06:40pm CDT, 05/22/15
        
Soccer
Manchester United-Hull City Preview
Hull City have to beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season to have any chance of avoiding relegation. The Tigers (8-10-19) are third from bottom in the table and even if they did take maximum points from the Red Devils (20-9-8), they will survive only if fellow strugglers Newcastle United fail to beat West Ham on Sunday in their match at St James' Park. Newcastle are two points clear of the Tigers but their goal differential is inferior (minus-25 to Hull City's minus-18) and have suffered a catastrophic loss of form, with nine defeats and a draw in 10 top-flight matches.
Liverpool-Stoke City Preview
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes wants to sign off a record-breaking campaign by taking maximum points against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of the season. The Potters (14-9-14) set a new club record Premier League tally of 51 points with a goalless draw at Burnley last weekend, and Hughes' side also are guaranteed a second successive ninth-place finish having lost only one of their last six league matches. "We can all look back upon the season with a lot of pride, especially if we are able to end it with another victory this weekend," Hughes told his club's official website.
Soccer-I would never choose to leave Chelsea, says Mourinho
* Mourinho happy to stay at Chelsea * Would consider another English club if he leaves champions (re-leads adding new Mourinho quotes) By Michael Hann LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would not choose to leave the club he has just steered to another Premier League title but he is prepared to manage another English team, the Portuguese coach has told the BBC. Mourinho, 52, said in an interview with the Football Focus programme, to be shown on Saturday, that having come back to Stamford Bridge in 2013 for a second spell in charge he would only leave if owner Roman Abramovich did not want him. "I see myself coaching another club, yes, but I love Chelsea and I am in Mr Abramovich's hands and until then I'm here," he said.
Soccer-Argentine championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Argentine championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Gimnasia-La Plata 3 Quilmes 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Boca Juniors 12 8 4 0 21 6 28 2 Belgrano 12 8 2 2 19 9 26 -------------------------3 Rosario Central 12 7 5 0 19 10 26 4 San Lorenzo 12 8 1 3 18 7 25 5 River Plate 12 7 4 1 24 15 25 6 Tigre 12 6 4 2 14 9 22 7 Racing Club 12 5 6 1 15 6 21 8 Banfield 12 6 2 4 18 14 20 9 Newell's Old Boys 12 5 4 3 13 11 19 10 Union (Santa Fe) 12 4 6 2 20 16 18 11 Aldosivi 12 5 3 4 15 16 18 12 San Martin (San Juan) 12 4 5 3 15 13 17 13 ...
FC Dallas-Impact Preview
FC Dallas owns the league's longest active unbeaten streak. Embarking on the lengthiest road trip in franchise history Saturday night, Dallas takes on the Montreal Impact, who have turned their focus toward MLS play following the completion of both their Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League runs. Dallas (6-2-3) has vaulted to the top of the Western Conference with a 3-0-2 record in its last five games.
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Portuguese championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22Porto 2 Penafiel 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts C1 Benfica 33 26 4 3 82 15 82 2 Porto 34 25 7 2 74 13 82 -------------------------3 Sporting 33 21 10 2 66 29 73 -------------------------4 Braga 33 16 7 10 50 28 55 5 Vitoria Guimaraes 33 14 10 9 46 33 52 6 Pacos de Ferreira 33 12 11 10 40 42 47 -------------------------7 Belenenses 33 11 12 10 32 35 45 8 Nacional 33 12 8 13 42 46 44 9 Maritimo 33 12 8 13 45 41 44 10 Rio Ave 33 10 13 10 38 41 43 11 Moreirense 33 10 10 13 31 41 40 12 ...
Soccer-King appointed Rangers chairman
Dave King has been appointed as the new chairman of second tier Rangers, the 54-time Scottish champions announced on Friday. Businessman King led a successful bid to remove the previous board in March and earlier this week the Scottish Football Association (SFA) said they were satisfied he was "fit and proper" to become the club's chairman. "It has taken much longer than any of us had anticipated to bring about board changes but we have achieved that and I am deeply honoured to become the club's chairman," King said in a statement on the club's official website (www.rangers.co.uk).
Soccer-Polish championship relegation group results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Polish championship Relegation Group matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Cracovia Krakow 1 Korona Kielce 1 Zawisza Bydgoszcz 1 Gornik Leczna 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Cracovia Krakow 34 12 9 13 43 44 27 2 Piast Gliwice 33 12 7 14 47 50 24 3 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala 33 11 10 12 44 52 24 4 Gornik Leczna 34 10 11 13 38 44 24 5 Ruch Chorzow 33 10 10 13 38 39 24 6 Korona Kielce 34 10 10 14 37 51 21 -------------------------7 Zawisza Bydgoszcz 34 9 7 18 39 59 20 8 GKS Belchatow 33 8 8 17 28 51 17 7-8: Relegation Next Fixtures (GMT): ...
Southampton-Manchester City Preview
The Premier League career of an English football great comes to an end wearing Manchester City blue with the top of the table out of reach, but there's a prize on the line for the side that's trying to play spoiler. Frank Lampard's nearly two-decade run comes to an end Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, but that won't stop Southampton from seeking a result that would qualify them for Europe for the first time since 2003-04. Lampard made his Premier League debut back in 1996 as a 17-year-old for West Ham United before spending his club prime with Chelsea.
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Romanian championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Gaz Metan Medias 2 Concordia Chiajna 0 Petrolul Ploiesti 0 Dinamo Bucharest 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 FCM Targu Mures 32 20 8 4 49 20 68 -------------------------2 Steaua Bucharest 32 21 4 7 57 23 67 3 CFR Cluj 32 15 9 8 44 25 54 -------------------------4 Petrolul Ploiesti 33 14 10 9 40 27 52 -------------------------5 FC Astra 32 13 12 7 48 26 51 6 Universitatea Craiova 32 13 11 8 36 32 50 7 Dinamo Bucharest 33 13 9 11 47 42 48 8 FC Botosani 32 12 10 10 36 37 46 9 CSMS Iasi ...
Soccer-France thrash Germany to win European under-17 title
France won the European under-17 championship for the second time by overpowering Germany 4-1 helped by Odsonne Edouard's brilliant hat-trick in an entertaining final in the Black Sea city of Burgas on Friday. France, who also triumphed in 2004, went ahead just before the break when Edouard gave goalkeeper Constantin Frommann no chance with a precise shot from 12 metres -- the first goal Germany had conceded in the 16-team tournament. Edouard scored again seven minutes after the interval but the Germans quickly reduced the deficit when France goalkeeper Luca Zidane -- son of former great Zinedine Zidane -- could only divert Erdinc Karakas' powerful header into the net.
Whitecaps FC-Rapids Preview
The Vancouver Whitecaps have slumped since a fast start, and fatigue could also be a factor when they face the struggling but better-rested Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Coming off a Wednesday contest, the busy Whitecaps visit a Rapids club that hasn't played in more than two weeks - and has dominated the recent meetings at Dick's Park. Vancouver (6-4-2) has been unable to recapture the form it displayed in opening 4-1-0.
D.C. United-Revolution Preview
D.C. United has maintained its spot atop the Eastern Conference while playing the majority of the season without last year's co-leading scorers. After learning Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva will miss even more time, D.C. visits a New England Revolution squad looking to move into first place Saturday night. Espindola and Silva scored 11 goals apiece in 2014 to help United finish with the most points in the East.
Soccer-Hungarian championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Hungarian championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Dunaujvaros PASE 0 Debrecen 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts C1 Fehervar 28 21 5 2 63 12 68 -------------------------2 Ferencvaros 28 17 7 4 46 19 58 3 MTK Hungaria 28 17 3 8 37 24 54 4 Debrecen 29 14 9 6 39 19 51 -------------------------5 Paks 28 12 9 7 38 26 45 6 Ujpest 28 12 9 7 32 24 45 7 Diosgyor 28 11 9 8 40 35 42 8 Kecskemeti TE 28 10 8 10 30 35 38 9 Puskas Akademia FC 28 10 5 13 31 32 35 10 Gyor ETO 28 9 8 11 38 39 35 11 Nyiregyhaza 28 8 6 14 31 45 30 12 Pecs 28 7 7 14 30 47 ...
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Turkish championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Genclerbirligi 1 Mersin Idmanyurdu 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Galatasaray 32 23 4 5 57 34 73 -------------------------2 Fenerbahce 32 21 7 4 56 27 70 -------------------------3 Besiktas 32 20 6 6 53 29 66 -------------------------4 Istanbul Basaksehir 32 15 12 5 45 26 57 -------------------------5 Bursaspor 32 15 8 9 68 44 53 -------------------------6 Trabzonspor 32 14 11 7 54 45 53 -------------------------7 Mersin Idmanyurdu 33 13 7 13 52 46 46 8 Konyaspor 32 12 8 12 29 38 44 ...
Soccer-Bulgarian championship relegation group results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Bulgarian championship Relegation Group matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0 Levski Sofia 1 Slavia Sofia 1 Cherno More Varna 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Levski Sofia 31 16 5 10 60 33 53 2 Cherno More Varna 31 15 5 11 41 34 50 3 Slavia Sofia 31 11 7 13 39 38 40 4 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 31 8 5 18 26 51 29 -------------------------R5 Marek Dupnitsa 31 5 5 21 14 65 20 R6 Haskovo 31 4 3 24 18 70 15 -------------------------R - Relegated5-6: Relegation
Soccer-Norwegian championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Norwegian championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22Mjondalen IF 0 Molde 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Rosenborg Trondheim 9 7 1 1 31 9 22 -------------------------2 Stabaek 9 6 2 1 16 6 20 3 Molde 10 5 2 3 24 12 17 -------------------------4 Valerenga Oslo 9 5 2 2 20 15 17 -------------------------5 Viking Stavanger 9 5 1 3 12 10 16 6 Odd Grenland 9 4 3 2 14 10 15 7 Sarpsborg 08 9 3 4 2 13 10 13 8 Lillestrom * 9 3 4 2 13 12 12 9 Stromsgodset IF 9 3 3 3 16 17 12 10 Mjondalen IF 10 3 3 4 15 21 12 11 Aalesund 9 3 2 4 12 20 11 12 IK ...
Soccer-Croatian championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Croatian championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Slaven Belupo Koprivnica 2 Zadar 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts C1 Dinamo Zagreb 34 25 9 0 80 20 84 -------------------------2 Rijeka 34 21 9 4 73 25 72 3 Hajduk Split * 34 14 7 13 57 55 46 4 Lokomotiva Zagreb 34 13 6 15 57 63 45 -------------------------5 NK Zagreb 34 12 7 15 41 53 43 6 Slaven Belupo Koprivnica 35 11 9 15 36 46 42 7 NK Split 34 8 13 13 38 48 37 8 Istra 1961 34 7 13 14 35 54 34 -------------------------9 Osijek 34 9 6 19 39 54 33 -------------------------10 Zadar 35 ...
Soccer-Renard quits as Ivory Coast coach, clearing way for Lille move
Herve Renard has stood down as coach of African Nations Cup winners Ivory Coast to pave the way for a move to Ligue 1 side Lille, the Frenchman announced on Friday. French media reports have heavily linked Renard with a move to Ligue 1 side Lille and he cited a new challenge as the reason for his departure. "My adventure with Ivory Coast was exceptional.
Soccer-Ebola-free Liberia allowed to host internationals
(Adds details) * Liberia declared Ebola-free on May 9 * Sierra Leone and Guinea still barred from hosting games CAPE TOWN, May 22 (Reuters) - Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and Sierra Leone would remain in place. Liberia was earlier this month declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who wrote to CAF to suggest international football could safely resume.
New York City FC-Real Salt Lake Preview
Jason Kreis has deep roots with Real Salt Lake, first as a star player and later as its MLS Cup-winning coach. Hopefully we'll go there and enjoy it." Kreis was traded from Dallas to Real Salt Lake in November 2004, becoming the franchise's first player. After retiring in May 2007, Kreis immediately became Salt Lake's coach at 34 years old - the league's youngest at the time.
Timbers-Toronto FC Preview
While the Portland Timbers have their offensive motor back from injury, Toronto FC is entering a prolonged stretch without one of the key offseason returnees in MLS. Toronto's road-heavy schedule shifts back home for three matches beginning Saturday against the Timbers, but Jozy Altidore will likely miss the entire homestand and more because of a hamstring strain. The U.S. national team forward, who has appeared before a home crowd just once in league play thus far while Toronto (3-5-1) rehabbed BMO Field, was subbed off in the 21st minute of last Saturday's 1-1 draw at New England and could be out for over four weeks.
Sporting Kansas City-Sounders Preview
Chad Barrett has gone from little-used veteran to having a prominent role as one of the Seattle Sounders' main offensive threats nurses an injury. Sporting Kansas City has been forced to overcome some health issues of its own. Barrett is expected to get his second straight start in place of Obafemi Martins as Seattle seeks an eighth victory in nine meetings with visiting Sporting KC on Saturday night.
Soccer-Van Gaal confident of keeping De Gea at United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is confident goalkeeper David De Gea will stay at Old Trafford despite reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid. The 24-year-old De Gea, who is seen as the perfect replacement for the ageing Iker Cassillas at the Bernabeu, has enjoyed a fine season and won the club's player of the year award on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of United's final game of the season against Hull City on Sunday, Van Gaal said De Gea, who suffered a hamstring injury in the draw against Arsenal last weekend, has not packed his bags just yet.
Soccer-Liberia allowed to host internationals as Ebola threat recedes
Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and Sierra Leone would remain in place. Liberia was earlier this month declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who wrote to CAF to suggest international football could safely resume.
Army removes WWII bomb near London's Wembley Stadium

Army removes WWII bomb near London's Wembley StadiumBritish police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London's Wembley Stadium. It is believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early 1940s. The discovery of the device prompted police to evacuate hundreds of people from their homes and offices, as army bomb disposal experts worked through the night to try to defuse the bomb.


Soccer-Sunderland have offered me new deal, says Advocaat
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat said on Friday he has been offered a deal to stay at the Premier League club but will make a decision on his future next week. The 67-year-old, who replaced Gus Poyet as head coach in March on a contract until the end of the season, steered Sunderland away from Premier League relegation with a game to spare following a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.
Soccer-Ibrahimovic to miss PSG's season finale
PARIS, May 22 (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been left out of Paris St Germain's squad to play Stade de Reims at home in Ligue 1's last round of matches on Saturday, coach Laurent Blanc told a news conference. Sweden striker Ibrahimovic missed last Saturday's 2-1 win at Montpellier with a calf injury. That result ensured PSG were crowned French champions for the third season in a row. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)
Soccer-Hull boss Bruce hoping for a favour in survival fight
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is desperate for a favour in the fight for Premier League survival but friend and West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce may not be the man to offer it in the final round of matches on Sunday. Hull are 18th with 34 points and not only have to beat Manchester United, having lost all their seven games against them in the Premier League, but must also hope 17th-placed Newcastle United fail to defeat West Ham.
Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in BrazilNot long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup. The experienced coach, one of the most successful ever in Brazil, left the club jeered by fans and criticized by commentators.


Greece escapes soccer suspension, FIFA happy with changes
FIFA says it is satisfied with changes made to sporting law in Greece, and has dropped a threat to suspend the country from international competition. In a letter to the government dated May 20 and made public Friday by the Greek Football Association, FIFA said a law approved by parliament this month to combat violence and match-fixing did ''take into account the proposals previously made by FIFA and UEFA.'' FIFA had complained that the draft legislation initially submitted to parliament would have interfered with the independence of the sport's administration, and demanded that amendments be made.
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Chinese championship matches on Friday Friday, May 22 Guizhou Renhe 2 Shanghai SIPG 0 Shijiazhuang Yongchang FC 0 Hangzhou Greentown 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Shanghai SIPG 11 6 4 1 19 8 22 2 Guangzhou Evergrande 10 6 3 1 26 11 21 3 Beijing Guo'an 10 6 3 1 17 9 21 4 Shandong Luneng 10 6 1 3 22 13 19 5 Guangzhou R-F 10 4 3 3 14 11 15 6 Shijiazhuang Yongchang FC 10 4 3 3 13 12 15 7 Jiangsu Sainty 10 4 3 3 16 17 15 8 Shanghai Shenhua 10 4 2 4 14 17 14 9 Liaoning Whowin 10 3 4 3 13 18 13 10 Henan Jianye 10 3 3 4 12 14 12 10 Tianjin ...
Soccer-Reuters Premier League team of the year
From looking like an underfed teenager when he arrived at Old Trafford, De Gea has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world and is widely tipped to depart for Real Madrid in the summer. - - DEFENDERS Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea The Serbian is every manager's dream defender and enjoyed another remarkably consistent season. One of a handful of unanimous selections, Terry has had a superb campaign as his experience, anticipation, physical strength and leadership have been a pivotal part of the club's success.
Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian princeIn soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. Three men were vying to stop Blatter from winning a fifth term, but only one will now be on the ballot next Friday: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Luis Figo had been the only former player in the contest, but the ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid star quit the race on Thursday.


Sunderland-Chelsea Preview
There will be no great escape at season's end this time by Sunderland. Instead, Sunday's season finale against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be the formal coronation of the champion Blues, with Jose Mourinho lifting the Premier League trophy for the third time with the London club. The Black Cats (7-17-13) fittingly secured their top-flight status for next season with a draw, as Monday's scoreless deadlock at The Emirates versus Arsenal put them on 38 points - four clear of 18th-place Hull City.
Soccer-I won't give medal away this time, says Mourinho
By Michael Hann LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho will receive a third Premier League winners' medal on Sunday but the Chelsea manager is not feeling so charitable this time -- meaning no surprise souvenir for a lucky fan at Stamford Bridge. After claiming a second English title in 2006 following a 3-0 win against Manchester United, Mourinho launched his medal and blazer into the crowd. Chelsea host Sunderland in their final game of the season on Sunday where they will be presented with the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2010.
Soccer-Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player
(Adds Israeli FA accusing PFA of "deliberate provocation") By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 22 (Reuters) - The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer's governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday. The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday.
Soccer-Luis Enrique dismisses questions on Barcelona future
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Friday dismissed questions about whether he will stay on next season, saying he will comment once the current campaign, when the Catalan giants could secure a treble of trophies, is over. Coming to the end of his first term in charge at the Nou Camp, Luis Enrique has a contract until June 2016 but the club is due to hold elections for president over the summer and a new regime could decide fresh faces are needed. Barca wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years last weekend and are through to the King's Cup final to play Athletic Bilbao on May 30 and face Juventus in the Champions League final a week later.
Soccer-CFR Cluj have 24-point deduction annulled by CAS
Cash-strapped former Romanian league champions CFR Cluj have won an appeal against a 24-point deduction, the club said on Friday after a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "This morning, our club have been informed about the favourable decision," Cluj said in a statement. "We take this opportunity to thank all those who trusted and who have been with our club during this difficult time." In February, Cluj were penalised because of their inability to deal with spiralling debts.
Soccer-I want to continue at Real Madrid, Ancelotti says
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after Saturday's final La Liga game of the campaign at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay on despite a season without a major trophy. Speculation that Real president Florentino Perez is poised to discard Ancelotti, a year before his three-year contract expires, has been rife since the holders were eliminated from the Champions League and Barcelona secured the La Liga title last weekend. Ancelotti's post-training news conference on Friday had the air of a farewell, with journalists applauding the Italian at the end, but he insisted he is ready and willing to continue.

NFL rejects NFLPA Roger Goodell recusal motion in Tom Brady appeal


By Will Brinson | CBSSports.com NFL Writer The NFL rejected an NFLPA motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal, a league source tells CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Patriots quarterback was suspended four games f