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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:51:17 -0500
Soccer-German FA boss Niersbach resigns over 2006 World Cup scandal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Vieira has been hired to coach New York City FC, which finished eighth in the MLS Eastern Conference in its debut season and then fired Jason Krei

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:43:05 -0500
ATHLETICS-Reactions to anti-doping commission report

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The president of the German football federation is resigning over a FIFA payment that has resulted in a tax evasion prob

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:34:05 -0500
SEB COE SAYS HAS GIVEN RUSSIAN FEDERATION UNTIL END OF THE WEEK TO RESPOND TO ANTI-DOPING REPORT

Former France international Patrick Vieira has been appointed head coach of New York City FC, the Major League Soccer club said on Monday. Vieira, who has been working with the development squad of NYCFC's parent club Manchester City, will take up his new role in January ahead of the 2016 MLS season. New York fired American coach Jason Kreis last week after they failed to make the playoffs in their debut season in the North American leagu

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:29:30 -0500
Spain coach minus key players ahead of friendly matches

MADRID (AP) -- Real Sociedad has fired coach David Moyes exactly a year after the Scotsman was hired to help lift it from the tail-end of the Spanish leagu

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:53:11 -0500
Athletics-Russia faces ban from athletics for widespread doping offences

An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that the Russian Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences - a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team miss next year's Rio Olympics. The commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), found a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics. It said in its report that the London 2012 Olympics had been "sabotaged" by the widespread inaction of international and national anti-doping authoritie

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:49:44 -0500
Soccer-Robben looks ahead to another major tournament with the Dutch

An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that the Russian Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences - a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team banished from Olympic competition. An independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) identified what it called systemic failures in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and in Russia "that prevent or diminish the possibility of an effective anti-doping program". Russia is a traditional powerhouse of athletics and finished second behind the United states in the medal table at the 2012 Olympics, with 17 medals, eight of them gol

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:31:25 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud missed a flurry of chances in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur but manager Arsene Wenger was satisfied to see the striker's frustration with his own performance. Giroud, who had scored seven in his last eight games for club and country, struck the crossbar with a header in the 55th minute and missed a sitter from close range five minutes later. Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in the first half and the visitors looked set for victory until Arsenal substitute Kieran Gibbs equalised with 13 minutes to g

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 01:00:10 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Nov 9

Inches away from getting eliminated in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs, the Portland Timbers are bound for the Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history. Perhaps Portland coach Caleb Porter is right and these Timbers are headed for something special. Fanendo Adi scored off a feed from Diego Valeri in the 31st minute and Diego Chara added the capper in second-half stoppage time, sending the Timbers to the West finals with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday nigh

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:28:56 -0500
Soccer-US championship results

Walker Zimmerman forced extra time with a 91st-minute goal and scored the clinching for penalty kick to help top-seeded FC Dallas reach the MLS Cup Western Conference finals with victory Sunday night over the Seattle Sounders in their two-game series. FC Dallas won 4-2 on penalty kicks after three lead-changing goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation time and 30 scoreless minutes of extra time. The result after first 180 minutes of the two-leg series was a tie in both the aggregate score (3-3) and away goals (1-1

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:31:22 -0500
Kamara, Crew advance to MLS Cup Eastern finals

Even without Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal 2 minutes into injury time, the New York Red Bulls would have advanced to the MLS Cup Eastern Conference finals. It was the second straight year New York has beaten its I-95 rival in the Eastern semifinals, but it took 92 minutes to settle it for sure. ''It was something I was waiting for all game,'' Wright-Phillips sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 18:43:15 -0500
Soccer-Neymar - Nou Camp magic brings back memories of Ronaldinho

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document's authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA. According to leaks to a French investigative news organization, Mediapart, the WADA report will say that athletics officials tried to extort money from leading athletes, including a Turkish Olympic champion, in return for concealing the fact that they had failed drugs tests. One of the co-authors of the report, Richard McLaren, a Canadian law professor and sports lawyer, told the Sunday Times: "This is a whole different scale of corruption than the FIFA scanda

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 18:34:38 -0500
Athletics-Sport braced for damning revelations from anti-doping agency

Even without Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal 2 minutes into injury time, the New York Red Bulls would have advanced to the MLS Cup Eastern Conference finals. It was the second straight year New York has beaten its I-95 rival in the Eastern semifinals, but it took 92 minutes to settle it for sure. ''It was something I was waiting for all game,'' Wright-Phillips sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:55:27 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Neymar scored a spectacular goal to help Barcelona capture the Spanish league lead Sunday as Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season was brought to an end with a 3-2 loss at Sevilla. Barcelona will take its three-point lead to Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the season's first ''clasico'' match after the international break. Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal both drew, while Liverpool experienced its first loss under Juergen Klopp at the hands of Crystal Palac

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:06:13 -0500
Soccer-Ghent suffer first league defeat and lose top place

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored 2 minutes into second-half injury time and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The Red Bulls, who won the first leg of the two-game series 1-0 last week in Washington, advanced on aggregate goals 2-0, marking the second straight year they have beaten their I-95 rivals in the semifinals. New York will face either the Montreal Impact or Columbus Crew in another two-game serie

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:42:32 -0500
Soccer-Neymar hits double as Barca sink Villarreal

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal's hopes of leapfrogging Premier League leaders Manchester City were frustrated when they drew 1-1 with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after City's surprising 0-0 draw with bottom club Aston Villa. Tottenham, who moved up to fifth, had looked on course for a rare away win against their neighbors when they led through Harry Kane's first-half goal but substitute Kieran Gibbs equalized for the Gunners with 13 minutes left. Juergen Klopp tasted defeat for the first time since taking over as Liverpool manager, his side beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfiel

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:27:46 -0500
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Turning Liverpool into title challengers will be no quick task for Juergen Klopp. As Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal both drew on Sunday, Liverpool experienced its first loss under Klopp at the hands of Crystal Palace. Going into the international break, the 2-1 Anfield setback left Liverpool with five points from a possible 12 in the post-Brendan Rodgers era - and the only victory came against a Chelsea side which has lost the majority of games in its title defens

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:38:28 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Kieran Gibbs was Arsenal's unlikely rescue act after coming off the bench in the north London derby on Sunday, scoring his second-ever Premier League goal to recover a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. The defender's first goal since March 2012 came in the 77th minute, three minutes after surprisingly replacing forward Joel Campbell with Arsenal trailing. ''He gets in good positions,'' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:28:36 -0500
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 2-1 Sunday in the Premier League to hand new Reds manager Juergen Klopp his first loss in his seventh game in charge. Center back Scott Dann scored the winner at Anfield in the 82nd minute, heading in from close range after a corner. Under Klopp, Liverpool has three wins, three draws and one defea

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:37:56 -0500
Soccer-Miserly Inter notch eighth single-goal win of the season

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa marked Remi Garde's first game in charge by frustrating Manchester City 0-0 to end a seven-game losing streak in a meeting of the bottom and top teams in the Premier League on Sunda

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:51:23 -0500
Athletics-We face long road to redemption, says IAAF chief Coe

World athletics president Sebastian Coe said he reacted with "shock, anger and sadness" to this week's allegations of bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups and said the sport faces a "long road to redemption". Coe, elected as the president of the sport's IAAF governing body in August, has been dealing with the latest crisis to hit athletics after French authorities this week placed his long-serving predecessor Lamine Diack under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Senegalese Diack, 82, is alleged to have received more than one million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athlete

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:51:23 -0500
Athletics-We face long road to redemption, says IAAF chief Coe

World athletics president Sebastian Coe said he reacted with "shock, anger and sadness" to this week's allegations of bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups and said the sport faces a "long road to redemption". Coe, elected as the president of the sport's IAAF governing body in August, has been dealing with the latest crisis to hit athletics after French authorities this week placed his long-serving predecessor Lamine Diack under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Senegalese Diack, 82, is alleged to have received more than one million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athlete

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:08:45 -0500
Teen goalie excels as AC Milan draws Atalanta 0-0 at home

Chelsea hit a low Saturday with a third straight loss in the English Premier League, while Bayern Munich rediscovered its dominant form in German

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 17:17:33 -0500
Soccer-Milan held by Atalanta, Bologna win at Verona

AC Milan's winning streak was ended by Atalanta in a 0-0 draw at home in Serie A, though 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was crucial to the Rossoneri earning a point on Saturday. Milan, which had won its previous three matches, moved provisionally to fifth. Atalanta was up to seventh ahead of Sunday's matche

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:04:42 -0500
Stoke wins 1-0 in 3rd straight EPL defeat for Chelsea

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho's future at Chelsea was pushed further under the spotlight on Saturday when the manager, absent through a stadium ban, may have watched in solitary misery as the champions lost yet again at Stoke City. On a day when Jamie Vardy kept his amazing scoring exploits going for Leicester City to help Claudio Ranieri's side join Manchester City and Arsenal on 25 points at the top of the Premier League, the latest crisis for Mourinho still eclipsed all els

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:00:45 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

Stoke beat Chelsea 1-0 Saturday to inflict the third straight Premier League defeat on the defending champions. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho missed the away game after receiving a stadium ban for his behavior toward match officials in his side's 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October. The latest loss is his side's seventh defeat in 12 league matches and raises further doubts over Mourinho's futur

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 14:28:37 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

STOKE, England (AP) -- Stoke beat Chelsea 1-0 Saturday to inflict the third straight Premier League defeat on the defending champion

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:44:33 -0500
Timbers-Whitecaps FC Preview

Manchester United ended its Premier League scoring drought with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the ninth straight league match in a 2-1 victory against Watford. Both United and West Brom labored in a first half lacking any real purpose and it wasn't until the second that Jesse Lingard broke the deadlock with his first goal in United colors, curling an effort beyond goalkeeper Boaz Myhill within minutes of the restart. ''How Jesse finished was remarkable ... I give every player a chance - alway

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. .

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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