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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:22:48 -0500
Soccer-Former Newcastle keeper Srnicek dies aged 47

It seemed Leicester City's reign at the top of the Premier League would come to an end following their Boxing Day defeat, but a mid-table club provided them some cover a few hours later. What now stands between the Foxes and the once-unthinkable feat of entering the new year atop the table a season after wallowing into April at the foot? Just a victory Tuesday over a visiting Manchester City side that's breathing down their necks and hungry for their first set of consecutive league wins since mid-October when Manuel Pellegrini's team were the top flight's more anticipated front-runner

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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:23:39 -0500
Barcelona fires player for posting offensive tweets

It's taken three seasons for Mesut Ozil to finally come good in English soccer. Ozil is now at the peak of his powers - back to the form he regularly showed at Real Madrid - and could yet be the guiding force behind Arsenal's first league title since 2004. Arsene Wenger certainly di

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Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:03:09 -0500
Blatter gives up on FIFA, says fighting for his honour -Bunte

By Joshua Franklin ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter feels "abandoned" by the global soccer body and will now focus on clearing his name, the 79-year-old Swiss told German magazine Bunte. FIFA's watchdog last week banned Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini for eight years for ethics violations. "I now no longer fight for FIFA," Blatter, who led soccer's governing body for 17 years, said according to a preview of an interview with Bunt

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:40:29 -0500
United held 0-0 by Chelsea, Van Gaal defiant about future

England striker Andy Carroll marked his return from injury with a close-range header that gave West Ham a 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League on Monday. The Hammers turned the game around at Upton Park after trailing 1-0, with halftime substitutes Carroll and midfielder Manuel Lanzini key to an unlikely victory after a poor first half. West Ham's Carl Jenkinson scored an own goal in the 13th minute after Dusan Tadic latched on to a low cross from Shane Long and the ball went in off the defender's le

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:26:57 -0500
Soccer-Improved United draw with Chelsea, Arsenal go top

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Monday while Louis van Gaal insisted there was ''not any reason'' for him to resign as Manchester United manager despite his team's 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending the winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top - for 24 hours at least - with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturda

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:58:36 -0500
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Monday as it provisionally moved to the top of the English Premier League. Ozil set up the opener for Gabriel who scored his first Arsenal goal before the German stroked home the second. It was the first league meeting between the teams and victory moves Arsenal a point above leader Leicester, which plays Manchester City on Tuesda

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:31:03 -0500
Arsenal goes top after 2-0 win against Bournemouth

Manchester United delivered an improved performance for beleaguered manager Louis van Gaal but couldn't cure its scoring woes in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea that left his team five points off the Champions League positions on Monday. Van Gaal raised the prospect of quitting at the weekend and this stalemate - United's sixth 0-0 since Oct. 25 - leaves his position precarious, with the 20-time English champions now winless in eight games in all competition

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:22:54 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal provisionally moved to the top of the English Premier League on Monday after a 2-0 win over Bournemout

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:05:45 -0500
Soccer-Spurs win at Watford, Arnautovic sinks Everton in thriller

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Tottenham provisionally moved up to third in the English Premier League after a last-minute goal earned a 2-1 win at Watford on Monda

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:04:21 -0500
Crystal Palace draws 0-0 with Swansea in the Premier League

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Marko Arnautovic converted an injury-time penalty to give Stoke a 4-3 victory in a thrilling match at Everton in the Premier League on Monda

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:54:46 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Darren Fletcher headed in a late winner as West Bromwich Albion moved further away from the drop zone by beating fellow struggler Newcastle 1-0 in the Premier League on Monda

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:38:42 -0500
Soccer-Real Madrid - expulsion from King - Cup confirmed

Spain's top sports court on Monday dismissed Real Madrid's appeal against its exclusion from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player. Madrid was expelled from the competition for fielding Denis Cheryshev in a first-leg 3-1 win over Cadiz on Dec. 2 in the opening round. Cheryshev was carrying a one-match suspension for yellow cards received last season while on loan at Villarreal, a fact that Madrid seemed unaware of until halftime in the Cadiz matc

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:02:30 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship fixtures

Eduardo Li was in clear view on the quiet side street as he was bundled into an unmarked police car, one of seven FIFA officials arrested as Swiss police swooped on the Baur au Lac hotel at the behest of American authorities. Years of investigations into soccer corruption burst into public view on the morning of May 27 as the so-called ''World Cup of fraud'' was exposed and FIFA would be coerced into cleaning up its act. Li, the Costa Rican federation president who was in Zurich expecting to join FIFA's elite executive committee, was a lesser-known target of the U.S. cas

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:51:48 -0500
Swansea City-Crystal Palace Preview

Authorities in El Salvador say gunmen shot and killed former national soccer team player Alfredo Alberto Pacheco at a gasoline station in a municipality west of the country's capital. El Salvador's Attorney General's Office and its National Police said unidentified assailants aboard a vehicle approached Pacheco and some of his friends in the city of Santa Ana early Sunday and opened fire. Pacheco was one of the players on El Salvador's national team who was banned for life by the Salvadoran Soccer Federation in 2013 - a punishment ratified by FIFA - for match-fixin

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:02:15 -0500
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Alfredo Pacheco, a soccer player who played for the Salvadoran national side before being banned from the sport for life for his involvement in match fixing, was murdered on Sunday, the Salvadoran attorney general's office said. Pacheco, 33, was with a group of friends chatting in a petrol station when an unknown assailant shot at the group various times, authorities said. "The attorney general's office in Santa Ana processed the crime scene of the murder of Alfredo Pacheco at 3.30 am in a petrol station," it sai

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:30:53 -0500
Liverpool defeats Leicester 1-0 with Benteke goal

Former head of South America's CONMEBOL soccer body Eugenio Figueredo has admitted he received bribes from television firms in exchange for maintaining media rights, a lawyer involved in the case in Uruguay said on Saturday. CONMEBOL, an influential grouping that includes traditional soccer powers such as Brazil and Argentina, is heavily embroiled in a worldwide soccer corruption probe led by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Figueredo arrived back to his native Uruguay on Thursday after being extradited on corruption charges from Switzerland, where he was arrested in May. On Friday, the 83-year-old former vice-president of world soccer federation FIFA was moved to hospital from prison due to chest pai

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:37:36 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Title-chasing Arsenal was thrashed 4-0 by a Southampton side that had been on a five-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:28:28 -0500
Soccer-Liverpool reveal cracks in Leicester armoury

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Tom Cleverley scored in the third minute of added time for Everton to nip Newcastle 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:30:13 -0500
Chelsea draws 2-2 as Oscar misses late penalty

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone on Saturday as Ki Sung-yueng's first goal of the season ended its four-month run without a Premier League home wi

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:19:40 -0500
Man City beats Sunderland 4-1; Kompany lasts 9 minutes

Harry Kane became Tottenham's highest scorer in a calendar year in the English Premier League when his pair propelled them to 3-0 over Norwich on Saturday. Kane's first-half double, the first from the penalty spot, gave him 27 league goals this year, one more than Teddy Sheringham's record. Substitute Tom Carroll finished off struggling Norwich, and Spurs, in fourth place, was two points ahead of Crystal Palace, and three clear of Manchester Unite

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:09:59 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1800 GMT on Saturday, Dec 26

Manchester City scored three goals in 11 minutes against Sunderland to decide the outcome of the Premier League match in the first half, but substitute Vincent Kompany's return from injury lasted even less time Saturday in the 4-1 victory. Sunderland's Vito Mannone was selected ahead of former City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon for his first league start of the campaign in a decision which quickly backfired. Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony all struck in the opening 23 minutes at the Etihad as the hosts recovered from losing at Arsenal on Monda

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:53:36 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- Crystal Palace extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games to move above Manchester United in the standings after drawing 0-0 at Bournemouth on Saturda

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:50:43 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

West Ham was held by last-place Aston Villa to a fifth straight draw in the English Premier League on Saturday. West Ham has failed to win its last eight league matches since Oct. 31, six of them draws, and remains mired in mid-table. Meanwhile, Villa was stuck on the bottom of the table, on eight points, nine from safet

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:37:37 -0500
Man City beats Sunderland 4-1; Kompany lasts 9 minutes

A fourth consecutive loss left Louis van Gaal lamenting his Manchester United players' inability to handle the pressure and blaming the windy conditions at Stoke. The 2-0 loss at Stoke on Saturday saw United drop to sixth in the Premier League and left Van Gaal's side winless in seven matches in all competitions - the team's worst run in 26 years. ''I do my utmost best to find solutions to cope with the pressure,'' Van Gaal sai

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:59:45 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Guus Hiddink's first Premier League match back in charge of Chelsea ended in a 2-2 draw against Watford after Oscar missed a penalty in the 80th minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturda

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:38:07 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

STOKE, England (AP) -- Louis van Gaal's future as Manchester United manager seemed even more precarious Saturday after a fourth successive loss was inflicted by Stoke in its 2-0 Premier League victor

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 04:01:26 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship fixtures

Juergen Klopp wants Liverpool to improve its focus at the beginning of Premier League matches, starting against surprise league leaders Leicester at Anfield on Saturday. In three of Klopp's 15 matches as manager of Liverpool, the team has conceded a goal inside five minutes, including at Watford in the 3-0 defeat last Sunday. Klopp is eager to see a response by his player

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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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