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Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:51:14 -0400
Soccer-Champions League last 16 summaries

(Adds details) MADRID, March 15 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie. Juanfran converted the winning spotkick at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, before ripping off his shirt and charging to celebrate wildly with the home fans after the two sides became the first to end a Champions League knockout match 0-0 on aggregate. It took 16 kicks to finally produce a winner with Luciano Narsingh hitting the crossbar with PSV's eighth effort before Juanfran coolly delivered for his sid


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:38:11 -0400
Soccer-City ignore injuries to secure Champions League first

MADRID (AP) -- Atletico Madrid beat PSV Eindhoven 8-7 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the third straight seaso


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:45:59 -0400
Soccer-Man City ease into last eight after Kiev stalemate

Manchester City reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, a bittersweet evening for the English team because of injuries to starting center backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi. City won 3-1 on aggregate in the last 16, with the damage done in the first leg in Kiev three weeks ago. The injuries to Kompany and Otamendi - both sustained inside the first 23 minutes - were the major incidents in a soporific match at Etihad Stadium as City advanced with the minimum of concern but without impressing, eithe


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:57:24 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal dangerous despite deficit, says old boy Vermaelen

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany limped off after just five minutes of the team's Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, the latest injury blow to afflict the Belgium defende


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:54:01 -0400
Soccer-Combative Conte would bring steely resolve to Chelsea

By Neville Dalton LONDON (Reuters) - Confirmation that Antonio Conte is to stand down as Italy coach after Euro 2016 appears to clear the way for the 46-year-old to take over the reins at Chelsea. The former Juventus coach has been linked with the vacancy at Stamford Bridge for some time following the departure of Jose Mourinho midway through what has been a hugely disappointing season for the club. Despite improvement under interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea are still only 10th in the Premier League, 11 points behind Manchester City in the last Champions League qualifying place, and the chances of Conte starting life in London in Europe's top competition are remot


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:45:47 -0400
Antonio Conte to step down as Italy coach after Euro 2016

By Amadeu Garcia BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona will not be complacent in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Arsenal despite leading 2-0 from the first game in London. On course for a second successive treble of major trophies, the Spanish league leaders are on a 37-match unbeaten run in all competitions going into the match on Wednesday. The tie is not sealed and Arsenal are a dangerous team." Barca are eight points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Lig


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:22:57 -0400
Soccer-Conte to step down as Italy coach after Euro 2016

Barcelona has just about everything in its favor. The Catalan club leads Arsenal 2-0 heading into the second leg in the Champions League, boasts one of the best attacking lineups in history with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and is riding a Spanish record unbeaten streak of 37 games across all competitions. ''This is not a match for anyone to relax,'' Luis Enrique sai


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:00:02 -0400
Soccer-Juve - Dybala and Marchisio ruled out of Bayern game

Without mentioning Chelsea or any other team, Antonio Conte has decided to step down as Italy coach after this year's European Championship. The former Juventus player and coach, who took over Italy's national team after the 2014 World Cup, has been linked with a move to the Premier League. Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio said Tuesday that Conte misses the day-to-day life of club socce


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:40:39 -0400
Giggs ready to take Man United hot seat, says Robson

Bayern Munich has been relying on its fearsome attack to overcome a shortage of trained defenders. The latest example: Bayern hardly broke a sweat in a 5-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen on Saturday. Werder was limited to 17 percent possession, while Bayern's coach Pep Guardiola rested Arjen Robben and top striker Robert Lewandowski only played the last 15 minutes, long enough to scor


Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:11:25 -0400
Soccer-Giggs ready to take United hot seat, says Robson

By Martyn Herman MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs is ready to become Manchester United’s next manager if Louis van Gaal is shown the door a year early at the end of this season, former club captain Bryan Robson told Reuters. Out of work former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been tipped to takeover at Old Trafford but Robson says United great Giggs, who has been assistant to Van Gaal, would be a perfect choice. “The thing for me is that Van Gaal was always going to be a three-year contract with Ryan working under him so that they could see whether he was ready to step in,” Robson told Reuters at the launch of United’s partnership with Gulf Oil International at the club’s Carrington training centr


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:53:17 -0400
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Shinji Okazaki's overhead kick gave leader Leicester a 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday, a goal as spectacular as his team's improbable Premier League title challeng


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:25:07 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Manchester United will play Everton in the FA Cup semifinals if Louis van Gaal's side beats West Ham in a quarterfinal replay. The other semifinal on the weekend of April 23-24 at Wembley Stadium will see Crystal Palace play Watford. United won the last of its 10 FA Cups in 200


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:25:41 -0400
Soccer-Rame replaces Sagnol as Bordeaux coach

The chief executive of Liverpool, who restored stability to a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy six years ago, has decided the leave the role next year. Ian Ayre oversaw the transition from the financially troubled ownership of American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. to the takeover by John Henry's Fenway Sports Group in 2010. FSG, which also owns baseball's Boston Red Sox, wanted Ayre to remain as CEO beyond the end of his current contrac


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:52:37 -0400
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

The English Football Association has charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with improper conduct after being sent off in Saturday's FA Cup loss at Everton. Costa earned a second yellow card after thrusting his head at Gareth Barry before making a biting motion toward the midfielder's nec


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:55:02 -0400
Athletes and public are demanding answers, says WADA president

Putting all the blame on Jose Mourinho for Chelsea's rapid downfall is easy - but wrong. Mourinho isn't the manager who signed Alexandre Pato, the forward who seems no closer to making his debut after more than six weeks with the club. The only sign of progress at Stamford Bridge since Mourinho was jettisoned in December is an unbeaten Premier League run that removed the threat of relegation for the champio


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:11:40 -0400
Man City closes in on 1st Champions League quarterfinal spot

Atletico Madrid is relying on the Spanish league's toughest defense - and Antoine Griezmann up front - to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals for the third straight year. Atletico, which has allowed only 12 league goals this season, will host PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw in the first leg. ''From this moment, the PSV match is this season's most important,'' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said after his team's 3-0 win against Deportivo La Corun


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:42:15 -0400
Soccer-Man City - Toure fit for Kiev game, says Pellegrini

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 76th minute and Toronto FC tied New York City FC 2-2 on Sunday in the first game of the season at Yankee Stadiu


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:10:20 -0400
Soccer-Man United avoid sanction for fans chants about Hillsborough

(Reuters) - Manchester United will not be punished by UEFA after their supporters chanted about the Hillsborough stadium disaster during the 2-0 Europa League last-16 first-leg loss to arch-rivals Liverpool on Thursday. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini also escaped any retrospective action for an alleged elbow on Liverpool's Emre Can because neither incident was mentioned by the referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. "The reports of the match officials did not include any mention of the alleged incidents, therefore no disciplinary proceedings have been opened for this," UEFA said in a statement on Monda


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:54:50 -0400
Doping-Athletes and public are demanding answers, says WADA president

By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Athletes and millions of sports fans worldwide have demanded answers following the spate of doping and governance scandals which have hit sport recently, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday. WADA president Craig Reedie also called on sponsors to help fund the fight against doping and promised better protection for whistleblowers. Athletics was rocked last year when Russia was suspended from the sport after a WADA investigation revealed a state-sponsored doping program and soccer's governing body FIFA was shaken by the worst graft scandal in its histor


Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:54:50 -0400
Doping-Athletes and public are demanding answers, says WADA president

By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Athletes and millions of sports fans worldwide have demanded answers following the spate of doping and governance scandals which have hit sport recently, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday. WADA president Craig Reedie also called on sponsors to help fund the fight against doping and promised better protection for whistleblowers. Athletics was rocked last year when Russia was suspended from the sport after a WADA investigation revealed a state-sponsored doping program and soccer's governing body FIFA was shaken by the worst graft scandal in its histor


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:26:46 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa scored first-half goals and the San Jose Earthquakes handed the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Sunday in soggy condition


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:12:26 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- The last four Champions League quarterfinal spots are up for grabs this week with Barcelona and Manchester City both well-placed, while a European heavyweight will head for the exit after Bayern Munich plays Juventu


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:36:01 -0400
Giovinco has goal and assist, Toronto FC ties NYCFC 2-2

Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fourth straight French league title with a record eight games to spare on Sunday, while Tottenham kept the pressure on Premier League leader Leicester by beating last-place Aston Villa. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four times as PSG routed Troyes 9-0 to open an unsurmountable 25-point lead over second-place Monaco, while Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham defeated Aston Villa 2-0 to provisionally move to within two points of tst title rival


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:15:54 -0400
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Napoli cut the gap to Serie A leader Juventus back to three points with a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Palermo on Sunday, while Roma kept up the pressure on the top two by beating Udinese 2-1. Gonzalo Higuain converted a penalty for Napoli - his 27th league goal of the season - to ensure his side kept pace with Juventus, which beat Sassuolo 1-0 on Friday. ''We have a point more than Napoli had in the whole of last season and that fills us with pride,'' Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri sai


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:34:26 -0400
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Casemiro scored in the 89th-minute to earn Real Madrid a 2-1 win at Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Sunday, keeping his team on course for an automatic spot in next season's Champions League. Casemiro headed the winner from a corner just two minutes after Las Palmas equalized with striker Willian Jose to ignite the local fans in the Canary Islands. Sergio Ramos had put Madrid ahead with another header in the 24th, before being sent off after Las Palmas equalize


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:27:29 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham kept the pressure on Premier League leader Leicester with a 2-0 victory at bottom club Aston Villa on Sunday, provisionally moving Spurs to within two points of their title rivals. Kane found the net just before halftime with an angled finish from a free kick taken by England teammate Delle Ali. Kane struck again just three minutes after the restart at Villa Park, again being set up by Al


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 14:57:39 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa fired Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz on Sunday, though celebrations were muted due to the death of a fan in the stadium. One supporter died after suffering a heart attack despite efforts to save him, while another fan was ''in a stable condition'' in hospital - also after a heart attack - Dortmund media director Sascha Fligge told The Associated Pres


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:41:02 -0400
Soccer-Holders Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup by Watford

Arsenal's bid to capture a third straight FA Cup title ended with a 2-1 loss to Watford in the quarterfinals on Sunday, dashing its best chance of winning silverware this season. Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura - with a fiercely struck shot from the edge of the area - scored second-half goals for Watford, which joined Crystal Palace and Everton in an unlikely lineup for the semifinals at Wembley Stadium. It was the worst possible start to a make-or-break week in Arsenal's seaso


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:57:07 -0400
Soccer-List of French champions

PARIS (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four second-half goals as Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fourth straight French league title in style, pulverizing last-place Troyes 9-0 on Sunday to become champion with eight games to spar


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:48:56 -0500
Soccer-Arena irate after Galaxy sunk by late winner

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena lashed out at officials on Saturday after his side surrendered a goal in the 95th minute to lose 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids. “That’s a 93-minute game at the most and to lose in the 95th minute is a crime," Arena told reporters after Marco Pappa's strike gave the home side the win. "It’s disgraceful, it really is ... Bad judgment by the fourth official not to question it.” The goal came after Galaxy defender Daniel Steres' attempted clearance fell straight to Papp


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 18:26:35 -0500
Piatti scores 3rd goal of season, Impact beat Red Bulls 3-0

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Jamison Olave scored on a header in the 86th minute and Real Salt Lake beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Saturda


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:44:49 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Lee Nguyen's right-footed shot hit the crossbar in the 55th minute and the New England Revolution and D.C. United played to a scoreless draw Saturda


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:41:42 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Inter Milan beat Bologna 2-1 to move provisionally a point above Fiorentina into fourth place in Serie A on Saturday and maintain its bid for the final Champions League spot. Bologna was the only team in Serie A not to have conceded a goal from a corner this season but it did so twice in four minutes. Danilo D'Ambrosio headed a corner goalward and Ivan Perisic nodded the ball in from almost on the goal-line to give Inter the lead in the 72nd minut


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:37:14 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship summaries

Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into fresh controversy in its nightmare season on Saturday by seeing red as Everton ended the London team's last hope of a title in the FA Cup. Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku scoring twice in five minutes, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton's 2-0 win in the quarterfinals. The fiery striker thrust his head at Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth toward the Everton midfielder's neck in a biting motion, earning a second yellow car


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:37:45 -0500
Bayern Munich warms up for Juventus with 5-0 rout of Bremen

Romelu Lukaku effectively ended Chelsea's miserable season Saturday by scoring twice against his former club to send Everton into the FA Cup semifinal


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:23:10 -0500
Pelle strikes twice as Southampton beat Stoke 2-1

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored one goal and figured in four more to keep Barcelona on course to retaining its Spanish league title with a 6-0 rout of Getafe on Saturday, increasing its Spanish record to 37 games without a loss in all competition


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:22:38 -0500
Soccer-Messi and Neymar help Barca to 12th straight La Liga win

STOKE, England (AP) -- Graziano Pelle scored twice as 10-man Southampton beat Stoke 2-1 in the English Premier Leagu


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:12:55 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- Bournemouth scored late in the second half to beat Swansea 3-2 in an entertaining game in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:41:00 -0500
Benitez has break clause in deal in case Newcastle relegated

BERLIN (AP) -- Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 as former Croatia coach Niko Kovac's tenure got off to a bad start Saturda


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:35:38 -0500
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

Rafa Benitez says there is a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave Newcastle should the team get relegated from the English Premier League. The Spaniard was hired as Newcastle manager on Friday, with the club next to last in the league with 10 games remaining. Fired as Real Madrid coach in January, Benitez was presented as the new manager on Saturday and said it was ''normal'' to have the break clause in his dea


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:54:36 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

NORWICH, England (AP) -- Title-chasing Manchester City and league-struggler Norwich drew 0-0 Saturday in a lackluster English Premier League matc


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:55:48 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- David Accam scored the tying goal for Chicago in the 14th minute in the Fire's 1-1 draw with Orlando City on Friday nigh


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:42:00 -0500
Timbers re-sign President of Soccer Wilkinson

READING, England (AP) -- Crystal Palace continued its habit of winning in the FA Cup while struggling in the Premier League as Yohan Cabaye and Fraizer Campbell claimed late goals to beat second-tier Reading 2-0 Friday in the quarterfinal


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:35:38 -0500
Soccer-Serie A summaries

The defending champion Portland Timbers have re-signed President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson to a long-term contract. The Timbers, who joined Major League Soccer in 2011, won the MLS Cup final against the Columbus Crew last seaso


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:07:35 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored another exquisite goal and their goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon kept his 10th successive clean sheet in the league to give the Serie A leaders a 1-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday. Dybala curled a shot in off the inside of the post for his 14th goal of the season to put Juve, chasing a fifth successive title, on 67 points and six clear of Napoli, who visit Palermo on Sunday. Buffon, 38, has not conceded a goal in 926 minutes and is three minutes short of the Serie A record set by Sebastiano Rossi for AC Milan in 199


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:42:52 -0500
Soccer-PSG on verge of title after Monaco held

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Gianluigi Buffon is three minutes away from equaling a 22-year record after Juventus beat Sassuolo 1-0 to move provisionally six points clear at the top of Serie A on Frida


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:42:36 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Hertha Berlin strengthened its grip on third place in the Bundesliga and a direct berth in the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Schalke on Frida


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:09:37 -0500
UEFA charges Lazio over fans racial abuse at Sparta Prague

Rafa Benitez started this season tasked with winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. The Spaniard replaced Steve McClaren as manager on Friday, signing a three-year deal with the club that is 19th in the 20-team standings but only a point from safety. ''I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League,'' said the former Liverpool manager, before taking the first training session with his new player


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:46:26 -0500
Soccer federation appeals decision to suspend Greek Cup

Manchester United says it is holding talks with fan groups in an effort to stop them from signing about soccer tragedies. During the team's 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday, United fans sang about the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were kille


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:35:55 -0500
Rafa Benitez takes over as Newcastle manager, McClaren fired

UEFA says it opened a disciplinary case against Lazio for ''racist behavior'' by fans which disrupted a Europa League Round of 16 match. Lazio fans reportedly aimed racist chants at Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu, who is black and from Zimbabwe. The referee stopped play in the first half of a 1-1 draw in Prague on Thursday for a warning to be broadcast to Italian fan




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