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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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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:08:31 -0500
Soccer-Chelsea turn to Hiddink again to revive fortunes

By Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - It was Africa versus Europe in Johannesburg on Saturday as Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne lobbied southern Africa's soccer bosses for support to become the next head of the scandal-ridden soccer body FIFA. The South African apartheid-era political prisoner turned multimillionaire and the former French diplomat laid out their plans to reform FIFA to the Confederation of Southern African Football Association's (COSAFA) annual general meeting. The two men hoping to succeed suspended FIFA head Sepp Blatter presented a show of solidarity as they recalled working together on South Africa's successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup tournamen

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:42:17 -0500
Soccer-Dutchman Hiddink returns to Chelsea as interim manager

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Lionel Messi and Neymar are hoping to return for Barcelona in the Club World Cup final on Sunday after taking part in Saturday's training sessio

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:42:17 -0500
Soccer-Dutchman Hiddink returns to Chelsea as interim manager

LONDON (AP) -- Guus Hiddink is back at Chelsea for a second spell as manager, succeeding Jose Mourinho until the end of the seaso

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:55:06 -0500
Soccer-Kroos remains a key player for Real, Benitez says

Jose Mourinho is not planning to take a break from management after his departure from Chelsea and is ''already looking forward,'' a statement by the agency which represents the Portuguese coach said Saturday. The statement from CAA Sports also appears to confirm that Mourinho was fired from his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, with Premier League champion Chelsea having lost nine of its first 16 league matches this season. ''Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea football club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title,'' the statement sai

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 06:13:23 -0500
Soccer-Mourinho not ready to take sabbatical - statement

Jose Mourinho is not planning to take a break from management after leaving Chelsea and is ''already looking forward,'' a statement released by the agency which represents him said Saturday. The statement from CAA Sports appears to confirm that Mourinho was fired from his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. ''During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave,'' it sai

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:23:34 -0500
Ex-Costa Rica soccer chief pleads not guilty in FIFA probe

Midfielder Michael Bradley has won the U.S. Player of the Year Award for the first time. The American captain had three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in 2015, the most assists on the team in a calendar year since Landon Donovan's eight in 2013. Bradley, who plays for Toronto in Major League Soccer, received 39 first-place votes and 176 points in voting by media conducted by Futbol de Primera that was announced Frida

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:15:25 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

Former Costa Rican Football Federation President Eduardo Li on Friday pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court to corruption charges connected to the ongoing scandal around FIFA. Li entered his plea in the late afternoon and remains in custody, according to Li's lawyer and a spokeswoman for U.S. prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment in May for Li, accusing him of taking bribes in connection with the sale of marketing rights for World Cup 2018 qualifying game

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:45:47 -0500
Portland trades Will Johnson to Toronto

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Hoffenheim will spend the Christmas break in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga after losing 1-0 at Schalke on Frida

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:46:37 -0500
Soccer-Bielsa would be great acquisition for Swansea, says Pochettino

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter has called a news conference on Monday to respond to the FIFA ethics committee's verdic

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:19:28 -0500
Soccer-Aguero ready to return against Arsenal, says Pellegrini

Midfielder Michael Bradley has won the U.S. Player of the Year Award for the first time. The American captain had three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in 2015, the most assists on the team in a calendar year since Landon Donovan's eight in 2013. Bradley, who plays for Toronto in Major League Soccer, received 39 first-place votes and 176 points in voting by media conducted by Futbol de Primera that was announced Frida

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:56:05 -0500
Soccer-Messi misses training, passes kidney stone

Lionel Messi could still play for Barcelona in Sunday's Club World Cup final. The Argentina forward missed Friday's training, and was absent from the 3-0 semifinal win over Guangzhou Evergrande with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones. What the manager (Luis Enrique) said is that we have to evaluate, hour after hour, how he is feeling,'' Barcelona media officer Chemi Teres sai

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:14:59 -0500
Soccer-Van Gaal fears same fate as Mourinho if United keep losing

Through all the ups and through all the downs, Jose Mourinho has never really been this low before. The dapper Portuguese coach has won titles with some of the biggest soccer teams in the world, including Real Madrid and Inter Milan. ''And so the second post-Jose Mourinho era begins for Chelsea Football Club,'' the club wrote Friday on its websit

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:01:49 -0500
Soccer-Champions League place a realistic target for Everton - Lukaku

By Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Switzerland has authorized the extradition of Eugenio Figueredo, the former head of South America's CONMEBOL soccer body, to Uruguay to face trial on corruption charges, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. CONMEBOL, an influential grouping that includes traditional soccer powers such as Brazil and Argentina, is heavily embroiled in a corruption probe led by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Switzerland has authorized Figueredo's extradition to Uruguay instead of the United States," the source told Reuters, requesting anonymit

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:56:50 -0500
Switzerland OKs extradition of soccer - Figueredo to Uruguay

MUNICH (AP) -- Amid speculation on the future of coach Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich says it has extended the contracts of four players, including Germany forward Thomas Mueller and veteran Xavi Alons

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 02:12:53 -0500
Soccer-Garde prepares for January clear out at rock bottom Villa

ZURICH (AP) -- Michel Platini's fading chance of becoming FIFA president is being tested at an ethics hearing into his $2 million payment for work as Sepp Blatter's advise

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:34:09 -0500
Soccer-Lazio end winless run, Milan oust Sampdoria

AC Milan is through to the Italian Cup quarterfinals after winning 2-0 at 10-man Sampdoria, Rossoneri coach Sinisa Mihajlovic's former team. M'Baye Niang broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, beating the offside trap to run onto Carlos Bacca's through-ball and fire into the bottom left corner. Bacca sealed the result in stoppage time, thanks to an assist from Keisuke Honda, after Samp had missed clearcut chances to leve

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:17:46 -0500
TAKE A LOOK-Soccer-Chelsea sack manager Jose Mourinho

Even at Chelsea's lowest, ebb the fans were still chanting Jose Mourinho's name. Just how will they react to the departure of the ''Special One,'' the most successful manager in Chelsea's history? Owner Roman Abramovich won't have to wait long to find out, with Chelsea hosting Sunderland on Saturday at Stamford Bridg

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:47:32 -0500
Sepp Blatter faces judgment by FIFA ethics court he created

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Premier League champions Chelsea on Thursday after a calamitous run of results left the west London club one point above the relegation zone. A club statement said Chelsea and the 52-year-old Portuguese had parted company by "mutual consent" seven months after he led them to the title by an eight-point margin. It concludes a spectacular fall from grace for Mourinho, rated as one of the world's best coaches, who declared himself the "happy one" when he returned for a second stint in charge of Chelsea in 2013 after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madri

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:55:55 -0500
Soccer-Italian Cup last 16 results

By John Miller and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the ethics committee of world soccer's governing body on Thursday in a case that could end with him banned from the sport for years. FIFA is reeling from the worst corruption scandal in its more than 100-year history, with 41 people including national soccer bosses and entities charged by U.S. prosecutors and Blatter under criminal investigation in Switzerland. Blatter, who is due to leave the post on Feb. .

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:45:28 -0500
Mourinho sacked as Chelsea manager

Jose Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea ended prematurely Thursday with the team in decline only seven months after the Portuguese coach won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea is only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old Mourinho had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team even as it collapsed on the field with a succession of humiliations. Mourinho's departure - characterized by Chelsea as ''mutual'' - came 2 1/2 years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contrac

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:59:26 -0500
Factbox: Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter attempted to save his presidency on Thursday at the FIFA ethics committee he helped create and whose authority he does not recognize in his cas

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:56:44 -0500
Soccer-Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's Female Player of the Year after her hat trick in the final led the Americans to the Women's World Cup title. The announcement was made Wednesday before their 1-0 exhibition loss to China in Abby Wambach's farewell match. The 32-year-old Lloyd put the U.S. ahead 34 seconds into the final against Japan in July and capped her hat trick with a goal on a 54-yard shot from midfiel

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:40:18 -0500
Sepp Blatter faces judgment by FIFA ethics court he created

Coach Rafa Benitez may not survive another Real Madrid setback in the Spanish league. Former Madrid star Zinedine Zidane has made front page headlines in Spain this week, touted as the man ready to replace Benitez as soon as he's gon

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