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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:50:54 -0400
China football development plan envisions 50 million players

Asian Cup champion Australia and Japan have been grouped together in the last round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Socceroos and Japan were drawn into Group B at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday and will be joined by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand. Iran and South Korea were the top-seeded teams in Group A, which also includes China, Uzbekistan, 2022 World Cup host Qatar and Syri


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:02:30 -0400
Soccer-Mihajlovic sacked by Milan after less than a season

AC Milan fired coach Sinisa Mihajlovic on Tuesday and replaced him with youth team coach Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season. The decision had been expected since Monday night when club owner Silvio Berlusconi met with Brocchi and vice president Adriano Galliano for about three hours. Brocchi becomes Milan's fifth coach in little more than two year


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:20:44 -0400
Soccer-No shooting drill for Vardy is how Ranieri keeps striker fresh

Bayern Munich has a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga and is on course for an unprecedented fourth straight title. Benfica, after finding form in the final third of the season, is two points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga and closing in on its third consecutive crown. The two on-form clubs meet Wednesday in Lisbon in the return leg of their Champions League quarterfinal game, with Bayern 1-0 up from the first leg in German


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:12:55 -0400
Soccer-Palermo make eighth coaching change of season

The Portland Timbers were awaiting test results on Darlington Nagbe's left ankle following a scary injury Sunday night against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Nagbe, who also has been playing for the U.S. national team, had to be taken from the field by stretcher after he was tackled roughly by Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong. Referee Allen Chapman gave de Jong a yellow card for the challenge, but Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee could issue a suspensio


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:05:01 -0400
Ref sends 6 players off in Oceania tournament match

Roma captain Francesco Totti made a rare appearance and set up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Bologna on Monday but the Giallorossi lost ground to Napoli in the race for second place and a direct Champions League berth. Mohamed Salah had hit the post three times before collecting a short throughball from Totti early in the second half and slotting past Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirant


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:04:27 -0400
Soccer-Real irritation plans back on Wolfsburg agenda

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former high-ranking soccer official in the Americas pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he participated in bribery schemes uncovered in a U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport's world governing body, FIFA. Alfredo Hawit, a former FIFA vice president from Honduras who also led the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation, CONCACAF, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to four conspiracy charges. The investigation has sent Switzerland-based FIFA and other soccer governing bodies into an unprecedented crisi


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:34:49 -0400
Soccer-Getafe sack Escriba after three months without a win

Manchester City harnessed the star power of Paris Saint-Germain forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria in a late bid to fill the stadium for Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal. On the eve of the second leg, adverts aired on Manchester radio stations calling the match ''unmissable'' and highlighting the chance to see Ibrahimovic and Di Maria in action. The day started with more than 1,500 seats available but the advertising blitz and late appeal by City manager Manuel Pellegrini succeeded in eventually selling out the Etihad Stadium for the hosts' biggest-ever Champions League fixtur


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:12:32 -0400
Eq. Guinea women - soccer team thrown out of Olympics again

A former vice president of soccer's international governing body pleaded guilty to four conspiracy counts Monday in the sweeping FIFA bribery scandal. Speaking through a translator, Alfredo Hawit told Judge Raymond Dearie in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn that he had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in connection with a scheme to sell marketing rights to tournaments in Latin America. Hawit told the judge he had conspired with others to get companies in Florida and Argentina marketing rights in exchange for bribes paid to bank accounts that he and his family controlled in Panama and Hondura


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:36:52 -0400
Wisconsin school officials investigate offensive taunts

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former high-ranking football official in the Americas pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he participated in bribery schemes uncovered in a U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport's world governing body, FIFA. Alfredo Hawit, a former FIFA vice president from Honduras who also led the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation, CONCACAF, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to four conspiracy charges. Hawit is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation of more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks sought and received by football officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matche


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:21:44 -0400
Soccer-Man City - Kompany ruled out of PSG game

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany when the team faces Paris Saint-Germain for a spot in the Champions League semifinal


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:19:25 -0400
Soccer-Real prepare for war in showdown with Wolfsburg

Real Madrid is going to need a ''perfect'' performance to overcome Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarterfinals. The teams meet Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with Madrid trailing 2-0 from the first leg and trying to reach the semifinals for the sixth straight time. ''It must be a perfect night,'' Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo sai


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:13:39 -0400

(Reuters) - Portland defender Nat Borchers turned the ball into his own net with six minutes left as the defending Major League Soccer champions were held to a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. Fanendo Adi took a pass from Diego Valeri before slotting home to put the Timbers ahead in the 52nd minute, and that goal looked as if it would be enough until Borchers tried to clear a cross from Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget and scored an own goal. Portland have now won just one of their first five games and are second from bottom in the Western Conferenc


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:33:29 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Fanendo Adi opened the scoring for Portland in the 52nd minute, and Nat Borchers' own goal in the 84th helped the Los Angeles Galaxy tie the Timbers 1-1 on Sunday nigh


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:02:14 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Zinedine Zidane was still playing when Real Madrid last produced the kind of comeback it needs this week to avoid elimination to surprising Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The last time Madrid overcame a first-leg loss in the European tournament was in the 2001-02 season, when it overcame a 2-1 loss at Bayern Munich by winning 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to reach the semifinals and eventually win the title for the ninth time. ''As a coach I live these days before the knockout tie with more tension than as a player,'' Zidane sai


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:40:20 -0400
Sounders earn a 1-1 draw on Marshall - late goal at Houston

Palermo fans threw fireworks and halted their Serie A match against Lazio in each half on Sunday. The match was stopped for nearly five minutes in the second half - the longest of the two interruptions - after a firework exploded seconds after Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva ran past it. Fans of relegation-threatened Palermo also threw seats onto the pitch before the situation improve


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:04:45 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Leicester's first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved Sunday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itsel


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:40:15 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham scored three times in a swaggering six-minute spell to end a 15-year winless run at home to Manchester United on Sunday, grabbing an impressive 3-0 victory that maintains its pursuit of Premier League leader Leiceste


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:24:54 -0400
Soccer-Tottenham blow away Man Utd to maintain title hopes

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool scored two goals in each half to defeat Stoke 4-1 in the English Premier Leagu


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:22:53 -0400
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

Schalke held Borussia Dortmund to a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the Ruhr derby on Sunday, doing Bayern Munich a favor in its quest for a fourth successive Bundesliga title. Klaas Jan Huntelaar's penalty salvaged the draw for Schalke and left Dortmund seven points behind Bayern with five games to play. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel rested players with an eye on Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal in Liverpoo


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:59:39 -0400
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

MILAN (AP) -- Napoli bounced back from a week of turmoil to beat 10-man Hellas Verona 3-0 in Serie A and restore some much-needed confidence to the tea


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:43:29 -0400
Soccer-Monaco slip to third after Lille defeat

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Jamie Vardy's double sent Leicester closer to a first Premier League title on Sunday, sealing a 2-0 victory over struggling Sunderlan


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:26:08 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship summaries

Sunderland 0 Leicester City 2 April 10 (Reuters) - Premier League leaders Leicester City moved even closer to the title by winning 2-0 at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday. England international Jamie Vardy put them ahead in the 66th minute and he added his second -- and 21st of the season -- in added time. That left them 10 points head of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand. With five games left, Claudio Ranieri's unfashionable side need a maximum of nine more points to become English champions for the first time. .


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:01:45 -0400
Soccer-Japanese championship first stage results and standings

(Reuters) - FC Dallas came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in a Major League Soccer Western Conference clash on their home turf. Dallas twice fell behind, first after Alberto Quintero's fourth minute strike, then in the 55th minute when Chris Wondolowski put the visitors ahead 2-1. Dallas was playing for the second week in a row without injured Argentine playmaker Mauro Dia


Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:33:09 -0400
Akindele, San Jose - own goal help FC Dallas to 2-2 draw

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Joao Plata found an empty net late in the match to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 win over Colorado on Saturday nigh


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 20:01:01 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Sunday, April 10

Hassoun Camara scored his first goal of the season to help the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday. Camara scored on a header off Lucas Ontivero's corner kick in the 48th minute. ''Every time I score, I'm happy,'' Camara sai


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 18:44:35 -0400
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 58th minute to tie it, and Clint Irwin had seven saves to help Toronto FC rally for a 1-1 draw with New England on Saturda


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 18:21:23 -0400
Wood sets record for goals by American in top German leagues

MONTREAL (AP) -- Hassoun Camara scored his first goal of the season to help the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturda


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:56:35 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Jose Mourinho declined Syria's offer to coach the war-torn nation's team on Saturday while reiterating his desire to return to management in England next season. The Portuguese, who has been linked with Manchester United since being fired by Chelsea for a second time in December, insisted he has no contract with a club. ''I don't have a contract with any club but in the summer I will be back,'' Mourinho told British broadcaster Sky Sports as he prepared to watch boxing in Londo


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:55:37 -0400
Soccer-La Liga summaries

PARIS (AP) -- Lucas scored twice in the second half as French champion Paris Saint-Germain eased past struggling Guingamp 2-0 on Saturda


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:45:31 -0400
Benfica fights back at Academica to keep lead in Portugal

Juventus moved provisionally nine points clear at the top of Serie A as it came from behind to beat fierce rival AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday. Inter Milan kept alive its slender hopes of securing a Champions League spot with a 1-0 win at 10-man Frosinone, which hit the woodwork three times. Mario Mandzukic wiped out Alex's opening score in the first half, and Paul Pogba secured the win for Juventus after an hou


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 16:55:42 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Barcelona stumbled for a third straight match in its quest to defend its Spanish league title after losing at Real Sociedad 1-0 on Saturday, letting Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid tighten the race even further. Mikel Oyarzabal headed in Sociedad's goal in the fifth minute, and goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli protected the lead with two saves of Lionel Messi's late efforts. Barcelona's failure to win at Anoeta for a sixth consecutive season came after Atletico fought back at Espanyol to win 3-1, and Cristiano Ronaldo led Madrid's 4-0 rout of Eiba


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 15:25:15 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leader Leicester. Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won't be happening. Carroll scored an eight-minute hat trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors' season - a strong start, a collapse, and then a recovery that was too little, too lat


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 14:34:42 -0400
Soccer-Lucas strikes twice as second-string PSG triumph

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City recovered from going behind early on to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Saturday in the English Premier Leagu


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:11:17 -0400
Fire-New York City FC Preview

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Watford and Everton ended their English Premier League losing streaks with a 1-1 draw on Saturda


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:41:54 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship relegation group results and standings

Relegation-threatened Newcastle put in another lackluster performance on Saturday as Southampton easily won their English Premier League match 3-1. An early goal from Shane Long in the fourth minute set the tone of a match in which Newcastle failed to make much impact. Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama added the second and third goals in the 38th and 55th minutes respectively to condemn Newcastle to its eighth straight away defea


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:17:43 -0400
Soccer-Clinical Ronaldo sets goal record as Real thrash Eibar

Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday. An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions underway in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd. Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while seated over the helpless Manuel Neue


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:09:38 -0400
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Crystal Palace collected its first win of 2016 by beating Norwich 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday, boosting its hopes of preserving its top-flight status and keeping last-place Aston Villa up for at least another wee


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:06:28 -0400
Soccer-Southampton stroll to victory over beleaguered Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his Spanish league-leading 30th goal of the season and set up two more to help Real Madrid rout Eibar 4-0 and provisionally reduce Barcelona's lead on Saturday. Coach Zinedine Zidane rested several first-choice players for the critical Champions League match on Tuesday, when Madrid will need to overturn a 2-0 deficit to Wolfsburg to make the semifinals. Little did it matter against modest Eibar as James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez, Ronaldo, and Jese Rodriguez all scored before halftime at Santiago Bernabeu Stadiu


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:05:55 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa's relegation from the English Premier league was all but confirmed Saturday after a 2-1 loss against Bournemout


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:01:09 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Chelsea experienced its first English Premier League defeat under interim manager Guus Hiddink in a 1-0 loss against Swansea on Saturda


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 11:33:49 -0400
Bayern beats Stuttgart 3-1 away to stretch Bundesliga lead

LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association will ask FIFA to investigate whether former players have dementia as a consequence of brain damage from playing the gam


Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:55:15 -0400
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham striker Andy Carroll scored an eight-minute hat trick to dampen Arsenal's slim Premier League title hopes in a rollercoaster London derby which finally ended 3-3 on Saturda


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:03:54 -0400
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

Tranquillo Barnetta's free kick in the 90th minute kissed off the crossbar and settled into the net and Philadelphia handed Orlando City its first loss of the season, 2-1 on Friday night. Centered just outside the box, Barnetta's right foot strike barely squeezed into the top right corner of the Union goal. The play was set up when Darwin Ceren fouled C.J. Sapon


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:00:32 -0400
Soccer-Kalou rescues point as Hertha draw with Hanover

Brazil's football confederation has told Spanish club Barcelona that it wants to have star striker Neymar available for both the Copa America Centenario in June and the Rio Olympics in August. Earlier on Friday, Barcelona's chairman Josep Maria Bartolomeu sent a letter to the CBF saying the club would release Neymar for only one of those tournament


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:42:37 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is resting players for Saturday's Spanish league match against Eibar, with the goal of overturning his team's stunning loss at Wolfsburg in the Champions Leagu


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:54:56 -0400
Soccer-Trap door gaping for relegation-bound Villa

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to miss the rest of the season and possibly the European Championship for England after hurting his knee in a Europa League match against Borussia Dortmun


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:29:39 -0400
Soccer-Real out to save season against Wolfsburg, says Zidane

Leicester has long been a trying name that travels badly. An overelaborate spelling of ''Lester'' for Americans. A tongue-twisting ''Less-es-tur'' or ''Lie-chest-er'' for continental European


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:34:26 -0400
Soccer-Conte faces complicated task at Chelsea, says Hiddink

It's not a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu that is worrying Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. ''We are in the situation that we need to show that we are consistent and strong,'' the Barcelona coach said Friday. ''And if we look at the precedents it is clear that there is no other stadium in Spain as difficult for u


Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:19:01 -0400
Bournemouth-Aston Villa Preview

China's sports establishment must learn the lessons from a corruption scandal involving a former deputy sports minister, continue to root out graft, and curb a win-at-all costs mentality, the country's top graft-buster said on Friday. China, which is aggressively seeking to stamp out graft in Communist Party and government ranks, has also sought to eject corrupt elements from its sports establishment, particularly within soccer, which has been hit by match-fixing scandals. China was hit by two new sports graft scandals last year, with probes into deputy sports minister Xiao Tian, who sat on China's Olympics committee, and another into the country's then-volleyball chie


Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:08:11 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool hold Dortmund on Klopp - return to former club

BERLIN (AP) -- Juergen Klopp's Liverpool held Borussia Dortmund to 1-1 on his return to his former club for the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal, while defending champion Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk won away on Thursda




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