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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:10:35 -0500
Soccer-Asian Champions League group B results and standings

ZURICH (AP) -- Sheikh Salman raised the stakes in the FIFA presidential election Tuesday by contending that rival Gianni Infantino's plan to significantly increase cash payouts to federations would bankrupt football's troubled governing body as it faces a $560 million defici

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:17:24 -0500
Soccer-Bakhchisaray win first Crimean Cup final

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities are reviewing more than 150 reports of suspicious financial activity linked to FIFA's decision to award Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Tuesday. That is up from 133 cases the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) had reported in December. "As of today, 152 suspicious transaction reports have been filed to the ...(OAG) via the Swiss Financial Intelligence Unit, MROS, in the context of the ongoing criminal proceedings regarding soccer," the spokesman said in an emailed statement. .

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:09:31 -0500
Prince Ali - FIFA voting booth request goes to CAS

Police say a man has been arrested in relation to an incident in which a soccer player was hit in the face by a coin thrown by one of his team's fans after an FA Cup game in England. West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt was hit near his left eye as he went over to applaud the team's supporters after a 3-1 loss at Reading on Saturday. Thames Valley Police said officers arrested a man on Tuesda

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:26:05 -0500
Soccer-Be patient and give Van Gaal time, says Beckham

Manchester City's visit to Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League represents a big gamble by Manuel Pellegrini. In his quest to take City further than it has ever gone before in Europe's top club competition, Pellegrini sacrificed the club's chances of winning world football's oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. With injuries putting pressure on a thin squad, Pellegrini fielded a team of youngsters against Chelsea on Sunday in the cu

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:35:08 -0500
Soccer-Hazard back to his best at perfect time, says Azpilicueta

PSV Eindhoven will be without suspended captain and striker Luuk de Jong when it tries to break down Atletico Madrid's miserly defense Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 matchup. De Jong sparked the dramatic late comeback against CSKA Moscow that sent his team into the knockout phase for the first time since 2007. PSV is undefeated since that match and has won its last eight league matches to go top of the Dutch Eredivisi

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:55:24 -0500
Soccer-United - De Gea could play in must-win Europa League game

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is asking for Friday's election to be suspended in a dispute over voting procedures. The Jordanian prince's lawyers say they are seeking ''provisional measures'' from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to postpone the vote to select Sepp Blatter's successor. The lawyers say in a statement that FIFA turned down Prince Ali's request for the use of transparent voting booths in the electio

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:34:27 -0500
Soccer-Jordan - Prince Ali calls for delay in FIFA vote - reports

LONDON (Reuters) - Lawyers for FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein have called on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to suspend Friday's election, British media reported on Tuesday. Ali, who's request for transparent voting booths had been rejected, was unhappy with voting arrangements, BBC and Sky News reported. Neither CAS nor Ali was immediately available for comment. .

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:36:27 -0500
Soccer-Mikel wants Hiddink to reconsider Chelsea exit

Sepp Blatter's long-awaited book about his life at FIFA is expected to be published within days. Blatter previously said it would be a photograph-led book with anecdotes about his 40 years at FIFA, including as president since 1998. ''Despite the success, Blatter repeatedly had to put up with harsh reviews and prejudices,'' the publisher's preview sai

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:55:36 -0500
Soccer-Barca worried about Premier League wealth - president

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hopes the winner of Friday's election for FIFA president institutes sweeping change. Garber is among the U.S. delegates attending the FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday. Sheik Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain and Gianni Infantino of Switzerland - the No. 2 official of Europe's governing body - are viewed as the leading candidate

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:38:28 -0500
Soccer-Sarri sent off as Napoli held at home by Milan

Napoli missed the chance to move back to the top of Serie A after it was held by AC Milan to an entertaining 1-1 draw on Monday. Napoli lost the top spot to Juventus a week ago but could have reclaimed first place with a win following Juve's draw at Bologna on Friday. Milan, which has only lost one match this year, picked up a precious point in its fight for third place and the final Champions League spo

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:37:33 -0500
Soccer-Van Gaal relief as Man Utd march into FA Cup last eight

SHREWSBURY, England (AP) -- Manchester United beat Shrewsbury by an unexpectedly easy 3-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday and gave manager Louis van Gaal at least three days' breathing spac

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:57:45 -0500
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Barcelona's strike trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar are ready to weave their magic when the Champions League holders take on Arsenal in the last 16 on Tuesday. ''But I hope we can keep possession of the ball in their half of the pitch and put into practice our footbal

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:19:54 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has protested to soccer's world governing body about the number of observers allowed into the hall for Friday's election, saying he believed they were working for his rivals. Champagne said 20 observers' credentials had been given to European ruling body UEFA, whose general secretary Gianni Infantino is running for the FIFA job, and seven to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), whose chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is also a FIFA presidential candidat

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:53:01 -0500
Johnson admits stupidity of kissing girl in court

MADRID (AP) -- The Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla will be at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid on May 2

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:31:58 -0500
Klinsmann says Howard or Guzan will start against Guatemala

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino is confident of taking more than half the votes from Africa in Friday's election, despite the continent's governing body endorsing his major rival Sheik Salman of Bahrain. Infantino made a fleeting visit to South Africa on Monday to visit Robben Island at the invitation of rival Tokyo Sexwale who spent 13 years incarcerated on the island as an anti-Apartheid prisoner, and told reporters afterwards he was confident of widespread support from the continent. "I think I'll make an impact in Afric

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:57:16 -0500
Accidental candidate Infantino no longer Platini support act

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne made a formal complaint claiming two rivals supported by continental governing bodies will have an unfair advantage at the vote on Friday. Champagne urged FIFA election monitors on Monday to cancel 20 extra passes for ''observers'' from UEFA and seven for the Asian Football Confederation to enter the election hall in Zurich. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, he wrote that UEFA and the AFC plan ''to swamp the Congress hall with confederation employees able to access'' voter

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:42:32 -0500
Soccer-Roma grapple with Totti dilemma

When Michel Platini wanted to avoid scrutiny as UEFA president, Gianni Infantino provided cover for his languid, often aloof boss. The 45-year-old Infantino is in a close tussle with Sheikh Salman to emerge from the five-man race as the new head of the world's most popular sport. The most gregarious of the candidates, Infantino's challenge before FIFA's 209 members vote on Friday is to convince them he is an adequate substitute for Platin

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:30:58 -0500
FIFA candidate Champagne files complaint against UEFA, Asia

South African FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale said on Monday he is a realist who is "open to negotiations and alliances" ahead of Friday's vote in Zurich. Sexwale, whose campaign has failed to gain traction, is the first candidate in the process to suggest he could be interested in striking a deal. The millionaire businessman is up against Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino in the race to become head of world soccer's governing bod

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:08:02 -0500
Soccer-Torino - Avelar suffers another knee injury

England soccer international Adam Johnson has told a court of his ''stupidity'' in kissing a 15-year-old girl, but denies allegations of sexual contact with the teenager. Junior prosecutor Daniel Thomas read a statement that Johnson had made for polic

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:37:21 -0500
Soccer-Infantino confident of getting majority of African support

The United States will play Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in what appears to be a difficult first-round group in the Centennial Copa America. In the opener of a special 16-nation tournament whose business deals led to indictments against a slew of top soccer executives on corruption charges, the Americans play the Colombians on June 3 at Santa Clara, California. The U.S. meets regional rival Costa Rica four days later at Chicago, then closes Group A play against Paraguay at Philadelphia on June 1

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:11:31 -0500
Soccer-Wenger labels coin-throwing fans a disgrace

Tata Motors Ltd said on Monday it has renamed its Zica hatchback as Tiago. The car maker had said it would have a new name for the car, showcased at the New Delhi motor show this month, after the outbreak of the Zika virus. Tata Motors is seeking an image makeover with the curvaceous hatchback, which is being endorsed by world soccer player of the year Lionel Mess

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:36:49 -0500
Soccer-Bolton given reprieve in fight for survival

Even if he scores, Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal won't be celebrating against Juventus. The Chile international spent four seasons at Juventus before joining Bayern last year, helping the Bianconeri to four league titles and an Italian Cup. On Tuesday, Vidal and his new Bayern teammates will face Juventus and his old teammates in the last 16 of the Champions Leagu

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:20:09 -0500
Soccer-Palace can still have best Premier League season - Pardew

Sheikh Salman has had a target on his back all through the FIFA presidential election campaign. Also, no decisive new evidence has emerged during FIFA campaigning about his role during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests by the government led by his family. Sheikh Salman has been the presumed favorite for Friday's election because of endorsements from the executive committees of the Asian and African soccer confederations, which represent up to 100 of the 209 FIFA member federation

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:50:30 -0500
Soccer-West Ham - Payet brings out Bilic - inner poet

FIFA's disciplinary committee has banned Worawi Makudi, former president of the Football Association of Thailand and a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, for three months for failing to comply with an earlier suspension, FIFA said. "The disciplinary committee found that Mr Makudi was still involved in FAT affairs during this period...and has therefore decided to ban him from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of three months," a FIFA statement on Monday sai

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:01:28 -0500
FIFA candidates Infantino, Sexwale meet in South Africa

LONDON (AP) -- In Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Arsenal faces the most potent strike force in the game - and a team that will probably be more than halfway to the Champions League quarterfinals after Tuesday's matc

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Mon, 22 Feb 2016 03:29:13 -0500
Soccer-Smalling wants United to show fight at Shrewsbury

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has taken up an invitation by opponent Tokyo Sexwale to visit South Africa and tour Robben Island, the apartheid-era prison off Cape Tow

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:38:12 -0500
Soccer-U.S. in group of death for Copa America Centenario

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hosting United States were drawn into the group of death for the 2016 Copa America Centenario on Sunday, opening against Colombia in the 100th anniversary of soccer's oldest international championship. The U.S. side topped Group A as one of four seeded teams for the tournament as the hosts, and landed a pair of 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists in Colombia and Costa Rica, along with Paraguay in their four-team cluster in which two teams will advance. "I take full responsibility and I apologize to the nation," 1994 U.S. World Cup player Alexi Lalas told reporters after pulling out the balls that gave the U.S. an uphill climb and brought groans from a packed audience at Hammerstein Ballroo

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:25:26 -0500
Soccer-United States beat Canada 2-0 at women - Olympic qualifier

(Reuters) - Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored eight minutes apart early in the second half to give the United States women’s team a 2-0 victory against Canada at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship final in Houston on Sunday. Horan put the Americans in front with a header from a 40-yard pass from Becky Sauerbrunn in the 53rd minute, before 17-year-old Mallory Pugh fed a deep cross to Heath in the penalty box for the second goal. Both teams already had earned spots for the 2016 Rio Olympics with semi-final wins on Friday. .

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:08:57 -0500
Schedule for 2016 Copa America Centenario

The United States will play Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in what appears to be a difficult first-round group in the Centennial Copa America. In the opener of a special 16-nation tournament whose business deals led to indictments against a slew of top soccer executives on corruption charges, the Americans play the Colombians on June 3 at Santa Clara, California. The U.S. meets regional rival Costa Rica four days later at Chicago, then closes Group A play against Paraguay at Philadelphia on June 1

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:09:29 -0500
Arsenal, Barca resume one-sided rivalry in Champions League

Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored in the second half and the United States defeated Canada 2-0 Sunday in the final match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. Alex Morgan scored three goals in a 5-0 U.S. victory Friday over Trinidad and Tobago, while Christine Sinclair scored twice in Canada's 3-1 win over Costa Rica. The United States has won the past three gold medals and four overall since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 199

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:04:27 -0500
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Arsenal and Barcelona resume their decade-long rivalry in the Champions League this week. It started in 2006 when Barcelona came from behind against 10 men to score two late goals and win 2-1 in the final in Paris. Arsenal hasn't reached the title match sinc

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:37:36 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- Barcelona's main title rivals both faltered in Spain and a referee grabbed the headlines in Germany on Sunday when he stopped a game because a coach refused to leave the pitc

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:04:17 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Fiorentina kept its grip on third place in Serie A with a 3-2 victory at Atalanta on Sunday, while Roma maintained its challenge for the final Champions League place with a 5-0 win against Palermo. Mati Fernandez, Cristian Tello and Nikola Kalinic scoring for Fiorentina to help it stay four points clear of Inter Milan, which beat Sampdoria 3-1 on Saturday. Roma is two points behind Fiorentina after two goals apiece from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah, and another from Seydou Keita on an emotional night for Francesco Totti and Kevin Strootma

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:11:37 -0500
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Chelsea will issue stadium bans and support police action if it can identify the supporters who threw coins at Manchester City players at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as the FA Cup was marred by such incidents for the second day in a row. Coins were thrown when David Faupala celebrated with City teammates in the corner of the pitch, near Chelsea fans, after scoring on his debut. ''We condemn such idiotic and dangerous behaviour,'' Chelsea's head of communications, Steve Atkins, sai

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:37:52 -0500
Leverkusen coach defies referee as game stops for 8 minutes

Chelsea says it will issue stadium bans if it can identify the supporters who threw coins at Manchester City players at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as the FA Cup was marred by such incidents for the second day in a row. Coins were thrown when David Faupala celebrated with City teammates in the corner of the pitch, near Chelsea fans, after scoring on his debu

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:10:14 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Chelsea reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against an understrength Manchester City side on Sunday, while London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham also advanced. Palace defeated Tottenham 1-0, and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1. At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side's Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday - handing five players their debu

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:15:47 -0500
Chelsea thrashes Man City 5-1 to reach FA Cup quarterfinals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal but missed a penalty as Real Madrid was held 1-1 at Malaga on Sunday to drop nine points behind leader Barcelona. Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot-kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturda

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:53:28 -0500
Soccer-La Liga summaries

BERLIN (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga was interrupted for eight minutes Sunday after the home side's coach refused to be sent to the stand

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Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:58:20 -0500
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham avoided an FA Cup fifth-round upset with a 5-1 comeback victory at second-tier Blackburn on Sunda

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:26:17 -0500
Blatter era ends as scandal-hit FIFA elects new president

When national soccer leaders enter FIFA's secret voting booths to select a president on Friday, Sepp Blatter won't be an option for the first time in 22 years. Five candidates are seeking the job of running world soccer and showing criminal authorities that scandal-tarnished FIFA can clean up its act while regaining the trust of fans. The emergency election in Zurich - nine months after Blatter was voted in for a fifth term - was prompted by the now-banned president's resignation as corruption investigations escalate

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 18:12:18 -0500
Watching Mourinho inspires Inter to 3-1 win over Sampdoria

Luis Suarez and Neymar kept Barcelona on course to retain its Spanish league title with goals in another win on Saturday, as the European titleholders warmed up to visit Arsenal in the Champions Leagu

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:11:09 -0500
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila i results and standings

Inspired by Jose Mourinho in the stands, Inter Milan got back to winning ways in style, beating Sampdoria 3-1 to move to within one point of third place in Serie A on Saturday. Danilo D'Ambrosio, Joao Miranda, and Mauro Icardi scored to send Inter to only its fourth win of the year. Former Inter coach Mourinho was at San Siro to watch his old team for the first time since leading the Nerazzurri to the treble in 201

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:22:09 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

For a moment, Mallory Pugh's eyes widened. The U.S. national team had just qualified for the Olympics, and the 17-year-old player now faced cameras and questions. Pugh started and assisted on Tobin Heath's goal in the 12th minut

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:21:25 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship summaries

Luis Suarez and Neymar scored again to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Las Palmas on Saturday, extending the defending champions' club record to 32 games without a loss and increasing their overnight lead of the Spanish league. Suarez struck six minutes into the match on the Canary Islands, and Neymar re-established the visitors' advantage before halftime after Las Palmas striker Willian Jose had made it 1-1. Barcelona increased the gap to nine points before second-place Atletico Madrid hosts fourth-place Villarreal on Sunday, when Real Madrid visits Malaga trailing the pacesetter by 1

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:23:36 -0500
Soccer-Czech championship results and standings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and set up two more as runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain beat Reims 4-1 to provisionally move 27 points clear of second-place Monaco on Saturday. Ibrahimovic has 23 league goals in just 21 games, and is on course to beat his career best tally of 30, which he set three seasons ago with PS

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:07:57 -0500
Champagne says FIFA rival Infantino - plans are financially dangerous

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt says he feels ''absolutely disgusted and ashamed'' after being hit near his left eye from a coin thrown by one of the team's supporters following an FA Cup match. Brunt went over to applaud the West Brom fans after the team's 3-1 loss at Reading in the fifth round on Saturday. Brunt later spoke to the BBC with a cut under his eye, saying ''they thought it was OK to throw a coin at their own player

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:58:54 -0500
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has criticized the plans of rival Gianni Infantino as being financially "dangerous" for global soccer's beleaguered ruling body. In a letter to FIFA's 209 member national associations (FAs), who each hold one vote in the election, Champagne suggested that Infantino's plans could add an extra $900 million to FIFA's expenditure over the next four years. FIFA is engulfed by a graft scandal that has led to the indictment of several dozen leading soccer officials in the United States and is under enormous pressure to refor

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:40:35 -0500
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Luis Suarez and Neymar scored again to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Las Palmas on Saturday, extending the defending champions' club record to 32 games without a loss and increasing their overnight lead of the Spanish league. Suarez struck six minutes into the match on the Canary Islands, and Neymar re-established the visitors' advantage before halftime after Las Palmas striker Willian Jose had made it 1-1. Barcelona increased the gap to nine points before second-place Atletico Madrid hosts fourth-place Villarreal on Sunday, when Real Madrid visits Malaga trailing the pacesetter by 1

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:27:06 -0500
Soccer-Hungarian championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- Thomas Mueller scored twice for Bayern Munich in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Darmstadt that stretched the side's overnight lead in the Bundesliga to 11 points on Saturda

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:37:38 -0500
Soccer-English FA Cup 5th round results

Arsenal was held to a 0-0 draw by second-tier Hull in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, forcing the titleholder to squeeze a replay into its busy upcoming fixture schedule. Fielding a weakened team ahead of a Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday, Arsenal created a slew of chances but was denied by a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Eldin Jakupovic. Arsenal had 24 shot

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