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Heading footballs ‘affects memory’: study

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London (AFP) Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory up to a day, a study by researchers at Scotland's Stirling University has said.

Memory performance was reduced by between 41 percent to 67 percent following heading practice, according to the research, with the effects wearing off after 24 hours

The significance of the study, published in EBioMedicine, is that it is believed to be the first detecting immediate changes in the brain after players were exposed to everyday head impacts, as opposed to clinical brain injuries like concussion.

Heading footballs ‘affects memory’: study

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London (AFP) Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory up to a day, a study by researchers at Scotland's Stirling University has said.

Memory performance was reduced by between 41 percent to 67 percent following heading practice, according to the research, with the effects wearing off after 24 hours

The significance of the study, published in EBioMedicine, is that it is believed to be the first detecting immediate changes in the brain after players were exposed to everyday head impacts, as opposed to clinical brain injuries like concussion.

Chelsea

Video: Chelsea 2-2 Bayern Munich (Bayern win 5-4 on penalties)

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Chelsea lost last night's Uefa Super Cup to Bayern Munich in just about the most sickening circumstances. Fernando Torres gave the Blues an early lead, which was cancelled out by Franck Ribery. Ramires was sent off on 85 minutes, leaving Jose Mourinho's side heading into extra-time with 10 men. They had been expected to sit [.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the cover star of children’s magazine Kick

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The perfect choice, no? The only thing missing is the sub-heading saying: "Kids, if you are approached by this man..." Via 3pm

Jose Bosingwa Signs for QPR After Chelsea Release: The Nightly EPL

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It's been a hectic day in the Premier League. First, Clint Dempsey is put up for sale by Fulham. And then there's been a flurry of transfer speculation and deals being signed including Jose Bosingwa heading from Chelsea to Queens ...

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Real Salt Lake

"Off The Bench" Episode 25: Guest Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), San Antonio Scorpions, MLS, NY Cosmos and bad Will Ferrell Movies

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Nat Borchers, star defender of Real Salt Lake is kind enough to lend his time and offer some fun insights into which RSLer spends the most time on their hair...also Champions League, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup. Pedro and Luke discuss all things soccer including which D2 team has is right, this week's crazy MLS results and our thoughts on Caleb Porter heading up Portland.

Hyndman: Colorado Heading into Saturday with Considerable Momentum

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Colorado snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday, beating Real Salt Lake, 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Now Oscar Pareja's club returns to Frisco for a second time this season to face an FC Dallas team that comes into Saturday's match with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Portland its most recent result.

AC Milan

Luka Modric Transfer Saga Almost Over

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It has dragged on all summer, but it appears that the Luka Modric transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid is finally going to happen.

Reports in Spain say that Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez has raised his offer for Modric to €32 million plus a series of performance-related payments which would be for between €6 and €8 million putting the final value at €40 million which is close to the value that Tottenham have placed on the midfielder.

Allez les Bleus: France’s Chances in Poland and Ukraine

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All things considered, Laurent Blanc's France find themselves in a similar position to the Azzurri heading into the 2012 European Championships. Both sides are headed by a dynamic coach with exciting ideas, neither are expected to pull any trees up this summer, both are rebuilding in the fallout of a golden generation and both have seen their integrity rocked by scandal in recent times.

Arsenal

Is Modric Transfer Saga Nearing Its End?

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It has dragged on all summer, but it appears that the Luka Modric transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid is finally going to happen.

Reports in Spain say that Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez has raised his offer for Modric to €32 million plus a series of performance-related payments which would be for between €6 and €8 million putting the final value at €40 million which is close to the value that Tottenham have placed on the midfielder.

Centre Is The Only Position

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Directions from an experts

Yesterday, we talked about the goalkeeping situation. Today, we'll touch on the centre back position. I won't be the first one to say it but I won't be the last either. Goals wins matches but clean sheets or a tight defence wins championships. We conceded 49 goals in the league last season, a number too high to even think about challenging for the title.

It’s the beginning of the beginning

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Morning all, welcome to a brand new week and welcome to a brand new pre-season.

Many of the players will return today for some light jogging, a few stretches and a few minutes on the sun beds to top up their summer tans. Andre Santos, for example, can't wait to get going again, according to his Twitter account, but sadly nobody seems to have told him that Yossi Benayoun has gone back to Chelsea after his season long loan:

I can't be the only one now with an image in my head of Andre scouring the training ground looking for Yossi like a kid might look for his lost puppy.

Stoppage Time

Last-Gasp Goal From Boyd Secures Place for Rapid Vienna in Europa League Playoffs

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The Olympic Gold medal match wasn't the only drama for U.S. Soccer on Thursday ...
While the WNT was winning gold in London, Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were on the continent and facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the second leg of third round qualifying for the Europa League. The game was level at 0-0 heading into the 90th minute, which would have meant elimination for Rapid Vienna.

The name's Boyd... Terrence Boyd.

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To be fair, though, he was first shaken and then stirred tonight. Yes, Rapid Vienna forward Terrence Boyd and mates were down an aggregate goal to Russian guests Vojvodina Novi Sad heading into stoppage time of their Europa League third round qualifying closer. Not to fear, the US goal shark earned his side the equalizing penalty and then bagged the tie winner only seconds later.

Eclipse Select alumna Ellenwood nets goal in WPSL Elite final

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Ashleigh EllenwoodEclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Chicago Red Stars forward Ashleigh Ellenwood (Trail Creek, Ind.) scored a goal, but it was not enough for Chicago as the Western New York Flash would eventually win the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite League championship in Rochester, N.

Olympics

Olympics 2012 Football – Alex Morgan USWNT’s lucky No. 13 comes to the rescue again

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Alex Morgan's belated heading at Old Trafford staved forth Olympic riddance and forces a replay against Japan in the terminal. Really, it's simply Alex being Alex.

That's right. The USWNT can breakdance, as well.

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I meant to get this up last night, but forgot. Please note the popping celebration after Abby Wambach's 1-0 winner over North Korea gave them a perfect group phase record heading into Friday's quarterfinal match-up with New Zealand. I hereby predict an Alex Morgan winner in that game, followed directly by The Dougie.

Euro 2012

At The Half: Spain Leading

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Well, it appears as though the final night is to be Spanish for the third time in three unless Italy can get their act together quite quickly, that is. One brilliant pass-back and header from Cesc to Silva (obviously) and a brilliant ball onto the newly-minty Jordi Alba from one Xavi is enough for a 2-0 lead heading into the half.

5 Things I’ve Learnt From Euro 2012

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The first round of the tournament has just come to an end with Poland, Russia, Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Croatia, Sweden and Ukraine all knocked out. Teams through to the Quarter Finals are Greece, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England. I've made a few observations from the Euro's so far, and here they are:

Italy know how to defend

This applies to both Croatia and Italy really, and partly Germany too.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo double lifts Portugal past winless Dutch, Germans cruise

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Cristiano Ronaldo had endured a rough European Championship tournament heading into Sunday's final group match against the Netherlands, but he picked the perfect time to wake up and start finding the net.

Ronaldo notched a pair of goals during a masterful performance to help lead Portugal to a 2-1 victory against the Netherlands that secured Portugal's place in the Euro quarterfinals.

Euro 2012 Live stream – Hodgson looking for a more incisive England heading into Sweden clash http://t.co/yycJmU3s #Euro2012 #football

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Germany v Portugal – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 9 June 2012

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UEFA Euro 2012 favorites Germany begin the tournament with a group stage match against Portugal. The match will take place at the Areana Lviv in Lviv, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Germany manager Joachim Low

"It's time to start."

"We're really looking forward to it all kicking off.

Dazgoev shines as Russians make bright start to Euro 2012 campaign

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Russia got their Euro 2012 campaign off to an emphatic start as they saw off the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday. Dick Advocaat's Russians stormed out of the blocks.


Alan Dzagoev put them ahead, smashing home a rebound from inside the area after just 15 minutes. Nine minutes later and Advocaat's men doubled their lead as Roman Shirokov chipped Petr Cech in the Czech Republic goal.

Euro 2012: Robin van Persie is not the quickest, says Daniel Agger

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Robin van Persie is not the quickest, says Daniel Agger" was written by Marcus Christenson, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 8th June 2012 12.15 UTC

Denmark's Daniel Agger has said he is looking forward to Euro 2012 starting this weekend, especially as he has spent the last three weeks talking about the striker facing him on Saturday night: Holland's Robin van Persie.

Euro 2012 TV Schedule For US, UK and Canada

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With Euro 2012 kicking off, here's the list of live TV coverage for all the matches of the tournament, for your convenience. With this amount of coverage, you may be better off than some of those heading to Eastern Europe ...

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Major League Soccer

Paulson: Timbers Gain Cap Space In Mwanga-Perlaza Trade

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In the analysis and commentary on the Danny Mwanga trade for Jorge Perlaza, a great deal of weight was given to the Philadelphia Union gaining salary cap room and a speedy player.

Based upon the Major League Soccer Players Union's publicly released basic salary and guaranteed compensation numbers, Mwanga was making $250,000/$356,250 this year and Perlaza was making $100,000/$115,000 this season.

Hyndman: Shea Working Hard to Ensure Focus is Where it Should Be

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No doubt about it, Brek Shea's 2011 success has proven to be a tough act to follow for the Bryan native. Heading into the start of this season, there was some legitimate concern about whether or not fatigue would become a factor for Shea, a 2011 MLS MVP finalist who had a pretty busy off-season [...]

The Rest

Brandi Chastain donates her brain for CTE Research

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Brandi Chastain announced yesterday that she would be donating her brain to scientific research. Specifically, CTE which stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Chastain was an extremely successful women's soccer player, who is definitely best known for a famous image of her ripping her shirt off after scoring a penalty to win the 1999 Women's.

Training at Komaba Stadium

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Julie Johnston and Becca Wann try to set their heading record

FIFA has given the USA its one pre-game in-venue training two days before the game a few times in this tournament and it was the same here in Saitama so the Americans did a very light session that was more regeneration than soccer on a beautiful and warm night in this city that sits just northwest of Tokyo.

Preview: Monday Swedish action

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Ryan Miller will partake in a big match against Brommapojkarna while Brian Edwards future with Degerfors is up in the air heading into Monday's game against Landskrona.

Chicago vs DC: ¡Que Horrible!

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Last thing I wanted to do tonight was write this stupid recap. After that horrible game ended I wanted to do anything but this. Honestly I'd rather be working on anything else (including my actual job) than having to write about this game. Instead the me of earlier today said "yes" to the recap.

Brian Haynes Takes the Reins in Atlanta

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The Silverbacks announced this week, that as expected, Brian Haynes has now assumed the head coaching job after being brought in by interim head coach Eric Wynalda a month ago. Haynes has played the part of assistant to Wynalda during that time. With Wynalda heading back to Fox Soccer full time this past week, he [.

NPSL: 56ers seek success in San Diego

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For the fourth time in their eight-year history, the Madison 56ers are in the National Premier Soccer League finals.

The amateur team headed to San Diego on Thursday ahead of Friday's semifinal against Pennsylvania club FC Sonic. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Central at Del Norte High School, and the conventional wisdom is that the 56ers are the underdogs heading into the match against an FC Sonic side that has posted 10 shutouts in 15 matches.

Renteria Suspended by Disciplinary Committee

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The MLS disciplinary committee came out with one announcement today regarding a retroactive suspension from this past weekend's games. The one suspension announced is from KC's game against Columbus. Columbus Crew forward, Emilio Renteria has gotten himself a 1 game suspension for his head butt on KC midfielder, Paulo Nagamura.

Portland Timbers Defender Hanyer Mosquera Fined and Suspended 3 Games

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Ouch. This is certainly going to hurt the Portland Timbers back line over the next three matches, as Hanyer Mosquera is often the one doing the most to stop oncoming attacks. His absence will surely be felt.

For those that don't know, Mosqo is being fined and suspended for punching LA Galaxy player Jack McBean (yes that's his real name) in the late part of last Sunday's game.

Denmark 2-3 Portugal

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Goals:
Pepe 24'
Postiga 36'
Bendtner 41' 81'
Varela 87'

It's fitting that an excellent, narrow match was decided by a singular late moment of brilliance. Despite Portugal going two up with ten minutes left in the first half, Denmark diligently fought back, only to go down to Varela's 87th minute strike, just two minutes after he entered the fray.