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Maradona threatens to sue Grondona

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona has told an Argentine newspaper he will take legal action against Argentine football federation president Julio Grondona over perceived criticism of the World Cup-winner's drug problems. Maradona reacted angrily to comments the 80-year-old Grondona made to local media this week that have been interpreted as a veiled reference to [.

Spain honored with Zaragoza city square

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ZARAGOZA, Spain  — The city of Zaragoza has honored Spain's World Cup victory by dedicating a square to the national team. Spanish football federation head Angel Villar was in attendance Monday as the "Plaza La Roja" square was inaugurated. On local newspaper Heraldo's website, Zaragoza sports official Manu Blasco describes the move as "a well-deserved [.

Bielsa to remain Chilean national coach

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SANTIAGO, Chile Santiago The popular Argentine coach of Chile's national football team, Marcelo Bielsa, will remain in his position, the Chilean football association said Wednesday. Bielsa missed a deadline to turn in a notice of resignation and his contract would remain in effect, said the association's president Sergio Jadue.

Czech Beranek named coach of Kazakhstan

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan Miroslav Beranek, who guided his native Czech Republic to a surprise European Under-21 title triumph in 2002, was named Kazakhstan coach on Monday. Beranek, 53, takes charge of a Kazakh team who are rooted to the bottom of Euro 2012 qualifying Group A. The Kazakhstan job had been vacant since October following [.

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ESPN Star loses Champions League Malaysian rights

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has dropped ESPN Star Sports as its Champions League broadcaster in Malaysia and Brunei. UEFA says it has sold rights to Astro in a three-season contract from 2012-13 through 2014-15. The value of the deal, which includes broadcasting the second-tier Europa League, was not disclosed.

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.

Championship

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 [.

US Club Soccer adds U-20 division

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NEW YORK, NY Consistent with US Club Soccer's goal of providing a vehicle through which clubs can offer life-long soccer to their members, the organization has announced the formation of the National Adult Leagues U-20 Division. US Club Soccer's National Adult Leagues is a program comprised of high-quality, competitive and low-cost local leagues for [.

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic games will stream live online

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ORLANDO, Fl Defending MLS Western Conference Champion FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC as well as USL PRO upstart, Orlando City are set to play in the second annual Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic Feb. 24 and 26, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. On Thursday, [.

Star added to RSL logo, representing title

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SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake unveiled its updated logo to the media on Thursday, which includes a star above the shield signifying the club's 2009 MLS Cup championship. The logo will be featured on this year's uniforms beginning next Tuesday when RSL travels to Columbus to take on the Crew in a CONCACAF Champions [.

Man City great Neil Young dies aged 66

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MANCHESTER, England — Neil Young, a striker in Manchester City's trophy winning teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died aged 66 from cancer, the English Premier League club announced Thursday. Young, who scored the winning goal in the 1969 FA Cup final, was also a member of the City side that [.

MLS rights Canada to TSN

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TORONTO, Ont. TSN has acquired the broadcast rights for Major League Soccer previously held by CBC and Rogers Sportsnet, sources say. The public broadcaster and Sportsnet have been carrying Toronto FC games and league championship matches since the team was formed in 2007, but the national package has now been purchased by CTV/ TSN.

ESPN acquires U.S. rights to 2012, 2016 Euro Championships

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NEW YORK. NY — ESPN has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to soccer's European Championship in 2012 and 2016 and will televise every game of both tournaments. The Union of European Football Associations planned to make the announcement Tuesday. ESPN purchased U.S. broadcast and Internet rights in all languages.

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Beckham exits Tottenham with pie and mash lunch

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LONDON, England David Beckham will say farewell to Tottenham on Monday evening after his training stint with the club. The LA Galaxy star has spent the last six weeks training with the Premier League club to stay fit during the MLS off-season. The former England captain, 35, must now return to his club to [.

Judge will rule on Liverpool sale dispute Thursday

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LONDON, England A British judge will rule Thursday whether Liverpool's former American owners can sue in the United States over the enforced sale of the club to the Boston Red Sox ownership group. Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. claim that an "epic swindle" by Liverpool directors and the club's lenders led to a [.

Soccer kicks off London 2012 Olympic Games

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LONDON, England -Â Olympic organisers published the schedule for the London 2012 Games today along with details of ticket prices. The Games kick off on July 25 with football preliminaries in Cardiff, Coventry and Glasgow. They officially get under way with an opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in east London on July 27 [.

Broadcasters in sexism scandal get radio show

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LONDON, England — The soccer broadcasters who left the British TV station Sky Sports after they were caught making sexist remarks have been hired by a sports radio show. Richard Keys and Andy Gray will work a three-hour show every weekday for the London-based show TalkSport. Keys says "this is the start of something new [.

Friday

Pele warns of World Cup delays

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SAO PAULO, Brazil — Delays in getting Brazil ready to host the 2014 football World Cup could end up with the South American nation being "red-faced" when the time comes, retired soccer legend Pele said Friday. "We are really worried," he told a media conference in Sao Paulo, speaking for the Brazilian Football Confederation and [.

Vegas host biggest international youth tournament

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. About 6,000 teen soccer players will be in Las Vegas for a holiday weekend tournament featuring 332 teams from 26 states and seven foreign countries. The Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Showcase runs Friday through Monday for players ages 14 to 19. It's being touted as the largest youth soccer tournament [.

Protests in Yemen prompt soccer postponement

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ZURICH, Switzerland — Soccer's ruling body has postponed Yemen's home qualifying game for the 2012 Olympics against Singapore because of anti-government protests. FIFA says it agreed with the Asian Football Confederation to delay Wednesday's scheduled first-leg match by one week until March 2. FIFA says the game could be switched to a neutral country if [.

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel extend deal for 1 year

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NEW YORK, NY — Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel have extended their broadcasting deal for one year. The league and the network said Friday that FSC will televise up to 31 regular-season games and three playoff games, including a conference final. The network will broadcast 15 Saturday night games and 14 Friday night [.

London 2012 final shifts Community Shield out of Wembley

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LONDON, England The football final of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be played at Wembley on Saturday, August 11 next year which means the Premier League's curtain-raising Community Shield will have to go elsewhere. The Closing Ceremony of the Games is the following day August 12 when the Community Shield is [.

Danny Szetela arrested after bar fight

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BOONTON, NJ – Danny Szetela, 23, who played for both the Columbus Crew and D.C. United, and played internationally for Racing Santander (Spain) and Brescia (Italy) was arrested last Fridday night after a fight outside Johnnies Tavern in Boonton, New Jersey. Szetela was charged with disorderly conduct with his brothers, Gregory G.

Park Ji-sung out for 4 weeks with hamstring injury

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MANCHESTER, England Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has been ruled out for four weeks because of a hamstring injury. The South Korea international, who recently returned from the Asian Cup in Qatar, injured his hamstring in training on Friday. United manager Alex Ferguson says "it was very unfortunate because it was his last kick [.

Goalie charged after postgame brawl

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LIVE OAK, Fla. A Florida high school soccer goalkeeper has been charged with a felony count of hitting an opposing player during a postgame brawl. The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office booked 18-year-old goalie Jared Andrew Hendry on a felony battery charge Friday, according to its website. He was released on bond.

High school coach in Houston dies after fight

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HOUSTON, Tx — A Houston teacher and soccer coach has died after police say he was attacked in a shopping center parking lot. Christopher Matthews, 33, was allegedly attacked around 11 p.m.on Friday in the parking lot of a shopping complex. Ronald Lee Newman was taken into custody by police following the attack, and was [.

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Johan Cruyff makes Ajax return

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Johan Cruyff has returned to Ajax on an advisory basis after agreeing to become a member of one of three "sounding board groups". A meeting on Thursday night between general manager Rik van den Boog, Ajax's board of directors and Cruyff confirmed the former Holland playmaker's willingness to advise on technical issues.

Q&A Landon Donovan at Cal South Soccer Expo

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LONG BEACH, Cal. The Seventh Annual Cal South Soccer Nation Expo will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center — its first year in the city. According to organizers, the expo is the country's largest free soccer expo. To back up that point, it was announced [.

Manchester City start Eat Like A Player

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?MANCHESTER, England -Â Want to eat like a City player? Want to replicate the pre and post-match meals Carlos Tevez and Joe Hart enjoy? Well, here's your chance. Â Manchester City is posting the recipes of their talented chefs over on their website, so fans have the chance to eat the same food as the City squad [.

Darth Vader Super Bowl ad star wants to play soccer

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DALLAS, Tx. Of all the commercials seen during yesterday's Super Bowl, one seems to have captured the imagination more than others; perhaps even more than Christina Aguilera's messing up of the Star Spangled Banner and the pulsating end to the game itself. One ad where a child in the full Darth Vader costume attempts [.

Brother Wesley Sneijder longer with Ajax

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam extended the contracts of Roly Bonevacia (19) and Rodney Sneijder (19). Both midfield players renewed their contracts with the multi Dutch champions until the summer of 2013. Bonevacia has been with Ajax since 2001 and made his debut in the top squad on August 14, 2010 against Vitesse Arnhem.

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Beckham Assist: star helps stranded motorist

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LONDON, Engand David Beckham stopped to help a stranded family whose car broke down on the way to school. Beckham pulled over during morning rush hour near a roundabout in the town of Ware in England. He assisted photographer Paul Long and his two children. Long had been ignored by other motorists before the [.

Timbers sell more than 11.000 season tickets

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PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland Timbers announced that the team has surpassed 11,000 season tickets sold for its inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2011. With today's announcement, fewer than 1,000 season tickets remain as the club plans to cap season ticket sales at 12,000 for its inaugural season.

The Rest

Manchester United players going to the World Cup

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Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Ashley Young have all made the England squad for this summer's World Cup. Chris Smalling has missed out and hasn't even been included on the standby list.


After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup!

Croatia charges nine over PAOK bus attack

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ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia on Tuesday charged nine hooligans for attacking a bus of PAOK fans ahead of the Greek club's Europa League match against Dinamo Zagreb in December. Four Greek nationals were injured in the December 14 incident. The nine, aged between 18 and 23, were charged with stoning the bus ferrying around 40 [.

Man jailed for conning John Carew

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BIRMINGHAM, England A debt-ridden car dealer from who conned almost £250,000 out of an Aston Villa footballer after promising to supply him with luxury vehicles has been jailed for 40 months. A judge at Birmingham Crown Court condemned Richard Esprit for using "the verbal equivalent of smoke and mirrors" to steal from striker John [.