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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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




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