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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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-


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


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


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


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


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:50:12 -0400
Soccer-Ajax cruise back to top spot after emotional Cruyff tribute

Struggling Bundesliga side Hannover fired Thomas Schaaf as coach Sunday in a bid for top-flight survival. Hannover said in a statement that the decision was taken following ''intensive analysis'' by club chief Martin Kind and sporting director Martin Bader involving Schaaf and that former under-19 coach Daniel Stendel would take over to the end of the seaso


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:39:07 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Retired World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influenc


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:10:17 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Thorgan Hazard scored twice as Borussia Moenchengladbach routed Hertha Berlin 5-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday to boost its chances of Champions League football next season. Hazard opened the scoring in the 14th minute following a mistake by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, who had plenty of time and space but sent his kick straight to Mahmoud Dahoud and he quickly played Hazard throug


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 11:29:28 -0400
Soccer-Leicester beat Saints to open seven-point gap at the top

Cristiano Ronaldo is quick to praise himself almost every chance he gets. It's especially true when playing at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, where on Saturday Ronaldo scored Real Madrid's winning goal in a 2-1 victory. The result ended Barcelona's record 39-game unbeaten streak, and possibly put Madrid back in contention for the Spanish league titl


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 11:07:35 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Leicester surged seven points clear at the Premier League summit by reeling off a fourth successive 1-0 victory Sunday, with Wes Morgan's first-half bullet header seeing off Southampton. By netting his first goal of the season, Morgan is a step closer to becoming the first Leicester captain in the club's 132-year history to lift the English topflight trophy next month. With another dogged defensive display and win, Claudio Ranieri's team took full advantage of second-place Tottenha


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 10:46:45 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Football is in mourning following the death of former AC Milan and Italy legend Cesare Maldini at the age of 84. ''A great man has left us, a true legend of Italian football,'' Italian Football Federation President Tavecchio said. ''He made history first as player and then as head coac


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 10:29:47 -0400
Soccer-Slovak championship results and standings

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester surged seven points clear at the Premier League summit by reeling off a fourth successive 1-0 victory Sunday, with Wes Morgan's first-half bullet header seeing off Southampto


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 07:56:37 -0400
Soccer-La Liga results and standings

The British government has ordered an inquiry into the way the country's anti-doping agency handled allegations that a British doctor prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to leading sports people. The Sunday Times reported that Dr Mark Bonar prescribed banned drugs to 150 sports figures including several Premier League footballers. The paper said Dr Bonar claimed his "clients" included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as footballer


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 03:07:23 -0400
Soccer-Weakened Real Salt Lake win on the road in Kansas City

(Reuters) - Real Salt Lake overcame the absence of five regular starters to register their first away win of the new Major League Soccer season with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. Teenager Justen Glad opened the scoring just before the half hour mark and Luke Mulholland doubled the lead in the 79th minute before Benny Feilhaber converted a stoppage time penalty for Kansas City (3-1-0). .


Sun, 03 Apr 2016 02:00:01 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Sunday, April 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Matias Laba was shown a straight red card in the first half, but the Vancouver Whitecaps still held on for a 0-0 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday nigh


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:51:17 -0400
FC Dallas earns 1-1 draw with Crew, moves atop MLS standings

Clint Dempsey scored off a header in the 79th minute and the Seattle Sounders beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Saturday night, becoming the final MLS team to earn a point this season. Seattle (1-3-0) was on the verge of going winless in its first four matches - three of those at home - until Dempsey picked up his first goal of the season. The goal came off a corner kick from Andreas Ivanschitz, catching Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush too far off his line and Dempsey was able to come free at the back pos


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:18:36 -0400
Real Salt Lake hands Sporting Kansas City its first loss

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Tesho Akindele tied it in the 77th minute and FC Dallas moved alone atop the overall MLS standings, salvaging a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday nigh


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 22:53:45 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Justen Glad scored his first MLS goal, Luke Mulholland added another and Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Saturday nigh


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 22:35:37 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Luis Solignac scored in the 18th minute and the Colorado Rapids held off 10-man Toronto FC for a 1-0 win on Saturday nigh


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 20:01:01 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Sunday, April 3

Kennedy Igboananike scored early in the second half and the Chicago Fire beat the 10-man Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday in blustery conditions. Igboananike settled a ball with pace from Michael Harrington in the 51st minute and slid a shot inside the far post. Chicago (1-1-2) won just its second game in 12 matches dating to last season while Philadelphia (2-2-0) had its two-game winning streak stoppe


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:33:17 -0400
Soccer-Juventus beat Empoli to continue unbeaten streak

Cristiano Ronaldo scored late for 10-man Real Madrid to snatch a 2-1 comeback win at Barcelona and revive its slim hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title on Saturday. Madrid ended Barcelona's Spanish record unbeaten streak at 39 games across all competitions with its first come-from-behind win at Camp Nou since 1965, according to STATS. In Zinedine Zidane's first clasico as a manager, Madrid avenged a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona it endured under Rafa Benitez in November by dealing the Catalan club its first defeat since Oct.


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 16:48:20 -0400
Ronaldo scores late to give Madrid 2-1 win at Barcelona

MILAN (AP) -- Juventus moved provisionally six points clear at the top of Serie A after beating Empoli 1-0 on Saturda


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:33:11 -0400
Soccer-Stunning Kane goal gives Tottenham draw at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Tottenham dropped two points in its pursuit of Premier League leader Leicester by drawing 1-1 at Liverpool on Saturday, with England forward Harry Kane becoming a Spurs record-breaker in scoring the equalize


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 13:58:45 -0400
Soccer-Belgian championship play-off ii results and standings

STOKE, England (AP) -- Swansea took another step toward English Premier League safety by rallying from two goals down to draw at Stoke 2-2 on Saturda


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 13:30:32 -0400
Ibrahimovic scores hat trick as PSG beats Nice 4-1

LONDON (AP) -- Dimitri Payet's latest stunning free kick wasn't enough to earn 10-man West Ham a victory in its pursuit of Champions League football next season as Crystal Palace scored late to earn a 2-2 draw in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:53:42 -0400
Man City cruise past Bournemouth 4-0 in EPL

An injury-time strike from Martin Olsson gave Norwich a thrilling 3-2 win against fellow strugglers Newcastle in the English Premier League on Saturday. A header from Timm Klose on the stroke of halftime gave Norwich the lead, before Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the first of his two goals in the 71st minute. Norwich took the lead again three minutes later, Dieumerci Mbokani scoring from the edge of the area, before Mitrovic scored from a penalty on 86 minutes following an unnecessary handball by Gary O'Nei


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:39:15 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Sunderland moved further from survival with a 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion in an English Premier League game it should have won on Saturda


Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:24:15 -0400
Crystal Palace rescue point against 10-man West Ham

Arsenal scored two goals in each half in a 4-0 win over Watford in the English Premier League on Saturday, with young Nigerian Alex Iwobi enhancing his reputation with a second goal in as many games. The 19-year-old Iwobi had already set up Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal's fourth-minute opener when the Chilean returned the favor, with Iwobi sweeping in the finish. ''When you're young, you dream of this, and this is like a dream come true, winning with this team,'' said Iwobi, the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okoch




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