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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:36:18 -0500
Soccer-Croatia veteran Olic announces international retirement

LONDON (AP) -- The American sports executive who held talks with leading Premier League clubs about a shake-up of European competitions says there are merits to a closed syste


Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:48:09 -0500
Soccer-Thriller in the Ruhr valley as Dortmund face Bayern

Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, has pledged her brain for concussion research. The 47-year-old Chastain announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation on Thursday. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a joint project with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Medicin


Thu, 03 Mar 2016 06:27:06 -0500
Soccer-Title chase adds spice to Spurs-Arsenal clash

BERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear company Adidas has not pulled its sponsorship of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), but is monitoring how the body deals with its doping scandal, its chief executive said. "IAAF knows exactly where we are going with our policy in terms of doping. We are in very close contact with the IAAF and will watch very closely what they are doing with this problem," Herbert Hainer told a news conference. .


Thu, 03 Mar 2016 04:46:58 -0500
Soccer-Jordaan blames CAF for Sexwale FIFA failure

Tokyo Sexwale's bid to become FIFA president was doomed as soon as his own confederation refused to back him, South African Football Association head Danny Jordaan said of his compatriot's failed attempt to lead soccer's governing body. Businessman Sexwale pulled out of the race, won by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, just before voting started on Feb. 26 and Jordaan believes his chances were dashed when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) opted to back rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalif


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 22:22:08 -0500
America defeats Seattle 3-1 to advance to the semifinals

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Nahuel Guzman and Tigres have advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals after tying Real Salt Lake 1-1 on Wednesday nigh


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 21:41:27 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 8 results and standings

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Reigning champion America rallied to defeat the Seattle Sounders 3-1 on Wednesday night to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals for the second year in a ro


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:53:27 -0500
Tottenham misses chance to go top by losing 1-0 at West Ham

Liverpool avenged its weekend loss to Manchester City in the League Cup final in some style on Wednesday, winning an immediate return match 3-0 in the Premier League to damage the visitors' title ambitions. City's winless run in league matches at Anfield extended to 13 years after conceding two goals in seven first-half minutes from Adam Lallana and former City player James Milner. Roberto Firmino added the third goal in the 57th minute with another clinical finish, as Liverpool's pressing game proved too much for a tired-looking City side that had just two shots on targe


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:50:11 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

MILAN (AP) -- Leonardo Bonucci converted the decisive spot-kick as Juventus beat Inter Milan 5-3 in a penalty shootout Wednesday to reach the Italian Cup final against AC Mila


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:44:33 -0500
Soccer-PAOK withdraw from Greek Cup after game abandoned

Cristiano Ronaldo converted a first-half penalty to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at last-place Levante in the Spanish league on Wednesday, keeping his team third in the standings. Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 34th minute, an own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino added to the lead in the 38th and Francisco ''Isco'' Alarcon sealed the victory in second-half injury time. Brazilian striker Deyverson scored Levante's goal in the 39t


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:15:15 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 1 results and standings

Leicester strengthened its place atop the Premier League without even playing on Wednesday, after its three main title rivals all lost to cap another unpredictable round in England's top division. Tottenham could have climbed above Leicester into first place with a win at West Ham, but lost 1-0 through Michail Antonio's early goal. Third-place Arsenal couldn't take advantage, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea despite taking the lead against the relegation contender


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:08:06 -0500
Ex-president of Guatemalan soccer federation freed on bail

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Juan Mata scored with a late free kick as Manchester United continued its revival Wednesday, beating Watford 1-0 in the Premier League to draw level on points with rival Manchester Cit


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:50:06 -0500
Soccer-La Liga summaries

STOKE, England (AP) -- A long-range strike by Xherdan Shaqiri gave Stoke a 1-0 win over struggling Newcastle on Wednesday in the English Premier Leagu


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:43:09 -0500
Soccer-Arsenal title bid hangs by thread after defeat by Swansea

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal's title hopes were hit by a second consecutive defeat in the Premier League on Wednesday as relegation struggler Swansea came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Emirates Stadiu


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:41:08 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham missed a rare chance to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday when West Ham won their London derby 1-0 to close in on the Champions League place


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:13:04 -0500
Soccer-Mainz land shock win at Bayern

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Jhon Cordoba scored late to give Mainz a stunning 2-1 upset win at front-runner Bayern Munich and put some suspense into the Bundesliga season on Wednesda


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:34:22 -0500
Ex-president of Guatemalan soccer federation freed on bail

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- A Greek Cup semifinal match between PAOK and defending champion Olympiakos has been called off in the final minute after home fans threw flares and clashed with riot police on the pitc


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:11:54 -0500
Soccer-Slovak championship results and standings

Barcelona is beatable and faces problems when opponents try to come up with different ways to stop the team, coach Luis Enrique said Wednesday. One game away from becoming the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, Luis Enrique said Barcelona is being scrutinized more closely after every victory and it has not been easy to keep the unbeaten streak going. ''It would be wonderful, but no, I don't feel that's the case,'' Luis Enrique sai


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:21:49 -0500
Arsenal says it opposes breakaway European league for elite

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former president of Guatemala's soccer federation pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he participated in bribery schemes at the heart of a corruption investigation into world soccer's governing body, FIFA. Brayan Jimenez, the former president, entered his plea through his lawyer in federal court in Brooklyn to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges, a day after being extradited from Guatemala. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes set bond at $1.5 million, and directed that Jimenez, 61, be confined at a friend's home in New Jerse


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:54:05 -0500
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former president of Guatemala's soccer federation pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he participated in bribery schemes at the heart of a corruption investigation into world soccer's governing body, FIFA. Brayan Jimenez, the former president, entered his plea through his lawyer in federal court in Brooklyn to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges, a day after being extradited from Guatemala. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes set bond at $1.5 million, and directed that Jimenez be confined at a friend's home in New Jerse


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:11:39 -0500
Soccer-Boca Juniors name Barros Schelotto as their new coach

For a change, the product on the field is the main focus heading into a new Major League Soccer season. Previous hot topics like expansion and labor negotiations are secondary heading into the 2016 season that begins this weekend with all 20 teams in action. After celebrating its 20th anniversary a year ago with an appreciation for the ups and downs that got MLS to age 20, the league is now moving into its next stage of continuing growth while competing with other leagues around the worl


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:01:18 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship fixtures

Former England soccer international Adam Johnson faces jail after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child. Johnson was sacked by Sunderland as the trial started last month when he pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and another of ''grooming'' - building an emotional connection with a child to gain trust for sexual motives. The judge said a custodial sentence was an ''almost inevitable outcome'' with a range of four to 10 years likely for the sentenc


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:32:20 -0500
Soccer-Turkey - Galatasaray get one-year European ban-UEFA

Euro 2016 organizers have increased the security budget by 15 percent in the wake of the Paris attacks. At a news conference marking 100 days before the European Championship begins, organizing president Jacques Lambert said the attacks that left 130 people dead in November have forced organizers to ''strengthen'' safety measures, with the security budget up to 34 million euros ($36.9 million). Organizers are in charge of security within stadiums with French authorities dealing with it outsid


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 02:58:51 -0500
Soccer-Arsenal midfielder Cazorla suffers injury setback

Banned UEFA President Michel Platini has taken his appeal against a ban from soccer by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Swiss-based sports tribunal said on Wednesday. "In appealing to the CAS, Michel Platini seeks to annul the decisions taken by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee and by the FIFA Appeal Committee which lead to him being declared ineligible to take part in football-related activity at national and international level for six years," CAS said in a statement from its Lausanne headquarters. Frenchman Platini's ban, along with that of former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, was upheld but reduced from eight to six years by FIFA's appeals committee last wee


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 00:02:57 -0500
DC United eliminated after 1-1 draw to Queretaro

Argentinian striker Martin Bravo scored twice and the Torreon Santos routed the L.A. Galaxy 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Ulises Davila scored in the 23rd minute and Djaniny Tavares, from Cape Verde, in the 36th, also scored for Santos, who will face the winner of the quarterfinal series between Club America and Seattle. Santos joined Queretaro in the semifinal


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 21:41:09 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 4 results and standings

D.C. United was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League despite Julian Buescher's first professional goal in a 1-1 draw against Queretaro on Tuesday night. Angel Sepulveda scored early for Queretaro, which won the two-game quarterfinal series 3-1 on total goals to reach the semifinals in its first appearance in the tournament. Buescher, United's first-round pick in January's MLS SuperDraft, answered late to provide consolation in D.C.'s second quarterfinal exit in as many year


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:45:38 -0500
Match official collapses during EPL game, taken to hospital

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan started a Premier League match for the first time in almost two months. Guzan allowed goals by Ramiro Funes Mori, Aaron Lennon and Romelu Lukaku in a 3-1 loss at home against Everton on Tuesday night. Guzan had not started a league game for the last-place Villans since Jan. 2 at Sunderlan


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:30:55 -0500
Leicester - title bid falters, Chelsea wins again

Atletico Madrid easily defeated Real Sociedad 3-0 on Tuesday to put some pressure on Spanish league leader Barcelona. Atletico opened the scoring with an own goal by defender Diego Reyes in the eighth minute and midfielder Saul Niguez added to the lead in the 46th. French striker Antoine Griezmann sealed the victory by converting a 61st-minute penalty at Vicente Calderon Stadiu


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:34:09 -0500
AC Milan routs Alessandria 5-0 to reach Italian Cup final

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester's unlikely Premier League title challenge faltered with a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, offering Tottenham the chance to go top in a new twist to the most unpredictable race for the championship in year


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:27:22 -0500
Manchester City-Liverpool Preview

AC Milan cruised into the Italian Cup final following a 5-0 rout of third-division Alessandria on Tuesday. Jeremy Menez and Alessio Romagnoli each scored twice and Mario Balotelli also found the target as the Rossoneri advanced 6-0 on aggregate following a penalty from Balotelli in the opening leg. Menez set the tone when he beat the offside trap to put Milan ahead seven minutes in at the San Sir


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:26:18 -0500
Watford-Manchester United Preview

MADRID (AP) -- Atletico Madrid easily defeated Real Sociedad 3-0 on Tuesday to put some pressure on Spanish league leader Barcelon


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:15:29 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Fabio Borini scored a 90th minute equalizer to earn Sunderland a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace that lifted his team out of the Premier League relegation zone on Tuesda


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:59:07 -0500
Soccer-Bournemouth see off neighbours Southampton in dour match

NORWICH, England (AP) -- The quickest goal in the English Premier League this season set Chelsea on its way to a 2-1 win over Norwich on Tuesda


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:53:15 -0500
Soccer-Borini earns big point for Sunderland after Wickham brace

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Everton plunged Aston Villa closer to relegation from the Premier League with a 3-1 win at the last-place team on Tuesday, with many disgruntled home fans walking out in the second hal


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:51:04 -0500
Soccer-Italian Cup semifinal summaries

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- Bournemouth moved further away from the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Southampton in the south coast derby on Tuesda


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:49:46 -0500
Soccer-La Liga results and standings

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Premier League leader Leicester dropped two points in its unlikely bid for the title by drawing 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesda


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:21:34 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

Lindsey Horan has no regrets about her chosen path to the U.S. national team. Now back stateside, Horan is diplomatic when it comes to her choice, which might become more common for women with the expansion of the U.S. development system. ''I just think it was the best first for me,'' Horan sai


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:22:02 -0500
Soccer-Asian Champions League group A results and standings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Timbers have signed MLS SuperDraft picks Neco Brett and goalkeeper Wade Hamilto


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:44:47 -0500
Swansea City-Arsenal Preview

European Championship games could be moved to different venues in France and rescheduled without fans on another day in response to terror attacks or threats. The contingency plans have been formulated by UEFA after suicide bombers tried to enter the Stade de France during a France friendly against Germany in November. The following week a Germany-Netherlands friendly was canceled just before kickoff after police feared an explosive device might be detonated at the Hannover stadiu


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:27:22 -0500
Guatemala takes ex-soccer chief to airport for US extradition

Former Guatemalan soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez was taken to the capital's airport on Tuesday for extradition to the United States to face corruption charges, two local officials said. Jimenez, who is facing charges in the United States related to the sale of soccer broadcast rights, was to be turned over to U.S. authorities at the airport, said Rudy Esquivel, spokesman for the country's prison syste


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:29:56 -0500
Euros games could be played without fans over terror threats

Less than three months into his first head-coaching job, Zinedine Zidane is already having to defuse tensions at Real Madrid. The coach on Tuesday tried to downplay an off-the-field issue sparked by Cristiano Ronaldo, who said after a weekend loss that the team would be doing better if everyone else was at his level. Zidane said Ronaldo addressed the squad this week to explain his comments and show he was not minimizing his teammates' talent


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:03:14 -0500
Soccer-Slovak championship results and standings

At the San Siro, the stadium in Milan that will host this season's Champions League final on May 28, there is still an unknown side of the sport - how the stadium takes on a life of its own between matche


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:44:13 -0500
Soccer-Infantino wants more player involvement in FIFA decisions

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants players to become more involved in the running of the sport and has recommended a cautious approach to the use of technology. "It's important that the players are involved because they are the stars of soccer," he said in an interview on FIFA's website, one day after taking charge of the world soccer's ruling body. Several dozen soccer officials, including a number who held high-ranking FIFA positions at the time, have been indicted in the United States and Blatter himself has been banned for six years for ethics violation


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:57:06 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

If he's celebrating with the Premier League trophy in May, Arsene Wenger's attempts to head off another bout of abuse will seem reasonable. ''Let's not go overboard,'' the Arsenal manager cautioned after failing again to win at Manchester United. Despite Sunday's 3-2 loss, Arsenal remains third in the Premier League, Leicester is only five points in front and there are still 33 points to play fo


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:40:02 -0500
Infantino begins search for non-European chief exec

Second-place Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Monday, allowing Juventus to open up a three-point lead with 11 rounds remaining in the Italian league. ''We took a point away from a difficult stadium,'' Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina said. Marcos Alonso put Fiorentina ahead after six minutes by meeting a corner with a heade


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:14:22 -0500
Soccer-New FIFA head Infantino starts work with friendly kickabout

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Gianni Infantino began his new job as the boss of soccer's governing body FIFA with a friendly football match on Monday, leaving matters such as his own salary for another day. "I know you can't believe it, but it's not (for the) money that I was candidate to become FIFA president,” he told reporters after a match with employees and guests. The Swiss said he expected the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, delayed by the wide-reaching corruption scandal that engulfed the organization last year, to begin before FIFA holds its next congress in Mexico City in May. The 2018 and 2022 tournaments to be staged in Russia and Qatar must be the "best in history", he sai


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:38:11 -0500
Crystal Palace-Sunderland Preview

U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest on Monday, spreading the word via social media. Players including Carli Lloyd and Mix Diskerud, and celebrities like Robin Roberts, took to Twitter and Instagram to show off the crest, which is simpler and more angular than the previous design. ''Loving the new clean crest! (hashtag)onenationoneteam,'' Lloyd posted to Twitte


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:30:57 -0500
Southampton-Bournemouth Preview

Elected to lead FIFA into a new era, President Gianni Infantino spent his first day at the office in fluorescent green soccer boots on Monday. Infantino kept a campaign promise by hosting a soccer match next to FIFA's $250 million headquarters for staff and several greats of his generation. ''It is fairly urgent,'' Infantino said, about a contest FIFA stalled after U.S. and Swiss federal corruption investigations hit nine months ag


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:58:47 -0500
New FIFA head Infantino still says has not been told salary

If he's celebrating with the Premier League trophy in May, Arsene Wenger's attempts to head off another bout of abuse will seem reasonable. ''Let's not go overboard,'' the Arsenal manager cautioned after failing again to win at Manchester United. Despite Sunday's 3-2 loss, Arsenal remains third in the Premier League, Leicester is only five points in front and there are still 33 points to play fo


Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:43:14 -0500
Soccer-Investment will take Everton to next level, says Martinez

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is expected to be sidelined for up to a month because of a right leg muscle injury. The Frenchman will miss upcoming Spanish league games and next week's return match against Roma in the Champions League. Madrid won the first leg 2-0 in Rom


Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:47:05 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

The first trophy of the English season went to Manchester City after it beat Liverpool in a penalty shootout in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The match had been deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time, but City won the shootout 3-1. Meanwhile, English football has a new teenage star in Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who scored twice to dent Arsenal's Premier League title hopes in a 3-2 victory at Old Traffor




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