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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:52:47 -0400
Athletics-British army officer dies just before finishing London Marathon

(Reuters) - David Seath, a 31-year-old officer in the British army, died after collapsing just three miles short of the 26-mile London Marathon finish line, the event organizers said on Monday. Seath, from Cowdenbeath in Scotland, received immediate medical attention on the spot on Sunday and was rushed to hospital by paramedics, but pronounced dead a short time afterward. In the London Marathon's 35-year history, 11 participants have die


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Man City need leap of faith against Real Madrid

Ronaldo strained a muscle in a win over Villarreal on Wednesday, ruling him out of Saturday's match at Rayo Vallecano - that Benzema exited before halftime with a leg injury of his own. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that Ronaldo, who trained on Sunday, will travel with the squad to England. Benzema is a bigger worry for the former France grea


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:28:55 -0400
Jimenez - late goal keeps Benfica top in Portugal

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick and David Bingham had five saves to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Sunda


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:16:24 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African to be named English football's player of the year on Sunday, straight after the Algerian helped his team close in on the Premier League title. Mahrez was flown by helicopter to the Professional Footballers' Association ceremony in London after scoring his 17th goal of Leicester's astonishing title charge as the leaders beat Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in central England. Mahrez was on a six-man shortlist including Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante for the vote of their fellow professionals in English footbal


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:34:26 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Gianluigi Buffon saved a late penalty and Juventus took a big step toward a fifth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Sunday. If Napoli fails to win at Roma on Monday, Juventus will have sealed the Italian league championship with three matches to spare. If Napoli wins, Juventus needs only one more point to seal i


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:02:49 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Hannover was relegated from the Bundesliga despite not playing on Sunday as Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Mainz 2-1 and end its last hopes of clinching a playoff place. Anis Ben-Hatira forced Frankfurt's winner in the 84th minute, when his cross was deflected into the net off the back of Mainz defender Stefan Bell. The win lifted second-from-bottom Frankfurt to 30 points, one behind Werder Bremen in the relegation playoff place, with Hannover nine points behind Bremen with three games remainin


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:36:15 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Connor Wickham headed Crystal Palace into the FA Cup final for the first time in 26 years as his team beat Watford 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The south London side will meet Manchester United on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final, which United won after a replay. Palace dominated large chunks of the match, especially in the first half, and had several chances to put the match beyond Watford's reac


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:18:37 -0400
Leicester copes without Vardy to take another step to title

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester easily coped without suspended top-scorer Jamie Vardy on Sunday, sweeping to a 4-0 victory over Swansea to move closer to winning the English top flight for the first time in the club's 132-year histor


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:22:28 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga results and standings

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone on Sunday as Arsenal stumbled again in a 0-0 draw in the English Premier Leagu


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:04:12 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Marseille's miserable home form continued Sunday as it was held 1-1 by midtable Nantes, extending its winless run at Stade Velodrome to 15 games in the French league. Winger Florian Thauvin equalized in the 49th, but Marseille's hopes for an elusive home win were hit when midfielder Alaixys Romao was shown a straight red card in the 55th. ''We were on top and we conceded a goal we shouldn't have, but at least the team spirit has improved,'' Thauvin sai


Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:48:15 -0400
Galaxy score 4 first-half goals, beat Real Salt Lake 5-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Jordan Harvey and Kekuta Manneh scored for Vancouver and FC Dallas had an own-goal in the Whitecaps' 3-0 victory Saturday nigh


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:40:10 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

U.S. women's national team star Carli Lloyd injured her right knee in the Houston Dash's match against the expansion Orlando Pride on Saturday. Lloyd was injured in the fourth minute of the National Women's Soccer League match at the Citrus Bowl. The U.S. women's national team has qualified for the Olympics in Brazil this summe


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:14:53 -0400
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to help Toronto FC beat the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Saturda


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:26:11 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Angel Di Maria scored with his side down to 10 men as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lille 2-1 to win the French League Cup on Saturday and remain on course to defend its domestic treble. French champion PSG can repeat the treble by beating bitter rival Marseille in the French Cup final on May 21. Maybe the team that dealt better with the pressure won,'' PSG coach Laurent Blanc sai


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:47:50 -0400
Martial scores late to send Man United into FA Cup final

MILAN (AP) -- Stevan Jovetic scored twice and Inter Milan beat Udinese 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday to keep alive its hopes of catching Roma for the final Champions League spo


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:25:30 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship champions group results and standings

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Luis Suarez continued his goal splurge by scoring four times to help Barcelona stay atop the Spanish league on Saturday, while Real Madrid needed a stellar performance from Gareth Bale to remain in the title hun


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:57:50 -0400
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

The season could still end with silverware after Louis van Gaal's side reached the FA Cup final by beating Everton on Saturday. ''I am not looking beyond this competition, the FA Cup, because we live in the present,'' Van Gaal said. It seems that the FA Cup would be only a consolation prize for United if it does not follow a top-four finish in the English Premier League to secure a route back into the Champions Leagu


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:09:53 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Bayern Munich ground past Hertha Berlin 2-0 and Borussia Dortmund kept the Bundesliga title race alive for at least one more week with a 3-0 victory at Stuttgart on Saturday. Bayern would have won the title with a win and Dortmund loss. Bayern can seal an unprecedented fourth title with a win at home against Borussia Moenchengladbach next weekend, but first visits Atletico Madrid for the opening leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesda


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:43:28 -0400
Soccer-Anfield stunned as old friend Benitez conjures comeback

Anthony Martial's stoppage-time goal sent Manchester United into its first FA Cup final in nine years on Saturday, with a 2-1 victory over Everton giving Louis van Gaal a chance to end an underwhelming season with a trophy. Just as the semifinal was heading into extra time, Martial linked up with Marcus Rashford on the left flank and then played another one-two with Ander Herrera before powering in the winner in the third minute of additional time. ''When you see the joy in the eyes of the players, that is fantastic to see but also for the fans,'' United manager Van Gaal sai


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:14:39 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Anthony Martial snatched a last-gasp winner to send Louis van Gaal's Manchester United into a potentially season-redeeming FA Cup final as the favourites following a 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley on Saturday. With the semi-final headed for extra-time after a 75th-minute Chris Smalling own goal had cancelled out Marouane Fellaini's first-half strike for United against his former club, Martial was on target in injury time. Everton, with manager Roberto Martinez under fire and out of favour with the fans, could have levelled in the 57th minute when Timothy Fosu-Mensah felled Ross Barkley but David de Gea's superb diving save denied Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spo


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:27:26 -0400
Soccer-Bayern put champagne on ice despite win at Hertha

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- Eden Hazard scored his first English Premier League goals of the season and Cesc Fabregas played a key role in Chelsea's 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturda


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:32:50 -0400
Soccer- Burnley, Boro, Brighton locked together in promotion race

Southampton piled more misery on relegated Aston Villa by cruising to a 4-2 win in a toxic atmosphere at Villa Park on Saturday. Villa, falling out of the English Premier League for the first time since 1987, was booed by its own fans on entering the pitch, and jeered after just three minutes because of ongoing woeful defending. Villa's 10th straight loss meant it was on the verge of equaling the club's worst losing streak of 11 in 1962-6


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:24:55 -0400
Newcastle recovers to draw on Benitez - return to Liverpool

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid overcame a two-goal deficit to keep the pressure on its rivals at the top of the Spanish league with a 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Already without injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid lost Karim Benzema near the end of the first half, three days before its Champions League semifinal first leg at Manchester City. Rayo stunned Madrid by taking a 2-0 lead by the 14th minute, thanks to goals by Adrian Embarba and Ladislao ''Miku'' Fedo


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:19:39 -0400
Bayern, Dortmund both win as Bundesliga race continues

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Rafa Benitez's relegation-threatened Newcastle secured a draw on the manager's return to Liverpool on Saturday, recovering from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the English Premier Leagu


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:34:12 -0400
Soccer-Iheanacho at the double as City go third

BERLIN (AP) -- Bayern Munich ground out a 2-0 win at Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund kept the Bundesliga title race alive with a 3-0 victory at Stuttgar


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 10:06:17 -0400
Soccer-Red Star match postponed after fan killed in fight

Manchester City easily defeated Stoke 4-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday to move five points clear of rival Manchester United in the fight for a Champions League spot. The hosts struck twice in each half with Fernando grabbing the opener, followed by Sergio Aguero converting a penalty just before halftime. Kelechi Iheanacho added two more after the interva


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:32:10 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Liverpool says Mamadou Sakho is being investigated by UEFA over a potential breach of anti-doping rules. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the drugs test happened after Liverpool's Europa League game at Manchester United on March 17 and that a fat-burning substance was detecte


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:21:04 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Jermaine Jones kept his mind off soccer by playing baseball with his kids and taking them snowboarding. There was little else to do as the 34-year-old midfielder waited for a team to call - Colorado finally acquired him - and waited some more as he served a six-game ban for touching a referee during a playoff game last season while with New England. The U.S. national team standout, however, has much broader ambitions: Leading the Rapids to the playoffs for the first time since 201


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:45:42 -0400
Soccer-Vardy absence a blow for Leicester, says Pochettino

Claudio Ranieri shed his coy and cautious demeanor on Friday to flaunt his euphoria about Leicester being on the brink of the Premier League title in the most stunning season in the club's 132-year history. Breaking the habit of a season, when Ranieri has mostly restricted himself to prioritizing top flight survival, the manger finally publicly acknowledged the target is delivering the title. With 12 points to play for, Leicester has a five-point lead over Tottenham as it looks to collect the biggest prize in English football for the first tim


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:31:51 -0400
Soccer-World Cup bid inspector - ban cut from seven years to three

By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - Former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls's ban from soccer has been cut from seven years to three on appeal, FIFA said on Friday. Chilean Mayne-Nicholls was suspended in July after FIFA's ethics committee said he repeatedly asked for personal favors from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The decisions to award the tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, both taken in December 2010 at the same event in Zurich, have been embroiled in controversy and been a big element in a rash of scandals plaguing international socce


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:31:51 -0400
Soccer-World Cup bid inspector - ban cut from seven years to three

By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - Former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls's ban from soccer has been cut from seven years to three on appeal, FIFA said on Friday. Chilean Mayne-Nicholls was suspended in July after FIFA's ethics committee said he repeatedly asked for personal favors from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The decisions to award the tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, both taken in December 2010 at the same event in Zurich, have been embroiled in controversy and been a big element in a rash of scandals plaguing international socce


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:55:09 -0400
Injured Ronaldo in race to get fit for Manchester City clash

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino says a monitoring panel will oversee ''decent working conditions'' at construction of 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qata


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:52:57 -0400
Soccer-Injured Ronaldo in race to get fit for Manchester City clash

Cristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to get fit for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City on Tuesday after he picked up a thigh muscle injury. "Ronaldo has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh. Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the prolific striker has been ruled out of Madrid’s La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano on Saturda


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:47:10 -0400
Soccer-Sturridge targets 100 Reds goals after reaching milestone

The head of soccer's world governing body FIFA sought on Friday to ease fears of human rights abuses in construction of stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, announcing plans for a special group to monitor working conditions. Gianni Infantino said Qatar, the tournament's first Arab host, supported the initiative. In a statement, Infantino said the FIFA-led monitoring group would be independent and include civil society representatives and "relevant FIFA stakeholders" to oversee all competition


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:02:02 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Friday April 22

A lot has changed for Meghan Klingenberg since last year. Klingenberg is juggling the demands of the spotlight while settling into Portland after two seasons with the Houston Dash. The national team players are distributed throughout the NWSL, with U.S. Soccer picking up their salarie


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:18:38 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

New AC Milan coach Cristian Brocchi didn't get the home debut result he was hoping for in a 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Carpi in Serie A on Thursday. With Mario Balotelli and Carlos Bacca leading the way, the Rossoneri produced numerous chances but couldn't quite find the target as Carpi consistently positioned its entire squad behind the ball. ''I never thought it was going to be an easy job,'' Brocchi sai


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:45:56 -0400
Soccer-Serie A summaries

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento, California, ''front-runners'' for the next round of expansion, which could occur as soon as 2020. ''What held us back in St. Louis for 20 years is we never had a viable stadium,'' Garber said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. Garber visited California last week, and the Sacramento Republic of the third-tier United Soccer League released renderings of a proposed 25,000-seat stadiu


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:39:59 -0400
Soccer-Sanchez double lifts Arsenal into third place

LONDON (AP) -- Alex Sanchez's double eased Arsenal back into third place with a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday, smoothing the north London team's pursuit of Champions League qualificatio


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:05:26 -0400
Newcastle United-Liverpool Preview

LONDON (AP) -- Title rivals Leicester and Tottenham have four players each in the English Premier League team of the year voted by their fellow professional


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:41:24 -0400
US soccer to play exhibition at Puerto Rico on May 22

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said on Thursday he had sought to defuse unrest in Burundi last year by offering President Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassadorial role with the soccer body if he dropped controversial plans to run for a third term. Blatter, banned from soccer for six years for ethics violations amid the worst graft scandal in FIFA's history, said he had been asked by the Swiss foreign ministry to approach Nkurunziza over his decision to run for another term, which opponents said violated the African country's constitution. "One day, there was a phone call from Burundi," Blatter, 17 years head of FIFA, said at the launch of an authorized biography "Sepp Blatter, mission and passion football&quot


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:31:09 -0400
Soccer-Conservative Arsenal missed big title chance - Arshavin

It seemed like a scene from the film ''Gladiator.'' The Roman fans were calling for their embattled hero and Francesco Totti responded with a vintage performance. Approaching his 40th birthday, Totti came off the bench to score two late goals in Roma's 3-2 comeback win over Torino on Wednesday amid intense debate over his future with the only club he's ever played for. Totti, who has a gladiator tattoo on his right bicep, also came in late and scored the equalizer in a 3-3 draw with Atalanta on Sunda


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:23:07 -0400
At 39, Totti rolls back the years with vintage performance

MADRID (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has downplayed an injury sustained late in Real Madrid's win over Villarreal in the Spanish leagu


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:11:36 -0400
Rape conviction overturned for former Premier League player

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was asked by Switzerland's foreign ministry last year to help persuade an African president to leave office. Blatter offered Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassador's role in world soccer as the nation fell into violent turmoil, according to his new book, which was launched on Thursday. ''I proposed to the president, who is a big football fan, in front of witnesses that if it would be an advantage for his country and him, FIFA could deploy him as an ambassador for football in Africa or in the whole world,'' Blatter is quoted saying in an interview section of the 300-page boo


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:09:16 -0400
Soccer-Martinez demands woeful Everton repay fans with Cup win

A British court overturned the rape conviction of former Premier League player Ched Evans on Thursday and ordered a new trial. Evans, a former Sheffield United and Wales striker, was in the packed London courtroom with his girlfriend when the verdict was read out by the Court of Appeal. Evans was convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel in Rhyl, north Wale


Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:52:48 -0400
Rape conviction overturned for former Premier League player

Barcelona's 8-0 rout of Deportivo La Coruna was a lot more typical than the three consecutive losses that sent the Spanish powerhouse into turmoil and raised doubts about whether it could still win the Spanish league. Barcelona was back to its old self in Wednesday's match at Deportivo, scoring at will and winning easily, just like it did most of the season until an inexplicable recent collapse. Not just for the three points, but also to boost our morale as a team,'' Barcelona defender Marc Bartra sai


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:56:37 -0400
Soccer-Holders knocked out of African Champions League

Juventus moved closer to a fifth straight title and 39-year-old Francesco Totti put on a show that belied his age in Serie A on Wednesday. Paulo Dybala scored twice for Juventus in a 3-0 win over 10-man Lazio and Totti came off the bench to score two late goals in Roma's 3-2 comeback win over Torino. Mario Madzukic opened the scoring for Juventus with his third goal in four matches by redirecting a cross within the box from Paul Pogba near the end of the first hal


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:36:55 -0400
Liverpool routs Everton 4-0 but striker Origi is carried off

Manchester United prepared for the FA Cup semifinals by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday to enhance its bid to break into the top four places and qualify for the Champions League. United profited from an own goal in the fourth minute when Damien Delaney inadvertently turned a cross from Matteo Darmian into his own net. With four games remaining, United is only two points behind third-place City and one behind Arsenal, which plays West Bromwich Albion on Thursda


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:11:39 -0400
Juventus nears title; Totti puts on a show for the ages

Manchester United's pursuit of Champions League qualification gathered pace on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace that put the team in a strong position to exploit any slip-ups by Arsenal or Manchester City. With four games remaining, United is only two points behind third-place City and one behind Arsenal, which plays West Bromwich Albion on Thursday. With United in touching distance of the top four Champions League places and through to the FA Cup semifinals, the season is not looking as bleak as it once did for manager Louis van Gaa


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:03:40 -0400
Soccer-English premier league summaries

LONDON (AP) -- Mark Noble scored two penalties to help West Ham beat a second-string Watford side 3-1 on Wednesday and maintain its bid for European football when the club moves to the Olympic Stadium next seaso


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:44:54 -0400
Soccer-Serie A summaries

Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a German Cup final showdown with Bayern Munich on May 21. Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring in the 20th minute, firing from distance into the top right corner after Marco Reus' initial effort was blocked by a defender. With Dortmund wasting a host of chances, Reus finally settled the issue with 15 minutes remaining, set up by Shinji Kagawa on a counterattack as Hertha was threatening a respons




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