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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


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


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


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


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. .


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. .


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. .


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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