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Soccer-McClaren still unhappy with Coloccini decision

Published: October 30, 2015

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Newcastle United will have their captain and centre back Fabricio Coloccini available at home to Stoke City on Saturday after successfully appealing against his sending off last weekend, but manager Steve McClaren is still not happy. McClaren’s side had been on top against their great local rivals Sunderland until Coloccini was sent off for conceding a penalty from which the home team took the lead, going on to win 3-0 against United’s 10 men


Soccer-Pardew tells Palace not to underestimate Rooney

Published: October 30, 2015

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Crystal Palace will be paying special attention to England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in Saturday’s meeting at Selhurst Park, manager Alan Pardew said on Friday. Rooney has scored only two league goals all season but Pardew believes that may be down to the service he is getting. Rooney has proved many times, particularly when he gets criticism, that he can deliver.


Blatter casts further doubt on integrity of World Cup votes

Published: October 30, 2015

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Sepp Blatter has cast further doubt on the integrity of World Cup votes, blaming Michel Platini for backing out of a secret FIFA pact to award the 2022 tournament to the United States and suggesting Qatar benefited from collusion. Blatter’s comments in an interview with the Financial Times come almost a year after a FIFA ethics investigation exonerated 2018 host Russia and 2022 winner Qatar of corruption in winning the contentious dual votes in 2010


Soccer-Veteran coach De Haan steps in at struggling Heerenveen

Published: October 21, 2015

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Struggling Heerenveen have persuaded veteran coach Foppe de Haan to return to the club after 11 years away and take charge for the next four Dutch league games following Dwight Lodeweges’ resignation. The 72-year-old De Haan, was at the club for 19 years and took charge of more than 500 matches in the longest spell by a coach at any Dutch club, will lead the team again for the first time since 2004 when they play at Willem II Tilburg on Saturday. Heerenveen sit 15th in the 18-team standings with a single victory from nine matches, prompting Lodeweges to step down on Tuesday.


Soccer-Asian Champions League semifinal results

Published: October 21, 2015

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Oct 21 (Infostrada Sports) – Results from the Asian Champions League Semifinal second leg matches on Wednesday SemifinalWednesday, October 21, second legGamba Osaka (Japan) – Guangzhou Evergrande (China) 0-0 (halftime: 0-0) First leg: Guangzhou Evergrande – Gamba Osaka 2-1. Guangzhou Evergrande win 2-1 on aggregate.Tuesday, October 20, second leg Al Ahli Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) 3-2 (halftime: 2-0) First leg: Al Hilal – Al Ahli Dubai 1-1. Al Ahli Dubai win 4-3 on aggregate.


Klopp gets 1st taste of Anfield in Europa League

Published: October 21, 2015

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It will hardly rank alongside the classic European nights that Anfield has staged down the years, but Liverpool’s home match against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday will be significant in its own right.


Rugby gaining some ground in scrum for sporting cash

Published: October 14, 2015

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* Soccer attracts much more money than rugby * But rugby world cup offers encouraging signs * Rugby’s affluent following appeals to sponsors * Broadening rugby’s appeal seen as vital for funding By Kate Holton and Emma Thomasson LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Dan Carter is as big as it gets in rugby union, the poster child of a sport played in more than 100 countries. Although rugby union has more than 7 million players worldwide it is dwarfed by its bigger and brasher rival, is largely limited to its colonial roots and is yet to produce a stand-out star who transcends the sport globally. The inclusion of rugby at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, in the form of the more dynamic and shorter Rugby Sevens which involves smaller teams, is also likely to help drive growth.


Soccer-Van Persie’s headers bookend dramatic Dutch rise and fall

Published: October 14, 2015

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By Mark Gleeson Oct 14 (Reuters) – When Netherlands striker Robin van Persie put away a spectacular diving header against world champions Spain on a balmy afternoon at last year’s World Cup it set them on the way to a 5-1 win and the promise of glory.


Blatter could remain FIFA head if suitable candidate not found: report

Published: June 16, 2015

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By Brian Homewood ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter could go back on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, even as U.S.


Soccer-Chile draw 3-3 with Mexico in Copa thriller

Published: June 16, 2015

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(Adds quotes, details) By Felipe Iturrieta SANTIAGO, June 15 (Reuters) – Hosts Chile had to come from behind twice before themselves being pegged back by Mexico in a thrilling 3-3 Group A clash at the Copa America on Monday. Mexican striker Matias Vuoso and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal both scored twice in a game that roared from end to end and never let up in intensity.


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