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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:16:10 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Inter Milan was held to 1-1 at struggling Atalanta as its Serie A title challenge suffered another blow on Saturday. Atalanta, loser of its last four matches, was the stronger side and Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had to pull off some fine saves, including a stunning stop on the hour mark. Both sides netted own goals in the first half with Inter defender Jeison Murillo giving Atalanta the lead before Rafael Toloi also turned into his own ne

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:21:06 -0500
Eriksen - double leads Tottenham recovery to beat Sunderland

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane blasted the transfer ban imposed on the Spanish soccer powerhouse for violating rules on youth players, calling it ''absurd'' on Saturday. FIFA banned Real Madrid and crosstown rival Atletico Madrid on Thursday from registering new players for two transfer windows starting in summer. Former France great Zidane, who has four sons on Real Madrid's youth teams, predicted the appeal by his club would succee

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:37:23 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Christian Eriksen inspired Tottenham's recovery against Sunderland on Saturday, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory that consolidated the London club's spot in the Champions League qualification place

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 01:01:38 -0500
Soccer-Prince Ali asks FIFA to investigate Africa-Asia MOU

(Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 2

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:39:40 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

PARIS (AP) -- Winger Hatem Ben Arfa scored two late penalties as Nice beat second-place Angers 2-1 to move provisionally up to third place in the French league on Frida

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:46:18 -0500
Ahead of FIFA election, candidate secures Asia-Africa pact

A spokesman for Pele says the Brazilian football legend is recovering well from a corrective hip surgery he recently underwent in New York City. Jose Fornos Rodrigues said by telephone that the 75-year-old Pele underwent surgery Dec. 3 at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery. Rodrigues said the surgery was made to correct the displacement of part of a hip prosthesis done in 201

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:17:56 -0500
Soccer-Steaua bolster attack with experienced striker Marica

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: Relegatio

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:28:02 -0500
Soccer-Pellegrini confident City will rediscover scoring touch

''You've got to get more points than I lose pounds,'' Neil Custis of The Sun newspaper said. Van Gaal has endured a frosty relationship this season with journalists as United has slipped out of the top four, winning only one out of the last eight English Premier League games to sit on 34 points. After a 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday, Van Gaal was caught on camera seemingly mocking Custi

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:44:04 -0500
Soccer-Arsenal to make late call on Sanchez for Stoke clash - Wenger

MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish league has come out defending the local clubs and their history of protecting the rights of underage player

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:26:50 -0500
Soccer-Atletico, Valencia through to Spanish Cup quarters

Angel Correa scored in the first half and Antoine Griezmann added two goals in the second as Atletico Madrid defeated Rayo Vallecano 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-1 aggregate victory on Thursday. Correa scored with a curling right-footed strike from just inside the area in the 40th minute, and Griezmann netted from close range in the 80th and in a counterattack in injury time. Also Thursday, Gary Neville's Valencia secured its spot in the quarters with an easy 3-0 win at Granada, advancing 7-0 on aggregat

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:53:55 -0500
Leicester City-Aston Villa Preview

The Chicago Fire selected midfielder Jack Harrison of Wake Forest with the first overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, then traded him to New York City FC. Harrison, a former Manchester United academy player from England, was the ACC offensive player of the year last year as a freshman with the Demon Deacons, with eight goals and 11 assists. The Fire traded Harrison to NYCFC for the fourth pick in the draft and selected Stanford's Brandon Vincent, a left back who is currently in the U.S. national team's January training cam

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:35:05 -0500
Soccer-Atletico, Valencia through to Spanish Cup quarters

Angel Correa scored in the first half and Antoine Griezmann added two goals in the second as Atletico Madrid defeated Rayo Vallecano 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-1 aggregate victory on Thursday. Correa scored with a curling right-footed strike from just inside the area in the 40th minute, and Griezmann netted from close range in the 80th and in a counterattack in injury tim

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:35:12 -0500
Soccer-Pele recovering well from hip surgery in New York

Pele is recovering well from a small operation to repair his replacement hip, an official who works with the former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos great said on Thursday. The 75-year-old triple World Cup winner had the preparatory operation at the Special Surgery hospital in New York on Dec. 3, Pepito, his long-time press officer, told Reuters. "(Pele) took advantage of his holidays to spend time in New York with his daughters and granddaughters and he had this small reparatory procedure," Pepito sai

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:13:27 -0500
Chile says negotiations have broken down with coach Sampaoli

The LA Galaxy have signed former MLS MVP Mike Magee and traded their first-round pick in the SuperDraft to Colorado for targeted allocation money. The Galaxy announced the moves Thursday. Magee won two MLS Cup titles and became a fan favorite during his first tenure with the Galaxy from 2009-1

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:11:37 -0500
A look at FIFA - transfer ban on Real Madrid and Atletico

Chile's soccer association (ANFP) said on Thursday that negotiations had broken down with coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has indicated that he is looking for a way out of his contract. Sampaoli, who led the national team to their first major trophy at last year's Copa America, said on Wednesday that he no longer feels respected in Chile and was hoping to resolve his differences with the ANFP in order to end his contract early. This was unfortunately rejected by the coach," said ANFP vice-president Gaspar Goycoole

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:11:34 -0500
Soccer-Chile says negotiations have broken down with coach Sampaoli

FIFA has banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing players in the next two transfer windows after soccer's ruling body said they broke rules when registering underage players. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid can still sign players in the current transfer window, but then won't be able to register any new players until after the 2016-17 seaso

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:07:45 -0500
Soccer-Little Leicester are not normal, says Ranieri

FIFA banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on Thursday from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules relating to registering players under the age of 18. Atletico Madrid released a brief statement saying it will appeal FIFA's sanction. Real Madrid had not officially commented about FIFA's ban on Thursda

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:29:17 -0500
Soccer-FIFA inspector was banned for seeking personal favours -committee

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday that former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls repeatedly asked for personal favors from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mayne-Nicholls, who was banned for seven years on July 6, "ignored his responsibility as a high-ranking official", the ethics committee said in a statement as it informed him of the grounds of the decision. The decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, both taken in December 2010 at the same event in Zurich, has been embroiled in controversy and been a big element in a rash of scandals plaguing international socce

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:29:17 -0500
Soccer-FIFA inspector was banned for seeking personal favours -committee

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday that former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls repeatedly asked for personal favors from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mayne-Nicholls, who was banned for seven years on July 6, "ignored his responsibility as a high-ranking official", the ethics committee said in a statement as it informed him of the grounds of the decision. The decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, both taken in December 2010 at the same event in Zurich, has been embroiled in controversy and been a big element in a rash of scandals plaguing international socce

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:13:01 -0500
Soccer-West Ham welcome back trio from injury for Newcastle clash

ROME (AP) -- After more than six years away from Serie A, Luciano Spalletti is looking forward to coaching in his home league agai

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:33:41 -0500
Soccer-Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid get 2-window transfer bans - FIFA

FIFA banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on Thursday from signing players in next two transfer windows for breaching rules relating to signing players under the age of 18. The Spanish clubs can still sign players in the current transfer window but will be banned from making additions to their squads until after the 2016-17 season. FIFA said the latest wave of punishments - which include fines of 900,000 Swiss francs ($900,000) for Atletico and 360,000 Swiss francs ($360,000) for Real Madrid - highlight the success of efforts to protect the rights of player

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:07:35 -0500
Soccer-After Golden Ball, Messi targets 500 career goals

Zinedine Zidane gets a chance to keep Real Madrid's momentum going in a home game against struggling Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league this weekend. After routing Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Zidane's debut as head coach on Saturday, Madrid plays an opponent that has lost seven of its last eight games, including the last four. Sporting hasn't won a match since early December and is only 18th in the 20-team standing

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:19:23 -0500
Soccer-Leicester stay calm to beat Spurs, put heat on Arsenal

Arsenal conceded a 90th-minute equalizer at Liverpool to lose its outright lead at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday, and surprise challenger Leicester won 1-0 at Tottenham. Only a superior goal difference is keeping Arsenal above Leicester after the 3-3 draw at Anfield, while the London club remains three points clear of third-place Manchester City - which endured a goalless stalemate at home at Everto

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:28:18 -0500
Soccer-Klopp, Wenger nurse disappointment after thrilling draw

His eyes bulging and his teeth gritted, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp sprinted along the touchline, gave a double fist pump and furiously beat his chest. Klopp's celebration to greet his team's last-gasp equalizer was as wild as the game itself, as Liverpool and Arsenal served up a pulsating 3-3 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday. ''People will talk about this game,'' Klopp sai

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:15:30 -0500
Manchester City stays third in Premier League after draw

Chelsea remained unbeaten under new coach Guus Hiddink after conceding a late equalizer to draw 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday. Unmissable with a protective black mask, Cesar Azpilicueta put Chelsea ahead after 20 minutes, turning in a low cross from Branislav Ivanovic. West Brom hit back and was rewarded with an equalizer when Chelsea gave the ball away and Craig Gardner fired home from 25 yards (meters) in the 33rd minut

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:39:42 -0500
Barcelona beats Espanyol 2-0 to reach Copa quarter

Jermain Defoe scored a hat trick as Sunderland swept to a 4-2 victory over 10-man Swansea in a Premier League relegation scrap on Wednesday. Sunderland made an ideal start, with striker Defoe scoring after just three minutes. Swansea equalized in the 21st minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty, but was reduced to 10 men in the 37th after a red card for Kyle Naughto

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:31:55 -0500
Soccer-Barca ease past Espanyol into Spanish Cup quarters

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Southampton secured only its second Premier League win in nine games by beating Watford 2-0 courtesy of goals by Shane Long and Dusan Tadic on Wednesda

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:26:00 -0500
Liverpool scores late for 3-3 draw vs Arsenal in EPL

After a three-game winless run and goal drought exceeding six hours in the Premier League, Leicester reignited its title bid by display grit and resilience in grinding out a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday. The expected slump came, but Robert Huth's late header showed that Leicester is clearly not prepared to yield to more illustrious sides. Leicester lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May seems a lot less implausible - especially with Arsenal drawing 3-3 at Liverpool and Manchester City being held by Everton on Wednesda

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:05:59 -0500
Manchester City stays third in Premier League after draw

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Timbers have acquired forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew in exchange for both general and targeted allocation mone

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:55:25 -0500
Soccer-Italian Cup quarterfinal results

STOKE, England (AP) -- Stoke moved up to seventh in the Premier League on Wednesday after a 3-1 win over Norwich, which had to play for an hour with 10 me

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:14:32 -0500
Wanted: an inspiring new anthem for English sports teams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former high-ranking soccer official in the Americas pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme at the heart of a U.S. investigation into corruption in the sport's world governing body. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, a former FIFA vice president and acting head of the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after being extradited from Switzerland. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; editing by Grant McCoo

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:41:46 -0500
Jerome Valcke dismissed as FIFA secretary general

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The 19th century courtyards of Britain's parliament echoed to the strains of Hubert Parry's "Jerusalem" on Wednesday in one of the loudest public shows of support for a possible new anthem to be played at English sports events. One lawmaker has challenged the tradition of playing "God Save the Queen" before England teams take to the football or rugby fields, saying the anthem is about Britain, which includes Scotland and Wales, and not specifically about Englan

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:09:27 -0500
Top clubs like Boca, River want larger share of TV money

FIFA has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body. FIFA announced Wednesday that its emergency committee, consisting of the heads of the regional confederations, decided to dismiss Sepp Blatter's top aide over the weekend. Valcke, whose main duty at FIFA was overseeing organization of the World Cup, rose to the top administrative job in 2007 after being re-hired despite being fired the previous year over his role in a sponsorship controvers

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:27:22 -0500
Soccer-Sheikh may revisit World Cup bid processes if he wins vote

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa could revisit the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if he wins next month's FIFA presidential election and previous "wrongful conduct" has been proven. World soccer's governing body is facing criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States, where 41 soccer officials and sports entities have been indicted on corruption charges. Switzerland's prosecutor is also investigating FIFA's award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, a small, wealthy desert country with no real soccer traditio

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:43:55 -0500
Former Everton striker Marcus Bent faces jail after fight

By Joshua Franklin ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA said on Wednesday it had fired Secretary General Jerome Valcke, a move that comes amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales and a number of swirling scandals at the sport's governing authority "The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect," the Zurich-based organization said in a statement. It gave no reason for the dismissal but Valcke's lawyer in New York, Barry Berke, was defiant on behalf of his client. "Jerome Valcke is proud of all that was accomplished for the game of football during his long tenure as Secretary General, including two of the most successful World Cups in history in South Africa and Brazil," he sai

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:31:51 -0500
Soccer-Roma sack Garcia as Spalletti waits in wings

While no immediate replacement was announced, Luciano Spalletti was widely expected to be hired for his second stint in charge of the Serie A club. ''I'd like to thank Rudi Garcia for all of his hard work since joining the club,'' said Roma president Jim Pallotta, part of a group of Boston executives who purchased the three-time Italian champions in 2011 to become the first foreign-majority owners in Serie A. After beginning the season as an expected title contender, Roma is down to fifth place in the Italian league, seven points behind leader Napol

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:49:23 -0500
Roma fires Garcia after only 1 win in last 10 matches

Neymar will appear before a judge to testify in an investigation into alleged irregularities involving his transfer to Barcelona, Spain's national court said Wednesday. Neymar's parents, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and current president Josep Bartomeu also will have to appear before a judge, according to court documents. The Brazil striker is set to testify on Feb. 2, while Rosell and Bartomeu are expected to be in court on Feb.

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:38:13 -0500
FIFA fires Secretary General Valcke

ZURICH (AP) -- Jerome Valcke has been dismissed as secretary general of soccer's scandal-scarred governing bod

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:24:33 -0500
Soccer-West Ham manager Bilic hails top class Payet

A second-half flurry of goals moved West Ham past Bournemouth 3-1 for its third straight win in the English Premier League on Tuesday. The result lifted West Ham one point above Manchester United in fifth. Harry Arter scored his maiden league goal early for Bournemouth, hosting its first Premier League game under lights, and hung on to the lead until an hour i

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:23:31 -0500
US Soccer announces March SheBelieves Cup

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers acquired defender Zarek Valentin from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster spo

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:53:03 -0500
Soccer-Deportivo dumped out of King - Cup by second tier Mirandes

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- A goalkeeper error gifted Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Tuesday, earning the last-place team its first win since the opening day of the seaso

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:41:40 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Cup 4th round result

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Manchester United conceded a 90th-minute equalizer at Newcastle to draw 3-3 in the English Premier League on Tuesday, after a double from Wayne Rooney looked like giving Louis van Gaal's under-fire team a third straight wi

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:58:53 -0500
Telefonica acquires more soccer TV rights in 2.4 billion euro deal

The Spanish federation's appeal's commission has upheld Luis Suarez's two-game suspension for insulting opponents in a Copa del Rey match. Barcelona says on Tuesday it will take the case to a higher sports tribunal in Spain in hopes of having Suarez back. It plays city rival Espanyol on Wednesday in the round of 1

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:01:43 -0500
Soccer-Barca appeal rejected against Suarez two-match ban

Barcelona's appeal against Luis Suarez's two-match King's Cup ban for allegedly provoking a fracas in the tunnel after last week's game against Espanyol has been rejected, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said. At the end of a bad-tempered last 16 first leg derby at the Nou Camp that Barca won 4-1, the players clashed near the dressing rooms after leaving the pitch and had to be separated by security personnel. You are a waste of space," said Suarez, according to the referee's repor

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:42:46 -0500
Messi, Barcelona back atop the AP Global Football 10

Standing beside Lionel Messi on stage, Carli Lloyd found her place at the top of world soccer. Lloyd was shoulder to shoulder with Messi on Monday, both cradling golden trophies from FIFA as the world's best players in 2015. ''Last night was the moment where I said to myself that I can remain one of the best players in the world for the next five years,'' Lloyd told The Associated Press in an interview on Tuesda

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:38:02 -0500
Soccer-Hiddink seeking cure for Hazard - blues

LONDON (AP) -- Lionel Messi and Barcelona returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesda

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:38:11 -0500
Soccer-Transfer targets rejecting Villa, says Garde

The FIFA ethics committee investigative chamber plans to appeal eight-year bans from the sport levied against the world soccer body's president, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, and European soccer boss Michel Platini, a spokesman for the panel said on Tuesday. Blatter and Platini last month were both banned from soccer for eight years for ethics violations, leaving the global game leaderless as it seeks to dig itself out from beneath a slew of corruption cases. The two escaped potential lifetime bans demanded by investigators when the ethic committee's adjudicatory chamber found no evidence of bribery linked to a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment that FIFA made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter’s approva

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:30 -0500
Everton-Manchester City Preview

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Forward Alan Gordon has re-signed with the LA Galax

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:17:23 -0500
South American soccer clubs create alliance to defend financial rights

FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale feels sorry for Sepp Blatter, the banned president of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body, and has described his work as a "monument." Sexwale, a South African businessman and politician, is one of five candidates standing to replace Blatter, who has been banned for eight years along with European soccer boss Michel Platini by FIFA's ethics committee. "I feel very sorry for him," Sexwale told Sky Sport

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:43:17 -0500
Soccer-FA Cup fourth round draw

A look at the top moments of 2015 for U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, honored as FIFA Women's World Player of the Year on Monday in Zuric

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