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  • Dortmund's Hummels 'turns down Man Utd'

    Germany defender Mats Hummels has ended speculation about a possible transfer to Manchester United by confirming he will play for Borussia Dortmund next season, according to a report on Thursday. "It was fair enough that Mats gave it some thought, but I have always pointed out that he is firmly…

    AFP
  • Messi expected when Argentina faces Mexico in USA

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is expected to join Argentina for a friendly against Mexico in suburban Dallas on September 8, organizers Soccer United Marketing said Thursday. Mexico will face Costa Rica on June 27 at Orlando and Honduras on July 1 at Houston ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament…

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  • Maldini beats Beckham to Miami club

    Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini has beaten England icon David Beckham to the punch in launching a professional football club in Miami. As Beckham's plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami remain in limbo, Maldini announced Thursday he was joining entrepeneur Riccardo Silva in…

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  • Sterling won't sign Liverpool deal - not for any money, says agent

    Raheem Sterling's agent has fuelled the fire surrounding the player's contract standoff with Liverpool by saying the England winger would not sign a new deal at Anfield - even for 900,000 pounds ($1.41 million) a week. The player and his agent, Aidy Ward, are set for a showdown with Liverpool…

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  • The one situation that could get worse for Barcelona next season

    With a transfer ban preventing reinforcements, a vulnerable backline could become a problem for Barca.

    FC Yahoo
  • Hacking victims win record court damages from UK tabloid

    The publisher of Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper was on Thursday ordered to pay former England football star Paul Gascoigne and seven other victims of phone-hacking "unparallelled" awards totalling £1.2 million (1.7 million euros, $1.9 million). Gascoigne, known as Gazza, was awarded £188,250…

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    Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League Preview

    A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Sunderland.

    Northern & Shell
  • Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

    May 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Danish championship matches on Thursday Thursday, May 21 Brondby 3 Nordsjaelland 1 Esbjerg 2 SonderjyskE 3 FC Vestsjaelland 0 Midtjylland 0 Randers 0 Hobro IK 1 Wednesday, May 20FC Copenhagen 1 AaB Aalborg 0 OB Odense 1 Silkeborg IF 1…

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  • Soccer-Argentina to face Mexico in September friendly in Texas

    Mexico will face Argentina in a friendly match in the United States in September as a warm up ahead of their World Cup qualifiers later this year, the Mexican Football Federation announced on Thursday. "Mexico will face the two-time World Cup winners Argentina on September 8 at the AT&T stadium in…

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  • Soccer-Libertadores Cup quarter-final results

    May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Libertadores Cup Quarter-final first leg matches on Thursday Quarter-finalFriday, May 22, first legRiver Plate (Argentina) - Cruzeiro (Brazil) 0-1 (halftime: 0-0) Guarani (Paraguay) - Racing Club (Argentina) 1-0 (halftime: 0-0) Thursday, May 21, first…

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  • Soccer-Amnesty report says Qatar still failing migrant workers

    * World Cup host Qatar criticised over workers' rights * Little has changed despite reform pledge-rights group * Qatar says significant progress has been made * FIFA says event serving as "catalyst for change" (Adds FIFA statement) BERNE/DOHA, May 21 (Reuters) - Qatar, host of soccer's 2022 World…

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  • $550 million naming rights cash bonanza for top teams

    Major companies are now spending more than $550 million a year to get their names on sports stadiums in Europe and the United States, according to a report released Thursday. The amount of money pouring into European football and US basketball, baseball and hockey stadiums has risen by 21 percent…

    AFP
  • Xavi to leave Barcelona after 17 trophy-filled seasons

    SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain (AP) — Xavi Hernandez is leaving Barcelona after 17 trophy-laden seasons in which he set club records for appearances and titles won.

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  • Newcastle and Hull in Premier League survival shootout

    Northeast rivals Hull City and Newcastle United face a shootout for Premier League survival this weekend as the 2014-15 campaign reaches its conclusion. Hull must win at home to Manchester United on Sunday to stand any chance of staying up, but if they succeed, Newcastle will be relegated unless…

    AFP
  • Soccer-Sepp Blatter, FIFA presidential candidate

    (adds codes, no changes to text) LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Factbox on Sepp Blatter of Switzerland, president of FIFA since 1998, who faces a challenge from three men for his position at this month's election. * Graduated from the Sion and St Maurice colleges in Switzerland and then secured a…

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  • Soccer-What is FIFA and why is it such an important organisation?

    (adds codes, no changes to text) LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Factbox explaining what FIFA is and why it is so important ahead of the presidential election on May 29 at the FIFA Congress in Zurich What is FIFA ? FIFA, which in French is the abbreviation for the Federation Internationale de Football…

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  • Soccer-Lokomotiv win Russian Cup to end eight-year trophy drought

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) - Lokomotiv Moscow ended an eight-year trophy drought when they won the Russian Cup with a 3-1 extra time victory over Kuban Krasnodar in Astrakhan on Thursday. Cup final debutants Kuban enjoyed the better start and took the lead in the 28th minute…

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  • Soccer-Ghent end 115-year wait for Belgian championship crown

    By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) - Ghent ended their 115-year wait for the Belgian league title on Thursday with a 2-0 victory over Standard Liege that secured a place in next season's Champions League. The club, nicknamed the Buffalos, reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

    May 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Finnish championship matches on Thursday Thursday, May 21HJK Helsinki 2 Inter Turku 0 KTP Kotka 1 HIFK 2 VPS 1 Jaro Pietarsaari 2 Wednesday, May 20IFK Mariehamn 1 RoPS Rovaniemi 0 KuPS 0 Lahti 3 SJK 3 Ilves 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1…

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