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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:29:44 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

It will surely be back next month with Leicester City etched into the solid silver for the first time. The leaders can wrap up their improbable pursuit of the biggest prize in English football on Sunday with a victory at Manchester United. Delivering the 132-year-old club's first title at the home of the record 20-time English champions would be the Hollywood ending craved by manager Claudio Ranier

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:37:47 -0400
Orlando City-Revolution Preview

After a season straight out of the fevered imagination of a movie scriptwriter, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is asking his men to seal their "once in a lifetime" Premier League triumph on Sunday with a Hollywood flourish at Old Trafford. At the storied home of Manchester United, fittingly also known as "The Theatre of Dreams", unsung Leicester, whose story has captured a nation's imagination, will lift their first-ever top flight title with a win. Once in the life," said a smiling Ranieri, who knows that three points in their three remaining games would be enough but that winning at one of soccer's great cathedrals would make it storybook perfec

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:14:36 -0400
Soccer-FIFA ethics panel bans Bahamas Havens for five years

FIFA's ethics watchdog on Friday banned former Caribbean Football Union executive Lionel Haven from soccer for five years for failing to disclose information related to cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. The adjudicatory chamber of world soccer body's independent Ethics Committee imposed the ban and fined Haven, from the Bahamas, 3,000 Swiss francs ($3,130), it said in a statement. Enmeshed in the worst corruption scandal in its history, FIFA has been cracking down on wrongdoin

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:52:59 -0400
Soccer-Man City - Silva to miss Champions League semi against Real

(Reuters) - Manchester City will be without playmaker David Silva for two to three weeks, ensuring he will definitely miss Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Real Madrid, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday. Pellegrini expressed his hope that the Spanish international might be fit should City reach the final in Milan on May 28. The bad news for City came as Pellegrini reiterated his annoyance that having to play a key Premier League match on Sunday against Southampton might affect their European final ambition

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:02:39 -0400
Soccer-In-demand Pochettino extends contract with Spurs until 2021

Mauricio Pochettino plans to extend his Tottenham contract until 2021. The Argentine, who arrived at Tottenham on a five-year contract in 2014, announced on Friday he has verbally agreed to a new five-year deal. ''We started to speak before, a few months ago, and today I think is a good moment to communicate we have reached the verbal agreement,'' Pochettino sai

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:38:21 -0400
Soccer-FIFA intervenes in Guinea FA to stop "wrangling"

Guinea's soccer association (FGF) has become the latest to prompt intervention by soccer's governing body FIFA after soccer in the West African nation ground to a halt. FIFA said on Friday it would appoint a seven-member "normalization committee" to run the FGF's daily affairs, revise its statutes and organize elections by next February. "The decision to appoint a normalization committee follows the internal wrangles currently affecting the FGF and that have brought all soccer competitions in the country to a halt," FIFA said in a statemen

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:12:08 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini's appeal against his six-year ban football was being heard at sport's highest tribunal on Friday with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses. Platini, who arrived in a taxi for the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is hoping that the ban will be overturned in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, which will be held in his native France in June and July. Platini, who was favorite to succeed Blatter as president of global body FIFA before he was banned, was mobbed by reporters and cameramen as he entered the building in a leafy Lausanne subur

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:33:38 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Villarreal's Adrian Lopez snatched a stoppage-time winner at home to Liverpool to move them closer to a first European final after the first leg of their Europa League last four clash finished 1-0 on Thursday. Liverpool, who got a taste of their own medicine having scored deep in added time to knock out Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, looked comfortable before Denis Suarez broke into the box and unselfishly squared for Lopez to sweep home. In the other semi-final, holders Sevilla had their fingers briefly loosened from the trophy before grabbing a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk that left them well-placed to progres

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:59:25 -0400
Soccer-UEFA Europa League semifinal results

Liverpool conceded in injury time in losing to Villarreal 1-0 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. The match looked set to be drawn until the second minute of added time, when Adrian Lopez scored for the host after a quick counterattac

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:54:55 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - After last year's UEFA Congress, president Michel Platini declared, "We're transparent, we're democratic and we're the best." That triumphant air will be gone from this year's event after a spate of scandals that led to Platini's banishment from soccer. European soccer's governing body has not yet appointed a permanent successor, so the agenda for its 2016 Congress on Tuesday in Budapest is unusually thin, restricted to four items that are likely to be resolved in one morning. A year ago, Platini had just been re-elected to a new four-year term as UEFA chief and was basking in the financial success of UEFA's showcase Champions League competitio

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:15:28 -0400
Bargain-buys, cast-offs driving Leicester - pursuit of title

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund says central defender Mats Hummels has asked to be released from his contract so that he can move to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munic

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:14:52 -0400
Soccer-Agbonlahor resigns as Aston Villa captain

They are the bargain-buys and cast-offs from bigger clubs now on the verge of becoming Premier League champions. Leicester plays Manchester United on Sunday, one victory away from the title after being one of the favorites to be relegated at the start of the season. Kasper Schmeichel: The son of title-winning Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper is a Denmark international who has played for Leicester since 2011, when the club was in England's second divisio

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:56:19 -0400
Soccer-Under-pressure Flores reveals break clause in Watford contract

Before Leicester staged its improbable bid to win the Premier League, the city in central England was better known for other reasons. Leicester's recent spell in the spotlight started with the discovery of the battle-scarred skeleton of long-reviled King Richard III under a parking lot in the city in 2012. Scientific sleuthing, including radiocarbon dating and DNA tests, confirmed the remains belonged to the long-lost king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth, near Leicester, in 148

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:47:03 -0400
Real Madrid says Benzema has hamstring injury

On the list of improbabilities, just behind hell freezing over and pigs taking to the air was Leicester winning the Premier League. By dethroning richer giants, Leicester's motley crew of players, none of them super-stars before they started working miracles, have shown that an established order isn't immune to change. ''Now, all we do is talk about Leicester and it is absolutely fantastic,'' says Alex van der Beek, an Associated Press reader in Latvia who wrote in to say that the expat community there has rallied behind the team and that pubs in the capital, Riga, are packed for broadcasts of Leicester game

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:31:32 -0400
FIFA president says Leicester proves fairytales are possible

Real Madrid says Karim Benzema has a hamstring injury in his left leg and is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League game against Manchester City. Benzema was substituted at halftime of the first leg in Manchester on Tuesday and the team said the French striker has been diagnosed with the muscle injury after tests carried out on Thursday. The club says Benzema's recovery ''will continue to be assessed,'' but he is likely to miss Saturday's game at Real Sociedad in the Spanish leagu

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:28:44 -0400
Infantino brings vision of new FIFA to Asia

FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the headquarters of Leicester's ownership company on Thursday and said the club's Premier League title run shows that fairytales are still possible. Infantino, visiting Thailand for the centenary of the local soccer association, met with local officials at the hotel connected to the headquarters of King Power, the duty free company which is the main business interest of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Leicester was a 5000-1 outsider when the season began but can clinch the Premier League title on Sunday if the team wins at Manchester Unite

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:14:28 -0400
Lawyers representing Hillsborough families reveal lawsuit

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mamadou Sakho after the Liverpool defender failed a doping tes

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:16:05 -0400
Sticking to its plan, Atletico Madrid keeps surprising

Swedish club IFK Goteborg has apologized for crowd trouble that resulted in a league match against Malmo being abandoned after a firework landed next to a visiting player warming up on the sidelines and he responded angrily. Wednesday's game was interrupted in the 77th minute, with the score at 0-0, when a firecracker tossed from the crowd exploded next to midfielder Tobias Sana, a former Goteborg player. Match officials decided to abandon the match, saying a linesman who was also near the firework when it exploded was shocked by the inciden

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:04:32 -0400
Goteborg apologizes over crowd trouble at abandoned match

It's getting harder and harder to bet against Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone's team continues to succeed against some of Europe's top teams, sticking to a simple formula executed to perfection: Tough defending and effective attacking, from start to finish. Atletico's latest victim was Bayern Munich, which was beaten 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesda

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:32:14 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver's Christian Bolanos and Sporting Kansas City's Diego Rubio scored in the first half and the Whitecaps held on with only 10 men for a 1-1 tie Wednesday nigh

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:56:14 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Osvaldo Martinez broke a tie on a penalty kick in the 86th minute and America beat Tigres 2-1 on Wednesday night for its second straight CONCACAF Champions League title and record seventh overal

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Leicester - Schmeichel aims to triumph on father - stage

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Portland's own goal in the 89th minute gave the New England Revolution a 1-1 draw with the Timbers on Wednesday nigh

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:11:41 -0400
Downtown stadium proposed as part of Detroit MLS bid

Dominic Oduro scored in the opening seconds of stoppage time and the Montreal Impact escaped with a 1-1 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday night. Montreal (4-3-1) earned a free kick along the right sideline in the 90th minute and Didier Drogba sent the ball into the box. Two Impact players broke free, with Oduro getting his head on the ball and sending it just inside the post for his third goa

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