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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:56:16 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Fans in soccer-mad Argentina often chant: ''I carry you inside me!'' when talking about their favorite club. It might soon be more than just a sloga

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:33:37 -0400
NBA team owners propose $1 bln plan to attract U.S. pro soccer to Detroit

Two professional basketball team owners on Wednesday announced a $1 billion investment plan to attract a Major League Soccer franchise to downtown Detroit in a move they said would help revitalize the city. Dan Gilbert, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, and Tom Gores, who owns the Detroit Pistons, proposed a 20,000-seat stadium on 15-acres that includes the site of the halted Wayne County jail, according to a spokeswoman for Gilbert and a statement. The proposal also includes relocating the current Wayne County Jail, a circuit court and a county juvenile detention facilit

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:33:37 -0400
NBA team owners propose $1 bln plan to attract U.S. pro soccer to Detroit

Two professional basketball team owners on Wednesday announced a $1 billion investment plan to attract a Major League Soccer franchise to downtown Detroit in a move they said would help revitalize the city. Dan Gilbert, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, and Tom Gores, who owns the Detroit Pistons, proposed a 20,000-seat stadium on 15-acres that includes the site of the halted Wayne County jail, according to a spokeswoman for Gilbert and a statement. The proposal also includes relocating the current Wayne County Jail, a circuit court and a county juvenile detention facilit

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:56:24 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Houston midfielder Alex Monteiro de Lima and San Jose Earthquakes defender Andres Imperiale were each suspended for one game and fined undisclosed amounts by MLS on Wednesday for serious foul plays that endangered the safety of opponent

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:26 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

MADRID (AP) -- An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesda

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:27:42 -0400
Liverpool feels vindicated after stadium verdict

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid has been keeping quiet about Cristiano Ronaldo's injury, and his presence in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals is likely to remain a mystery until just before next week's game against Manchester Cit

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:23:32 -0400
British police chief suspended over Hillsborough disaster

The northern English city of Liverpool is commemorating the 96 soccer fans who were crushed to death in a crowded stadium in 1989, honoring each one by name Wednesday as Britain faced a moment of soul-searching on how it responded to the tragedy. Banners reading ''Truth'' and ''Justice'' were hung from the neo-classical columns of St George's Hall in central Liverpool, just above 96 lanterns to be lit to mark each life lost. Fans tied Liverpool team scarves on a nearby lamppos

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:46:42 -0400
Soccer-Simeone to miss Atletico title run after touchline ban

Diego Simeone will not be able to coach Atletico Madrid for the remaining three matches of the Spanish league season as his team fights with Barcelona for the title. The Spanish soccer federation on Wednesday rejected Atletico's appeal against the three-match ba

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:22:31 -0400
Unfinished velodrome is main concern 100 days from Olympics

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Those responsible for the failures that led to the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush and then tried to cover up Britain's worst sporting disaster should be brought to account as soon as possible, lawmakers demanded on Wednesday. An inquest jury concluded on Tuesday that 96 Liverpool fans who died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough ground in Sheffield, northern England, had been unlawfully killed, with police accepting catastrophic mistakes had been made. "Those responsible must be held to account for 96 unlawful deaths and a 27-year cover-up," Andy Burnham, the opposition Labor Party home affairs spokesman who has long campaigned for "Justice for the 96", told parliamen

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:59:19 -0400
Soccer-Infantino brings vision of new FIFA to Asia

By Do-gyun Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino dangled the carrot of more World Cup spots for Asia during a visit to Seoul on Wednesday but while the Swiss was keen to press his case for an enlarged 40-team tournament, he will not try to twist anyone's arm. Infantino, who arrived in South Korea earlier in the day to meet with sponsors Hyundai Motor Group, said his visit was aimed at rebuilding trust with corporate partners and presenting his vision of a 'new FIFA'. World soccer's scandal-hit governing body is in the midst of the worst crisis in its 112-year history, with more than 40 individuals and entities, including many former FIFA officials, charged with corruption-related offences in the United State

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:44:18 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola in awe of Atletico - ability to win, win, win

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up to try to bring a Major League Soccer team to downtown Detroi

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:51:43 -0400
Soccer-Champions League semifinal summaries

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Real Madrid coped well without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably hold Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesda

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:38:36 -0400
Soccer-Champions League semifinal results

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Real Madrid coped well without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably hold Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesda

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:15:34 -0400
Soccer-Tigre aim to get under fans skin

The families of 96 Liverpool soccer fans who were crushed to death at a crowded stadium in 1989 declared they had finally won justice Tuesday after a jury found that police and emergency services were to blame for Britain's worst sports disaster. Fans and rescue workers ripped up advertising boards and used them as makeshift stretchers as police and first-aid workers treated victims on the fiel

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:31:06 -0400
Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Eight goals in two games for Barcelona sent Luis Suarez straight to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesda

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:16:02 -0400
Sporting Kansas City-Whitecaps FC Preview

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has not been included in Real Madrid's team to play Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semifina

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:23:54 -0400
Platini - CAS appeal to take place in Blatter - presence

LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association has charged Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli with violent conduct after appearing to punch an opponen

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:25:28 -0400
Jury: 96 fans unlawfully killed in Hillsborough disaster

Pep Guardiola's compelling offense and Diego Simeone's tough defense will be put to the test when Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid meet in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. Atletico would appear to have the edge, because the first leg is in Madrid. At Vicente Calderon Stadium, it has lost only twice in 29 games in European competitions, and only once in the Spanish league this seaso

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:43:03 -0400
South African sports row reopens old wounds over race

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been banned for an extra game and will miss Sunday's trip to Manchester United, where the Foxes could clinch the English Premier League title. The England forward has also been fined 10,000 pounds ($14,500) following his outburst at referee Jon Moss after being sent off in last week's 2-2 draw with West Ham. Vardy, who has 22 goals for Leicester this season, automatically missed last Sunday's 4-0 win over Swanse

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:27:37 -0400
Soccer-Leicester - fairy tale saddles bookmakers with biggest loss in Premier League history

Michel Platini expects Sepp Blatter to attend as a witness in his appeal against a six-year FIFA ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. Platini's office said on Tuesday that Blatter has been called by FIFA as a witness for the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland. Platini, the UEFA president, was suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for receiving a two million Swiss francs ($2 million) payment in 2011 from Blatter, who was then the FIFA presiden

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:41:33 -0400
Soccer-Watford hope Flores stays put despite 2-1 FA Cup semi-final loss -Watson

The 96 Liverpool soccer fans who died in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster, the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush, were unlawfully killed, with police failures to blame, a jury hearing inquests into the deaths concluded on Tuesday. The victims, many young, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on a warm, sunny afternoon in April 27 years ago. The Hillsborough tragedy, which happened within minutes of kick-off, changed the face of English socce

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:20:31 -0400
Soccer-Fit-again Wilshere eyes England spot for Euro 2016

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been banned for an extra game and will miss Sunday's trip to Manchester United, where the Foxes could clinch the English Premier League title. The England forward has also been fined 10,000 pounds ($14,500) following his outburst at referee Jon Moss after being sent off in last week's 2-2 draw with West Ham. Vardy, who has 22 goals for Leicester this season, automatically missed last Sunday's 4-0 win over Swanse

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:57:13 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Leicester are on the brink of completing a surreal journey from 5,000-1 no-hopers to English champions after Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday left the Foxes needing just one win to clinch the title. Just as Leicester have defied the odds and left big spenders like Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and United trailing in their wake, Atletico have overcome a lack of spending power compared to their Champions League rivals to reach the semi

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:58:32 -0400
Carli Lloyd out at least 3 weeks with sprained knee

Leicester is one win from its first Premier League title after Tottenham was held 1-1 by West Bromwich Albion on Monday. Leicester, a team transformed since narrowly avoiding relegation a year ago, can clinch the biggest prize in its 132-year history by beating Manchester United on Sunday. Holding a seven-point lead over Tottenham, Leicester has three chances to become one of the unlikeliest champions of the English top flight and the first maiden title-winner since Nottingham Forest in 197

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:56:12 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship champions group results and standings

U.S. women's national team star Carli Lloyd has a sprained right knee and will miss from three to six weeks, the Houston Dash announced. Lloyd was injured in the fifth minute of a National Women's Soccer League match between the Dash and the expansion Orlando Pride on Saturda

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:02:12 -0400
Juventus clinches 5th straight Serie A title

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expects Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to start against Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesda

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:31:58 -0400
Soccer-Juventus win fifth successive Serie A title after Napoli loss

Juventus clinched its fifth straight Serie A title with three matches to spare after Napoli was beaten 1-0 at Roma on Monday, capping an impressive run after a difficult start to the season. Juventus won 2-1 at Fiorentina on Sunday and Napoli needed to beat Roma to prevent the Bianconeri from celebrating. Radja Nainggolan scored for Roma one minute from the end on a play that began with Roma's 39-year-old captain Francesco Tott

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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