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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:11:10 -0400
Ex-Honduran leader pleads guilty in U.S. FIFA bribery case

A former president of Honduras pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges on Monday, admitting that he solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. Rafael Callejas, 72, who was a member of FIFA's television and marketing committee, entered the plea to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in Brooklyn federal court. ''I knew it was wrong for me to ask for and to accept such undisclosed payments,'' Callejas told U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Lev

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:56:41 -0400
Ex-president of Honduras admits to bribery in FIFA scandal

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. charges that he participated in bribery schemes that are under investigation at soccer's world governing body FIFA. Callejas, 72, who is also the former president of the Honduran soccer federation, entered the guilty plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. The defendant is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation into more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks sought and received by soccer officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matche

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:19:54 -0400
Goalkeeper Neuer to miss Germany-Italy friendly

Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. charges that he participated in bribery schemes under investigation at soccer's world governing body FIFA. Callejas, 72, who is also the former president of the Honduran soccer federation, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. The defendant is among 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation into more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks sought by soccer officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matche

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:16:34 -0400
Soccer-Sturridge back for England as Milner is named captain

MUNICH (AP) -- Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss Tuesday's friendly international against Italy because of a stomach bu

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 19:26:44 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Some home support and self-evaluation could go a long way toward the United States getting some measure of redemption after its numbing loss at Guatemala on Friday night in a World Cup qualifying match. The 2-0 loss was the first to Guatemala in 21 games since 1988 and the first qualifying loss in 13 matches against them. The rematch is Tuesday night in Columbus, at Mapfre Stadium, known as Crew Stadium until 12 months ag

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 18:16:42 -0400
Soccer-Romania hold Spain as Casillas equals European record

Some home support and self-evaluation could go a long way toward the United States getting some measure of redemption after its numbing loss at Guatemala on Friday night in a World Cup qualifying match. The 2-0 loss was the first to Guatemala in 21 games since 1988 and the first qualifying loss in 13 matches against them. The rematch is Tuesday night in Columbus, at Mapfre Stadium, known as Crew Stadium until 12 months ag

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:34:26 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Spain and Romania played to a lackluster 0-0 draw in a warmup for the European Championship on Sunday. It was a second consecutive draw for two-time defending champion Spain, after its game against Italy on Thursday in Udine finished 1-1. Romania had beaten Lithuania 1-0 on Wednesda

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:23:07 -0400
Kenya riot halts African Cup qualifier after disputed goal

LONDON (AP) -- England goalkeeper Jack Butland fractured his ankle in Saturday's friendly victory over Germany and is a major doubt for the European Championshi

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:47:23 -0400
French prime minister: Euro 2016 to go ahead with fan zones

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen broke his nose in a training-ground collision with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on Sunday, prompting coach Danny Blind to bring Tottenham reserve keeper Michel Vorm into the squad for Tuesday's friendly against England at Wemble

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:59:01 -0400
Barrios nets 2, FC Dallas cruises to 3-0 win over United

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Pedro Morales scored on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:44:58 -0400
Tierney, short-handed Revolution play NYCFC to 1-1 draw

Jamie Vardy scored his first England goal two minutes after coming on as a substitute and Eric Dier scored in injury time to beat Germany 3-2 and preserve the team's unbeaten record in Berlin on Saturday. Vardy, who came on in the 72nd minute, produced an audacious flick with his right heel behind his left leg to send Nathaniel Clyne's cross inside the near post to equalize, and Dier headed in the winner in the first minute of injury time. Toni Kroos opened the scoring just before halftime and Mario Gomez made it 2-0 to Germany just after with his first international goal since Euro 2012, but Harry Kane sparked the comeback four minutes later with a fine turn and shot inside the far pos

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:38:37 -0400
England comes from behind to beat Germany 3-2 in Berlin

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Tierney's goal off a free kick in the 38th minute helped the short-handed Revolution play New York City FC to a 1-1 draw Saturda

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:14:41 -0400
Cruyff fans pay their respects at Barcelona memorial

Jamie Vardy scored his first England goal two minutes after coming on as a substitute and Eric Dier scored in injury time to beat Germany 3-2 and preserve the team's unbeaten record in Berlin on Saturday. Vardy, who came on in the 72nd minute, produced an audacious flick with his right heel behind his left leg to send Nathaniel Clyne's cross inside the near post to equalize, and Dier clinched the winner with a header in the first minute of injury tim

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:45:39 -0400
Guatemala beats US 2-0 in qualifier, pressuring Klinsmann

France's players expect an emotional evening when they return to the Stade de France for the first time since the Nov. 13 bombings at the national stadium. France continues its warm-up for the European Championship against Russia on Tuesday, less than five months after 130 people were killed on a night of attacks in Paris. Suicide bombers blew themselves up that evening outside the stadium during France's friendly against Germany, killing one bystande

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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:45:39 -0400
Guatemala beats US 2-0 in qualifier, pressuring Klinsmann

Thousands of fans mourning the death of Johan Cruyff have paid their respects to the former player and coach at a temporary memorial in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium. The Spanish club said that over 5,000 fans passed through the memorial by 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. It will remain open through Tuesday, when Barcelona's players will attend after returning from international competitio

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:28:37 -0400
Suarez gets equalizer in 2-2 draw with Brazil in return

The United States' path toward the 2018 World Cup became considerably more difficult when coach Jurgen Klinsmann made some puzzling lineup choices and the American defense self-destructed Friday night in a 2-0 loss to Guatemala in Guatemala City. Edgar Castillo's poor backpass set up corner kicks that led to Rafael Morales' goal in the seventh minute. A goal kick by Paulo Motta went most of the length of the field in the 15th and Carlos Ruiz ran onto the ball, came in alone on goalkeeper Tim Howard and doubled the lea

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:15:58 -0400
Howard makes 1st appearance in 2 months at Guatemala game

Luis Suarez scored a second-half equalizer in his first game back from a two-year international ban as Uruguay rallied to draw Brazil 2-2 Friday in a South American World Cup qualifier. Suarez, after few chances in the first half, scored in the 48th minute, beating Brazil keeper Alisson on a 10-meter (10-yard) left-footed shot as he broke in from the left side. It was a perfect return for the Barcelona star after being banned from the international game for nearly two years for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cu

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:18:05 -0400
Harry Redknapp uncertain about future as Jordan coach

Tim Howard made his first appearance in goal in two months when the United States played at Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier Friday night, and Clint Dempsey returned to the lineup for the first time since October. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will alternate Howard with Brad Guzan, who seems likely to start Tuesday's qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio. Jozy Altidore, who returned from a hamstring injury to enter as a second-half substitute for Toronto last weekend, was on the benc

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:43:42 -0400
France beats Netherlands 3-2, match stops for Cruyff tribute

Luis Gil scored in the fifth minute, and the United States held on for a 1-1 tie against Colombia at Barranquilla on Friday in the opener of a two-leg playoff for the final berth in this year's men's Olympic soccer tournament. Colombia had 76 percent possession in the first half but didn't break through until Juan Quintero tied it with a penalty kick in the 68t

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:10:55 -0400
FC Dallas-D.C. United Preview

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- France recovered from a Dutch rally to beat the Netherlands 3-2 on Friday, showing flashes of the attacking flair that will make it a serious contender at the European Championship later this yea

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:49:35 -0400
Barca to hold memorial for Cruyff for 4 days at Camp Nou

Mario Gomez will start up front for Germany against England in Saturday's friendly, with coach Joachim Loew planning to start Mario Goetze against Italy in Munich three days later. Gomez, who was omitted from Germany's World Cup-winning squad in 2014 due to fitness concerns following injury, is being given a chance to earn his place at the European Championship in France after an impressive season for Besiktas. Gomez has 19 goals in 26 Turkish league game

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:35:56 -0400
Revolution-New York City FC Preview

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona will hold a memorial for Johan Cruyff for fans to pay their respects to the former player and coac

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 06:58:52 -0400
Danish TV commentator - Euro 92 medal stolen during match

Werder Bremen defender Papy Djilobodji has apologized for a throat-slitting gesture that got him banned and fined. Djilobodji ran his finger across his throat to Mainz midfielder Pablo De Blasis, who was lying on the pitch after a clash during their 1-1 draw last Saturday in the Bundeslig

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:01:21 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Friday, March 25

SANTIAGO, Chile - Argentina, which had scored only two goals in its first four South American World Cup qualifiers, scored that many in the first 24 minutes Thursday in a 2-1 victory over Chile. Argentina improved to eight points in five matches with a strong victory over Chile, which won last year's Copa America - the continental championship. Argentina was the runner-up in the 2014 World Cup, but has been below par qualifying for Russia in 201

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:30:01 -0400
Soccer-Church salvages draw for Wales against Northern Ireland

(Adds quotes) UDINE, Italy, March 24 (Reuters) - Aritz Aduriz scored his first goal for Spain at the age of 35 to give the European champions a fortuitous 1-1 draw away to Italy in a Euro 2016 warm-up for both teams on Thursday. Lorenzo Insigne, playing his first international for two years, ended Spain's run of six successive clean sheets when he finished off a counter-attack to give the hosts a deserved lead midway through the second half at the Stadio Friul

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:25:54 -0400
Olympics-Rio cancels cycling test because velodrome is not ready

Rio Olympics organizers have canceled the only test event for the indoor cycling at this year's Games because the velodrome will not be ready in time, a spokesman said on Thursday. The event was due to take place on April 30 and May 1 but logistical problems mean the velodrome will not be ready until at least May 31. "The track cycling test event has been canceled and will be replaced by a training opportunity June 25th through the 27th,” Mario Andrada told reporter

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:55:24 -0400
Soccer-Aduriz - first Spain goal secures draw with Italy

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made a successful debut as coach of Jordan with an 8-0 victory over Bangladesh in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday. Redknapp, whose last management role was at Queens Park Rangers, has signed a short-term contract with Jordan. Jordan next faces Australia on Tuesday in Sydney in what is scheduled to be his second and final match with the tea

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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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