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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


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




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