Newcastle a vital 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:31:29 -0400
Soccer-Bayern made to wait for Bundesliga title after Gladbach draw

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Aston Villa was condemned to a club-record 11th consecutive loss when Watford scored two late goals to win 3-2 at home in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:06:29 -0400
Defoe penalty gives Sunderland vital EPL point against Stoke

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- West Ham kept its top-four hopes alive by downing West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:30:58 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- Bayern Munich was held 1-1 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund kept the Bundesliga title race alive with a 5-1 rout of Wolfsbur


Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:32:26 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Bettors looking for a wager with a fancifully high payoff last summer could have gone into their local betting shop in England and risked a bit of cash on the proposition that Elvis Presley would be found alive and well. Or they could have placed their money on a true longshot: The laughable idea that the lowly Leicester City soccer club would somehow surge to the top of the world-class English Premier League. The King of Rock and Roll is still buried on the grounds of his beloved Graceland, but the Foxes are on the verge of one of the greatest upsets in the history of modern sports, and the impact of their astonishing run on Britain's betting industry is already being felt as the team closes in on the top spot, which they can clinch as early as Sunday with a victory of past powerhouse Manchester Unite


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:09:57 -0400
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Lloyd Sam scored on a set play in the 37th minute and the New York Red Bulls added three goals in the second half to beat MLS-leading FC Dallas 4-0 on Friday nigh


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:27:12 -0400
Ibrahimovic scores 2 as French champion PSG routs Rennes 4-0

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Red Bulls have acquired veteran center back Aurelien Collin from Orlando City SC in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraf


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:26:20 -0400
Soccer-Over 200 Boca Juniors fans arrested after Paraguay clashes

Paraguayan police said they arrested 237 fans of Argentina's Boca Juniors soccer club for vandalism and street clashes after their Copa Libertadores game on Thursday. Boca were in the capital Asuncion for the first leg of a last 16 tie in which they beat Cerro Porteno 2-1 after ex-Juventus and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez opened the scoring. Argentina's notorious soccer hooligans, known as 'barras bravas', have cast a long shadow over the game for years, holding a position close to the clubs and politicians that has complicated efforts to tackle the




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