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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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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:39:44 -0500
FC Dallas-Timbers Preview

Luis Suarez scored twice and Neymar added a goal and an assist to lead Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first ''clasico'' of the season on Saturday. The defeat handed hand Madrid its first home loss in 23 Spanish league games while Barcelona opened up a six-point lead in the standings. Barcelona played most of the match without Lionel Messi, who came off the bench in the 56th after being sidelined for nearly two months because of a left knee injur

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:28:57 -0500
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona dealt a stinging blow to Real Madrid’s title hopes when Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their scintillating form to fire the champions to a stunning 4-0 victory in the La Liga ‘Clasico’ on Saturday. Suarez struck twice either side of goals from Neymar and captain Andres Iniesta as Barca humiliated their arch rivals with an imperious performance at the Bernabeu to surge six points clear at the top after 12 matches and ratchet up the pressure on under-fire Real coach Rafa Benitez. Barca’s dominance, which prompted the angry Real fans to roundly whistle their own team and chant for president Florentino Perez to step down, was all the more remarkable considering coach Luis Enrique had started with a fit-again Lionel Messi on the benc

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:25:39 -0500
Vardy ties scoring record as England honors Paris victims

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Liverpool produced its best performance so far under new manager Juergen Klopp to beat Premier League title chasers Manchester City 4-1 on Saturda

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:03:23 -0500
Soccer-Vardy equals record as Leicester go top, Chelsea win at last

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Stoke ended Southampton's six-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League on Saturday, with Bojan Krkic scoring in a 1-0 victory at St Mary'

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:19:31 -0500
West Brom beats Arsenal 2-1 in Premier League

Jamie Vardy tied the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games on Saturday to help Leicester maintain its stunning start to the season, on a day English football paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The England international's goal, which set Leicester on its way to a 3-0 win at Newcastle, meant he has scored in 10 straight matches - a feat Ruud van Nistelrooy also achieved for Manchester United across two seasons in 2003. Ahead of the late game between Manchester City and Liverpool, Leicester - a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season - is provisionally the surprise leader after 13 games after leapfrogging Arsenal, which lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albio

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:18:27 -0500
Swansea rallies for 2-2 draw vs Bournemouth

Arsenal was beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday and lost two more players to injuries on a day when everything went wrong for the Gunners. Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta deflected a cross into his own in the 40th minute to hand West Brom the winning goal and Santi Cazorla missed a penalty in the 84th when he slipped as he was about to shoot. Olivier Giroud had given Arsenal the lead by heading in a pinpoint free kick from Mesut Ozil in the 28th but James Morrison equalized by steering in a similar delivery at the other end in the 35t

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:06:52 -0500
Messi on the bench for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Swansea rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:54:12 -0500
Everton thrash last-placed Aston Villa 4-0

LONDON (AP) -- Diego Costa grabbed a second-half winner as Chelsea beat Norwich 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, ending the champions' three-match losing run and easing the pressure on manager Jose Mourinh

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:34:46 -0500
Soccer-Bulgarian championship results and standings

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Everton thrashed bottom-placed Aston Villa 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley each scoring two goal

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:15:57 -0500
Soccer-Vardy scores in 10th successive game to equal record

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th straight English Premier League game on Saturday, tying the record held by former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelroo

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:40:07 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

Watford striker Troy Deeney scored a 90th-minute own goal, soon after converting an equalizing penalty, to gift Manchester United a 2-1 win in the English Premier League on Saturday. Bastian Schweinsteiger's shot across the face of the Watford goal was turned into the net by Deeney as he slid in to make a block. Deeney had equalized from the spot in the 86th minute after United substitute Marcos Rojo fouled Odion Oghalo, for the first goal United had conceded in 632 minutes in all competition

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:26:26 -0500
UEFA bans Dinamo Zagreb - Ademi for 4 years for doping

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA ethics investigators called on Saturday for sanctions against president Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini, dealing a fresh blow to Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as head of world soccer's governing body. The investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee - acting independently of the organization's leadership - said on Saturday it had completed its inquiry, but did not say why it was recommending sanctions nor what those sanctions should b

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:22:28 -0500
Soccer-FIFA ethics report calls for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA ethics investigators called on Saturday for sanctions against president Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini, dealing a fresh blow to Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as head of world soccer's governing body. The investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee - acting independently of the organization's leadership - said on Saturday it had completed its inquiry, but did not say why it was recommending sanctions nor what those sanctions should b

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 02:42:24 -0500
Soccer-FIFA ethics committee request sanctions against Blatter, Platini

FIFA's ethics committee said on Saturday it had completed its investigation into the conduct of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA head Michel Platini and requested sanctions against them, it said in a statement on Saturday. The report has been submitted to FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert for a final decision, the statement said. Both Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to win February's FIFA presidential election, have been suspended for 90 days pending the final investigatio

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:44:32 -0500
Soccer-Nice defeat leaves Lyon 10 points behind leaders PSG

Hamburger SV took advantage of Borussia Dortmund's mistakes to win 3-1 on Friday, in the first Bundesliga match since Germany players went through two terrorist scares in the past week. The match began with two minutes of silence - one for the victims of the Paris attacks a week ago and one for the recently deceased former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, a Hamburg nativ

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:28:06 -0500
Soccer-Man arrested for trying to punch Palace - Bald Eagle

PARIS (AP) -- One week after the terror attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, the French soccer league resumed on Friday as Nice beat Lyon 3-0 in a somber atmospher

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:02:22 -0500
Soccer-Beckenbauer unhappy with German FA over World Cup affair

Rafa Benitez promises Real Madrid will come out attacking in the first clasico of the season against Barcelona on Saturday. With all his top strikers available after injuries and off-the-field problems, the coach said on Friday that Madrid will not relinquish its offensive style just because it's facing Barcelona. ''The team's characteristic is to attack, to score goals, and to always be near the opponent's goal,'' Benitez sai

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:03:59 -0500
Soccer-Allegri dismisses suggestions of a Juventus injury crisis

It's been quite a week for Juventus players Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira, who were all on international duty when explosions occurred outside the Stade de France a week ago. On Saturday, the three are expected to start against AC Milan in a highly anticipated Serie A match. Security will be tight at the Juventus Stadium, with Madonna also playing in Turin this weekend and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi slated to be in the city, which is located little more than an hour's drive from the French borde

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:05:26 -0500
Soccer-Pardew says U.S. investment will be great for Palace

Rafa Benitez promises Real Madrid will come out attacking in the first clasico of the season against Barcelona on Saturday. With all his top strikers available after injuries and off-the-field problems, the coach said on Friday that Madrid will not relinquish its offensive style just because it's facing Barcelona. ''The team's characteristic is to attack, to score goals, and to always be near the opponent's goal,'' Benitez sai

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:35:15 -0500
Soccer-Townsend forgiven and back in Spurs squad

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc threatened to walk out of his news conference on Friday when asked another question regarding the psychological state of his players in the wake of last week's deadly attacks. Having earlier interrupted one reporter's question relating to how certain players who lost friends in the carnage might be affected following last Friday's shootings, Blanc responded angrily soon after when he was asked a similar question. PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu lost two friends in the attacks, which killed 130 people and wounded 35

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:55:53 -0500
FIFA to draw African World Cup qualifying groups in June

MADRID (AP) -- Rafa Benitez promises Real Madrid will come out attacking in the first clasico of the season against Barcelona on Saturda

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:50:20 -0500
Orlando, Seattle among 10 US cities hosting Copa Centenario

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Red Bulls' Luis Robles has been voted Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Yea

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:47:07 -0500
Soccer-French national anthem to precede Premier League matches

Fear and trepidation, rather than excitement and thrills, may grip fans when Europe's domestic soccer leagues resume this weekend in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris. ''You have a bit more of a question of security because it looks like it's not the end of it, in France especially,'' said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is French. Intense rivalries, such as Spain's clasico, fade in significance, as does whether Barcelona star Lionel Messi returns from injury to face Madrid archrival Cristiano Ronald

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