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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:19:39 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal striker Perez to miss Sunderland game

Barcelona is asking a sports tribunal to consider sanctioning the Spanish federation and the president of the Spanish league after they condemned a goal celebration and accused players of provoking rival fans. The club said Thursday it has formally requested the Administrative Court of Sport open disciplinary proceedings against Javier Tebas and members of the federation's competition committee after their ''unacceptable public declarations and assessments'' about Barcelona players. The competition committee fined Valencia 1,500 euros ($1,600) on Wednesday after water bottles were thrown at Barcelona players celebrating a late winner in a Spanish league match on Saturday in Valenci


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:28:29 -0400
Napoli treating Higuain as a traitor after record transfer

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Marseille has appointed Andoni Zubizarreta as sporting director, the second major change since American owner Frank McCourt bought the club last wee


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:27:26 -0400
PSG - Angel Di Maria struggling without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Napoli fans have no shortage of insulting words when it comes to describing Gonzalo Higuain, the striker who transferred to rival Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) after scoring 36 goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. ''I'll greet him like a father does with a son who has really (ticked) him off,'' Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. Napoli forward Dries Mertens, one of Higuain's best friends when they played together, was asked if he would prepare a ''trick'' to celebrate Hallowee


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:25:18 -0400
Soccer-Ranieri confident Foxes on track to start flying again

Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Paris Saint-Germain, the sparkle has gone from Angel Di Maria's play. This year, Di Maria has failed to score in nine league games and has only set up three goals - considerably below his ratio from last season. Di Maria then scored 10 goals in the league and set up 18, with eight of them for Ibrahimovic, who is now playing for Manchester Unite


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:01:37 -0400
Soccer-Real Madrid - misfiring BBC under pressure

By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - Competitors at a world cycling competition in Qatar this month may have enjoyed the hospitality but they also struggled in a swirl of heat, wind, dust and humidity. If the presence of such top cyclists as Peter Sagan and Marc Cavendish for the UCI Road World Championships fed the Gulf state's ambitions of becoming an international sporting capital, the event also highlighted some of the strains the country could face when it hosts the soccer World Cup in 2022. Qatar is using its wealth to host a flurry of big competitions, including the Asian soccer cup, the Men's Handball World Championships, and the FINA World Swimming Championship


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:44:38 -0400
Soccer-Higuain adds even more spice to Juve-Napoli rivalry

Jose Mourinho has been charged by the English Football Association for the first time since becoming Manchester United manager, after making comments about a referee before the Premier League game against Liverpool. Mourinho questioned whether it would be difficult for referee Anthony Taylor to have a ''very good performance'' in the Oct. 17 game because the official lives close to Old Trafford. The FA said Thursday that Mourinho has been charged with misconduct because his comments ''were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.'' He has until Monday to respond to the charg


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:33:17 -0400
Napoli treating Higuain as a traitor after record transfer

Schalke has gone from a historically cold start to one of the hottest teams in the Bundesliga in a matter of a few weeks. The season could not have gotten off worse for Schalke, which lost its first five league games - a club record nobody wanted. Since then, however, Schalke has won five straight in all competitions as it heads into one of the biggest matches of the season in Germany against Borussia Dortmun


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:50:10 -0400
FIFA parts with CEO of its $140M soccer museum

David Moyes called it just nine days into the season. Asked after consecutive losses whether it will be another relegation battle for Sunderland in the Premier League, the team's recently hired manager said, ''I think it will be. Admirable honesty, sure, but exactly the kind of pessimism Sunderland fans didn't want to hear so early in the seaso


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:48:52 -0400
Soccer-FA launches inquiry into violence at West Ham

The Spanish league is off to a tight race atop the standings, with five teams separated by only three points. Real Madrid leads the league ahead of its match at Alaves on Saturday, but not thanks to Ronaldo's recent performances. The forward is enduring his worst start to a season since joining Madrid in 2009, having scored only four goals in nine matche


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:18:37 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho charged with misconduct over referee comments

Jose Mourinho has been charged by the English Football Association for the first time since becoming Manchester United manager, after making comments about a referee before the Premier League game against Liverpool. Mourinho questioned whether it would be difficult for referee Anthony Taylor to have a ''very good performance'' in the Oct. 17 game because the official lives close to Old Trafford. The FA said Thursday that Mourinho has been charged with misconduct because his comments ''were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.'' He has until Monday to respond to the charg


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:40:53 -0400
Soccer-Galaxy, Toronto advance in MLS playoffs

(The Sports Xchange) - Emmanuel Boateng scored twice to lead LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoffs on Wednesday, while in the East Toronto beat Philadelphia Union by the same score to advance. Alan Gordon also scored for the Galaxy, who will host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday in the first match of the West's two-leg semi-final serie


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:33:30 -0400
Soccer-US championship play-offs results

Emmanuel Boateng scored two goals in eight minutes, Landon Donovan had an assist in his first start since 2014 and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. Los Angeles (13-6-16) will play the Colorado Rapids in the first game of the two-leg Western Conference semifinals Sunday. Salt Lake (12-13-10) lost its final six road game


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:33:30 -0400
Soccer-US championship play-offs results

Emmanuel Boateng scored two goals in eight minutes, Landon Donovan had an assist in his first start since 2014 and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. Los Angeles (13-6-16) will play the Colorado Rapids in the first game of the two-leg Western Conference semifinals Sunday. Salt Lake (12-13-10) lost its final six road game


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Last season - title rivals to resume battle

Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and two assists to lead Toronto FC to the first MLS playoff victory in franchise history, 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in a knockout game. Toronto will host New York City FC on Sunday in the opening game of the two-legged Eastern Conference semifinal. Jonathan Osorio and Jozy Altidore also scored for Toront


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:16:27 -0400
United beats City 1-0 in derby match in English League Cup

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic described as ''unacceptable'' the fan violence that marred the team's 2-1 win over Chelsea in the English League Cup on Wednesday. Objects were thrown and there were scuffles between both sets of fans near the end of the match at the London Stadium, as police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham. ''Whatever happened, we are totally against it as a club as a team,'' Bilic sai


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:39:05 -0400
Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

Mauro Icardi ended the longest goalscoring drought of his Inter Milan career with two goals that may have saved the job of coach Frank De Boer. Inter had lost three successive Serie A matches and De Boer was reportedly on the verge of being fired but Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Torino has likely given the Dutch manager some respite. Icardi had made a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but had not scored for six games in all competitio


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:20:11 -0400
Soccer-League Cup quarter-final draw

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesda


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:10:30 -0400
Soccer-Drogba likely to miss Impact - clash with D.C. United

(The Sports Xchange) - Superstar forward Didier Drogba's absence from the Montreal Impact roster is unlikely to end in Thursday's Eastern Conference knockout-round playoff match against hosts D.C. United. Despite scoring 10 goals in 22 appearances, Drogba has not played since the end of September - partly due to a feud over playing time with manager Mauro Biello and more recently because of a back ailment. "I don't think those chances will be good," Biello said on Tuesday, according to


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:55:47 -0400
Soccer-English League Cup 4th round results

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Jose Mourinho got his own back on great managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring a second-half winne


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:23:02 -0400
Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

Jordan Morris arrived in Seattle last winter with so much hype that meeting the lofty expectations was going to be difficult. The Sounders' rise to an eighth straight playoff appearance could come to an abrupt end Thursday night against Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. Seattle lost both of its matches against Kansas City this season, losing 1-0 in the season opener at home before a 3-0 loss on the road in July that proved to be the final match before Sigi Schmid was let go as head coac


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:20:46 -0400
Emery - tough stance with key players not paying off at PSG

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Marseille says that sporting director Gunter Jacob has left the club by mutual consen


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:40:20 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea tell West Ham to ensure fans safety at Cup game

The Spanish soccer federation has fined Valencia 1,500 euros ($1,600) for water bottles thrown at Barcelona players celebrating a goal in a Spanish league game last weekend. The federation also warned Valencia that it may close its Mestalla Stadium if similar incidents happen again. The federation says it condemned the attitude of the Barcelona players who turned to the stands to celebrate after Lionel Messi's late winner on Saturday, but said ''nothing justifies a violent reaction by fans.'' It also criticized the ''exaggerated reaction'' of some Barcelona players after a bottle hit Neymar and Luis Suare


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:06:39 -0400
Soccer-Sturridge brace helps Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal through

FC Dallas can make history in the Major League Soccer playoff


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:01:07 -0400
Juventus CEO: agent to earn $30 million for Pogba transfer

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both scored twice as the experienced players secured passage for their youthful teams into the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Tuesda


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:45:54 -0400
Soccer-English League Cup 4th round results

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) vice president John Delaney resigned on Tuesday, becoming the first board member to quit since its chief, Pat Hickey, was charged in Brazil over an alleged scheme to sell Olympic tickets illegally. Delaney, who is head of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), said last month that he had no role or involvement in the OCI's handling of ticketing arrangements and would consider his position as the FAI's member of the OCI Executive Committee. .


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:25:58 -0400
Soccer-Dutch Cup 2nd round results

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Liam Ridgewell face charges of driving under the influence after an accident in Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Monday nigh


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:46:36 -0400
Ravens challenge soccer orthodoxy in Belarus

Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport's most memorable goals, died on Tuesday. A statement on Carlos Alberto's Facebook page confirmed the death. ''It is in deep sorrow that we inform that this Tuesday morning our eternal captain Carlos Alberto Torres passed away in Rio de Janeiro,'' the statement sai


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:45:30 -0400
Brazilian soccer great Carlos Alberto Torres dies

Less than three years ago, Alexander Skshinetsky's soccer career seemed over. In only its third professional season, Krumkachy Minsk is playing top-flight soccer, beating established names and challenging the economic orthodoxy in one of Europe's most closed-off countries. The secret has been finding talented players on the verge of leaving the game, or even those who have already quit, ''people who have been underestimated and put down,'' in the words of co-founder Denis Shunto, who set up Krumkachy with friends in 201


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:35 -0400
Argentina, Uruguay reiterate hopes to co-host 2030 World Cup

Jose Mourinho is reeling from his heaviest loss in English soccer. Pep Guardiola has matched the longest winless run of his coaching career. Things are about to get worse for one of the managers when Manchester United and Manchester City meet Wednesday in the fourth round of the English League Cu


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:29:32 -0400
Soccer-FIFA fines Spanish FA for breach of transfer rules

FIFA have fined Spain's football federation (RFEF) for breaking rules governing the international transfer and registration of minors by allowing Atletico and Real Madrid to sign underage players from other countries. In January, world football's governing body banned the Madrid clubs from participating in two consecutive transfer windows for breaching rules regarding the signing of underage non-Spanish players, similar punishment to that handed out to Barcelona in 2015. FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruled on Tuesday that the Spanish federation must pay 220,000 Swiss francs ($221,283) for breaching article 19 of their regulations on the status and transfers of players, which is designed to protect minor


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:37:27 -0400
Messi off to great start, already outshining Madrid trio

LONDON (AP) -- English soccer authorities are investigating newspaper allegations that Watford supplied falsified financial information to allow Italian businessman Gino Pozzo to become the club's owne


Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:22:51 -0400
Cricket-Stokes brings the X factor, says England captain Cook

By himself, Lionel Messi has already scored more than Real Madrid's top three forwards combined. The Barcelona star is off to one of the best starts of his career with 14 goals in 11 matches, two more than what Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have netted so far with Madrid. ''Messi has been superb,'' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said simpl


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:57:59 -0400
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last seaso


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:27:58 -0400
Soccer-Dual Manchester slump adds gravitas to EFL Cup derby

Arsenal remains ''very high'' on Arsene Wenger and it will be ''very hard'' replacing the manager who is in the final year of his contract, owner Stan Kroenke told The Associated Press on Monday. Wenger this month celebrated 20 years in charge of Arsenal and has offered no indication whether he wants to sign a new deal into next season. The 67-year-old Frenchman became the Premier League's longest serving manager when Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United in 201


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:01:05 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho accused Conte of humiliating United - Italian TV

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organization. Infantino was elected in February with the task of leading FIFA into calmer waters after a series of corruption scandals plunged the governing body into its worst crisis. Prince Ali told Reuters in an interview that Infantino should focus on implementing reforms rather than issues such as proposals to expand the World Cu


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:34:36 -0400
Lloyd scores twice, US women beat Switzerland 5-1

(Reuters) - Didier Drogba was absent again when the Montreal Impact played the New England Revolution on Sunday, falling further out of the team’s picture. The Ivorian striker refused to play last week after learning that he would not be in the starting lineup against Toronto FC, an act that earned him a fine from Major League Soccer (MLS). The Impact indicated that the impasse had been settled earlier in the week, but Drogba did not train with the team leading up to the match against the Revolution, and Montreal coach Mauro Biello suggested the 38-year-old former Chelsea man is dealing with lingering discomfort from a back injur


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:21:30 -0400
Soccer-Drogba absent again as Impact limp into playoffs

The defending champions are heading home, FC Dallas claimed the Supporters' Shield and the Seattle Sounders' second-half revival continued on an eventful final day of the Major League Soccer regular season. In the Western Conference there were four teams vying Sunday for the final three playoff spots beneath Dallas, Colorado and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Sounders fired coach Sigi Schmid after a disappointing first half but climbed six spots in the West, capped by Sunday's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lak


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:35:02 -0400
Timbers eliminated from playoffs with 4-1 loss to Vancouver

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Seitz made his only save in the 72nd minute and FC Dallas won the first Supporters' Shield in franchise history with a scoreless draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunda


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:28:38 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jack Harrison and Khiry Shelton scored two minutes apart in the second half and New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 4-1 on Sunday to secure a first-round bye in the playoff


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:26:31 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Christian Roldan broke a tie in the 31st minute and the Seattle Sounders wrapped up an MLS playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday in the regular-season finale. The Sounders (14-14-6, 48 points) made the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. Seattle will go in as the West's No. 4 seed, hosting Sporting Kansas City in a knockout round game Wednesday or Thursda


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:31:21 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

It was a relatively easy afternoon's work for Chelsea as they thumped former boss José Mourinho's Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Manchester United (4-2-3) were shell-shocked, looking vulnerable at the back and short of options going forward. Mourinho, who guided Chelsea (6-1-2) to the Premier League title in 2014-15 then was sacked by the club during last season's disappointing run, changed things at halftim


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:03:09 -0400
Iheanacho makes instant impact as City draw with Saints

(Reuters)- - Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his Premier League return to Stamford Bridge where his former side Chelsea routed Manchester United 4-0 on Sunday, Having held out for 90 minutes at Anfield last Monday, United conceded the quickest goal in the Premier League this season to Pedro after 30 seconds and were then ripped apart as Gary Cahill (21), Eden Hazard (62) and N'Golo Kante (70) completed the scoring. Most of the goals stemmed from poor defending as Chelsea found ever more ingenious ways to inflict pain on Mourinh


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:05:41 -0400
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City midfielder Brad Davis says he will retire from professional soccer after a 15-year career that included two MLS Cup titles and six All-Star selection


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:30:43 -0400
Soccer-Iheanacho makes instant impact as City draw with Saints

(Reuters) - - Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's side, who began the season with 10 straight victories, have now gone five games without a win in all competitions, equaling the Spaniard's worst run as a manager. It could have been even worse for City after they gifted Southampton the lead when a wayward pass from John Stones put Nathan Redmond in on goal after 27 minute


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:48:52 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Teenage midfielder Manuel Locatelli scored a spectacular second-half goal as AC Milan marked a return to prominence with a 1-0 win over visiting Juventus in Serie A on Saturday. Locatelli's powerful, rising shot from the right edge of the area bounced in off the underside of the crossbar, and stranded Gianluigi Buffon. Locatelli, who is already being compared to Andrea Pirlo, has produced two shots on target in his short Serie A career and both have been goal



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