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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


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:20:09 -0500
Spanish official doesnt expect backlash for probe on Villar

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Rafa Benitez has replaced Steve McClaren as manager of Newcastle, signing a three-year contract with the relegation-threatened Premier League tea


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:17:12 -0500
Soccer-Newcastle call time on McClaren - unhappy reign

(Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has praised goalkeeper David De Gea for a superb display which prevented a 2-0 Europa League last-16 defeat at Liverpool from turning into a rout. "David was very good as always and that's not a very good sign for us because it means they had even more chances to score," Mata told the club's television channel (MUTV) after their shambolic performance at Anfield on Thursday. It was not a good performance and not a good result, obviously." United are at home to West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday and the 27-year old playmaker - who will miss the match due to the red card he earned in the 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion - acknowledged the competition was their best chance of salvaging something from a poor seaso


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:58:06 -0500
Soccer-Japanese championship first stage results and standings

Steve McClaren was fired as Newcastle manager on Friday after just nine months in charge, with the club struggling to retain its Premier League status following nine defeats in its last 12 matches. Newcastle is 19th in the 20-club standings, and its tally of 24 points from 28 games is its lowest ever at this stage of the season in the Premier League era. ''We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future,'' managing director Lee Charnley said in a statemen


Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:32:31 -0500
Soccer-United - Smalling rues lack of away goal against Liverpool

(Reuters) - Manchester United's failure to score an away goal against bitter rivals Liverpool has left them with a handful to do in the second leg next week, defender Chris Smalling said after Thursday's 2-0 last-16 Europa League defeat at Anfield. Winning Europe's second-tier club tournament appears to be United's best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season but goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino either side of halftime has severely dented their hope


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:07:54 -0500
Soccer-Lethal Liverpool sink United, Reus lifts Dortmund

A former South American soccer boss who was arrested last year as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption in soccer's world governing body FIFA won the right to be released from jail on Thursday on a $7 million bond. Rafael Esquivel, a former president of the Venezuelan Football Federation and vice president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to regional soccer tournaments. Esquivel, wearing prison issue khaki coveralls at a court hearing in front of Brooklyn federal judge Raymond Dearie, was to be released to his son and daughter after securing the bond with $2 million in cash and 12 propertie


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:44:09 -0500
Soccer-UEFA Europa League last 16 summaries

New York Red Bulls defender Ronald Zubar and Vancouver Whitecaps defender Christian Bolanos have been suspended for one game each and fined undisclosed amounts for rough play. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the sanctions Thursday. Zubar was penalized for a serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent in the 47th minute of the Red Bulls' 2-0 season-opening loss to Toronto FC on Sunda


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:54:39 -0500
Soccer-UEFA Europa League last 16 results

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund justified its tag as favorite to win the Europa League by beating Tottenham 3-0 in a one-sided first leg in the last 16 on Thursday, with star attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus the goalscorer


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:52:36 -0500
Soccer-Aguero says will quit City for Independiente after World Cup

Having sealed a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain can clinch a fourth straight French title this weekend if results go its way. If Monaco fails to beat Reims at home on Friday and PSG wins at Troyes on Sunday then PSG will seal its sixth French title overall. PSG has won just one of its past four league games, but they were played around the two legs against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League and coach Laurent Blanc rested key player


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:51:46 -0500
Pizarro returns to Munich hoping to set Bremen record

From being voted player of the year to being booed by his own fans, Eden Hazard is the symbol of Chelsea's rapid regression and the upheaval engulfing a fallen power. Hazard and his demoralized teammates will end the season without medals unless they win the FA Cup in May. Lose at Everton in the quarterfinals on Saturday and it will effectively be the end of a season that began with so much optimism, defending a Premier League trophy won by eight point


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:10:37 -0500
Soccer fans get chance to score in Pele memorabilia auction

Claudio Pizarro has been around long enough in the Bundesliga to remember Werder Bremen's last win against Bayern Munich, in 2008. Pizarro returns to Munich on Saturday with Werder Bremen, hoping to become the club's top scorer in Bundesliga history. ''I think I can do it,'' said Pizarro, who has played and scored for both Bremen and Bayer


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:53:59 -0500
Buffon eyeing record as Juventus prepares for Sassuolo

Triple World Cup soccer winner Pele is putting some 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one of a kind Jules Rimet trophy that could fetch up to one million dollars, auctioneers said on Thursday. The Brazilian regarded by many as the greatest soccer player of all time is also selling off his 1,000th goal ball and crown, and jerseys he wore while playing for Brazilian club Santos FC and the New York Cosmos in what marks his first ever public offering of career memorabilia, Julien's Auctions said. "Pele is like the Marilyn Monroe of the sports worl


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:20:27 -0500
Soccer-League run can ignite Saints European dream, says Davis

Juventus welcomes Sassuolo in a very different position to the last time the two teams met. When they faced each other back in October, Juventus had won only three of its first nine matches. Juventus has won 17 of its 18 matches since that sobering night - setting a new club record - and head the standing


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:54:19 -0500
Soccer-Benfica coach Vitoria finally emerges from predecessor - shadow

LONDON (AP) -- Aston Villa's new accounts have revealed losses of 57.3 million pounds ($81 million) as the club faces a costly relegation from the Premier Leagu


Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:51:46 -0500
Soccer-Adebayor rejects Togo call-up to focus on Palace

With a full week to prepare for this weekend's game against Getafe, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique allowed players to take their minds off soccer, giving the squad two rest days following Sunday's league game. Lionel Messi spent time on the snow in the Andorran mountains. Neymar returned to Brazil to celebrate his sister's birthda


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:00:06 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis scored and the United States rallied to beat Germany 2-1 on Wednesday night to win the SheBelieves Cup. The World Cup champion Americans were 3-0-0 in the four-team event. Germany (2-1-0) finished secon


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:41:25 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea face rebuilding challenge, says Hiddink

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- France and England played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday in the SheBelieves Cup women's tournament at FAU Stadiu


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:40:57 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic demonstrated his enduring attacking threat Wednesday by steering Paris Saint-Germain into the Champions League quarterfinals with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory at Chelsea. By replicating the first-leg triumph in Paris last month for a 4-2 win on aggregate, PSG eliminated Chelsea for the second successive season. Languishing in 10th place in the Premier League, Chelsea will almost certainly miss the Champions League next season for the first time since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 200


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:59:07 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Matches were fixed at this year's African Nations Championship, the continent's second-biggest soccer tournament, the head of the Zimbabwe federation said on Wednesday in another major blow to the game's credibility. Zimbabwe Football Association President Phillip Chiyangwa said there was ''overwhelming'' evidence that his team's games at the tournament were manipulated by a ring of fixers that included federation officials, coaches, players and the federation's former chief executive. Zimbabwe lost 1-0 to Zambia, 1-0 to Mali and drew 1-1 with Uganda at the African Nations Championship in January in Rwand


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:30:59 -0500
Hope Solo calls attention to field conditions in Boca Raton

Europe's biggest stadium will be even bigger within five years, when the Camp Nou will hold more than 100,000 people under a new roof that will cover all seating sections. A joint bid by Japanese company Nikken Sekkei and a Catalan studio headed by architects Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausio won the tender to remodel the home of Barcelona, and the project will be presented publicly in a few weeks. The majority of fans are exposed to rain, sun, and wind, but in the updated stadium, ''all seats will be covered and protected from adverse weather,'' Barcelona said, adding that all seats will be replaced and spacing between them will be improve


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:50:27 -0500
Soccer-Makeshift Benfica cling on, then snatch late win at Zenit

A fortunate ricochet off the bar and Nicolas Gaitan's follow-up header helped to send Benfica into the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Zenit St. Petersburg. Going into the second leg game 1-0 down against an injury-depleted Benfica, Zenit laid siege to Benfica's goal in the second half of the Round of 16 match. The home side was rewarded for its efforts in the 69th minute when Yuri Zhirkov found space on the left flank to cross for Hulk to head hom


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:01:50 -0500
Premier League clubs cap away tickets at 30 pounds

Evidence has been seized in a search at the French soccer federation headquarters for a criminal case against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Swiss federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The office of Switzerland's attorney general said the governing body for French soccer consented to the search carried out Tuesday, at offices near the Eiffel Tower in central Paris, with the cooperation of the French Financial Prosecution Office. The raid is the first reported action outside Switzerland in a criminal proceeding opened against Blatter last September for suspected financial mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA mone


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 07:09:19 -0500
French soccer HQ raided in Swiss case against Blatter

LONDON (AP) -- Premier League clubs have agreed to cap ticket prices for away fans at 30 pounds ($43) for the next three season


Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:43:55 -0500
Soccer-Zimbabwe official Kasinauyo suspended over fixing claims

After decades of playing on Europe's highest stage, Manchester United and Liverpool have fallen on hard times on the field and reignite their rivalry this week at a level they wouldn't have expected to meet. In the eyes of English soccer, the Europa League is a much-maligned competition - a poor relation to the lucrative Champions League and a grueling slog that damages performances on the domestic front. United and Liverpool are sixth and seventh in the English Premier League, respectivel




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