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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:50:37 -0500
Crystal Palace manager embracing American investment in club

Without a win in seven matches and knocked out of the Italian Cup by a second-division side, Roma is very much in crisis. Roma has not won in any competition since beating Lazio in the capital derby on Nov. 8, and it crashed out of the Cup on Wednesday, losing 4-2 on penalties to Serie B side Spezia after the match ended goalless. Roma has slipped on the table to fifth, and reports in Italy say coach Rudi Garcia will be sacked if he fails to beat Genoa in the final match before the winter break on Sunda

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:39:03 -0500
Soccer-Suarez scores hat-trick as Barcelona stroll into final

Luis Suarez made up for the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, scoring a hat trick Thursday as Barcelona beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to advance to the final of the Club World Cup. Suarez put Barcelona ahead just before halftime, hammering in a rebound off Ivan Rakitic's long-range effort that was parried by Guangzhou goalkeeper Li Shua

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:31:09 -0500
Soccer-Tottenham get planning permission for new ground

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter was "a very respected person", adding that it was up to investigators to establish whether there actually were cases of corruption in the world soccer body. "Whether there are signs of corruption in FIFA, the investigation must show. As for Joseph Blatter, he is a very respected person, he has done a lot for the development of world soccer... That's the one to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize," Putin sai

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:16:09 -0500
Messi out of Club World Cup semifinal with abdominal pain

Bayern Munich fans could be forgiven for overlooking the last Bundesliga game of the year, such is the commotion over the club's off-field issues. Bayern visits Hannover on Saturday, and attention has been focused on Pep Guardiola's future as coach, as well as the latest injury blow that has again strained his relationship with team doctors. Hannover is fighting relegation after a dismal opening half to the season, and an upset over the league leader would provide a welcome boost before the winter brea

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:31:50 -0500
Soccer-Messi misses Club World Cup semi-final through illness

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Lionel Messi was absent from Barcelona's Club World Cup semifinal against Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday because of abdominal pai

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:20:42 -0500
Sepp Blatter faces judgment by FIFA ethics court he created

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss Justice Ministry said it had frozen millions of Swiss francs related to world soccer body FIFA, a spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a media report. "U.S. authorities asked for documents related to 50 accounts at different banks, through which corruption money is supposed to have transited," ministry spokesman Folco Galli said in a statement, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. He said a "high double-digit million amount" had been frozen following the U.S. query. (Reporting by Oliver Hirt and Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Janet Lawrenc

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:12:25 -0500
Soccer-Everton - Martinez impressed by Ranieri - Leicester

Sepp Blatter is trying to save his FIFA presidency on Thursday at the ethics committee he helped create and whose authority he does not recognize in his case. The suspended FIFA leader will tell four judges he is innocent of wrongdoing when he enters the headquarters of soccer's world governing body for the first time since October. Blatter was key in 2012 to empowering a tougher and more independent FIFA ethics committee that he now insists cannot remove an elected presiden

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:11:12 -0500
Wambach bows out in defeat as China end 11-year U.S. streak

Abby Wambach walked off the field for the final time like a rock star - mic drop and all. China's 1-0 victory on Wednesday night - the U.S. team's first home loss in more than a decade - wasn't going to diminish the triumphant nature of Wambach's extraordinary career. ''Tonight is a celebration,'' Wambach asserte

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 23:53:35 -0500
Former El Salvador soccer chief arrested amid FIFA probe

(Reuters) - Abby Wambach, the most prolific goalscorer of all time in international soccer, bowed out of the game in defeat on Wednesday when the United States women's team lost 1-0 to China to end an unbeaten run of 104 matches on home soil. Despite the best efforts of her American team mates to get the ball to her in the friendly played in front of 32,950 fans in New Orleans, Wambach had only a couple of half-chances to add to her tally of 184 international goals. China struggled to get the ball out of their own half for long periods, but scored on a rare attacking foray when Wang Shuang connected with a cross in the 58th minute, her shot deflecting past a wrong-footed American goalkeeper Hope Sol

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:14:33 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship championship play-off results

Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 on Wednesday night to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade. ''I love this team,'' Wambach said in comments delivered on the field to fans after the gam

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:01:01 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday, Dec 17

Abby Wambach made her debut with the U.S. national team in 2001 at the age of 21. One-hundred and eighty-five goals later, Wambach plays her final match with the national team in New Orleans on Wednesday night. This summer she played for the U.S. team that won the World Cu

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:42:40 -0500
Soccer-Revised English FA Cup third-round draw

El Salvador's former soccer federation president, Reynaldo Vasquez, who is wanted in the United States in connection with a probe targeting alleged corruption in the sport, has been detained, police said on Wednesday. Earlier this month El Salvador's Supreme Court approved the extradition of Vasquez, who headed the Salvadoran soccer federation, FESFUT, between 2009 and 2010. "We have detained Reynaldo Vasquez," deputy police director Howard Cotto said via Twitte

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:18:20 -0500
Brazil - ex-soccer chief tries to reach bond deal to stay out of jail

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the site of the 2016 Centennial Copa America final June 2

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:45:46 -0500
Soccer-One billion watched 2014 World Cup final on TV

South American champion River Plate booked a place in the Club World Cup final for the first time in 19 years by beating Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 on Wednesday. River was matched for large spells by the J-League champion, but Lucas Alario scored in the second half with a header after Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuto Hayashi could only half-punch away a Carlos Sanchez free kick. ''We knew Hiroshima would be an organized team,'' River coach Marcelo Gallardo sai

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:17:06 -0500
Soccer-Litex thrown out of Bulgarian league for walking off pitch

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been investigated for similar irregularities that led to Barcelona's ban on registering new players, suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter told Spanish media. Blatter said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo that FIFA's disciplinary committee has already concluded the probes, but he doesn't know their outcome. ''FIFA's disciplinary committee has opened separate proceedings on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for the same infractions committed by FC Barcelona,'' Blatter said in the interview made available online on Wednesda

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:41:03 -0500
Soccer-River scrape into Club World final with nervy win

OSAKA, Japan (AP) -- South American champion River Plate booked its place in the Club World Cup final, beating Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 on Wednesda

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:39:10 -0500
Report: Blatter says Madrid, Atletico probed over transfers

German prosecutors have asked Switzerland, home country of soccer world governing body FIFA, to help look into a suspicious payment linked to Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup, including by sifting through bank data. The Frankfurt state prosecutor has sought legal assistance over a 6.7 million euro ($7.3 million) transfer from Germany's DFB football association to soccer's world governing body, both authorities said on Wednesday. In November, police and tax investigators raided DFB headquarters and searched the homes of officials to investigate suspected tax evasion linked to the awarding of the tournamen

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:13:56 -0500
Neymar finally trains before Club World Cup semi

Suspended European soccer chief Michel Platini will not attend Friday's FIFA ethics committee hearing, his lawyers said on Wednesday. "Michel Platini ... has decided not to attend his hearing at the FIFA ethics committee on Dec. 18, 2015, as the verdict of this ethics committee has been announced in the press last weekend by one of its spokespersons, Mr Andreas Bantel, in disregard of all fundamental rights, starting with the presumption of innocence," the lawyers said in a statemen

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:59:08 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

Neymar's chances of playing in the Club World Cup appeared to improve on Wednesday, as he trained for the first time since Barcelona arrived in Japan. Neymar did some running in front of the media at the start of practice at the match venue, Nissan Stadiu

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:42:22 -0500
FIFA election candidates to be quizzed by European lawmakers

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Neymar's chances of playing in the Club World Cup appeared to improve on Wednesday, as he trained for the first time since Barcelona arrived in Japa

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:36:29 -0500
Soccer-Messi tax fraud case should be dropped say lawyers

BRUSSELS (AP) -- FIFA's presidential candidates will be questioned by European lawmakers at a campaign meetin

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:29:28 -0500
Soccer-Villa facing three must-win games, says Garde

Nissan Motor's China venture has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese soccer team backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Evergrande Real Estate Group, alleging that it wrongfully pulled the automaker's logo from team jerseys. Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture with China's second largest automaker Dongfeng Motor Group, says Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao football club broke its 110 million yuan ($17 million) sponsorship agreement early, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesda

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 02:56:02 -0500
Soccer-Key players will stay at Everton in January - Martinez

Abby Wambach sounds certain there will be no unforeseen circumstances luring her back onto the field next year at the Rio Games. The face of U.S. women's soccer for the past decade since Mia Hamm retired, Wambach insists she's been at peace for a while now with her decision to make Wednesday night's friendly against China in New Orleans her final international match. ''I can say this now,'' Wambach said before her last practice Tuesday evening in the Superdom

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 17:22:14 -0500
Soccer-Wolfswinkel double as Betis knock Gijon out of King - Cup

League leader Inter Milan eased through to the Italian Cup quarterfinals by beating Cagliari 3-0, while third-division Alessandria also advanced after upsetting Genoa 2-1 on Tuesday. Rodrigo Palacio, Marcelo Brozovic, and Ivan Perisic scored at San Siro to set up a quarterfinal against Napoli or Hellas Verona. Alessandria, which beat another top-flight side - Palermo - in the previous round, will face either Roma or Spezia after becoming the first third-division side to reach the last eight in 32 year

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:34:05 -0500
Soccer-Dutch Cup last 16 results

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Xabi Alonso scored a spectacular goal for Bayern Munich to beat Darmstadt 1-0 and earn a place in the German Cup quarterfinals on Tuesda

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:22:08 -0500
Soccer-German Cup last 16 results

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- The LA Galaxy have acquired goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from FC Dallas for two selections in the 2017 draf

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:19:23 -0500
US to play exhibitions against Iceland, Canada in 2016

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Honduras president and soccer official Rafael Callejas pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges relating to what U.S. prosecutors described as multimillion-dollar bribery schemes at FIFA and other soccer governing bodies. Callejas, who is a former president of the Honduran soccer federation and has served on FIFA's marketing and television committee, appeared with a lawyer in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, and the lawyer entered the plea on his behalf. Callejas, 72, is one of dozens of soccer officials charged by U.S. authorities investigating corruption in the spor

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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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