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  • Soccer-Ancelotti needs rethink after Ramos experiment fails

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, May 6 (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to rethink his tactics ahead of the Champions League return leg after Sergio Ramos came unstuck in an experimental midfield role in the semi-final clash with Juventus. Acclaimed as one of the game's best…

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  • Qatar hopes to end 'kafala' system in 2015

    Qatar's labour minister said Monday he hopes the country's controversial "kafala" system, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, will be abolished before the end of this year. Long condemned by human rights groups, kafala has become a major focus of criticism since Qatar was awarded the…

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  • Mourinho to extend Chelsea deal - reports

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his current contract, according to reports in the British media on Wednesday. Mourinho, 52, returned to Chelsea in 2013 on a four-year contract and this season has led the club to the Premier League title -- their first since…

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  • Soccer player McCarthy loses more than hair in barbershop robbery

    Former South Africa striker Benni McCarthy became a target for more than autograph hunters when he was robbed at gunpoint in a Johannesburg barbershop. McCarthy, 37, back in his homeland as a pundit for a local television station's coverage of Europe's Champions League, which he won with Porto in…

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  • Soccer-Israeli FA presses Blatter in effort to avert suspension

    (Updates with FIFA comments after meeting) * Palestinians say Israel hampering their soccer activity * Israel cites security concerns for travel restrictions * Suspension from FIFA would deny Israeli international play By Brian Homewood and Ori Lewis ZURICH/JERUSALEM, May 6 (Reuters) - Israel's top…

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  • Soccer-Libertadores Cup last 16 summaries

    May 6 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Libertadores Cup Last 16 matches on Tuesday Tuesday, May 5Tigres 1 Rafael Sobis 76pen Universitario de Sucre 1 Ruben Cuesta 1 - - -Estudiantes 2 Carlos Daniel Auzqui 20, Guido Marcelo Carrillo 29 Santa Fe 1 Wilson Morelo 80 - - -Next Fixtures (GMT):…

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  • Soccer-Ambitious Krasnodar eye Champions League debut

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, May 6 (Reuters) - Russia's FC Krasnodar could be Champions League debutants next season with the club that was formed only seven years ago on the cusp of joining the big time thanks to the backing of billionaire owner Sergei Galitsky. Hailing from the south of Russia,…

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    Arsenal v Swansea - Premier League Preview

    A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Swansea

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  • Gaborik saves Slovakia at worlds

    Los Angeles forward Marian Gaborik spared Slovakia's blushes after scoring twice to help his team to a 3-1 victory over minnows Slovenia at the ice hockey world championships on Tuesday. Jan Urbas, Slovenia's forward plying his trade at Sweden's Vasteras, scored in the seventh minute, and Slovakia…

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea lead AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo beat Lionel Messi to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday, and Chelsea took team of the week honors after winning the Premier League title.

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  • Soccer-Wanderers will come back stronger, says Popovic

    Tony Popovic said his Western Sydney Wanderers would be stronger for the experience of a "difficult" six months after the champions made an early exit from the Asian Champions League (ACL) on Wednesday. Since becoming Asian champions, Wanderers have had their playing resources stretched to the…

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  • Messi 'unstoppable' in this form - Guardiola

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola believes Lionel Messi is unstoppable on current form as he prepares to face his old club Barcelona for the first time in their Champions League semi-final, first-leg on Wednesday. Messi and Guardiola won 14 trophies together during the latter's glorious four-year…

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  • Outcry over rise of Russian footballer with Putin pal dad

    The unexpected rise of a little-known defender with a very influential father has embroiled one of Russia's top clubs in a high-profile dressing room spat over alleged nepotism. For four years Boris Rotenberg Junior, 28, has warmed the bench at Premier League Dynamo Moscow after unsuccessful stints…

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  • Adidas begins marathon turnaround in North America

    German sportswear company Adidas turned around its sales in North America in the first quarter, helped by a marketing campaign designed to win business from dominant rival Nike . Adidas said group sales rose 17 percent to 4.08 billion euros ($4.54 billion), or 9 percent excluding the impact of…

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  • Soccer-Serie A results and standings

    May 6 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Serie A matches on Wednesday Wednesday, May 6Torino 0 Empoli 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts C1 Juventus 34 24 7 3 64 19 79 2 AS Roma 34 17 13 4 48 25 64 -------------------------3 Lazio 34 19 6 9 64 32 63 -------------------------4 Napoli 34…

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    Champions League - Juventus vs. Real Madrid (22 photos)

    Cristiano Ronaldo and defending champion Real Madrid kick off their semifinal tie with a first leg in Turin.

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  • Police: College soccer player assaulted teammate over award

    A University of Bridgeport women's soccer player has been charged with assaulting a teammate over what police say was a perceived snub at an awards ceremony. Danielle Puddefoot is accused of head-butting a teammate in a dorm room on April 30 following the annual sports awards banquet, the…

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  • Bryant Gumbel defends program and co-workers against lawsuit

    The host of HBO's ''Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel'' on Monday defended his monthly sports magazine against claims by a British soccer ball maker that it delivered a ''pack of lies'' with a 2008 segment about child labor in India. Gumbel told a federal court jury that ''Children of Industry'' was…

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