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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:50:04 -0500
Soccer-Greek soccer HQ evacuated after bomb threat

It's a good time to be a Barcelona fan. While Madrid is embroiled in turmoil and trying to avert a crisis, Barcelona just keeps on winning and impressing. A day after Madrid's president came out to publicly support coach Rafa Benitez amid widespread discontent from fans, Barcelona thrashed Roma 6-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday for its eighth consecutive victor

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:46:30 -0500
Old-school sports chiefs need to change: IOC - Prince Feisal

UEFA ordered Dynamo Kiev to play two home games in an empty stadium after racist attacks on fans at a Champions League match. A third closed-door match sanction is suspended for three probationary years, UEFA said on Wednesday. Dynamo, whose former president Hrigoriy Surkis is a UEFA vice president, was also fined 100,000 euros ($106,000

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:42:45 -0500
Olympics-Old-school sports chiefs need to change-IOC - Prince Feisal

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - International federations need to change to become more transparent with some of them still stuck in their 'old-school' past, Jordanian Olympic Committee chief Prince Feisal Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Prince Feisal, who is an International Olympic Committee member and whose brother, Prince Ali, is running for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA, said the image of professional sports was taking a hit. World athletics (IAAF) and FIFA are in the midst of their deepest crisis in their respective long histories with top officials investigated for corruption, money-laundering and bribery while allegations of widespread doping in professional sports has already led to the ban of Russian track and field athletes, with new IAAF chief Sebastian Coe under mounting pressur

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:57:34 -0500
Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is in no hurry to pick his vice-captains for next year's clash with the United States at Hazeltine, saying he wanted to give the candidates every chance to qualify as players first. Davis Love III, the Northern Irishman's American counterpart for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 clash, announced four of his five vice-captains, including Tiger Woods, earlier this month. Clarke said he would wait until early April before finalizing his lis

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:23:32 -0500
Arsenal - Champs League hopes alive with 3-0 win over Zagreb

There were goals galore in the Champions League on Tuesday as Barcelona and Bayern Munich advanced to the knockout stage and also secured top spot in their groups. Barcelona had already qualified following BATE Borisov draw with Bayer Leverkusen earlier, but it clinched top spot in Group E in style, hammering Roma 6-1 as Lionel Messi marked his return from injury with two goals. ''It's tough to get back up to full speed,'' said Mess

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:36:05 -0500
Soccer-Sanchez double helps keep Arsenal - hopes alive

Lionel Messi scored his first two goals after a two-month injury layoff and Luis Suarez netted a brace in a 6-1 rout of Roma on Tuesday as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds for a 12th consecutive season. Suarez got Barcelona rolling at Camp Nou in the 15th minute. Three minutes later Messi scored his first goal in his second appearance since returning from a left-knee injur

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:22:33 -0500
Arsenal - Champs League hopes alive with 3-0 win over Zagreb

Chelsea remained in the hunt to advance from Champions League Group G in easing past 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 on Tuesday. Chelsea's win, and Porto's loss to Dynamo Kiev, tied the first two teams on 10 points, two more than Kiev. In the final round of group games next month, Chelsea hosts Porto in a likely winner-takes-all match, and Kiev hosts winless Tel Avi

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:07:46 -0500
Soccer-Casillas blunders as Porto blow chance to qualify

Bayern Munich secured first place in Group F of the Champions League by dispatching Olympiakos 4-0 on Tuesday. In its 100th home match in the Champions League, Bayern was up by three inside the first 20 minutes, through Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muelle

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:50:55 -0500
Messi scores first goals after injury, Barca routs Roma 6-1

LYON, France (AP) -- Striker Kalifa Coulibaly scored in the fifth minute of injury time as Gent won 2-1 at Lyon on Tuesday to maintain its chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions Leagu

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:41:27 -0500
Bayern beats Olympiakos 4-0, wins Group F in Champs League

PORTO, Portugal (AP) -- Dynamo Kiev upset FC Porto 2-0 on Tuesday to leave its Champions League Group G wide open with one game left to pla

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:37:35 -0500
Soccer-Champions League summaries

LONDON (AP) -- Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal's Champions League campaign alive with a pair in a 3-0 victory over Dynamo Zagreb as Group G leader Bayern Munich assisted the London club by beating Olympiakos on Tuesda

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:55:09 -0500
Chicago Fire of MLS hires Valjko Paunovic as coach

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch has been voted Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year, the first to earn the honor in the two-decade history of the New York tea

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:53:00 -0500
Soccer-Pellegrini determined City top Champions League group

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Fire have hired Serbian Veljko Paunovic as coach to replace the fired Frank Yallo

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:18:00 -0500
Soccer-BATE and Leverkusen on the edge after 1-1 draw

Zenit St. Petersburg secured top spot in Group H by beating Valencia 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. Artyom Dzyuba continued his scoring touch with the second goal, his fifth in the group stage. Dzyuba's 74th-minute goal, scored with a simple finish after a lay-off from Hulk following a smart team move, preserved Zenit's perfect record with a fifth win from five game

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:01:09 -0500
Soccer-Leverkusen hopes hit after 1-1 draw at BATE

Admir Mehmedi's volley salvaged a 1-1 draw for Bayer Leverkusen away at BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Tuesday. A goalkeeping error from Bernd Leno handed BATE the lead in the second minute, Mikhail Gordeichuk's tame low shot skidding between the keeper's legs. As BATE tried to hold on for a second surprise win of the group stage, Leverkusen dominated the game but could not break through the Belarusian team's defense until the 68th minute, when Swiss forward Mehmedi hit an elegant volley inside the far post off a pass from Hakan Calhanogl

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:01 -0500
FIFA seeking life ban for Platini, say his lawyers

LONDON (AP) -- Barcelona was voted team of the week in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after beating Real Madrid 4-0 away at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish Leagu

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:18 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Nov 24

French and Russian authorities plan to increase security at fan zones at next year's European Championship and the 2018 World Cup following the attacks in Paris. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who chairs the organizing committee for the World Cup, said there was a particular focus on protecting crowds gathered in fan zones. ''Today our colleagues from FIFA focused on us paying more attention to the fan zones,'' Mutko sai

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:55:09 -0500
soccer-France to keep "fan zones" at Euro2016 championships

Fourth in the Portuguese league, Benfica has been doing just fine in the Champions League. The two-time European Cup champions lead Group C with nine points, two more than Atletico Madrid, ahead of Wednesday's trip to Kazakhstan to face Astana. Benfica will qualify for the knockout round with a victory, and can advance with a draw unless Galatasaray beats Atletico Madrid in the other matc

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:46:24 -0500
United looking to secure Champions League knockout place

The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman's lawyer said Tuesday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter. Thibaut d'Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report. Platini faces a hearing before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in Decembe

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:35:10 -0500
Soccer-Stuttgart sack coach Zorniger after bad start

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial returned to training for Manchester United on Tuesday, though the team could still be hindered by a lengthy injury list as it bids to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven. The two forwards missed United's 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday - Rooney because he was ill and Martial with a foot injury - and Marouane Fellaini was also back in training after a calf injur

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:08:26 -0500
Soccer-FA releases new safety-first guidelines for concussion

PARIS (Reuters) - Michel Platini, who hopes to become head of world soccer's governing body FIFA, could face a life ban from the sport over a payment he received from FIFA head Sepp Blatter, a spokesman for the Frenchman's lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday. A probe into the 2 million Swiss franc ($1.97 million) payment from FIFA to UEFA president Platini in 2011 forms part of a broader corruption scandal shaking the world soccer body. (Editing by: Ossian Shin

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:08:26 -0500
Soccer-FA releases new safety-first guidelines for concussion

PARIS (Reuters) - Michel Platini, who hopes to become head of world soccer's governing body FIFA, could face a life ban from the sport over a payment he received from FIFA head Sepp Blatter, a spokesman for the Frenchman's lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday. A probe into the 2 million Swiss franc ($1.97 million) payment from FIFA to UEFA president Platini in 2011 forms part of a broader corruption scandal shaking the world soccer body. (Editing by: Ossian Shin

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:26:28 -0500
Soccer--UEFA accept doping says Arsenal - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused European soccer's governing body UEFA of accepting doping because they allowed his team's defeat by Dinamo Zagreb to stand despite one of the Croatian club's players failing a drugs test. After Dinamo beat Arsenal 2-1 in their opening Champions League Group F match in September, midfielder Arijan Aremi tested positive and was banned for four years. Under UEFA rules the result of a match stands if only one player fails a tes

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:15:06 -0500
FIFA executive committee to make progress on reforms

''Je suis Paris'' will be the declaration from Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday with the French capital still reeling from the attacks that left 130 people dead. PSG will wear that slogan on its shirts against Malmo on Wednesday in place of its regular sponsor as a sign of solidarity with the city after the Nov. 13 attacks. In Sweden, meanwhile, the attention is on PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he returns to his hometown and the team where he made his mark domesticall

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:35:18 -0500
Soccer-Spurs Pochettino laughs in the face of hectic schedule

FIFA's executive committee will discuss ongoing reforms of the scandal-scarred soccer body at a meeting in Zurich next week. FIFA published an agenda for the Dec. 2-3 session on Tuesday, confirming the ruling panel will hear from reforms advisory chairman Francois Carrard. A slate of Carrard's proposals - which could include taking some decision-making away from the executive committee, and imposing age and term limits on senior officials - will be sent to the FIFA election congress on Feb. 26 for approva

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:20:34 -0500
Sunderland beats Crystal Palace 1-0 in Premier League

Real Madrid fans vividly showed their dissatisfaction, frantically waving white ''goodbye'' handkerchiefs and loudly jeering. It was a clear message to coach Rafa Benitez: It's time for you to go. Madrid president Florentino Perez said it's not happening now, but Benitez will remain in a difficult situation because of the humiliating 4-0 loss to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturda

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:55:37 -0500
Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Monday that the club remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite the humiliating loss to Barcelona this weekend. Perez pledged his full backing to Benitez in a hastily called news conference, two days after the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona prompted widespread calls for the coach's resignation. ''We analyzed the situation and I'm here to announce that Real Madrid's coach has our full and unequivocal support,'' Perez sai

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:19:08 -0500
Columbus to host US World Cup qualifier against Guatemala

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Real Madrid remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite the humiliating loss to Barcelona this weeken

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:34:46 -0500
Soccer-U.S. opens Olympic qualifying bid against Costa Rica

(Reuters) - Reigning Olympic women's soccer champions, the United States, will open their bid for a berth at next year's Rio Games against Costa Rica on February 10 after Monday's draw in Miami for the CONCACAF qualifying championship. Eight qualified national teams were divided into two groups for the tournament, which sends two teams to the 2016 Summer Olympics and will be played in Texas with the final on February 21 at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. The two finalists of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) tournament will qualify directly to the Olympic

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:20:19 -0500
Olympic qualifying draw sets up possible US-Canada final

If one player epitomizes Chelsea's slump it's surely Eden Hazard. The playmaker was feted as the Premier League's finest talent as last season ended with Chelsea winning the title and England's top two individual awards were presented to the 24-year-old Belgian. As Chelsea has struggled since August - starting its title defense by collecting 14 points from a possible 39 and sitting second in Champions League Group G - so has Hazar

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:26:56 -0500
Real Madrid president to address the media after Barca loss

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December. Blatter and Platini ''will be invited to submit positions including any evidence with regard to the final reports of the investigatory chamber,'' the statement said. Blatter and Platini, who are currently serving 90-day suspensions pending Eckert's rulings, face bans of at least several year

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:54:07 -0500
SOCCER-Arsenal lose Coquelin but Ramsey could return for Zagreb clash

ZURICH (Reuters) - The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee has opened proceedings against suspended President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini after ethics investigators called for sanctions against both men, FIFA said on Monday. FIFA said on Monday the adjudicatory chamber intends to come to a decision during December. Blatter and Platini were suspended for 90 days in October, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as the sport faces criminal probes in Switzerland and the United States. (Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shield

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:39:28 -0500
Real Madrid president to address the media after Barca loss

Mathieu Valbuena did not expect he would go through such a frustrating season when he signed a three-year deal with Lyon this summer following an exile to Russia. With the European championships just seven months away, Valbuena was not called up by France coach Didier Deschamps for the games against Germany and England earlier this month. The former Marseille player has found himself at the heart of a sex-tape blackmail plot that saw France teammate Karim Benzema charged, and his club performances have been below par for most of the seaso

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:46:56 -0500
Hazard solving slump mystery key to Chelsea recovering form

Despite tighter security, Bayern Munich fans made the headlines after getting involved in brawls in Gelsenkirchen at the Bundesliga match against Schalke. Next up for Bayern is Tuesday's Champions League home match against Olympiakos, which could not even get a game in - its Greek league match against bitter rival Panathinaikos was called off because of crowd trouble. A Bayern victory will ensure Pep Guardiola's team wins the grou

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:09:05 -0500
FIFA President Blatter says he was near death in hospital

Still savoring its memorable win against Real Madrid, Barcelona returns home to face Roma on Tuesday with a chance to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League. Barcelona needs only a draw to guarantee first place in Group E with one round yet to be played. The Spanish club has 10 points from four matches, five points more than second-place Rom

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:54:30 -0500
Benitez hanging on at Real Madrid; Zinedine Zidane next?

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter says he was near death when hospitalized for stress-related problems this mont

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:52:23 -0500
Blatter says was close to death, between angels and devils in hospital

Real Madrid fans vividly showed their dissatisfaction, frantically waving white ''goodbye'' handkerchiefs and loudly jeering. It was a clear message to coach Rafa Benitez: It's time for you to go. Benitez's situation is becoming increasingly unbearable since a 4-0 loss to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday, and another setback could mean the end of the lin

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:50:48 -0500
Soccer-Blatter says was close to death, "between angels and devils" in hospital

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he had been close to death as he lay in hospital during a mounting scandal over his time at the head of world soccer's governing body. In his first public comments since emerging from treatment, Blatter told Swiss broadcaster RTS: "I was really between the angels who sing and the devil who stokes the fire. Blatter was admitted to hospital in early November, weeks after FIFA's ethics committee launched an investigation into his conduct and that of his former protege, European soccer boss Michel Platin

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:43:53 -0500
Soccer-US championship results

Liam Ridgewell, Dairon Asprilla and Nat Borchers scored and the Portland Timbers beat FC Dallas 3-1 on Sunday night in the first leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference finals. With a 2-0 deficit, David Texeira scored in the 61st minute to narrow it for Dallas, the West's top seed in the playoff

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:14:15 -0500
German football marred by weekend of fan violence

(Reuters) - The Columbus Crew shut down the top-seeded New York Red Bulls and snatched the first leg of Major League Soccer’s EasternConference final 2-0 on Sunday. Facing the top goal-scoring offense in the MLS, the Crew grabbed control early and stood firm for a critical home victory. Justin Meram blasted a goal from the center of the box in the opening minute, and Kei Kamara put the game away with a score in the 85th minut

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:14:15 -0500
German football marred by weekend of fan violence

(Reuters) - The Columbus Crew shut down the top-seeded New York Red Bulls and snatched the first leg of Major League Soccer’s EasternConference final 2-0 on Sunday. Facing the top goal-scoring offense in the MLS, the Crew grabbed control early and stood firm for a critical home victory. Justin Meram blasted a goal from the center of the box in the opening minute, and Kei Kamara put the game away with a score in the 85th minut

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:14:14 -0500
Soccer-US championship results

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Justin Meram had the fastest goal in MLS Cup playoff history, Kei Kamara also scored and the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday night in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:03:43 -0500
Players and fans join in tributes after Paris attacks

Inter Milan moved two points clear at the top of Serie A with a 4-0 win over struggling Frosinone on Sunday after title rival Fiorentina was held to a 2-2 draw by Empoli. Goals from Jonathan Biabiany, Mauro Icardi, Jeison Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic helped Inter to its first win by more than a one-goal margin since April. ''There is still a lot of the season to go,'' Inter coach Roberto Mancini sai

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:40:31 -0500
Inter crushes Frosinone 4-0 to go 2 points clear in Serie A

Atletico Madrid took advantage of Real Madrid's humbling loss in the ''clasico'' by moving past its crosstown rivals into second place in the Spanish league after winning 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday. Atletico replaced Madrid as Barcelona's closest title rival at four points off its pace through 12 rounds. The change came a day after the defending champions dealt Madrid a humiliating 4-0 drubbing at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadiu

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:01:53 -0500
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings

An own goal was enough for Hertha Berlin to reclaim fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 home win over Hoffenheim that left the visiting side bottom on Sunday. ''For a coach, 1-0 is always nice, but it's not so nice for the spectators,'' Hertha coach Pal Dardai said. As at all the weekend's Bundesliga games, a minute's silence was held for victims of the attacks, while a French flag was displayed in tribut

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:28:55 -0500
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

Standing in the middle of the field, a teenage girl sang France's national anthem as fans held French flags and joined in a heartfelt rendition of La Marseillaise before Caen's game against Angers on Sunday. The French league resumed this weekend in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris, where 130 people died, and fans paid their respects from Normandy to Brittany and all the way down to Corisca. Both are way behind runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain, which played Saturda

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:01:08 -0500
Soccer-Serie A summaries

The Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls have distinct styles that have resulted in three entertaining 2-1 matchups this season. The team that ranked right behind them with 178 is New York, which isn't as concerned about possession and prefers to press opponents in their own half of the field. "I think for the fans of this league this is a great series," Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch sai

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:07:59 -0500
VW may drop sponsorship of Hannover 96, others: Bild am Sonntag

The New York Red Bulls visit the Columbus Crew in the early game Sunday for the Eastern title. Portland has peaked at the right time. The Timbers are unbeaten at 4-0-2 in their last six matches, including a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps to clinch the conference semifina

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:00:01 -0500
Soccer-VW may drop sponsorship of Hannover 96, others -Bild am Sonntag

Bundesliga soccer clubs Hannover 96, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 as well as second division 1860 Munich are on the list of sponsorships Volkswagen AG is considering dropping to cut costs amid its emissions scandal, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported. Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, is battling the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after admitting in September it installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive U.S. regulators about the true level of their toxic emissions. According to Bild am Sonntag, Volkswagen spends about 1.5 million euros per season on each of the soccer clubs it could now cut from its sponsorship lis

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:12:00 -0500
Injuries after violent attack by Bayern, Bochum fans

Stadiums were on high security alert on Saturday, as domestic leagues around Europe resumed a week after the deadly attacks in Paris that took 130 lives and left hundreds more injured. Security measures were stepped up everywhere in wake of the attacks, which began with explosions outside Stade de France - where France was playing Germany last Friday night - and carried on elsewhere on a brutal night of bloodshed that shocked the watching world. What would normally have been billed as mouth-watering contests on Saturday between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool, and Juventus and AC Milan were all played amid a tense atmospher

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