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Soccer
Americans Abroad Preview: Onyewu and Ream clash with eye toward World Cup camp

Americans Abroad Preview: Onyewu and Ream clash with eye toward World Cup campOguchi Onyewu and Tim Ream are both on the radar for places in the U.S. national team pre-World Cup camp, and they will face each other this weekend in league Championship action.


Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach

Fulham's head coach Meulensteen waves before their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City in London(Reuters) - David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex Ferguson who Moyes removed in favor of bringing in his own backroom staff, said Moyes had paid the price for ignoring the blueprint of success forged under Ferguson.


Soccer-Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach
David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex Ferguson who Moyes removed in favour of bringing in his own backroom staff, said Moyes had paid the price for ignoring the blueprint of success forged under Ferguson.
Motor racing-Senna had so much to offer, says sister
By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, April 25 (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It's funny, it doesn't seem like it was 20 years ago," his sister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as Brazil's most popular sport.
Emery: Sevilla is now the favorite

Emery: Sevilla is now the favoriteThe coach felt his side were good value for their victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but acknowledges that they will most likely be made to "suffer" at Mestalla next week


AC Milan boss Seedorf: Ancelotti comparisons 'embarrassing'

AC Milan boss Seedorf: Ancelotti comparisons 'embarrassing'The Dutchman has overseen a run of five successive wins in Serie A but he thinks it ludicrous that he is now being mentioned in the same breath as the Rossoneri icon.


Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis

Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semisLISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Substitute Lima scored in the 84th minute to give Benfica a 2-1 victory over Italy's Juventus in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal Thursday night.


Conte: Juventus honored Italian football against Benfica

Conte: Juventus honored Italian football against BenficaThe Bianconeri boss felt his players dominated after conceding a third-minute goal and were merely punished for falling "asleep at the back" in the closing stages.


Valencia boss Pizzi slams referee after 'obvious' offside goal for Sevilla

Valencia boss Pizzi slams referee after 'obvious' offside goal for SevillaLos Che have been left with a mountain to climb in order to make it to Turin, thanks in part to a contentious opening goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan


Aston Villa-Swansea City Preview
Guaranteeing Premier League survival will be the aim for both Swansea City and Aston Villa when they meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Hosts Swansea (9-9-17) beat Newcastle 2-1 last week to pick up their first points in three games and move six clear of the drop zone. However, with three games remaining, the Swans are not yet safe, and centre-back Jordi Amat is keen to build on the win over Newcastle and move up the table. "This has been a hard season," said Amat, who will replace Chico Flores in the starting lineup.
West Ham United-West Brom Preview
West Bromwich Albion are targeting four more points for Premier League survival, and a win over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday would put them close to achieving that aim. Pepe Mel's side (6-15-13) have picked up five points from their last four games to give themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation, but conceding stoppage-time equalisers to both Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur during that run has left them still needing results in their final matches of the campaign. With Cardiff and Fulham both three points behind the Baggies having played a game more, Mel believes that four points from his team's four remaining matches should be enough. But some of the performances we have seen recently are those we need to see in order to keep ourselves up." Despite being 12th in the table, Sam Allardyce's West Ham (10-7-18) are not yet assured of their Premier League status either.
Soccer-Sevilla earn two-goal cushion against Valencia
(Adsd detail, quotes) BARCELONA, April 24 (Reuters) - Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca were on target for Sevilla as they took a big step towards reaching the Europa League final with a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday. The Andalusian side continued their good form which has seen them win nine of their last 10 La Liga games as they took advantage of Valencia's defensive weaknesses to put themselves in the driving seat in the all-Spanish semi-final. After a frantic start to the game MBia knocked in the opening goal on the half hour mark and then Bacca added another shortly afterwards as he used his pace to get clear before finishing clinically. "It was a good game from us against a strong rival in Valencia but despite this result it is still going to be difficult there," Bacca told reporters.
Norwich City-Manchester United Preview
Manchester United begin life without David Moyes on Saturday when they welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford. The decision to sack Moyes came Monday - just 10 months after he had been hand-picked by predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson - the club's greatest manager. The sacking ended a disastrous tenure that saw United drop from Premier League champions to seventh-placed also-rans in the space of one campaign. United won just 27 of the 51 games played under Moyes, and this season has seen them rack up their least number of points in the Premier League era and produce their worst home record since 1978.
Tottenham Hotspur-Stoke City Preview
Stoke City hope Tottenham Hotspurs' visit to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday will be one for the record books. Victory over the London side would also propel the Potters to 47 points, equaling their best haul in a Premier League campaign, and with two games still to play. It will be no easy task for Stoke (11-11-13) who are winless in four against Saturday's opponents, losing twice and drawing twice. Peter Crouch knows exactly what to expect from Spurs having started his career their and spent two further years at White Hart Lane before signing on at Stoke in 2011 "Having played for Tottenham they will come here and look to play on the front foot and impose themselves on the game - they will want the three points for sure," Crouch told club's official website.
Breaking European drought unimportant, insists Tevez after Benfica defeat

Breaking European drought unimportant, insists Tevez after Benfica defeatThe Argentine played down the significance of his first strike in continental competition since 2009, saying he is only interested in helping the Bianconeri get through


Soccer-Late Lima strike gives Benfica win over Juve
* Benfica earn late victory in Europa League semi-final first leg * Tevez on mark for Juve but Lima gives Portuguese side the edge April 24 (Reuters) - A brilliantly-worked Lima goal gave last year's runners-up Benfica a late 2-1 win at home to Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Central defender Ezequiel Garay headed Benfica in front after three minutes but the recently-crowned Portuguese champions failed to take advantage and Carlos Tevez levelled for Juventus on 73 minutes.
Fixer of Australian soccer games jailed
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian man who organized an international match-fixing syndicate involving Australian soccer games in 2013 has been jailed for at least a year.
Soccer-Scolari says has chosen Brazil's World Cup squad
* Scolari knows his World Cup squad * Squad due be announced on May 7 * Coach selects four captains (Adds details, quotes) By Tatiana Ramil SAO PAULO, April 24 (Reuters) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday. "I have no doubts," Scolari said at the Sao Judas Tadeu University in Sao Paulo after a conference on psychology and football.
Benfica 2-1 Juventus: Lima late show gives Eagles advantage

Benfica 2-1 Juventus: Lima late show gives Eagles advantageCarlos Tevez cancelled out Ezequiel Garay's opener to put the visitors in control but the Brazilian struck with just six minutes remaining to give Jorge Jesus' men the advantage


Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Mbia, Bacca give Andulians controversial advantange

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Mbia, Bacca give Andulians controversial advantangeThe hosts' opener appeared to be offside as Unai Emery's side took a huge stride toward the Europa League final against his old club.


Scolari confirms Julio Cesar's World Cup spot

Scolari confirms Julio Cesar's World Cup spotBrazil's coach has identified the Toronto FC goalkeeper as one of Brazil's "chosen leaders," along with David Luiz and Fred.


Messi contract situation shocking, fumes former Barcelona president Laporta

Messi contract situation shocking, fumes former Barcelona president LaportaThe 51-year-old is stunned that the Catalans have not tied the four-time Ballon d'Or winner down to a new deal yet, and says Neymar has been a victim of the board's mismanagement


Bayern: We won't apologize to Dortmund

Bayern: We won't apologize to DortmundThe Bavarians' vice president has continued the ongoing dispute between the two clubs over a sum of money loaned to the Signal Iduna Park side during its financial struggles.


Agent: Rossi will be fit for Coppa Italia final

Agent: Rossi will be fit for Coppa Italia finalAndrea Pastorello says his client has fully recovered from the knee ligament damage he suffered in January and will be in prime physical condition for this summer's World Cup


Hull City-Fulham Preview
Relegation-threatened Fulham need a positive result from Saturday's home match against Hull City to retain any realistic hope of avoiding the drop. Fulham (9-3-23) are second from bottom and two points from safety with three matches to play. After facing Hull, the Cottagers travel to Stoke City before ending their campaign with a London derby against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on May 12. Midfielder Paul Parker has vowed he and his teammates will do everything they can to help Fulham stay in the Premier League.
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings
April 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Ukrainian championship matches on Thursday Thursday, April 24 Arsenal Kiev Metalurg Donetsk Postponed Chernomorets Odessa 1 Dynamo Kiev 1 Zakarpattya Uzhgorod 0 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 Illichevets Mariupol 1 Vorskla Poltava 2 Volyn Lutsk 1 Metalist Kharkiv 4 Wednesday, April 23 Sevastopol 5 Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Tavria Simferopol 1 Zarja Lugansk 2 Karpaty Lviv 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 25 18 2 5 54 21 56 -------------------------2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 24 16 5 3 47 20 53 ...
Chelsea midfielder Ramires handed four-game ban

Chelsea midfielder Ramires handed four-game banThe Brazilian accepted a charge of violent conduct for striking Sebastian Larsson and will miss the rest of the English season.


Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfests

Valcke: Brazilian cities must organize fanfestsAll 12 host cities have ''no choice'' and ''must'' organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke's blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday. The warning comes as officials in the northeastern city of Recife reiterate they still don't know whether they will stage a fanfest, which allows fans without tickets to watch matches for free on large screens in public areas. ''The cities who have not yet committed to have their own fanfest, it's a mistake, and they have to do it, there is no choice,'' Valcke said after visiting the fanfest site in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. ''There must be a fanfest in each of the 12 host cities in Brazil.


Schalke exec criticized over possible Kremlin trip
BERLIN (AP) -- The chairman of the German soccer team Schalke is drawing criticism for suggesting his team would accept an invitation to Moscow from President Vladimir Putin. The Russian energy giant Gazprom is a team sponsor.
Klopp: There are 1,000 reasons to stay at Dortmund

Klopp: There are 1,000 reasons to stay at DortmundThe 46-year-old has rejected reports suggesting he will leave the club and insists he is "super happy" at Signal Iduna Park.


Everton-Southampton Preview
Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists his fifth-placed side will reach the Champions League if they can win their final three games, beginning with Saturday's lunch-time kick-off at St. Mary's against Southampton. The Toffees are one point behind Arsenal for a place in Europe's most prestigious club competition, with the Gunners playing on Monday night at home against Newcastle United. Maximum points over the remainder of the campaign will give Everton 78. "I think it is fair to say, just looking at the last 15 years or since the Premier League started, the fourth place is well below the 76 points," he said.
Iniesta: Messi won't find another club like Barcelona

Iniesta: Messi won't find another club like BarcelonaThe midfielder believes his teammate would be wrong to consider moving and hopes he stays in Catalonia for the rest of his career.


Real Sociedad reportedly offers Carlos Vela contract extension

Real Sociedad reportedly offers Carlos Vela contract extensionThe club is said to be interested in signing the Mexican striker, whose current deal expires in 2016, until 2018 or 2019.


Suarez excited by Liverpool talent

Suarez excited by Liverpool talentThe Uruguay star has praised the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan and says they will go from strength to strength next term.


Martinez: Moyes will bounce back from Man Utd sacking

Martinez: Moyes will bounce back from Man Utd sackingThe Everton boss was surprised to hear of his predecessor's departure and has tipped him to make a swift return to management.


The undisputed star of the champion elect - why Suarez should win Player of the Year

The undisputed star of the champion elect - why Suarez should win Player of the YearThe striker has been the key figure in Liverpool's rampant march to the top of the Premier League, dazzling fans with a series of all-action, goal-laden performances.


Cardiff City-Sunderland Preview
Gus Poyet got his miracle. Now, he may have a chance to pull Sunderland closer to unexpected survival in the Premier League. Fresh off the back of a stunning victory away to Chelsea, Poyet and the Black Cats will try to build on their momentum and capitalise on a timely meeting with fellow relegation battlers Cardiff City on Sunday. Much of Sunderland's season has been abysmal, and the club seemed destined for a return to the Championship while wallowing at the bottom of the Premier League with little hope of survival.
Manchester City-Crystal Palace Preview
Manchester City's hopes for a second Premier League title in three seasons require some help from Liverpool's opponents, and in the meantime, all Manuel Pellegrini's squad can do is avoid a fatal slip up. They could have Yaya Toure back to aid in that task when traveling to Selhurst Park Sunday for a meeting with streaking Crystal Palace, who have secured Premier League safety for the first time in club history. "We always talk with the players that if Liverpool win their (last) three matches and win 14 in a row, they will be champions," said Pellegrini after Monday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014 photo, from left to right, Israeli Arab players Hanin Gamal Nasser, Walaa Hussien and Noura Abu-Shanab pose with their coach during a practice session in Petah Tikva, Israel. When the Israeli women’s soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel’s national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals _ he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. For Hapoel Petah Tikva, the addition of five Arab-Israeli women has made waves in the league, as Arab-Israelis often face discrimination in Israel on and off the field. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. Arab Israelis, who complain of decades of discrimination in day-to-day life, are rare in the Israeli Women's Premier League - a small league that is often overlooked in the local sports scene.


Platini: Manchester City and PSG will not be banned from Champions League over FFP

Platini: Manchester City and PSG will not be banned from Champions League over FFPThe Frenchman has made it clear that there will be tough sanctions for those who don't comply with the rules, but no teams will be excluded from European competitions.


2014 NFL schedule released: Packers-Seahawks kicks off season


The NFL schedule is finally here. And the season kicks off with some primo matchups, including the defending champion Seahawks taking on the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.