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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


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 13:19:33 -0500
Soccer-La Liga summaries

After a troubled end to 2015, the new year has got off to a good start for beleaguered Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal. Rooney tucked away a brilliant flicked finish mid second half to earn United a 2-1 victory over Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday, ending an eight-match winless run that left Van Gaal in a fragile position at England's biggest club. Anthony Martial, who put United ahead just after halftime, drifted past his marker on the left wing and crossed low for Rooney to produce a deft finish with his left heel from the edge of the six-yard bo


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:58:56 -0500
Barcelona held to 0-0 at Espanyol in Catalan derby

Leicester missed a penalty and was held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday. Defender Simon Francis was sent off for Bournemouth after 57 minutes for taking down Jamie Vardy in the penalty area. Riyad Mahrez took the resulting spot kick but Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc leapt to his left and got two hands to the ball to keep it ou


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:53:56 -0500
Arsenal beats Newcastle 1-0 to go 2 points clear in EPL

Barcelona drew for a third time in four rounds of the Spanish league after being held to 0-0 at crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday. Espanyol's defense limited Barcelona to Lionel Messi's free kick that hit the goal frame in the first half, and Luis Suarez's shot which went off the post 10 minutes into the second half. Espanyol succeeded where 30 consecutive league rivals had failed to hold Barcelona scoreles


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:45:16 -0500
Barcelona held to 0-0 at Espanyol in Catalan derby

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Sunderland ended a five-match losing streak in the English Premier League in beating last-place Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:40:25 -0500
Soccer-Leaders Barca held in derby stalemate by Espanyol

Jonny Evans scored in injury time for West Bromwich Albion to beat Stoke 2-1 and win a second straight match in the English Premier League on Saturday. West Brom had gone five weeks without success, but two straight home wins have lifted it to 12th in the standings and a comfortable nine points above the relegation zone. Stoke, seeking a third straight win, was celebrating an unexpected equalizer with nine minutes to go when Jonathan Walters headed in Joselu's cros


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:22:24 -0500
United finally wins, Arsenal goes clear atop Premier League

NORWICH, England (AP) -- Alex Tettey scored a 76th-minute winner as Norwich beat 10-man Southampton 1-0 to pull further clear of relegation trouble in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:08:43 -0500
Leicester held 0-0 by 10-man Bournemouth

Wayne Rooney scored the winner with a deft flick as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League to end its eight-game winless run and earn manager Louis van Gaal some respite on Saturday. Anthony Martial, who had put United ahead in the 47th minute, crossed low and Rooney glanced in a finish with his heel to become the club's outright second-highest scorer with 238 goals. The 77th-minute strike was Rooney's first United goal in two month


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:00:54 -0500
Soccer-French Cup last 64 results

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal extended its lead of the English Premier League to two points by overcoming Newcastle 1-0 at Emirates Stadium on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:54:39 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham striker Andy Carroll scored against his former club as the Hammers defeated Liverpool 2-0 Saturday in its first league double over the Merseysiders since the 1963-64 seaso


Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:19:09 -0500
Soccer-Atletico sign Celta midfielder Fernandez

Rafa Benitez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials on Sunday when Real Madrid visits Valencia for its first Spanish league game of 2016. Benitez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid's unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rival Barcelona and its embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player. Madrid travels to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at its own Santiago Bernabeu home that failed to win over its most skeptical supporters, some of whom jeered Benite


Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:18:23 -0500
Aston Villa-Sunderland Preview

The January transfer window opens for business on Friday, and rarely has so much been at stake for teams in the lucrative English Premier League. Lagging behind in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool could be the most active of the country's major powers as they look for a strong finish to arguably the most unpredictable season in the Premier League's 24-year history. Then there's the scramble to avoid the costliest-ever relegation from England's top divisio


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:01:26 -0500
Horse racing-McCoy to become Sir AP in New Year honours

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's twenty-times champion jump jockey AP McCoy was knighted by the Queen in the New Year Honours List on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Northern Irishman retired this year after riding a record 4,357 winners, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the 2010 Grand National. Former footballers Denis Law and Francis Lee were awarded CBEs along with former Formula One and motorcycling world champion John Surtees. Twice Tour de France winner Chris Froome and five-times world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan were awarded OBEs. (Reporting by Ed Osmon


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:50:26 -0500
Soccer-Benteke lifts Liverpool as Sunderland slump continues

Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification on Wednesday. The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, to


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:03:29 -0500
Soccer-Former USOC director to head Everton youth academy

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A little-known criminal case in Uruguay is hindering U.S. efforts to prosecute a top official charged in the wide-reaching investigation into corruption at world soccer body FIFA. In an unexpected turn of events, Swiss authorities on Christmas Eve extradited a former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo, arrested in Zurich in May at the request of U.S. prosecutors, to his native Uruguay instead of to the United State


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:01:16 -0500
Soccer-Unbeaten run has bought Swansea time, says Curtis

Cristiano Ronaldo missed one penalty before converting a second spot kick and adding another goal to help Real Madrid beat an injury-ravaged Real Sociedad 3-1 and take some pressure off their beleaguered coach on Wednesday. Ronaldo scored in each half to put the hosts ahead, while Sociedad substitute Bruma equalized shortly after halftime. Rafa Benitez was jeered by a segment of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd for Madrid's erratic form this season when the coach's name was announced before the match, but the victory gave Madrid a provisional one-point lead of the Spanish league before Barcelona's and Atletico Madrid's late matche


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:36:16 -0500
Reform more needed than ever, says IOC - Bach

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will be ''busy'' during the January transfer window in an effort to bolster a squad bidding for the Premier League title. Wenger signed only one player before the season - goalkeeper Petr Cech - to leave Arsenal as the only team in the Premier League to not recruit an outfield playe


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:15:05 -0500
Soccer-Presidential candidate Salman wants to divide FIFA in two

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - The frontrunner in the FIFA presidential election, Asian football chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, says he wants to divide the organization into two separate entities as part of a 'turnaround' plan for the crisis-hit organization. Salman, who is president of the Asian Football Confederation, said in a statement on Wednesday that FIFA's governance and business functions would be separated if he took over the helm following the Feb. 26 elections. "Only by strictly separating the generation of funds and supervising the flow of all monies spent can we guarantee the rebirth of a new FIFA that is accountable and is a good corporate citizen that deserves everybody’s respect", Salman said in the statemen


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:29:35 -0500
Soccer-Romania - Targu Mures name fourth coach of season

The Federal Office of Justice said the package of evidence will be used in the criminal investigation against several soccer officials suspected of bribery and other offenses. ''It relates to bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the USA,'' the Swiss office said in a statement. The American probe into the ISL scandal, which plunged FIFA into crisis at the time, is believed to be targeting suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatte


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:04:46 -0500
Soccer-Wilshere expected back in February, says Wenger

"Consisting of bank documents, the evidence will be used in criminal proceedings against high-ranking FIFA officials," the FOJ said in a statement. The FOJ also said it had frozen around $80 million in assets in 13 bank accounts following a U.S. request for legal assistance. U.S. prosecutors have indicted 27 current or former soccer officials over allegations that they ran bribery schemes connected to the sale of television rights for soccer competition


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:37:23 -0500
Soccer-Banned Platini could face further trouble over Dubai event

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini could face further investigation from FIFA's Ethics Committee after attending an awards ceremony and conference in Dubai despite being barred from "all football activity". Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA, was handed an eight year ban from the game by FIFA's Ethics Committee on December 21, along with banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The ban relates to a payment of two million Swiss francs made by Blatter's FIFA to Platini in 2011, nine years after he finished working as a consultant to Blatte


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:39 -0500
Soccer-No goal power at King Power for Leicester, Man City

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. sports television network ESPN has invited the five candidates in FIFA's presidential election to participate in a debate on the future of the crisis-hit governing body for world soccer. "ESPN has invited all five candidates vying for the FIFA presidency to participate in a debate," a network spokesman told Reuters via email on Tuesday. "Our goal is to provide a forum for an open, transparent discussion about the future governance of the sport in advance of the election that will determine who occupies the most powerful position in global soccer." The candidates are Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Swiss Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrai


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:06:32 -0500
Soccer-ESPN in TV debate invite to FIFA election five

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. sports television network ESPN has invited the five candidates in FIFA's presidential election to participate in a debate on the future of the crisis-hit governing body for world soccer. "ESPN has invited all five candidates vying for the FIFA presidency to participate in a debate," a network spokesman told Reuters via email on Tuesday. "Our goal is to provide a forum for an open, transparent discussion about the future governance of the sport in advance of the election that will determine who occupies the most powerful position in global soccer." The candidates are Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Swiss Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrai


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:37:55 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester relinquished first place in the English Premier League heading into 2016 after drawing 0-0 with Manchester City in an entertaining stalemate on Tuesda




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