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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:38:09 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Paris Saint-Germain's long unbeaten run finally came to an end on Sunday night as it lost 2-1 at Lyon, the runaway league leader's first loss in domestic competition for almost a year. Lyon's goals came in the first half from teenage forward Maxwel Cornet and Spanish midfielder Sergi Darder, while Brazilian winger Lucas replied for PSG. The win moved Lyon up to third place on goal difference ahead of Caen, while PSG's lead over second-place Monaco is still a massive 23 points with 10 games remainin

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:22:39 -0500
Messi helps Barcelona equal record with 34th unbeaten game

ROME (AP) -- A defensive error helped Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Sunday, provisionally stretching the four-time defending champion's lead over Napoli to four point

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:22:11 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday, a record-equaling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain their Spanish league titl

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:04:36 -0500
Soccer-Caballero the Wembley hero as Man City land League Cup

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Gianni Infantino opened FIFA's new museum in his first official act as president of soccer's governing body on Sunday and said that implementing the wide-ranging reforms passed on Friday would be his immediate priority. The 45-year-old Swiss, previously general secretary of European soccer's governing body UEFA, was elected on Friday, ahead of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, to become only the ninth president in FIFA's 112-year histor

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:46:46 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Manchester City added another League Cup to the growing collection of trophies under its Abu Dhabi ownership, beating Liverpool in a penalty shootout with Yaya Toure converting the clinching spot kick on Sunday. The 18-year-old striker has now scored four goals in his first two starts for Unite

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:29:20 -0500
Soccer-Caballero the hero as Man City land League Cup trophy

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, claiming the first major trophy of the English football seaso

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:11:10 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:51:47 -0500
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Gianni Infantino opened FIFA&#039;s new museum in his first official act as president of soccer&#039;s governing body on Sunday and said that implementing the wide-ranging reforms passed on Friday would be his immediate priority. The 45-year-old Swiss, previously general secretary of European soccer&#039;s governing body UEFA, was elected on Friday, ahead of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, to become only the ninth president in FIFA&#039;s 112-year history. .

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:21:39 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Only playing because of United&#039;s chronic injury crisis, the 18-year-old Rashford marked his league debut by scoring in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put his team 2-0 ahead - three days after a double in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on his senior United debut. After former United striker Danny Welbeck replied for Arsenal, Rashford set up Ander Herrera for a shot from the edge of the area that deflected in off Laurent Koscieln

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:42:59 -0500
Sampdoria beats Frosinone 2-0 in key relegation battle

With eight goals in the last two games, Louis van Gaal&#039;s Manchester United is finally starting to provide some entertainment at Old Trafford. In a moment that drew laughter around the iconic stadium, Van Gaal fell to the ground on purpose while remonstrating with fourth official Mike Dean in the technical area during the second half of United&#039;s 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Lying on the ground and still holding his clipboard in his left hand, Van Gaal stared at Dean in mock horro

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:26:50 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

Fabian Johnson&#039;s goal in the 55th minute earned Borussia Moenchengladbach a 2-2 draw in Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. The American picked up a back pass from the right and slotted inside the post, with Ausgburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz partially screened. Moenchengladbach went ahead on Raffael&#039;s 10th goal of the seaso

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:12:30 -0500
Tottenham title pursuit goes on with 2-1 win vs Swansea

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Only playing because of United&#039;s chronic injury crisis, the 18-year-old Rashford marked his league debut by scoring in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put his team 2-0 ahead - three days after a double in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on his senior United debut. After former United striker Danny Welbeck replied for Arsenal, Rashford set up Ander Herrera for a shot from the edge of the area that deflected in off Laurent Koscieln

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:12:30 -0500
Tottenham title pursuit goes on with 2-1 win vs Swansea

ROME (AP) -- Sampdoria beat visiting Frosinone 2-0 Sunday for a key victory in the battle to avoid relegation from Serie

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:05:09 -0500
Soccer-Olympiakos win record-extending 43rd Greek title

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham survived an early scare and scored two goals in eight minutes to beat struggling Swansea 2-1 Sunday and stay in pursuit of Premier League leader Leiceste

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:15:18 -0500
Soccer-Infantino opens FIFA museum in first official act

Gianni Infantino opened FIFA&#039;s new museum in his first official act as president of soccer&#039;s governing body on Sunday. The 45-year-old Swiss, previously general secretary of European soccer&#039;s governing body UEFA, was elected on Friday, ahead of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, to become only the ninth president in the FIFA&#039;s 112-year histor

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:15:18 -0500
Soccer-Infantino opens FIFA museum in first official act

Gianni Infantino opened FIFA&#039;s new museum in his first official act as president of soccer&#039;s governing body on Sunday. The 45-year-old Swiss, previously general secretary of European soccer&#039;s governing body UEFA, was elected on Friday, ahead of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, to become only the ninth president in the FIFA&#039;s 112-year histor

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:00:01 -0500
Soccer-Soccer-FIFA head Infantino must mend bridges, sort out finances

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Gianni Infantino will mark his first working day as president of soccer&#039;s governing body on Monday by playing in a soccer match with Swiss-based FIFA employees battered for months by an unfolding corruption scandal. The match symbolizes a return to the primary focus of FIFA that for some has been lost in tales of high-living by top executives and abuses that culminated in the banning of Infantino&#039;s veteran predecessor Sepp Blatter for six years. When he walks into the presidential office at FIFA&#039;s headquarters on a Zurich hilltop, the new incumbent will quickly have to deal with financial and administrative problems, bring back sponsors, motivate a demoralized work force and engage with clubs and players who are growing increasingly disillusione

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:54:48 -0500
Soccer-Mexican championship first stage results and standings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Honduras overcame a two-goal deficit and tied Colombia 2-2 in an exhibition between under-23 national teams Saturday nigh

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:28:45 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Leicester and Bayern Munich won to maintain their league leads in England and Germany, while Atletico Madrid kept its title hopes alive in Spain by winning the derby against Real Madrid on Saturday. Leicester needed a late goal in a 1-0 home win against Norwich in the Premier League, enough to open a five-point lead over Arsenal and Tottenham, who play on Sunday. Chelsea also scored late in a 2-1 comeback victory at Southampto

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:04:09 -0500
Roma beats Empoli 3-1 to move provisionally 3rd in Serie A

At one minute past six on Friday evening in Zurich, Sepp Blatter had a glass of white wine and exhaled deeply. FIFA had finally elected a new president and Blatter was relieved of the title after almost 18 years. &#039;&#039;It was even a welcome day yesterday, 18:01, when they had a new president,&#039;&#039; Blatter said in the European style for 6:01 p.

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:40:56 -0500
Soccer-Serie A summaries

Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid could be leading the Spanish league if everyone on the team was at his level. After a 1-0 home loss to rival Atletico Madrid on Saturday virtually ended the team&#039;s chances of winning the title, Ronaldo criticized Spanish media for blaming him for the team&#039;s poor performances and said that things could be different if others players were playing like him. &#039;&#039;It bothers me when it&#039;s said that Madrid is struggling because Cristiano is strugglin

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:30:16 -0500
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Premier League leader Leicester and reigning champion Chelsea needed winning goals in the 89th minute Saturday to keep on track their respective campaigns for the English title and European football next season. Leonardo Ulloa came off the bench in the 78th to score the only goal of Leicester&#039;s home game against a Norwich side that looked to have earned a vital point in its battle against relegation. Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea&#039;s winner in a 2-1 comeback victory at Southampton, which had previously kept six consecutive clean sheets in the leagu

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Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:52:27 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 results and standings

Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid could be leading the Spanish league if everyone on the team was at his level. Ronaldo said the absence of several injured starters is what has kept Real Madrid from contending in a long competition such as the Spanish leagu

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