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Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:55:18 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Cup semifinal summaries

Arlo White still has the program from the first match he went to at Filbert Street, when he was 5 and his father took him to Leicester's 1-1 draw against Stoke in an April 1979 second-division match. Now he and the rest of Leicester's supporters are in a state of disbelief as the club closes in on the first top-division championship in its 132-year history. It's absolutely extraordinary,'' he said at lunch in Manhattan restaurant during an April week of fill-in studio duty at NBC's studio in Stamford, Connecticu


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:47:23 -0400
Soccer-English premier league summaries

NORWICH, England (AP) -- Sunderland took a big step in its fight for English Premier League survival as it beat fellow strugglers Norwich 3-0 on Saturda


Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:23:26 -0400
Soccer-Japanese championship first stage results and standings

Liverpool could be without Emre Can for the rest of the season after the midfielder was ruled out for four to six weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments. Can was injured in the closing stages of the 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday when Liverpool reached the semifinals. Liverpool says ''a return before the end of the season has not been ruled out'' but the recovery timeframe appears tigh


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:03:24 -0400
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Giovani dos Santos scored twice and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Friday night to extend their unbeaten streak to four games. The Dynamo took an early lead when David Horst scored in the first minute, but it was all Los Angeles from there. Dos Santos put away a long feed from Ashley Cole - that deflected off of Houston defender DaMarcus Beasley - about three minutes later to tie i


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:54:43 -0400
Soccer-Galaxy - de Jong suspended three games for foul tackle

(Reuters) - LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong has been suspended for three games and handed an undisclosed fine for a controversial tackle on Portland Timbers' midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Friday. The Dutch international, who has earned nicknames such as "The Destroyer" and "Lawnmower" because of his aggressive playing style, was penalized for his strong challenge on Nagbe in the 73rd minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw in Los Angele


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:44:22 -0400
Defiant Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA

PARIS (AP) -- Striker Alexandre Lacazette scored a late equalizer as 10-man Lyon salvaged a valuable 1-1 draw at home to Nice on Friday to stay provisionally in second place in the French leagu


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:42:46 -0400
Hannover beats Moenchengladbach 2-0 in Bundesliga

By John Miller BASEL (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organization but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organizations. Blatter spoke to more than 400 people at the University of Basel, where a student group has been preparing proposals on how FIFA should address the scandal. The disgraced FIFA head appeared at the event with Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former International Criminal Court prosecutor who accused the 80-year-old Swiss citizen of turning a blind eye to corruption within regional soccer organization


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:55:38 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship champions group results and standings

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Sepp Blatter says it was ''not acceptable'' to be accused at a public event of likely knowing senior FIFA officials were corrupt but staying silen


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:29:16 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit the next two hosts of the World Cup, Russia and Qatar, next week, the global soccer body said on Friday. "The FIFA President will begin his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April with a visit to Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, venue of the opening match and final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup," Zurich-based FIFA said in a statement. Swiss authorities are probing whether bribery played a role in awarding the hosting rights for the World Cup to Russia and Qata


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:42:29 -0400
Wayne Rooney could play more minutes against Aston Villa

Reinhard Grindel was elected president of the German football federation on Friday, tasked with restoring credibility in the wake of a scandal resulting from dubious payments before the 2006 World Cup. The influential federation was deeply shaken by the scandal surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Franz Beckenabauer and other top 2006 World Cup officials are under investigation by FIFA's ethics committe


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:39:36 -0400
Soccer-Australian championship play-offs results

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney ''should play more minutes'' against Aston Villa on Saturday as the striker returns from injur


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:16:12 -0400
Fans relishing Leicester - pursuit of Premier League title

A memorial service at Anfield for the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be held for the final time Friday. The event has been held annually at Liverpool's stadium since the tragedy in Sheffield on April 15, 1989. A minute's silence will be observed across Liverpool at 3:06 p.m., the exact time that the human crush occurred at Hillsborough Stadium 27 years ag


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:04:37 -0400
Champions League Semifinal Draw List

Leicester fans never expected to see their modest team have a shot at winning the Premier League this season. Kathleen Cooper has supported Leicester for more than 50 years and is finding the closing weeks of the season ''nail-baiting'' but enjoyable. Jatin Tailor, a university student studying in Liverpool, has been following the ups and downs of the team for the last decad


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:45:18 -0400
Soccer-Europa League semi-final draw

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semifinals and two-time defending champion Sevilla will face Shakhtar Donets


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:57:20 -0400
Soccer-Another Madrid final still possible in Champions League

The level-headed Real Madrid leader is back. The Zinedine Zidane who took over Madrid's coaching job this year looks more like the serene midfielder who enchanted with his talent than the out-of-control player who head-butted his rival in the World Cup final. After taking over a club in crisis, Zidane maintained his cool through good and bad, finding a way to keep Madrid's season alive and getting off to a good start in his first major challenge as a manage


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:42:23 -0400
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 2 results and standings

The Europa League quarterfinal had just entered stoppage time and fans at Anfield's famous Kop end were frantically yelling, willing a fourth goal to send Liverpool through. Dejan Lovren spotted James Milner's cross flying through the penalty area and rose at the far post, powering a header into the Borussia Dortmund net, triggering ecstasy among those fans. ''I was really not too sure for a long time if the ball was in,'' Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after the 4-3 victor


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:18:27 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool stun Dortmund, Sevila edge through

What the Europa League lacks in glamor it more than made up for in late drama on Thursday. Sevilla's pursuit of a hat trick of titles was kept alive with a shootout success and Liverpool reached the semifinals through a stoppage-time winner. Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal joined Liverpool in scoring four goals in their quarterfinal second-leg wins, but the English Premier League club needed every one of them to complete an exhilarating 4-3 comeback against Borussia Dortmun


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:13:29 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool produce stunning fightback to down Dortmund

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Dejan Lovren completed an exhilarating Liverpool comeback in stoppage time to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and earn manager Juergen Klopp a Europa League semifinal place at the expense of his former club in the most dramatic manner on Thursda


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:45:25 -0400
Atletico will be just as tough a CL draw as Real Madrid

Former Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez was dropped by the Premier League club because of his cancer diagnosis, an employment tribunal found on Thursday. The 32-year-old Argentina international is suing Newcastle for about two million pounds ($2.8 million) on the grounds of disability discrimination. The club also made it impossible for Gutierrez to play enough matches to get an extended contract, the tribunal foun


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:14:47 -0400
Soccer-Rashford keeping his feet on the ground, says Carrick

If the Champions League draw on Friday takes Bayern Munich and Manchester City to Madrid, they will certainly be hoping it's to face Atletico rather than 10-time European champion Real Madrid. In the semifinals for the second time in three seasons, Atletico is trying to establish itself as a perennial contender in Europe, and its recent success against top teams has transformed Diego Simeone's squad into a dangerous opponen


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:48:38 -0400
Brazil vs South Africa to open men - Olympic soccer

The U.S. women's soccer team will open its quest for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal against New Zealand, then will play France and Colombia in the first round of the tournament in Brazil. The Americans were drawn Thursday to play New Zealand on Aug. 3 at Belo Horizonte. The U.S. meets France three days later, also in Belo Horizonte, then plays Colombia on Aug. 9 at Manaus in the Amazon, where the American men tied Portugal 2-2 at the 2014 World Cu


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:12:46 -0400
Italian football selected to test video replays

Brazil will face South Africa in the opening men's Olympic soccer match, as the five-time World Cup champion tries for its first gold medal. Brazil lost to Mexico in the Olympic final four years ago in London. The match is set for Aug. 4 in Brasilia, a day before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeir


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:12:35 -0400
Galaxy-Dynamo Preview

ROME (AP) -- The Italian football federation has announced it has been selected by the International Football Association Board to test video replay


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:23:54 -0400
Olympics-Brazil get South Africa, Denmark, Iraq in Rio draw

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hosts Brazil were pitted against South Africa, Iraq and Denmark when the draw for the Olympic soccer tournament was made on Thursday. Brazil, who have been world champions at every level bar the Olympics, begin their campaign against South Africa in Brasilia, one of six host cities for the competition. "All the teams will find it difficult but we are very confident and hope Brazil can win the gold medal," said former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho after helping with the dra


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:16:18 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona exit gives Spain Euros boost, says Del Bosque

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Soccer's embattled world governing body must make human rights one of its primary goals, on a par with promoting the sport and making money, according to recommendations by a top U.N. official released on Thursday. FIFA should be prepared to use its negotiating leverage to ensure that countries bidding for its World Cup championship protect the rights of people who build stadiums, John Ruggie, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative for business and human rights, wrote in the 42-page report. "What is required is a cultural shift that must affect everything FIFA does and how it does it," said the report, made at the request of the 112-year-old group of 209 national member association


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:40:49 -0400
FIFA adviser: Strip nations of World Cups over rights abuses

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Football's embattled world governing body must make human rights one of its primary goals, on a par with promoting the sport and making money, according to a set of recommendations by a top U.N. official released on Thursday. FIFA should be prepared to use its negotiating leverage to ensure that countries bidding for its World Cup championship protect the rights of people who toil to build stadiums, John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General's special representative for business and human rights, wrote in the 42-page report. "What is required is a cultural shift that must affect everything FIFA does and how it does it," said the report, made at the request of the 112-year-old group of 209 national member association


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:50:43 -0400
Soccer-Hazard warning for fifth-placed Gladbach

West Ham will pay 2.5 million pounds ($3.5 million) each season to play 25 games at the Olympic Stadium. The company tasked with securing the legacy of the 2012 Olympic sites released the West Ham rental agreement on Thursday after losing a legal fight to keep details secret. West Ham was awarded a 99-year tenancy from August and had to pay some of the costs to make the 60,000-seat stadium suitable for socce


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:21:57 -0400
Putin: Russia needs to work more closely with intl sporting bodies

Once unbeatable Barcelona is wondering where it all went wrong. The Spanish giant was ousted by rival Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday after its third loss in four games - a 2-0 defeat at the Vicente Calderon Stadium that erased its 2-1 first-leg win at the Camp Nou. The result ended Barcelona's chances of repeating the treble of Champions League, Copa del Rey and Spanish league titles - its biggest goal entering the seaso


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:29:52 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Origi keen to fulfil potential and repay Klopp - faith

Leicester's next hurdle in its unexpected run to the English title is against the Premier League's other surprise package. In the league's most unpredictable season since its inception in 1992, Leicester will face sixth-place West Ham on Sunday with both teams seeking their highest finish in the Premier League era. Leicester will be looking to maintain its seven-point lead over Tottenham at the top, while West Ham tries to close the gap on fourth-place Manchester Cit


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:24:05 -0400
Quakes top Red Bulls 2-0; Wondo takes 4th place in MLS goals

Michael Barrios, Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele all scored in the first 29 minutes to give FC Dallas a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night. The dominant victory gave Dallas (4-1-2) a measure of revenge after Portland defeated it in the Western Conference finals last season. ''Obviously very happy and pleased with the result,'' Dallas coach Oscar Pareja sai


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:43:53 -0400
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 6 results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Shkelzen Gashi scored his first MLS goal in the 82nd minute and the Colorado Rapids beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Wednesday nigh


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:34:21 -0400
Soccer-Infantino continues to deny wrongdoing in TV deal

(Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino has again shrugged off any wrongdoing for signing a contract with two businessmen indicted in the United States, describing allegations in the Panama Papers documents as a "non-story". Infantino, at the time an official with European soccer body UEFA, signed a contract with Argentine businessmen Hugo and Mariano Jinikis, owners of Cross Trading, for the South American broadcast rights to Europe's Champions League competition. The pair were among several dozen soccer officials who were last year indicted in the United States as part of a huge corruption scandal which has swept the game and thrown FIFA into turmoi


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:27:24 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford led Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Wednesday that put his team into the FA Cup semifinals and eased the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal. In the last cup tie at the Boleyn ground before West Ham moves to the Olympic Stadium, 18-year-old Rashford opened the scoring with a superb strike in the 54th minute, curling the ball past defender James Tomkins and goalkeeper Darren Randolph. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini doubled the lead in the 67th minute from close range, before Tomkins gave the home side hope with a header in the 79t


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:42:40 -0400
Soccer-Ruthless Bayern reach fifth CL semi in a row

Crystal Palace failed in its bid to secure back-to-back wins in the English Premier League and move further away from the relegation zone after being held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Everton on Wednesday. James McCarthy's dismissal early in the second half presented a fine opportunity to secure the three points that would almost certainly have meant the team's survival in the Premier League. Everton is safe but has had a mixed seaso


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:44:37 -0400
Soccer-Ruthless Bayern reach fifth CL semi in a row

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Bayern Munich advanced to the semifinals of the Champions League despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Benfica on Wednesda


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:38:30 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona knocked out of Champions League by Atletico

Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semifinals of the Champions League on Wednesday. Diego Simeone's team had played most of the first leg match with 10 men. The result kept Barcelona from reaching the semis for the second time in nine season


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:02:32 -0400
Soccer-Man United spoil West Ham party to reach Cup semis

LONDON (AP) -- Goals from teenage striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Marouane Fellaini gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Wednesday and a place in the semifinals of the FA Cu


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:57:02 -0400
Karim Benzema ruled out of Euro 2016 because of ongoing case

The Spanish league says it will start rating its clubs financially from next season in an effort to increase transparency and attract more investors. The league hopes that the ratings will make it easier for banks and sponsors to trust the local clubs and help them bring in new fund


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:48:10 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Karim Benzema will not play for France at this year's European Championship after his national federation ruled against his return due to an ongoing legal case. Benzema is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail, relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Leading politicians, such as Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said Benzema should not be selected for the national tea


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:46:00 -0400
FC Dallas-Timbers Preview

Cristiano Ronaldo is letting the goals speak for themselves. With yet another impressive performance when Real Madrid needed him the most, Ronaldo showed that his hard work and his records are the best response to critics. Ronaldo's hat trick against Wolfsburg on Tuesday secured Madrid a spot in the semifinals of the Champions League, and moved him closer to yet another scoring recor


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:16:40 -0400
Soccer-City bracing themselves to face the best in semis - Aguero

LONDON (AP) -- Three Leicester players have been nominated by their peers for England's player of the year award, after helping their team to the brink of the most unlikely Premier League title win in a generatio


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:12:06 -0400
Russia sees individual amnesty decisions on its meldonium-positive sportspeople: RIA

The prospect of Manchester City going into one of the biggest games in the club's history without Yaya Toure in the starting lineup would once have seemed unthinkable. City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Toure didn't start because he is on his way back from a knee injury, but that likely wouldn't have stopped City from playing the Ivorian in the pas


Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:46:33 -0400
Soccer-Wambach pleads guilty to DUI, enters diversion program

(Reuters) - Retired U.S. women's soccer star Abby pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants on Tuesday, agreeing to enter a diversion program that could see her conviction wiped out in a year. Wambach, who helped lead the U.S. women's team to the 2015 World Cup title and retired as the world's leading international goal-scorer, was arrested late Saturday night in Portland. Police said Wambach, 35, had run a red light in her 2014 Range Rover and was taken to Multnomah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety tes


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:31:58 -0400
Blanc angry as PSG falls short again in bid for European Cup

As Manchester City has slipped down the Premier League, it has progressed further than ever in the Champions League. City qualified for the Champions League semifinals for the first time Tuesday, with Kevin de Bruyne securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain to build on a 2-2 draw from the first leg. PSG's fourth successive exit in the quarterfinals leaves the Qatari-owned club still chasing a much sought-after European Cu


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:45:19 -0400
Soccer-The buck stops with me, says angry PSG coach Blanc

Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, scoring a hat trick to lead his team back to the semifinals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Ronaldo netted goals in the 16th and 17th minutes, and then added a decisive third with a remarkable free kick in the 77th as Madrid overturned a 2-0 loss in last week's first leg to win 3-2 on aggregate. The Portugal striker delivered when Madrid needed a goalscorer, sending a curling shot in-between a couple of defenders in the Wolfsburg wall to earn his team a place in the semifinals for the sixth straight season and avoid a major upset to the German sid


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:43:39 -0400
Madrid reaches Champions League semis with Ronaldo hat trick

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Kevin de Bruyne sent Manchester City into the Champions League semifinals for the first time Tuesday, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain to build on a 2-2 draw from the first le


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:51:24 -0400
UPDATE 1-Soccer-Australia and Japan to square off again in qualifying

LONDON (AP) -- Leicester and its striker Jamie Vardy led the way in Tuesday's Associated Press Global Football 10 after the club moved closer to the English Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the weeken


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:40:48 -0400
Terry to pay for Chelsea-supporting kid - funeral

After making his ninth coaching change of the season, Palermo's owner Maurizio Zamparini promised he'll keep Davide Ballardini in charge whether or not the Sicilian club avoids relegation. Walter Novellino was fired following Sunday's 3-0 loss to Lazio, which left Palermo third from the bottom ahead of a visit to Serie A leader Juventus. Counting caretakers, Palermo has had seven different coaches this season: Giuseppe Iachini (twice), Ballardini (twice), Fabio Viviani, Guillermo Schelotto, Giovanni Bosi, Giovanni Tedesco and Novellin


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:12:59 -0400
Italy reserve goalkeeper Mattia Perin out of Euro 2016

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea captain John Terry has offered to pay the funeral costs of an 8-year-old fan of the club who died of leukemia last mont


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:06:18 -0400
Soccer-Bilic banks on emotion to spur West Ham to FA Cup semis

Diego Simeone needs to find a way to beat Luis Enrique, because only a win will be enough. Atletico Madrid will face Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday, a week after losing to the defending champions 2-1 in the first leg. Simeone's Atletico has lost all seven matches against Barcelona since Luis Enrique took over the club in 201




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