Liverpool hit transfer fee deadlock over defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool are struggling in their attempts to bring at least one new defender to the club after deal for both their targets ran into problems. The Reds wanted to pay £6m to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori, but the Portuguese side are demanding £17m for the 20-year-old. That's despite the fact that the youngster [.

Europa League: Hearts 0-1 Liverpool – Reds Need Own-Goal To Break Hearts At Tynecastle (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool had to rely on a late own-goal to secure victory at Tynecastle on Thursday night, against a Hearts side that deserved more from the game.

Fabio Borini missed a load of chances to score for Brendan Rodgers' side, while Raheem Sterling impressed out wide.

Reds Held In Tour Opener

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Lucas Leiva made his comeback from injury as Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge.
The appropriately named Rogers Centre was the venue for the start of the new Liverpool manager's reign, and there were plenty of positives to take from an intriguing encounter in Canada.


Last-second Clark penalty gives Dynamo crucial win over Real Salt Lake

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After the night Nick Rimando had in goal for Real Salt Lake, there's no question he'd like to have one moment back.

Rimando, who saved a Brad Davis penalty and a point-blank Will Bruin header late in the second half, committed a foul on Mac Kandji that led to a last-second penalty, one that Colin Clark converted to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 victory over RSL at BBVA Compass Stadium Thursday night.

USL Pro semifinals: A Look Back

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Orlando City entered the playoffs as the heavy favorites to claim the USL Pro championship. They had done so in 2011 and ramsacked through the regular season this year en route to securing homefield advantage throught the postseason.

No one told the Wilmington Hammerheads that.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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The San Antonio Scorpions were minutes away from walking out of St. Petersburg, Fla. with a big 2-1 victory that would have ensured they stayed in first place atop the NASL standings.

Unfortunately for them, the Tampa Bay Rowdies ruined those plans.

The Rowdies scored twice in the final few minutes of their dramatic match with San Antonio, and they claimed a 3-2 victory that seemed improbable to the 2,559 Rowdies fans that endured the rainy conditions at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.

Earthquakes work late magic again, top RSL to grab first place in the West

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The San Jose Earthquakes have made it a habit all season of producing goals late in games to snatch points. They did it again on Saturday, and this time the late-game heroics helped them grab first place in the Western Conference.

Chris Wondolowski delivered an 84th-minute goal to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Málaga And Mallorca Go Top Of The League

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Mallorca and Málaga occupy the top two places in the Liga after earning slender 1-0 wins against Real Sociedad and Real Zaragoza respectively. Their stay at the summit may not last long as a host of teams, including Barcelona, play later in the weekend, but both are enjoying an unbeaten start to the season.

United reclaims first place in Eastern Conference after cruising past Impact

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D.C. is once again in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, with the Montreal Impact being their latest victim.

United cruised to a 3-0 victory over the expansion Impact in front of a season-high crowd of 18,302 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Chris Pontius scored his third goal in two games after a great dribbling effort just before halftime, and Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi each found the back of the net in the second half.

Euro 2012: Group D – The Final Day

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The phrase "you make your own luck" is an overused one and it is perfectly possible to argue that luck, by its very nature, is random. There can be little doubt, however, that England rode theirs in Donetsk last night, scrambling their way to a single goal win which confirmed a slightly unlikely looking top place in their group with a little room to spare.

English Premier League

Manchester City 3-1 QPR Highlights

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szólj hozzá: Manchester City vs QPR 3:1 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

It took Manchester City just 15 minutes to break the deadlock through Yaya Toure but it wasn't till injury time that City secured all three points. Bobby Zamora got an equaliser midway through the second-half but that was shortlived as Eden Dzeko put City back in front 3 minutes later before Carlos Tevez secured the points deep into injury-time.

Newcastle to dominate Aston Villa

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Newcastle look a cracking bet at 1.62 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Aston Villa at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew's men Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (W8 D2 L1), whereas Villa have won none of their last nine away matches (W0 D4 L5) a run which started with defeat at this ground.

Southampton 0-2 Wigan – Impressive Latics Spoil The Party At St Mary’s (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Southampton 0-2 Wigan Athletic Premier League 25 August 2012

Playing in their first home game in the top tier in seven seasons, the Saints were looking to give their fans something to celebrate. However, an impressive display by visitors Wigan spoiled the party and gave Roberto Martinez's side a deserved victory.

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland Highlights

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Arsenal began life without RVP today with Lukas Podolski leading the line before being replaced by Olivier Giroud but neither could break the deadlock against an organised Sunderland side. Could be a long season for the Gunners fans.

Match Report: Liverpool 3 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

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Out-of-favour striker Andy Carroll capped a comfortable 3-1 victory for Liverpool over Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly before they kick off their Barclays' Premier League campaign.
It took just three minutes for the home side to break the deadlock at Anfield through youngster Raheem Sterling.

Restart: Tour 2012

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Apparently, there's some small sporting event kicking off in London (we've sent our top reporters T.Cleverly and R.Giggs to check this out), but on the other side of the world, United are in pre-season. Already having thrashed Amazulu 1-0 with Kiko Macheda's goal, and a 1-1 affair with Ajax Cape Town, this match notched the level into serious.

New England Revolution

Revolution vs. Chivas: Postgame Quotes and Highlights

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Last night's match was frustrating, right? The New England Revolution roared out to a 3-0 lead by the 21st minute, but by the 47th, it was a 3-3 deadlock. Sometimes it feels like this team invents new ways not to win.

Be that as it may, last night's big storyline was the return of Shalrie Joseph, and what a comeback he had.

Revs by Numbers: Revs 0, Crew 0

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Stalemate: any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock. Yep, that sounds about right doesn't it? Saturday night in Foxboro was just that in the form of a soccer match. Columbus parked the bus and got ten men behind the ball and looked to counter, and the Revolution defense continued to improve, resulting in a 0-0 draw.

Seattle Sounders

Sporting KC captures U.S. Open Cup, ends Sounders' title reign

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Sporting Kansas City did something Wednesday night that no team across any level of U.S. Soccer had been able to do in the last four years: Defeat the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup.

Sporting Kansas City captured its second U.S. Open Cup in franchise history, outlasting the Sounders in penalties 3-2 after a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time and ending the Sounders' hopes of becoming the first team to win four straight tournament titles.

Alonso winner drives Sounders past Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids continued their losing ways on Saturday night, and even a home game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park could stop the bleeding.

The Seattle Sounders pushed Colorado's losing skid to six matches after Osvaldo Alonso scored a second-half winner to lead the Sounders to a 2-1 victory.

Seattle Sounders Outlast Colorado Rapids

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Summer had finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest after a dreary June that only was exceeded in dreariness by the Sounders performance over the same period of time. Seattle Sounders have not won a match in their last ten fixtures, they have managed to gather 5 points, 4 of those on the road, despite their inability to to win all 3 points.

MLS Recap Week 17

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Week 17 brought plenty of goals and spectacular finishes. We had late game drama in New England, a convincing win by DC, and a California Classico that shocked and entertained us late Saturday night. It was a match-up so heated and contested that even the San Jose Mascot got dragged into the drama.

Euro 2012

England falter on penalties once more as Italy make last four

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England players and fans have been subjected to penalty heartache once more, as the Three Lions were eliminated from Euro 2012 on spot-kicks by Italy on Sunday night. After no goals in 120 minutes of play the game was decided from 12 yards, as Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed their efforts to send the Azzurri through.

Clinical Lahm scores on record evening

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On a day when Germany captain Philipp Lahm matched Thomas Hassler and Jurgen Klinsmann's record of 13 European Championship appearances, he also scored a fantastic opening goal to give his side a deserved 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Germans dominated the proceedings throughout a highly one-sided opening period but were somewhat wasteful in their failure to open the scoring until the 38th minute.

Ronaldo heads Portugal into the semi-finals

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Thursday night saw the commencement of the business end of the Euro 2012 tournament, with Portugal overcoming Czech Republic 1-0 to become the first team to make the semi-finals. Cristiano Ronaldo's winner with ten minutes remaining separated the sides, and the Iberian nation will now face either France or Spain in the last four.

Euro 2012: Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal – Majestic Ronaldo Heading For Greatness (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

There's something quite satisfying about seeing a top class player live up to the hype at a major tournament be it Maradona in '86, Zidane at '98 or (the Brazilian) Ronaldo in '02. And while the world's number one player, Lionel Messi, is yet to explode all over a World Cup or Copa America, his nearest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is starting to hit those stratospheric heights at Euro 2012.

Clutch Ron sends Portugal into semis

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Cristiano Ronaldo converted a late header to help Portugal claim a scrappy 1-0 win over Czech Republic and progress to the UEFA Euro 2012 semifinals.

In a toughly contested match between Group A winners Czech Republic and Group B runners-up Portugal, the latter created more chances but thanks to the heroics of Petr Cech, they could only score once.

Deutsch duo reflect on memorable day

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Germany starlets Lars Bender and Mats Hummels have reflected proudly on a day when the former's match-winning strike allowed Joachim Low's side to claim all nine group stage points.

With Denmark holding the Germans to a 1-1 draw as late as the 80th minute, Bender stepped up to break the deadlock and send the Danes packing home from Euro 2012.

Euro 2012: Greece eliminates Russia, Poland crashes out

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Russia entered their final group stage match needing just a draw to secure qualification. That seemed like a given to most considering how well the first-place team had looked offensively at Euro 2012.

No one told Greece that.

Greece eliminated Russia from the tournament in stunning fashion, pulling out a 1-0 victory courtesy of a first-half stoppage time goal from Giorgos Karagounis on Saturday.

Euro 2012: Welbeck seals England win; France weathers elements, Ukraine

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The Three Lions have plenty to roar about now.

Danny Welbeck scored off an inventive back-heel flick with his back to the goal mouth in the 78th minute to snap a 2-2 draw and cap off a frenetic second half in England's 3-2 victory over Sweden that eliminated the Swedes from the tournament and put England in a very advantageous position to advance to the knockout stage.


Pioneers Upset Fury

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The Ottawa Fury headed first to Connecticut on Friday and then to Western Mass on Saturday hoping to extend their lead at the top of the PDL's Northeast Division. What actually happened was quite the opposite.

After being upset 2-0 by CFC Azul (4-3-4, 16 points) Friday, the Fury suffered another disappointment, falling 1-0 to the Western Mass Pioneers (3-2-5, 14 points) in Ludlow on Saturday night.

Denmark needed these two men to avoid being knocked out by Germany

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Denmark's noble attempt to overcome their difficult group draw ended in disappointment as they lost 2-1 to Germany in their final Group B match, preventing them from advancing to the knockout rounds after taking four points in their matches against Portugal and the Netherlands.

Denmark kept the Germans at bay for much of the match, but an 80th minute Lars Bender goal ended the deadlock the Danish had been clinging to since Michael Krohn-Dehli equalized five minutes after Lu-Lu-Lu Lukas Podolski's 19th-minute opening goal.

The Rest

Where To Put Your Money: Everton vs United

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Manchester United are a top priced 1.91 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get their season off to a flying start with victory over Everton at Goodison and look bankers to do so.

Robin van Persie is in the squad after completing his £24m move from Arsenal in time, and the thought of him linking up with Wayne Rooney is a mouth watering prospect.

Wenger: Sunderland defended well but Arsenal lacked sharpness and quality

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In a game of very few chances, albeit the ones that did come fell Arsenal's way, the Gunners only took a single point from their opening home game against Sunderland. Although Arsene Wenger praised the team's spirit, he felt that they lacked a few things needed to break the deadlock. Wenger said after the game: [.

Kickers host City Islanders Saturday

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RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, August 9, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers return to Richmond City Stadium this Saturday, August 11 to host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the regular season home finale. Admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6:00 p.m. as the Kickers and Union First Market Bank present FAMILY FEST.

Newcastle Target And Manager Still at Loggerheads

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Both the Lille manager Rudi Garcia and Mathieu Debuchy have spoken out yesterday, on the transfer deadlock of the French International right back, but what they have to say seems nothing new, and Lille seem to be continuing to drag their feet, and hope that Mathieu will still be with the French club at the start of the season.

Carr drives Dynamo to win vs. Sporting KC

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Calen Carr had not start for the Houston Dynamo in more than a month, but he made up for lost time on Wednesday night, scoring both goals in another Dynamo victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Carr scored two goals, set up by Will Brian and Brad Davis, to topple Sporting Kansas City, 2-1.

NASL: Midweek Rewind

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If Eric Wynalda learned one thing in his debut with the Atlanta Silverbacks, it is that he has some work to do.

The Carolina RailHawks spoiled Wynalda's debut game in charge of the Silverbacks, as they picked up a 2-1 victory at WakeMed Park in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Messi’s Heroics Help Argentina Overcome Brazil

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi continues to cement his place among the legends of the game and not just as one of the best players in the last five years. Messi has won everything on the club level but some critics have argued he must win the World Cup to be considered as one of the best ever.

U.S. settles for 1-1 draw at Guatemala

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Before Tuesday's trip to Guatemala City, a 1-1 draw might have seemed like an acceptable outcome for the U.S. national team. The Americans, after all, knew they would be facing a hostile environment and desperate opponent. But as it turned out, the result left much to be desired.