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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:33:59 -0500
Soccer-Milan scrape win over underdogs Alessandria with Balotelli penalty

Liverpool beat Stoke 6-5 on penalties to reach the English League Cup final on Tuesday, with Joe Allen scoring the decisive spot kick in the second leg. Stoke won the match 1-0 after extra time through Marko Arnautovic's first-half goal, and the semifinal finished 1-1 on aggregate. Stoke defender Marc Muniesa saw his effort saved by Simon Mignolet, and Allen converted high in the right corner before being mobbed by teammate


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:09:37 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Cup 4th round results

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Mario Balotelli converted a first-half penalty and AC Milan beat third-division Alessandria 1-0 in the opening leg of the Italian Cup semifinals on Tuesda


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:36:45 -0500
Soccer-Crystal Palace bring Adebayor back to Premier League

LONDON (AP) -- Angel Di Maria led the way in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after scoring twice to propel Paris Saint-Germain past Angers 5-1 at the weeken


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:50:38 -0500
Sydney Leroux announces her pregnancy, out for the Olympics

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The LA Galaxy have acquired defender Jelle Van Damme from Belgian club Standard Lieg


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:49:35 -0500
Adebayor looks to resurrect career at Crystal Palace

U.S. women's national team striker Sydney Leroux has announced that she and husband Dom Dwyer are expecting their first chil


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:14:53 -0500
Champagne backs United States for 2022 if Qatar is stripped

Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay has been elected as the fourth president in three years of turmoil for the governing body of South American soccer. Dominguez was the only candidate to lead CONMEBOL and received all 10 votes from the 10 member federations. Wilmar Valdez of Uruguay withdrew his candidacy before the voting bega


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:17:28 -0500
Soccer-Dominguez elected South American Football Confederation President

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will be out of action for several weeks after damaging ligaments in his kne


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:53:58 -0500
Soccer-Newcastle agree 12 million pound fee for Spurs Townsend - reports

Qatar's football association is suing former German soccer chief Theo Zwanziger for calling the Gulf nation a "cancer on world football" following its successful World Cup bid, Duesseldorf's regional court said on Tuesday. Zwanziger, who headed the German football association (DFB) until 2012, was asked in a television interview last year whether the decision to let Qatar host the 2022 World Cup should be reviewed as corruption allegations hit world soccer's governing body FIF


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:42:04 -0500
FIFA confirms candidates for Feb 26 presidency vote

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ad-hoc Electoral Committee has formally admitted five candidates to stand for the presidency of soccer's global governing body at an election on Feb. 26, it said on Tuesday. The five are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheik Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne of France, Gianni Infantino of Italy and Switzerland and Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Michael Shield


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:09:15 -0500
Soccer-Champagne backs U.S. World Cup if Qatar bid proven corrupt

The 2022 World Cup should be hosted by the United States if the Qatar bid is proven to have been corrupt, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said on Tuesday. "If it had to be reconsidered, there should not be another vote but we should apply the IOC (International Olympic Committee) jurisprudence, give the gold medal to the silver medalist," the Frenchman told French radio RTL. "In that case we would go to the United States in 2022," he added, referring to FIFA's 2010 decision to award the tournament to Qatar by a 14-8 margin over the U.S. in the final round of votin


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:13:12 -0500
Soccer-NZ women qualify for Rio after PNG fail to show

The New York Red Bulls have signed goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielders Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mike Grella and Sal Zizzo. The Major League Soccer teams announced the deals on Monday with Wright-Phillips getting a one-year contract and the other three signing multi-years deals. Robles had all 18 of New York's league wins in 2016 and extended his iron man streak to 106 consecutive league starts and full 90 minutes played for the Red Bulls, the second-longest such streak in league histor


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:36:37 -0500
Soccer-Forum loses its fizz as only Champagne faces European Parliament

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - A planned televised debate involving the men battling to become the next president of soccer body FIFA descended into farce on Monday after all but one candidate withdrew amid talk of "political interference."    Frenchman Jerome Champagne will now be the only one of the five to address the forum in Brussels, jointly organized by the New FIFA Now pressure group and the European Parliament's Sports Intergroup.     U.S. sports television network ESPN canceled plans to broadcast a live stream of the debate from the parliament building. Champagne, a former FIFA deputy general-secretary, told Reuters he would be there regardless. "I will be in Brussels on Wednesday since this debate, far from being a form of governmental interference, constitutes an opportunity to expose visions for the future of football and to start rebuilding trust around FIFA," he sai


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:48:16 -0500
Soccer-Central American group backs Infantino for FIFA president

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Central American Football Union (UNCAF), with seven votes in next month's FIFA presidential election, have announced their support for Gianni Infantino. Infantino is currently general secretary of European football body UEFA and one of the frontrunners in the election to replace disgraced fellow-Swiss Sepp Blatter, which will be held on Feb.26. UNCAF is part of the CONCACAF confederation and in a letter provided to Reuters on Monday, the presidents of the seven national federations in the region expressed their support for Infantino. .


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:49:08 -0500
Soccer-Sexwale asked to explain lacklustre FIFA campaign

CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has been called to appear before the South African Football Association (SAFA) to answer questions about a lackluster election campaign, SAFA said on Monday. Plans for him to meet the association’s leadership on Monday were canceled, however, because Sexwale is overseas, SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi told Reuters. SAFA wants him to explain his campaign tactics and progress after backing his bid for the presidency and helping him obtain the five nominations he needed to stand in the Feb. 26 ballot to replace Sepp Blatter. .


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:24:22 -0500
Soccer-Salman would offer senior FIFA post to England - Scudamore

The Bahraini sheikh bidding to become FIFA president next month says he would like Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, to be his secretary general if he wins the election. Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and a front-runner in the FIFA election, also said he wants former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to join a board of advisers that he would set up. The election to choose a new head of FIFA was called after the organization was plunged into the worst crisis in its 111-year history last May with the arrest of officials by American and Swiss authorities probing corruption allegation


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:44:11 -0500
Madrid drops 1st pts under Zidane, Atletico leaves Barca top

Juventus closed in on another record as it beat Roma 1-0 in Serie A on Sunday to keep the pressure on leader Napoli, which won 4-2 at 10-man Sampdoria. Paulo Dybala struck again to help Juventus secure an 11th successive league win and remain two points behind Napoli, while Inter Milan's woes continued. ''We played with character and had a great game technically, and at the end that gave us the win,'' Paul Pogba sai


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:10:06 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea - Costa is again a thorn in Arsenal - side

A change of managers at Chelsea but Arsenal still can't conquer its London rival. Arsenal was undone by a damaging five-minute spell in the first-half of Sunday's derby against a Chelsea team unbeaten after a month under Guus Hiddink's control. Per Mertesacker was sent off for tripping Diego Costa, then the striker scored the game's only goal at the Emirates Stadium in the 23rd minut


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:07:13 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

Long resigned to surrendering the trophy, Chelsea made its impact on the top of the table Sunday by inflicting 10-man Arsenal's first home loss since the opening day of the Premier League season. Arsenal appeared doomed from the 18th minute when captain Per Mertesacker was dismissed and Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game five minutes later. The 1-0 defeat saw Arsenal slip from first to third this weekend and allowed Leicester to regain a lead which was as unanticipated in August as Chelsea's freefal


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:33:32 -0500
Soccer-Meier hat-trick gives Frankfurt last-ditch win

Atletico Madrid failed to regain the Spanish league lead from Barcelona a week before their Camp Nou clash after being held 0-0 on Sunday by a Sevilla side that had a player and coach Unai Emery sent off. The stumble left Barcelona ahead of Atletico on goal difference thanks to Saturday's 2-1 win at Malaga. Antoine Griezmann had Atletico's best scoring opportunity when his header hit the post in the 53rd minut


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:23:12 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Atletico Madrid failed to regain the Spanish league lead from Barcelona a week before their Camp Nou clash after being held 0-0 on Sunday by a Sevilla side that had a player and coach Unai Emery sent off. The stumble left Barcelona ahead of Atletico on goal difference thanks to Saturday's 2-1 win at Malaga. Antoine Griezmann had Atletico's best scoring opportunity when his header hit the post in the 53rd minut


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:38:10 -0500
Soccer-Napoli score four and stay top, Inter held at home by Carpi

Eintracht Frankfurt captain Alexander Meier scored in injury time to complete a hat trick and earn his side a 3-2 win over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Dante shot the visitors into a deserved 25th-minute lead, but Meier equalized with a great finish in the 66th after Stefan Aigner laid the ball back. Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio was helpless to stop Meier claiming his second seven minutes later, again set up by Aigne


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:25:37 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a winning start as Swansea head coach on Sunday when the Welsh club won 2-1 at Everton in the Premier Leagu


Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:54:05 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

The fans' booing has become louder at Manchester United as the team's performances have become duller. Through it all, the club's hierarchy has remained silent about the manager overseeing setback after setback: Louis van Gaal. Not Alex Ferguson, but the chief executive who worked alongside the manager who delivered 38 trophies in 26 year


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:40:05 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Unite States women's soccer team's road to Rio got off to a smooth star


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:30:44 -0500
Soccer-Barca back on top after Messi stunner

Lionel Messi returned from a brief injury break to help Barcelona take the overnight lead in Spain, while Jamie Vardy found his scoring touch to boost Leicester's English Premier League title chase on Saturda


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:13:28 -0500
Messi scores to help Barca take overnight Liga lead

Sergio Aguero twice came to Manchester City's rescue with the team's only shots on target to recover a 2-2 draw at West Ham on another frustrating away-day for the title-chasers on Saturday. City has just one win in eight games on the road - the type of form that contributes to Manuel Pellegrini's side being three points behind leader Leicester. West Ham remained sixth, six points behind Tottenham, which occupies the fourth Champions League plac


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:45:09 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

MILAN (AP) -- AC Milan was held to a 2-2 draw at Empoli in an entertaining match in Serie A on Saturda


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:23:06 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

Claudio Ranieri had been telling Leicester striker Jamie Vardy that if he continued to work hard then his goal drought would end. The manager was proved right on Saturday in a 3-0 win over Stoke. During his six Premier League matches without a goal, Vardy has been typically industrious, buzzing around opposition defenders and not allowing them time on the ball, despite his fitness being affected earlier this month by a minor groin operatio


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:45:35 -0500
Soccer-Reus sparkles as Dortmund cruise past Gladbach

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored one goal and set up another for Borussia Dortmund to win 3-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach and keep pace with Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Saturday. Both sides hit the crossbar early on - through Andreas Christensen for 'Gladbach and Ilkay Gundogan for Dortmund - before Marco Reus finally broke the deadlock in the 41st minut


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:30:22 -0500
Soccer-Aguero double rescues vital point for Man City title push

LONDON (AP) -- Sergio Aguero twice came to Manchester City's rescue to recover a 2-2 draw at West Ham on another frustrating away-day for the title-chasers on Saturda


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:42:29 -0500
Soccer-Leicester back on top, Liverpool win thriller at Norwich

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Watford beat struggling Newcastle 2-1 Saturday to end its four-game losing streak in the Premier Leagu


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:29:10 -0500
Soccer-Nobody can believe my Leicester dreamers, says Ranieri

Led by two brilliant goals from Angel di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain continued its march to a fourth-straight title by crushing Angers 5-1 to provisionally move 24 points clear at the top of the French league on Saturday. Angers boasted an excellent defensive record heading into the game, but had little answer once star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead in the 32nd minute. Di Maria capped an outstanding performance with two goals midway through the second half, after Brazilian winger Lucas and right back Gregory van der Wiel had scored either side of halftim


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:08:21 -0500
Bottom-place Aston Villa draws 0-0 at West Brom

The expectation is the rails will come off Leicester's title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. Little goes to the script in this Premier League season. Manchester United was stunned 1-0 at home by Southampton on Saturda


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:00:58 -0500
Patrick van Aanholt gives Sunderland 1-1 draw vs Bournemouth

A remarkable acrobatic goal by Dele Alli propelled Tottenham past Crystal Palace 3-1 and tightened their grip on a top-four spot in the English Premier League on Saturday. Palace, condemned to a third straight defeat, deservedly led early despite it being through Jan Vertonghen's own goal. Palace forced Spurs to shoot in hope rather than with confidence, and even after Harry Kane leveled, Palace could have retaken the lead as it hit the crossbar twic


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:41:59 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Lionel Messi scored an acrobatic goal to help Barcelona earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Malaga on Saturday, giving the defending champion the overnight lead of the Spanish league. Showing no signs of any lingering muscle pain that kept him from playing midweek, Messi made a pass for Luis Suarez to set up Munir El Haddadi's opening goal in the second minute. After Malaga's pressure led to Juan ''Juanpi'' Anor leveling, Messi restored Barcelona's advantage for good with a skillful scissor kick after halftim


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:36:56 -0500
Soccer-Barca back on top after Messi stunner

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Charlie Austin scored late on his debut as Southampton beat Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday to inflict the first English Premier League defeat of 2016 on Louis van Gaal's erratic tea


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:32:30 -0500
Soccer-Leicester back on top, Liverpool win thriller at Norwich

LONDON (AP) -- Fourth-place Tottenham bolstered its pursuit of a Champions League berth by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 with two late goals in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:06:11 -0500
Soccer-Austin header gives Southampton 1-0 win at Man United

Striker Hugo Almeida scored on his return to the Bundesliga on Saturday but couldn't prevent his new club Hannover from slumping to a 2-1 home loss to Darmstadt. Almeida, who joined from Anzhi Makhachkala during the winter break, scored 10 minutes into his Hannover debut, only for Sandro Wagner to equalize from close range, and then convert the rebound after Jan Rosenthal's header struck the post right after halftime. It was Thomas Schaaf's first game in charge of Hannover, now bottom after its seventh defeat from nine games at hom


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:37:49 -0500
Almeida scores on Bundesliga return but Hannover loses again

European football's power vacuum is being seen as an opportunity by clubs to have a big say in overhauling its richest competition. The Champions League could look very different by 2018 if some of the continent's biggest teams convince UEFA to offer them guaranteed spots in a more American-style competition. The European Club Association thrashed out various visions for the Champions League of the future at meetings in Nyon earlier this week, before UEFA leaders met in the Swiss city without a president as the governing body stalls on replacing the banned Michel Platin


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:53:54 -0500
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

NORWICH, England (AP) -- Adam Lallana completed a wild 5-4 victory for Liverpool at Norwich just after Juergen Klopp's side appeared to have thrown away three English Premier League points in stoppage time on Saturda


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:37:16 -0500
Bayern Munich resumes Bundesliga with 2-1 win at Hamburg

Original Seattle Sounders defender Zach Scott has re-signed with the club for the 2016 season, putting off retirement for at least one more year. The Sounders announced Scott's signing Friday. The 35-year-old is one of three players from Seattle's inaugural season in 2009 that is still on the roste


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:34:45 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to extend its Bundesliga lead with a 2-1 win at Hamburger SV as the league resumed from its month-long winter break on Friday. After an encouraging start from the hard-tackling home side, Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty in the 37th minute after goalkeeper Rene Adler brought down Thomas Mueller just inside the area. Adler picked up Hamburg's third yellow card and Lewandowski's score was Bayern's only shot on goal in the first hal


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:54:15 -0500
Soccer-Most UEFA associations back Infantino for FIFA presidency

Gianni Infantino, a candidate in the election for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA, received the "overwhelming" backing of Europe's football associations, UEFA said on Friday. "UEFA's national associations overwhelmingly expressed their support for Gianni and will officially announce their individual positions in due course," said UEFA in a statement. FIFA's 209 member associations each have one vote in the election, with 53 of those in Europ


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:49:35 -0500

(Reuters) - UEFA will not schedule a presidential election to replace banned Michel Platini until the Frenchman's appeal has been decided, the European soccer body said in a statement on Friday. Platini, who had been strong favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, was banned for eight years from all football activities by the world body's ethics committee last month. "The UEFA Executive Committee decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision regarding Michel Platini’s suspension," UEFA sai


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:46:47 -0500
Giuseppe Rossi joins Spanish club Levante on loan

Unlike in previous seasons, only one team will be looking to enhance its Premier League title challenge when Arsenal hosts Chelsea on Sunday. Arsenal, which leads the league on goal difference ahead of Leicester, is coming into the match after a pair of draws, while still-struggling Chelsea has four draws and one win from its last five matches since Guus Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho. ''Even if Chelsea are not in the best position, look at their squa


Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:08:35 -0500
Souness welcomes 40-team World Cup concept

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino will share his manifesto with UEFA member federations on Friday. UEFA summoned the leaders of its 54 national bodies to discuss the five-candidate FIFA election to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26. Officials arriving at Geneva airport said UEFA sent no agenda for the meeting at its headquarters in nearby Nyo


Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:32:18 -0500
Soccer-Ex-FIFA VP to be freed on bond before U.S. trial on bribery charges

A U.S. judge has approved the release pending trial of Alfredo Hawit, a former vice president of world soccer's governing body FIFA and one of more than 40 people and entities charged in an anti-corruption sweep in the sport, his lawyer said on Thursday. Hawit is to be released on a $1 million personal recognizance bond secured by $50,000 cash and real estate, lawyer Justin Weddle said. It was not immediately known when he would be released, but Hawit would be subject to home detention and electronic monitoring, Weddle sai


Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:50:46 -0500
Soccer-Spanish King - Cup quarterfinal results

It took a trip to Europe for Jordan Morris to reaffirm his desire to start his professional career in the U.S. The best college player in the country last year and the rising star with the U.S. national team decided Seattle was where he wanted to begin. ''I always knew I wanted to come home,'' Morris said Thursday after being officially signed by the Seattle Sounders as a Homegrown Playe


Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:02:56 -0500
US-born forward Giuseppe Rossi ready to leave Fiorentina

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is tackling the sports arena with a new platform called Facebook Sports Stadium, which the social media site said will provide real-time updates on games, popular posts from fans, statistics and commentary from experts. "With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world's largest stadium," it wrote in a post on Wednesday announcing the feature. Facebook, which said it had an average 1.01 billion active daily users as of September, reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday, Jan. 2


Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:14:34 -0500
Mascherano expected to avoid jail time in tax case

Gianni Infantino has declared 500,000 euros ($542,000) in financial backing from UEFA for his FIFA presidential campaign. Infantino, UEFA's general secretary, disclosed on his campaign website that the funding was approved by the European governing body in October. With Michel Platini ineligible due to his FIFA ban, Infantino entered the race on deadline-day in October as the UEFA-based candidat




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