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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:41:40 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings

Luis Suarez scored four goals and set up three others as Barcelona routed Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 to end a four-game winless streak and keep its lead in the Spanish league on Wednesday. Suarez scored twice in each half to help Barcelona stop its freefall and send a strong message to title contenders Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mark Bartra and Ivan Rakitic also scored for the Catalan club at the Riazor Stadium in La Corun


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:44:36 -0400
Soccer-Slovak championship results and standings

ROME (AP) -- Italy's antitrust authority has handed out 66 million euros ($75 million) in fines to the Italian league and its rights holders for fixing the sale of TV packages for Serie


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:23:15 -0400
FIFA says was slow to act on Qatar labor rights

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fans attending games at Major League Soccer venues will be subject to pat down searches or screenings with wands starting Saturda


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:36:17 -0400
Soccer-Wenger warns against negative environment at Emirates

Switzerland enacted new rules, dubbed by Swiss media "Lex FIFA", on Wednesday cracking down on bribes paid to private individuals as part of a fight against corruption in sport. Swiss prosecutors are investigating whether bribes helped secure World Cup hosting rights granted by world soccer's governing body FIFA to Russia and Qata


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:46:20 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

Newcastle continued to show some late determination to avoid relegation from the top tier, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City on Tuesday after Sergio Aguero became the second fastest player to score 100 English Premier League goals. With its title dream effectively over, City was seeking to strengthen its grip on third place and automatic Champions League qualification. It moved a point ahead of Arsenal, and five ahead of Manchester United, with both teams having a game in han


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:18:04 -0400
Soccer-Mertens fires hat-trick as Napoli smash six past Bologna

Napoli got back to winning ways in style as Dries Mertens scored a hat trick to help the southern side to a 6-0 victory over Bologna in Serie A on Tuesday. It was Napoli's biggest home victory in Serie A since 1987. Napoli's title hopes had faded after two defeats in its previous three matches left it nine points behind Juventus with five rounds remaining, but it was desperate for a victory to hold onto second spot, with Roma five points behind after the weeken


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:25:50 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship play-off results and standings

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Bayern Munich needed a disputed penalty to secure a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen and a place in the final of the German Cup fina


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:39:39 -0400
Soccer-Swiss championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Atletico Madrid took team of the week honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday, after eliminating Champions League holder Barcelona from the tournament before defeating Granada 3-0 in the Spanish leagu


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:44:51 -0400
Soccer- Sunderland and Norwich charged by FA over fracas

MOSCOW (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday he had received assurances from the Russian government that the economic crisis convulsing Russia will not affect preparations for the 2018 soccer World Cup. Infantino, visiting Moscow, said he thought the tournament would help boost the Russian economy. He also used the opportunity to once again dismiss any suggestion of wrongdoing arising from his name being mentioned in the Panama Papers leaks and media reports about a contract he signed several years ago. .


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:38:31 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Klopp calls for cool heads before Everton clash

MOSCOW (AP) -- Gianni Infantino is visiting 2018 World Cup host Russia for the first time since he was elected FIFA president in Februar


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:23:55 -0400
Soccer-Asian Champions League group G results and standings

Looking to find a way to end its freefall, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has his hopes pinned on starting strong against Deportivo in La Coruna. Barcelona was nine points clear of Atletico Madrid just a few weeks ago and appeared on course to defend its Spanish title, but the Catalan club hasn't won in four straight league games and its 39-game unbeaten streak was halted by a home loss to Real Madrid this month. To make things worse, Barcelona was eliminated by Atletico in the quarterfinals of the Champions Leagu


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:18:57 -0400
Soccer-Man United - youngsters need a leader in defence - Vidic

Marseille coach Michel was fired Tuesday after less than a year in charge of the crisis-ridden French league club. Marseille said in a statement that Michel, who joined the southern club last year following Marcelo Bielsa's departure, will be replaced by deputy coach Franck Passi until the end of the season. Former Marseille defender Basile Boli, who scored the header that gave Marseille a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the 1993 Champions League final, will be assisting Pass


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:51:43 -0400
Soccer-English premier league results and standings

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice Monday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leader Leicester to five points. Tottenham's fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday's draw with West Ham with four games remaining. Leicester has never won the top flight in its 132-year history and Tottenham's only titles came in 1951 and 196


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:11:16 -0400
Sport-Djokovic, Serena win top Laureus awards for dominating tennis in 2015

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday. In a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by U.S. actor Bill Murray, Serbia's Djokovic beat Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men's award at the annual ceremony. Djokovic and American Williams, who fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others, were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slam


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:22:34 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship champions group results and standings

Atlanta United FC will build a $60 million, privately funded training complex about 15 miles north of downtown in Marietta. Owner Arthur Blank's Major League Soccer expansion franchise will play its first season next year. Team President Darren Eales and Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin joined Blank on Monday to announce the projec


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:56:52 -0400
Soccer-Zenit - Portugal midfielder Danny ruled out of Euro 2016

Jamie Vardy faces having his mandatory one-match ban lengthened, potentially ruling the striker out of more of Leicester's title run-in, after he was charged Monday by the English Football Association over his angry reaction to a red card. The Premier League's joint top scorer was sent off during Sunday's draw with West Ham after being booked twice, the second time for diving in the penalty area after tangling with Angelo Ogbonna. Vardy confronted referee Jon Moss, jabbing a finger at the match official while appearing to express his anger at receiving his first red card of the seaso


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:11:12 -0400
Everton-Liverpool Preview

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa's turmoil has mounted with the sudden resignation of two directors after the club's relegation from the Premier League was confirme


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:29:22 -0400
Spanish league heats up after unlikely Barcelona collapse

LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association has charged Leicester striker Jamie Vardy with improper conduct over his reaction to being sent off in Sunday's draw with West Ha


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:11:33 -0400
Slovenian club Olimpija fires coach Nikolic over racial slur

Not even the most avid fans in Madrid could see this one coming. Thanks to an improbable collapse by a Barcelona team that looked unstoppable only a month ago, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are back in contention for the title. With five matches left, Atletico is even with the once-unbeatable Catalan club, and Real Madrid is only one point behin


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:30:20 -0400
Soccer-Late controversy as Orlando and New England draw 2-2

(Reuters) - A late handball call and a no-call punctuated a controversial 2-2 draw between Orlando City and New England Revolution in Major League Soccer on Sunday. The Orlando City Lions looked set to reap the benefits of a contentious stoppage time goal by midfielder Kevin Molino, who appeared to knock the ball with his arm onto his foot before putting it in the back of the net to give the home team the lea


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:23:32 -0400
Barcelona loss to Valencia leaves Spanish league wide open

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick in the 96th minute to give the New England Revolution a 2-2 tie with Orlando City on Sunda


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:24:29 -0400
Soccer-Monaco recapture second spot as Marseille misery continues

Monaco stepped up its bid for Champions League football next season with a 2-1 victory over struggling Marseille in the French league on Sunday. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Andrea Raggi earned Monaco a win that lifted the Principality side to second place in the standings, two points above Lyon. The French league's runner-up qualifies automatically for the Champions League, with the third-place team entering the playoff


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:05:07 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Barcelona fell to Valencia 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday, losing its third straight game to allow Atletico Madrid to draw level on points atop the Spanish league with five rounds to go. Atletico erased Barcelona's lead by beating Granada 3-0 earlier Sunday. Real Madrid is only one point behind after winning 5-1 at last-place Getafe on Saturda


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:26 -0400
Olympiakos beats Kalloni 5-0 as Greek league season

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona was upset by Valencia 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday, losing its third straight game to allow Atletico Madrid to draw level on points atop the Spanish league with five rounds to g


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:13:01 -0400
Soccer-Teenager Pulisic on target in Dortmund victory

Atletico Madrid defeated Granada 3-0 to go level on points with Barcelona atop the Spanish league, increasing pressure on Luis Enrique's team ahead of its match against Valencia later Sunday. Jorge ''Koke'' Resurreccion opened the scoring in the 15th minute, Fernando Torres added to the lead in the 59th and Angel Correa sealed the victory in the 83rd at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. Atletico's seventh win in eight league games put it alongside Barcelona on 76 point


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:28:42 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal was prevented from reclaiming third place in the Premier League on Sunday when Yannick Bolasie's late goal gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadiu


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:14:44 -0400
Soccer-Late goals earn Leicester draw, cost Arsenal victory

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was bemused and then furious, jabbing his right finger toward the referee who had just brandished the red card. Vardy had not only been denied a penalty but Leicester's top scorer received a second booking after being adjudged to have dived. With more than 30 minutes still to play, the leaders had to cope with 10 men while protecting a 1-0 lead that had been secured in the first half by Vardy's 22nd goal of the seaso


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:37:47 -0400
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Juventus continued its march toward a fifth successive Serie A title as it beat relegation-threatened Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear on Sunday. Sami Khedira gave Juventus the lead in the 10th minute but Palermo kept pushing for an equalizer before Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado sealed the result shortly after the 70th minute. Substitute Simone Padoin added a fourth late o


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:29:35 -0400
Soccer-Juventus tighten grip on top spot, Totti saves Roma

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus on Sunday. Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle and tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on ''in the next few days.'' It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injur


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:58:58 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Trailblazers for the U.S. women's national team can't believe their successors are still having the same debate over equal pay and treatment. Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy, U.S. national team players on the 1991 and 1999 World Cup-winning teams, were among the women who drew attention to the issue two decades ago - when a group of players first took a stand over Olympic bonuses. It's been so many years and we've had so much success and there have been so many changes,'' said Akers, who retired in 200


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:50:57 -0400
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Trailblazers for the U.S. women's national team can't believe their successors are still having the same debate over equal pay and treatment. Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy, U.S. national team players on the 1991 and 1999 World Cup-winning teams, were among the women who drew attention to the issue two decades ago - when a group of players first took a stand over Olympic bonuses. It's been so many years and we've had so much success and there have been so many changes,'' said Akers, who retired in 200


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:36:13 -0400
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal to help Borussia Dortmund beat nine-man Hamburger SV 3-0 on Sunda


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:31:08 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship relegation group results and standings

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- When he's not injured, Daniel Sturridge is making a strong case to feature for England at the European Championship, scoring one goal and setting up Roberto Firmino for the opener in Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Sunda


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:28:38 -0400
Ajax draws 2-2 with Utrecht, stays atop Eredivisie

Leicester forward Leonardo Ulloa scored a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for the Premier League leaders against West Ham after top-scorer Jamie Vardy was sent off on Sunday. The result swung on three penalty calls, with the first not given in the 54th minute when Vardy was adjudged to have dived. Vardy had already scored in the first half and Leicester protected that lead until the 84th when Andy Carroll netted from the spot after captain Wes Morgan shoved Winston Reid ove


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:02:22 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Sunday, April 17

Fallen Scottish power Rangers marked the latest stage in its recovery by beating Glasgow rival Celtic 5-4 on penalties to reach the Scottish Cup final Sunday. The semifinal, locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time, was a taste of what's to come next season when the so-called ''Old Firm'' rivalry resumes in the Scottish Premiership after four years. Record 54-time Scottish champion Rangers has already secured promotion back to the top flight after winning the second-tier League Championshi


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:52:36 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

Rangers beat Celtic 5-4 on penalties after the two fierce Glasgow "Old Firm" rivals battled to a 2-2 draw after extra time in an epic Scottish FA Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday. Rangers, who have just won promotion back to the Scottish Premiership after four years exile in the lower divisions following their financial troubles, clinched the tie when Tom Rogic blazed his penalty high and wide to send the champions-elect out. Rangers, who won the Championship (second tier) title and promotion this month, will face Hibernian in an all-Championship final at Hampden on May 2


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 02:13:20 -0400
Fanendo Adi scores twice, Timbers beat Earthquakes 3-1

(Reuters) - After sitting out the first five games of the Major League Soccer season to avoid playing on artificial pitches, Didier Drogba marked his 2016 debut with a goal as Montreal Impact beat Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday. Chicago opened the scoring in the 29th minute through Kennedy Igboananike but Drogba, on as a second-half substitute, grabbed the equalizer in the 56th minute when he converted Dominic Oduro's low cross with a cute backheel flick. Midfielder Ignacio Piatti curled home the winner in stoppage time to give the Eastern Conference leaders a second straight victor


Sun, 17 Apr 2016 01:30:48 -0400
Soccer-Nothing artificial about Drogba - goal as Impact win

Rookie Jordan Morris scored late in the second half for his first career goal to help the Seattle Sounders beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 Saturday night. Seattle (2-3-1) is 2-0-1 in its last three games after losing its first thee. Morris, from Mercer Island just across Lake Washington from Seattle made it 2-0 in the 71st minute from 8 yards in front of the left post after catching up with a long pass from Andrea Ivanschit


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:56:07 -0400
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

Chad Marshall headed in a corner kick late in the first half and hometown rookie Jordan Morris scored his first career goal to help the Seattle Sounders beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday night. Seattle (2-3-1) is 2-0-1 in its last three games after losing its first three. Andreas Ivanschitz floated a corner kick from the right side across the 6-yard bo


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:28:37 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Dominique Badji scored his first goal of the season in the 82nd minute to help the Colorado Rapids beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on a snow-covered field Saturday night. Jermaine Jones won the ball in the New York end and Luis Solignac fed Badji, who rolled the ball across goalkeeper Luis Robles just inside the right post. Ronand Zubar knocked in a header in the 60th minute to end the Red Bulls' scoreless streak of more than 4 1/2 matche


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:47:09 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Sebastian Giovinco's goal in the first minute stood up in Toronto FC's 1-0 victory over DC United on Saturday. Jozy Altidore got to the ball inside the box to the right of goalkeeper Travis Worra and rolled a cross that a sliding Marco Delgado reached and redirected a bit to his left and Giovinco was on the spot to tap it in for his fourth goal of the seaso


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:43:27 -0400
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Any slim hope Napoli had of snatching the Serie A title evaporated as it lost 2-0 at Inter Milan, which boosted its chances of qualifying for the Champions League on Saturday. Napoli remained second but league leader Juventus can move nine points clear with a victory over relegation-threatened Palermo on Sunday. Second spot is also at risk as Roma can close the gap to three points with a win at Atalant


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:37:55 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick to cap Manchester City's best week of the season, a 3-0 victory against a toothless Chelsea fortifying his team's grip on England's Champions League places on Saturday. City might still win European football's top prize after advancing this week to the semifinals where the team will play Real Madrid. For the first time this season, manager Manuel Pellegrini's team is celebrating three consecutive league wins and is up to provisional thir


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:43:58 -0400
Soccer-Madrid ease to victory at Getafe to put pressure on Barca

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace earned him a season-best 32 goals in the French league as Paris Saint-Germain took out its Champions League frustration on Caen on Saturday. Four days after losing at Manchester City 1-0 to exit the Champions League quarterfinals, PSG thrashed Caen 6-0 to seal a 27th win in 34 rounds. Ibrahimovic, the league top-scorer, slotted home with a low shot past goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre early on and added another in the second hal


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:28:13 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saved two second-half penalties in a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:13:30 -0400
Soccer-Villa relegated as Sunderland, Newcastle boost survival hopes

Aston Villa's 28-year stay in the English top flight ended on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0. Relegation to the second-tier League Championship was confirmed for former European champion Villa in a season of turmoil that has seen the bottom-place club collect only 16 points from 34 games. Marcus Rashford's goal sealed Villa's fate, while keeping United in touch with the top fou


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:46:06 -0400
Newcastle earns crucial win against Swansea

Aston Villa was relegated from the English Premier League for the first time since 1987 after losing to Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday. Marcus Rashford slotted home from Antonio Valencia's cross in the 32nd minute. Although the Midlands club was effectively relegated for some time, the result finally ended Villa's ever-present status in the Premier League since its inception in 199


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:24:07 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- A disgruntled Everton fan confronted manager Roberto Martinez on the field after a 1-1 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:11:10 -0400
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

Karim Benzema ensured Real Madrid kept the pressure on leader Barcelona in the Spanish league by scoring one goal and assisting on two more in a 5-1 win at bottom-side Getafe on Saturday. Gareth Bale ran free to score Madrid's third after receiving Benzema's pass five minutes after halftime. Pablo Sarabia got Getafe's consolation goal with six minutes left before James Rodriguez scored for the visitor


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:42:40 -0400
Soccer-Atletico - Simeone relishing prospect of showdown with Bayern

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Substitute Kevin Kampl scored with his first touch of the ball and Bayer Leverkusen went on to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 to jump to third place in the Bundeslig




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