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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:23:35 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Paraguay's Juan Angel Napout, president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), has agreed to be extradited to the United States after being arrested in Zurich on charges of involvement in bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, the ABC daily reported on Monday. Napout was among 16 soccer officials charged by U.S. prosecutors on Thursday following a first wave of arrests last May in its investigation of world soccer's governing body FIFA. Napout and fellow FIFA executive committee member Alfredo Hawit of Honduras were suspended from soccer by the FIFA ethics committee for 90 days after their arrest

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:23:35 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Paraguay's Juan Angel Napout, president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), has agreed to be extradited to the United States after being arrested in Zurich on charges of involvement in bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, the ABC daily reported on Monday. Napout was among 16 soccer officials charged by U.S. prosecutors on Thursday following a first wave of arrests last May in its investigation of world soccer's governing body FIFA. Napout and fellow FIFA executive committee member Alfredo Hawit of Honduras were suspended from soccer by the FIFA ethics committee for 90 days after their arrest

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:17:47 -0500
Soccer-Platini - counsel invited to CAS hearing on Tuesday

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has invited counsel for both Michel Platini and FIFA to attend a hearing on Tuesday on whether his 90-day suspension from football should be temporarily lifted. UEFA president Platini has been provisionally banned pending a FIFA ethics inquiry into his conduct and a final verdict in his case is due by the end of the mont

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:57:59 -0500
Soccer-Betting suspended on Swansea - Monk to be sacked

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – - Sierra Leone has been cleared to host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Monday. “International football matches and CAF competitions can again be organized in the West African country, something which was not possible since August 2014 when CAF upon the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended soccer matches in countries affected by the epidemic Ebola virus,” a statement from African soccer’s governing body sai

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:41:22 -0500
Soccer-Liverpool - Klopp worries me, says Ferguson

(Reuters) - Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he was worried about the impact manager Juergen Klopp was having at his old team's great rivals Liverpool. "I'm worried about him because the one thing United don't want is Liverpool to get above us," said Ferguson, the most successful manager in Premier League history. Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final, took over from Brendan Rodgers in October and was charged with breathing life into a team that had struggled for consistenc

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:32:37 -0500
Soccer-Inter - Stankovic plays down Icardi transfer rumours

PSG is guaranteed of finishing second behind Madrid ahead of its final game against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian side can seal a place in the Europa League if it matches Swedish side Malmo's resul

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:13:44 -0500
Soccer-Ukraine - Zarya expel youth players for match-fixing

Manchester City knows all about the pitfalls of finishing in second place in a Champions League group. The only two times the English club has been runner-up in its group, it has been drawn to play Barcelona in the next round - and was eliminated both occasions. Going into the last round of matches in Group D on Tuesday, City has already qualified for the knockout stage but is two points behind Juventus in secon

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:29:03 -0500
Soccer-Norwich performance v Watford unacceptable, says manager Neil

Bastian Schweinsteiger's return to Germany could be a tricky affair. Three-time winner Manchester United could be eliminated from the Champions League with a loss in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. After a distinguished career in Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger is now with Manchester Unite

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 22:42:28 -0500
US women cancel exhibition due to poor field conditions

The FBI is investigating Sepp Blatter's role in a kickbacks scandal that involved his predecessor as FIFA president, Joao Havelange, the BBC reported Sunday. The BBC said it will air a program Monday with evidence that indicates Blatter knew about millions of dollars in bribes being paid out to senior FIFA officials in the 1990s by sports marketing company ISL in return for television and marketing rights. Havelange had to resign as honorary FIFA president over his role in the case, but Blatter has denied knowledge of the payment

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 20:23:59 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

The Portland Timbers had a plan to attack early in their first MLS Cup appearance. Diego Valeri scored 27 seconds after the opening whistle for the fastest goal in MLS Cup history to stun the Columbus Crew and thier home fans. A second goal in the seventh minute by Rodney Wallace provided all the scoring the Timbers needed to beat the Crew 2-1 on Sunday for their first league titl

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:33:06 -0500
Timbers beat Crew 2-1 to clinch MLS Cup

Diego Valeri scored at the 27-second mark for the fastest goal in MLS Cup history and the Portland Timbers won the league title for the first time, beating the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday. Rodney Wallace made it 2-0 in the seventh minute, and the Crew's Kei Kamara scored in the 18th off a scramble in front of the goal. Just after the opening whistle, Columbus midfielder Wil Trapp sent a back pass to goalkeeper Steve Clark, who tried to move the ball from his right foot to the left for a clearanc

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:29:03 -0500
Soccer-Timbers beat Crew 2-1 to clinch MLS Cup

(Reuters) - The Portland Timbers clinched the Major League Soccer Cup final on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew. The Timbers, in just their fifth year in the league, took the lead after just 27 seconds through Diego Valeri and went 2-0 up in the seventh minute thanks to a well-placed header from Rodney Wallace. Crew striker Kei Kamara pulled one back in the 18th minute but the home side could not find an equalizer. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherfor

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:15:36 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

The U.S. women's soccer team abruptly canceled a victory tour exhibition game Sunday against Trinidad and Tobago because of poor field conditions at Aloha Stadium. U.S. Soccer said in a statement less than 24 hours before the game that ''the artificial turf surface is not suitable to hold an international soccer match.'' The game was part of a 10-city tour following the team's victory in the Women's World Cup this past summer. The Aloha Stadium surface was tested during training Saturday, ''and after all possible options available were considered to get the field in a playable condition, the decision was made by U.S. Soccer to cancel the match.'' All tickets will be refunded, U.S. Soccer sai

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 17:02:28 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

Gillette ended its sponsorship of Brazil's national soccer team in June, just days after the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was arrested as part of a U.S.-led investigation into corruption, a spokesman for the organization confirmed on Sunday. The shaving brand, owned by Proctor & Gamble Co., sponsored Brazil's friendly matches and staged photo opportunities at which players, including Barcelona's Dani Alves and Chelsea's Oscar, shaved their faces in front of fans and media. Prosecutors accused Jose Maria Marin, who headed Brazil's preparations to host the 2014 World Cup, of racketeering, fraud and other crime

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 13:25:56 -0500
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

Martin Skrtel scored his seventh Premier League own goal as relegation-threatened Newcastle upset Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday. The sliding defender deflected a shot from Georginio Wijnaldum into his own net in the 69th minute at St. James' Park to give Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp his first away defeat in the league. Liverpool, which thrashed Southampton 6-1 midweek in the League Cup quarterfinals, thought it had equalized against the Magpies with 10 minutes left but Alberto Moreno's impressive strike was ruled offsid

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 13:13:14 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Michel Platini is hopeful that a new memo allegedly showing a payment agreement with suspended FIFA boss Sepp Blatter will clear his name in a corruption case and re-ignite the Frenchman's bid to become the next president of world soccer's governing body. Facing a possible life ban for corruption, the suspended UEFA president was charged over a controversial $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 that Blatter said he approved as backdated salary for work by Platini as a presidential adviser from 1998-2002. Platini's communication team claimed Sunday that a 23-page memo they obtained earlier this week shows that UEFA's executive committee was aware of a deal with Blatter as early as November 199

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:51:45 -0500
Soccer-La Liga summaries

Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara injured his leg in practice on Saturday, a day before the team plays the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final. Kamara, the Crew's top scorer with 22 goals in the regular season to tie the league lead, fell awkwardly and clutched his right leg. Coach Gregg Berhalter said Kamara would be evaluated and treate

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 10:00:27 -0500
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

By Clare Jim and Adam Jourdan HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Wang Shijie, 11, is a rising star among the nearly 3,000 students at Guangzhou Evergrande's huge soccer academy in south China. In schools like this around the country, China is training an army of young players it hopes will help the nation shake off its lowly place in the world's football ladder: 84th out of 209 countries, just above Qatar and below teams like Jordan, Montenegro and Gabon. "When I join the national team, I will do my best to help China become World Cup champions," Wang, wearing golden-colored boots and a yellow jersey, told Reuters during a break in training at the school that has 50 full-size pitches and coaches flown in from European giant Real Madri

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 07:32:13 -0500
Soccer--Platini lawyers say document could help prove his innocence

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - European soccer chief Michel Platini's legal team believes a 23-page memo published by a French newspaper on Sunday could help clear him of wrongdoing and allow him back into the FIFA presidential race. Platini, until recently seen as the man to lead soccer's governing body FIFA out of its worst ever graft crisis, has been suspended for 90 days by FIFA's ethics committee while it investigates his conduct. The final verdict is expected by the end of the month and Platini's lawyers have already said that ethics investigators had recommended a lifelong ban for the Frenchma

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 21:09:33 -0500
Soccer-Beckham - Miami step closer as MLS owners support expansion

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer (MLS) owners gave support for former England captain David Beckham's proposed Miami franchise on Saturday, a day after the team's owners said they had secured a site for a stadium. The Miami Beckham United bid said on Friday they had found land to build their proposed stadium in the Overtown neighborhood, close to transport links. The MLS Board of Governors, who met on Saturday, gave tacit approval to the Miami team joining the league with it planning to expand to 24 teams by 202

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 15:38:25 -0500
Soccer-Dutch championship top scorers

Ecuador on Saturday ordered the arrest of the president of its soccer federation, Luis Chiriboga, days after U.S. officials announced that he was one of 16 people to be charged in connection with a multi-million dollar bribery scheme. Chiriboga and another official were ordered to be held in house arrest, which is required by law because they are over 65, while the third was remanded into custody in prison. Chiriboga has already been suspended by the soccer federatio

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 15:27:05 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara injured his leg in practice on Saturday, a day before the team plays the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final. Kamara, the Crew's top scorer with 22 goals in the regular season to tie the league lead, fell awkwardly and clutched his right leg. Coach Gregg Berhalter said Kamara would be evaluated and treate

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 15:01:36 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Chelsea's title defense sunk to a new low on Saturday when Bournemouth became the first Premier League newcomers to beat the west London team in more than 14 years. Bournemouth's 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge will rank as one of the biggest in the 125-year history of the south coast team, which is playing in the top flight in the first time. Having avoided defeat in its last two league games - encouraging results by Chelsea's new modest standards this season - Chelsea's eighth loss in 15 league games will pile the pressure back on manager Jose Mourinh

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 14:45:26 -0500
Soccer-Gladbach - quick treble condemns Bayern to first league loss

Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. World Cup champion soccer team tore a knee ligament that will require surgery, jeopardizing her chances of playing in next summer's Rio Olympics. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Saturday the Seattle Reign midfielder tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during training Friday in Honolulu. The 30-year-old Rapinoe was scheduled to travel home to Seattl

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 14:25:56 -0500
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

Duke stands a victory over Penn State away from its first national championship in women's soccer. Not bad, considering the Blue Devils didn't even make their conference tournament. Third-seeded Duke (14-5-5) faces the top-seeded Nittany Lions (21-3-2) on Sunday in the Women's College Cup fina

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 13:43:25 -0500
Soccer-Swiss championship results and standings

United was held to a fifth 0-0 draw in its last nine matches in Saturday's stalemate against West Ham in the English Premier League. The fearless, attacking football for which the team was known under Alex Ferguson has long disappeared. ''We have to pass over this period,'' Van Gaal sai

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 13:10:17 -0500
Leicester top of Premier League, Vardy fails to score

Fabian Johnson helped Borussia Moenchengladbach to a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich that ended the league leader's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga on Saturday. The United States international sealed the result in the 68th, two minutes after Lars Stindl made it 2-0 to 'Gladbach. Bayern paid the price for missing several chances in the first half when Oscar Wendt opened the scoring in the 54t

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:38:43 -0500
Deeney, Ighalo score as Watford beats Norwich 2-0 in EPL

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Last-place Aston Villa got a rare point in the Premier League on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Southampto

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:25:03 -0500
Man United jeered off after 0-0 draw against West Ham

Olivier Giroud made up for an earlier own goal by scoring in the second half to help give Arsenal a 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday and end a three-game winless run in the Premier League. Giroud met a cross from Aaron Ramsey with a diving header in the 63rd minute and Ramsey added the third in injury time for a much-needed victory that lifts the team into second place, above title rivals Manchester United and Manchester City. Joel Campbell had given Arsenal the lead in the 33rd minute with a well-taken finish after a perfectly weighted pass from Mesut Ozil, but Sunderland leveled on the stroke of halftime when Giroud tried to clear a free kick only to deflect the ball into his own ne

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:10:19 -0500
West Brom holds Tottenham to 1-1 draw in Premier League

LONDON (AP) -- Jamie Vardy's record scoring streak ending was no problem for Leicester. Riyad Mahrez just grabbed a hat trick instead on Saturday and sent the season's surprise package back to the English Premier League summit, taking advantage of Manchester City losin

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 11:57:36 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Leicester took the outright lead of the Premier League on Saturday, despite striker Jamie Vardy failing to extend his record scoring ru

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 09:49:36 -0500
Soccer-Shaqiri shines as Stoke sink ragged Man City

Manchester City was blown away in a 2-0 loss to Stoke at a wind-swept Britannia Stadium on Saturday, with Marko Arnautovic scoring a first-half double against the outclassed Premier League leaders. Austria forward Arnautovic scored in the seventh and 15th minutes from assists by Xherdan Shaqiri as Stoke exploited poor defending by City, which was without Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany because of injur

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 08:05:18 -0500
Soccer-Former Peru football federation chief arrested

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian police have arrested former Peruvian soccer federation president Manuel Burga as part of the ongoing U.S.-led investigation into corruption at the heart of the sport’s governing body FIFA. Peruvian television showed footage of Burga being arrested as he stepped out of his car on arrival at his Lima home on Friday night. “We have the international arrest warrant (for Burga). The special unit in working on it at this moment,” police chief Vicente Romero told reporters moments before the arrest was made. .

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 06:11:49 -0500
Wanderers move into 1st place in A-League with win over Roar

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in a Swiss newspaper interview published on Saturday that he expects to make his case to the ethics committee of soccer's governing body in the coming weeks. Blatter was suspended in October for 90 days along with European soccer boss Michel Platini amid a deepening corruption scandal as the sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States. FIFA's Ethics Committee is investigating their conduct and they could face much longer suspensions when the final verdict in the case is announced later this mont

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 22:39:10 -0500
FIFA ethics court bans arrested VPs Napout, Hawit

Toni Payne had a goal and an assist and Duke beat defending champion Florida State 2-0 on Friday night to reach the championship game of the NCAA Women's College Cup. The Blue Devils will play Penn State on Sunday. Penn State beat Rutgers 2-0 in the first semifina

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:11:45 -0500
Soccer-Jonas bags double, but Sanches steals the show

CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Frannie Crouse scored in the 24th minute to help Penn State beat Rutgers 2-0 on Friday and reach the championship game of the NCAA Women's College Cu

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:22:26 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

The South American lands that are home to some of soccer's greatest players now are at the center of the sport's biggest corruption scandal. The names don't resonate like those of Pele, Messi and Maradona, but they've been part of several generations of South Americans who have run the popular, profitable and murky business of soccer. Two waves of arrests and sweeping indictments in the last six months by U.S. and Swiss authorities investigating widespread corruption in FIFA, the sport's multibillion-dollar world governing body, have snared 13 top soccer officials from the continent, more than any other regio

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:18:41 -0500
Columbus, Portland set for unlikely MLS Cup clash

Real Madrid has been disqualified from the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player in its opening round. Madrid coach Rafa Benitez included Denis Cheryshev in his starting lineup, despite the Russian carrying a one-match suspension in the competition for an accumulation of yellow cards last season, when he played for Villarrea

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:07:11 -0500
Liverpool-Newcastle United Preview

(Reuters) - The 2015 MLS Cup final may lack the star power of recent championship deciders but the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers will still bring an attacking mindset to what looks to be a compelling matchup. Columbus and Portland impressively knocked off the top seeds in their conference by clinging to advantages on the road versus the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively, to set up a matchup few could have predicted when the season began in March. While Sunday's contest is almost too close to call since neither team boasts big-name players as some other Major League Soccer clubs do, the Crew may possess a slight edge since they have home advantage and are fully fi

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:18:28 -0500
Soccer-European clubs attack proposed FIFA reforms

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - A package of reforms proposed by FIFA to clean up the scandal-plagued governing body of soccer was angrily criticized on Friday by Europe's powerful clubs, who said it would increase frustration among the sport's stakeholders. The European Club Association (ECA), which represents more than 200 clubs including top sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said its members were "not prepared to be further ignored" and were leaving "all options open." FIFA is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis, with criminal investigations into the sport under way in the United States and Switzerland. Its president Sepp Blatter is among officials who have been suspended by its own ethics committe

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 08:07:42 -0500
European clubs attack proposed FIFA reforms

Three of Bayern Munich's key players will be missing in the next few matches because of injuries, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday. Speaking ahead of the Bundesliga match at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, Guardiola said winger Douglas Costa has a thigh strain, and winger Arjen Robben a calf injury. Midfielder David Alaba's left ankle injury is proving more serious than originally believed, and he is not expected to play again before the Christmas brea

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 20:24:08 -0500
US indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

Despite receiving a major investment from a Chinese consortium, Manchester City has a lot of catching up to do if hopes to compete with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for popularity in the world's most populous nation. Manchester City announced Tuesday that a consortium led by China Media Capital and investment company Citic Capital paid around $400 million for a 13 percent stake in the team's parent company City Football Group, owned by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyana. CFG also owns the New York City and Melbourne City soccer teams and has a 20% stake in Japanese club Yokohama F. Marino

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:21:51 -0500
MLS the league for a new America, says Garber

ZURICH (AP) -- The kickoff time for the 2018 World Cup final will be a lot earlier in some major markets than for recent championship game

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 16:47:26 -0500
US indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

At least two dozen members of FIFA's executive committee have since 2010 been indicted or disciplined by FIFA or the IO

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:35:50 -0500
US women open 2016 season with match against Ireland

Issa Hayatou seemed to fall asleep on the job in his first news conference as interim FIFA president on Thursday. Just three weeks after undergoing a kidney transplant, it was easy to see why the 69-year-old official from Cameroon briefly snoozed during a long-winded slideshow presentation of FIFA's reform program. It suggested the end of an era after 17 drama-filled years of theatrical quips, gaffes and debates with international media from the now-suspended Sepp Blatte

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:53:45 -0500
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Unveiled as Valencia's new manager, Gary Neville wants to test himself as a coach after earning a reputation as one of England's best football minds as a pundit following a brilliant playing career. ''I have been offered other jobs in football over the last four, five years, but the timing never felt right,'' Neville said. When asked what Gary Neville-the-pundit would say about the signing of Gary Neville-the-coach, he didn't shy away from admitting that he would have to call it risk

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:34:07 -0500
Two Americas soccer bosses arrested as FIFA corruption scandal deepens

FIFA tried to carry out business as usual on Thursday, even as two more of its vice presidents were arrested on suspicion of taking millions of dollars in bribes. Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit were detained at the U.S. Department of Justice's request in pre-dawn raids in Zurich. Three hours later, they were due to take part in a FIFA executive committee meetin

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:02:26 -0500
Gary Neville unveiled as Valencia - new manager

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities will name 16 new defendants in an indictment set to be unveiled on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice, a law enforcement source said. The source said the individuals were mainly from the Western Hemisphere and that the indictment deals in part with allegations of corruption in the award of broadcast rights for soccer. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Mica Rosenberg; editing by Grant McCoo

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:17:16 -0500
FBI searches Miami office of company tied to Spain - Imagina: source

The arrests of the last three presidents of CONMEBOL has plunged South America's soccer body into the worst crisis in its nearly 100-year history. Current president Juan Angel Napout was arrested on Thursday in a pre-dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Switzerland as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's widening bribery case into FIFA. The Swiss Justice Ministry says Napout, also a FIFA vice president, is opposing his extradition to the U.

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:00:32 -0500
Soccer-Watford hopeful that keeper Gomes can face Norwich

FBI agents are searching the Miami office of Media World, an affiliate of Spanish media giant Imagina Group, as U.S. authorities prepare to disclose a second wave of charges tied to the business of soccer, a source familiar with the matter said. Media World was one of the unidentified sports marketing companies identified in a U.S. indictment in May as having agreed to pay a bribe to a high-ranking soccer official in the Americas, sources told Reuters in July. A Reuters photojournalist in Miami on Thursday saw FBI agents entering the Media World office and FBI vehicles outside the buildin

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