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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


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




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