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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:41:54 -0500
Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored yet again against West Ham to rescue a 1-1 draw for Everton on Saturday in the Premier League. Lukaku made it seven goals in his last seven appearances against the Hammers with a well-taken equalizer shortly before halftime at Upton Park. It cancelled out Manuel Lanzini's classy opener and meant more frustration for West Ham against the Toffee


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:10:05 -0500
Manchester United beat West Brom 2-0 in the EPL

PARIS (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to take his tally to nine in eight French league games as Paris Saint-Germain crushed Toulouse 5-0 to move provisionally 13 points clear of Lyon at the top on Saturda


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:28:36 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

Norwich beat Swansea 1-0 Saturday to end its six-game winless run as Jonny Howson headed in midway through the second half to secure the three points that kept the Canaries clear of the Premier League's bottom three. Robbie Brady won a corner when his edge-of-the-area shot was saved by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and from the resulting corner he crossed to substitute Dieumerci Mbokani, who left the goalkeeper out of position by heading into Howson's pat


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:11:13 -0500
Lukaku equalizer gives Everton a point vs West Ham

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Dusan Tadic converted a penalty in the 69th minute to give Southampton a 1-0 win over struggling Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday and extend the team's unbeaten run to eight game


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 11:59:07 -0500
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

MACHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United provisionally moved within one point of the Premier League summit following a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturda


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 11:57:28 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Jamie Vardy extended his scoring streak to nine straight Premier League games to help Leicester beat Watford 2-1 Saturday and maintain its grip on third plac


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 10:09:08 -0500
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone on Saturday following a 1-0 away win over Bournemouth in the Premier League. Bournemouth enjoyed large spells of possession throughout but was ultimately undone by a Newcastle side defending in large numbers and relying on the counterattack. ''Today we couldn't play football,'' Newcastle manager Steve McClaren admitte


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 02:51:28 -0500
Soccer-Dermendzhiev returns to coach-swapping Ludogorets

It may finally be time for Manchester City to be both England's Champions League saviours and champions of England. Coming off perhaps their most complete effort in continental play, the Premier League table-topping Citizens look to avoid a letdown Sunday in the Midlands, where they face bottom-dwellers Aston Villa. The two teams are separated by 19 places, 21 points and 27 goals through the first 11 matches, with Manchester City (8-1-2) leading Arsenal on goal differential and Aston Villa (1-1-9) enduring a miserable campaign that has seen them drop seven on the bounce in league pla


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:52:54 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

Athletics lurched deeper into crisis on Friday with the showcase sport of the Olympics scrapping its year-end gala after French officials began investigating the ruling body's former president for corruption. Elsewhere, track and field glamour nation Kenya was warned that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was serious about a possible four-year ban unless athletics officials stepped up anti-doping efforts. A double Olympic champion also criticized the inaction of new IAAF president Sebastian Coe and suggested the sport's doping scandal was at least as damaging as the ongoing corruption probe into soccer's world governing body FIFA or the Lance Armstrong cycling controvers


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:51:16 -0500
Lawyer: Blatter in hospital for checkup but is fine

CHICAGO (AP) -- Seattle forward Clint Dempsey was left off the U.S. roster for its opening qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann included a pair of players who could make their national team debuts: Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miaz


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:32:07 -0500
Suspended FIFA chief Blatter in hospital-lawyer

The second leg of the MLS conference semifinals begins on Sunday with all four of the home-and-home series still undecided. Seattle and Montreal will both take 2-1 leads on the road against FC Dallas and Columbus, respectively. New York will return to Red Bull Arena with a 1-0 lead on D.C. United while Vancouver and Portland head north to settle their series after a scoreless draw in Orego


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:59:07 -0500
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings

PARIS (Reuters) - Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is suing CNN for 1.5 million euros ($1.61 million) in damages after the American broadcaster used a picture of the former France international to illustrate a story on cryotherapy, his lawyer said on Friday. "Mr Franck Ribery... never gave his authorization and his consent for the use of this picture... of his image... to this publication," Carlo Alberto Busa told French radio RMC. .


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:34:06 -0500
Soccer-Messi, Tevez, Fleetwood - Ball vie for FIFA goal of year

Argentina's Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez, English third tier player David Ball and U.S. women's international Carli Lloyd were among players included on the shortlist for FIFA's goal of the year award on Friday. Costa Rican league player Esteban Ramirez also made the list with an outstanding effort for Herediano in which he caught the ball on his chest, headed it on and scored with a dipping 25-metre volley. Messi made the list thanks to a his goal in the King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao, which came after a mesmerizing 50-metre run down the right touchlin


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:40:17 -0500
Messi, Tevez, Fleetwood - Hall vie for FIFA goal of year

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter is undergoing stress-related health checks but is not in hospital, a spokesman for the suspended FIFA president said on Friday. "He is under medical evaluation, the doctors took him out for a few days, the doctors expect to him be back around Thursday or Friday of next week," Blatter spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told Reuters. "He is under tremendous pressure from so many sides and perhaps this is a little bit difficult for a man who is not the youngest." Blatter, 79, led soccer's governing body for 18 years and was provisionally suspended for 90 days in October amid the worst corruption scandal in FIFA's histor


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:47:31 -0500
Soccer-Banned Mourinho could watch Chelsea from street corner

ZURICH (AP) -- Carli Lloyd and Lionel Messi are among the nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the yea


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:23:47 -0500
Portugal gives Ronaldo a rest, calls up newcomers for games

MADRID (AP) -- Diego Costa is back with Spain's national team after being left out of the last two matches because of suspension


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:13:06 -0500
Soccer-Sweden call up striker Kujovic for playoff against Denmark

At another career crossroads, Bob Bradley is leaving Norway on a high. The American coach not only re-established Stabaek in the top division during his two seasons in charge, but he has also qualified the tiny club for next season's Europa League. Now, the 57-year-old Bradley is preparing for a new challenge, possibly at Le Havre, a second-tier French club owned by American businessman Vincent Volp


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:25:43 -0500
Soccer-Foreign legion provide Brazilian clubs with cash injection

Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo is willing to collaborate with the judiciary of his native Uruguay in its investigation into corruption in soccer in order to avoid his extradition to the United States, his lawyer said on Thursday. Figueredo, 83, used to run Uruguayan soccer and was vice president of the South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL from 1993 to 2013. The U.S. indictment accuses Figueredo of taking bribes worth millions of dollars from a Uruguayan sports marketing company in connection with the sale of marketing rights to the Copa America tournaments in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 202


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:20:45 -0500
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Real Madrid plays at Sevilla and Barcelona hosts Villarreal in the Spanish league this weekend, with both teams looking to stay in front before they face each other for the first time this season. In their final games before the ''clasico,'' Madrid travels to Seville looking to defend its lead at the top of the table with Barcelona trailing on goal difference. The Catalan club will look to keep up the pace when it faces fifth-place Villarreal at the Camp No


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:22:08 -0500
France striker Karim Benzema charged in sex tape case

Napoli was one of four teams to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League in Thursday's early matches, cruising into the last 32 with a 5-0 victory over FC Midtjyllan


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:32:47 -0500
Soccer-UEFA Europa League group J results and standings

Arsenal hosts its north London rival Tottenham on Sunday looking to restore some pride following a demoralizing 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Arsene Wenger's side is now six points adrift of Group F leader Bayern and second-place Olympiakos with two games remaining. ''There is still a chance to qualify,'' Wenger sai


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:30:47 -0500
Soccer-Benzema put under formal inquiry over French sex tape

In a FIFA election now more open than expected, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has changed his strategy since Michel Platini was caught up in a corruption scandal. Speaking with The Associated Press, Prince Ali struck a more cautious note than the fighting talk he directed at Platini before the one-time favorite was questioned in a Swiss criminal investigation over a $2 million payment from FIFA. Prince Ali said he wants the 2026 World Cup to have four more teams in a 36-nation lineup, and he wants the tournament to return to the CONCACAF region, 32 years after the United States hosted i


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:06:39 -0500
France coach Deschamps leaves out Valbuena amid Benzema case

ZURICH (AP) -- Belgium has moved up to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings for the first tim


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:14:18 -0500
English club Huddersfield appoints David Wagner as coach

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say at least six people have been hospitalized and 10 detained after rival fans from Serbia and Croatia clashed - using chains, baseball bats and brass knuckles - at Athens International Airpor


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:48:48 -0500
Schalke out to get season back on track in Ruhr derby

Real Madrid plays at Sevilla and Barcelona hosts Villarreal in the Spanish league this weekend, with both teams looking to stay in front before they face each other for the first time this season. In their final games before the ''clasico,'' Madrid travels to Seville looking to defend its lead at the top of the table with Barcelona trailing on goal difference. The Catalan club will look to keep up the pace when it faces fifth-place Villarreal at the Camp No


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:21:34 -0500
Belgium top FIFA world rankings for first time

By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - The corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body FIFA is not tarnishing the image of its long-standing sponsor Adidas, the chief executive of the German sportswear company said on Thursday. Adidas said its sales of soccer products rose 19 percent in the third quarter, helped by the launch of new "ACE" and "X" soccer boots and kits for new partners Manchester United and Italian champions Juventus. "The image for our products have never been better so I am definitely convinced that the consumers clearly differentiates between us as a company and the brand and what's going on in FIFA," Herbert Hainer told a conference call for journalist


Thu, 05 Nov 2015 04:17:37 -0500
Belgium moves to No. 1 in FIFA rankings for 1st time

France striker Karim Benzema is facing preliminary criminal charges as part of an investigation into blackmail over a sex tape involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena. After being held overnight by police for questioning at a Versailles police station, Benzema was to be brought before a judge later Thursday, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. The judge will then decide whether Benzema should be charged or regarded as an ''assisted witness,'' which in French law means he has not been formally charged but could be in the course of the investigatio


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:48:29 -0500
Bayern hammers Arsenal 5-1 in Champions League

Chelsea and Roma scored late goals to earn crucial victories in the Champions League on Wednesday, improving their chances of advancing to the knockout stage. Chelsea defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in England thanks to an 83rd-minute free kick by Willian, while Miralem Pjanic's 80th-minute penalty kick gave Roma a 3-2 home win over Bayer Leverkuse


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:31:41 -0500
Gent beats Valencia 1-0 to stay alive in Champions League

Substitute Felipe Pardo kept Olympiakos on track for a place in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, scoring twice in the second half for a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb. Defensive Dinamo had gone ahead with a header from Armin Hodzic in the 21st minute, and kept the hosts at bay when goalkeeper Eduardo blocked a penalty by Kostas Fortounis in the 54th, with the Greek striker fumbling the rebound. With a minute left on the clock, Pardo handed Olympiakos its third straight Group F win when the Colombian met a pass from Fortounis with another left-foot strik


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:09:34 -0500
Zenit reaches CL knockout phase with 2-0 win at Lyon

Thomas Mueller scored two goals as Bayern Munich hammered Arsenal 5-1 on Wednesday to close in on a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Bayern lost to Arsenal 2-0 in London but the five-time champion dominated the return fixture from start to finish, giving Arsene Wenger's team no chance. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Mueller doubled the lead in the 29th, Dabid Alaba made it 3-0 in the 44t


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:52:43 -0500
Pardo leads Olympiakos to 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb

Porto moved closer to a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday after easing to a 3-1 victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Group G. Cristian Tello pounced on a misplaced pass by defender Eytan Tibi to put the group leaders ahead in the 19th minute. Andre Andre headed in the Portuguese side's second goal soon after the break and Tello teed up Miguel Layun for the third in the 72nd to put the match beyond Maccabi's reac


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:48:30 -0500
Gent beats Valencia 1-0 to stay alive in Champions League

LYON, France (AP) -- Zenit St. Petersburg maintained its perfect record in the Champions League this season and reached the knockout phase of the competition with a 2-0 win at Lyon on Wednesda


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:45:48 -0500
Soccer-Neymar and Suarez on target as Barca beat BATE

LONDON (AP) -- Willian produced a late winner as Chelsea fans put on a show of support for embattled manger Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, scoring from a free kick to seal a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions Leagu


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:44:16 -0500
Bayern hammers Arsenal 5-1 in Champions League

ROME (AP) -- Miralem Pjanic scored a late penalty and Roma edged Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Wednesday to revive its chances of advancing in the Champions Leagu


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:40:56 -0500
Soccer-Zenit down Lyon to reach Champions League last 16

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez added another goal to help Barcelona ease to a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov and move closer to qualifying for the Champions League knockout rounds on Wednesda


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:39:40 -0500
Soccer-Trabzonspor chief gets nine-month ban for detaining ref

The Frankfurt prosecutors' office says Franz Beckenbauer is not a target of a tax evasion probe in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Beckenbauer was the president of the organizing committee but the prosecutors say he had nothing to do with the tax declaration and was therefore not under investigation. Beckenbauer lives in neighboring Austria, but prosecutors say that was not a facto


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:39:40 -0500
Soccer-Trabzonspor chief gets nine-month ban for detaining ref

The Frankfurt prosecutors' office says Franz Beckenbauer is not a target of a tax evasion probe in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Beckenbauer was the president of the organizing committee but the prosecutors say he had nothing to do with the tax declaration and was therefore not under investigation. Beckenbauer lives in neighboring Austria, but prosecutors say that was not a facto


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:16:43 -0500
Soccer-Bale and Ramsey to miss Wales friendly

PARIS (AP) -- France striker Karim Benzema has been arrested as part of an investigation into a blackmail case over a sex tape involving another playe


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:54:06 -0500
Soccer-Cellino wont sell Leeds to supporters, says fans group

LONDON (AP) -- An effigy of suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter is going to go up in flames this weeken


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 18:27:24 -0500
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

Real Madrid and Manchester City became the first teams to reach the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla. Madrid had substitute Nacho Fernandez to thank for a hard-fought 1-0 win over previously unbeaten PSG which broke Barcelona's group-stage record of 18 games unbeaten. City won 3-1 in Seville to move top of Group D on nine points, one ahead of Juventus, which eliminated Borussia Moenchengladbach with a 1-1 dra


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:52:05 -0500
Soccer-Paraguayan championship results and standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara and Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber are finalists for the MLS Most Valuable Player awar


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:48:56 -0500
10-man Juventus draws 1-1 at Gladbach in Champions League

Nacho Fernandez scored from a tight angle two minutes after entering the match to help Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 and advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG had the most chances at the Santiago Bernabeu but Madrid escaped with the victory when Fernandez surprised goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a soft shot that crossed the goalmouth and spun into the far corner after bouncing near the goal line in the 35th minute. Fernandez, who had substituted left back Marcelo because of an injury, chased down a loose ball inside the area after a shot blocked by PSG defender Thiago Silva and sent his left-footed shot into the corner without letting the ball hit the groun


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:37:05 -0500
Soccer-Rooney equals Law goal record as United go top

Stephan Lichtsteiner scored one month after undergoing heart surgery as 10-man Juventus closed in on a spot in the second round of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. Lichtsteiner equalized one minute before the break, cancelling out United States international Fabian Johnson's deserved 18th-minute opener for 'Gladbach. ''The match was really important for us and I really wanted to help the team,'' said Lichtsteiner, who completed just two training sessions with his teammates after the operation to correct breathing issue


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:07:42 -0500
Locadia, De Jong goals give PSV 2-0 win over Wolfsburg

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Nate Raymond ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Brazilian soccer chief Jose Maria Marin pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in a U.S. court after being extradited on Tuesday from Switzerland in the corruption case that shook world soccer's governing body FIFA. Marin, 83, who headed Brazil's preparations to host the 2014 World Cup while president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, had bail set at $15 million and a judge ordered him placed under house arres


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:59:33 -0500
Benfica beats Galatasaray 2-1, takes CL Group C lead

Shakhtar Donetsk ended its European goal drought to beat Malmo 4-0 and sustain its slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages. Oleksandr Hladkiy had several good chances before he put the hosts ahead in the 29th minute, heading in the rebound from his own shot. Malmo finished the match with 10 men after defender Kari Arnason picked up his second bookin


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:48:42 -0500
Shakhtar routs Malmo 4-0 in Champions League

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Juergen Locadia and Luuk de Jong scored second-half goals Tuesday as PSV Eindhoven beat Wolfsburg 2-0 to move off the bottom of Champions League Group


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:44:28 -0500
Real Madrid beats PSG 1-0 in Champions League

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Wayne Rooney ended Manchester United's 404-minute goal drought on Tuesday, clinching a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow and sending the team top of its Champions League grou


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:41:41 -0500
Soccer-10-man Juve draw at Gladbach to stay on course for last 16

Raheem Sterling scored his first Champions League goal to help Manchester City seal its place in the round of 16 with a dominant 3-1 win at Sevilla on Tuesday. The 20-year-old forward got City going with an opening goal in the eighth minute before he hustled to win the ball and help Fernandinho double the advantage in the 11th. Sevilla's Benoit Tremoulinas scored for the hosts in the 25th, only for former Sevilla fan favorite Jesus Navas to pass for Wilfried Bony to take City's third in the 36t


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:08:31 -0500
Brazil - Marin extradited to U.S. in FIFA corruption probe

The chairman of the FIFA reform commission says he believes soccer's leaders are more likely to make real changes this time because of pressure caused by the governing body's legal troubles. In May, Swiss authorities raided a luxury FIFA hotel in Zurich after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 people on corruption charges. Carrard was picked by FIFA in August to lead the reform commissio


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:28:12 -0500
FIFA reform commission chair: Change more likely this time

By Mica Rosenberg and Mark Hosenball NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major sponsors of world soccer went too far when they issued calls last month for the resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale and candidate to succeed Blatter, said on Tuesday. In September, Swiss authorities said they were opening a criminal investigation into Blatter, who has led FIFA since 1988. It was the latest blow to FIFA's reputation after U.S. prosecutors announced indictments in May accusing top soccer officials and marketing executives of multi-million dollar bribery schemes over 24 year




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