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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:06:39 -0400
Soccer-Sturridge brace helps Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal through

FC Dallas can make history in the Major League Soccer playoff


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:01:07 -0400
Juventus CEO: agent to earn $30 million for Pogba transfer

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both scored twice as the experienced players secured passage for their youthful teams into the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Tuesda


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:45:54 -0400
Soccer-English League Cup 4th round results

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) vice president John Delaney resigned on Tuesday, becoming the first board member to quit since its chief, Pat Hickey, was charged in Brazil over an alleged scheme to sell Olympic tickets illegally. Delaney, who is head of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), said last month that he had no role or involvement in the OCI's handling of ticketing arrangements and would consider his position as the FAI's member of the OCI Executive Committee. .


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:25:58 -0400
Soccer-Dutch Cup 2nd round results

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Liam Ridgewell face charges of driving under the influence after an accident in Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Monday nigh


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:46:36 -0400
Ravens challenge soccer orthodoxy in Belarus

Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport's most memorable goals, died on Tuesday. A statement on Carlos Alberto's Facebook page confirmed the death. ''It is in deep sorrow that we inform that this Tuesday morning our eternal captain Carlos Alberto Torres passed away in Rio de Janeiro,'' the statement sai


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:45:30 -0400
Brazilian soccer great Carlos Alberto Torres dies

Less than three years ago, Alexander Skshinetsky's soccer career seemed over. In only its third professional season, Krumkachy Minsk is playing top-flight soccer, beating established names and challenging the economic orthodoxy in one of Europe's most closed-off countries. The secret has been finding talented players on the verge of leaving the game, or even those who have already quit, ''people who have been underestimated and put down,'' in the words of co-founder Denis Shunto, who set up Krumkachy with friends in 201


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:35 -0400
Argentina, Uruguay reiterate hopes to co-host 2030 World Cup

Jose Mourinho is reeling from his heaviest loss in English soccer. Pep Guardiola has matched the longest winless run of his coaching career. Things are about to get worse for one of the managers when Manchester United and Manchester City meet Wednesday in the fourth round of the English League Cu


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:29:32 -0400
Soccer-FIFA fines Spanish FA for breach of transfer rules

FIFA have fined Spain's football federation (RFEF) for breaking rules governing the international transfer and registration of minors by allowing Atletico and Real Madrid to sign underage players from other countries. In January, world football's governing body banned the Madrid clubs from participating in two consecutive transfer windows for breaching rules regarding the signing of underage non-Spanish players, similar punishment to that handed out to Barcelona in 2015. FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruled on Tuesday that the Spanish federation must pay 220,000 Swiss francs ($221,283) for breaching article 19 of their regulations on the status and transfers of players, which is designed to protect minor


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:37:27 -0400
Messi off to great start, already outshining Madrid trio

LONDON (AP) -- English soccer authorities are investigating newspaper allegations that Watford supplied falsified financial information to allow Italian businessman Gino Pozzo to become the club's owne


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:22:51 -0400
Cricket-Stokes brings the X factor, says England captain Cook

By himself, Lionel Messi has already scored more than Real Madrid's top three forwards combined. The Barcelona star is off to one of the best starts of his career with 14 goals in 11 matches, two more than what Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have netted so far with Madrid. ''Messi has been superb,'' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said simpl


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:57:59 -0400
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last seaso


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:27:58 -0400
Soccer-Dual Manchester slump adds gravitas to EFL Cup derby

Arsenal remains ''very high'' on Arsene Wenger and it will be ''very hard'' replacing the manager who is in the final year of his contract, owner Stan Kroenke told The Associated Press on Monday. Wenger this month celebrated 20 years in charge of Arsenal and has offered no indication whether he wants to sign a new deal into next season. The 67-year-old Frenchman became the Premier League's longest serving manager when Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United in 201


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:01:05 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho accused Conte of humiliating United - Italian TV

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organization. Infantino was elected in February with the task of leading FIFA into calmer waters after a series of corruption scandals plunged the governing body into its worst crisis. Prince Ali told Reuters in an interview that Infantino should focus on implementing reforms rather than issues such as proposals to expand the World Cu


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:34:36 -0400
Lloyd scores twice, US women beat Switzerland 5-1

(Reuters) - Didier Drogba was absent again when the Montreal Impact played the New England Revolution on Sunday, falling further out of the team’s picture. The Ivorian striker refused to play last week after learning that he would not be in the starting lineup against Toronto FC, an act that earned him a fine from Major League Soccer (MLS). The Impact indicated that the impasse had been settled earlier in the week, but Drogba did not train with the team leading up to the match against the Revolution, and Montreal coach Mauro Biello suggested the 38-year-old former Chelsea man is dealing with lingering discomfort from a back injur


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:21:30 -0400
Soccer-Drogba absent again as Impact limp into playoffs

The defending champions are heading home, FC Dallas claimed the Supporters' Shield and the Seattle Sounders' second-half revival continued on an eventful final day of the Major League Soccer regular season. In the Western Conference there were four teams vying Sunday for the final three playoff spots beneath Dallas, Colorado and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Sounders fired coach Sigi Schmid after a disappointing first half but climbed six spots in the West, capped by Sunday's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lak


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:35:02 -0400
Timbers eliminated from playoffs with 4-1 loss to Vancouver

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Seitz made his only save in the 72nd minute and FC Dallas won the first Supporters' Shield in franchise history with a scoreless draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunda


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:28:38 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jack Harrison and Khiry Shelton scored two minutes apart in the second half and New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 4-1 on Sunday to secure a first-round bye in the playoff


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:26:31 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Christian Roldan broke a tie in the 31st minute and the Seattle Sounders wrapped up an MLS playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday in the regular-season finale. The Sounders (14-14-6, 48 points) made the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. Seattle will go in as the West's No. 4 seed, hosting Sporting Kansas City in a knockout round game Wednesday or Thursda


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:31:21 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

It was a relatively easy afternoon's work for Chelsea as they thumped former boss José Mourinho's Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Manchester United (4-2-3) were shell-shocked, looking vulnerable at the back and short of options going forward. Mourinho, who guided Chelsea (6-1-2) to the Premier League title in 2014-15 then was sacked by the club during last season's disappointing run, changed things at halftim


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:03:09 -0400
Iheanacho makes instant impact as City draw with Saints

(Reuters)- - Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his Premier League return to Stamford Bridge where his former side Chelsea routed Manchester United 4-0 on Sunday, Having held out for 90 minutes at Anfield last Monday, United conceded the quickest goal in the Premier League this season to Pedro after 30 seconds and were then ripped apart as Gary Cahill (21), Eden Hazard (62) and N'Golo Kante (70) completed the scoring. Most of the goals stemmed from poor defending as Chelsea found ever more ingenious ways to inflict pain on Mourinh


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:05:41 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City midfielder Brad Davis says he will retire from professional soccer after a 15-year career that included two MLS Cup titles and six All-Star selection


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:30:43 -0400
Soccer-Iheanacho makes instant impact as City draw with Saints

(Reuters) - - Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's side, who began the season with 10 straight victories, have now gone five games without a win in all competitions, equaling the Spaniard's worst run as a manager. It could have been even worse for City after they gifted Southampton the lead when a wayward pass from John Stones put Nathan Redmond in on goal after 27 minute


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:48:52 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Teenage midfielder Manuel Locatelli scored a spectacular second-half goal as AC Milan marked a return to prominence with a 1-0 win over visiting Juventus in Serie A on Saturday. Locatelli's powerful, rising shot from the right edge of the area bounced in off the underside of the crossbar, and stranded Gianluigi Buffon. Locatelli, who is already being compared to Andrea Pirlo, has produced two shots on target in his short Serie A career and both have been goal


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:25:22 -0400
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

Andres Iniesta's serious knee injury overshadowed another stellar performance by Lionel Messi on Saturday, when the Barcelona forward scored a second goal in stoppage time to earn a 3-2 win at Valencia. The hotly contested game was marred both by Enzo Perez's tackle that forced Iniesta off on a stretcher and a fan throwing a water bottle at Barcelona's players while they celebrated Messi's winner. The bottle appeared to strike Neymar's head and also impact other Barcelona players when it was tossed into their tight huddl


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:29:53 -0400
NYC FC can clinch second place vs. Crew

Arsene Wenger was in no mood to celebrate, though. A 0-0 home draw against struggling Middlesbrough brought an end to Arsenal's six-game winning run in the league, just when Wenger's team was being talked up as the real deal in the title race. Many will describe a slip-up of this kind as being typical of Arsenal, which has stumbled when expectations are at their highest in recent year


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:34:38 -0400
Soccer-Fluent Liverpool beat West Brom but miss out on top spot

Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho scored first-half goals to set up Liverpool for a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday. After dominating the match, Liverpool had to endure a nervy end following Gareth McAuley's close-range goal in the 81st minute at Anfield. Manchester City can reclaim the lead by beating Southampton on Sunda


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:31:29 -0400
Messi scores 2 as Barca beats Valencia 3-2, Iniesta injured

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette remembered how to take penalties but his teammates forget how to defend in a 3-1 home loss to Guingamp in the French league on Saturday. Lacazette, who scored 48 league goals in the past two seasons, went some way to making up for his midweek penalty miss against Juventus by scoring from the spot near halftime. On Tuesday, his penalty was saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and the miss proved costly as Lyon lost 1-


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:11:27 -0400
Arsenal top but end of winning run spoils Wenger - birthday

Stoke is slowly moving away from danger as Xherdan Shaqiri's brilliant brace secured back-to-back English Premier League wins for the Potters, whose 2-0 victory sent Hull into the bottom three on Saturday. Shaqiri lit up an otherwise ordinary game with two superb strikes in either half as Mark Hughes' side followed up last week's first league win of the season against Sunderland with its first league success away. Hull lost its fifth straight league match and its second since appointing Mike Phelan - Hughes' former Manchester United teammate - on a permanent basi


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:48:05 -0400
Arsenal held scoreless in draw with Middlesbrough

Lionel Messi scored a second goal with a stoppage-time penalty to give Barcelona a 3-2 league victory at Valencia on Saturday that was overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Andres Iniesta. Messi opened the scoring and had the last word of the wild match when he beat Diego Alves with a well-taken spot kick that slid just between the diving goalkeeper and the post. The hotly contested game was marred both by Enzo Perez's tackle that sent Iniesta off on a stretcher and a fan throwing a water bottle at Barcelona's players while they celebrated Messi's winne


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:34:34 -0400
Burnley beats Everton 2-1 for 3rd win in EPL

Winston Reid scored in the fourth minute of injury time to earn West Ham a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, earning the club a second English Premier League victory at its new London Stadium ground this season. Reid received the ball from Dimitri Payet after a short corner and drove a shot through a crowded penalty area and into the net. West Ham has won two straight games for the first time this season, having beaten Crystal Palace away last weeken


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:34:26 -0400
Leicester City break out to down Crystal Palace

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Arsene Wenger failed to collect the one birthday present he really coveted as his Arsenal side missed a golden opportunity to open daylight on their rivals at the top of the Premier League on Saturday. Wenger had hoped to celebrate his 67th birthday with an eighth successive win in all competitions but the Gunners were frustrated in a goalless home draw with Middlesbrough. Tottenham Hotspur also spurned the chance to go top as they were held 0-0 by Bournemouth while maintaining their season's unbeaten Premier League record at Dean Cour


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:21:28 -0400
Last-gasp Reid gives West Ham victory over Sunderland

American coach Bob Bradley awaits his first win in charge of Swansea following its 0-0 draw against Watford in the English Premier League on Saturday. Like in the 3-2 loss at Arsenal last week, Swansea produced an encouraging display under Bradley and kept a first clean sheet since the opening day of the season. There was also plenty of attacking intent at the Liberty Stadium, with playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson curling a shot against the post in the 83rd minute as Swansea dominated the closing stage


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:16:05 -0400
Bradley - Swansea end slump but fail to beat Watford

Arsenal went top of the Premier League after being held 0-0 at home on Saturday by struggling Middlesbrough as Arsene Wenger's team failed to give him a win for his 67th birthday present. The Gunners' run of six straight league victories came to an end amid wasteful finishing and Petr Cech's brilliance in goal. Having survived an ominous opening quarter camped on the edge of its own penalty area, Middlesbrough settled and grew in confidence at the Emirates stadiu


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:25:59 -0400
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund salvaged a 3-3 draw at lowly Ingolstadt, while Hertha Berlin kept its dream start going by moving joint-top in the Bundesliga on Saturda


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:35:23 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been carried off the pitch after injuring his right leg early in Saturday's match at Valenci


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:31:36 -0400
Tottenham held 0-0 by Bournemouth in Premier League

(Reuters) - - Tottenham Hotspur continued their best start to a season for 26 years by maintaining their unbeaten Premier League record but were made to work hard for their point by buoyant Bournemouth in a full-blooded 0-0 draw on Saturday. Bournemouth, fresh from three successive league wins at Dean Court, took a leaf out of Spurs' famed pressing book to give as good as they got from the title contenders and were well worth the draw. Bournemouth's resistance ensured they missed chance to provisionally go top of the table ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal but it could have been worse for the visitors if Hugo Lloris had not made a fine early save to thwart Charlie Daniel


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:22:44 -0400
Soccer-English premier league summaries

Tottenham's second-half pressure failed to yield a goal in a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday as the title contender dropped points for the second straight game. Spurs remain the only unbeaten team in the league after nine games but missed the chance to climb above Manchester City, which opened the weekend in first place. Tottenham was fortunate to end the game with 11 men after substitute Moussa Sissoko appeared to elbow Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter on the side of the face as they jostled for a ball at a throw-i


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:37:17 -0400
Soccer-Mental toughness key at Chelsea, says United - Rashford

World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi was hired Saturday to take over the national football team in the latest sign of China's commitment to becoming a serious force in world soccer. The Chinese Football Association announced Lippi's hiring after reports circulated this week suggesting a deal was close. The 68-year-old Lippi led Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, won five Italian league titles as manager of Juventus, and won three Chinese league titles while managing Guangzhou Evergrande before announcing his retirement in 201


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:38:56 -0400
Soccer-World Cup winning coach Lippi appointed China manager

BEIJING (Reuters) - World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi has been named as the head coach of China's national team, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on its website on Saturday. The 68-year-old, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, enjoyed a successful three-year spell with Guangzhou Evergrande, winning the Chinese League title three times and the Asia Champions League in 2013. Lippi replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned earlier this month after a 2-0 defeat in Uzbekistan dealt a further blow to the country's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. .


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:14:58 -0400
Soccer-Drogba fined for refusing to play for Montreal

BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- Having fully recovered from a groin injury, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named on Friday in Argentina's squad to face Brazil and Colombia in the next round of World Cup qualifier


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:26:01 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship preliminary round results and standings

Javier Mascherano's weight in the Barcelona team is measured by much more than his goals - or lack of. Having already proved his incredible flexibility over the years, the 32-year-old Mascherano is now learning another position. Mascherano is defying his age and increasing his worth in a team whose intricate passing style is incredibly demanding on player


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:20:35 -0400
Soccer-Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil, Colombia games

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as manager by Chelsea in December, said he would be going back to Stamford Bridge with his new Manchester United team on Sunday with "no bad feelings". The Portuguese believes he can never be removed from the history of Chelsea, where he won three Premier League crowns in two spells in charge, and said he would always be grateful to the fans for their support. "To be sacked is football," Mourinho told Sky Sports television on Frida


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:08:03 -0400
Soccer-Barca boss expecting tough test against struggling Valencia

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said Valencia's chaotic campaign is no reason to expect an easy game when the La Liga champions visit the Mestalla stadium on Saturday. Valencia held Barca to a 1-1 draw last season at the Mestalla while Sergio Busquets' last-gasp goal secured a 1-0 victory for Luis Enrique's side in the previous campaig


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:58:32 -0400
Neymar signs contract extension with Barcelona

Entering rooms at UEFA headquarters, Aleksander Ceferin still finds it startling and unsettling when staff leap from their seats to greet him. The deference of the Michel Platini era is proving hard to shake off for the officials running European football. ''I don't pretend to be a king here,'' Ceferin says at the start of an interview with The Associated Press at the UEFA complex by the banks of Lake Genev


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:47:12 -0400
Soccer-Southampton braced for tough test at wounded City - Puel

(Reuters) - Southampton are braced for a tough Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday, manager Claude Puel said, despite the Premier League leaders' recent winless run. City started strongly with 10 wins in all competitions this season under new manager Pep Guardiola but have lost two of their last four matches, including a 4-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona on Wednesda


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:17:12 -0400
No formula to stop Messi, says Valencia - Prandelli

(Reuters) - Defender Pablo Zabaleta is injured and will miss Manchester City's Premier League clash against Southampton on Sunday, leaving manager Pep Guardiola with a selection dilemma as the club's other recognized right back Bacary Sagna is also injured. Zabaleta injured his foot in City's 4-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday. Guardiola said the Argentine would be back in time for Wednesday's League Cup fourth round match against Manchester United, although the hamstrung Sagna will be out for at least another two week


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:03:13 -0400
New UEFA leader Ceferin pledges to protect national leagues

Spanish coach Unai Emery was hired to turn Paris Saint-Germain into a European force, yet the team looks considerably weaker than last season. When PSG won a second straight French treble last season, coach Laurent Blanc was nevertheless fired for again failing to get past the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The club's Qatari owners, eager to fast-track PSG into the top bracket of Europe alongside Barcelona and Bayern Munich, saw Emery as the coach to do i


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:48:04 -0400
Aguero looking vulnerable as City evolves under Guardiola

Brazil have included Casemiro in their squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru even though the Real Madrid midfielder has not played since fracturing his leg in September. Coach Tite said on Friday they are hopeful the 24-year-old will be fit but have also included Sao Paulo's Rodrigo Caio as back-up for the games against Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Nov. 10 and then in Lima against Peru five days later. "Rodrigo Caio is a versatile player," Tite sai


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:42:13 -0400
Soccer-Brazil include injured Casemiro in squad for Argentina clash

Manchester City's spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, center back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the most decorated period in its history. One by one, it is being dismantled by Pep Guardiola. The injury-hampered Kompany no longer appears first choic


Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:18:00 -0400
McCourt - moving swiftly to make Marseille a contender again

By Claire Bloomfield LONDON (Reuters) - Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes Jose Mourinho will have no qualms about frustrating entertainment-hungry Manchester United fans if it means securing a win on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Portuguese manager, who won three league titles at Chelsea in two spells at the club, came under fire this week for an overly cautious display at Anfield on Monday when United ground out a goalless draw against Liverpool. Nevin, a fans' favorite at Chelsea in the 1980s, said he would expect the Portuguese coach to do whatever it takes to claim three points on Sunday even if that means putting in another defensive displa




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