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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Soccer-Slovenian championship results and standings

    May 6 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Slovenian championship matches on Wednesday Wednesday, May 6Koper 1 NK Zavrc 2 NK Krka 3 Domzale 2 Maribor 4 MIK Celje 1 NK Radomlje 1 ND Gorica 0 Rudar Velenje 2 Olimpija Ljubljana 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Maribor 32 21 6 5 67 30 69…

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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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  • 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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    Champions League - Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich (14 photos)

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and Bayern take on Lionel Messi's Barca in a semifinal first leg at the Camp Nou.

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  • Italian coach has Palestinian minnows motoring

    A Palestinian football club from the southern West Bank is hoping that the turnaround led by a new coach from Italy could see it reaching a top pan-Asian championship. This Friday, Ahli al-Khalil, which is based in the southern city of Hebron, will play in the final of the Palestine Cup in what…

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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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  • 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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  • Qatar’s Lekhwiya make last 16, no joy for Buriram

    Doha (AFP) - Qatar champions Lekhwiya advanced to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on Wednesday.

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  • Soccer-Ajax sign Serbian brothers and give dad a job in package deal

    Ajax Amsterdam have signed Serbia international Nemanja Gudelj from fellow Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, while also recruiting his younger brother and giving their dad a coaching job, the club said on Wednesday. Ajax signed Nemanja on a five-year deal and the 23-year-old midfielder is the club's first…

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  • Soccer-Slick Arsenal top style charts, not the league

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) - If honours were handed out for stylish football Arsene Wenger's Arsenal would clean up. The Gunners were at their irresistible best at times in a 3-1 victory at Hull City on Monday that guaranteed an 18th consecutive season in the Champions League. With…

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