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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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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:07:15 -0500
Quotes from voters in this week - AP Global Football 10

CHICAGO (AP) -- Defender Brad Evans has left the U.S. national team training camp to rejoin the Seattle Sounders after coming out of Sunday's 3-2 win over Iceland at halftime because of a tight right hamstrin

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:43:03 -0500
Neymar appears in court over Barcelona transfer

LONDON, England (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo led the way at the summit of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday, after scoring a hat trick in Real Madrid's resounding 6-0 win against Espanyo

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:02:01 -0500
Ronaldo in pole position after hat trick against Espanyol

United used to take pity on City. Manchester derbies were embarrassing mismatches - City won just one of 26 meetings between 1981 and 2002 - and some United fans even craved a stronger city rival. Now they have one, and pity has been supplanted by jealousy with news that Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season to take over at City on a three-year contrac

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:58:57 -0500
Former German soccer president wins preliminary court ruling

Brazil striker Neymar appeared before a judge Tuesday to testify in an investigation into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona. Neymar's father, who acts as his agent, was also going to be questioned by judge Jose de la Mata at the National Court in Madrid. Current Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell denied any wrongdoing when they testified on Monda

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:09:41 -0500
Soccer-FIFA wants two-year ban for South Korean who failed doping test

FIFA has appealed for a ban on South Korean player, Kang Soo-il, to be increased to two years, the second increase after he was banned for 15 games then six months for failing a doping test last year. Kang apologized to fans and blamed a moustache-growing cream after he failed a test for the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone on June 11. The Korea Football Association (KFA) imposed a six-month ban on Aug. 12 but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday that FIFA had appealed for mor

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:59:23 -0500
Interview: Infantino consults Platini during FIFA campaign

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City has loaned 18-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown to FC Porto, one of the most prestigious clubs in Portugal, for the remainder of the yea

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:49:52 -0500
Soccer-Stoke smash club record to buy Imbula from Porto

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Lionel Messi will skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because his coach Gerardo Martino says he needs some res

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:34:06 -0500
Soccer-Dutch midfielder Fer joins Swansea on loan

Gary Neville knew that coaching at a high level wasn't going to be easy. Less than two months into his first head-coaching job, the former Manchester United great is already in danger of being fired. The Spanish club hasn't won in eight league games since Neville took over the squa

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:49:28 -0500
A lot going wrong for Gary Neville, but not all his fault

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA has cut off funding to the corruption-hit confederations for soccer in the Americas, the global football body said on Monday, in a move which could cause future cash flow problems for the two organizations. The two bodies, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, have been at the center of a corruption scandal that has engulfed world soccer and seen 41 individuals and entities charged in the United States on a variety of graft-related offences. "We can confirm that in light of current proceedings involving individuals related to CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, FIFA has put contributions towards these two Confederations on hold until further notice," said a FIFA spokesperso

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:22:09 -0500
The Latest: Tasci joins Bayern Munich on loan

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino said on Monday he would not automatically choose a European to be his secretary general if he wins the election to lead world soccer this month, breaking a pattern dating back more than 100 years. Infantino, who appears to have widespread backing in Europe and promised support from South and Central American countries, hinted he could appoint an African to run FIFA's day-to-day administration if he wins the election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Speaking at London's Wembley Stadium, he gave no specific indication why he would seek to broaden FIFA's power base as he launched his action plan for his first three months in office, should he win the vot

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:22:20 -0500
Infantino would hire non-European to run FIFA administration

It all seems to be getting a bit much for Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini with the Nerazzurri's season imploding. Inter fans protested outside the stadium after Sunday's match and there are signs that the pressure has gotten to Mancini. The former Manchester City boss became embroiled in a row with Napoli counterpart Maurizio Sarri after Inter's recent Italian Cup quarterfinal win and stuck his middle finger up to Milan fans after he was sent to the stands Sunday for the second time in less than two week

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:21:02 -0500
Soccer-Perez signs new five-and-a-half year Newcastle contract

Gianni Infantino will not appoint a fellow European to run the FIFA administration if he is elected president, indicating he wants an African to fill the role of secretary-general. The Swiss-Italian candidate, who is UEFA's general secretary, said he would quickly seek to replace the fired Jerome Valcke if he wins the Feb. 26 FIFA election. ''What we want to do is open the doors of FIFA administratio

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:10:22 -0500
HIGHLIGHTS-Soccer-Transfer deadline day

(Reuters) - Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong has joined U.S. team Los Angeles Galaxy after mutually agreeing to end his contract with AC Milan, the Los Angeles Times reported. The tough-tackling 31-year-old, who started his career with Ajax Amsterdam and played for Hamburg SV and Manchester City, has represented the Netherlands 80 times. "There are negotiations underway with LA Galaxy," Milan CEO Adriano Galliani told Mediaset Premium before the Serie A derby game against Inter Milan on Sunda

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:17:03 -0500
The Latest: Hamburg signs Drmic on loan from Gladbach

Pep Guardiola will take over as manager of Manchester City on a three-year contract starting next season, with the English Premier League club finally capturing soccer's most sought-after coach four years after failing in its first attempt. City made the announcement Monday, minutes after current manager Manuel Pellegrini ended a news conference by saying he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. City is already the richest club in English soccer, with the strongest squad of players and arguably the best academy in the countr

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:46:18 -0500
Guardiola to become Man City manager, replacing Pellegrini

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will meet an Afghan boy who gained Internet fame after a touching series of photographs went viral, showing him playing in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag and bearing the name and playing number of his hero. Five year-old Murtaza, from a poor family in the Jaghori district in the central province of Ghazni, became an unlikely Internet sensation after the pictures were shared on Facebook and other social media sites. Unable to get a real Messi shirt, Murtaza's brother had rigged him up a plastic bag in the light blue and white colors of the Argentinian national team, with "Messi" and the number "10" written on it in marker pe

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:50:22 -0500
HIGHLIGHTS-Soccer-Transfer deadline day

Werder Bremen has signed Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic from Tottenham. The club says Veljkovic's contract runs through to mid-2019. Bremen director Thomas Eichin calls Veljkovic ''an investment in the future.'' Veljkovic will start with Bremen's development side in the third divisio

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:42:24 -0500
The Latest: Valencia reinforced defense with Siqueira

Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the English Premier League champion at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract. The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain in Chelsea's history, was informed about the decision before last week's 1-0 league win over Arsenal. ''It's not going to be a fairytale ending, I'm not going to retire at Chelse

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:27:29 -0500
Soccer-In-form Rooney seeks to keep heat off Van Gaal

LONDON (AP) -- It's the last day for clubs in Europe's top leagues to strengthen their squads before the winter transfer window close

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:54:16 -0500
Soccer-Wenger expects Iwobi to flourish after solid Cup display

Barcelona's current and former club presidents are being questioned by a judge in a Madrid court as part of an investigation into alleged irregularities regarding the transfer of Brazil striker Neymar. Club president Josep Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell arrived together on Monday to answer questions by National Court judge Jose de la Mata. Neymar is expected testify on Tuesda

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:33:49 -0500
Southampton-Arsenal Preview

Steve Birnbaum and the U.S. men's national team both need some time to shake off an up-and-down 2015 season. Birnbaum headed home the tiebreaking goal on Michael Bradley's corner kick in the 90th minute, and the U.S. men's national team opened its 2016 schedule with a 3-2 exhibition victory over Iceland on Sunday. The Orange County native set up Michael Orozco's tying goal in the 59th minute before knocking in the late winner, celebrating in front of a crowd that included his mother and grandmothe

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:20:37 -0500
PSG equals longest unbeaten run in French league

Steve Birnbaum headed home the tiebreaking goal on Michael Bradley's corner kick in the 90th minute, and the U.S. men's national team opened its 2016 schedule with a 3-2 exhibition victory over Iceland on Sunday. Jozy Altidore and Michael Orozco scored tying goals before Birnbaum knocked in the late winner to cap an entertaining start to the Americans' season. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team is preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March, and he fielded a lineup mixing World Cup veterans with four players making their U.S. debut

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:08:44 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

Europe's finest strikers were on target on Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli secured wins. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as leader Paris Saint-Germain equaled the longest unbeaten run in the French league with a 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne. Cristiano Ronaldo did even better with a hat trick that helped Real Madrid crush Espanyol 6-0 and stay in touch with Barcelona at the top in Spai

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:45:52 -0500
Jonas nets 2, Benfica wins to keep pressure on Sporting

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to help Real Madrid crush Espanyol 6-0 and stay in touch with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday. Madrid bounced back from its 1-1 draw at Real Betis last weekend with another dominant display in coach Zinedine Zidane's third game in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he won his first two matches 5-0 and 5-1 after replacing Rafa Benitez. Goals by Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez either side of a penalty earned and converted by Ronaldo had Madrid 3-0 ahead after just 16 minute

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:36:25 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as leader Paris Saint-Germain equaled the longest unbeaten run in the French league with a 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne on Sunday. PSG has not lost a league match since March last year and is now unbeaten in 32 games, a record set by Nantes 21 years ago. The win extended PSG's lead over second-place Monaco to 24 points after Laurent Blanc's players overcame a strong resistance from Saint-Etienne in a lively encounte

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:21:24 -0500
Soccer-Departing Terry leaves glittering Chelsea legacy

Gonzalo Higuain scored again as Napoli came from behind to beat Empoli 5-1 on Sunday, ensuring his side remains top of Serie A and two points clear of title rival Juventus. Juve won 4-0 at Chievo Verona, while Fiorentina stayed third despite a goalless draw at Genoa as fourth-place Inter Milan lost a heated derby 3-0 to AC Milan. Inter striker Mauro Icardi missed a penalty with the score at 1-0 and the Rossoneri went on to claim only their second win in the past 10 derby matche

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:17:24 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

By Mike Collett LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - John Terry will pass into Chelsea folklore as their greatest captain during the most successful period in their history and his announcement on Sunday that he will leave at the end of the season marks the end of an era. Along with keeper Petr Cech, who quit last year, Frank Lampard, who departed in 2014, and Didier Drogba, who left in 2012, Terry was key to Chelsea's success in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and the Champions Leagu

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:27:00 -0500
Ronaldo gets hat trick as Madrid crushes Espanyol 6-0

Chelsea will host Premier League title favorite Manchester City in the last 16 of the FA Cup, while Wayne Rooney faces an unpleasant trip down memory lane when Manchester United travels to third-tier Shrewsbury, the lowest-placed team left in soccer's oldest club competition. Sunday's fifth-round draw followed shortly after Chelsea won 5-1 at MK Dons, as interim manager Guus Hiddink's side continued its sporting rehabilitation after a dreadful start to the seaso

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:25:37 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Chelsea captain John Terry says he will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club informed him it would not be renewing his contract. Terry was told of the decision before last week's 1-0 league win over Arsenal. The 35-year-old central defender joined the club as a 14-year-old in Chelsea's youth ranks, and made his senior debut in 199

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:51:26 -0500
Oscar scores hat trick as Chelsea, Everton win in FA Cup

Police are investigating reports of racist chanting by Carlisle United fans during their FA Cup fourth round defeat by Everton on Sunday, according to North Cumbria police. Home fans allegedly chanted racist abuse towards Arouna Kone after he celebrated the opening goal with Aaron Lennon in Everton's 3-0 victory at Brunton Park. The official Twitter account of Cumbria Police said: "Racism will not be tolerated in Cumbri

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:43:01 -0500
Chelsea faces Man City in FA Cup 5th Round

Oscar scored a first-half hat trick as Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory at second-tier MK Dons to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday. Oscar tapped into an empty net in the 15th minute after a defensive blunder, but the Dons soon leveled when Darren Potter beat Thibaut Courtois with a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the area. Costa and Eden Hazard squandered easy chances before Oscar drilled home Chelsea's second in the 32nd minute and then smashed in a superb third just before the break after a 25-yard (meter) run that started over on the left touchlin

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:43:01 -0500
Chelsea faces Man City in FA Cup 5th Round

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to restore its eight-point lead over his former club Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win against Hoffenheim on Sunday. The Poland striker broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute and sealed the result in the 64th with his 19th goal of the season. Midfielder Xabi Alonso lined up alongside Holger Badstuber in Bayern's central defense due to Jerome Boateng's groin injur

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:55:53 -0500
Soccer-First La Liga win still eludes Valencia - Neville

Fans at Carlisle's FA Cup match at home to Everton on Sunday were warned that racism would not be tolerated at the stadium, following a report of abusive language. The alleged incident happened in the fourth-round game after Everton opened the scoring in the second minute through Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, who is black. ''I thought it was dealt with in a very good manner,'' Everton manager Roberto Martinez told broadcaster BT Spor

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:29:31 -0500
Iraqis rally around Olympic soccer team after Qatar win

BERLIN (AP) -- Anthony Modeste scored late to earn Cologne a 1-1 draw and extend Wolfsburg's six-game run without a win in the Bundesliga on Sunda

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:00:07 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

The Iraqi soccer team's overtime win against Qatar, which will send it to the Olympics for the first time in more than a decade, has at least briefly united the fractured country in exultation amid its grinding war against the Islamic State group. Hundreds of fans, many singing and dancing, massed on the outskirts of Baghdad airport to give the Lions of Mesopotamia a hero's welcome after they qualified for the 2016 games in Brazil. Iraq is well into its second year in the fight against the Islamic State group, which seized nearly a third of the country in a lightning offensive in the summer of 201

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:48:54 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

MILAN (AP) -- New Roma coach Luciano Spalletti earned his first win back in charge by 3-1 over relegation-threatened Frosinone in Serie A on Saturda

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:38:11 -0500
Soccer-Aubameyang double leads Dortmund past gutsy Ingolstadt

BERLIN (AP) -- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for Borussia Dortmund to beat promoted Ingolstadt 2-0 and provisionally cut the gap on Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to five points on Saturda

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:40:48 -0500
Soccer-Suarez hits winner as Barca sink nine-man Atletico

Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, as the English Premier League title contenders showed their strength in depth. Iheanacho opened the scoring, and the 19-year-old striker converted a penalty 20 minutes later after Raheem Sterling was brought down in the area. Iheanacho struck again in the second half after a 30-yard (meter) run, and Sterling added City's fourth just two minutes after tha

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:20:16 -0500
Soccer-Aubameyang double leads Dortmund past gutsy Ingolstadt

Barcelona took a big step toward successfully defending its Spanish league title when it fought back to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Saturday. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals to respond to Atletico's great start, when Jorge ''Koke'' Resurreccion netted 10 minutes into the match at the Camp Nou. Atletico then self-destructed when Filipe Luis earned a direct red card for sticking his studs into Messi's knee seconds before halftim

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:31:32 -0500
Soccer-Former Brazil striker Adriano signs for fourth division Miami club

MIAMI, Jan 30 (Reuters) - - Former Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano has signed for fourth-tier regional league American club Miami United, the team said in a statement. The 33-year-old's last competitive appearance was for Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense in 2014 and his career nose-dived after a successful time at Inter where he scored 47 goals in 115 appearances. Capped 48 times by Brazil, Adriano has been plagued by off-field problems throughout his career and after leaving Inter he had a brief successful spell with Flamengo before an ill-fated move to AS Roma. .

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:31:32 -0500
Soccer-Former Brazil striker Adriano signs for fourth division Miami club

MIAMI, Jan 30 (Reuters) - - Former Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano has signed for fourth-tier regional league American club Miami United, the team said in a statement. The 33-year-old's last competitive appearance was for Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense in 2014 and his career nose-dived after a successful time at Inter where he scored 47 goals in 115 appearances. Capped 48 times by Brazil, Adriano has been plagued by off-field problems throughout his career and after leaving Inter he had a brief successful spell with Flamengo before an ill-fated move to AS Roma. .

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:54:53 -0500
Soccer-Serie A results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea says it has signed U.S. international defender Matt Miazga from the New York Red Bulls on a four-and-a-half year contrac

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:20:00 -0500
Soccer-Players spend much time with national teams - Juve president

Tottenham eased to a 4-1 victory at Colchester United to reach the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, after a clash of heads left one of the home side's defenders in hospital. Colchester said Alex Wynter suffered a deep cut in his mouth and was slightly disorientated, but ''otherwise doing OK'' after colliding with teammate Tom Eastman in the opening minutes. With Eastman later substituted because of his injuries, leaving the hosts without both its first-choice central defenders, Spurs broke the deadlock in the 27th minut

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:55:13 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Chelsea made their second signing in 24 hours when defender Matt Miazga joined from MLS club New York Red Bulls on Saturday. The Premier League club, who took Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato on loan from Sao Paulo-based Corinthians on Friday, said Miazga had signed a four-and-a-half year contract. New Jersey born Miazga, 20, was a product of the Red Bulls academy, making his debut for the club when he was 1

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:05:53 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Colchester United defender Alex Wynter was taken to hospital after a clash of heads with teammate Tom Eastman in the opening minutes of their FA Cup fourth round match against Tottenham on Saturday. Wynter went straight down after both men went for an aerial ball. Medical personnel were quickly on the pitch and stayed there for several minutes before the 22-year-old Wynter was carried off on a stretche

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:14:44 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Nearly $1 million in funds from soccer's global governing body FIFA may have gone missing from Guatemala's soccer federation last year, according to sources and an internal audit seen by Reuters. Dozens of soccer officials worldwide have been charged by U.S. authorities probing corruption in FIFA, in an investigation that has sent shockwaves across the sport. In 2015, the Guatemalan soccer federation (Fedefut) received 8.24 million quetzals ($1.1 mln) in nine deposits from FIFA from February to October, according to a document signed by the federation's accountant and seen by Reuter

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:31:57 -0500
EXCLUSIVE-Nearly $1 mln in FIFA funds missing in Guatemala - sources

By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Nearly $1 million in funds from soccer's global governing body FIFA may have gone missing from Guatemala's soccer federation last year, according to sources and an internal audit seen by Reuters. Dozens of soccer officials worldwide have been charged by U.S. authorities probing corruption in FIFA, in an investigation that has sent shockwaves across the sport. In 2015, the Guatemalan soccer federation (Fedefut) received 8.24 million quetzals ($1.1 mln) in nine deposits from FIFA from February to October, according to a document signed by the federation's accountant and seen by Reuter

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:33:12 -0500
Hiddink says Chelsea is acquiring Matt Miazga from Red Bulls

Christian Clemens gave Mainz a 1-0 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach as the visitors succumbed to a second straight Bundesliga loss on Friday. Moenchengladbach started well but fell behind in the 21st minute after Ibrahima Traore lost possession. Jairo found Clemens in plenty of space between two 'Gladbach defenders and the Mainz midfielder let fly from a central position to score on his 100th Bundesliga appearanc

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:57:20 -0500
Soccer-Man Utd beat Derby in FA Cup to ease pressure on Van Gaal

Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Louis Van Gaal following a 3-1 win over second-tier Derby in the FA Cup on Friday. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata saw United advance to the fifth round of the competition. Rooney curled home from the edge of the area in the 16th with a fine effort beyond the outstretched arm of Derby goalkeeper Scott Carso

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:02:26 -0500
Soccer-Blatter to attend appeal hearing on Feb 16.

Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter will return to the headquarters of soccer's governing body on Feb. 16 when his appeal against his ban from the sport will be heard, according to his advisor. Blatter, head of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body since 1998, was banned in December from all football-related activity for eight years by the ethics committee of FIFA, mired in the worst graft scandal its 111-year history. "Mr Blatter will attend an appeal hearing at on Feb 16, at the home of FIFA, and we expect the decision as soon as possible," his advisor Thomas Renggli told Reuter

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