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Dallas Green Bowl features four national teams

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DALLAS, Texas The highest level of soccer competition in the world is coming to Dallas for the Green Soccer Bowl tournament, Feb. 26-27 at the Cotton Bowl. The weekend tournament will pit the national teams from Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama against each other. Nigeria will be using the tournament as a tune-up [.

Petric leads Hamburg over Eintracht

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HAMBURG, Germany Substitute Mladen Petric scored in the 65th minute and Hamburg edged Eintracht, 1-0, on Friday at HSH Nordbank Arena to win its third straight Bundesliga match. Hamburg moved up one spot to sixth and level on points with fifth-place Bayern Munich ahead of the weekend matches. Eintracht lost for the third time [.

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PSV take two point lead in eredivisie

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands PSV Eindhoven took the lead in the Dutch Eredivisie with a 4-1 win over NAC Breda on Sunday after Twente could only draw. PSV and defending champions Twente were level on 50 points ahead of their respective matches, but Fred Rutten's PSV side are now out in front with 53 points.

Messi outshines Ronaldo, again

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GENEVE, Switzerland Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute penalty to give Argentina a 2-1 win over Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the first international meeting of the two players on Wednesday. Two-time world player of the year Messi also was the dominating early influence and set up Angel di Maria to give Argentina a 14th-minute lead.

Chambery amateurs continue dream French Cup run

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PARIS, France — Fifth division amateurs Chambery continued their dream French Cup run on Wednesday, a 2-1 victory over Sochaux seeing them progress into the quarter-finals. Sochaux became Chambery's third first division scalp after they had previously knocked out Monaco and Brest. It is the first time a club as lowly as the Savoyards has [.

Twente beat PSV on penalties in Dutch Cup

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands FC Twente progressed as the top two in the Eredivisie met in the last eight of the KNVB Beker, securing a 7-6 triumph over PSV Eindhoven in a penalty shootout after the game had ended 1-1. Midfielder Theo Janssen put Twente ahead from the penalty spot after 70 minutes but a last-gasp [.

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Leverkusen go second with win over Stuttgart

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LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Bayer Leverkusen went second in the Bundesliga table on Sunday with a 4-2 win at home to strugglers VfB Stuttgart that dropped their guests further into the relegation battle. With bottom side Moenchengladbach beating Schalke on Sunday evening, only five points now separate the bottom five clubs and Stuttgart, the 2007 German [.

Lyon deliver message to Real with Nancy stroll

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PARIS, France — Lyon gave themselves the perfect morale boost for next Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Real Madrid on Friday as they eased to a 4-0 victory over Nancy. However, while goals from Yoann Gourcuff, Jeremy Pied, Miralem Pjanic and the outstanding Jimmy Briand saw them move into provisional second in the league [.

Roberto Carlos to join Russian Anzhi Makhachkala

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Roberto Carlos, Brazil's former World Cup-winning left back, joined Russian soccer club Anzhi Makhachkala after leaving Corinthians by mutual consent. The 37-year-old signed a 2 1/2-year contract, Anzhi Makhachkala said on its website last night, without giving financial details of the deal.

Manchester United aim to out-gun Man City

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LONDON, England  Last August, at the start of the most eagerly-awaited Manchester season in years, the respective strengths of dominant United and big-spending City were personalised in the talents of one-time Old Trafford team-mates Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Since then both icons of their respective clubs have endured the turbulence of contract disputes [.

Ashley Cole first defender to win POTY

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LONDON, England Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been named England's Player of the Year for 2010 the first defender to win the award. Cole, who will draw level with Kenny Sansom on 86 caps to become his country's most-capped full-back if he faces Denmark on Wednesday, was the stand-out performer in a [.

Manchester City stumble over Birmingham

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LONDON, England Manchester City lost ground to local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League title race after twice giving up the lead in a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham on Tuesday. A share of the spoils at St Andrew's left Roberto Mancini's men eight points behind leaders United, having played a game more [.

Spain still lead FIFA rankings, Japan move into top 20

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BERNE, Switzerland Japan moved into the top 20 of the FIFA world rankings on Wednesday after winning the Asian Cup last month while world champions Spain stayed in first place. Japan's record fourth Asian title which they won in Qatar lifted them 12 places to 17th, making them the Asian confederation's highest-ranked side.

Chelsea gain revenge at Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND, England Chelsea avenged November's defeat by Sunderland with a 4-2 Premier League win over the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light. An exciting first-half saw Phil Bardsley open the scoring for Sunderland after just four minutes before Frank Lampard's penalty and a goal from Salomon Kalou overturned the deficit.

Resilient Montpellier beat Nancy, Marseille held

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PARIS, France — Marseille boss Didier Deschamps admitted his team flopped in front of Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday as the Manchester United boss scouted his Champions League opponents. Marseille drew 0-0 at relegation-haunted Monaco, a result which left the French champions in fifth place in the table.

Debutant Pazzini stars in Inter fight-back

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ROME, Italy — Giampaolo Pazzini scored a brace on his debut as Inter Milan fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit to beat Palermo 3-2 on Sunday. The win kept the champions in the title race following leaders AC Milan's 2-0 win at Catania on Saturday, leaving them nine points behind but with a game [.

Freiburg end Stuttgart’s unbeaten start to 2011

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STUTTGART, Germany — Johannes Flum's first-half goal earned Freiburg a 1-0 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday, ending the home side's unbeaten start to 2011. Flum scored in the 24th minute, when he latched onto a through ball from Maximilian Nicu to shoot with his right foot under Sven Ulreich.

South Korea pay penalty as Japan reach Asian Cup final

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DOHA, Qatar— Jubilant three-time champions Japan reached the Asian Cup final after defeating arch-rivals South Korea 3-0 in a nail-biting penalty shootout on Tuesday. Centre-back Yasuyuki Konno netted the decisive penalty, steering the ball into the right-hand side of the goal, after Koo Ja-Cheol, Lee Yong-Rae and Hong Jeong-Ho had all failed from 12 yards [.

Dominant Iran see off UAE in Asian Cup

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DOHA, Qatar — Dominant three-time champions Iran cruised past the United Arab Emirates 3-0 at the Asian Cup Wednesday to finish the group stage as the only side with a 100 percent record. Striker Arash Afshin opened the scoring in the 70th minute only to be sent off for a fierce challenge on UAE goalkeeper [.

Ronaldo sensational with hat-trick

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MADRID, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick as Real Madrid twice came from behind to defeat Villarreal 4-2 on Sunday to maintain their perfect home record and close to within two points of leaders Barcelona. Portuguese star Ronaldo took his season's tally to 22 league goals with strikes in the eighth, 44th and [.

Ex-Nigerian soccer star Okafor kills self in Texas

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LITTLE ELM, Texas  — Uche Okafor, a defender on two Nigerian World Cup teams and a stalwart player for the Kansas City Wizards in the U.S., committed suicide this week at his Dallas-area home, authorities said Friday. He was 43. Okafor's body was discovered Thursday afternoon by his wife in their house in Little Elm, [.

Manchester United

What ARE they thinking…

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LONDON — Tickets for this season's Champions League final at Wembley will be the most expensive in history, UEFA confirmed Thursday as officials revealed sharp price hikes for entry to the football showpiece. While the cheapest tickets sold via allocations to clubs will be 80 pounds (129 dollars/95 euros), the cheapest on general sale "category [.

Rising US Star Gatt joins Norway’s Molde FK

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MOLDE, Norway Rising American soccer star Josh Gatt has officially joined Norwegian Division One professional club Molde FK. Gatt, who signed his first professional contract to play with Austrian club SCR Altach in January of 2010, has emerged this past year as one of the premier young talents in the United States.

English Premier League

West Brom push the panic button

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West Brom, usually a shining example of stability and sensible management at board level, have plunged their season into chaos by sacking their manager Roberto Di Matteo. True, the club have been on a shocking run of 13 defeats in 18 games but as Di Matteo pointed out via the LMA on Sunday, they haven't [.

Torres wants to win prizes. Now.

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LONDON, England Fernando Torres has explained he could wait no longer for Liverpool to reclaim their place amongst the English elite, and he hopes that Reds fans will eventually come to understand that he has joined Chelsea to win trophies and further his career. Torres, signed for a British record £50 million on transfer [.

Chelsea starlet Kakuta seals Fulham loan

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LONDON, England Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta has joined Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season, both clubs have confirmed. Kakuta, 19, completed his move after passing a medical on Tuesday and the deal was sealed after the squad left London for Wednesday's Premier League game at Liverpool. The talented French teenager is [.

Gullit takes over Terek Grozny hotseat

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MOSCOW, Russia — Former Dutch international skipper Ruud Gullit was appointed on Tuesday coach of Russian Premier League club Terek Grozny, local media reported. The 48-year-old has previously coached English Premiership sides Chelsea and Newcastle United along with Dutch giants Feyenoord and MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy.

Holloway looks to cement Premier League status

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At the final whistle of Blackpool's third round FA Cup tie against League One highfliers Southampton, the home fans were ecstatic after all they had just managed to beat one of the Premier League's form teams when it comes to playing away from home, and book their place in the next round. But amid [.

Liverpool fans finally find perfect formula

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As Kenny Dalglish dons the red and white tracksuit once more for his first Anfield training session since 1991 the feeling of relief among the supporters is palpable. Whether justified or not the supporters angst and anger towards Roy Hodgson had reached unsustainable levels, meaning his all to inevitable departure was the only way to [.

Joe Cole gives Hodgson helping hand

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LIVERPOOL, England Joe Cole may have earned under-pressure Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson some breathing space with a last gasp winner against Bolton at Anfield. With the club's owners reportedly seeking a replacement, the summer signing's first league goal and Fernando Torres' equaliser came at just the right time for the former Fulham boss.

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Andy Carroll: I did not want to leave Newcastle United

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LIVERPOOL/NEWCASTLE Andy Carroll last night launched a scathing attack on Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley for selling him against his wishes to Liverpool for £35m in the most extraordinary transfer deadline day in memory. The England striker said that he had been "pushed out the door" by Ashley whose chairman Derek Llambias negotiated a [.

Inoha breaks Qatar hearts as Japan reach last four

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DOHA, Qatar — A dramatic last-minute goal from defender Masahiko Inoha saw 10-man Japan twice come from behind to snatch a 3-2 win over heartbroken hosts Qatar in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Friday. Inoha struck in the 90th minute at a nearly full Al Gharafa Stadium to keep alive Japan's bid for a fourth [.

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MNT vs. Scotland: Field Level Highlights – May 26, 2012

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Inter leap frogs to fourth in Serie A

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MILAN, Italy — Leonardo recorded his fifth straight win as Inter Milan boss as the champions beat Cesena 3-2 at the San Siro on Wednesday to go fourth in Serie A. Christian Chivu was the unlikely match-winner after goals from Erjon Bogdani and Emanuele Giaccherini had cancelled out Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito's early strikes [.