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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:47:47 -0500
Liverpool, Coutinho top the AP Global Football 10

ZURICH (AP) -- The head of organizing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been extradited to the United States in the FIFA bribery cas

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:26:45 -0500
Atletico held to 0-0 draw by Astana in Champions League

Instead of being one of the biggest sports events of the year in troubled Ukraine, Dynamo Kiev's game against Chelsea in the Champions League turned into a public display of the country's struggle to contain violent racists. While clashes between rival fans are comparatively common at Ukrainian league games, racist attacks on such a large scale are rare. This comes at a time when the country's small black population is under pressur

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:25:55 -0500
Soccer-Argentina name replacements for injured Zabaleta, Garay

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle will miss the rest of the MLS playoffs with a knee injur

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:50:24 -0500
Soccer-Champions League group C results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho took team and player of the week honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday for beating Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier Leagu

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:47:44 -0500
Soccer-Mourinho denies player revolt at Chelsea

Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium will be fully decked out in party mood as it welcomes BATE Borisov, not least because it is celebrating 10 years since Lionel Messi scored his first Champions League goal. A decade after an 18-year-old Messi netted the third of Barcelona's five goals against Panathinaikos on Nov. 2, 2005, the club is the defending champion, having won four European cups since. A knee injury has sidelined the Argentine star with in-form attacking duo of Neymar and Luis Suarez charged with supplying the fireworks against the Belarusian clu

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:54:46 -0500
German authorities raid soccer federation over FIFA payment

Jose Mourinho could use a win. Chelsea has lost its last three matches, including its sixth of the Premier League season on Saturday against Liverpool. The team's next game is against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday in the Champions Leagu

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:33:10 -0500
Barcelona without Messi welcomes BATE in Champions League

Bayern Munich will be looking to avenge its first defeat of the season when Arsenal visits the Allianz Arena for the reverse fixture in the Champions League on Wednesday. Arsenal beat the Bundesliga leader 2-0 in London last month, putting itself back in contention for a knockout berth after losing its opening two games in Group F. Greek champion Olympiakos hosts Dinamo Zagreb in the other group match, where a win for the home side would firmly boost its chances of qualifying for the second roun

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 06:45:21 -0500
Soccer-Crouch insists he still has a future at Stoke

German authorities searched the premises of the country's soccer federation and the home of its president on Tuesday over payments made to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said the raids were at the federation's headquarters and at three private premises. ''The raids are linked to the awarding of the football World Cup 2006 and the transfer of 6.7 million euros to FIFA,'' Niesen told The Associated Pres

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:09:03 -0500
Soccer-Klopp - indomitable spirit important for Liverpool - Ibe

By Andreas Kröner FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German police raided the Frankfurt headquarters of Germany's football association (DFB) on Tuesday and searched the private homes of officials on suspicion of tax evasion linked to the awarding of the 2006 World Cup, prosecutors said. The raid is focused on a 6.7 million euro ($7.4 million) payment the DFB made in 2005 to world soccer's governing body FIFA, which prosecutors said they suspected the association of failing to register in tax returns. According to a report in magazine Der Spiegel, the money was used to buy votes in favour of Germany's successful bid for the 2006 tournamen

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 04:01:28 -0500
German police raid DFB football association HQ- prosecutors

German authorities searched the premises of the country's soccer federation on Tuesday over payments made to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said the raids were ongoing at the federation's headquarters and at two private premises. ''The raids are linked to the awarding of the football World Cup 2006 and the transfer of 6.7 million euros to FIFA,'' Niesen sai

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 19:59:14 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

Jason Kreis' tenure as coach of Major League Soccer's New York City FC has ended after the team's first season. The team said Monday it ''parted company'' with Kreis, words often used in English soccer when coaches have been fired. Kreis coached Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup title and left after losing the 2013 championship game to join NYCFC, which started play this yea

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:47:38 -0500
Proposed FIFA reforms, including term limits, face rejection

Within hours of being hired as Aston Villa manager, Remi Garde witnessed the magnitude of his task on Monday when Tottenham handed his new team a ninth loss in 11 Premier League games to leave it stranded at the bottom. Tottenham's 3-1 victory kept the London club on the right path to a return to the Champions League and left Villa seemingly headed for the League Championship unless Garde can transform the team in the second third of the season. ''It's not very easy but he must have confidence in his own ability and in the players to want to take the job,'' said Kevin MacDonald, who remained in temporary charge as Garde watched from the directors' box at White Hart Lan

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:41:46 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - A leading member of FIFA's reform committee, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, says up to 40 percent of the reform proposals made by ethics and compliance chief Domenico Scala could be rejected, including plans for term limits for top executives. Speaking to Reuters, Sheikh Ahmad, one of the key power brokers in international sport, defended the decision of the reform committee to turn down a proposal for term limits for members of world soccer's scandal-plagued governing body. Scala had originally been in charge of FIFA's reform plans before the creation of a Reform Committee headed by Sheikh Ahmad's ally, former International Olympic Committee director general Francois Carrar

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:25:27 -0500
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings

With two goals in 10 Premier League games, Wayne Rooney's struggles are not just a source of glee for opposing fans. ''Missing Person,'' Manchester police wrote on one of its Twitter accounts over the weekend. The misfiring Rooney is emblematic of United's lack of goal threat through three consecutive drab 0-0 draw

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:11:53 -0500
Soccer-Netherlands axe Van Persie as Blind eyes fresh options

Aston Villa hired Remi Garde as its fifth manager in five years on Monday, tasking him with keeping the last-place team in the Premier League. The former France player signed a contract through June 2019 at the Birmingham club, succeeding Tim Sherwood, who was fired after eight months in charge. ''It is an unbelievable honor to be the manager of such an illustrious football club,'' Garde sai

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:56:15 -0500
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

CAIRO (AP) -- Yaya Toure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the 10 nominees announced on Monday for the African player of the year awar

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:33:49 -0500
Moenchengladbach hopes for 1st Champions League win

Fernando Torres is making an almost 7,000-kilometer trek to the heart of Central Asia in search of an elusive 100th goal for Atletico Madrid. Atletico chartered a plane for long-distance flights- an Airbus A330- to make what it says is a record-breaking eight-hour journey for the club in European competition as it travels 6,840 kilometers to face Kazakh side Astana in the Champions League on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Torres returned to Atletico midway through last seaso

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:29:36 -0500
Rooney ridiculed as United endures 325-minute goal drought

After a scoreless dud in their first meeting, fireworks are hopefully in store when Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid hosts Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Ronaldo appears more than ready to add to his competition record 83 goals after scoring 13 times in as many games this season to help Madrid overcome a spate of injuries that has knocked out strike partners Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. PSG leads the group, level on seven points with Madri

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:35:49 -0500
Moenchengladbach hopes for 1st Champions League win

With two goals in 10 Premier League games, Wayne Rooney's struggles are not just a source of glee for opposing fans. ''Missing Person,'' Manchester police wrote on one of its Twitter accounts over the weekend. The misfiring Rooney is emblematic of United's lack of goal threat through three consecutive drab 0-0 draw

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:24:14 -0500
Madrid and PSG vie for 1st place in Champions League group

Borussia Moenchengladbach has known nothing but victories in domestic competitions ever since Andre Schubert became caretaker coach following the resignation of Lucien Favre. If only some of that form could rub off in the Champions League. Favre quit after five straight defeats in the Bundesliga and his job went to the largely unknown Schubert, who was a youth coach at the clu

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:58:08 -0500
Soccer-Wijnaldum urges fellow Magpies to chip in with goals

After a scoreless dud in their first meeting, fireworks are hopefully in store when Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid hosts Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Ronaldo appears more than ready to add to his competition record 83 goals after scoring 13 times in as many games this season to help Madrid overcome a spate of injuries that has knocked out strike partners Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. PSG leads the group, level on seven points with Madri

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 23:35:36 -0500
Soccer-US championship results

SEATTLE (AP) -- Clint Dempsey broke a tie on a direct free kick in the 86th minute in the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 comeback victory over FC Dallas on Sunday in the first leg of their Western Conference semifina

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:29:37 -0500
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings

MONTREAL (AP) -- Substitute Johan Venegas broke a tie in the 77th minute to help the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday night in the opening leg of their Eastern Conference semifina

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