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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:01:42 -0500
Soccer-Twente given three-year Europe ban but can carry on playing

FIFA Vice-President Juan Angel Napout, president of the South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday to face corruption charges, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said. Napout, a Paraguayan, had ben detained in Zurich this month on a U.S. warrant accusing him of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America. The justice office also said Eduardo Li, former president of the Costa Rican soccer federation, had dropped his appeal against a ruling in September ordering his extradition to the United State

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:12:27 -0500
FIFA - Blatter proclaims innocence, denounces Inquisition

Nicolas Leoz, the former head of the South American football confederation, is being extradited to the United States to face corruption charges linked to FIFA. A Paraguay appeals court approved the extradition on Tuesday. Leoz has been under house arrest in his native Paraguay since being indicted by U.S. authorities in May, charged with taking millions in bribes as the head of CONMEBOL, and as a member of FIFA's executive committe

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:56:03 -0500
Chelsea in crisis as under-pressure Mourinho lashes out

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter again proclaimed his innocence in a corruption scandal gripping the world soccer body as he prepares to testify this week before the group's ethics panel. "I am suspended but not isolated and not at all mute." FIFA ethics investigators called in November for sanctions against Blatter and European (UEFA) soccer chief Michel Platini, both of whom were suspended from their posts for 90 days on Oct. 8 pending a full investigation. FIFA's ethics panel is set to rule on the matter next wee

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:55:00 -0500
England leads UEFA team of 18 referees for Euro 2016

Jose Mourinho's belittling post-match tirade against his team wasn't even needed to underscore the crisis that has enveloped Chelsea. There was the sight of Diego Costa - a striker seemingly more interested in picking a fight than scoring goals - confronting Chelsea's defenders and gesturing to them that they are asleep. There was Eden Hazard flicking a dismissive hand toward Mourinho as he stormed down the tunnel with an innocuously sustained hip injur

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 02:58:25 -0500
Soccer-Lennon fears Bolton player exodus over unpaid wages

OSAKA, Japan (AP) -- River Plate will start as favorite in its Club World Cup semifinal against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday, but the South American champion's coach Marcelo Gallardo said Los Millonarios must be fully prepared to meet the home tea

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 02:31:31 -0500
Soccer-Wales will test England at Euros, warns Ramsey

Injured striker Neymar sat out training for a second straight day Tuesday as Barcelona prepared for its Club World Cup semifinal. Neymar now looks unlikely to play for the European champion, which is seeking a third Club World Cup crown, against Asian champion Guangzhou Evergrande of China. Neymar also skipped Monday's practice, which took place only hours after the team arrived in Yokohama following an overnight fligh

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:43:40 -0500
Leicester stuns stumbling Chelsea 2-1, top of Premier League

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team's latest loss in its dreadful Premier League title defense, saying Monday he felt ''betrayed'' and accusing them of not trying their best. ''If I was a player, I'd be giving a lot more,'' Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss to surprise leader Leicester that left Chelsea one point off the relegation zone after 16 games. Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, has lost nine games so far and is 20 points off the lea

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:24:18 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

English football's most lethal double act propelled Leicester to a 2-1 win over stumbling champion Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday, with goals by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez keeping their team top of the standings. The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester leads the heavyweights of England by two points nearly halfway through this seaso

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:10:49 -0500
FIFA taps UN official for global human rights review

FIFA on Monday named a United Nations official focused on business and human rights to develop a plan for soccer's global governing body to adopt the UN's guiding principles on human rights. John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for business and human rights and a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will produce an independent review of how well FIFA's operations measure up to international human rights standards for worker

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:15:25 -0500
Man United aura fades with each setback, brand risks damage

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City signed veteran Justin Mapp on Monday, making the midfielder the first free agent to sign a contract in Major League Soccer histor

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:03:52 -0500
Soccer-Club World Cup fixtures

Rafael Callejas, the former president of Honduras, on Monday flew to the United States where he has been indicted for alleged links to a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme at the world soccer governing body FIFA. Callejas, 72, who was named in an indictment earlier in December, is accused of taking bribes for marketing and broadcasting rights alongside 15 other high-ranking world football officials. "Former president Rafael Callejas decided to present himself to U.S. authorities and will now travel on a private plane to the United States," Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales said on local radi

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:15:30 -0500
Barcelona to play Arsenal again in Champions League

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Neymar was missing from training on Monday, as European champion Barcelona started its preparations for the FIFA Club World Cup in Japa

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:54:46 -0500
Soccer-Europa League last 32 draw

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will head back to Germany in the Europa League's round of 32, though he avoided his old tea

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:10:42 -0500
Soccer-Efficient Atletico getting under people - skin

Swiss authorities are reviewing 133 reports of suspicious financial activity linked to the decisions by soccer's ruling body to let Russia and Qatar host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Monday. Russia and Qatar, a small desert country with no real soccer tradition and where daytime temperatures can top 40 degrees Celsius (104F), have denied wrongdoing. An OAG spokeswoman said by email in response to a Reuters query that the suspicious activity reports came from a Swiss financial intelligence unit called the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:35:47 -0500
Soccer-We are not selling Dybala, say Juventus

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Defending champion Barcelona has again been drawn to face Arsenal in the round of 16 of the Champions Leagu

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:27:56 -0500
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

Crystal Dunn and Christen Press both scored and the Women's World Cup-winning U.S. national team beat China 2-0 in an exhibition Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The United States was coming off a 6-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Texas on Thursday, part of the team's victory tour following the World Cup in Canada this past summer. The Americans, led by Carli Lloyd with three goals, beat Japan 5-2 in the World Cup fina

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:14:25 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

By Mica Rosenberg and David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sports marketing company that was described in a sweeping indictment this month as retaining contracts because of the "support" of corrupt soccer officials has longstanding ties to the U.S. entertainment company 21st Century Fox, according to securities filings and other government documents. The description of T&T Sports Marketing Ltd in the indictment signals that U.S. prosecutors have intensified their focus on media companies and what they might have known about any bribes, people familiar with the matter said. When prosecutors announced their corruption investigation of world soccer's governing body FIFA in May, they spoke in court papers about "an array of broadcasters and advertisers" but otherwise did not specifically address their rol

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:43:45 -0500
Soccer-Juventus go fourth with Fiorentina win, Roma hold Napoli

U.S. national team forward Jordan Morris and the Stanford Cardinal couldn't be stopped. Morris scored twice and the Cardinal buried four of their five shots to win their first NCAA title in men's soccer with a 4-0 win over Clemson on Sunday in the College Cup final. Stanford's four goals were the most in a College Cup final since St. John's had four goals in the title game in 199

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 16:48:13 -0500
Soccer-Klopp salutes atmosphere as Liverpool celebrate draw

Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Villarreal to fall five points behind the Spanish league's two frontrunners on Sunday, after Atletico Madrid pulled level with leader Barcelona by fighting back to win 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao. Roberto Soldado scored Villarreal's winner eight minutes into a first half it completely dominated, before the hosts held off Madrid's furious response after the break. Cut adrift by the pacesetters, Madrid's defeat left it just two points above fourth-place Celta Vigo and three ahead of Villarreal in fift

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:03:56 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took Sunday's other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle was facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage tim

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:41:58 -0500
Dortmund beats Frankfurt 4-1 to cut Bayern - Bundesliga lead

Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone on Sunday by inflicting Tottenham's first Premier League loss since the opening day of the season, coming from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory in the third minute of stoppage time. Ayoze Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had canceled out Eric Dier's first-half headed opener for Tottenham. ''They have shown fantastic character on a platform of fantastic attitude, effort, work rate,'' Newcastle manager Steve McClaren sai

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:27:39 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Juergen Klopp's Liverpool showed its new-found resilience with a 96th-minute equalizer to draw 2-2 against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunda

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:33:05 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

BERLIN (AP) -- An injury time strike by defender Caiuby earned Augsburg its first ever win over Schalke in a 2-1 victory on Sunda

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:09:37 -0500
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

MILAN (AP) -- AC Milan's inconsistent season worsened Sunday as it was held 1-1 by bottom club Hellas Verona in Serie

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:41:38 -0500
Soccer-TP Mazembe - dreams of another final are extinguished

There's an aspect to Bournemouth's Premier League debut that provides a perfect snap shot of this unpredictable season. No pundit predicted Bournemouth would beat title-holder Chelsea and record 20-time champion Manchester United in succession - let alone be sitting above Jose Mourinho's side approaching the midway point of the season. Had anyone forecast that back in August, Bournemouth might have expected to be where Leicester is now as a shock title contende

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:53:15 -0500
EURO 2016: Securing fan zones a priority after Paris attacks

European football's Big Three of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - the past three winners - combine for 20 of the 26 continental titles shared by the teams left. Gent has ended Belgium's 15-year absence and PSV Eindhoven returns after a nine-year gap for the Netherlands. Barcelona, aiming to be the first title holder to retain the trophy in the 24-year Champions League era, is in the pot of eight seeded group winners, including Madrid and Bayer

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:47:49 -0500
Soccer-TP Mazembe - dreams of another final are extinguished

Particularly problematic are designated ''fan zones'' for large outdoor crowds in the host cities, set aside for ticketless fans to gather, watch games for free on jumbo screens, and party. It has since suggested that zones may need to be scrapped altogether so security can be reinforced at stadiums and resources not spread too thin. ''We can't simply invent people who are neither trained, nor available,'' Bauer told The Associated Press in a phone intervie

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:42:25 -0500
Soccer-Conte hints Balotelli will watch Euro 2016 on television

Paulinho scored in the final minute of stoppage time on Sunday as Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat Mexico's Club America 2-1 to advance to the semifinal of the Club World Cup. Paulinho's header off a corner kick in the 93rd minute allowed Luiz Felipe Scolari's team to secure a showdown with tournament favorites Barcelona on Dec. 17 in Yokohama. ''My goal is to win against Barcelona,'' Scolari sai

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:48:01 -0500
Lille beats Lorient 3-0 in French league

MILAN (AP) -- Mauro Icardi hit back at his critics with two goals as Inter Milan moved provisionally four points clear in the Serie A by comfortably beating Udinese 4-0 on Saturda

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:26:27 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

After 110 tough minutes in the semifinals, both Stanford and Clemson advanced after penalty kick shootouts to the national championship of the College Cup on Sunday. ''We didn't win,'' Clemson coach Mike Noonan said. The previous national championship Clemson (17-2-4) won was in 198

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:38:37 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings

PARIS (AP) -- While Germany coach Joachim Loew sounded confident that the world champions will top Group C, Poland has the firepower to spoil those plans. Co-hosts of Euro 2012, the Poles were the top scoring team, with 33 goals, in qualifying for Euro 2016, thanks to the superb Robert Lewandowsk

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:31:37 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Manchester United conceded directly from a second-minute corner on its way to a humbling 2-1 loss at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, capping a humiliating week for England's biggest club that began with a Champions League group-stage exit. In front of 11,500 fans in its cramped and atmospheric Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth - a tiny coastal club that almost dropped out of England's professional leagues six years ago - completed a remarkable double following a 1-0 win at reigning Premier League champion Chelsea last wee

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:49:26 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

Barcelona missed a chance to temporarily increase its Spanish league lead when it conceded two late goals and drew with Deportivo La Coruna 2-2 at home on Saturday. Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a curling free kick before halftime, and set up Ivan Rakitic's powerful strike from outside the area after an hour. Then Deportivo striker Lucas Perez scored, and set up the equalizer by Alex Bergantinos after a late counterattack to shock the crowd at the Camp No

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:40:36 -0500
The Latest: ONeill curses luck of Irish in tough Euro draw

Manchester United conceded directly from a second-minute corner on its way to a humbling 2-1 loss at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, capping a humiliating week for England's biggest club that began with a Champions League group-stage exit. In front of 11,500 fans in its cramped and atmospheric Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth - a tiny coastal club that almost dropped out of England's professional leagues six years ago - completed a remarkable double following a 1-0 win at reigning Premier League champion Chelsea last wee

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:00:34 -0500
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Defending champion Spain begins its quest for a third straight European Championship title against the Czech Republic, while host France also escaped with a relatively unthreatening group in Saturday's draw and opens Euro 2016 against Romania on June 10. World Cup winner Germany will also be content with the draw, although Italy wasn't so lucky and neither was England. Spain's other opponents in Group D are Turkey and Croatia, while coach Didier Deschamps' France also takes on newcomer Albania and Switzerland in Group

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:48:55 -0500
Watford strikes early for 1-0 win vs Sunderland

Manchester City relied on a huge slice of fortune in the second minute of injury time to pile more misery on managerless Swansea and provisionally return to first place in the English Premier League on Saturday. Yaya Toure's shot struck young substitute Kelechi Iheanacho and looped into the net as City escaped with a 2-1 win from an unconvincing display at Etihad Stadium. Swansea couldn't have picked a much tougher game following the firing of Garry Monk on Thursday, but looked set to leave with a point after Bafetimbi Gomis equalized in the 90th minut

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:48:55 -0500
City piles misery on Swansea with late deflected goal

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from the draw for the European Championships next Jun

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:44:42 -0500
Man City scores injury-time winner to beats Swansea 2-1

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo scored an early goal from which struggling Sunderland never recovered as Watford won 1-0 Saturday and provisionally moved to seventh in the Premier Leagu

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:40:09 -0500
Soccer-Barca let two-goal lead slip in Deportivo draw

Yaya Toure's deflected shot in injury time gave Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday after a frantic finish at the Etihad Stadium. Bafetimbi Gomis thought he had earned a draw for Swansea when he equalized in the 90th minute with a powerful rising shot that beat Joe Hart at his near post from a difficult angl

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:18:46 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham failed to win for a sixth straight Premier League game in a 0-0 draw Saturday against midtable Stok

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:11:30 -0500
Soccer-Man City back on top after frantic finish

Yohan Cabaye scored a first-half winner for Crystal Palace in a 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday as the teams continued to head in opposite directions in the Premier League. The France midfielder tapped home in the 38th minute after good work by lively winger Yannick Bolasie, sealing Palace's first win in 13 Premier League matches between the two teams. Southampton has failed to win any of its last four games, while Palace is unbeaten in three and is challenging for a top-four place in what could be a breakthrough season in Alan Pardew's first full campaign back in charge of the tea

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:56:45 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

Robert Lewandowski broke Ingolstadt's resistance as Bayern Munich won 2-0 to go provisionally eight points clear in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Ingolstadt, which frustrated the home side with tenacious tackling and constant pressure, was left to rue missed chances when Lewandowski scored in the 65th minute, and Bayern captain Philipp Lahm wrapped up the result 10 minutes later. ''Unfortunately the only thing we won today was respect,'' Ingolstadt coach Ralph Hasenhuettl said as Bayern ensured it will be leading at the halfway stage of the season for the fifth consecutive yea

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:42:06 -0500
Soccer-CONMEBOL to have first vote in three decades after arrested boss quits

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth straight Premier League game but missed a slew of other chances in a 1-1 draw at Norwich on Saturday. Wes Hoolahan equalized 63 seconds into the second half to earn Norwich a point from a game Everton should have sewn up in a dominant first 45 minutes at Carrow Road. Lukaku headed in a cross from winger Gerard Deulofeu in the 15th minute for his eighth goal in seven games in all competition

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:35:08 -0500
Clemson beats Syracuse on PKs in NCAA soccer semifinal

Corey Baird connected, Nate Shultz didn't and just like that, Stanford advanced to the NCAA College Cup final. Baird made his shot in the 10th round of penalty kicks and Shultz's shot was stopped, allowing Stanford to outlast Akron 8-7 in penalty kicks in the NCAA College Cup semifinals on Friday night. ''Going through it when you're in sudden death it's, 'Can you make a save, can you make a save?''' Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein sai

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:31:04 -0500
Stadium opens for inspection after canceled soccer game

(Reuters) - United States international Jermaine Jones looks set to miss two World Cup qualifiers after the New England midfielder's six-game ban for making contact with a referee during a playoff game was upheld by Major League Soccer (MLS). Jones had appealed the initial ban through the Players' Union, but after hearing the appeal MLS Commissioner Don Garber decided to uphold the suspension, the league's said on its website on Friday. The suspension relates to an incident on Oct. 28 when Jones made physical contact with referee Mark Geiger after he had turned down an appeal for a penalty late in the Revolution's playoff game against D.C. Unite

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:56:56 -0500
Scotiabank comfortable with CONCACAF progress but reserves right to end ties

Goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell made eight saves between regulation and overtime and T.J. Casner scored Clemson's fourth-straight penalty kick to outlast sixth-seeded Syracuse 4-1 on penalty kicks Friday night in the NCAA College Cup semifinals. After the teams finished overtime tied 0-0, Clemson scored on each of its penalty kick attempts, getting goals from Imam Mafi, Michael Melvin and Thales Moreno before Casner ended i

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:49:19 -0500
Chelsea-Leicester City Preview

The exhibition game was part of a 10-city tour following the team's victory in the Women's World Cup this past summer and was scheduled to be played last Sunday. Stadium officials countered that the turf is only four years old, still under warranty and hasn't had any issues. Joshua Wisch, spokesman for the Hawaii Attorney General, said he opened the stadium Friday after several media request

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:03:05 -0500
Soccer-South America - federation expects January elections after graft charges

The South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, would likely have elections in January to re-organize its executive committee after U.S. corruption charges against top officials, the body's interim president said on Friday. CONMEBOL bosses met for the first time since the arrest in Zurich last week of confederation president Juan Angel Napout, who was one of 16 people charged with multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcasting rights of tournaments and matches. Napout, who swiftly agreed to be extradited to the United States, resigned from the top post by email on Thursday, CONMEBOL's interim president Wilmar Valdez told a news conferenc

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:32:23 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

NEW YORK (AP) -- New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended for the first six Major League Soccer games of next season, a penalty that will cause him to miss the United States' two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in Marc

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:04:12 -0500
UEFA to decide on goal line technology in January

By Karolos Grohmann Lausanne, Switzerland (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter refused to back up Franz Beckenbauer's accusation that 2006 German World Cup organizers had to pay world soccer's governing body a cash amount in order to release a bigger payment back to them, calling them absurd. Beckenbauer, who was the 2006 World Cup organizing chief, has said a controversial 6.7 million euros payment to the soccer world governing body, currently under investigation by a German prosecutor, was made in order to release a payment of 170 million euros back to the organizers to help with preparations for the tournament. The affair has rocked German football, with Beckenbauer, an emblematic sports figure in the country and a former World Cup winning player and coach at the heart of the scanda

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