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  • Blatter says football must move away from Europe

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday that more moves are needed to export football away from Europe, as he gears up for a battle over Europe's World Cup places and his own reelection. In my 40 years at FIFA I have regarded it as my most important task to lead football out of Europe into the…

    AFP
  • Kane scores 80 seconds into England debut in qualifying win

    LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying.

    Associated Press
  • Ten-minute cooler is key concussion advance

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - For all the scientific advances and extensive research projects it seems the greatest development in the recognition and treatment of concussion in rugby has been the ability to spend 10 minutes with a dazed player in a quiet room. "Creating the opportunity for…

    Reuters
  • Galaxy goalie Brian Perk has ankle surgery, out for season

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk will miss the rest of the MLS season after undergoing surgery on his badly injured left ankle.

    The Associated Press
  • Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea

    De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months. There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid…

    AFP
  • Sanchez plots revenge over Brazil

    Chile forward Alexis Sanchez plans to make the most of home advantage as the Arsenal star plots on revenge against Brazil in Sunday's friendly at the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez is still smarting from Chile's World Cup exit at the hands of the hosts less than 12 months ago and he would love to make…

    AFP
  • El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Eleven soccer players and two foreign businesspeople accused of match-fixing involving El Salvador's national team were acquitted of criminal charges Friday.

    The Associated Press
  • Marchisio blow for Juventus, Italy

    Italy and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is expected to be out for several months after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury, ruling him out of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Bulgaria. Fellow midfielders Alessandro Florenzi and Manuel Pasqual will also take no part in the game…

    AFP
  • Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof.

    Associated Press
  • Soccer-Serbia can stop Ronaldo and Portugal, says Ivanovic

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, March 27 (Reuters) - Portugal have one of the world's top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation's captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Portugal are second in Group I…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group stage fixtures

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the European Ch. Qual. Group stage matches on Friday Group stage - Group C Friday, March 27 (GMT)Macedonia v Belarus (1945) Slovakia v Luxembourg (1945) Spain v Ukraine (1945) Group stage - Group E Friday, March 27 (GMT)England v Lithuania (1945)…

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  • Besiktas consider swoop for Chelsea keeper Cech

    Turkish top flight side Besiktas are stepping up their efforts to sign unsettled Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, with a move even possible before the end of the season, a report said Thursday. The 32-year-old Czech Republic 'keeper indicated in Prague this week he was tired of sitting on the bench…

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  • Xavi agent declines comment on Al Sadd deal reports

    Xavi's agent has declined to comment on reports the Barcelona midfielder is set to leave the La Liga leaders at the end of the season and sign a lucrative contract with Qatari side Al Sadd. Xavi, 35, has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from the academy to the first team in…

    Reuters
  • Earthquakes-Revolution Preview

    The New England Revolution have yet to score three games into the season. Offense hasn't been an issue lately for the San Jose Earthquakes. New England tries to break through Saturday against the visiting Earthquakes, who are seeking a third consecutive victory for the first time in two seasons.…

    The Associated Press
  • Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff

    Berti Vogts has been pals with Jurgen Klinsmann for a long time, and now the German national team coach will work alongside his former player in a long-term role. Vogts was hired as technical adviser to the U.S. national team Thursday after serving as a special adviser before and during last year's…

    The Associated Press
  • UPDATE 2-Soccer-Kane makes England mark after 80 seconds

    (Adds more quotes) LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - England striker Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his debut after coming on as a substitute against Lithuania in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier to complete a 4-0 win at Wembley Stadium on Friday. Kane, the joint top scorer in the Premier League with 19…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Brazil finding right balance in France win, says Dunga

    By Julien Pretot PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) - Brazil are finally finding the right balance eight months after being left traumatised by their World Cup debacle on home soil, coach Dunga said after they beat France 3-1 on Thursday. A 7-1 semi-final defeat by eventual world champions Germany, followed…

    Reuters
  • Red Bulls-Crew Preview

    There's been some debate this week about how New York Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips has been affected playing without Thierry Henry. Columbus Crew SC is more concerned with how Red Bulls newcomer Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam will affect the midfield. Saturday night's contest between the…

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Liverpool's Sturridge faces spell out with muscle tear

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing another spell on the sidelines after England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed he had suffered a muscle tear in his hip. Sturridge, who has already missed five months of the season through injury, was sent home from international duty earlier this week ahead…

    Reuters