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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 10:05:15 -0500
Soccer-Tottenham and Arsenal share the spoils in crunch derby

Alexis Sanchez's late goal rescued a point for 10-man Arsenal in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday after Francis Coquelin's sending-off sparked a turnaround in a thrilling Premier League game between the title-chasing north London rivals. Coquelin was shown a second yellow card in the 55th minute for a reckless foul when Arsenal was 1-0 ahead thanks to Aaron Ramsey's first-half goal. Within seven minutes, Spurs had gone in front on goals by Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane at White Hart Lan

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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 08:48:57 -0500
Soccer rule-makers permit video assistance experiments

By Mike Collett CARDIFF (Reuters) - Soccer's law-makers gave the green light on Saturday to the use of video technology to aid referees in live matches starting no later than the 2017-18 season. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the games law-making body, approved a two-year trial period allowing technology to be used in four questionable cases: to determine if a goal has been scored, sendings off, penalties and mistaken identity. "We have taken a really historic decision for socce

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 20:54:44 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process "absolutely bullet-proof" because the entire organization's credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected Fifa boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed by the wide-reaching corruption scandal that rocked the governing body last year. "We have to get the 2026 bidding process absolutely right," Infantino told the BB

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:33:06 -0500
Big-name MLS players face pressure to deliver in 2016

By Mike Collett CARDIFF (Reuters) - New FIFA president Gianni Infantino sent a clear message that his leadership style would be very different from his predecessor Sepp Blatter when he flew to his first official overseas appointment by budget airline on Friday. Infantino, elected to run soccer's world governing body last Friday, flew from Geneva to Bristol by easyJet instead of taking a private plane, which was Blatter's preference. "We are normal people and we have to behave like normal people." FIFA's image under Blatter took an endless hammering because of the scandals that dominated his 17-years as president, and Infantino stressed he would work tirelessly to rebuild FIFA's image as a credible, responsible organization fit for purpos

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:28:36 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Love them or hate them, the LA Galaxy have always been Major League Soccer's glamor team with a seemingly never-ending cast of top talent that have long set the standard for the North American league. Some of the most recognizable faces in the game now reside in MLS – from Kaka and Didier Drogba to Steven Gerrard – and the world-class pipeline can be traced back to the Galaxy and their aggressive courtship of standouts. David Beckham shifted the balance of star power when he joined Los Angeles in 2007, giving MLS a taste of the notoriety it has been chasing ever sinc

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:27:38 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

By Tim Wharnsby TORONTO (Reuters) - Italian Sebastian Giovinco revived his career with Toronto FC last year and Chelsea great Didier Drogba thrived in his first season with Montreal Impact, giving the Canadian teams high hopes for the 2016 MLS season. Drogba, a scoring sensation after his arrival in Montreal midway through last season, had 12 goals in 14 appearances with the Impact, the final one coming in a first-round playoff win over Canadian rival Toronto. .

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:12:27 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

It took a bag of blood flown from the English city of Bristol to Switzerland to help save the life of a five-day-old Gianni Infantino. Almost 46 years later, exactly a week after being unexpectedly elected FIFA president, Infantino began his first foreign trip as head of world football by flying into Bristol. The poignancy was not lost on Infantino, who also received blood from Belgrade for the life-saving transfusion after being born with jaundic

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:44:46 -0500
Swiss prosecutors regret German FIFA inquiry publication

Barcelona enters the final stages of the Spanish league with a comfortable eight-point lead and Lionel Messi in ebullient form. Neymar thrived early in the season, Luis Suarez was hot until recently, and Messi has taken over. The five-time world player of the year is the top-scorer in the last 10 games for Barcelona, which hasn't been seriously challenged by any of its rival

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:14:10 -0500
Soccer-Swansea boss Guidolin still in hospital

The Portland Timbers have signed midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara to contract extensions. Nagbe and Chara were starters last season when the Timbers won the MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory over Columbus. Portland opens this season at home against the Crew on Sunda

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:48:49 -0500
Soccer-Champions League needs Man United more than Leicester, says U.S. sports mogul

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Top European soccer clubs have discussed changing the Champions League to ensure the elite are always in it and the likes of Premier League leaders Leicester City are not, according to a U.S. sports executive involved in the talks. Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports, met representatives of five of the biggest Premier League clubs on Tuesday to discuss a new structure for Europe's top club competition, which he says would better reward those clubs which generate most of the revenues in the sport. Relevent Sports is controlled by billionaire Stephen Ross, owner of the NFL's Miami Dolphin

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:18:40 -0500
Soccer-UEFA names Theodoridis as interim replacement for Infantino

European soccer's governing body UEFA confirmed on Friday that Theodore Theodoridis will take over as acting general secretary from Gianni Infantino who was elected as FIFA president last Friday. Theodoridis, a 50-year-old Greek citizen, had been Infantino's deputy since October 2010, having joined UEFA in 2008 and initially working in the national associations division. UEFA also faces a year that could be critical for the future of the Champions Leagu

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:46:56 -0500
Soccer-No proof of 2006 World Cup vote buying, Beckenbauer under pressure

There is no evidence of vote-rigging in the awarding of the 2006 soccer World Cup to Germany, according to a report into the scandal which piled more pressure on former World Cup chief Franz Beckenbauer over a payment to a disgraced former FIFA official. "We have no proof of vote buying," Christian Duve of the Freshfields law firm, commissioned by the German Football Association (DFB), told a news conference on Friday. "Although we cannot rule it out completely." He said his firm had not been able to talk to everyone involved, including Sepp Blatter, the former president of world soccer's governing body FIFA who has been suspended from soccer over a separate, wide-reaching corruption scanda

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:48:45 -0500
Soccer-City - Toure to return for Villa game after foot injury

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- The first week of Gianni Infantino's FIFA presidency is set to end with soccer further embracing technology once blocked by Sepp Blatte

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:34:13 -0500
Madrid - Bale returns from injury in time for Roma

A report by a law firm into the 2006 World Cup corruption allegations says there is no evidence of vote-buying on the part of German bidders. The report says a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7.3 million) made by the German football federation to FIFA on April 27, 2005 was ''falsely declared'' by the World Cup organizing committee for an opening gala and that the money had been intended for former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus. The report, presented at a news conference on Friday, also reveals previously unknown money transfers between Franz Beckenbauer and a law firm in Switzerlan

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:08:59 -0500
UEFA awaits Platini verdict before possible quick election

No evidence of vote-rigging in the awarding of the 2006 soccer World Cup to Germany has been found but it cannot be ruled out completely, a law firm commissioned by the German Football Association said on Friday. "We have no proof of vote buying," Christian Duve of Freshfields told a news conferenc

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:40:05 -0500
Soccer-Arsenal - Cech out for a month with calf injury

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has appointed Theodore Theodoridis as interim general secretary to replace newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantin

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 04:20:46 -0500
Soccer-Van Gaal urges caution as Man Utd close in on top four

Barcelona enters the final stretch of the Spanish league with Lionel Messi going through his best stretch of the season. Messi has scored 12 goals in his last eight games, helping Barcelona to a comfortable eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid and a 12-point advantage over third-place Real Madrid. Neymar thrived early in the season and Luis Suarez had been hot until recently, but now it's Messi who has taken ove

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:41:37 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 2 results and standings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Second-half substitution Crystal Dunn scored in the 72nd minute, Hope Solo got her 96th career shutout and the United States beat England 1-0 in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday nigh

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:36:17 -0500
Soccer-United youngster Rashford on Hodgson - mind for Euros

Andrea Pirlo and his girlfriend can walk nearly unnoticed on New York's High Line elevated park after dinner at a quiet Italian restaurant. Steven Gerrard can take his family to Disneyland without hordes of fans blocking his path through Fantasyland. ''It is refreshing, and it's peaceful,'' said Gerrard, who left Liverpool last summer for the LA Galaxy and a rented mansion in Beverly Hill

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:26:28 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 3 results and standings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Leonie Maier scored in the 83rd minute, Almuth Schult made a couple of sparkling saves and Germany beat France 1-0 in the opening round of the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday nigh

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:42:37 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona defeated nine-man Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to become the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, breaking Real Madrid's record of nearly three decades ago. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi added the second, third and fourth goals, and Arda Turan topped it off late. Two Rayo players were sent off for straight red cards: Diego Llorente when the hosts were 2-0 behind, and Manuel Iturra at 3-1 dow

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:25:52 -0500
Soccer-Messi hat-trick helps Barca to record 35-match unbeaten run

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona defeated nine-man Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to become the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, breaking Real Madrid's record of nearly three decades ago. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi added the second, third and fourth goals, and Arda Turan topped it off late. Rayo had two players sent off with straight red cards, Diego Llorente when they were 2-0 behind, and Manuel Iturra at 3-1 dow

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:22:14 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

A federal judge is poised to make a high-stakes ruling on whether the Women's World Cup-winning American national team has the right to strike before the Summer Olympics, an action the sport's governing body warns could stunt the development of soccer in the United States. The case stems from a suit the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation filed in February against the players' union. The simmering legal battle pits the soccer federation against the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association, with their dispute centered on whether a collective bargaining agreement is or isn't still in effec

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:18:32 -0500
Stoke City-Chelsea Preview

Rarely has a north London derby had such implications for the destination of the English Premier League trophy. When Tottenham hosts Arsenal on Saturday it will be a meeting of second and third with only three points separating. After both lost Wednesday, a draw between the neighbors could allow Leicester to move further in front in its improbable title challenge when it goes to Watford on Saturda

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:02:50 -0500
Greek Cup canceled by government after violence in semi

The Portland Timbers have signed midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara to contract extensions. Nagbe and Chara were starters last season when the Timbers won the MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory over Columbus. Portland opens this season at home against the Crew on Sunda

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:36:57 -0500
Soccer-American Chastain to donate brain for CTE research

A federal judge in Chicago is set to make a high-stakes ruling to determine whether the world-champion U.S. women's soccer team has the right to strike before this year's Olympics. At the first status hearing in the case Thursday, a judge set May 25 for in-court arguments between the soccer federation and the players' union on the issue. The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association argues it can strike, if it chooses, because a collective bargaining agreement is no longer vali

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:01:52 -0500
America defeats Seattle 3-1 to advance to the semifinals

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Kaka and Philippe Coutinho were both chosen for Brazil's World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Paragua

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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

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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

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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. .

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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