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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:41:57 -0500
Highlights from the FIFA congress

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Manchester United and Liverpool will face each other for the first time in European competition after being drawn together in the Europa League last 1

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:38:40 -0500
Soccer-FIFA set to elect new head after passing anti-corruption reforms

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA took a first step toward overcoming years of corruption and scandal on Friday by overwhelmingly passing a set of reforms intended to make it more transparent, professional and accountable. The package should help to guarantee that whoever is elected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at the Congress being held in Zurich will face closer scrutiny and have less influence over the day-to-day management of the organization's business affairs. The reforms include term limits for top officials and disclosure of their earnings, and a separation of powers between an elected FIFA Council responsible for broad strategy and a professional general secretariat, akin to a company's executive board, handling the business sid

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:05:28 -0500
Soccer-Newcastle - league position very disappointing, club say

The player who is all the talk at Manchester United right now isn't listed on the 31-man squad on the back of the team's match-day program. Who is Marcus Rashford? Well, he is the 18-year-old rookie striker who has saved under-pressure United coach Louis van Gaal from even deeper scrutiny, and who could be a potential star of the future at Old Traffor

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:48:09 -0500
Afghan boy in homemade shirt looking to meet Lionel Messi

Soccer leaders prepared to elect a new FIFA president on Friday, with Asian confederation head Sheikh Salman of Bahrain the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter. Sheikh Salman, backed by most voters in Asia and Africa, would likely have the momentum for victory if he gets at least 104 votes. ''You do not deserve leadership marked by controversy ... empty promises, fear and condemnation,'' Prince Ali said in the first address by the candidate

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:36:01 -0500
The Latest: FIFA members have passed wide-ranging reforms

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA on Friday passed a series of sweeping reforms as it looks to clean up world soccer's governing body following years of corruption. The delegates voted in the reforms, which include term limits for top officials and disclosure of their earnings, with 89 percent of members in favor. FIFA will later elect a new president to take over from Sepp Blatter who has been banned from soccer for six years for ethics violations. (Writing by Ossian Shine; Editing by Hugh Lawso

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:11:20 -0500
Factbox: How the FIFA election works

Soccer leaders are meeting Friday to elect a new FIFA president, with Asian confederation head Sheikh Salman of Bahrain the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter. Sheikh Salman, backed by most voters in Asia and Africa, would likely have the momentum for victory if he gets at least 104 votes. Blatter was subsequently banned for six years for financial mismanagement and was absent Friday after 40 years as a fixture at FIFA meeting

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:42:30 -0500
Factbox: How the FIFA election works

Acting FIFA secretary general Markus Kattner says staff morale has been hit by a looming $550 million financial deficit. FIFA has not signed any new World Cup sponsors since the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Since American and Swiss federal investigations of corruption hit FIFA last May, officials have cautioned that potential sponsors would wait until after the election to replace Sepp Blatter before committin

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:28:46 -0500
World soccer leaders electing new FIFA president

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA faces one of the most important days in its 112-year history when it elects a new leader on Friday, hoping to usher in a fresh era after decades of corruption. Delegates from more than 200 countries will vote for a new president to succeed Sepp Blatter, two days after the disgraced Swiss, and European soccer chief Michel Platini, lost their appeals against bans for ethics violations. Whoever takes over from Blatter, who ran FIFA for 17 years like a globe-trotting head of state, will inherit a very different job, with the focus on crisis management, after dozens of international soccer officials were indicted in the United States last year for racketeering, money-laundering and briber

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:58:04 -0500
Soccer-No Sunday best for Nigeria after Oliseh quits as coach

Longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter is disappointed the global soccer body's appeal committee upheld his ban from the sport, he told a Swiss newspaper in an interview published on Friday. "I am deeply disappointed," Blatter told the Aargauer Zeitung when asked about the decision to uphold the ban. "That of all things the independent appeal committee, on which there are many old comrades, bans me, is really hard on m

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:32:59 -0500
The Latest: Kofi Annan ready to help reform FIFA

It took an 18-year-old local academy graduate making his professional debut as a late injury replacement to spare Manchester United from potential humiliation in the Europa League on Thursday. Many inside Old Trafford will have known little, if anything, about Marcus Rashford when the striker was called up against FC Midtjylland on Thursday after Anthony Martial hurt his hamstring in the warmup. By the end of United's 5-1 win, which sealed a 6-3 victory on aggregate and a place in the last 16, the fans were singing the two-goal teenager's nam

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:55:02 -0500
A look at previous FIFA presidential elections

PARIS (AP) -- An early penalty was enough for Liverpool as it scraped past German side Augsburg 1-0 to join Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, Fenerbahce and Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 of Europa League on Thursda

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:40:37 -0500
Russia cuts World Cup costs by $79 million

Fenerbahce reached the Europa League last 16 after its match with host Lokomotiv Moscow passed without fan disturbances on Thursday against a backdrop of political tension between Turkey and Russia. Fenerbahce drew the second leg 1-1, and advanced 3-1 on aggregate. Around 100 Fenerbahce fans were kept in the stadium by police for around 30 minutes after the game until the crowd of more than 12,000 Lokomotiv supporters had largely disperse

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:54:05 -0500
As FIFA eyes reform, corruption probes continue

Swiss authorities have sent more documents, including an internal FIFA report on whether bribery helped countries win World Cup hosting rights, to U.S. investigators probing corruption in world soccer, the justice ministry said. The report by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia, a former top U.S. government prosecutor brought in by FIFA in 2012 to run its ethics committee's investigations, has never been made publi

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:54:05 -0500
As FIFA eyes reform, corruption probes continue

Swiss authorities have sent more documents, including an internal FIFA report on whether bribery helped countries win World Cup hosting rights, to U.S. investigators probing corruption in world soccer, the justice ministry said. The report by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia, a former top U.S. government prosecutor brought in by FIFA in 2012 to run its ethics committee's investigations, has never been made publi

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:05:48 -0500
Soccer-Tottenham stadium plan given final approval

Whether it's World Cup holder Germany or tiny island nations like Tonga, every country has the same power when it comes to choosing a FIFA president. FIFA is an institution with more members than the United Nations and its emergency congress on Friday will see 207 nations voting on the man - all five candidates are men - they want to rebuild the scandal-tarnished governing body. Asian soccer confederation president Sheikh Salman is the favorite to be handed the task of succeeding Sepp Blatter, who led FIFA from 1998 until being banned from football by his own disciplinary body for financial wrongdoin

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:03:51 -0500
UEFA opens way for a woman to sit on executive committee

Sport's highest tribunal has rejected FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne's urgent request for transparent voting booths and independent scrutineers at Friday's election for the head of the global soccer body. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it rejected on Thursday the request which Champagne filed on Wednesday. Rival FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan's request for Friday's election to be postponed because of an issue with the voting booths had also been rejected by CA

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:37:25 -0500
FIFA presidential candidates making final pitches for votes

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will try to keep their title hopes alive when they meet in the city derby this weeken

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:45:53 -0500
The Latest: Many FIFA committees a waste, Montagliani says

Dan Kennedy made five saves and the new-look Los Angeles Galaxy held Santos Laguna to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday night. After failing to defend its MLS title last season, the Galaxy underwent another roster overhaul heavy on star power. Five newcomers were in the starting lineup, including English defender Ashley Cole and Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong, and it didn't take long for that class to show itsel

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:28:03 -0500
Soccer-Ranieri demands angry response from Leicester players

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Renowned U.S. soccer player Hope Solo said Thursday she was unlikely to join her teammates for the Rio Olympic Games without more information about Zika as she hoped to have children and was concerned about the virus' health effects. Scientists were also studying a potential link to Guillain-Barre, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the nerves and can cause paralysi

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:09:00 -0500
Soccer-Rivals make final pitches for leadership of broken FIFA

By Simon Evans and Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - The five men vying for the leadership of world soccer made their final eve-of-vote pitches on Thursday, outlining competing visions for the future of governing body FIFA as it tries to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history. Delegates from more than 200 countries will elect a new president on Friday to succeed Sepp Blatter of Switzerland, two days after Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini lost their appeals against bans for ethics violations. Whoever takes over from Blatter, who ran FIFA for 17 years like a globe-trotting head of state, will inherit a very different job with a focus on crisis managemen

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:30:41 -0500
Soccer-Leicester skipper Morgan wants Foxes to leave own legacy

Barely four months after arriving at Liverpool, Juergen Klopp could turn a season of transition into one of silverware and keep up the club's strong tradition in the English League Cup. The first trophy of the English season is on offer when Liverpool faces Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday. Fueled by cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008, City is starting to make a habit of reaching title matches at Wembley Stadiu

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:46:58 -0500
Soccer-Antonio praises Payet - industry at West Ham

The powerbrokers of Asian football have long claimed that the sport's future rests in Asia, and given the recent spending boom by Chinese clubs, that future appears closer than even they dared predict. Chinese Super League clubs have splashed out close to $300 million in the winter transfer window -- which closes Friday - on big names from Europe and South America such as Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jackson Martinez and Gervinho. ''There is a slight shift to China but how sustainable this is remains to be seen,'' Mark Sutcliffe, president of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), told The Associated Pres

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:27:21 -0500
Tigres defeats Real Salt Lake 2-0 in CONCACAF quarters

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Dan Kennedy made five saves and the new-look Los Angeles Galaxy held Santos Laguna to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday nigh

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:09:16 -0500
Soccer-Three vie to replace Philippines as AFF Cup co-hosts - report

Jose Rivas and Jurgen Damm scored goals in the second half on Wednesday night as Tigres defeated the Real Salt Lake 2-0 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals series. Rivas opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Damm sealed the win in the 86th for Tigres, which is looking to qualify for its first semifinals in this tournament. Tigres, Liga MX champions, was a runner-up in last year*s Copa Libertadore

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:24:39 -0500
Soccer-Libertadores Cup group 3 results and standings

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA's appeal body on Wednesday, two days before the sport's ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA's independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction. Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an ''insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights'' - and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Spor

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:46:09 -0500
Soccer-Man City close on last eight after 3-1 win at Dynamo

Sergio Aguero scored one goal and helped create another as Manchester City powered to a 3-1 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. The Argentine helped to set up City's second, feeding Raheem Sterling with a backheel on the edge of the box before Sterling crossed low for David Silva to score at the far post just before halftime. Dynamo struck back through Vitaly Buyalskiy, whose shot from 20 yards (meters) deflected in off Nicolas Otamend

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:36:47 -0500
Soccer-Champions League last 16 results

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Ten-man PSV Eindhoven battled to a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, comfortably surviving more than 20 minutes after a red card for striker Gaston Pereir

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:47:59 -0500
Blatter and Platini bans upheld, reduced to six years

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA's appeal body on Wednesday, two days before the sport's ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA's independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction. Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an ''insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights'' - and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Spor

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:58:13 -0500
FIFA reduces suspensions for Blatter, Platini to 6 years

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini for ethics violations but reduced them to six years from eight, it said on Wednesday. "The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden (Bermuda), has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee on 17 and 18 December 2015 regarding Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini respectively, whose bans have been reduced from eight to six years," it said in a statement. .

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:31:07 -0500
Prince Ali loses appeal asking for FIFA election to be suspended

By Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini for ethics violations but reduced them to six years from eight, it said on Wednesday. "The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden (Bermuda), has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee on 17 and 18 December 2015 regarding Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini respectively, whose bans have been reduced from eight to six years," it said in a statemen

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:30:05 -0500
Soccer-Prince Ali loses appeal asking for FIFA election to be suspended

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan's request for Friday's election to be postponed because of an issue with the voting booths has been rejected by sport's highest tribunal The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that it had rejected Ali's request for provisional measures and that "the full order with grounds will be communicated in a few days." Ali, whose request for transparent booths was rejected last week by FIFA, is unhappy with the arrangements for a vote expected to set a new tone of transparency for an organization mired in the past in secret dealings. "I regret that the system let us down," said Prince Ali, who had asked for the election to be postponed if the booths were not use

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:30:05 -0500
Soccer-Prince Ali loses appeal asking for FIFA election to be suspended

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan's request for Friday's election to be postponed because of an issue with the voting booths has been rejected by sport's highest tribunal The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that it had rejected Ali's request for provisional measures and that "the full order with grounds will be communicated in a few days." Ali, whose request for transparent booths was rejected last week by FIFA, is unhappy with the arrangements for a vote expected to set a new tone of transparency for an organization mired in the past in secret dealings. "I regret that the system let us down," said Prince Ali, who had asked for the election to be postponed if the booths were not use

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:58:10 -0500
COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT CONFIRMS REJECTION OF PRINCE ALI REQUEST FOR TRANSPARENT VOTING BOOTHS AND INDEPENDENT SCRUTINEERS

Struggling for money and reeling from successive scandals, two groups of newly appointed leaders of American football have travelled to Switzerland in the hope of reviving their once important influence on the sport's governing body, FIFA. To achieve that, some just want to be on the winning side in Friday's vote for a new FIFA president. Delegations from the Miami-based Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) based in Asuncion, Paraguay, have flown in to participate in FIFA's congres

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:53:02 -0500
FIFA votes on reforms to protect victim status in US probe

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne plans to protest to sport's highest tribunal about the number of observers who will be allowed into the hall for Friday's election, saying he believed they were working for his rivals. The Frenchman said he had written to FIFA's electoral commission about the issue and, following its reply, had instructed his lawyers to lodge a protest at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Champagne, one of five candidates standing for the presidency of soccer's global body, said he was doing it as a matter of principal and was not asking for Friday's election to be suspende

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:24:05 -0500
Soccer-Asian Champions League group C results and standings

Electing a new president to replace Sepp Batter might be the second most important vote FIFA takes on Friday. FIFA legal advisers also badly want a ''yes'' vote to help save its status as a victim of corruption in the eyes of the U.S. Department of Justice. FIFA prepared for its shift in values on Wednesday with an executive committee decision signing off governance rules that will shape the proposed reform

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:22:54 -0500
Soccer-Asian Champions League group C results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's executive committee has called on the federation's member associations to approve proposed reforms at Friday's Congress and was informed that the global soccer body faced a financially "challenging" situation. “The eyes of the world are on us this week after one of the most challenging times in our history," acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou told the committee, according to a statement from the organization on Wednesday. "The approval of the reforms will send a strong message that we have listened and that we are taking the action necessary to regain trust and improve our performance.” FIFA, shaken by an unprecedented graft scandal which has seen several dozen officials indicted in the United States, will choose a new president at a special Congress on Friday to replace outgoing Swiss Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended for eight years for ethics violation

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:54:41 -0500
The Latest: 207 votes expected in FIFA presidential election

FIFA asked presidential candidates to provide details of their intended victory speeches ahead of Friday's election in a bid to keep them on message while the governing body tries to repair its scandal-tarnished image. The five contenders, who are to meet at a FIFA gathering on Wednesday, have also been provided with suggested answers to use in the post-vote news conference. FIFA's administration has brought in American lawyers and communications advisers while trying to preserve its victim status in U.S. criminal corruption investigation

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:38:55 -0500
FIFA asks for details of victory speeches ahead of election

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - For most of his 17 years at the helm of FIFA, Sepp Blatter traveled the world to be feted like a head of state, with VIP treatment for his private jet, police escorts to whisk his limousine to the best hotel in town, and gala banquets in his honor. Whoever is elected to succeed him as FIFA president in Zurich on Friday will inherit a very different organization and a very different job, where crisis management skills are more important than delivering grandiose speeches to fawning audiences. Had it not been for the sensational arrests of FIFA officials on suspicion of corruption in Zurich last May at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Blatter would most likely have carried on in the same fashion until 201

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:07:31 -0500
Leverkusen coach Schmidt banned for at least 3 matches

Sepp Blatter has postponed publishing his book on 18 years at the top of scandal-plagued FIFA because he wants to squeeze in the final chapter on his ban from soccer, his publisher said on Thursday. "Sepp Blatter: Mission Football" was originally scheduled for release this month, promising an account of "one of the most impressive and successful careers in sports policy". Sports fans had also been hoping for the inside story on the corruption scandal that erupted on Blatter's watch at world soccer's governing body, triggering investigations and indictments in the United States and Switzerlan

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:07:31 -0500
Leverkusen coach Schmidt banned for at least 3 matches

Sepp Blatter has postponed publishing his book on 18 years at the top of scandal-plagued FIFA because he wants to squeeze in the final chapter on his ban from soccer, his publisher said on Thursday. "Sepp Blatter: Mission Football" was originally scheduled for release this month, promising an account of "one of the most impressive and successful careers in sports policy". Sports fans had also been hoping for the inside story on the corruption scandal that erupted on Blatter's watch at world soccer's governing body, triggering investigations and indictments in the United States and Switzerlan

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:28:44 -0500
FIFA votes on reforms to protect victim status in US probe

Louis van Gaal was signing autographs after Manchester United's victory in the FA Cup on Monday when one voice from a group of mostly young fans wished the Dutchman the best of luck for the rest of the season. ''We need that,'' Van Gaal replied straight-faced, without looking up to the well-wisher. Barely a day goes by without fevered discussion about Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford, and it could be on even more shaky ground if United is eliminated by little-known Danish club FC Midtjylland after the second leg of the Europa League's first knockout round on Thursda

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:05:40 -0500
Soccer-United - Memphis says he has not justified price tag

Electing a new president to replace Sepp Batter might be the second most important vote FIFA takes on Friday. FIFA legal advisers also badly want a ''yes'' vote to help save its status as a victim of corruption in the eyes of the U.S. Department of Justice. More independent experts would oversee how FIFA earns and spends $5 billion-plus from each four-yearly World Cup - income flow that dried up as new sponsors stay away to see what kind of post-election partner they would joi

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:00:01 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Wednesday, Feb 24

Clint Dempsey's flashy goal-scoring debut to 2016 could not overcome a pair of defensive breakdowns by the Seattle Sounders. As a result, the Sounders now face the unenviable task of likely needing to pull out a victory at Azteca Stadium to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League. Dempsey scored in both halves, including a curling free kick from more than 25 yards just before halftime, but the Sounders settled for a 2-2 draw with Club America in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday nigh

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:31:05 -0500
Soccer-Huracan return to action after crash but lose 2-0

QUERETARO, Mexico (AP) -- Yerson Candelo and Edgar Benitez scored in the second half to help Queretaro beat DC United 2-0 on Tuesday night in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal serie

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:39:16 -0500
Soccer--FIFA candidate Salman denies British MP - allegations

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - British Member of Parliament Damian Collins used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday to accuse FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of taking development project funds to finance an election bid. The claims, made in a speech in the U.K. House of Commons, were swiftly rejected by Salman who is battling Gianni Infantino, the Swiss general secretary of European soccer body UEFA and three other candidates, for the top job in world football. Conservative MP Collins, a supporter of the campaign group 'New FIFA Now' made the allegations relating to Salman’s attempt in 2009 to be elected to the FIFA executive committee and his 2013 successful election to the presidency of the Asian Football Confederatio

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:06:46 -0500
Juventus comes back to draw 2-2 against Bayern in CL last 16

Two goals from Lionel Messi steered Barcelona to a convincing 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi provided a clinical finish to a breakaway move that featured strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar in the 71st minute and then scored an 83rd minute penalty to seal the first-leg match. The five-time world player of the year decided a game that Barcelona had dominated, without taking all the chances that came the way of its feared strike tri

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:46:01 -0500
FIFA-appointed committee questions Guatemala soccer TV contracts: sources

Two goals from Lionel Messi steered Barcelona to a convincing 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi provided a clinical finish to a breakaway move that featured strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar in the 71st minute and then scored an 83rd minute penalty to seal the first-leg match. The five-time world player of the year decided a game that Barcelona had dominated, without taking all the chances that came the way of its feared strike tri

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:41:07 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Cup 5th round result

By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - An audit by a committee appointed by FIFA, soccer's global governing body, has concluded that broadcasting contracts between Guatemala's soccer federation and Mexican media magnate Angel Gonzalez were awarded below market value, say sources with knowledge of the report. The committee is running the Guatemalan soccer federation (Fedefut Guatemala) after the federation’s president and another of its top officials were arrested on bribery-related charges as part of wide-ranging U.S. probe into global soccer corruption. It presented the findings of its audit to Primo Corvaro, FIFA's head of member associations, earlier this month in Guatemal

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:31:59 -0500
AP Interview: Salman says Infantino plan would bankrupt FIFA

LONDON (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain led the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after two victories in a wee

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:57:28 -0500
AP Interview: Salman says Infantino plan would bankrupt FIFA

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is asking for Friday's election to be suspended after his request for the use of transparent voting booths was rejected. The Jordanian prince's lawyers said Tuesday they are seeking ''provisional measures'' from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to postpone the vote to select Sepp Blatter's successor. CAS said FIFA has been asked to submit written answers to the prince's reques

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