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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:46:17 -0500
Soccer-MEPs seek probe into Bale - Real transfer - reports

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals in the Spanish league on Wednesday as Barcelona defeated Sporting Gijon 3-1 to open up a six-point lead atop the standings. Luis Suarez also scored for Barcelona in Gijon in a game postponed from December because of the Club World Cup. The win gave Barcelona 60 points, six more than Atletico Madrid and seven more than third-place Real Madrid after 24 round

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:42:26 -0500
Argentina judge releases ex-soccer official in FIFA probe

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his away scoring drought with an impressive second-half goal as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Roma on Wednesday in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League. The victory also marked a successful debut for Zinedine Zidane as Madrid's manager in the elite competition, with the 10-time champion taking a big step toward the quarterfinals. It was Ronaldo's first goal on the road since Nov. 29, when he scored a penalty against Eiba

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:35:25 -0500
Soccer-St. Louis group formed to attract MLS franchise

Dave Peacock, the former Anheuser-Busch executive who led the failed effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis, is part of a group trying to attract an MLS expansion franchise to the city. The NFL task force had proposed a $1 billion riverfront stadium that would also be suitable for soccer. The MLS board of governors has said it supports expansion to 28 clubs, with a 24-team league by 202

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:49:38 -0500
Ronaldo ends road scoring drought in 2-0 win at Roma in CL

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Julian Draxler scored two classy goals to lead Wolfsburg to a 3-2 away win over Champions League newcomer AA Ghent in the Round of 16 on Wednesda

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:39:06 -0500
Soccer-Champions League last 16 results

Julian Draxler scored twice as VfL Wolfsburg took a big step towards reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Gent in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday. Draxler, who joined from Schalke 04 at the start of the season, struck in the 44th minute after a classy dribble past midfielder Thomas Foket and a quick one-two with Vierinha before tucking the ball past the keeper. Gent started the second half much improved, pushing for an equaliser, but Draxler netted again in the 54th minute as he capitalised on one of many errant passes by the Gent defenc

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:13:00 -0500
Soccer-Bastia match postponed in wake of Corsica violence

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals in the Spanish league on Wednesday as Barcelona defeated Sporting Gijon 3-1 to open up a six-point lead atop the standings. Luis Suarez also scored for Barcelona in Gijon in a game postponed from December because of the Club World Cup. The win gave Barcelona 60 points, six more than Atletico Madrid and seven more than third-place Real Madrid after 24 round

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:01:45 -0500
Soccer-English FA backs Infantino for FIFA president

Gianni Infantino has won the support of the English Football Association in his effort to win next week's FIFA presidential election, chairman Greg Dyke said on Wednesday. Five candidates will be standing on Feb. 26 to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter, banned for eight years amid a widening graft scandal that has shaken world soccer's ruling body. "We decided we would back Gianni Infantino," Dyke told Sky Sports television following a board meetin

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:48:22 -0500
Soccer-Messi reaches 301 La Liga goals as Barca open big lead

MADRID (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals in the Spanish league on Wednesday as Barcelona defeated Sporting Gijon 3-1 to open up a six-point lead atop the standing

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:25:05 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Mobile phones and cameras will be banned from polling booths at next week's FIFA presidential election to ensure each vote remains secret, one of the candidates said on Wednesday. Frenchman Jerome Champagne said he raised the issue with the electoral committee because he was concerned some voters had come under pressure to photograph their ballot papers to prove they had taken part. FIFA's 209 member national associations (FAs) each hold one vot

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:31:06 -0500
Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay in same pot for Copa draw

HERNING, Denmark (AP) -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney has sustained a knee injury and that there is no timeframe for the England striker's retur

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:24:47 -0500
Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics judges

NEW YORK (AP) -- Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay will be grouped together in pot two for Sunday's Centennial Copa America draw, and the weaker South American teams - Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela - will be in pot fou

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:57:27 -0500
Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics judges

FIFA's ethics watchdog on Wednesday imposed a warning and 7,000 Swiss franc ($7,055) fine on German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer for stonewalling an investigation. The former World Cup-winning player and coach is arguably Germany's most iconic footballer and a household name who also ran the 2006 World Cup in his home country, "In the present case, Mr Beckenbauer failed to cooperate with an Ethics Committee investigation...regarding the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bids despite repeated requests for his assistance," FIFA's ethics panel said in a statement. FIFA is investigating the awarding of those tournaments as world soccer's governing body faces the biggest graft scandal in its history which has led to the indictment of several dozen leading soccer officials in the United State

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:49:16 -0500
Lack of transfer activity has helped Arsenal - Monreal

Franz Beckenbauer has been fined and warned by FIFA's ethics committee for refusing to cooperate with Michael Garcia's investigation of World Cup bidding. Beckenbauer failed to cooperate ''despite repeated requests for his assistance'' in the 2018-2022 World Cup inquiry, world soccer's ethics committee judging chamber said Wednesday. Beckenbauer was also fined 7,000 Swiss francs ($7,050

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:38:56 -0500
FIFA Ethics Committee sanctions Franz Beckenbauer

(Reuters) - Arsenal's lack of transfer business in recent years has helped the squad function as a unit because the atmosphere in the dressing-room has not been disrupted by too many changes, left back Nacho Monreal has said. The addition of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny last month meant Arsenal have signed 13 players who have gone on to be involved in the first-team set-up since 2013. During this period Arsenal have won back-to-back FA Cups, and qualified for the Champions League twice, while clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United, who have brought in more players but not collected any major silverwar

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:28:16 -0500
Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics judges

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov for wearing a T-shirt praising Russian President Vladimir Putin after a Europa League match in Turkey. The 28-year-old Tarasov removed his team jersey at the end of the game against Fenerbahce in Europe's second-tier club competition in Istanbul on Tuesday, revealing a picture of Putin and the words: "The most polite president&quot

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:29:46 -0500
Russian club faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune says it has signed Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezz

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:07:35 -0500
Trinidad and Tobago beats Guyana 5-1 in Olympic qualifying

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - As world soccer body FIFA faces pressure to reform in the wake of a global corruption scandal, several current and former media executives are raising questions about the transparency of the bidding process for U.S. radio broadcasting rights to the World Cup. The company was co-founded by Andres Cantor, who famously introduced American soccer fans to the Latin American style of yelling "Gooooooal!" One former chief executive of a rival broadcaster, Joaquin Blaya, said that in 2000 then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter told him he had a deal for the next two World Cups in South Korea/Japan (2002) and Germany (2006), but the contracts instead went to Cantor's Futbol de Primera for a lower pric

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:45:41 -0500
Soccer-Dumped Cahill will stay in China, says agent

Rebecca Quinn and Nichelle Prince each scored three goals and Canada routed Guatemala 10-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals at the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament. Canada, ranked No. 11 in the world, will face Costa Rica in the first semifinal at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night, followed by the top-ranked United States against Trinidad and Tobago. Earlier Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago defeated Guyana 5-1 in the qualifying tournament for the North and Central American and Caribbean regio

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:11:54 -0500
Soccer-Champions League last 16 summaries

Jonas scored in added time to give Benfica a dramatic 1-0 win over 10-man Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League on Tuesday, heading home a free kick awarded after Domenico Criscito was shown a red card for the visitors. Brazilian striker Jonas, Benfica's and the Portuguese league's top scorer, netted for the 26th time this season with a glancing header from a free kick in 91st minute. Neither team really shone in the first leg, last 16 game at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, though the win spared Benfica what looked likely to be a goalless draw and a tough time in Russi

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:56:55 -0500
Soccer-Substitute Cavani on target as PSG edge Chelsea 2-1

Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched onto a superb pass over Chelsea's stretched defense from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free-kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of halftime with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mike

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:36:55 -0500
Soccer-Champions League last 16 results

PARIS (AP) -- Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesda

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:11:13 -0500
Mexican women - soccer to miss 3rd straight Olympics

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Lokomotiv Moscow is heading for trouble from European soccer's ruling body after one of its players pulled off his shirt following a politically-charged game against Turkish side Fenerbahce to reveal a portrait of Vladimir Putin and a slogan supporting the Russian presiden

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:55:04 -0500
Soccer-UEFA Europa League last 32 results

The Whitecaps have acquired Blas Perez from FC Dallas, completing a trade that had been in the works while the veteran striker was in preseason camp with Vancouver. Veteran midfielder Mauro Rosales is headed to Texas in the deal announced Tuesday. Perez agreed to a one-year contract with the Whitecap

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:25:02 -0500
Sepp Blatter back at FIFA for appeal against 8-year ban

For Cristiano Ronaldo, team spirit doesn't involve sharing tapas with Real Madrid strike partners Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Just like he never went to the pub with teammates while at Manchester United. Ahead of Madrid's Champions League match at Roma on Wednesday, Ronaldo was asked if his relationships with Benzema and Bale have contributed to Madrid's slow start in La Lig

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:21:47 -0500
Barcelona and Luis Suarez lead AP Global Football 10

Sepp Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters for what could be the last time on Tuesday, challenging his eight-year ban for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. Blatter arrived 90 minutes early for the scheduled 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) start of his hearing with the FIFA appeal committee, as punctual as he used to be when arriving for work before being barred from the building last October while under investigation. Platini's session with the four-man appeal panel had lasted an hour longer on Monday when he fought his own eight-year ban imposed by the FIFA ethics committee in Decembe

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:56:05 -0500
Barcelona and Luis Suarez lead AP Global Football 10

Luis Enrique returns home to face an old friend when Barcelona plays at Sporting Gijon in a postponed game on Wednesday to try to establish its biggest lead in the Spanish league this season. Enrique will be going up against Sporting Gijon coach Abelardo Fernandez, a former teammate and a friend from the time they were kids. "We've known each other since we were seven years old and went to school together," Enrique said Tuesda

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 07:04:06 -0500
Soccer-Struggling Hanover to stick with Schaaf "to the end"

LONDON (AP) -- Barcelona and Luis Suarez reclaimed leading honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Celta Vigo in the Spanish leagu

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:22:35 -0500
Decade after Materazzi head butt, Zidane the focus in Italy

It took Bruce Springsteen to end the controversy over the Copa del Rey final in Spain. The rock star has announced he will be playing at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 21, ruling out Real Madrid's stadium for the Copa final between Barcelona and Sevilla. Both finalists wanted to play at the venue, the country's biggest neutral ground, but Real Madrid was yet to make it availabl

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:10:34 -0500
Soccer-West Ham striker Jelavic moves to China

Nearly 10 years after ending his playing career by head butting Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, Zinedine Zidane will return to the international spotlight in Italy on Wednesday when he manages Real Madrid against Roma. Having replaced Rafa Benitez as Madrid's coach last month, the game at the Stadio Olimpico will mark Zidane's managing debut in the Champions League. While Materazzi is not likely to attend the round of 16 first-leg match, Zidane will come across some familiar faces from the 2006 final in Francesco Totti and Daniele De Ross

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:31:06 -0500
Bruce Springsteen ends stadium controversy in Spain

Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at the headquarters of soccer's governing body on Tuesday for a hearing to appeal against his eight-year suspension from the sport. Blatter, 79, was banned in December along with European soccer boss Michel Platini over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier. FIFA's ethics committee, which imposed the bans on Blatter and Platini, said the payment, made at a time when the former was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interes

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:22:47 -0500
Soccer-FIFA hears Blatter appeal against eight-year ban

Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at the headquarters of soccer's governing body on Tuesday for a hearing to appeal against his eight-year suspension from the sport. Blatter, 79, was banned in December along with European soccer boss Michel Platini over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier. FIFA's ethics committee, which imposed the bans on Blatter and Platini, said the payment, made at a time when the former was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interes

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 04:22:43 -0500
Soccer-Shevchenko joins Ukraine coaching staff

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter is back at FIFA headquarters for an appeal hearing to challenge his eight-year ban for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 201

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:01:18 -0500
Brazil court freezes Neymar assets, including yacht and jet

The U.S. women's soccer team's younger reserves not only didn't disappoint in their Group A finale in CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics, they delivered a record performance. Crystal Dunn, one of only three regulars to start, tied a national team record with five goals and the U.S. routed Puerto Rico 10-0 Monday night to win the group. ''Crystal worked real hard tonight,'' U.S. coach Jill Ellis sai

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:01:18 -0500
Brazil court freezes Neymar assets, including yacht and jet

Crystal Dunn tied a national team record with five goals and U.S. women routed Puerto Rico 10-0 on Monday night to win Group A in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics. The top-ranked Americans scored three times within 1:56 during the second half and outshot Puerto Rico 32-1. The U.S. can clinch one of the 12 slots in Brazil with a win in its CONCACAF semifinal game Friday in Housto

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:00:01 -0500
Soccer-Ronaldo back on Champions League goal trail at Roma

Raquel Rodriguez had two goals and Costa Rica held off a late charge from Mexico for a 2-1 victory Monday to secure a spot in the semifinals at the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament. Maribel Dominguez scored for Mexico, which is missing out on the semifinals for the first time in the history of the tournament for the North and Central America and Caribbean regions. Rodriquez, recently the second overall pick in the NWSL by Sky Blue FC, scored in the ninth minute to give Costa Rica the early lea

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:31:25 -0500
English FA head doubts Salman - suitability to lead FIFA

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities have moved to block assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties in his home natio

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:50:56 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

By Cecile Mantovani and and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini said he hoped to clear his name in time for the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament in June after attending a hearing on Monday to appeal against his suspension. Platini was banned for eight years in December along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.03 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier. "It's been a very good hearing, very well conducted, with people who have been sincere," Platini said after the hearing by FIFA's Appeal Committe

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:18:41 -0500
PSG facing internal crisis ahead of Chelsea game

In a rundown north London district near the site of rioting five years ago, building is progressing to turn a vast hole in the ground into a gleaming 61,000-capacity home for Tottenham Hotspur. Surrounding murals provide a glimpse into how architects envisage Tottenham's new base at White Hart Lane from 2018. Walk down Bill Nicholson Way into Tottenham's cramped 36,000-seat ground that has been its home of 117 years and one of the most exciting teams in England is evolving under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, led by 19-year-old midfield dynamo Dele Alli and prolific 22-year-old striker Harry Kan

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:16:34 -0500
Girl: Johnson knew she was 15 before engaging in sex acts

Despite enjoying a near-perfect season on the pitch, Paris Saint-Germain is dealing with a major internal crisis on the eve of its biggest game so far. The runaway French league leader should be full of confidence as it prepares to welcome Chelsea at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup on Tuesday. PSG is unbeaten in its last 44 domestic matches, and key players Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti have recovered from injuries in tim

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:11:56 -0500
Seattle Sounders say Chinese team wants Obafemi Martins

Lionel Messi attracted global attention with the trick penalty kick he pulled off with Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez in the latest round of the Spanish league. Messi took the spot-kick on Sunday but, instead of a shot, he simply rolled the ball to the side for Suarez, who rushed in from outside of the box to easily score past the Celta Vigo goalkeeper. ''I don't think it was disrespectful,'' Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta sai

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:39:41 -0500
Girl: Johnson knew she was 15 before engaging in sex acts

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool has reached an agreement with Schalke to sign Cameroon defender Joel Matip at the end of the season, in the English club's latest effort to shore up its problems at center bac

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:42:38 -0500
Soccer-Man City - Pep talk may come back to haunt them

Pep Guardiola's dream of leading Bayern Munich to the treble for a perfect farewell from his last season in charge is in jeopardy because of a spate of injuries in the defense. Holger Badstuber is the latest, after the Germany center back broke his ankle in an innocuous training ground accident on Saturday. Badstuber underwent surgery on the same da

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:58:59 -0500
Palermo coaching carousel continues as it re-hires Iachini

Zenit St. Petersburg is pursuing its first Champions League quarterfinal appearance, while Benfica is looking to advance from the last 16 for the first time in four years when it hosts the Russian club on Tuesday. After wowing home fans with high-scoring wins recently, Benfica goes into the match having endured its first domestic league defeat since December. Zenit has played six friendlies against minor opponents in recent weeks, recording five wins and a dra

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:51:10 -0500
Soccer-Lescott apologises to Villa fans for lack of commitment

Suspended UEFA President Michel Platini walked into FIFA headquarters to appeal his eight-year ban over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter. Platini declined to be driven past waiting media and strolled from his nearby hotel into the main entrance Monday at FIFA Strasse on a hill overlooking Zurich. The former FIFA presidential hopeful denies wrongdoing and is challenging the sanctions imposed in Decembe

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:19:04 -0500
Dutch football association says top-flight match was fixed

Despite enjoying a near-perfect season on the pitch, Paris Saint-Germain is dealing with a major internal crisis on the eve of its biggest game so far. The runaway French league leader should be full confidence as it prepares to welcome Chelsea at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday. PSG is unbeaten in its last 44 domestic matches, and key players Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti have recovered from injuries in tim

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:38:35 -0500
Soccer-Bernardi quits as Newell - coach two games into Argentine season

The Dutch football association said it confirmed for the first time that a match-fixer attempted to rig a game in the country's top-flight Eredivisie. The Royal Netherlands Football Association, known by its Dutch acronym KNVB, said Monday its integrity unit established that Willem II Tilburg midfielder Ibrahim Kargbo organized with Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal for Willem II to lose to FC Utrecht on Aug. 9, 2009. ''Dutch football has ... as one of the last in Europe, officially lost its innocence,'' KNVB operational director Gijs de Jong sai

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:45:47 -0500
Sinclair scores 159th and Canada beats Trinidad & Tobago 6-0

Lionel Messi lit up the Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring with a superb free kick and then helping to set up a hat trick for Luis Suarez as leader Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1 in the Spanish league. Arsenal and Tottenham grabbed late winning goals against title rivals to move two points off the lead as the race to win the English Premier League tightened up. Robert Lewandowski steered Bayern Munich to a 3-1 win at Bavarian rival Augsburg that restored the side's eight-point lead in the Bundeslig

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:29:56 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Christine Sinclair scored her 159th career goal, passing American Mia Hamm for second on the women's career list, and Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 on Sunday in a group stage match of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. Sinclair, who came in as a substitute in the 61st minute, scored two minutes later for Canada, which secured a spot in the semifinals of the tournament for the North and Central America and Caribbean regions. The top all-time scorer is recently retired U.S. forward Abby Wambach with 184 goal

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:02:17 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Lionel Messi put on another show at the Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a remarkable goal from a free kick and then helping to set up a hat trick for Luis Suarez - including a daring assist from a penalty kick - as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1. Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also scored as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead in the Spanish league, ahead of Atletico Madrid, which edged Getafe 1-

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:38:47 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Lyon clawed its way back into the battle for the Champions League spots with a 4-1 thrashing of Caen in the French league on Sunday. Lyon's third consecutive league win lifted the seven-time champions to fifth place in the standings, just seven points behind second-place Monaco. Coach Bruno Genesio, who replaced Hubert Fournier during the winter break, seems to have found the right balance as his side has now scored 10 goals in its last three league matches, conceding just on

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