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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:56:25 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Two FIFA voters have defied African soccer leaders by endorsing rival candidates in the presidential election for Sepp Blatter's successor. South Sudan pledged its vote for Gianni Infantino, the UEFA general secretary from Switzerland, and Liberia declared for former FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan on Saturda

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:52:19 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

PARIS (AP) -- Ten-man Monaco overcame a sending off early in the second half to beat local rival Nice 1-0 and remain in second place in the French league on Saturda

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:46:34 -0500
Soccer-Vardy signs new deal to complete Leicester - perfect day

English Premier League leader Leicester says striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with the club until 2019. The 29-year-old Vardy has been rewarded for a record-breaking campaign that could finish with the Foxes securing the most astonishing title victory in the modern English game. This season, Vardy broke the league record by scoring in 11 successive games, and following an impressive 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday, Leicester holds a five-point lead in the standing

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:56:37 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Ten-man Southampton overcame a sending off early in the second half to beat West Ham 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:24:22 -0500
Leicester stuns Man City to stretch EPL lead, Spurs go 2nd

Relegation-threatened Sunderland came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday with manager Juergen Klopp missing and many home fans having left before the visitors rescued a point. Klopp was absent from the Anfield dugout with a suspected bout of appendicitis, and first-team duties were left to his two trusted assistants, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz. Neither of them, both with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, could have envisaged a draw with 10 minutes remaining as the home side had established a 2-0 lea

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:06:27 -0500
10-man Monaco beats local rival Nice 1-0 to keep 2nd place

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Last-place Aston Villa looked determined to take Norwich down to the second-tier, beating the visiting Canaries 2-0 Saturday for its third Premier League win of the seaso

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:42:55 -0500
Soccer-Leicester stun Man City to go clear at top, Spurs up to second

Fernando Torres finally scored his 100th goal for Atletico Madrid, helping his team come from behind to defeat Eibar 3-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Torres found the net from close range after a low cross by Luciano Vietto in second-half injury time, scoring his first goal since September. Fans at the Vicente Calderon Stadium gave the striker a standing ovation and loudly chanted his name after the final whistl

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:35:54 -0500
Palace, Swansea grateful for 1-1 draw in EPL

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Newcastle moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, swapping places with Norwic

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:11:09 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why it really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May. From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7/4 favorites with several British bookmakers on Saturday after going five points clear at the top. City's home loss was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini's team in second plac

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:06:26 -0500
Sunderland come from 2 down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool

STOKE, England (AP) -- Everton ended a run of five English Premier League matches without a win in emphatic style by downing host Stoke 3-0 on Saturda

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:01:42 -0500
Soccer-Alli - magic touch helps Spurs forge into second spot

Tottenham climbed to second in the Premier League for the first time this season with a 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday, taking advantage of Manchester City's slip-up. Kieran Trippier's first goal for Tottenham took the north London club ahead of City by a point. Tottenham is five points behind leader Leicester, which eased to a 3-1 victory over City earlier in the da

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:25:27 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

BERLIN (AP) -- With Jose Mourinho watching from the stands, Hertha Berlin held league top-scorer Borussia Dortmund to 0-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturda

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:48:12 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of world soccer body FIFA’s financial watchdog has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the Cayman Islands after being found guilty of fraud, his lawyer said. Canover Watson, who was a member of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, was found guilty of five charges related to his time in charge of the Caribbean nation’s Health Service Authority (HSA), according to the Cayman Island's Anti-Corruption Commission, which had led the investigation. While the charges were not football-related, the verdict against a man who served on a body which monitored FIFA's finances is another blow to the image of the organization facing an unprecedented corruption crisi

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:48:12 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of world soccer body FIFA’s financial watchdog has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the Cayman Islands after being found guilty of fraud, his lawyer said. Canover Watson, who was a member of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, was found guilty of five charges related to his time in charge of the Caribbean nation’s Health Service Authority (HSA), according to the Cayman Island's Anti-Corruption Commission, which had led the investigation. While the charges were not football-related, the verdict against a man who served on a body which monitored FIFA's finances is another blow to the image of the organization facing an unprecedented corruption crisi

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:52:37 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester stunned Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday to bolster its bid to become the unlikeliest champions in English football histor

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:31:27 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool says manager Juergen Klopp will miss Saturday's English Premier League match at home to Sunderland with a suspected bout of appendiciti

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:59:31 -0500
Malaga beats Getafe 3-0 in the Spanish league

The former head of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has agreed to hand over more than $10 million in stocks and property in a deal to reduce his punishment in the FIFA corruption scandal, a prosecutor in the case said Friday. Eugenio Figueredo, a former FIFA vice president, also agreed to cooperate with police in Uruguay, where the 83-year-old is from. Figueredo was arrested in Zurich last May as part of the sweeping investigation into corruption at soccer's governing bod

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:42:45 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Ashley Cole freely acknowledges that he once compared Major League Soccer to relaxing on a beac

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:26:36 -0500
Soccer-Jailed Uruguayan reaches plea bargain in FIFA case

Danish defender Andreas Christensen scored twice as Borussia Moenchengladbach ended its losing streak with a 5-1 rout of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Friday. Lars Stindl put the home side in front in the 12th minute after being picked out from the right by Thorgan Hazard. Mahmoud Dahoud set up Christensen's first Bundesliga goal in the 31st minute and the 19-year-old Dane claimed his second in the 50th, with a header from Raffael's corne

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:27:36 -0500
Soccer-African confederation backs Salman for FIFA job

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa received a major boost in his bid to become the next FIFA president when he received endorsement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday. Salman and Swiss Gianni Infantino now appear to be the front-runners to win this month's presidential election at soccer's ruling body FIFA, which has been embroiled in a huge corruption scandal that has seen 41 people and entities indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice. The governing body of soccer in Africa, which has 54 full voting members, said Asian Football Confederation president Salman was its preferred candidate for the poll in Zurich on Feb. 26 that will determine who succeeds Swiss Sepp Blatte

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:23:00 -0500
Soccer-Sagna looks ahead to turning point in Man City - season

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- FIFA presidential candidates are making a late push for support in Africa, the confederation with the largest number of votes in this month's election to choose the next head of world socce

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:41:03 -0500
Soccer-Shakhtar - Teixeira seals big-money move to China

Christian Pulisic made a big impression in less than half an hour. The 17-year-old from Hershey, Pennsylvania, made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund last Saturday, entering before a crowd of 81,359 in the 68th minute of a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt. At 17 years and 133 days, Pulisic became the eighth-youngest player to appear in the Bundeslig

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:02:37 -0500
After disclosing player information, USSF moves to seal suit

Guangzhou Evergrande, the reigning Asian club champions already boasting the likes of Ricardo Goulart and Paulinho, paid $47 million to Atletico Madrid to sign Colombian striker Jackson Martinez. It was the biggest deal of the January transfer window - anywhere - and the second biggest was Jiangsu Suning signing Ramires from English champion Chelsea for around $31 million. Guangzhou president Liu Yongzhou acknowledges the pressure this puts upon the club, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, to keep ahead of the chasing pac

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:37:12 -0500
Saint-Etienne beats Rennes, moves to 5th in French league

The U.S. Soccer Federation's original lawsuit against the union for its champion women's national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players. The clerk of the court was directed to seal the original complaint Thursday pending a decision on the motion by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman. The USSF's lawsuit sought a ruling that its collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association runs through Dec. 3

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:07:27 -0500
Soccer-Africa vote could hold key to FIFA presidential election

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - African soccer officials will decide on Friday which of FIFA's presidential candidates they will back as the campaign to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the sport's troubled ruling body reaches the home straight. With 54 voting nations, Africa's choice at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda will be crucial in the ballot of 209 member associations on Feb. 26 in Zurich. FIFA is voting for a new leader amidst its biggest ever corruption scandal which has seen 41 people and entities indicted by the U.S. Department of Justic

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:09:27 -0500
Brazilian company tells Neymar to come clean over transfer

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- English Premier League struggler Aston Villa has finally made a big-name signing - in the boardroo

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:48:30 -0500
Soccer-West Ham have to focus on Saints clash, not league table - Bilic

With a draw against last-place Levante on Sunday, Barcelona can equal the club's all-time record of 28 consecutive matches without a loss. Barcelona hasn't lost a game since a 2-1 result at Sevilla in the Spanish league in October. ''We have a very important objective, to continue winning titles and providing enjoyment to the fans,'' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said after the team's 7-0 rout of Valencia in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesda

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:11:41 -0500
Soccer-Tamas back to Steaua to rekindle happy days

The Brazilian company that says it hasn't been properly compensated for Neymar's transfer to Barcelona, has called for the player to come clean and put an end to his judicial problems in Spain and Brazil. The co-founder of Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career, issued a public message to the player in a news conference on Thursday, saying he risks having his career tainted by a crime. Delcir Sonda said he ''feels cheated'' by Neymar and the player's fathe

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:56:56 -0500
Soccer-Barcelona mauling one of my worst experiences - Neville

American midfielder Stuart Holden is retiring from soccer, unable to recover from knee injuries that have sidelined him for most of the past four years. The 30-year-old, who had a breakout season with Bolton in England's Premier League during 2010-11, issued a statement Wednesday on the U.S. Soccer Federation website. ''It's time to stop fighting my body,'' Holden sai

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:09:23 -0500
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi a hat trick as Barcelona defeated 10-man Valencia 7-0 on Wednesday to move into position to reach the Copa del Rey final for the third straight season. Suarez scored in the seventh and 12th minutes, and Messi got on the board in the 29th, 58th and 74th before Suarez closed the scoring in the 83rd and 88th minutes. Messi also hit the post once, and Neymar missed a penalty kick just before halftime of the semifinal at the Camp No

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:46:11 -0500
Big-spending Newcastle stumbles again in Premier League

Ross Barkley marked his 100th appearance in the English Premier League by converting two late penalties to complete Everton's 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle on Wednesday. Aaron Lennon put Everton ahead in the 23rd minute, swiveling just inside the area after collecting Tom Cleverley's pass and placing a low shot inside the post. The hosts peppered Newcastle's goal, hitting the goal frame three times through Barkley, Cleverley and when Jonjo Shelvey headed against his own ba

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:34:36 -0500
Barcelona routs Valencia 7-0 in Copa del Rey semifinals

Napoli and Juventus extended their club record winning streaks to maintain their Serie A title challenges on Wednesday, while Hellas Verona finally recorded its first victory of the season. Gonzalo Higuain netted his 23rd goal in as many league games to help Napoli win at Lazio 2-0, and match the club record of seven successive league victories, set in 1987-88. Juventus extended its run to 13 successive victories by beating Genoa 1-0 to remain two points behind Napol

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:18:47 -0500
Soccer-Dutch Cup quarterfinal results

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lorient 3-1 on Wednesday to set a new French league record of 33 league games unbeaten. After creating the opening goal for strike partner Edinson Cavani early in the first half, Ibrahimovic grabbed his league-leading 20th of the season shortly after the break as PSG eclipsed the record set by Nantes 21 years ago. Left-back Layvin Kurzawa added another goal midway through the second half to cap a fine night for PSG, which leads second-place Monaco by a mammoth 24 points after just 24 games and could clinch a fourth straight title as early as Marc

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:08:14 -0500
American midfielder Stuart Holden retires from soccer at 30

Former United States and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden has retired from football after a long battle against injuries. The 30-year-old, who was born in Scotland, was part of the United States World Cup squad in South Africa in 2010. After moving from Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo to then Premier League club Bolton in 2010, Holden suffered a serious left knee injury in a game against Manchester United in March, 201

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:46:41 -0500
Soccer-Serie A summaries

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Chelsea failed to turn late pressure into a goal in a 0-0 draw at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesda

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:03:12 -0500
Soccer-Twelve players given Argentine stadium bans after brawl

The LA Galaxy acquired Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong on Wednesday, completing their third high-profile international move of the winter with the signing of the two-time World Cup veteran on a free transfer. De Jong spent the past four seasons with AC Milan, serving as captain and making 79 appearances since 2012. The 31-year-old De Jong is a standout defensive midfielder adding even more toughness to the Galaxy, who entered training camp last month with a renewed focus on their own en

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:49:02 -0500
FIFA candidate Prince Ali slams blocked funds to Americas

Known as ''Gabigol,'' the 19-year-old Santos forward is ranked as Brazil's most promising player. ''I can only be myself,'' Barbosa told The Associated Press. The website Transfermarkt ranked him as Brazil's No. 1 young player with a worth of about 12 million euros ($13 million

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:26:14 -0500
West Ham United 2, Aston Villa 0

A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency. ''Who decided to hold these votes to ransom less than three weeks before the election and who exactly will decide when the funding will be reinstated,'' Prince Ali said Wednesday in a statement. On Monday, FIFA confirmed that basic funding worth up to $20 million was stopped to CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, which combine for 45 of the 209 member federations that will vote in the presidential election on Feb. 2

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:03:50 -0500
Soccer-Prince Ali slams FIFA cash move against Americas confederations

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has criticized the global body's decision to cut off funding to corruption hit Americas confederations, calling it "collective punishment". In a statement on Wednesday, Prince Ali questioned Monday's announcement by FIFA that they had put on hold payments to CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, the two confederations that have been most affected by the corruption scandal engulfing football governance. CONMEBOL is responsible for the sport in South America while CONCACAF covers North and Central America and the Caribbea

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:47:56 -0500
Soccer-Prince Ali slams FIFA cash move against Americas confederations

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has criticized the global body's decision to cut off funding to corruption hit Americas confederations, calling it "collective punishment". In a statement on Wednesday, Prince Ali questioned Monday's announcement by FIFA that they had put on hold payments to CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, the two confederations that have been most affected by the corruption scandal engulfing football governance. CONMEBOL is responsible for the sport in South America while CONCACAF covers North and Central America and the Caribbea

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:50:51 -0500
FIFA reforms could make situation worse: players union

Manuel Pellegrini has cause to feel resentment at being handed his notice by Manchester City, even though the mild-mannered Chilean isn't showing it. When he is replaced as coach by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, Pellegrini might just have become the most successful manager in the club's 136-year history. City's travelling support showed its love for Pellegrini during the 1-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday, serenading him with a full repertoire of songs throughout the first hal

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 02:04:54 -0500
Soccer-Koeman backs Forster for England after shutting Arsenal out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday the Russian Football Union would support FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino in upcoming elections to lead soccer's world governing body, TASS news agency reported. Mutko spoke after a meeting with Infantino in Moscow, TASS reported. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Dmitry Solovyo

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:58:54 -0500
Soccer-No Guardiola distraction for City in title push, says Hart

Venezuela said on Tuesday it will not seek the extradition of former national soccer federation boss Rafael Esquivel, who is detained in Switzerland as part of a probe into corruption in world governing body FIFA. Esquivel, 69, who was also a member of the executive committee of the South American Football Confederation, was arrested in May last year in Zurich with six other soccer executives on U.S. arrest warrants. The comments about a possible Venezuelan extradition request followed press reports that Esquivel's lawyers wanted him to be tried in his own country rather than in the United State

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:51:14 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

Jamie Vardy's stunning volley set Leicester on its way to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, keeping the unlikely title challengers top of the Premier League on a night Manchester United rediscovered its scoring touch at Old Trafford. Manchester City and Tottenham also won to stay in touch with Leicester, but Arsenal was held 0-0 by Southampton and dropped to fourth place. Leicester preserved its three-point lead over City and its title charge shows no sign of slowing - nor does Vardy's prolific form this seaso

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:22:55 -0500
Vardy keeps Leicester - Premier League title charge rolling

Tottenham beat Norwich 3-0 Tuesday to leapfrog its London rival Arsenal and move third in the Premier League. The visitors won their third straight league game with a second-minute goal from Dele Alli, followed by a double from Harry Kane, including one from the penalty spot at Carrow Road. Tottenham and Arsenal both have 45 points but Spurs has the better goal differenc

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:15:39 -0500
Soccer-Bournemouth hand Palace fifth successive league defeat

WEST BROMWICH (AP) -- West Brom earned a point with a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Swansea at The Hawthorns on Tuesday after Ki Sung-yueng was carried off on a stretcher for the away sid

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:14:14 -0500
Soccer-Rondon earns last-gasp relief for West Brom

MANCHESTER (AP) -- Manchester United eased to a 3-0 victory against Stoke in the Premier League on Tuesday, producing an attacking display at Old Traffor

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:53:50 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Jamie Vardy continued his prolific season by scoring two goals - including a looping volley from 25 meters - to guide Leicester to a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday, preserving the team's three-point lead in the Premier League. The England striker's stunning, long-distance strike put Leicester ahead in the 60th minute and he made it 18 goals for the season with a shot from close range in the 72nd after running onto Shinji Okazaki's deflected effort. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Leicester is providing the most unlikely title challenge in the 24-year history of the Premier Leagu

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:48:04 -0500
Soccer-Aguero gives outgoing Pellegrini reason to smile

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal dropped five points behind leader Leicester in the English Premier League with a goalless draw against Southampton on Tuesda

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:45:59 -0500
Soccer-Sexwale to seek CAF support to revive FIFA presidential bid

FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will seek continent-wide support in a final bid to revive his ailing election campaign at a meeting of African football leaders on Friday. Sexwale was grilled on Tuesday by high-ranking officials of his home South African Football Association (SAFA), who had earlier endorsed his candidacy in the race to replace Sepp Blatter. SAFA wanted answers about Sexwale's election tactics and the unconvincing progress of his campaign after they had backed his bid for the presidency and helped him obtain the five nominations needed to stand to replace Blatte

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