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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:01:25 -0500
FIFA approves reform package, delays World Cup expansion

With strikers Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in spectacular form, Barcelona visits Valencia on Saturday aiming to keep a winning streak going and extend its lead of the Spanish league. Neymar leads La Liga with 14 goals through 13 rounds, while Suarez is second with 12 goals after scoring in his last six league matches. All that adds up to a stiff challenge for a Valencia side under interim manager Salvador Gonzalez, as it awaits the arrival of former Manchester United player Gary Neville to take ove

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:01:02 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday, Dec 3

By Joshua Franklin and David Ingram ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Swiss police arrested the two top soccer bosses in the Americas on Thursday on suspicion of taking millions of dollars in bribes linked to television rights, widening a graft probe into world soccer's governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) named the men as Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, acting president of the CONCACAF federation and a FIFA vice president, and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, head of the South American soccer federation CONMEBOL. CONCACAF administers soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbea

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:12:48 -0500
Leicester - Vardy looks to extend scoring record at Swansea

Even in retirement, Manchester United's famous ''Class of '92'' isn't done with conjuring up fairy tales. Last year, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt - winners of the Premier League a combined 44 times at United and the backbone of two trophy-laden decades under manager Alex Ferguson - bought a 50 percent stake in non-league side Salford City, which is located less than 8 kilometers from United's famed Old Trafford. Salford was playing at the time in the eighth tier of English socce

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:59:26 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

By Joshua Franklin and David Ingram ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Swiss police arrested two FIFA officials suspected of taking millions of dollars in bribes linked to soccer TV rights, widening a graft probe into world soccer's governing body. The unnamed officials were taken into custody pending extradition after pre-dawn raids on Thursday conducted at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice. "The high-ranking FIFA officials are alleged to have taken the money in return for selling marketing rights in connection with soccer tournaments in Latin America, as well as World Cup qualifying matches," Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) sai

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:16:35 -0500
Soccer-Bottom Ligue 1 side Troyes part company with coach

Speaking publicly for the first time since becoming embroiled in a blackmail scandal, France striker Karim Benzema hit back at detractors in an emotional television interview on Wednesday, saying he has been ''dragged through the mud'' and treated ''like a scumbag'' after being held in custody. Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail, relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape featuring his national teammate Mathieu Valbuena. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls joined in the criticism of Benzema on Tuesday, saying he ''has no place'' on the national team, days after Valbuena said he felt betrayed in a hard-hitting newspaper intervie

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 02:28:52 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Swiss authorities on Thursday detained two FIFA officials based on arrest requests submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said. "They are being held in custody pending their extradition," the FOJ said in a statement. "According to the U.S. arrest requests, they are suspected of accepting bribes of millions of dollars." The FOJ said it would issue another statement with the names of those who have been arrested later on Thursda

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 01:44:40 -0500
Swiss make more arrests in FIFA corruption scandal

ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss authorities have conducted another series of pre-dawn raids and arrests as part of investigations into corruption in international socce

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 23:04:59 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich police are taking action in a probe of corruption at global soccer body FIFA, a spokesman said after the New York Times reported more arrests were taking place. "Police steps are being taken on Thursday on behalf of the (Swiss) Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)," a spokesman for police in FIFA's home canton of Zurich said. He referred all other questions to the FOJ, which was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Michael Shields and Joshua Franklin; Editing by Nick Macfi

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 23:04:59 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

ZURICH (Reuters) - Zurich police are taking action in a probe of corruption at global soccer body FIFA, a spokesman said after the New York Times reported more arrests were taking place. "Police steps are being taken on Thursday on behalf of the (Swiss) Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)," a spokesman for police in FIFA's home canton of Zurich said. He referred all other questions to the FOJ, which was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Michael Shields and Joshua Franklin; Editing by Nick Macfi

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 21:53:48 -0500
Soccer-Palmeiras win Brazilian Cup after penalty shootout

The seniors on Florida State women's soccer team could go out on a historic note. The Seminoles head into Friday's national semifinal matchup against Duke as the sixth program to make five or more consecutive trips to the Women's College Cup. If the defending national champions advance to Sunday's title match in Cary, North Carolina, and beats the winner of Penn State-Rutgers, the Seminoles join 21-time champion North Carolina as the only schools to win consecutive title

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:48:07 -0500
Soccer-Spanish King - Cup last 32 results

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A hat trick and an assist by Sandro Ramirez helped Barcelona to a 6-1 win against third-tier Villanovense in their first round, second leg match in the Copa del Rey on Wednesda

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:19:36 -0500
Liverpool routs Southampton 6-1 in League Cup quarterfinals

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says he doesn't believe the MLS Cup final between two small-market teams - Portland and Columbus - is somehow less-than ideal for the leagu

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:53:16 -0500
Soccer-Spanish King - Cup last 32 results

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Liverpool recovered from conceding inside the first minute to thrash Southampton 6-1 away in the League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday as Juergen Klopp's impressive start as manager continue

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:08:28 -0500
Toronto FC - Giovinco named most valuable player in MLS

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco was named Major League Soccer's 2015 Most Valuable Player on Wednesda

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:58:48 -0500
Soccer-Cahill signs new four-year Chelsea deal

(Reuters) - Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco added another honor to cap a brilliant debut season in Major League Soccer (MLS) when he was named the league's Most Valuable Player on Wednesday. The Italian international, 28, had already won the MLS Golden Boot award and had been voted the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award while also earning a spot on the MLS Best XI. Giovinco, who joined Toronto FC from Italian heavyweights Juventus in January, ended his maiden season with a tally of 22 goals and 16 assists, becoming the first player ever in MLS to record at least 20 goals and 10 assists in a single seaso

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:39:53 -0500
Sebastian Giovinco named MLS MVP

Carli Lloyd put Rutgers on the map this summer, leading the United States to the World Cup. The 2015 Rutgers squad is taking the program to new heights. While Lloyd had one of the best careers in school history from 2001-04, the farthest she led Rutgers was to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournamen

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:16:51 -0500
Rutgers ready for program - first College Cup

ZURICH (AP) -- The date Dec. 2, 2010, will forever mark a turning point in the scandalous story of FIF

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:52:35 -0500
Soccer-Italian Cup 4th round results

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Red Bulls have decided not to exercise contract options for next season for nine players, including veteran defender Roy Mille

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:13:07 -0500
Soccer-English League Cup 5th round summaries

Paris Saint-Germain dropped points in the French league for only the third time this season after being held at newly promoted Angers to an entertaining 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Angers had chances to end an unbeaten league run dating to March 15, with 1.92-meter midfielder Cheick N'Doye causing problems in the air for PSG's defense. Star signing Angel di Maria had a quiet game, although he also hit the post in the first hal

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:59:50 -0500
Soccer-Vietto, Saul save Atletico - Cup blushes at Reus

By Ken Ferris LONDON (Reuters) - Leading sponsors of soccer's world governing body have demanded independent oversight of FIFA's reform process in an open letter published on Tuesday ahead of a key meeting to finalize proposed reforms at the scandal-plagued organization. The companies -- Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Adidas, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s Corp and Visa Inc. -- aimed their letter at FIFA's executive committee, which meets this week. FIFA's reform committee chairman Francois Carrard will put its recommendations to the executive committee on Wednesday and Thursday and they will be publicly presented afterward

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:40:54 -0500
Soccer-English League Cup 5th round summaries

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City thrashed Hull 4-1 and advanced to the League Cup semifinals on Tuesday, while Everton and Stoke also progressed with victories against second-tier oppositio

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:24:35 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

Paris Saint-Germain dropped points in the French league for only the third time this season after being held at newly promoted Angers to an entertaining 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Angers had chances to end an unbeaten league run dating to March 15, with 1.92-meter midfielder Cheick N'Doye causing problems in the air for PSG's defense. Star signing Angel di Maria had a quiet game, although he also hit the post in the first hal

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:55:16 -0500
Atletico wins 2-1 at third-tier Reus in Copa del Rey opener

By Ken Ferris LONDON (Reuters) - Leading sponsors of soccer's world governing body have demanded independent oversight of FIFA's reform process in an open letter published on Tuesday ahead of a key meeting to finalize proposed reforms at the scandal-plagued organization. The companies -- Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Adidas, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s Corp and Visa Inc. -- aimed their letter at FIFA's executive committee, which meets this week. FIFA's reform committee chairman Francois Carrard will put its recommendations to the executive committee on Wednesday and Thursday and they will be publicly presented afterward

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:59:06 -0500
Soccer-Singapore police re-arrest alleged match-fixer Tan - report

LONDON (AP) -- Neymar replaced Luis Suarez as the player of the week in The Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday, while Barcelona remains atop the team standing

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 04:32:40 -0500
Soccer-Ex-United boss Moyes open to another European club job

Manchester City announced Tuesday that a Chinese consortium is investing $400 million to buy 13 percent of the Premier League club's umbrella organization in a deal that values the business at $3 billion. Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan bought City in 2008 for around $400 million and since then the club has expanded to create the City Football Group that includes teams in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama. China Media Capital Holdings and CITIC Capital are investing in the group after six months of talks and the deal remains subject to regulatory approval in some countries, City sai

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:30:22 -0500
Soccer-Higuain brace takes Napoli top with win over 10-man Inter

Displaying a form at the San Paolo stadium not witnessed since Diego Maradona's exploits, Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in a 2-1 win over 10-man Inter Milan on Monday to provide a big boost for Napoli's title chances. Napoli leapfrogged Inter for the Serie A lead, moving one point ahead of the Milan club as it seeks its first Italian league title since Maradona led the southern squad to the championship in 1987 and 1990. Napoli hadn't had sole possession of the lead since its second title 25 years ag

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:10:35 -0500
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has been selected to Major League Soccer's Best XI for the fourth straight yea

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:43:42 -0500
Soccer-Panathinaikos deducted three points for derby violence

American forward Carli Lloyd is among the finalists for FIFA Women's Player of the Year after scoring a hat trick that led the United States to victory over Japan in the World Cup final. Japan's Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic are the other finalists announced Monday. Jill Ellis of the U.S. is a finalist for Women's Coach of the Year along with Mark Sampson and Norio Sasak of Japa

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:00:55 -0500
Head of Brazilian federation subject of senate investigation

Three senior Kenyan track and field federation officials were suspended by the IAAF on Monday over accusations they subverted the east African nation's anti-doping system and siphoned money from Nike. Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat, suspended for 180 days by the IAAF ethics commission, has also been told there is a case against him over an ''apparent gift'' of two cars from the Qatar Athletics Federation. Kiplagat is accused of receiving the cars personally or for the federation from Qatar, which won the right to stage the 2019 world championships in a November 2014 vot

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:02:54 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship fixtures

With or without Sergio Aguero, Manchester City has a League Cup quarterfinal match to play on Tuesday. City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he will play his best team at home against Hull, but Aguero came off with a possible injury midway through the second half of his team's 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday. ''Kun came off as a precaution,'' Pellegrini said of Aguer

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:51:21 -0500
Soccer-Atletico could spend to cover for injured Tiago - Simeone

ZURICH (AP) -- Neymar has made the three-man Ballon D'Or shortlist for the first time, alongside Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and title holder Cristiano Ronald

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:01:14 -0500
Soccer-Australia protests prompt appeals process promise on fan bans

The Columbus Crew's post-game celebrations were subdued. The Crew had just advanced to the MLS Cup final for only the second time in the 20-year history of Major League Soccer and their first since 2008 with a 2-1 aggregate over the New York Red Bulls. ''And to see it potentially all fall apart,'' Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter sai

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:54:44 -0500
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano scored and the Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup for the first time, tying FC Dallas 2-2 on Sunday in the second leg of the Western Conference finals. Portland won the first leg 3-1 at home en route to a 5-3 victory in the two-game series. The Timbers will face the winner of the Eastern Conference series between Columbus and New York in the championship game next Sunda

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:36:25 -0500
Adi and Melano score, Timbers tie FC Dallas 2-2 to advance

After winning the first leg 3-1 at home last weekend, Portland drew the second 2-2 to advance 5-3 on aggregate. In just their fifth season in the league, the Timbers advanced to play either the Columbus Crew or New York Red Bulls in the championship decider next Sunda

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:16:44 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship copa libertadores play-off result

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez got some breathing space Sunday when Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored at Eibar to end a two-game losing streak in the Spanish leagu

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:23:14 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

It's a sign of how dismal Chelsea's Premier League title defense has been that Jose Mourinho called a draw at Tottenham the best performance of the season. A draw for Arsenal on Sunday at Norwich, though, left Arsene Wenger experiencing the same old frustration

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:21:37 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- James Milner scored from the penalty spot to give Juergen Klopp his first Premier League win at Anfield as Liverpool manager, with Swansea defeated 1-0 on Sunda

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:30:36 -0500
Soccer-Polish championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Rickie Lambert came off the bench to rescue a point for West Bromwich Albion in a 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunda

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:37:07 -0500
Soccer-Swiss championship results and standings

Rarely has a goalless stalemate satisfied Jose Mourinho so much. Chelsea's draw at Tottenham on Sunday left the Premier League champions 15 points behind leader Manchester City and still without back-to-back wins in the title defense. What the trip to White Hart Lane showed Mourinho is that his team is gradually rediscovering its spirit and defensive solidity with a third consecutive clean sheet, including the mid-week Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Avi

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:56:09 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy set an English Premier League record on Saturday by scoring for the 11th straight game. Vardy scored in the 24th minute to put Leicester in front against Manchester United at King Power Stadium. The England striker shared the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games with Ruud van Nistelrooy, who achieved the feat across two seasons in 200

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:39:36 -0500
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

Forward M'Baye Niang ended his AC Milan scoring drought in style, netting twice and setting up one in a convincing 4-1 win over visiting Sampdoria on Saturday. The 20-year-old Niang hadn't scored in 35 previous Serie A appearances for Milan. ''As far as I'm concerned the season is just starting, and I've got to show what I'm capable of,'' Niang said, likening his playing style to that of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavan

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:54:19 -0500
Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

Manchester City rebounded emphatically from two disappointing losses with a 3-1 win over Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday, but lost Sergio Aguero to another injury. After a 4-1 drubbing by Liverpool and 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League, City found its attacking verve again as Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph put the team 2-0 ahead after 21 minutes. City dominated the first half and could have extended its lead, before Southampton threatened a comeback after the break as Shane Long pulled one bac

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:23:09 -0500
Soccer-Austrian championship results and standings

Jamie Vardy wheeled away in celebration, pointing repeatedly to his chest and taking in the adulation of the crowd. The Leicester striker had just made Premier League history. Vardy became the first player to score in 11 straight Premier League games when he netted the opening goal in Leicester's 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Saturda

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:25:50 -0500
Heavy security as PSG plays 1st home game since shootings

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy set an English Premier League record on Saturday by scoring for the 11th straight game. Vardy scored in the 24th minute to put Leicester 1-0 ahead against Manchester United at King Power Stadium. The England striker shared the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games with Ruud van Nistelrooy, who achieved the feat across two seasons in 200

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:35:21 -0500
Man City beats Southampton 3-1 in Premier League

The English Premier League served up a feast of goals and drama as Manchester City re-established its title credentials, Everton conceded an equalizer in the eighth minute of stoppage time, and Newcastle was thrashed again on Saturday. City grabbed three of the 23 goals in the day's first five games, beating Southampton 3-1 to end a sobering week on a high after losses to Liverpool in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League. Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and set up the other two for Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolaro

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:21:40 -0500
Sunderland beats Stoke 2-0 to move out of relegation zone

Neymar netted twice while Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi also scored as Barcelona earned another lopsided win 4-0 over Real Sociedad, provisionally extending its lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Neymar was first on the board midway through the first half from a pass by Dani Alves, who also set up Suarez for the defending champions' second just before halftim

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:19:23 -0500
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone Saturday after scoring two late goals to beat 10-man Stoke 2-0 in the Premier Leagu

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:13:15 -0500
Crystal Palace routs Newcastle 5-1 in Premier League

Junior Stanislas scored in the eighth minute of injury time for Bournemouth to salvage a 3-3 draw against Everton on Saturday in a Premier League game featuring four goals after the 80th minute. Everton conceded twice in the final 10 minutes of regulation time to throw away a 2-0 lead, only for Ross Barkley to score from a shot that squirmed through the grasp of Bournemouth's substitute goalkeeper Ryan Allsop. Stanislas, who made it 2-2, had the final say in a dramatic finish by heading in with only seconds remaining of stoppage tim

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:11:54 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace routed his former club Newcastle 5-1 in the Premier League despite going an early goal down Saturday to increase the pressure on manager Steve McClaren after another abject display by the visitor

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:12:15 -0500
Crew-Red Bulls Preview

The end to the Portland Timbers' road struggles came not long after a lopsided defeat to FC Dallas in July. If they avoid another decisive loss in Dallas on Sunday, the Timbers would clinch their first trip to the MLS Cup. Portland is 5-1-1 in its last seven road games and has won four in a row heading into arguably its most pivotal match in five MLS season

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