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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:01:57 -0400
Arsenal-West Ham United Preview

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid left back Marcelo has drawn criticism for his fake dive against Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of the Champions Leagu

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:26:53 -0400
Soccer-Baines says sorry for critical Everton comments

After appearing to be outside contenders for a Champions League spot, AC Milan is once again struggling for consistency. Milan strung a series of results together at the beginning of the year and reached the final of the Italian Cup, but it has been downhill since then. Sinisa Mihajlovic's team has not won since February, losing two of its four matches, including Sunday's disappointing defeat at Atalanta to leave it 14 points behind third-placed Rom

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:32:32 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal back Wilshere over alleged night-club incident

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has a lot of thinking to do before the Champions League quarterfinal return leg away to Manchester City next week. Wednesday's 2-2 home draw against City puts PSG in a difficult position as the French champion bids to reach the semifinals for only the second time in its history, having been knocked out in the quarters for the past three seasons. The performance against City put Blanc's tactical choices and his defense firmly in the spotligh

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:39:00 -0400
Alex Iwobi joins list of discoveries in the Premier League

ZURICH (Reuters) - Argentina moved top as South America dominated the monthly FIFA rankings on Thursday with five teams, half of the continent's total, in the top 10. Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins away at Chile and home to Bolivia dislodged Belgium, who had been leading for the previous five months but dropped into second. Despite the defeat, Chile climbed to third, an all-time high, with Colombia one place behind them in fourth, Brazil seventh and Uruguay ninth. .

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Leicester within four wins of fairytale

Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans' first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath and Christen Press also scored for the Americans, who are preparing for this summer's Olympics, where they will try to win their fourth straight gold medal. Hope Solo had her eighth shutout of the year, and the U.S. improved to 10-0 this year going into Sunday's match against Colombia at Chester, Pennsylvani

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:36 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Wolfsburg battled its way to a shock 2-0 victory over record 10-time winner Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. Playing in its first quarterfinal in the competition, Wolfsburg outmuscled and outran the Spanish giant to give itself a clear chance of advancing after next week's second leg at the Bernabeu. ''We are in a good position, we can always score a goal,'' Wolfsburg's coach Dieter Hecking sai

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:40:11 -0400
Soccer-Gritty Man City fight back to draw 2-2 against PSG

PARIS (AP) -- Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho punished some slack defending to help Manchester City grab a valuable 2-2 draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in an error-strewn first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesda

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:44:36 -0400
Soccer-Asian Champions League group C results and standings

By Stephanie Nebehay NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swiss police raided the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to gather information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers. The Swiss attorney-general's (OAG) office said the search in Nyon, Switzerland, was part of "ongoing criminal proceedings" and had been launched because of "suspicion of criminal mismanagement and ... misappropriation". "The OAG's criminal proceedings are in connection with the acquisition of television rights and are at present directed against persons unknown, meaning that for the time being, no specific individual is being targeted by these proceedings," it adde

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:02:04 -0400
Soccer-Aurier handed first PSG start since insulting coach Blanc

Under suspicion in the fallout from the global offshore accounts investigation, Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani resigned as a FIFA ethics judge on Wednesday. Damiani was already under investigation by FIFA ethics prosecutors after being identified on Sunday in a vast leak of data from a Panama law firm specializing in tax avoidance schemes which can be exploited for money laundering. Damiani's formal resignation from the FIFA court was confirmed in a statement from the judging chamber without giving detail

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:27:39 -0400
Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a contract he signed for the sale of broadcast rights to Ecuador when he was working for UEFA had been "properly conducted" by European soccer's governing body. For the sake of transparency and clarity, it is essential that all elements of this dossier are disclosed, as UEFA has done," he said in a FIFA statement on Wednesda

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:49:55 -0400
Congo striker could quit team over treatment

Hoping to boost its chances of qualifying for the World Cup, the Syrian soccer federation says it wants to hire former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as coach of the war-torn country's national team. Mourinho, who left Chelsea in December, has been linked with Manchester United. ''The circumstances don't permit for Mourinho to come here and there are not enough resources for him,'' Jumaa told The Associated Pres

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:43:36 -0400
Swiss police raid UEFA over TV deal with indicted executives

ROME (AP) -- With his club leading the English Premier League, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has been awarded the Enzo Bearzot award for best Italian coach of the seaso

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:42:33 -0400
FIFA fines Kuwait for failure to play World Cup qualifiers

UEFA was raided by Swiss police on Wednesday and handed over evidence of a Champions League television rights contract with an offshore marketing agency implicated in the FIFA bribery scandal. The Swiss attorney general's office said it requested raids on the European soccer body and ''another enterprise'' for suspected criminal mismanagement and misappropriation linked to dealings with Cross Trading, an offshore registered agency. Cross Trading is owned by two men indicted last year by American federal prosecutors who are working with Swiss counterparts to investigate suspected corruption in international socce

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:42:33 -0400
FIFA fines Kuwait for failure to play World Cup qualifiers

A footballer caught up in the bombings in Brussels could stop playing for Congo, saying Wednesday he has been unfairly treated by team officials who want to suspend him for failing to report for international duty after the attacks. Dieumerci Mbokani was at Zaventem Airport in Brussels during the attacks on March 22 that killed 32 people. Mbokani was unhurt, and decided against travelling to Congo for two African Nations Cup qualifier

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:37:06 -0400
Soccer-Hungarian championship results and standings

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) conducted a search for evidence at the headquarters of European soccer body on Wednesday, the OAG said on Wednesday. "The OAG's criminal proceedings are in connection with the acquisition of television rights and are at present directed against persons unknown, meaning that for the time being no specific individual is being targeted by these proceedings," the OAG said in a statement. .

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:29:59 -0400
Hillsborough disaster jury starts to consider verdicts

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) conducted a search for evidence at the headquarters of European soccer body on Wednesday, the OAG said on Wednesday. "The OAG's criminal proceedings are in connection with the acquisition of television rights and are at present directed against persons unknown, meaning that for the time being no specific individual is being targeted by these proceedings," the OAG said in a statement. .

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:19:27 -0400
Swiss police raid UEFA over TV deal with indicted executives

Swiss police raided the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA in Nyon on Wednesday to gather information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers. Media reports on Tuesday said that UEFA sold broadcast rights for Champions League matches to Argentine pair Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, owners of Cross Trading, who allegedly resold them to Ecuadorean broadcaster Teleamazonas for three times as much. UEFA has confirmed that FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was working for UEFA at the time, was one of two of its officials who signed the contrac

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:51:01 -0400
Swiss police raid UEFA HQ in search of contracts information

FIFA's ethics watchdog has opened formal proceedings against Colombia's Miguel Trujillo after he pleaded guilty last month in U.S. federal court to four counts, including conspiracy to commit money-laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. "Having examined all of the relevant evidence and based on Miguel Trujillo's guilty plea before the federal court in New York, the investigatory chamber has opened formal proceedings against Mr Trujillo," the investigatory body of FIFA's ethics committee said in a statement on Wednesday. "As a licensed FIFA match agent, he was bound by the FIFA Code of Ethics." It will investigate payments from Trujillo to several soccer officials, the investigatory chamber sai

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:01:41 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, April 6

MADRID (AP) -- Atletico Madrid players have suggested a referee bias in favor of Barcelona after losing their Champions League quarterfinal first le

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 06:09:43 -0400
Soccer-Henderson urges Liverpool to focus on job in Dortmund

Rarely has one man been the focus of such attention in the Europa League. Klopp oversaw steady progression after taking over Dortmund in 2008 and led the young side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles by 2012, when the club claimed its first double by humbling Bayern Munich in the German Cup final. A Champions League final appearance in 2013 was as good as it got after tha

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:30:32 -0400
Soccer-Infantino "dismayed" after name found in Panama Papers

Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was "dismayed that his integrity was being doubted" in media reports about a contract he signed several years ago, the global soccer body said in a statement on Tuesday. The reports from multiple news organizations, citing leaked documents, said Infantino had signed off on a contract with two Argentine businessman, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who were later indicted in the United States. Reuters could not determine if the contract Infantino signed was related to the conduct underlying the indictment

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:25:07 -0400
Soccer-Suarez double sees Barca recover to beat 10-man Atletico

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended his reputation after reports that he signed a Champions League broadcasting contract in 2006 with an offshore registered marketing agency implicated last year in the FIFA bribery scandal. The contract, which Infantino co-signed as UEFA's then-legal director, was leaked from the database of a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, the British daily The Guardian and the BBC reported on Tuesday. ''I am dismayed and will not accept that my integrity is being doubted by certain areas of the media,'' Infantino said in a statement published by FIFA, which he was elected to lead six weeks ag

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:49:46 -0400
Soccer-Suarez double sees Barca recover to beat 10-man Atletico

MUNICH (AP) -- Arturo Vidal's early header was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Benfica 1-0 at home on Tuesday for a slender advantage from the first leg of their Champions League quarterfina

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:43:12 -0400
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Luis Suarez scored two second-half goals to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesda

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:33:53 -0400
Soccer-Didavi signs Wolfsburg deal from next season to 2021

With his team in danger of missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini's best chance of leaving an indelible mark at Manchester City is to win the Champions League. City's domestic campaign has been badly damaged over the past two months by three home losses that left Pellegrini's team only one point above city rival Manchester United. Pellegrini took the blow, but he soldiered on, leading City to its maiden Champions League quarterfinal

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:01:49 -0400
Match-fixing prosecutor seeks 6-month sentence for Conte

MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish league has denounced anti-gay slurs directed toward Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo during Saturday's match at Barcelon

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:24:10 -0400
Soccer-Stuttgart - Didavi to join Wolfsburg next season

An Italian prosecutor has requested a six-month suspended prison term and an 8,000-euro-fine ($9,085) for Italy coach Antonio Conte over his alleged role in a match-fixing case, Conte's lawyer said on Tuesday. Conte, who has already served a ban imposed by the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) in connection with the 2011 case but has always denied any wrongdoing, is accused of "sporting fraud" by prosecutors in the northern city of Cremona. The prosecution request came just a day after English Premier League champions Chelsea named Conte as their new coach for next seaso

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:01:45 -0400
City travels to PSG in soccer - newly rich showdown

MILAN (AP) -- Napoli's title hopes have taken another hit with the suspension of Serie A's top scorer Gonzalo Higuain for four matches for severe protests with the refere

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:24:40 -0400
Soccer-Agbonlahor will not face Villa action over shisha pictures

CREMONA, Italy (AP) -- A prosecutor is seeking a suspended six-month match-fixing sentence for current Italy coach and future Chelsea manager Antonio Cont

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:10:50 -0400
Soccer-Pochettino hopes European exit helps Spurs hunt down Foxes

Real Madrid and Wolfsburg are coming from vastly differing backgrounds ahead of their first meeting in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Germany. Ten-time winner Madrid is on a six-game winning run, the latest a morale-boosting come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Barcelona in Saturday's ''clasico'' while reduced to 10 men that ended its old rival's Spanish record unbeaten streak at 39 games across all competitions. Wolfsburg slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, its third Bundesliga game without a win, leaving the side seven points off the last Champions League qualification place after a lackluster domestic seaso

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:11:52 -0400
Soccer-Baines says bad chemistry is keeping Toffees stuck in rut

MILAN (AP) -- Family members and retired AC Milan greats are mourning former Italy coach Cesare Maldini at his funera

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:11:17 -0400
Soccer-AEK, Atromitos pick up penalties for crowd trouble

Banned UEFA President Michel Platini's Panamanian bank account was declared to the authorities in Switzerland, where he lives, his lawyer said in an interview published by French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday. "Holding bank accounts through companies is not illegal as long as they are declared, which was the case here," the lawyer was cited as saying. The interview came a day after the "Panama Papers" documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm triggered investigations into possible financial wrongdoing by politicians and other high-profile figures around the worl

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:11:17 -0400
Soccer-AEK, Atromitos pick up penalties for crowd trouble

Banned UEFA President Michel Platini's Panamanian bank account was declared to the authorities in Switzerland, where he lives, his lawyer said in an interview published by French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday. "Holding bank accounts through companies is not illegal as long as they are declared, which was the case here," the lawyer was cited as saying. The interview came a day after the "Panama Papers" documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm triggered investigations into possible financial wrongdoing by politicians and other high-profile figures around the worl

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:45:36 -0400
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Last-place Hellas Verona beat Bologna 1-0 in Serie A on Monday for its first away victory of the season and only third win overall. Brazilian defender Samir Santos scored with a header near the end of the first half on debut for Verona. Verona moved six points from safety with seven rounds remaining in the Italian leagu

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:59:22 -0400
Schalke top as Bundesliga payments to agents revealed

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish tax authorities say they are investigating allegations of tax irregularities involving soccer player Lionel Messi after documents released by an international probe of offshore account

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:34:09 -0400
FIFA judge faces ethics investigation over offshore accounts

Just as the rise of the underdogs in England this season has raised fears for the health of giants like Chelsea and Manchester United, so the success of Rostov, a club little known abroad, has prompted Russian pundits to suggest their top clubs could be stagnating ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Saturday's 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, which has a record nine Russian titles, wasn't pretty but it was effective, following Rostov's usual recipe. Two headed goals - one from a free kick, one on the counter - plenty of long balls and solid defending for a fifth consecutive shutout mean Rostov is a point clear with eight games to pla

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:52:12 -0400
United: Shaw returns to training 7 months after breaking leg

Barcelona is using its latest setbacks in the Spanish league as extra motivation for the game Tuesday against Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. After having its 39-game unbeaten streak halted by a loss to rival Real Madrid this weekend, Barcelona turns its focus to the European tournament trying to remain upbeat. ''For a long time we didn't know what it felt like losing,'' Luis Enrique said Monda

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:11:31 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte will take charge of Chelsea after completing his spell as Italy coach at the European Championship with the task of revitalizing a team in decline. Roman Abramovich made Conte his 10th managerial appointment in 13 years as Chelsea owner despite the former Juventus player and coach facing match-fixing charges in Italy. There's a preliminary hearing in the case in Cremona on Tuesday although Conte's not required to atten

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:14:13 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea name Conte as new head coach

LONDON (AP) -- Antonio Conte will take charge of Chelsea after completing his spell as Italy coach at the European Championshi

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:27:52 -0400
Bayern out to reach 5th straight Champions League semifinal

A FIFA judge who helped ban Sepp Blatter for financial misconduct is now under investigation by his ethics committee colleagues after being named in an international probe of offshore accounts. The FIFA ethics prosecution chamber said Monday that it ''opened a preliminary investigation to review the allegations'' linked to lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani of Uruguay. Damiani was identified in reports Sunday by international media who received a vast trove of data and documents leaked from a Panama law firm about evading tax and hiding assets through offshore account

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:09:59 -0400
Soccer-Rooney keen to extend England career as competition grows

Bayern Munich hosts Benfica for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, aiming to leave the second leg a mere formality in reaching the club's fifth consecutive semifinal. Confidence is high among Bayern's players and fans of getting past the Portuguese league leader and moving another step closer to repeating the 2013 feat of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup victories. Benfica is bidding to reach the final four for the first time since 199

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 06:28:34 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal teenager Iwobi is something special - Wenger

BERLIN (AP) -- The German football federation has opened proceedings against Cologne sporting director Joerg Schmadtke for throwing chewing gum toward the Hoffenheim coaching area during a Bundesliga game Sunda

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:56:17 -0400
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

The Spanish rivalry between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid returns to the Champions League, this time with gritty Atletico filled with confidence and powerful Barcelona struggling. The teams have been dueling the entire season in the Spanish league, where Barcelona had been dominant until its title chances were dented by two consecutive setbacks, including a home loss to Real Madrid this weekend. Atletico routed Real Betis to finally get within range of the league title, and it enters Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinals knowing that Barcelona has lost some of its confidence and can be beate

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 22:13:35 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Kaka had a goal and two assists in his season debut and Orlando City beat the Portland Timbers 4-1 on Sunday night. Kaka's free kick in the 13th minute was headed home by Seb Hines to give Orlando City (2-0-2) a 1-0 lead. It was the third straight game Portland (1-2-1) began a goal dow

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 17:14:24 -0400
Soccer-FIFA ethics committee investigates one of its own members

By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - A member of the ethics committee responsible for rooting out corruption in soccer's governing body FIFA has himself been placed under a preliminary investigation, the watchdog said on Sunday. Juan Pedro Damiani was being investigated over a possible link to fellow Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo, one of the soccer officials arrested in Zurich last year, the committee said in a statement. The committee's chief judge, Hans-Joachim Eckert, had recently become aware of a business relationship between Damiani and Figueredo, who is a former head of the South American Football Confederation, the statement sai

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 16:57:07 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Napoli's title hopes are fading after losing 3-1 at Udinese to leave it six points behind Serie A leader Juventus with only seven rounds remaining. To add to Napoli's misery Sunday, top goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain was sent off following two bookings. Second spot is also in jeopardy as third-place Roma moved to within four points of Napoli after winning the derby match against Lazio 4-

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 15:29:28 -0400
Leicester 7 points in front a year after being 7 from safety

(Reuters) - Retired U.S. woman's soccer star Abby Wambach was arrested in Oregon on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, an incident for which the popular player apologized on Sunday on social media. This is all on me," Wambach said in a statement posted on social media. Wambach, who helped 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 after police saw her run a red light in her 2014 Range Rover, according to a statement by Portland polic

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 15:22:40 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship champions group results and standings

After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League ''champions'' scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after Sunday's gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already underway in this unassuming central England town. When you've experienced the roller-coaster of emotions endured by followers of Leicester, it is little wonder they can't wait for the unlikeliest of Premier League title parties next mont

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:49:40 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Retired World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement Sunday that a sergeant stopped the 35-year-old Saturday night after she reportedly ran a red light in her Range Rover near downtown. Simpson says Wambach failed field sobriety tests and was arreste

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:17:09 -0400
U.S. women - soccer star Wambach arrested for DUI in Oregon

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Anthony Martial kept Manchester United a point behind neighbor Manchester City in the quest for Champions League qualification on Sunday, clinching a 1-0 victory over Everto

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