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Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:55:24 -0500
Lyon appoints new coach Genesio until end of season

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The LA Galaxy have transferred MLS All-Star midfielder Juninho to Club Tijuana in Liga M

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Thu, 24 Dec 2015 02:33:35 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea hold talks with MLS side Montreal over Drogba

(Reuters) - Struggling Premier League champions Chelsea have held talks with Montreal Impact over former Blues striker Didier Drogba, the Major League Soccer team has said. British media reported earlier this month that Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was keen to offer Drogba a position on the team's coaching staff. "We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC," Montreal Impact said on its Twitter page on Wednesda

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:01:01 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday, Dec 24

(Reuters) - Illinois on Wednesday became the latest state to ban its residents from playing daily fantasy sports contests offered by FanDuel and DraftKings, after the attorney general said the sites constitute "gambling" under Illinois law. "In light of the opinion, we expect that both FanDuel and DraftKings will amend their Terms of Use to include Illinois as an additional state whose residents are not eligible to participate in contests," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statemen

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:40:23 -0500
CONCACAF suing California company over alleged kickbacks

Inaki Williams is not the type of soccer player you would expect to see at Athletic Bilbao, the traditional Spanish club which only fields players from Bilbao and its neighboring Basque regions. Williams, a talented 21-year-old striker who has been thriving in his second season with the senior team, is the son of Liberian parents who fled war in Africa in the 1990s. Williams looks like an outsider in a lineup filled with traditional Basque surnames such as Etxeita, Aduriz, Eraso and Iturrasp

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:43:34 -0500
Under-pressure Van Gaal walks out of United news conference

Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact hopes to keep Didier Drogba for next season and prevent his return to Chelsea. ''We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea,'' the club tweeted Wednesday. Guus Hiddink called Drogba a Chelsea legend on Wednesday during his first news conference since replacing Jose Mourinho as manage

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:07 -0500
FIFA sets date to end ExCo name, curb decision powers

Leicester had little to celebrate last Christmas. Languishing in last place in the Premier League, the team was facing instant relegation back to the second tier. Now Leicester is looking down on everyon

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:15:24 -0500
Don Howe, England player turned respected coach, dies at 80

The tainted ''executive committee'' name of FIFA's ruling panel will end on April 26. FIFA published the agenda on Wednesday for its special election congress on Feb. 26 which confirms the proposed rebrand to a ''FIFA council'' with less decision-making power. Changes to FIFA statutes, including reforms agreed by the executive committee this month, take effect 60 days after they are formally voted through by the congress of 209 member federations in Februar

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:50:19 -0500
Soccer-Former England defender and esteemed coach Don Howe dies

Don Howe, a former England defender who became a key member of the England coaching staff, has died. Howe's death was announced Wednesday by the English Football Association as well as West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal, two teams he played for and manage

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:28:44 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea - players must look in mirror, says Hiddink

The tainted 'executive committee' name of FIFA's ruling panel will end on April 26. FIFA published the agenda on Wednesday for its special election congress on Feb. 26 which confirms the proposed rebrand to a 'FIFA council' with less decision-making power. Changes to FIFA statutes, including reforms agreed by the executive committee this month, take effect 60 days after they are formally voted through by the congress of 209 member federation

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:43:43 -0500
Father blocks player - transfer from Belgrade to Liverpool

Shaken by corruption scandals, global soccer body FIFA on Wednesday presented the detailed reforms it will ask members to adopt in February at a special congress that seeks to restore its reputation and elect a new leader. The reforms include limiting the number of terms top officials can serve, following the banning for eight years of Sepp Blatter, who had been FIFA president for 17 years. The amendments also seek to put a tighter rein on FIFA's 209 member associations and separate policy and management positions, with a 36-member FIFA council replacing the 25-member executive committee.. "This is a landmark occasion in the history of FIFA, and it comes at a crucial time as we focus on the hard work of restoring credibility and stability," acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou said in remarks prepared for a Feb. 26 congress in Zuric

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:14:12 -0500
FIFA sets date to end ExCo name, curb decision powers

Guus Hiddink has told Chelsea's underperforming players to look in the mirror and ask if they're up to the task of fixing the team. After Jose Mourinho was fired last week, the 69-year-old Hiddink was brought back for a second spell as manager until the end of the season. It followed Chelsea's alarming slump after collecting the English Premier League trophy in May. Chelsea has lost nine out of 17 games in the title defense to sit only three points above the relegation zon

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:12:31 -0500
Soccer-Bradley named U.S. Soccer - male player of the year

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is suing a California travel company for $50 million, saying it paid kickbacks to two of CONCACAF's former executives, including its former president, Jeffrey Webb. CONCACAF sued Cartan Tours Inc in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, saying the company secretly paid off Webb and Enrique Sanz, who served as CONCACAF's secretary general until he was fired in August. The lawsuit said Webb and Sanz awarded Cartan Tours the exclusive deal even though the company lacked expertise to provide the level of services CONCACAF previously had enjoye

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:24:55 -0500
San Antonio seeks MLS team to play at Toyota Field

FIFA told Michel Platini on Tuesday that he cannot bypass its appeals process by challenging his eight-year ban directly at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Platini was hoping to cut out the required FIFA appeals procedure as he races to try to overturn his ban before the Feb. 26 presidential election. FIFA said it wrote to Platini's lawyers on Tuesday to confirm that the UEFA leader can only go to CAS if the governing body's appeals committee first rejects his reques

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:55:03 -0500
Barcelona and Luis Suarez lead AP Global Football 10

The 6-foot-5 center back was viewed as a possible future star for the U.S. national team when he made his international debut in 2009, but his career has stalled since January 2012, when he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a collision with fellow American Timmy Chandler. The injury occurred during Gonzalez's first training session with Germany's Nuremberg, where he had been loaned. Gonzalez reinjured the knee in May 2014 and recovered to start the Americans' last group-stage match and round-of-16 loss to Belgium at the World Cu

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:55:55 -0500
Soccer-FIFA ethics committee unlikely to stop at Blatter, Platini

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Largely anonymous, lacking police powers and with its independence sometimes questioned, FIFA's ethics committee has often struggled to be taken seriously in the fight against corruption in soccer's world body. While U.S. and Swiss authorities have grabbed the headlines with dawn raids on a luxury Zurich hotel and the indictment of 27 soccer officials, FIFA's own watchdog has had to fend off criticism that it is a weak lame duck. Blatter and Platini were the biggest scalps so far for the watchdog that has also imposed life bans to a number of former FIFA executive committee members including Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar, Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago and Chuck Blazer from the United States for corruptio

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:19:11 -0500
FIFA tells Platini he cant appeal directly to sports court

LONDON (AP) -- Barcelona and Luis Suarez returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after winning the Club World Cu

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:51:34 -0500
Soccer-Dutch order audit and ethical investigation into bribery claims

France's sports minister says he supports Michel Platini and regrets his eight-year ban from world soccer. Platini, the president of European football's governing body UEFA - which is staging the European Championship in France next year, was suspended on Monday along with FIFA President Sepp Blatte

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:59:11 -0500
Soccer-Injuries to key players have derailed West Ham, says Collins

France's sports minister publicly questioned the legitimacy of FIFA's ethics committee after it imposed an eight-year ban that seriously endangers fellow-Frenchman Michel Platini's prospects of becoming the next head of the world football body. Patrick Kanner said he still backed Platini, head of the powerful European soccer body UEFA, and questioned whether he had been given a fair hearing by a committee he said was close to the old guard of the FIFA world soccer body. FIFA President Sepp Blatter and would-be successor Platini were both banned from the sport for eight years on Monday for ethics violation

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:07:47 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea have quality to climb back up under Hiddink: Courtois

After five years of tumult, the far-reaching fallout from FIFA's decision to send the World Cup to Russia and Qatar has brought down another two voters - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini - but not the hosts themselves. No FIFA executive has been directly punished over how and why they voted in December 2010. The punishments given by FIFA's ethics committee stemmed from financial inquiries that were sparked by suspicions about the 2010 vote, when two host countries were selected concurrently for the first tim

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:16:37 -0500
Soccer-Walcott and Giroud fire Arsenal to victory over Man City

Arsenal boosted its Premier League title hopes and dented Manchester City's with a 2-1 victory over its rival at the Emirates Stadium on Monday. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal the lead with a ferocious low strike from the edge of the penalty area in the 33rd minute, and Olivier Giroud doubled the advantage with a clinical finish on the stroke of halftime. Yaya Toure pulled a goal back with a first-time, left-footed strike eight minutes from the end, but City could not find an equalize

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:11:36 -0500
Mourinho, Guardiola pose job threat to rivals

LONDON (AP) -- Reaction to the eight-year bans handed out Monday by the FIFA ethics commission to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platin

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:33:30 -0500
Blatter lawyer wants quick court hearing on ban appeal

An Italian court on Monday ordered more than 140 people to stand trial for alleged mafia links, including a member of Italy's victorious team in the 2006 soccer World Cup. The court in the northern city of Bologna indicted the defendants on charges of aiding, or being members of, the 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful organized crime network. The 'Ndrangheta, based in Calabria in the southwestern tip of the Italian mainland, has grown steadily in the last 10 years due to its role in smuggling cocaine and other drugs into Europe from South Americ

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:52:55 -0500
Soccer-Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, the two most powerful men in world soccer, were banned for eight years on Monday for ethics violations, leaving the world's most popular sport rudderless in a sea of corruption cases. The pair, who were also fined, had been suspended in October while an investigation was carried out into a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) payment that soccer's global governing body made to European boss Platini in 2011, with Blatter's approval, for work done 10 years earlier. The decision means that Blatter's 17 years at the helm of world soccer, already tarnished by controversies over the awarding of several World Cup tournaments and a host of corruption cases against senior soccer officials, will end in disgrac

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:18:08 -0500
Former Newcastle keeper Srnicek in critical condition

LONDON (AP) -- Reaction to the eight-year bans handed out Monday by the FIFA ethics commission to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platin

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:41:51 -0500
Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

UEFA President Michel Platini says he will appeal his 8-year ban from football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In statement, Platini describes the FIFA ethics commission's procedure against him as a ''true mockery.'' He said it had been ''orchestrated... by governing bodies that I know well'' to tarnish him. Along with an appeal to CAS, Platini said Monday he will also file a lawsuit in a civil court to seek damages for what he had endured since the procedure starte

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:41:22 -0500
Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer's most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland. In a defiant news conference shortly after the verdict was announced, Blatter said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, insisting he had done nothing wron

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:34:40 -0500
Blatter says will fight eight-year ban by FIFA

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter says he will appeal against his 8-year ban from football to Court of Arbitration for Spor

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:01:05 -0500
Soccer-Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini were both banned from soccer for eight years on Monday by the Ethics Committee of football's global governing body. The pair, who were also fined, had been suspended for 90 days in October while an investigation was carried out into a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) payment by FIFA to Platini in 2011. The decision, which comes as a corruption scandal swirls around FIFA, means that Blatter's 17 years at the helm of world soccer will end in disgrace, and spells the end of Platini's hopes of replacing the 79-year-old Swiss in a presidential election in Februar

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 03:44:52 -0500
Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

FIFA's ethics committee banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for eight years from all soccer-related activities in verdicts announced Monday. Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in a Feb. 26 election is now likely ended. Ethics judges ruled that Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gift

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:58:17 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

Roma ended its winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Genoa in Serie A on Sunday to relieve some of the pressure on coach Rudi Garcia. Alessandro Florenzi opened the scoring just before halftime and the whole Roma team ran over to hug Garcia. Edin Dzeko was sent off 16 minutes before the end but teenager Sadiq Umar sealed the match late on to end a seven-match winless run for Roma that included Wednesday's Italian Cup exit against second-division Spezi

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:58:04 -0500
Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Gareth Bale scored four goals, Karim Benzema added three and Cristiano Ronaldo two as Real Madrid routed nine-man Rayo Vallecano 10-2 to temporarily get within two points of Spanish league leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Madrid was losing with both teams at full strength at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but it took advantage of two early red cards to Rayo Vallecano to get back into the game and ease the pressure on coach Rafa Benite

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:47:06 -0500
Soccer-Surprise packages Hertha tighten hold on third spot

Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League on Sunday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool now trails the Champions League places by five points after its latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point. Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes, Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corne

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:54:38 -0500
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Managerless Swansea was held to a goalless draw by West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday that keeps it in the relegation zon

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:31:05 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Liverpool gave away early Christmas presents on Sunday as Watford surged to a 3-0 victory in the Premier League after a stagnant performance by Juergen Klopp's sid

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:04:39 -0500
Soccer-Juventus go second with Carpi win

MUNICH (AP) -- Despite seven attempts Bayern Munich has never beaten a team led by Carlo Ancelotti. There won't be an eighth try as the German club announced Sunday that the Italian will replace current Bayern coach Pep Guardiola at the end of the seaso

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:44:12 -0500
Soccer-Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern at season end

Coach Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, the German soccer powerhouse said Sunday. Ancelotti, winner of three Champions League titles, signed a three-year deal, Bayern said. Despite the club's willingness for him to stay on, Guardiola decided to leave after three seasons in charg

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 05:38:23 -0500
Soccer-Guardiola to leave Bayern at season end, Ancelotti to come - CEO

Pep Guardiola still has the chance to end his stay in Bayern Munich with the title he was brought in for: the Champions League. In his first two seasons in charge of the German soccer powerhouse, Bayern dominated the Bundesliga but fell short in the Champions League with painful losses to Spanish sides. Guardiola inherited from Jupp Heynckes a team that had won an unprecedented treble for the club - the Champions League, the Bundesliga and the German Cu

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 03:56:35 -0500
Soccer-Club World Cup summaries

Douglas came off the bench to score twice and inspire Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chinese rival Guangzhou Evergrande in the third-place game at the Club World Cup on Sunday. The Brazilian striker scored 21 times this season for the Japanese champions but only came on midway through the second half for Hisato Sato, who squandered a hat trick of first-half chances. When teammate Takuma Asano headed against the bar in the 83rd, Douglas was quickest to react, rising high to head home the looped reboun

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:39:15 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Manchester United's first loss at home to Norwich in more than 26 years extended the club's winless run to six games and heaped more pressure on manager Louis van Gaal on Saturday. Norwich won 2-1 with goals either side of halftime. United didn't score until more than an hour into the game with its first shot on target, and couldn't prevent falling to Norwich at Old Trafford for the first time since Aug. 30, 1989, three years before the English Premier League bega

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:33:57 -0500
Chelsea beats Sunderland 3-1, Man U loses in Premier League

The atmosphere at Chelsea was toxic as another post-Jose Mourinho era began - even though the champions sauntered to a victory over Sunderland. The fired manager's name was chanted throughout while some Chelsea players were jeered and branded ''rats'' in banners displayed by their own supporters at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. For some fans, beating Sunderland 3-1 with a performance so slick at times in the first half, only seemed to add weight to Mourinho's assertion before being fired on Thursday that the players had ''betrayed'' him during this derisory attempt to defend the English Premier League troph

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:30:46 -0500
Bayern beats Hannover 1-0 amid Guardiola exit speculation

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Newcastle and Aston Villa drew 1-1 in a rain-soaked encounter at St. James' Park between two sides fighting relegation from the Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 13:43:11 -0500
Tottenham goes to 4th in EPL with 2-0 win vs Southampton

Riyad Mahrez converted the first of his two spot-kicks a half-hour in after Ramiro Funes Mori brought down Shinji Okazaki in the area, only for Romelu Lukaku to equalize five minutes later by finding the net in his seventh consecutive league match. Mahrez's second successful penalty came after Tim Howard clipped Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as he tried to round the goalkeeper after an hou

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:52:10 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Manchester United's first loss at home to Norwich in more than 26 years extended the club's winless run to six games and heaped more pressure on manager Louis van Gaal on Saturday. Norwich won 2-1 with goals either side of halftime. United didn't score until more than an hour into the game with its first shot on target, and couldn't prevent falling to Norwich at Old Trafford for the first time since Aug. 30, 1989, three years before the English Premier League bega

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:45:38 -0500
Palace beats Stoke 2-1 with late winner in EPL

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Tottenham moved up to fourth in the English Premier League for the first time this season as coach Mauricio Pochettino celebrated a 2-0 win over his former club Southampton on Saturda

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:35:36 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

STOKE, England (AP) -- Crystal Palace maintained its challenge for a top-four place as substitute Lee Chung-yong scored in the 88th minute in a 2-1 Premier League victory at Stoke on Saturda

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:21:27 -0500
Fans turn on players as Chelsea wins after Mourinho firing

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea responded to the departure of Jose Mourinho by surging to a 3-1 victory against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday, while Manchester United lost at home against Norwic

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:21:27 -0500
Fans turn on players as Chelsea wins after Mourinho firing

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Bournemouth completed a remarkable hat trick of wins in the Premier League on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over a West Bromwich Albion side that finished with nine me

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:09:06 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Leicester's fairytale run at the top of the English Premier League continued with a 3-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturda

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:26:45 -0500
Hiddink returns to Chelsea as manager until end of season

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Bayern Munich will take a comfortable eight-point lead into the Bundesliga Christmas break, during which coach Pep Guardiola is expected to clear up his futur

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:25:09 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

Guus Hiddink returned to Chelsea for a second spell as manager on Saturday, hired until the end of the season with the tough task of turning round the struggling Premier League champions following Jose Mourinho's firing. The 69-year-old Dutchman won the FA Cup when he previously filled the Chelsea managerial void in 2009 for around four months after the exit of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Hiddink's latest firefighting role comes with Chelsea only one point above the Premier League relegation zone following an alarming slump just seven months after sweeping to the titl

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