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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:47:32 -0400
Soccer-Czechs slump to home defeat by Scotland

Two-time defending champion Spain began its preparations for this summer's European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly on Thursday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini's cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minute

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:12:22 -0400
Ghana wins again in African Cup qualifying

The Seattle Sounders have signed former U.S. national team forward Herculez Gomez, looking to jumpstart the club after losing the first three matches to start the MLS season. The 33-year-old had been training with Seattle and the Sounders decided to add another veteran to their roster. On the club level, Gomez spent parts of six seasons playing for a variety of clubs in Liga MX in Mexico, with his most productive stint coming in two seasons at Santos Laguna, where he appeared in 45 matches and scored 13 goal

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:51:01 -0400
Soccer-Reaction to Johan Cruyff - death

Former England coach Fabio Capello says he is not interested in taking over the Italy job when Antonio Conte steps down after the European Championship. The president of the Italian Football Federation, Carlo Tavecchio, said on Thursday that he will speak to Capello ''and others'' about the positio

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:50:42 -0400
Olympics-IOC says ready to sign draft Kuwait deals to lift ban

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is ready to sign either of two draft deals it says it had agreed in principle with Kuwait that would lift the ban on the country competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it said on Thursday. Kuwait has rejected the deals which were hammered out in negotiations involving the United Nations in January. The IOC said Kuwait's negotiators had initially agreed to the deals twice, only to be told by their government not to sig

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:50:42 -0400
Olympics-IOC says ready to sign draft Kuwait deals to lift ban

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is ready to sign either of two draft deals it says it had agreed in principle with Kuwait that would lift the ban on the country competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it said on Thursday. Kuwait has rejected the deals which were hammered out in negotiations involving the United Nations in January. The IOC said Kuwait's negotiators had initially agreed to the deals twice, only to be told by their government not to sig

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:19:20 -0400
Soccer-Thailand qualify as Redknapp - Jordan rout Bangladesh

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Netherlands-France friendly on Friday will be halted in the 14th minute for a minute's silence in honor of Johan Cruyf

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:39:58 -0400
A look at how Dutch soccer great Cruyff changed football

The Seattle Sounders have signed former U.S. national team forward Herculez Gomez, looking to jumpstart the club after losing the first three matches to start the MLS season. The 33-year-old had been training with Seattle and the Sounders decided to add another veteran to their roster. On the club level, Gomez spent parts of six seasons playing for a variety of clubs in Liga MX in Mexico, with his most productive stint coming in two seasons at Santos Laguna, where he appeared in 45 matches and scored 13 goal

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:34:44 -0400
Soccer-Injured Origi out of Belgium friendly, Benteke doubtful

Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was a visionary, one whose influence on football left a legacy that endures. Here is a look at how Cruyff achieved his huge status within the game. Scores of players coming through the ranks at the Amsterdam-based club next to where Cruyff grew up - Marco van Basten, Patrick Kluivert, Dennis Bergkamp included - benefited from the legac

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:10:30 -0400
Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff dies at age 68

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Chelsea's preseason exhibition game against Real Madrid on July 30 will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbo

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:28:55 -0400
Soccer-Dutch legend Cruyff dies aged 68

Johan Cruyff, one of soccer's greatest players and most influential and visionary coaches, died aged 68 on Thursday after a five-month battle with lung cancer. An ex-smoker who had heart surgery in 1991, Cruyff joined Ajax Amsterdam as a long-haired teenager before emerging as one of the world's greats in the early 1970s. Born Hendrik Johannes Cruyff, he joined Barcelona for a then world record transfer fee of $2.0 million, and it was Barcelona that would later define his coaching career, helping the Catalan club to win their first La Liga title in nearly 15 years in 197

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:53:45 -0400
Johan Cruyff: Football fluidity personified

The following is a factbox on former Dutch international Johan Cruyff, one of soccer's greatest players who has died aged 68. *Cruyff began playing on the streets of Amsterdam and started his career with local side Ajax where he went on to win eight Dutch league titles. *Moved to Barcelona in 1973 for what was then a world record transfer fee of around $2 millio

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:46:22 -0400
Soccer player Johnson gets 6 years jail for child sex crimes

It seemed no one could keep up with Johan Cruyff. Not even occasional critics during the half century that Cruyff voiced his thoughts -often profound, sometimes wacky - about all things football. The Amsterdam street kid had enough chutzpah, football smarts and aura to stare down and silence anyon

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:42:10 -0400
Miller replaces Steffen on US roster for Olympic playoff

Former England soccer international Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for child sex offenses. The former Manchester City and Sunderland winger showed no emotion as he was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Thursda

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:03:33 -0400
Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff dies: website

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of ''Total Football,'' has died. Family spokeswoman Carole Thate confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruyff had died. Joaquin Munoz of the Cruyff Foundation in Barcelona said he died as a result of lung cance

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:45:06 -0400
Bremen - Johannsson not expected to play again this season

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of 'Total Football,' has died. He was 6

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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:23:43 -0400
Suarez back with Uruguay; ends biting ban from World Cup

Inter Milan teammates Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic scored in the first half as Croatia began its preparations for the European Championship with a 2-0 victory at home to Israel in a friendly on Wednesday. Perisic picked up a floated pass from Brozovic in the penalty area and drove a left-foot volley into the roof of the net after four minutes. Brozovic pounced to score in the 34th after a shot by Mario Mandzukic rebounded off the pos

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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:32:14 -0400
Bremen defender Djilobodji banned for 2 Bundesliga matches

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is set to make his comeback to international soccer on Friday, almost two years after being banned for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cu

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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:02:07 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, March 23

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger faces a race against time to be fit for the European Championship after a scan on his latest knee injury revealed a partial ligament tear on Wednesday. The Manchester United midfielder was hurt toward the end of training on Tuesday, and the extent of the injury was determined in Munich by Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt. A recovery period was not immediately given but Schweinsteiger is definitely out of Germany's friendlies against England and Italy in the next week, and he could be a doubt for Germany's opening Euro 2016 game against Ukraine in Lille, France on June 1

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:01:30 -0400
Odebrecht cooperates with Brazil probe after bribe scheme exposed

Christophe Jallet tapped a pass to Antoine Griezmann, and Griezmann gave it one touch before firing top left for the equalizer - and, in this two-game final, the tournament winner. Griezmann took off for the corner of the field, diving head first just in front of the flag and waiting for teammates to dogpile on top. Moments later, he stage dived into a pack of supporters - his first act as a world champion, before accepting his oversized $20,000 check and free trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or presentatio

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:41:41 -0400
Soccer-Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast return on hold after heel injury

Goalkeeper Tim Howard says his decision to leave the English Premier League had nothing to do with being benched at Everton. It was the chance to play elsewhere - specifically, the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann declined to say Tuesday whether he will go with Howard or Brad Guzan when the Americans play at Guatemala on Friday in a World Cup qualifie

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:48:33 -0400
Soccer-Women, kids rival gridiron players in concussions

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League has become the primary focus of concussion discussion in sports, but a former Major League Soccer MVP says it is high time to shine a light on the women and children on fields of play. "The NFL has been the 'target' but let's be honest, when you look at the statistics of women's and girls' sports, soccer is a huge part of it," Taylor Twellman told Reuters in a recent interview. "Everyone wants to address it regarding the NFL, but there are millions of kids playing sports that no one is talking about that we should be talking about a little bit more." Twellman, a TV soccer analyst for ESPN and founder of the ThinkTaylor Foundation dedicated to educating young athletes on concussions, quit in his playing prime after an on-field blow to the head in 2008 that plagued him over the next seven year

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:56:44 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Bayern Munich took the top spot in the Associated Press Global Football 10 poll after two victories in a wee

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:18:07 -0400
Soccer-FIFA opens proceedings over 2006 German World Cup bid

FIFA's ethics watchdog has started formal proceedings against six individuals, including Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of hosting rights to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, world soccer's governing body said on Tuesday. The others involved are former German Football Association (DFB) chief Wolfgang Niersbach, who resigned over the affair last year, his predecessor Theo Zwanziger, Helmut Sandrock, Horst Schmidt and Stefan Han

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:47:15 -0400
FIFA opens 2006 WCup cases against Beckenabuer, Niersbach

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ethics watchdog has started formal proceedings against six individuals, including soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of hosting rights to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, global soccer's governing body said on Tuesday. Other individuals included former German soccer officials Wolfgang Niersbach, Helmut Sandrock, Theo Zwanziger, Horst Schmidt and Stefan Hans. .

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:46:35 -0400
FIFA watchdog opens formal proceedings over 2006 German World Cup

The FIFA ethics committee opened a bribery investigation Tuesday into Franz Beckenbauer and other officials from Germany's 2006 World Cup bid team. Beckenbauer, FIFA executive committee member Wolfgang Niersbach and other officials were targeted three weeks ago in an inquiry report by a law firm commissioned by the German soccer federation. The new case relates to ''the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and its associated funding,'' FIFA ethics prosecutors said in a statemen

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:36:07 -0400
Tennis-Tournament chief Moore resigns over controversial comments

(Reuters) - Raymond Moore has stepped down as CEO and tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open following controversial comments he made about women's tennis, the tournament announced on Monday. Moore provoked outrage a day earlier when he said top-level women's players rode "on the coattails of the men" and were "very, very lucky" to have equal prize money. The tennis world reacted strongly as world number one Serena Williams and all-time great Martina Navratilova rebuffed the statements and the ATP men's tour formally denounced the

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:39:05 -0400
Qatar may house World Cup fans in Bedouin-style tents

Clint Dempsey is expected to play his first game with the U.S. in nine months when the national team plays a World Cup qualifying match Friday in Guatemala. The 33-year-old Dempsey was left off the USA roster for two qualifying matches in November. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann cited the need to look at younger player

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:25:25 -0400
Dempsey to play for US at World Cup Qualifying in Guatemala

Manchester City is on a mission to become soccer's global power, with its network of clubs sweeping up trophies from east to west. With an aging squad and lame-duck manager, City is regressing in the Premier League while ambitiously expanding internationally with off-shoot clubs in New York, Melbourne, Yokohama and another mooted in China. City won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014 but meekly surrendered the trophy on both occasion

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:36:51 -0400
Soccer-Qatar considering tented desert camps for World Cup fans

Organizers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup are considering a proposal to house football fans in Bedouin-style desert camps amid growing concerns about a potential shortage of accommodation during the tournament. Most of the 500,000 fans expected to descend on the tiny Gulf country will stay in hotels and apartments, but thousands could also camp under canvas in desert areas close to stadiums, a move organizers are holding up as a creative, and culturally authentic, way for Qatar to meet FIFA requirements. "At the heart of this World Cup is a commitment to showcase the hospitality and friendship of the Middle Eas

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:51:17 -0400
Soccer-FIFA scandal was China - chance, says top sponsor

Wang Jianlin, China's richest man, said FIFA's corruption scandal was an opportunity for big Chinese companies to further the country's lofty footballing ambitions by undertaking sponsorship deals with the global governing body. Wang's Dalian Wanda Group, China's biggest commercial property developer and an active buyer of global entertainment and sports companies, became the first Chinese top level sponsor of FIFA last week. At a news conference in Beijing on Monday, the 61-year-old multi-billionaire said he expected other companies to follow suit to help drive China's ambition to become a soccer superpowe

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:21:11 -0400
Monaco wins 2-0 at lackluster leader PSG in French league

Barcelona extended its Spanish record unbeaten streak to 39 consecutive games in all competitions, but failed to win a league match for the first time since Jan. 2 as it drew 2-2 away to Villarrea

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:21:08 -0400
Barca draws 2-2 at Villarreal, extends Liga lead to 9 points

Runaway French champion Paris Saint-Germain slipped to only its second league defeat of the season after losing 2-0 at home to second-place Monaco on Sunday night. PSG sealed its fourth straight title with eight matches to spare last weekend, but looked out of sorts in defense as Monaco scored twice in quick succession midway through the second half to strengthen its hold on second and an automatic place in next season's Champions League. It was PSG's first home defeat in the league since May 2014, as Brazilian striker Vagner Love put Monaco ahead in the 65th minute and countryman Fabinho scored from the penalty spot three minutes late

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:58:04 -0400
Soccer-Buffon sets record as Juve win again, Higuain boosts Napoli

Marcus Rashford is proving the man for the big occasion for Manchester United. Plucked from the youth team to answer an injury crisis last month, the 18-year-old striker took his tally of goals to five by scoring in a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday that intensified the race for Champions League qualification. Having scored two goals in each of the important games against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League, Rashford marked his first appearance in a Manchester derby by sprinting past the hapless Martin Demichelis and sidefooting home in the 16th minut

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:40:54 -0400
Soccer-Serie A summaries

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a Serie A record on Sunday for not conceding a goal, while Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain closed in on a league record of his own. Buffon shattered the 22-year-old record in Juventus' 4-1 win at local rival Torino, stretching his run to 974 consecutive minutes before he was finally beaten - by a penalty kick. The previous record was held by Sebastiano Rossi, who kept a clean sheet for 929 consecutive minutes for AC Milan from Dec. 12, 1993, to Feb. 27, 199

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:05:21 -0400
Rashford gives United 1-0 win over City in Manchester derby

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Everton says Tim Howard will leave the English Premier League club at the end of the season to join Colorado Rapids in Major League Socce

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:35:30 -0400
Soccer-Understudy Ramos plays lead role in Dortmund win

Borussia Dortmund overcame the absence of top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and defeated Augsburg 3-1 away Sunday to keep pace with Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich. Aubameyang was excused from duty due to the death of his grandfather in midweek and Colombian striker Adrian Ramos deputized with a goal and an assist as Dortmund came from behind for its 20th win of the campaign. Dortmund failed to threaten until five minutes before the interval, when a Marco Reus effort was deflected wide after a brilliant ball forward from Henrikh Mkhitarya

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:09:34 -0400
Hatem Ben Arfa stars as Nice beats Gazelec Ajaccio 3-0

Tottenham cut Leicester's lead at the top of the Premier League back to five points on Sunday after Harry Kane scored twice in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. Tottenham took the lead after less than a minute when Kane turned in Kyle Walker's cross from the right. The dominant host doubled its lead in the 16th with Kane's low shot past Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc after Dele Alli slid a ball throug

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:00:13 -0400
Soccer-Kane double helps Tottenham stay in touch at the top

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp played down his angry reaction to striker Christian Benteke after his side surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. The German appeared to offer some frank views to the Belgium international striker who missed a great chance to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead after coming off the bench to replace goalscorer Daniel Sturridge at St Mary's. "Sometimes you have to talk to players, that's my job," Klopp told the BB

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:23:51 -0400
Istanbul cancels soccer derby on security fears: CNN Turk

Barcelona drew 2-2 at Villarreal after squandering a two-goal lead on Sunday, as the defending champion settled for increasing its lead in the Spanish league to nine points. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring in the 20th minute and Neymar added a penalty in the 41st, after the referee had sent off Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia for protestin

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:12:19 -0400
Soccer-Buffon breaks record as Juventus win again

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Southampton, fearing a repeat of its League Cup humiliation after going two goals down early in their Premier League match against Liverpool, rallied Sunday to win 3-

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:31:33 -0400
Soccer-Mitrovic ends Newcastle - wretched streak in Sunderland draw

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home a late equalizer as Newcastle rescued a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday to end a six-game losing run against its northeast rival and keep both teams in the relegation zone. Sunderland took the lead in what was billed as the biggest northeast derby in a generation when Jermain Defoe drove in a left-footed volley in the 44th minute. Newcastle finished stronger as Mitrovic leaped high at the back post to plant a header across the face of goal into the far corner in the 83r

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:00:49 -0400
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has broken one of Serie A's greatest records, going 930 consecutive minutes without conceding a goa

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 06:47:43 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Shinji Okazaki signed for Leicester last year expecting to be part of a fight for survival. It quickly turned into the most unlikely pursuit of the title in the English Premier League history. ''We are trying to stay modest,'' Okazaki said in a recent interview with The Associated Pres

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:08:56 -0400
Soccer-New York Red Bulls beat Dynamo to claim first win

(Reuters) - New York Red Bulls picked up their first win of the Major League Soccer season on Saturday after two late goals from Felipe helped them to a 4-3 victory over Houston Dynamo. The Red Bulls, who had failed to score in two defeats to start the season, went ahead in the 22nd minute through Sacha Kljestan before a double from Will Bruin put Houston up 2-1. Mike Grella drew the Red Bulls level in the 62nd minute but Alex put Dynamo back ahead two minutes late

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:43:38 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho signed Man Utd pre-contract in February - report

Fanendo Adi scored twice in a 4-minute span late in the second half to give the Portland Timbers a 2-2 tie with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. In the 79th minute, Dairon Asprilla chipped a shot toward goal that ricocheted off the crossbar and fell to Adi six yards from the goal. Adi volleyed it in for his second score of the seaso

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:03:57 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

Felipe scored from the top of the box in the 77th minute to tie the game and tallied on a free kick in the 83rd to give the New York Red Bulls a stunning 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella also scored as the defending MLS Supporters' Shield winners avoided their first 0-3 start since 1998, when the team was known as the MetroStars. Will Bruin scored two first-half goals for the potent Dynamo, while Brazilian midfielder Alex added the other in the 65th minute to give Houston a 3-2 lea

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 19:31:28 -0400
Leicester stays on title track in EPL, Bayern keeps lead

Matt Lampson had four saves, including a diving stop in the 68th minute, to help Chicago play Columbus to a 0-0 draw Saturday. It was the first shutout of the season for Lampson, who came into the game fifth in all of Major League Soccer with 10 saves. The Fire (0-1-1) had six corners in the first 10 minutes and Columbus had a pair of shots blocked, a couple of offside calls and Frederico Higuain came away empty handed on two early shots - the first of which was saved by Lampson in the 11t

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 19:26:13 -0400
Atletico loses at Sporting to stumble in Spanish title race

Leicester won again to maintain its surprising march toward the English Premier League crown on Saturda

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:31:27 -0400
Lyon beats Nantes 2-0 to move up to 3rd in French league

Roma kept its grip on the third Champions League qualifying place in Serie A by drawing with Inter Milan 1-1 on Saturday. The visitors took a second-half lead through Ivan Perisic's left-footed shot then sat back as Roma pressed for a leveler. It finally came in the 84th minute when midfielder Radja Nainggolan seized on a miscue by teammate Edin Dzeko to score with a sweeping sho

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 16:20:57 -0400
Olympics-Kuwait - ban over sports law is unfair, negotiator says

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Midfielder Andres Iniesta has been left out of Barcelona's squad for Sunday's visit to Villarreal in the Spanish leagu

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