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Former Dynamo Moscow striker Kosolapov commits suicide

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:47 -0400

(Reuters) - Eduard Kosolapov, 38, the former Dynamo Moscow and Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod striker who was on the coaching staff at Mordovia Saransk, has committed suicide. "Today we received tragic news," Mordovia said on their official website on Friday. "We express our deep and sincere condolences to Eduard's family." According to the Investigation Department of the Russian Federation in the republic of Mordovia, Kosolapov shot himself in the head. Mordovia occupy first place in the National Football League, the second tier of Russian football.

Galaxy-Whitecaps FC Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:51 -0400

The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their excellence over the Vancouver Whitecaps last week. The Whitecaps don't have to wait long for another chance to disrupt the Galaxy's dominance in the series. Los Angeles looks for a ninth win in 11 meetings when it visits Vancouver on Saturday. The Galaxy (2-1-1) are coming off back-to-back shutout victories, including a 1-0 home win over the Whitecaps last Saturday to improve to 8-1-1 in the all-time series.

Laurent Blanc: Ibrahimovic's absence changes everything

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0400

Laurent Blanc: Ibrahimovic's absence changes everythingThe Ligue 1 leaders have lost two of their last three games since losing the Swede to injury, with their coach conceding they cannot play their usual game with Edinson Cavani.


Steve Holland: FA could have helped Chelsea more in Champions League

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:45:00 -0400

Steve Holland: FA could have helped Chelsea more in Champions LeagueThe Blues' Premier League clash with Sunderland was moved back to Saturday, but Jose Mourinho's assistant feels the governing body could have been more accommodating.


Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:36:35 -0400

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Ligue 1 matches on Friday St Etienne 0 Stade Rennes 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 31,137- - -Next Fixtures (GMT): Sunday, April 20 Monaco v Nice (1200) FC Lorient v Montpellier HSC (1500) Girondins Bordeaux v En Avant Guingamp (1500) Bastia v Ajaccio (1500) Stade de Reims v Sochaux (1500) Valenciennes v Nantes (1500) Olympique Marseille v Lille (1900)

Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:13:28 -0400

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the La Liga on Friday 28 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 27 Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) 25 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 17 Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 16 Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) 15 Aduriz (Athletic Club) 14 Pedro (Barcelona) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) 13 David Villa (Atletico Madrid) Javi Guerra (Real Valladolid) Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla) 12 Youssef El Arabi (Granada CF) Sergio Garcia (Espanyol) Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla) Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal) 11 Oriol Riera ...

Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:09:51 -0400

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Ligue 1 on Friday 25 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain) 15 Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain) 14 Vincent Aboubakar (FC Lorient) Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon) Andre-Pierre Gignac (Olympique Marseille) 12 Salomon Kalou (Lille) Bafetimbi Gomis (Olympique Lyon) Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse) 11 Remy Cabella (Montpellier HSC) 10 Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco) Mustapha Yatabare (En Avant Guingamp) Filip Djordjevic (Nantes) 9 Radamel Falcao (Monaco) James Rodriguez (Monaco) Kevin Berigaud (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC) Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) ...

Impact-Sporting Kansas City Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:08:57 -0400

The Montreal Impact will seek to avoid their longest single-season winless streak by adding to their recent success against Sporting Kansas City. Jack McInerney, acquired from Philadelphia on April 4, gave Montreal a lead just before halftime in his club debut last Saturday against visiting Chicago. After a third consecutive tie, Montreal (0-3-3) is on its longest winless streak to open a season and has matched its longest in a single campaign. Including a playoff defeat to Houston, Montreal is 1-10-4 in its last 15 league games.

Chivas USA's McNamara to undergo knee surgery

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400

Chivas USA's McNamara to undergo knee surgeryThe rookie had shown promise but tore his ACL and medial meniscus in a match against the Timbers, Chivas USA confirmed Friday.


Atletico Madrid 2-0 Elche: Miranda, Costa strike late to send Atleti six points clear

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:42:00 -0400

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Elche: Miranda, Costa strike late to send Atleti six points clearMiranda produced a towering header to break the deadlock before Costa netted a penalty.


Yaya Toure: Proper recognition only comes from fans

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:00 -0400

Yaya Toure: Proper recognition only comes from fansThe Ivory Coast international says he wants to prove players from his continent are as good as those from Europe and South America.


Liga MX Clausura Week 16 U.S. TV schedule and previews

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:14:00 -0400

Liga MX Clausura Week 16 U.S. TV schedule and previewsTwo weeks and six playoff places remain in the Liga MX Clausura, meaning several teams are desperate for a result this weekend.


Timbers-Real Salt Lake Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:50:06 -0400

After meeting in last year's Western Conference finals, Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers have started their 2014 seasons in dramatically different fashions. Salt Lake will look to improve upon its best start in franchise history Saturday night when it hosts Portland, which is still seeking its first victory. RSL (2-0-4) is the league's only remaining unbeaten. Though Salt Lake have claimed only two victories, their record is especially impressive given some key injuries.

Liverpool-Norwich City Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:36:56 -0400

Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool entering the weekend unexpectedly atop the Premier League with just four games remaining. With a vital visit from fellow title chasers Chelsea looming, Luis Suarez - Liverpool's top-scorer and one of their three Player of the Year nominees - will try to continue his staggering scoring barrage against struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road. The Uruguayan has scored 11 goals in his last four games against Norwich. Rodgers is in his second season at the helm of Liverpool (24-5-5), which was expected to be the continuation of a rebuilding project after they finished seventh in 2012-13.

Revolution-Fire Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:51 -0400

The Chicago Fire remain winless even though no Eastern Conference team has scored more. No club has scored less than the New England Revolution, and missing their top defender will only make it tougher to slow down the Fire attack. New England, though, has improved offensively and the better record going into Saturday's matchup in Chicago. Reigning MLS Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves is likely to sit out with a right quad injury suffered in a 2-0 win over Houston last Saturday.

Phil Neville: Manchester United has failed this season

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:00 -0400

Phil Neville: Manchester United has failed this seasonThe Red Devils take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday sitting seventh in the Premier League, contemplating a first season without Champions League soccer in 18 years.


Toronto FC-FC Dallas Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:36 -0400

After suffering its first loss of the season in deflating fashion, FC Dallas will try to get back on track by adding to its lengthy unbeaten streak in MLS play against short-handed Toronto FC. Toronto is hoping to have star midfielder Michael Bradley available for its attempt at a first league win in Dallas and first in the series in seven years Saturday night. FC Dallas (4-1-1) seemed poised to add to the best start in franchise history last Saturday, leading by a goal with 16 minutes to play against visiting Seattle. The club, though, gave up an own goal and allowed MLS goal-scoring leader Clint Dempsey to score his second of the game in the 85th minute of a 3-2 defeat.

Sounders-Chivas USA Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:06:00 -0400

Goals on the road were tough to come by last year for the Seattle Sounders. That has not been the case this season as they try to wrap up a three-game trip with seven points Saturday against struggling Chivas USA. Seattle (3-2-1) scored only 15 goals in 18 road matches last season while going 5-11-2. Led by the resurgent Clint Dempsey, who is rounding into form at an opportune time for the U.S. ahead of this summer's World Cup, the Sounders have already struck nine times in claiming seven of a possible nine road points through three matches.

Soccer-Danish championship results and standings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:55:10 -0400

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Danish championship matches on Friday Friday, April 18AGF Aarhus 0 Midtjylland 4 Brondby 3 SonderjyskE 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 AaB Aalborg 27 15 7 5 51 30 52 -------------------------2 Midtjylland 27 14 6 7 49 26 48 -------------------------3 FC Copenhagen 27 12 9 6 43 30 45 4 Brondby 27 11 9 7 36 30 42 -------------------------5 Esbjerg 27 10 7 10 41 33 37 -------------------------6 Nordsjaelland 27 10 6 11 28 34 36 7 OB Odense 27 8 10 9 39 36 34 8 Randers 27 7 12 8 34 40 33 9 FC Vestsjaelland 27 6 11 10 24 35 29 10 AGF ...

Pellegrini 'absolutely sure' of Liverpool, Chelsea slip-ups

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:00 -0400

Pellegrini 'absolutely sure' of Liverpool, Chelsea slip-upsManchester City now needs to rely on its Premier League title rivals dropping points in the final month of the season, but the manager says his team's hopes are still alive.


Dynamo-Union Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:04:32 -0400

The Philadelphia Union's defense has buckled during a rough stretch, while the Houston Dynamo are having a difficult time scoring during their longest losing streak in nearly four years. Both clubs will try to end their woes in Saturday's matchup at Philadelphia. They appeared to outplay New York in some respects in Wednesday's 2-1 road loss, holding a 52.6 percent edge in possession and completing 83.0 percent of their passes compared to 77.0 for the Red Bulls. However, they surrendered the two goals 10 minutes apart early in the second half, only responding with Sebastien Le Toux's score in the 80th minute on a penalty kick.

United-Crew Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:45:09 -0400

Having regained sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead, the Columbus Crew will try to stay in front by adding to their recent dominance over D.C. United. While they were easily defeated by Columbus in this season's opener, United will head into Saturday night's rematch seeking a franchise record-tying third consecutive shutout and their first three-game win streak in two seasons. After winning three in a row to open a season for the first time in franchise history, Columbus fell into a tie for first place following a 2-0 home loss to Toronto FC on April 5. The Crew moved one point ahead of TFC this past week with a 1-all draw at San Jose on Sunday.

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Seattle Sounders

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:35:00 -0400

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Seattle SoundersClint Dempsey and Erick Torres, the league's top two scorers, go head to head in a Western Conference clash.


Earthquakes-Rapids Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:56 -0400

The Colorado Rapids are feeling good after pulling out a tough road win without their leading scorer. The San Jose Earthquakes are coming off another disappointing first half and mired in the worst start in franchise history. With Vicente Sanchez expected back in the lineup, the Rapids appear poised to halt a seven-game winless stretch against the struggling Earthquakes on Saturday. Edson Buddle scored his 99th MLS goal to lift Colorado (3-1-1) to a 1-0 win over Toronto FC last Saturday, the franchise's first victory in seven trips to Toronto.

The Northwest Passages: The reinvention of Obafemi Martins

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:00 -0400

The Northwest Passages: The reinvention of Obafemi MartinsSeattle Sounders star Obafemi Martins made his reputation as a goalscorer, but his recent creative tear has been crucial for his side.


MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:00 -0400

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland TimbersUnbeaten RSL plays host to the surprisingly winless Timbers in a rematch of last year's Western Conference final.


Manchester United-Everton Preview

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:00 -0400

Almost every season while at Everton, a top-four finish to earn a Champions League spot was little more than a pipe dream for David Moyes. His former Merseyside charges could level the death knell to those hopes in his first season at storied Manchester United and help their cause to claim one of those spots Sunday when the Toffees look to play the role of ungracious hosts in Moyes' long-awaited return to Goodison Park. Though Moyes had eight top-seven finishes in his 11 seasons at Everton, his lone appearance in Champions League play was a qualifying loss to Spanish side Villarreal in 2005-06. Though his move to the Theatre of Dreams came with a Champions League spot inherited from predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson for United's Premier League-winning campaign last season, Moyes' side were eliminated by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals as part of his underwhelming first season at Old Trafford.

Majority of Mexico squad already set?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:15:00 -0400

Majority of Mexico squad already set?Miguel Herrera has his mind made up about most of his World Cup squad, with players like Guillermo Ochoa and Gio dos Santos still fighting for places, according to a report.


Diego Costa: 'We know what we have to do'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:00 -0400

Diego Costa: 'We know what we have to do'The Spain international has backed his team to lift the league title and says he is fully fit despite fears following his clash with the post in last week's match.


Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday, April 18

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:49:52 -0400

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday: - - - - MOTOR RACING Chinese Formula One Grand Prix (to 20) Hamilton leads second practice in China SHANGHAI - Lewis Hamilton overcame problems with his car's handling to return Mercedes to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday. ...

Guardiola confident Bayern slump is over

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:40:00 -0400

Guardiola confident Bayern slump is overThe Spanish coach took the blame for his side's lack of intensity in recent weeks and is confident the team will put in a good performance against Madrid.


Eden Hazard a 'major doubt' for Atletico Madrid clash

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:40:00 -0400

Eden Hazard a 'major doubt' for Atletico Madrid clashThe winger limped out of the quarterfinal victory over PSG with a calf injury, and is yet to train with the squad ahead of Tuesday's match.


Soccer-West Ham striker Tombides dies of cancer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:39:45 -0400

West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides has died following a three-year battle with testicular cancer, the Premier League club said on Friday. The 20-year-old Australian, who made his first-team debut in a League Cup match against Wigan Athletic in 2012, was diagnosed with the illness in 2011. Tombides, who joined West Ham as a 15-year-old after a spell in Hong Kong, played for Australia at Under-17 and Under-23 level. "On behalf of the Australian Football Community, we offer our deepest condolences to Dylan's family, team mates and friends during this extremely sad time," David Gallop, Football Federation Australia CEO, said in a statement.

Marco van Basten to take over as AZ coach

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:31:00 -0400

Marco van Basten to take over as AZ coachThe Ajax and AC Milan legend revealed earlier this season that he won't be renewing his contract with Heerenveen and is now set to take over the Alkmaar club next season.


Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez nominated as Liverpool dominates PFA Player of the Year shortlist

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0400

Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez nominated as Liverpool dominates PFA Player of the Year shortlistThe winner will be announced on Sunday, April 27 and Suarez is the favorite to be crowned the top footballer in England following a blistering season.


Sturridge and Hazard among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:25:00 -0400

Sturridge and Hazard among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year awardThe award, which is open to players who were 23-years-old or younger on July 1 2013, will be handed out next Sunday at Grosvenor House in London.


Austria: Ex-players led match-fixing organization

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:04:39 -0400

In the biggest match-fixing scandal in Austrian soccer, three former players are accused of attempting to manipulate 18 national league games from 2004 to 2013 with bets of up to $415,000 a match. Prosecutors say Sanel Kuljic, Dominique Taboga and Johannes Lamprecht formed a criminal organization and have been fixing matches in the country's first and second divisions.

Why Barcelona should consider selling Messi

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:40:00 -0400

Why Barcelona should consider selling MessiThe Argentina captain is at odds with the club over a new contract but with the need for renewal urgent around Camp Nou, should Barca take the money and run?


The Dossier: Everton's advancement contrasts the diminished style of Manchester United

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:46:00 -0400

The Dossier: Everton's advancement contrasts the diminished style of Manchester UnitedMan United concedes fewer shots at Old Trafford under David Moyes but has sacrificed attacking potency - quite the opposite to Roberto Martinez's impact at Goodison Park.


Schweinsteiger: Bayern wants to 'dominate' Madrid

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:32:00 -0400

Schweinsteiger: Bayern wants to 'dominate' MadridThe midfielder says the Bavarians will continue to try and impose their possession-based style on the newly-crowned Copa del Rey winner at the Santiago Bernabeu.