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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:28:40 -0500
Soccer-Germany game against Netherlands called off over bomb fears

By Karolos Grohmann HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - A soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands which German Chancellor Angel Merkel was due to attend in Hanover was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday over fears of a planned bombing. Hanover Police President Volker Kluwe said there were "specific indications" of a planned attack with explosives at the game. Apart from stadium, police also evacuated Hanover's TUI multi-purpose arena where a concert was about to star


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:15:47 -0500
Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

Four days after getting caught up in synchronized attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, France's soccer team started its friendly game against England amid tightened security at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. In a powerful message of solidarity and unity, England fans joined their French counterparts in singing France's national anthem, ''La Marseillaise,'' before the game. British Prime Minister David Cameron was also among the near-80,000 spectators at English football's national stadium, where there was an increased police presence and enhanced security measures, including compulsory bag searche


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:54:44 -0500
France, England fans gather ahead of soccer match at Wembley

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) -- Police in Hannover say the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands has been cancele


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:34 -0500
Soccer-Stirring second half comeback sees Croatia beat Russia

With a police helicopter whirring overhead and armed officers on patrol, England and France soccer fans mingled outside Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening ahead of what should be an emotionally charged international friendly taking place four days after the deadly attacks in Paris. The atmosphere was calm on a wet and windy evening in London and there was no sense of panic among supporters, who appeared intent on sending a defiant message of unity after at least 129 people died in a string of coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday. ''Tonight is more about solidarity than football,'' said 31-year-old England fan Robert Williams, who was wearing a beret and holding a France fla


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:34 -0500
Soccer-Stirring second half comeback sees Croatia beat Russia

HANOVER, German (Reuters) - A friendly soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands in Hanover has been called off less than two hours before its start on Tuesday, German police said. The game was called off just four days after the attacks in Paris. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been set to attend along with other government ministers in a show of solidarity with the French. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Dominic Evan


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:35:45 -0500
Soccer-Second half goals ease Nigeria past brave Swaziland

Police brielfy sealed off the stadium staging the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands after finding a suspicious suitcase. Police spokeswoman Stephanie Weiss said a suspicious object was found at the stadium. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several cabinet ministers are expected to attend the match, which comes four days after the terrorist attacks in Pari


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:02:00 -0500
Soccer-Moyes disappointed at Sociedad sacking

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tim Cahill scored a first-half hat trick to help Australia to a 4-0 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cu


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:57:18 -0500
Soccer-Belgium v Spain friendly called off over security fears

A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation (URBSFA) said. "The URBSFA was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organize the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening," it said in a statement late on Monday. The statement, in French, said the game between the European heavyweights had been canceled though a tweet from the URBSFA official English account said it had been only postpone


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:38:26 -0500
Athletics-Russia needs to rid sport of state interference-Pound

Russian Athletics needs to prove it can operate without interference from state security services if it is to compete on an international stage again, the author of an explosive anti-doping report said on Tuesday. Russia was suspended from international athletics after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report accused its state security services of colluding with the country's athletics federation to enable athletes to take performance-enhancing drugs with confidence test results would be suppressed. Dick Pound, author of the WADA report, told the BBC Russia's anti-doping laboratory and anti-doping agency needed to prove they could act freely of government pressure in order to bring an end to a state-sponsored drugs cultur


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:06:25 -0500
Soccer-Belgium v Spain match called off for security reasons

A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement. "The URBSFA (federation) was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organise the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening," it said in a statement late on Monday. The statement, in French, said the game had been cancelled though a tweet from the URBSFA official English account said it had been only postpone


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:39:32 -0500
Soccer-Belgium postpones friendly against Spain for security reasons

Belgium called off Tuesday's soccer match against Spain less than 24 hours before kickoff after the government raised the security threat level amid an investigation related to the Paris attacks. ''After consulting with the relevant bodies and the Spanish national team, the (Belgian FA) decided to cancel the match,'' the federation said in a statement. ''Right at the end of the evening, the (federation) was contacted by the government which recommended that the Belgium-Spain match should not go ahead tomorrow nigh


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:50:17 -0500
Soccer-Valencia - Negredo has surgery for acute appendicitis

DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland qualified for next year's European Championship on Monday as Jonathan Walters returned from suspension to score both goals in a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and secure a 3-1 aggregate win in their playof


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:57:25 -0500
Soccer-Spain unworried about Brussels security, Del Bosque says

Shaken by the coordinated attacks that ripped through Paris and killed 129 people on Friday, France captain Hugo Lloris and his teammates had doubts and concerns about having to play a soccer match four days later. The decision was taken out of their hands - France's players were told without consultation that the friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday would go ahead - and now Lloris is grateful for the chance to honor the victims of the bombings. ''We have decided to play tomorrow and do our jobs on the field, for the country and the victims,'' a somber Lloris said Monday, in the first public comments from France's squad since the attack


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:49:29 -0500
Soccer-France keen to show pride against England at Wembley

France will be keen to represent their colors with more pride than ever when they take the field in a friendly against England at Wembley four days after the deadly attacks in Paris, coach Dider Deschamps said on Monday. The decision to play the highly emotional game was taken on Saturday morning by French federation president Noel Le Graet and Deschamps. "We are here now to take the field to represent our country probably with even more pride than we normally would and to make sure that our colors, blue, white, and red, will be represented with more pride," Deschamps told a news conference at Wembley on the eve of the gam


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:03:18 -0500
Soccer-2016 European Championship to go ahead in France - UEFA

UEFA has confirmed that the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament will take place in France as planned despite the deadly attacks that struck Paris on Friday. "The EURO final draw will go ahead as scheduled on 12 December at the Palais des Congres in Paris and the final tournament will be played in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016," UEFA said in a statement on Monday. Coordinated attacks, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, took place in Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and outside a soccer stadium on Friday killing at least 129 people and wounding 352 -- the worst atrocity in France since World War II. "Following the dramatic events that occurred last Friday in Paris, UEFA and EURO 2016 SAS wish to reaffirm their commitment in placing safety and security at the center of their organizational plans," the statement rea


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:56:50 -0500
Germans thank French team for support after Paris attacks

The French soccer federation wanted Tuesday's friendly international against England to go ahead at Wembley Stadium mainly for symbolic reasons, FA chief executive Martin Glenn told a news conference on Monday. France were playing world champions Germany in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks hit the city, killing at least 132 people. The France squad spent Friday night inside the Stade de France with the Germany squad after the conclusion of the matc


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:51:26 -0500
Soccer-France want to play England game for symbolic reasons - FA

Germany coach Joachim Loew thanked the France team for staying all night at the Paris stadium where the two countries were playing a friendly match that was caught up in a wave of attacks that killed 129 people. The Germans decided to stay at the Stade de France after it came under attack by suicide bombers and the French stayed with them until the German team left to fly home Saturday morning. ''I think it was a great gesture by the French team and by (coach) Didier Deschamps,'' Loew said Monday, the day before another friendly, against the Netherlands in Hannove


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:36:51 -0500
Platini observes minute of silence at UEFA headquarters

Shaken by its frightening experience in Paris, Germany meets the Netherlands in a subdued mood and amid heightened security, with the emphasis more on the message against terror than on football. The Stade de France came under attack by suicide bombers during the friendly between France and Germany as a wave of attacks across Paris killed more than 120 on Friday. Germany coach Joachim Loew sent his players home and the team did not reassemble again until one day before Tuesday's match in Hannove


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:09:39 -0500
Germany vs. Netherlands friendly to symbolize unity: Loew

The 2016 European Championship soccer tournament will take place in France despite Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, which could have happened anywhere, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday. The German, whose team were playing France in a friendly international in Paris when at least 132 people were killed in attacks across the French capital, said he expected the tournament to go ahead as planned. "I am certain that the Euro will take place in France," Loew, whose team have qualified for the June 10-July 10 finals, told reporter


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:19:26 -0500
FIFA bans leaders of Nepal, Laos federations in bribes case

The Wembley Arch will be illuminated in the red, white and blue of the French flag. The words of ''La Marseillaise,'' France's national anthem, will be shown on giant screens so that England fans can sing along with their French counterparts. A match between the England and France soccer teams on Tuesday - a game that what supposed to serve as a valuable warm-up ahead of next year's European Championship - has been transformed into a poignant act of defiance, solidarity and sporting unit


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:39:53 -0500
Soccer-Aguero encouraged by early signs of De Bruyne partnership

World soccer body FIFA announced on Monday it had banned two officials from Nepal and Laos for taking cash during FIFA elections, extending moves to root out corruption that has shaken the international game. Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association (ANFA), was banned for 10 years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,870), while Viphet Sihachakr, president of the Laotian Football Federation, received a two-year ban and 40,000 franc fine. FIFA was thrown into turmoil in May by U.S. indictments of 14 football officials, including two FIFA vice-presidents and sports marketing executives, for alleged corruptio


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:44:17 -0500
Soccer-Euro 2016 joy for Hungary as they end 30-year wait

By Lenin Danieri MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona underwent a gastric bypass in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo over the weekend and is recovering well, doctors said on Sunday. The 55-year-old former World Cup winner went through a similar operation around a decade ago and has battled ill health since his soccer heyday in the 1980s. "He is walking and in good spirits," said Carlos Felipe Chaux, one of the surgeons who treated him, told reporters at a Maracaibo hote


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:46:59 -0500
Soccer-Hungary qualify for Euro 2016

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary secured a spot at next year's European Championship by beating Norway 2-1 Sunday, ending a 30-year absence from major tournament


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:29:20 -0500
Soccer-Merkel to attend as shaken Germany play Netherlands

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend their friendly against the Netherlands on Tuesday, which will go ahead as planned, despite the team still being shaken by the deadly attacks in Paris. The world champions were playing France in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks was unleashed across the city, killing 129 people. The German Football Association (DFB)'s Interim President Reinhard Rauball said the team wanted to send a signal that they would not "be intimidated by terror&quot


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:16:26 -0500
Soccer-PSG - Ibrahimovic sends sympathies to Paris victims

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has expressed his sympathies for his fellow Parisians after gun and bomb attacks in the French capital on Friday left 129 killed, hundreds injured and the city traumatized. Things like that shouldn't happen," the Paris Saint Germain player told broadcaster Kanal 5 after Sweden beat Denmark 2-1 in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff. "I tried hard to focus on the game, which was very hard," added the 34-year-old, who is in his fourth season at PSG, having moved to the French capital in July 2012 from AC Mila


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:41:37 -0500
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. play-offs results

Sweden defeated Denmark 2-1 in the first leg of a 2016 European Championship playoff on Saturday. Emil Forsberg and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for Sweden, and Nicolai Joergensen put Denmark back in the game with a late goal, leaving things open for the return match in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Forsberg scored in the first half, and Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 on a penalty kick at the start of the secon


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:27:14 -0500
Soccer-Ukraine too strong for Slovenia in Euro playoff

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - All major sporting events in the Paris region were suspended on Saturday as France mourned the victims of the deadly attacks in the capital city the night before that left 129 people dead and 352 wounded. Before the Euro 2016 soccer playoff between Sweden and Denmark at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium was lit up in red, white and blue. Both teams wore black armbands and, led by Sweden and Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, observed a minute's silenc


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:13:55 -0500
Soccer-Euro 2016 in France must not be cancelled - organisers

The Euro 2016 finals in France should not be canceled even though the risk levels have gone up, the head of the organizing committee said on Saturday following the attacks in Paris. Islamic State claimed responsibility after 129 people were killed and 352 wounded on Friday, saying it sent militants strapped with suicide bombing belts and carrying machine guns to various locations in the heart of the French capital. "The risk had gone one level up in January, it has just gone higher," Euro 2016 chief Jacques Lambert told French radio RT


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:25:00 -0500
England-France friendly to go ahead on Tuesday at Wembley

Ukraine took a large stride toward qualifying for the European Championship next year by beating Slovenia 2-0 in a first-leg playoff on Saturday. Ukraine dominated in front of a passionate home crowd as Slovenia failed to register a single shot on target, its narrow formation struggling to cope with Ukraine star wingers Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko. Yarmolenko tormented Slovenia on the right flank, and got his reward with the opening goal late in the first half, collecting the ball inside the box and dummying away from two defenders before shooting past goalkeeper Samir Hamdanovi


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:12:58 -0500
Soccer-France international Diarra - cousin dies in Paris attacks

The soccer friendly between England and France in London will go ahead as planned on Tuesday, despite major concerns over safety following the deadly attacks in Paris. ''We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected, and also to express our solidarity with the people of France,'' FA chairman Greg Dyke said. FFF president Noel Le Graet said France was ready, although it appeared the players may not have been consulte


Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:34:03 -0500
Soccer-Van Dijk and Bazoer pull out of Dutch squad for German friendly

PARIS (AP) -- The French Football Federation says France's friendly match against England in London on Tuesday will still take place, despite major concerns over safety following a terrifying night of violence that left more than 120 people dead in Pari


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:45:06 -0500
Altidore scores twice as US routs St Vincent 6-1

On a night of terrifying violence in Paris with two explosions going off outside the stadium, France beat Germany 2-0 on Friday in a game overshadowed by the events around the city. The explosions could be heard inside the Stade de France as they went off nearby in the first half. Police said more than 120 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, but the match was not halte


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:44:33 -0500
Argentina, Brazil draw 1-1 in classic World Cup qualifier

Jozy Altidore scored twice as the United States bounced back from an early deficit and routed tiny St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1 Friday night in the Americans' opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Oalex Anderson, a member of the third-division Seattle Sounders 2 who turned 20 on Wednesday, took advantage of defensive confusion by Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin to put 129th-ranked St. Vincent ahead in the fifth minute. Geoff Cameron and Zardes boosted the lead to 5-1 early in the second half, and Altidore added his second goal in the 74t


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:39:57 -0500
After early shock, U.S. hit St.Vincent for six

Argentina and Brazil drew 1-1 in their much-awaited World Cup qualifier on Friday, with neither of the traditional South American powers able to secure the victory needed to kick-start their slow start to the 2018 qualifying campaign. Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 34th minute for Argentina, but Lucas Lima leveled in the 59th to disappoint a sellout crowd at River Plate's Monumental Stadium in the Argentine capita


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:06:16 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

MONTREAL (AP) -- The interim tag is coming off Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello's titl


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:11:57 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes were set to make their first World Cup qualifying starts for the United States, which began the road to Russia against St. Vincent and the Grenadine


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:43:29 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Edin Dzeko equalized in the 85th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Bosnia-Herzegovina against Ireland in the first leg of their playoff for next year's European Championshi


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:40:35 -0500
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. play-offs results

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and added an assist in Belgium's 3-1 victory over Italy which underscored its position as FIFA's top-ranked team and further established it as a leading challenger for next year's Euro final


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:38:39 -0500
Soccer-Gaspar nets stunner as Spain down England 2-0

Mario Gaspar scored with a remarkable spinning volley from the top of the area to lead Spain to a 2-0 win over England in a friendly on Friday. After a high pass by Cesc Fabregas in the 71st minute, Gaspar swiveled his body and struck a right-footed overhead to send the ball into the top-right corner past England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who could only watch it fly over his outstretched arms. Santi Cazorla sealed Spain's victory with a low shot in the 84t


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:16:07 -0500
Soccer-Acting FIFA president Hayatou undergoes kidney transplant

Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou has undergone a successful kidney transplant and will continue leading soccer’s world governing body for the foreseeable future, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF president Hayatou, who has suffered with kidney problems for some time, plans to rest for few days. “I am pleased with the positive news given by the medical personnel,” CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani said in a statemen


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:22:41 -0500
Merkel presses German federation over 2006 World Cup

The president of the Chilean soccer association is taking a 30-day medical leave. Sergio Jadue's decision was announced by the federation on its website, hours after he denied he was resigning from the soccer body that he's led since 2011. The federation says its vice president, Jaime Baeza, will be in charge while Jadue is awa


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:54:50 -0500
Spanish football chief fined over conduct during FIFA investigation

Germany's national soccer team returned to its hotel in western Paris after being evacuated following a bomb threat on Friday morning. The Hotel Molitor said an anonymous caller phoned in the threat at 9:50 a.m. and that members of Germany's squad, who were to face France later Friday, and all other guests were immediately evacuated. While the police did their searches, Germany's players spent a few hours up the road at Roland Garros, home of the French Ope


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:40:27 -0500
Soccer-Injured Milner eyes return against former club Man City

FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar was warned and fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,000) Friday for misconduct during the 2018-2022 World Cup bid investigation. The light sanctions from the FIFA ethics committee end a case which last year had potential to bring a more severe verdict on Villar, who is the No. 2 elected UEFA official behind President Michel Platini. The punishment was for an ''indecent'' remark during a one-hour interview with then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia, the Spanish soccer federation said in a statemen


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:33:43 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ethics committee fined the president of Spain's football association and banned two Congolese officials for six months for rules violations, world soccer's governing body said on Friday. Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona failed to behave in accordance with rules of conduct in the context of investigations regarding the 2018/2022 World Cup bids, it said in a statement. .


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:39:34 -0500
Soccer-We should have beaten Kyrgyzstan 10-0, says Australia coach

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina vs. Brazil is always a showdown worth waiting for, and wait is exactly what fans will have to d


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:39:34 -0500
Soccer-We should have beaten Kyrgyzstan 10-0, says Australia coach

Argentina vs. Brazil is always a showdown worth waiting for, and wait is exactly what fans will have to do. Torrential rain in the Argentine capital on Thursday forced the World Cup qualifying game to be pushed back a day. Officials declined to start the match at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, ruling the saturated field was unplayabl


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:00:15 -0500
Soccer-Argentina-Brazil match postponed because of rain

Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga could make their national-team debuts when the U.S. opens World Cup qualifying Friday against 129th-ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines. ''It's important to get some new blood in, some new faces,'' veteran midfielder Michael Bradley said before practice Friday in a 57-degree chill at Busch Stadium. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledged there will be changes, but won't announce the lineup until an hour before kickof


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:19:29 -0500
India dent Guam - hopes of World Cup progress with 1-0 win

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's highly-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier against Brazil was postponed on Thursday because of torrential rain and is now scheduled for Frida


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:05:10 -0500
Australia to go ahead with World Cup qualifier in Bangladesh

Striker Rodrigo Ramallo scored two first-half goals as Bolivia got their World Cup qualifying campaign off the ground with an exciting 4-2 home victory over Venezuela on Thursday. The win at the Hernando Siles stadium lifted Bolivia off the bottom of South America's qualifying standings following two defeats last month in which they failed to score. Bolivia, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1994, avoided equaling their worst run of 10 qualifying matches without a win set between 2005 and 200


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:47:13 -0500
Soccer-10-man Morocco begin World Cup bid with home victory

Laszlo Kleinheisler scored on his debut to help Hungary to a 1-0 win over Norway in the first leg of their playoff for a spot at next year's European Championship in France. Kleinheisler, a midfielder with Hungary's Videoton, scored in the 26th minute with an angled shot from 15 meters that goalkeeper Orjan Nyland got a hand to but couldn't keep out. Gabor Kiraly, playing his 100th match for Hungary, inspired his team early when the goalkeeper saved a shot from near the penalty spot by Per Ciljan Skjelbred in the third minut




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