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Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup
Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup 'pact'

The Chilean FA's vice-president has confirmed that the body will not report Peru and Colombia to FIFA over an alleged pact struck to send both teams through World Cup qualifying at the Roja's expense.  Tuesday saw the South American pair draw 1-1 in

Burnley look to continue strong start v. West Ham
Burnley look to continue strong start v. West Ham

Joe Prince-Wright previews Burnley v. West Ham as Burnley hope to end their streak of four straight losses against West Ham.

'Reflection of light' on ball prompts Irish National Lottery fix accusations

The Irish National Lottery has assured players of its "integrity" after a number on a ball appeared to change mid-draw. After it landed, however, the reflection of light on the ball made one of its numbers appear to be a 33. The change was immediately picked up by players and viewers, who

Manchester United Rocked As Barcelona Makes Old Trafford Forward Top Transfer Target
Manchester United Rocked As Barcelona Makes Old Trafford Forward Top Transfer Target

Barcelona is considering making a move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial as he struggles to get a start at Old Trafford, according to reports. Martial has made significant progress under Jose Mourinho since last season, scoring five goals in nine appearances already this campaign. The statistics are even more impressive given that the 21-year-old has only started four games-and there lies what Barcelona sees as an opportunity.

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Messi can't do it all - Tabarez defends Barca star as Argentina threaten to miss World Cup

Oscar Tabarez does not believe failure to qualify for the World Cup would leave a stain on Lionel Messi's illustrious career as the Uruguay boss insisted the five-time Ballon d'Or winner cannot do it all for Argentina. Messi and Argentina were runners-up at the 2014 World Cup but the South American giants are in real danger of missing out on next year's showpiece tournament in Russia. A scoreless draw at home to Peru left Argentina sixth in the CONMEBOL standings and adrift of the inter-confederation qualifying position with one qualifier remaining against Ecuador on Tuesday.

3rd? 4th? 5th? USMNT
3rd? 4th? 5th? USMNT's scenarios for final day of WCQ

Now that Costa Rica and Honduras (1-1 draw after a 94th-minute Ticos equalizer) have completed matchday no. 9 of CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of 2018 World Cup qualifying, you're probably wondering, "So, what does the U.S. national team have to do in its

Italy in World Cup play-offs after Belgium win thriller
Italy in World Cup play-offs after Belgium win thriller

Italy are assured of a World Cup play-off place after Belgium's dramatic victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday. In a complex system that sees results against each group's bottom side removed in a league table, eight of the best nine runners-up reach the play-offs.

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday: SOCCER World Cup qualifiers From ridiculous to sublime, Tite turns Brazil around Little more than a year has passed since Tite became coach of a Brazil side reeling from embarrassing exits at the World Cup and Copa America but he has transformed them into

Best Stats of Premier League Week 7
Best Stats of Premier League Week 7

Week seven of the Premier League season saw plenty of new milestones hit and droughts broken. Harry Kane continued his torrid run for Tottenham and England while Romelu Lukaku set a new record for most goals in his first seven appearances with a new club as Manchester United continue to fly high. Since Mauricio Pochettino took charge in 2014-15, Spurs have won the most points vs newly-promoted teams in the Premier League - 55.

Morata could miss up to six weeks with hamstring injury
Morata could miss up to six weeks with hamstring injury

Alvaro Morata could be facing a spell on the sidelines through the middle of November. The Spanish Football Federation announced that it had dropped Morata from its national team squad for a pair of World Cup qualifiers because he had suffered a grade

U17 World Cup: India coach Luis Norton de Matos planning to write a book on his Indian experience
U17 World Cup: India coach Luis Norton de Matos planning to write a book on his Indian experience

India U17 World Cup team coach Luis Norton de Matos is quite the multi-faceted personality. "There are books that I was reading before coming to India. I was in Portugal and a couple of friends gave me some books.

Three things we learned from Newcastle v. Liverpool
Three things we learned from Newcastle v. Liverpool

Liverpool and Newcastle played out an entertaining, tight 1-1 draw at St James' Park on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp's men will once again rue a defensive mistake for handing the Magpies a point. Philippe Coutinho's stunner was canceled out by Joselu's goal as Rafael Benitez got the better of the tactical battle. Here's what we learned as Liverpool were frustrated by the Magpies.

Empty Camp Nou a show of referendum solidarity, Barca president claims
Empty Camp Nou a show of referendum solidarity, Barca president claims

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims the decision to play Sunday's LaLiga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors was an act of protest amid attempts by the Spanish government to halt the Catalan independence referendum. The Barcelona board met as footage of law enforcement officers using batons and rubber bullets on the crowds emerged, while voters were forcibly removed from some polling stations. Less than an hour and a half before the scheduled kick-off, reports emerged that the game would not take place following advice from Catalonia's Mossos d'Esquadra police force.

USMNT World Cup qualifying roster raises eyebrows
USMNT World Cup qualifying roster raises eyebrows

The United States men's national team won the Gold Cup with a B- or even high-C team, so this is not the end of the world, but Bruce Arena's latest round of World Cup call-ups should set off alarm bells for those hoping for the Yanks' best team this summer in Russia. While perhaps it's time to stop assuming the Americans will rise to their level in this month's World Cup qualifiers, we'll continue to choose the realistic-if-optimistic take that a side with Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, and Michael Bradley should defy CONCACAF opposition almost regardless of their roster mates. Saying that, in some ways it feels like Arena is trolling American soccer with his call-ups,...

Arena unveils USMNT roster for do or die World Cup qualifiers
Arena unveils USMNT roster for do or die World Cup qualifiers

Here goes nothing everything. Bruce Arena has named the men who will hope to avoid one of the most monumental embarrassments in United States soccer history when the USMNT tangles with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago come Oct. 6 and 10. [ MORE: Assessing the call-ups ] The Yanks took just a single point

MLS Snapshot: TFC outlast RBNY, claim first Supporters
MLS Snapshot: TFC outlast RBNY, claim first Supporters' Shield

The game in 100 words (or less): At long last - after eight years without ever qualifying for the playoffs, and 10 without a major MLS trophy to show for all their heartache - Toronto FC are 2017 Supporters' Shield winners. What's 35 pounds when

MLS Snapshot: VAN end SKC
MLS Snapshot: VAN end SKC's home streak at 24, go 4 clear

The game in 100 words (or less more): The Vancouver Whitecaps picked up one of the biggest wins of the season on Saturday - a result which pushes them four points clear of the rest of the Western Conference (for the time being) - a 1-0 victory

Guardiola praises Man City
Guardiola praises Man City's possession, KDB in win over Chelsea

When Pep Guardiola was announced as the incoming manager of Manchester City, pie-in-the-sky expectations were immediately thrust upon the Spaniard, as if he were some kind of miracle worker. Season no. 1 in the Premier League didn't go quite as many had hoped, but Guardiola was prepared for some early struggles - perhaps even expecting them. There's no two ways about it: the 2017-18 edition of Man City is already quite special, still with plenty of room to grow, and this season's title race should be equally special, assuming Manchester United and/or Chelsea and/or Tottenham Hotspur can keep pace with Guardiola's men.

Conte downplays Morata
Conte downplays Morata's injury, bemoans Chelsea's lack of luck

Antonio Conte's current Chelsea team has dropped eight points through seven games of the 2017-18 Premier League season. Saturday's home defeat at the hands of Manchester City, one of two PL title favorites this season, was the latest setback as the Blues fell to fourth in the league table, a point behind Tottenham Hotspur and six off the pace of Man City and Manchester United. "It was a tough game but we know very well that Manchester City are a big team and it's very difficult to play this type of game.

Fellaini, Mourinho react to win: "We controlled the game"
Fellaini, Mourinho react to win: "We controlled the game"

Concerned with how his squad would react to a midweek trip to Russia, Jose Mourinho's fears were allayed by his big haired rock. Marouane Fellaini scored twice for Manchester United in a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, moving the Red Devils atop the Premier League before Chelsea and Man City squared off at Stamford Bridge. "I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team," Mourinho said after the win.

Bournemouth Denied by Resilient Leicester City and Controversial Refereeing
Bournemouth Denied by Resilient Leicester City and Controversial Refereeing

Both Bournemouth and Leicester came into the game having both won just one game all season, both coincidentally against Brighton. With both teams desperately needing a win, the tempo of the game provided a quintessentially cagey Premier League clash. The home side started as they meant to go on, with veteran striker Jermaine Defoe toe-poking his effort against the bar after just three minutes, which was followed by what seemed to be a clear handball by Leicester's Danny Simpson - only for shouts for a penalty to be unfairly dismissed by referee Graham Scott.

Stoke City 2-1 Southampton: Crouch haunts Saints again
Stoke City 2-1 Southampton: Crouch haunts Saints again

Stoke City beat Southampton 2-1 as Peter Crouch scored a late winner against his former club, the second time in a row he's been the hero against Saints. The Potters led 1-0 at half time after Mame Diouf's opener but Saido Berahino had a penalty kick saved by Fraser Forster as Saints hung in there. Southampton thought they'd nabbed a point late on as Maya Yoshida popped up with a fine finish but Crouch struck with a scrappy late goal to seal the victory.

Watch Live: Five Premier League games at 10am ET
Watch Live: Five Premier League games at 10am ET

Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and you can watch them all live online. [ STREAM: Every PL game live here ] Man United host Crystal Palace, Southampton travel to Stoke City, West Ham welcome Swansea, Bournemouth

Soccer-Fellaini strikes twice as Man United crush Palace 4-0

* Manchester United eased to 4-0 win over Crystal Palace * Fellaini scored two goals after Mata fired United ahead * Lukaku equalled Andy Cole's United scoring record * Palace suffered seventh straight defeat without scoring * United next visit Liverpool; Palace at home to Chelsea MANCHESTER UNITED

West Ham 1-0 Swansea City: Sakho scores late
West Ham 1-0 Swansea City: Sakho scores late

Subs Sakho, Masuaku combine Swans into drop zone Irons win shots 9-6 Diafra Sakho's 90th minute goal lifted West Ham United out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over Swansea City at the London Stadium on Saturday. West Ham is 15th with seven

Rivers Angels will defeat Bayelsa Queens, boasts Charity John
Rivers Angels will defeat Bayelsa Queens, boasts Charity John

Rivers Angels captain, Charity John believes her side have all it takes to defeat Bayelsa Queens in the first leg of their Federation Cup semifinal clash in Nembe. Last two years, in the final of the competition, Edwin Okon's ladies defeated the Restoration Girls to claim their record fifth title, but bowed 1-0 in their last league encounter this season. "We've played against them in the league this season and we've seen their play," John told media.

Mickelson urges USA to stay focused
Mickelson urges USA to stay focused

Phil Mickelson insisted complacency would be no issue for the United States after taking complete control of the Presidents Cup. USA are on track to win the event for a seventh straight time after taking an 8-2 lead over the International Team after Friday's four-ball matches. Only the pairing of Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin managed to avoid defeat for the International Team at Liberty National Golf Club.

MLS Preview: Houston, Red Bulls hope for playoff push, Vancouver and Sporting KC battle for West supremacy
MLS Preview: Houston, Red Bulls hope for playoff push, Vancouver and Sporting KC battle for West supremacy

The marquee matchup sees Vancouver and Sporting KC meet each with a chance to take charge of the Western Conference, separated by just a point at the top. Plenty of teams are simply fighting for a playoff spot, with the New York Red Bulls with a brutal trip to Eastern Conference leaders Toronto. New York is four points clear in the final playoff spot, but with Montreal taking on basement-dwellers Colorado, they'll want to maintain the distance.

Head of Air Force Academy Tells Racists to 'Get Out' After N-Word Written on Black Cadets' Dorm
Head of Air Force Academy Tells Racists to 'Get Out' After N-Word Written on Black Cadets' Dorm

"If you can't treat someone from another gender with dignity and respect, then you need to get out," Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria said in an impassioned speech.

Librarian Refuses Donation of Dr. Seuss Books From Melania Trump, Citing 'Racist Propaganda'
Librarian Refuses Donation of Dr. Seuss Books From Melania Trump, Citing 'Racist Propaganda'

The school system says the librarian in question is not in a position to accept or reject donated books.

Soccer-La Liga results and standings

Sept 29 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Friday Friday, September 29Celta Vigo 3 Girona FC 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Barcelona 6 6 0 0 20 2 18 2 Atletico Madrid 6 4 2 0 12 4 14 3 Sevilla 6 4 1 1 7 3 13 4 Valencia 6 3 3 0 12 5 12 -------------------------5 Real Betis

Benitez points to Liverpool defense as deficient
Benitez points to Liverpool defense as deficient

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has likened the Liverpool defense as a necessary deficiency with their prolific attack. Benitez says that the Magpies will need to keep up with Liverpool when they host the Reds at St. James Park on Saturday. "The reality is that because they are so offensive, they have sometimes problems in defense," Benitez said in his pre-match press conference.

Soccer players should copy NFL protest against racism, says Thuram
Soccer players should copy NFL protest against racism, says Thuram

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - European soccer players should copy American footballers by "taking a knee" during national anthems to protest against racism, former World Cup winner Lilian Thuram said on Friday. In a gesture initiated last season by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, several NFL players have routinely knelt on one knee during the playing of the American anthem. It is intended to call attention to what the protesting players see as a pattern of racism in the treatment of African-Americans by U.S. police.

Newcastle
Newcastle's Rafa ready for special visit from old pals Liverpool

Current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had mostly glowing things to say about Benitez earlier Friday, and Benitez issued similar vibes. While the Reds aren't wearing, well, red - that'll come March 3 at Anfield - Benitez admits it's going to be wild seeing Liverpool as his opposition. Liverpool has been defying the odds by not converting myriad quality scoring chances, and statistically feels due for a big day.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero breaks rib in Amsterdam car crash
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero breaks rib in Amsterdam car crash

The 28-year-old had been in the Dutch capital attending a concert of Columbian singer Maluma on 28 September when his taxi crashed into a pole. Manchester City have confirmed that the Argentine will miss the clash against Chelsea on 30 September.

Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Breaks Rib In Amsterdam Car Crash
Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Breaks Rib In Amsterdam Car Crash

The 28-year-old had been in the Netherlands capital attending a concert of Columbian singer Maluma on Sept. 28 when he taxi crashed into a police. Manchester City have confirmed that the Argentine will miss the clash against Chelsea on Sept. 30.

Top Premier League storylines - Week 7
Top Premier League storylines - Week 7

Following this weekend's slate of Premier League fixtures, club soccer won't take another break for five months, thus the meaty portion of the season is so nearly upon us. If we're operating under the wide-spread notion that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea - as they currently sit 1, 2 and 3 in the league table - are the main contenders for this season's PL title, Saturday's 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Stamford Bridge (Watch live, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) is of massive importance: 3rd vs. 1st. Man City (21-2 combined score through six games), like Man United, are yet to lose a game in the PL this season, while Chelsea haven't lost since opening day (10-2 combined score in...

Gary Cohn Falsely Claims Wealthy Won't Benefit From Trump Tax Plan
Gary Cohn Falsely Claims Wealthy Won't Benefit From Trump Tax Plan

"The wealthy are not getting a tax cut under our plan."

Former Western Stima coach harbour no hard feelings after losing his job
Former Western Stima coach harbour no hard feelings after losing his job

Western Stima Technical Director Henry Omino says he has no hard feelings whatsoever against the club after losing his initial role as the head coach. The veteran tactician was stripped of his role as the head of the technical bench following a series of poor results, with Robert Makumbi taking the position. Despite the happenings, Omino says he is keen on helping his successor succeed as the power men aim at fighting relegation and remain in the top tier.

Five moments that mattered from five MLS midweek matches (video)
Five moments that mattered from five MLS midweek matches (video)

Major League Soccer plays catch up Wednesday as a number of teams make up ground on their rivals as we rocket into the season's home stretch. [ MORE: U.S. teen extends Schalke deal ] As opposed to posting five full MLS snapshots, we'll give you the

"Very important win" and "big test" - Chelsea reacts to Atleti comeback
"Very important win" and "big test" - Chelsea reacts to Atleti comeback

Atletico Madrid had lost just one of its last 23 home Champions League matches, but Chelsea made that two in 24. The Blues trailed 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, but came back through Alvaro Morata and a Michy Batshuayi stoppage time winner to seize control of Group C before an Oct. 18 visit from AS Roma. Alvaro Morata: "It is a very important win for us.

Cody Eakin scores first goal in Vegas for Golden Knights
Cody Eakin scores first goal in Vegas for Golden Knights

The Golden Knights scored their first goal at T-Mobile Arena, and it took them less than four minutes to do it. If you had Cody Eakin in the "first Golden Knight to score in Vegas" pool, you'd have been correct. The former Dallas Star beat Jack Campbell with a one-timer during Vegas' 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Premier League player Power Rankings
Premier League player Power Rankings

The cream is starting to rise to the top. [ MORE: Power Rankings archive ] Stars from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea are all trending in the right direction as the big boys start to hit their stride

11 Incredible things that happened at the Presidents Cup
11 Incredible things that happened at the Presidents Cup

You won't believe some of the amazing things that have occurred at the Presidents Cup.

Diego Costa wants face-to-face goodbye with Antonio Conte in tunnel ahead of Atletico vs Chelsea
Diego Costa wants face-to-face goodbye with Antonio Conte in tunnel ahead of Atletico vs Chelsea

Diego Costa wants to go face-to-face with Antonio Conte for the first time since the text message that ended his Chelsea career by saying his goodbyes in the tunnel of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium ahead of the Champions League clash between his former club and Atletico Madrid. Costa formally completed his return to Atletico on Tuesday night - 24 hours before Chelsea take on the Spanish club in Group C of the Champions League. Chelsea have been informed that Costa will be in the tunnel area before the game to say goodbye to his old team-mates and club staff, having refused to return to England since the end of last season.

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool: Frustrated Reds come back for point
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool: Frustrated Reds come back for point

A point from far from home is not the end of the world, but Liverpool will rue its missed chances in a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Artyom Rebrov had a stellar day for Spartak before being injured and then replaced by Aleksandr Selikhov, who was also strong for the Russians. Fernando (not that one) scored a free kick for Spartak, while Philippe Coutinho bagged the equalizer that keeps the Reds ahead of Spartak on goals scored.

Harry Kane surges in PL player power rankings
Harry Kane surges in PL player power rankings

Tottenham's Harry Kane moved up seven spots to top Joe Prince-Wright's Premier League power rankings this week. Find out who else made it in the top five.

PHOTO: New USMNT jersey for 2018 World Cup leaked?
PHOTO: New USMNT jersey for 2018 World Cup leaked?

Now, of course, they have to qualify first. But if Bruce Arena's men do make the 2018 World Cup in Russia they could be wearing this beauty in the photo below. [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]  With all leaked jerseys there is a real possibility

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming
Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but - more relevant to this result - Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years.

Could USMNT players take a knee and join American anthem protests?
Could USMNT players take a knee and join American anthem protests?

A number of players - and in some cases entire teams - either took a knee during the singing of the American national anthem before kickoff or declined to take to the field for the pre-game ceremony entirely. Kaepernick's protest and those that have followed have been praised by many and slammed by others - including, in the latter case, President Donald Trump, who has suggested that players taking a knee should be fired or suspended. ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem.

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