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FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

Lyon seal third women’s Champions League title

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) Lyon claimed their third women's Champions League title on Thursday with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Wolfsburg after the final finished 1-1 in Reggio Emilia.

Norwegian Ada Hederberg gave the French side a 12th-minute lead, but OL failed to put the game to bed and Germany international striker Alexandra Popp pounced to equalise with just two minutes left of the regular 90.

Lyon seal third women’s Champions League title

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) Lyon claimed their third women's Champions League title on Thursday with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Wolfsburg after the final finished 1-1 in Reggio Emilia.

Norwegian Ada Hederberg gave the French side a 12th-minute lead, but OL failed to put the game to bed and Germany international striker Alexandra Popp pounced to equalise with just two minutes left of the regular 90.

Former NBA executive hired as CONCACAF chief

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Miami (AFP) Former NBA executive Philippe Moggio has been appointed as the new general secretary of CONCACAF, it was announced Thursday, in the latest move designed to help improve the scandal-tainted organization's image.

Moggio, the NBA's former senior vice president and managing director for Latin America, will also serve as CONCACAF's chief executive when he starts work on June 13, a statement said.

Former NBA executive hired as CONCACAF chief

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Miami (AFP) Former NBA executive Philippe Moggio has been appointed as the new general secretary of CONCACAF, it was announced Thursday, in the latest move designed to help improve the scandal-tainted organization's image.

Moggio, the NBA's former senior vice president and managing director for Latin America, will also serve as CONCACAF's chief executive when he starts work on June 13, a statement said.

Keys adds to unprecedented glitz and glamour of San Siro final

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Milan (AFP) American R&B star Alicia Keys will make history by becoming the first artist to sing live at a Champions League final opening ceremony that promises unprecedented glitz and glamour on Saturday.

Record ten-time champions Real Madrid host city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, commonly known as the San Siro, looking for an 11th victory in Europe's premier club competition.

Keys adds to unprecedented glitz and glamour of San Siro final

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Milan (AFP) American R&B star Alicia Keys will make history by becoming the first artist to sing live at a Champions League final opening ceremony that promises unprecedented glitz and glamour on Saturday.

Record ten-time champions Real Madrid host city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, commonly known as the San Siro, looking for an 11th victory in Europe's premier club competition.

Mourinho agrees to become Man United manager — reports

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho agrees to become Man United manager — reports

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take charge at Old Trafford.

‘Special One’ Mourinho lets success and controversy do the talking

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho talks bluntly, wins big and then everything seems to go wrong.

His reported signing Thursday for Manchester United has bolstered one of the most most stellar CVs in football.

The 53-year-old Portuguese has won eight league titles in four countries with Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea as well as two Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.

‘Special One’ Mourinho lets success and controversy do the talking

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho talks bluntly, wins big and then everything seems to go wrong.

His reported signing Thursday for Manchester United has bolstered one of the most most stellar CVs in football.

The 53-year-old Portuguese has won eight league titles in four countries with Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea as well as two Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.

Mourinho and Man Utd go in search of Midas touch

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) In accepting the challenge of attempting to drag Manchester United out of the doldrums, Jose Mourinho will also seek to restore gloss to his own tainted reputation.

The brash 53-year-old Portuguese is a serial winner, having notably won eight league titles and two Champions Leagues, but Chelsea's spectacular collapse over the first half of this season resurrected old doubts about his ability to deliver long-term success.

Mourinho and Man Utd go in search of Midas touch

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) In accepting the challenge of attempting to drag Manchester United out of the doldrums, Jose Mourinho will also seek to restore gloss to his own tainted reputation.

The brash 53-year-old Portuguese is a serial winner, having notably won eight league titles and two Champions Leagues, but Chelsea's spectacular collapse over the first half of this season resurrected old doubts about his ability to deliver long-term success.

Mourinho agrees to become Manchester United manager — reports

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take charge at Old Trafford.

Jedinak wants to take out FA Cup frustrations on England

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London (AFP) Australia captain Mile Jedinak plans to take out his FA Cup final frustrations on England in Friday's friendly at the Stadium of Light.

Jedinak was given an extra day off before linking up with his Socceroos team-mates as he recovered from Crystal Palace's 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Wembley last weekend.

Jedinak wants to take out FA Cup frustrations on England

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London (AFP) Australia captain Mile Jedinak plans to take out his FA Cup final frustrations on England in Friday's friendly at the Stadium of Light.

Jedinak was given an extra day off before linking up with his Socceroos team-mates as he recovered from Crystal Palace's 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Wembley last weekend.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Messi to give tax fraud testimony on June 2

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will give evidence along with his fatherfor allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of over four million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes on June 2, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, will start on May 31, but Messi is not obliged to attend the full hearing as Spanish prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of less than two years.

Delph set to miss Euros after groin injury

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London (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson revealed Thursday that Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is set to miss Euro 2016 after suffering a groin injury.

Delph did not travel with the squad to Sunderland as England prepare for Friday's friendly with Australia at the Stadium of Light.

Delph set to miss Euros after groin injury

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London (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson revealed Thursday that Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is set to miss Euro 2016 after suffering a groin injury.

Delph did not travel with the squad to Sunderland as England prepare for Friday's friendly with Australia at the Stadium of Light.

O’Neill ready for Euro decision time

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Dublin (AFP) Martin O'Neill says 90 percent of his Republic of Ireland squad will know their Euro 2016 fate after Friday's penultimate warm-up clash against the Netherlands in Dublin.

O'Neill was speaking at the FAI National Training Centre ahead of the meeting with a Dutch side that has not qualified for France, during which the Republic manager hopes to move a step closer to finalising his 23-man group.

O’Neill ready for Euro decision time

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Dublin (AFP) Martin O'Neill says 90 percent of his Republic of Ireland squad will know their Euro 2016 fate after Friday's penultimate warm-up clash against the Netherlands in Dublin.

O'Neill was speaking at the FAI National Training Centre ahead of the meeting with a Dutch side that has not qualified for France, during which the Republic manager hopes to move a step closer to finalising his 23-man group.

Manchester United

VIDEO: Welcome to Manchester United, Jose

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Sparks to fly as Mourinho joins nemesis Guardiola in Manchester

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) As Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez will testify, Jose Mourinho has had more than his fair share of public confrontations with opposing managers during his career.

None of them, though, have been as bitter or keenly-felt as Portuguese Mourinho's long-running rivalry with Spaniard Pep Guardiola.

Sparks to fly as Mourinho joins nemesis Guardiola in Manchester

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) As Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez will testify, Jose Mourinho has had more than his fair share of public confrontations with opposing managers during his career.

None of them, though, have been as bitter or keenly-felt as Portuguese Mourinho's long-running rivalry with Spaniard Pep Guardiola.

Mourinho agrees to become Man United manager — reports

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho agrees to become Man United manager — reports

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take charge at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho agrees deal with Man Utd

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PHOTO: Man Utd complete big money move, World class target spotted in London after signing deal

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Jose Mourinho to Manchester United is finally done.

The Portuguese manager signed his deal with the Old Trafford outfit today and although the club are yet to announce it officially, Sky Sports have already confirmed the move.

Mourinho signed his deal in London today evening and will replace Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal.

Major League Soccer

A rundown of coaches the Dynamo could consider

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The no-vacancy light has been shut off. Let the coaching search in Houston begin.

The Houston Dynamo grabbed plenty of attention on Wednesday night by announcing that they had parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle, whose desire to be closer to his family in England was cited as the primary reason for the split.

MLS’s first game on FOX broadcast TV breaks 500k barrier for New York derby

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Major League Soccer's first game to air nationally on FOX broadcast television was viewed by 595,000 people. The match featured New York City against New York Red Bulls, which was shown live from 3:30-5:30pm.

FOX's live coverage of New York City versus New York Red Bulls was a first in a number of ways.

MLS’s first game on FOX broadcast TV breaks 500k barrier for New York derby

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Major League Soccer's first game to air nationally on FOX broadcast television was viewed by 595,000 people. The match featured New York City against New York Red Bulls, which was shown live from 3:30-5:30pm.

FOX's live coverage of New York City versus New York Red Bulls was a first in a number of ways.

2016 MLS All-Star fan voting kicks off today

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Fans can vote on the MLS website, or by playing FIFA 16

Major League Soccer announced that the fan voting portion of the MLS All-Star team selection process begins on Thursday, May 26 and lasts until July 4.

To vote online, fans should head to the All-Star page on the MLS website, where they can vote for 10 players -- a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards.

Espinoza handed down suspension, fine by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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In the lone suspension from Week 12, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed down a one-match ban to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Espinoza earned himself the suspension during Saturday's 3-1 home defeat against Real Salt Lake in the 85th minute, after tackling Sunny to the ground in an off-ball situation.

MacMath preparing to face former team for first time

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The Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union carry plenty of similarities into Saturday's match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Both sides sit in first place in their respective conferences and have a young coach leading the way. But the one similarity that many point out right away is goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Atletico Madrid

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Two years ago, the two sides made for an instant classic. On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will go at it again.

The San Siro in Milan will be the stage for a Madrid derby this weekend as the two Spanish powerhouses battle for the UEFA Champions League crown again after Los Blancos defeated Atleti, 4-1, in extra time to claim La Décima — their 10th European title— in Lisbon in 2014.

Andrea Bocelli and Alicia Keys to sing before Champions League final

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Paris (AFP) Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and American soul diva Alicia Keys will both sing at a revamped Champions League final opening ceremony in Milan on Saturday.

UEFA are introducing a longer curtain-raiser in a nod to the money-spinning advertising extravaganza which American Football's Superbowl half-time show galvanises.

Andrea Bocelli and Alicia Keys to sing before Champions League final

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Paris (AFP) Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and American soul diva Alicia Keys will both sing at a revamped Champions League final opening ceremony in Milan on Saturday.

UEFA are introducing a longer curtain-raiser in a nod to the money-spinning advertising extravaganza which American Football's Superbowl half-time show galvanises.

Copa America Centenario

Pitbull, Becky G produce official Copa America Centario song "Superstars"

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Pitbull went from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide. He might soon have to be Mr. Soccer.

It wasannounced on Thursday that rapperPitbull has teamed up with a fellowrecording artist in Becky G to produce "Superstars", the official song for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.

Thursday Ticker: Dani Alves, Rashford, Ramsey and more

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One of Copa America's most-recognizedparticipants could receive a much needed lift ahead of next week's tournament, while a young Englishman is set to appear for the Three Lions on Friday.

Brazil wing back Dani Alves has declared that he is fully fit ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario.

Opposition 11: Who will Sporting Kansas City start against D.C. United?

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International call-ups and suspensions will leave KC short of at least four regular starters tomorrow night

Tomorrow might be a good time for D.C. United to play Sporting Kansas City. The Copa America Centenario has deprived United of Steve Birnbaum (the club's best defender, and in the discussion for best player on the team this year) and Alvaro Saborio (DC's top scorer on the year with 4 goals), so that might seem like a crazy way to lead things off.

United States Men's National Team

Questions and answers from USMNT vs Ecuador

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The USMNT showed well at times against Ecuador, but there are still looming issues for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

SBI Question of the Day: Should Pulisic start at Copa America?

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The U.S. Men's National Team struggled to make an impact in the attacking third during the first half of Wednesday night's friendly against Ecuador, but a flurry of substitutions at halftime provided the team with a massive spark.

Among the second-half inclusions was Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund sensation.

The Rest

Another Horton clean sheet secures point for Richmond

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Ten man Richmond still finds point against conference leaders

The Richmond Kickers faced off against a tough Louisville City FC team at City Stadium on Saturday night. Louisville was coming off a two-game winning streak and looked to secure their position atop the Eastern Conference. Richmond sought to maintain their unbeaten status at home.

Yes Arsenal must buy a striker – but NOT Morata????

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Arsenal Definitely need a new striker... but why is everyone convinced it has to be Alvaro Morata? I'm going to come out with it straight away; I think Alvaro Morata is overrated! Especially with the supposed numbers that are being talked about to bring him to the Emirates. I understand that 'he is one for [.

Seattle Reign v. Arsenal Ladies: International friendly preview

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Seattle Reign FC will host Arsenal Ladies FC in an international friendly match this evening. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT at Memorial Stadium, and will be streamed on YouTube. This is the third international friendly the Reign have hosted in the past four years.

The two sides have some strong connections.

Holy crap, Sounders may have really signed Nicolas Lodeiro

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Reports out of Argentina say it's a done deal.

Nicolas Lodeiro appears ready to join the Seattle Sounders. There's still no word on when he might actually suit up and the Sounders declined to confirm anything, but a member of the group who owns part of Lodeiro's rights is being widely quoted as telling Argentinian radio that his client has agreed to terms.

Match Recap: City Islanders FC 2, Toronto FC II 1

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The City Islanders get lucky and receive three points at home against Toronto FC II at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA

The City Islanders defeated Toronto FC II 2-1 Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium thanks to Paul Wilson, Aaron Wheeler, and the assistant referee.

The City Islanders made just two changes from their win over Bethlehem on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez Keen On This Young England Midfielder

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Last summer Newcastle were interested in Leeds United's 19 year-old Lewis Cook and news today is that Rafa Benitez may be interested in bringing the player to St. James' Park this summer. The youngster has only one year left ion his contract at Leeds, where he had another very good season and he has [.