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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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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:51:23 -0500
Platini loses appeal at CAS over 90-day FIFA ban

PARIS (AP) -- UEFA is getting closer to introducing goal-line technology to the Champions League and Europa League, possibly from next seaso

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:48:43 -0500
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings

Michel Platini failed to overturn his 90-day FIFA ban on Friday, with the ruling coming only minutes after Swiss federal prosecutors said they stepped up their criminal investigation into a $2 million payment he received from soccer's scandal-hit governing body. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its three-man panel of judges was unanimous in ruling against the FIFA election hopeful's appeal, stating that the former France great would still have time to campaign for president after an expected FIFA ethics committee verdict. The 90-day ban ''does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time,'' the court said in a statemen

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:22:55 -0500
Soccer-Real Madrid - bid to overturn Cup expulsion denied

Claudio Ranieri is another coach to have been struck by some low blows from the ''Special One,'' who has treated the Italian with apparent disdain since replacing him as Chelsea manager in 2004. On Friday, Mourinho came out in praise of the 64-year-old Ranieri and the job that his rival is performing at this season's Premier League sensation, Leicester. After 15 games, Leicester - a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season - leads the standings by two point

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:18:31 -0500
Germany raid over scrapped soccer match, no one arrested

With more countries competing at the 2016 European Championship, the draw for the tournament will have an extra eight teams hoping to avoid Germany. Next year's tournament in France, the first to have 24 teams, will feature a new second round that includes the best four third-place finishers. The Germans will head into the tournament trying to follow up their fourth World Cup victory with a fourth European title, albeit without retired greats such as striker Miroslav Klose and defender Philipp Lah

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:52:22 -0500
Soccer-Swansea want to beat Man City for Monk, says Curtis

(Reuters) - Honduras midfielder Arnold Peralta was shot to death in the Honduran city of La Ceiba on Thursday, police said. Peralta, 26, was attacked by several men as he got into his car at a shopping center in his birth city La Ceiba, 185 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa, a region noted for drug cartel activity. “Robbery has been discarded as a motive because Peralta had no personal belongings stolen,” said Leonel Sauceda, a spokesman for the Security ministr

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:36:48 -0500
Platini loses appeal at CAS over 90-day FIFA ban

Under mounting pressure following Manchester United's early Champions League exit, Louis van Gaal says it must adjust its lofty expectations because its status as a European superpower isn't the same as 10 years ago. Van Gaal appeared irritated on Friday when asked if United would be happy to just win the much-maligned Europa League this season, after dropping out of the Champions League. ''We are now in the Europa League, so now we have to win the Europa Leagu

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:47:25 -0500
Soccer-Arsenal - Sanchez to return before Christmas, says Wenger

European soccer chief Michel Platini failed on Friday in his bid to have a 90-day provisional suspension from world soccer lifted, further denting his hopes of running for the presidency of the game's scandal-hit global governing body FIFA. The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the top body for settling sports-related disputes, means Platini will not be able to attend Saturday's draw for the Euro 2016 championships. Platini, barred for 90 days during an investigation centering on a 2 million Swiss franc ($1.97 million) payment from FIFA to Platini, cannot run for the presidency while under suspensio

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:30:38 -0500
CAS orders FIFA not to extend Platini - 90-day provisional suspension

Michel Platini lost his appeal Friday at the Court to Arbitration for Sport to lift a 90-day ban by FIFA. CAS said its three-man panel of judges was unanimous in ruling against the FIFA presidential hopeful. The 90-day ban ''does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time,'' the court said in a statemen

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:57:35 -0500
Soccer-Mexican championship final results

Christen Press scored three goals after entering the game as a second-half substitute and the United States defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in an exhibition at the Alamodome on Thursday night. Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Lindsey Horan also scored as the U.S. team continued its victory tour to celebrate the Women's World Cup victory in Canada this past summe

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:29:25 -0500
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

Honduran soccer player Arnold Peralta was shot to death in a mall parking lot on Thursday by unknown assailants as he entered a car, police said, ruling out robbery as a motive in the killing. Peralta, a 26-year-old mid-fielder who played for Honduras's most popular club Olimpia and who was on the national team, was shot by several men outside a shopping center in the port city of La Ceiba 115 miles (185 km) north of Tegucigalpa, police said in a statement. Security ministry spokesman Leonel Sauceda said the assailants did not take any of Peralta's personal belonging

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:27:05 -0500
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

A player for the Honduran national soccer team was shot to death Thursday in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast, police said. In a statement, police said Arnold Peralta was killed outside the Uniplaza mall. The player's father, Carlos Peralta, confirmed the death at a news conferenc

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:27:05 -0500
Soccer-Colombian championship semifinal results

A player for the Honduran national soccer team was shot to death Thursday in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast, police said. In a statement, police said Arnold Peralta was killed outside the Uniplaza mall. The player's father, Carlos Peralta, confirmed the death at a news conferenc

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:15:59 -0500
Ex-US star Stewart introduced as Union sporting director

PARIS (AP) -- Four-time European Cup winner Ajax failed to advance to the Europa League last-32 after drawing 1-1 at home to Norwegian side Molde, as the nine remaining qualifying places for the knockout stage were decided on Thursday

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:02:48 -0500
Soccer-UEFA Europa League group H results and standings

No. 6 seed Syracuse (16-5-3) earned its first bid to the College Cup after defeating fellow ACC squad Boston College in the quarterfinals, avenging its regular-season loss to the Eagles. ''It's surreal,'' junior midfielder/defender combo Liam Callahan said of making it to the College Cup. The Orange get another ACC foe in their first College Cup match on Friday night: second-seeded Clemson, which has not advanced this far in the tournament since 200

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:23:36 -0500
Soccer-Real - appeal against King - Cup expulsion rejected

MADRID (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo is really serious about keeping his options open for the future. Not even Barcelona or Manchester United's rivals in England are off limit

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:04:18 -0500
Soccer-Man Utd - Schweinsteiger banned for three matches

After another lackluster week in the short reign of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United will revisit the scene of one of the team's greatest embarrassments. In January 1984, Bournemouth - then playing in the third tier - eliminated defending champion United from the FA Cup in one of the competition's great upsets. Now, Bournemouth is in the Premier League for the first time and preparing to host United on Saturda

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:24:49 -0500
Ex-Malmo manager becomes new Denmark coach

Karim Benzema was indefinitely suspended from the French national team on Thursday because of his involvement in an ongoing blackmail case, throwing his international career into doubt. The Real Madrid striker has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. ''I have decided that he is not available for selection,'' France soccer federation president Noel Le Graet said, calling it a ''heart-breaking'' decisio

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:18:45 -0500
Soccer-Watford must stay humble and focus on safety - Flores

Former Malmo FF manager Age Hareide is the new national coach, Denmark's football association said on Thursday. The 62-year-old former Norway international signed a two-year contract with an option for two more years, the association, known as DBU, said. Hareide will begin in his new job on March 1 in time for Denmark's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign that kicks off in the second half of 201

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:12:09 -0500
Soccer-Benzema banned by France over blackmail case

The man many expect, or want, to be Brazil's next coach isn't shy about his ambition. Adenor Leonardo Bacchi wants the job. If the position was to suddenly become vacant, Bacchi, known universally as Tite (pronounced CHI-chi), has the credentials and conviction to step u

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:33:58 -0500
Soccer-Benzema banned by France over blackmail case

Karim Benzema was indefinitely suspended from the French national team on Thursday because of his involvement in an ongoing blackmail case, throwing his international career into doubt. The Real Madrid striker has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. ''I have decided that he is not available for selection,'' France soccer federation president Noel Le Great said, calling it a ''heart-breaking'' decisio

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:19:19 -0500
Soccer-Benzema banned indefinitely by France over blackmail case

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee wants to make sure the billions of dollars of cash distributed to stakeholders for the development of sport is being used appropriately and will ask for audits of every major contribution handed out, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. "What we want to achieve is that this money which is coming from sport is going to sport and that the decisions on who is benefiting at the end from these contributions are being taken with respect to rules of good governance," Bach told reporters at the end of an IOC Executive Board meeting. The IOC, concerned with the ongoing scandals engulfing soccer's world governing body FIFA and the international athletics federation (IAAF), is eager to make sure major payments to international sports federations, national Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Games organizing committees is accountabl

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:11:53 -0500
Olympics-IOC to start audits for sports bodies over Olympic money

The number of racist displays by Russian football fans has doubled in the country which will host the World Cup in 2018, with most cases going unpunished, anti-discrimination campaigners say. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the UEFA-affiliated FARE Network logged 92 incidents of discriminatory displays and chants by Russian fans in and around stadiums in the 2014-15 season, against a total of 83 for the previous two seasons put together. At the World Cup, ''there will be incidents inside stadiums, around stadium

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:32:15 -0500
Surge in racist displays in Russian football

Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach can work off some of their Champions League frustration on Saturday. Leverkusen managed only a 1-1 draw against an essentially second-string Barcelona side bolstered by Lionel Messi, while Moenchengladbach lost 4-2 at Manchester City. While Leverkusen was at least left with the consolation of the Europa League, Moenchengladbach's European campaign was over for the seaso

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