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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 17:34:02 -0500
Sporting Kansas City acquires midfielder Davis from Houston

Shortly after LAFC revealed its black-and-dark-gold colors and eye-catching new crest in a gala ceremony, Will Ferrell carried a director's chair onstage and sat down between co-owner Peter Guber and Mayor Eric Garcetti. ''I want in,'' LAFC's 25th and newest co-owner declared. This is a common sentiment in downtown Los Angeles, where the Major League Soccer expansion club is already attracting plenty of attention more than two years before anybody officially kicks a bal


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:48:50 -0500
Home detention for Guatemalan judge charged in FIFA probe

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspended Guatemalan judge who was arrested last month as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption in soccer's world governing body FIFA won the right to be released from jail on Thursday on a $4 million bond. Héctor Trujillo, 62, was secretary general of the Guatemalan soccer federation and a Constitutional Court judge until his Dec. 4 arrest while aboard a Disney cruise ship docked in Florida. With Trujillo's wife and one of his sons watching in court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy in Brooklyn, New York approved the $4 million bond package for Trujillo under which he will be subject to home confinement and electronic monitorin


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:44:27 -0500
Argentina, Uruguay want to co-host 2030 World Cup

Paraguayan state prosecutors on Thursday raided the headquarters of CONMEBOL, South America's soccer confederation, as part of a money laundering investigation, a police official told local radio. Prosecutor Hernán Galeano led Thursday's raid on CONMEBOL's headquarters building on the outskirts of Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, local police official Abel Cañete said in an interview broadcast on radio station Primero de Marz


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:44:27 -0500
Argentina, Uruguay want to co-host 2030 World Cup

Banned European soccer boss president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy from the race for the presidency of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body FIFA, he told French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday. Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA, was handed an eight-year ban from the game by along with outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter by the federation's independent Ethics Committee on Dec. 2


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:35:01 -0500
Soccer-Argentina, Uruguay want to co-host 2030 World Cup

Argentina and neighboring Uruguay will bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said at a joint news conference on Thursday with Uruguayan leader Tabare Vazquez. "We have decided that our best opportunity is to jointly nominate ourselves as candidates," Macri said during a visit to Colonia, Uruguay. Uruguay hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930, beating Argentina 4-2 in the fina


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:49:22 -0500
Soccer-Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy for the FIFA presidency, he was quoted as saying by French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday. "I withdraw my candidacy. I can no longer (go through with it). I have neither the time, nor the means to go and see the voters, to meet people, and to fight with others." Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA, was handed an eight-year ban from the game by FIFA's Ethics Committee on Dec. 21, along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. He is appealing the decision and insists he has done no wrong. .


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:32:15 -0500
Soccer-Argentina, Uruguay want to co-host 2030 World Cup

PARIS (AP) -- Michel Platini is giving up his bid to become the next FIFA presiden


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:13:18 -0500
Swansea sticks with Curtis until end of season

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City has acquired midfielder Brad Davis from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for a second-round pick in 2017, a third-round pick the following year and future considerations. Terms were not disclosed Thursda


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:20:04 -0500
Belgium - Adnan Januzaj returns to Man United from Dortmund

Juergen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in October armed with his megawatt smile and a renowned playing style: The so-called ''Gegenpressen'' approach that was the key to his success in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. Klopp has transferred the physically demanding approach to Anfield and the grueling English soccer calendar, but there's a growing worry that he is running Liverpool's players into the ground amid the team's hectic schedule of Premier League, Europa League and League Cup matches. Liverpool currently has 11 players injured, six with hamstring problem


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 06:37:59 -0500
Soccer-Watford - Deeney rules out Arsenal move

It's a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. Exeter's home game against Liverpool on Friday is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world's oldest club knockout competition. Liverpool is in the middle of a grueling schedule - it will be the team's sixth game in 19 days - that is taking its toll on the squa


Thu, 07 Jan 2016 04:42:56 -0500
Soccer-Jermaine Jenas announces retirement from football

FIFA's ethics judges announced on Thursday they had opened formal proceedings against suspended Secretary General Jerome Valcke over alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales, one of many scandals now surrounding soccer's governing body. The announcement came after an ethics investigation into the case recommended a nine-year ban for Valcke, former right-hand man to FIFA president Sepp Blatter who himself has been banned for eight years. Valcke, who is suspended pending the final outcome and has denied wrongdoing, has been invited to submit evidence to the panel, FIFA's independent Ethics Committee said in a statemen


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:28:36 -0500
Messi shines as Barcelona beats Espanyol in wild Copa match

The Philadelphia Union fired coach Peter Nowak in 2012 after getting complaints he hazed rookie players by spanking them so hard it hurt his hand, directed them to run 10 miles in warm weather without water, and was dismissive of concussion injuries, according to newly filed court documents. Lawyers for the team and Nowak made filings recently as Nowak tries to convince a federal court to overturn an April 2015 arbitrator's ruling that upheld the dismissal and ordered Nowak to pay the team about $400,000 in legal fees and costs. ''The hazing of rookies, by spanking them, sometimes with a sandal, was completely unacceptable,'' wrote arbitrator Margaret Brogan in Apri


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:06:30 -0500
Jon Patricof to become NYCFC president in March

Romelu Lukaku kept up his hot scoring streak by grabbing a late winner for Everton to beat Manchester City 2-1 in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Wednesday. Lukaku restored Everton's lead in a thrilling second half at Goodison Park, two minutes after substitute Jesus Navas equalized for City on a counterattack led by Sergio Aguero. Defender Ramiro Funes Mori put Everton ahead in first-half injury time when he steered home the rebound after Ross Barkley's shot was parried ou


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:55:04 -0500
Soccer-English League Cup semifinal results

LONDON (AP) -- Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against the English Premier League champions following a dispute with then-manager Jose Mourinh


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:42:49 -0500
Soccer-Serie A results and standings

Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona's 4-1 win over crosstown rival Espanyol, which finished a hot-tempered Copa del Rey clash with nine men on Wednesday. Felipe Caicedo grabbed Espanyol a ninth-minute lead at Camp Nou, but Messi hit right back four minutes later. The star forward put the hosts ahead with an unstoppable free kick just before halftime, and assisted Gerard Pique soon after the interva


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:56:24 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Clint Dempsey, Kyle Beckerman, Chris Wondolowski, Graham Zusi and Brad Evans were among the veteran players left off Jurgen Klinsmann's training camp roster ahead of exhibition games against Iceland and Canad


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:16:08 -0500
Bilbao rallies for 3-2 win over Villarreal in Copa

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jon Patricof has been hired as president of New York City FC, becoming the third leader of the Major League Soccer team as it heads into its second seaso


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:02:23 -0500
Soccer-Grosskreutz joins Stuttgart after four months in the cold

Four-time defending champion Juventus comfortably swept aside last-place Hellas Verona 3-0 for its eighth straight win in Serie A on Wednesday. Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Zaza scored to move Juventus provisionally level with second-place Inter Milan, which was visiting Empoli later. ''The lads did well to get right back into the league, which is never easy after the holidays,'' Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri sai


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:09:22 -0500
N. American soccer boss agrees extradition to U.S. to face bribery charges-Swiss justice office

Alfredo Hawit, acting head of the confederation which runs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has agreed to be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges, Swiss authorities said on Wednesday. CONCACAF boss Hawit was arrested at a Zurich hotel on Dec. 3 along with South American football chief Juan Angel Napout, hours before they were due to take part in a meeting on cleaning up soccer's governing body FIFA, which has seen its top executives consumed by scandal. "The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York accuses him of accepting bribes totaling millions of dollars in connection with the sale to various sports marketing firms of marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America," the Federal Office of Justice said in a statemen


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:38:11 -0500
Column: Want a glimpse of sports future in 2016?

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Juergen Klopp has made midfielder Marko Grujic his first signing as Liverpool manage


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:26:43 -0500
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Underdogs had their days, plenty of them, in 2015: Leicester City snapping at the heels of England's Premier League giants, Japan beating South Africa at the rugby World Cup, Roberta Vinci derailing Serena Williams' drive for a calendar year Grand Slam. CHAMPS OF EUROPE: Barcelona will become the first Champions League winner to defend the title. The trio scored 75 percent of Barcelona's 180 goals in 201


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 06:40:59 -0500
Soccer-Brazil boss accused in FIFA scandal returns to work

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) head Marco Polo Del Nero returned to work on Wednesday after completing a 45-day leave of absence taken to fight charges he is involved in soccer's wide-ranging corruption scandal, the organization said. Del Nero was charged by U.S. prosecutors on Dec. 3 with participating in schemes designed to solicit and receive millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to sell media and marketing rights for soccer tournaments and matches. "I have completed my mission as interim head of the CBF," he said in a video posted on the CBF's website on Tuesday nigh


Wed, 06 Jan 2016 03:06:11 -0500
Soccer-Palace targeting silverware with FA Cup triumph, says Mutch

FIFA's ethics watchdog on Wednesday extended the suspension of FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, a day after its investigators had recommended an extension and that he also be banned from soccer for nine years over alleged corruption. "The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert has decided to extend the suspension of Mr Jerome Valcke by 45 days, at the request of the investigatory chamber," the ethics body for Zurich-based soccer body FIFA said in a statemen


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:45:28 -0500
Soccer-Genoa rally in vain as Cassano leads Sampdoria to victory

Liverpool's 1-0 win over Stoke in an English League Cup semifinal first leg came at a cost on Tuesday, with Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren hurt and manager Juergen Klopp acknowledging he may need new signings. After Coutinho and Lovren walked off with hamstring injuries, Jordon Ibe converted from close range before halftime after Joe Allen diverted a cross from Adam Lallana into his pat


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:37:48 -0500
Prince Ali: FIFA catastrophe fears before last chance poll

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA faces a "catastrophic" future if the wrong man is elected head of world soccer's governing body, presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein said on Tuesday when he published his election manifesto. The 40-year-old Jordanian royal, who was beaten by 133-73 votes by Sepp Blatter in last May's election, is one of five men looking to replace the Swiss, who was banned from soccer for eight years last month for ethics violations. Prince Ali told reporters at a round-table in London that next month's vote in Zurich represents a final chance for scandal-hit FIFA to right the wrongs of the pas


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 16:43:55 -0500
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Former Italy international Antonio Cassano inspired Sampdoria to a 3-2 win over Genoa in a derby as Serie A resumed on Tuesday after a holiday break. Roberto Soriano put Sampdoria ahead with one touch after being set up by Cassano. Leonardo Pavoletti scored two late goals for Geno


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:55:30 -0500
Soccer-Juventus coach Allegri sees no need for new signings

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea midfielder Willian led the Associated Press Global Football 10 for the first time on Tuesda


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:21:57 -0500
FIFA ethics investigator recommends 9-year ban for Valcke

FIFA's ethics watchdog has recommended a nine-year ban for secretary-general Jerome Valcke over alleged corruption involving the sale of World Cup tickets, among the dozens of scandals rocking soccer's crisis-plagued governing body. Cornel Borbely, chief investigator for FIFA's independent ethics committee, requested that Valcke be fined 100,000 Swiss francs after completing an investigation into the Frenchman's conduct, the watchdog said in a statement. The allegations against Valcke stem from former Israeli soccer player Benny Alon telling a news conference in September in Zurich that he agreed in 2013 to pay cash to Valcke to secure plum tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazi


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:10:31 -0500
Steve Nash, Suns owner buy Spanish soccer club Mallorca

As he did in scoring twice for France against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final, Zinedine Zidane has again popped up at just the right time, as the new coach of Real Madrid. With Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez and Louis van Gaal all on downward spirals as managers, their auras waning and unadventurous styles of play increasingly outmoded and condemned, European football needed a bright new star in a suit to help keep it interesting into the next decade. The risk for Zidane personally, of course, is that if it all goes wrong for him in the Madrid dugout, the only possible next step from managing the world's richest club will be dow


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:31:24 -0500
FIFA ethics investigators recommend nine-year ban for Valcke

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's ethics investigator has recommended a nine-year ban for suspended secretary general Jerome Valck


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:18:28 -0500
Soccer-Keeper Handanovic commits to Inter until 2019

Investigators for FIFA's ethics watchdog on Tuesday recommended that suspended FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke be banned from soccer for nine years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($99,029.51) for ethics violations. The investigatory chamber of the ethics committee for global soccer body FIFA said it had concluded its investigation into Valcke and given its findings to the ethics body. Valcke's 90-day suspension over World Cup ticket selling accusations was set to end on Tuesday but investigators also recommended the ethics committee extend this by 45 day


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:35:38 -0500
Soccer-Guardiola says he wants to coach in England - reports

Pep Guardiola wants to coach in the English Premier League when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of this season, but hasn't yet signed a contract with a club. ''The reason I'm not staying at Bayern is very simple: I want to coach in England in the Premier League. Having opted not to extend his three-year contract at Bayern, Guardiola expressed his thanks to Bayern and its chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ''because I know the club wanted to keep me, but at this stage in my career I need a new challeng


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:54:02 -0500
Soccer-FIFA official Valcke - suspension expires, questions about extension

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke's 90-day suspension over World Cup ticket selling accusations ends on Tuesday, but it remained unclear if it will be extended while investigations continue as part of a drive against graft at soccer's governing body. Valcke was banned by FIFA's independent ethics committee on Oct 8, the move almost lost to world attention amid the fall of veteran president Sepp Blatter and the charging of 41 people, including top FIFA officials, by U.S prosecutors worldwide for offences including corruption, fraud and money laundering. A spokesman for the ethics committee said he could not immediately comment on whether it would seek a 45-day extension to Valcke's ban, which is allowed under ethics rules while the investigation goes o


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:22:41 -0500
Soccer-West Ham will not repeat last season - mistakes - Cresswell

Thousands of Real Madrid fans turned out to watch Zinedine Zidane take charge of his first training session as the team's new coach on Tuesday. Madrid's in-house television said 6,000 were in attendance. Zidane, a former Madrid and France great, was named its manager on Monday when Rafa Benitez was fired midway through his first season, a day after its 2-2 draw at Valenci


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:22:23 -0500
Soccer-South Korea eye Asian Cup hosting rights

BERLIN (AP) -- Even Manchester United's sponsors are unhappy with the team's style of pla


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 04:56:46 -0500
Soccer-Former keeper Friedel appointed coach of U.S. youth side

(Reuters) - Former United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel will kickstart his managerial career as head coach of the nation's under-19 team, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Monday. Friedel retired as a player last year after spending 17 years in England, where he represented Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. "I look forward to the opportunity to help develop our young players into professionals and full internationals," the 44-year-old, who earned 82 caps and appeared at three World Cups, said in a U.S. Soccer statement. .


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:14:23 -0500
Benitez fired as Real Madrid coach, replaced by Zidane

Not many soccer coaches have been fired barely two weeks after winning a match 10-2 but too many things went wrong for Rafa Benitez to stay at Real Madrid, after losing the confidence of fans at the 10-time European champion. A 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November fuelled disquiet at the Santiago Bernabeu, with farewell handkerchiefs being waved at Benitez's dugout in disgus


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:47:00 -0500
Soccer-Beckham hails Zidane as the right choice for Real

MADRID (AP) -- Zinedine Zidane faces his greatest challenge in a glittering and scandal-hit career after taking over the notoriously unstable helm of Real Madrid on Monday for his first major coaching jo


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:45:41 -0500
Soccer-New Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid have sacked coach Rafa Benitez after less than half a season in charge and promoted their former France great Zinedine Zidane from the B team to replace him, president Florentino Perez said on Monday. Perez announced the dismissal of the experienced Benitez, who had a contract until June 2018, following a board meeting and Zidane was present at the president's news conference at the Bernabeu stadium. "Firstly I would like to thank the club and the president for giving me the chance to coach this team," Zidane, known as "Zizou" and a hero to Real's fans, told reporter


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:22:24 -0500
Soccer-Club hero Zidane handed the Real hot seat

Leicester became the first title challenger in the Premier League to make a move in the transfer market, signing winger Demarai Gray on Monday from second-tier English club Birmingham. The 19-year-old Gray joined for a reported fee of 3.7 million pounds ($5.4 million) after Leicester met the release clause in his contract. Leicester came close to signing the Englishman in the offseason and is currently second in the league - two points behind Arsenal - after a surprisingly strong start to the seaso


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:49:10 -0500
Stokelona eyes another upset in League Cup semifinals

LONDON (AP) -- Stoke has been successful in its appeal against the red card given to American defender Geoff Cameron in the loss at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturda


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:09:01 -0500
Soccer-New Hannover coach Schaaf eager to shake players awake

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has called a news conference amid reports that coach Rafa Benitez has been fired and replaced by former player Zinedine Zidan


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:59:48 -0500
Soccer-Stoke win Cameron red card appeal

The investigating judge in charge of the blackmail case rattling France's soccer team has denied Karim Benzema's request for a face-to-face meeting with Mathieu Valbuena. Real Madrid striker Benzema, who has scored 27 goals in 81 international matches, is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Valbuena. Judge Nathalie Boutard ruled that Benzema has no right to meet the Lyon midfielder, the Versailles prosecutor's office said Monda


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:02:46 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship fixtures

MADRID (AP) -- New players have joined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as the January transfer window opened in Spai


Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:20:35 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when it slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men on Sunda


Sun, 03 Jan 2016 13:24:23 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Dele Alli enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring a superb equalizer to earn title-chasing Tottenham a 1-1 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. The 19-year-old England international controlled on his chest a long pass forward from Toby Alderweireld and buried a first-time volley from just inside the area in first-half injury time. Aaron Lennon put Everton ahead against his former club in the 22nd minute, shooting into the far corner after running onto a header down by Romelu Lukak


Sun, 03 Jan 2016 12:54:15 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Chelsea signaled its intent to surge up the Premier League by crushing Crystal Palace 3-0 Sunday in a display that had shades of last season's cruise to the championshi


Sun, 03 Jan 2016 10:35:13 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Chelsea displayed some of the swagger from last season's title-winning campaign in beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Premier League to continue its resurgence under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink on Sunday. An early, match-ending injury to Eden Hazard didn't stop Chelsea romping to victory at a rain-soaked Selhurst Park, with Oscar putting the champions ahead in the 29th minute before Willian - with a long-range effort - and Diego Costa scored in the second half. Chelsea has put up the worst title defense in Premier League history, but is unbeaten in four games since Hiddink replaced the fired Jose Mourinho and climbed to 14th with this wi


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 15:04:43 -0500
Soccer-French Cup last 64 results

Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored two minutes apart as Manchester City came from behind late to beat Watford 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday. The win, City's first away from home in the league since September, was scrappy but the three points were vital for Manuel Pellegrini's side. ''We have to build on this - we hadn't won in six on the road,'' goalkeeper Joe Hart sai


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 14:53:55 -0500
Soccer-Luis Enrique hails Espanyol workrate after 0-0 draw

Manchester United rediscovered what winning felt like as Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0 to move two points clear atop the English Premier League on Saturday. Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 to stay a point behind Leicester, and West Ham rose to sixth in beating Liverpool 2-0, leaving the latter's coach, Juergen Klopp, furious. At Old Trafford, there were only smiles for United's first win since Nov. 21, ending a winless run of eight games, their longest in 26 year




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