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Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Sunday: SOCCER FA Cup quarter-finals Wigan Athletic v Southampton (1330) Leicester City v Chelsea (1630) Wigan welcome Saints looking for another top-flight scalp MANCHESTER
Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated, the bid said Saturday. With less than three months to go until the FIFA vote, the north African nation presented the first significant details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already hosting events.
Jose Mourinho, voted the manager mostly likely to zig when everyone else in the world is zagging*, laid into his Manchester United players on Saturday despite the fact the Red Devils topped Brighton & Hove Albion to advance to the semifinals of the FA Cup. The Portuguese boss called out his players for what he deemed "a lack of personality, a lack of class, and a lack of desire" in the 2-0 victory at Old Trafford. "Matic was an island of personality and quality.
Mar 17 (OPTA) - Standings for the Serie A on Saturday P W D L F A Pts 1 Juventus 29 24 3 2 67 15 75 2 Napoli 28 22 4 2 62 19 70 3 Roma 28 17 5 6 47 23 56 4 Lazio 28 16 5 7 66 36 53 ........................................... 5 Inter 27 14 10 3 42 21 52 ........................................... 6 Milan
Crystal Palace beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a hugely important relegation clash at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Palace went ahead via James Tomkins in the first half and Luka Milivojevic added a penalty kick in the second half to seal the win. Wilfried Zaha then had a shot from the edge of the box which deflected wide as Palace poured forward and then Luka Milivojevic curled a free kick close.
Schalke needed a penalty save and a late own goal to scramble a 1-0 win at Wolfsburg and retain second place in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Substitute Breel Embolo helped create the decider when his pass across the box was turned into his own net by Robin Knoche four minutes from time. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved Paul Verhaegh's penalty in the 76th minute after Matija Nastasic had fouled Riechedly Bazoer.
Mo Salah continued his amazing season and almost single-handedly lifted Liverpool into the Premier League top three.
Crystal Palace notch a crucial win over Huddersfield in battle to stave off relegation.
Stoke City manager Paul Lambert criticised the decision to award Cenk Tosun's contentious opening goal in Everton's 2-1 win at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday. Tosun looked to be in an offside position as he attempted to head home Yannick Bolasie's cross in the 69th minute, before burying the loose ball amid a subsequent goalmouth scramble. Stoke, who had Charlie Adam sent off on the half hour, quickly equalised through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, yet parity only lasted seven minutes as Tosun returned to net the winner and heap more pressure on a home side stuck in the Premier League relegation zone with only seven games to play.
"I am grateful to John (Gregory) and the whole club including the owners and the players. With the togetherness we have shown in the last five months, I think we deserved this title," he told Goal after the win.
Chennaiyin FC won the Indian Super League (ISL) title as they downed Bengaluru FC 3-2 in their own backyard on Saturday evening. Anirudh Thapa came on for Bikramjit Singh around the hour mark and made a telling contribution in the middle of the park. There was a moment when he won the ball and turned Sunil Chhetri in circles before the latter had no option but to foul the 20-year-old.
Mar 17 (OPTA) - Standings for the Primeira Liga on Saturday P W D L F A Pts 1 Porto 26 21 4 1 68 14 67 ................................................ 2 Benfica 26 20 5 1 69 16 65 ................................................ 3 Sporting CP 26 19 5 2 51 17 62 4 Braga 26 19 1 6 58 23 58 ...........
Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca refused to question the structure of the Indian Super League (ISL) after suffering a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Chennaiyin FC on Saturday night at the Kanteerava stadium in the final. The Blues had finished top of the
Bengaluru FC suffered a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Chennaiyin FC at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore on Saturday evening in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL). Sunil Chhetri put the home side into the lead early in the game but then Chennaiyin FC bounced back with Mailson Alves scoring twice. Coach Albert Roca mentioned that his side couldn't come back into the game after Mailson scored from two set-pieces.
Everton beat 10-man Stoke City 2-1 at a snowy bet365 Stadium on Saturday as Cenk Tosun scored twice in the second half to secure just a second away win in 24 Premier League games for the Toffees. Sam Allardyce's side were given a helping hand as Charlie Adam was sent off in the first half but Stoke battled hard and equalized through Erik-Choupo Moting.
By Mark Bendeich ROME (Reuters) - Scotland narrowly avoided a nightmare end to their Six Nations campaign on Saturday, beating Italy 29-27 with a Greg Laidlaw penalty a minute from time after trailing the perennial wooden-spooners for most of the game. Scotland scored four tries before snatching victory from the distraught Italians but the result could well have gone the other way, with an expectant home crowd of 60,000 on the verge of celebrating a first Six Nations victory in three years. Scotland broke the Azzurri's resistance in the final 10 minutes with a try by full-back Stuart Hogg and the deciding penalty by scrumhalf Laidlaw, whose kick drove the stake into Italian hearts with a...
Christian Eriksen proved Tottenham can thrive without Harry Kane as the Dane's double sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday. With striker Kane sidelined for several weeks due to ankle ligament damage, Mauricio Pochettino's side received an inspirational
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he would have preferred to avoid Juventus in Friday's Champions League draw because of his attachment to the Italian giant where he spent five happy years. The match, to be played on 3-11 April, is a replay of last season's Champions League final, which brought Zidane back-to-back European crowns with a 4-1 win in Cardiff. "I spent five years over there and it was an important club in my career as a player, so obviously it always has an effect on me when we play Juve," said Zidane, who as a Juventus player lost the 1998 Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Swansea City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (8:15 a.m. ET) at the Liberty Stadium with both teams perhaps having an eye on other things rather than winning the FA Cup. [ LIVE: Follow Swansea-Spurs ] Carlos Carvalhal's main aim for the Swans is
FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country's sports authorities on Saturday as a boost for its most popular game. "We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota. Iraq will host Qatar and Syria for a friendly tournament starting on March 21 in Basra.
After his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Selangor in their third round FA Cup match on Saturday, Terengganu head coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim has blamed the defeat on their failure to anticipate the visitors' pressure. Just days before the match, the Red Giants rested their head coach Maniam Pachaiappan and appointed his assistant Nazliazmi Nasir as caretaker, due to their recent string of poor defeats in the league.
Mar 17 (OPTA) - Results and fixtures for the Liga MX on Friday (start times are CST) Clausura ---------------------------------------- Puebla (0) 0 Santos Laguna (0) 1 Tijuana (1) 1 Morelia (1) 1 Saturday, March 17 fixtures (CST/GMT) Cruz Azul v Pumas UNAM (1700/2300) Monterrey v Querétaro (1900/0100
An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span.
Coach Stanley Eguma has urged Rivers United to 'move on' after Wikki Tourist secured a 3-0 win in Sunday's Nigeria Professional Football League encounter. The Pride of Rivers forced a barren draw at half time before they fell like a pile of cards to the Giant Elephants no thanks to Nafiu Kabuga's second-half hat-trick at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium. "I would say the scoreline of the matchday did not reflect our performance in the game [against Wikki Tourist]," Eguma told Goal.
As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.
Stevan Jovetic came off the bench to score a fine winner as second-place Monaco beat Lille 2-1 at home in the French league on Friday. The Montenegro forward timed his run perfectly to latch onto a defense-splitting pass from Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, and delicately clip the ball over goalkeeper Mike Maignan in the 61st minute. Defending champion Monaco is 14 points behind league leader Paris Saint-Germain with eight games left.
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - A couple reached a $2.5 million settlement with a Northern California city and its police department after investigators dismissed the woman's elaborate and bizarre kidnapping as a hoax.
With everything still to play for, SuperSport on Friday evening looked to advance to the next round of the Caf Confederation Cup as the welcomed Petro de Luanda to Tshwane. Ahead of the clash much was said much was said about the type of starting XI assistant coach Kaitano Tembo would field but it seemed as though Tembo was taking nothing for granted as he named an exciting team with an attractive blend of youth and experience. As expected SuperSport were determined to get an early footing in the match and were the first to test the opposition keeper as Mnyamane's rasping effort was parried away by the Angolan keeper.
Brazil left back Filipe Luis is expected to recover in time for the World Cup after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left leg on Friday. Atletico Madrid said Luis was expected to be sidelined for about two months after doctors successfully installed a plate in the left fibula he broke on Thursday in the Europa League. The injury put in doubt Luis' participation in the World Cup in Russia, depending on the severity.
Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis has a remarkably positive outlook after suffering a broken leg, saying he is "very lucky to have an obstacle" to overcome. The Brazil international had to be taken off in the 62nd minute of Atletico's 5-1 Europa League win - which helped them to an 8-1 aggregate triumph - at Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday. As Filipe Luis prodded the ball away, Eder let fly and kicked the back of the Atletico man's leg, causing his fibula to fracture.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes the winner of the Reds' Champions League quarter-final with Man City will believe they can go on to win the competition.
With the Champions League draw concluded and Liverpool preparing to face Manchester City, the Europa League draw took center stage and sent Arsenal to . The Gunners' Arsene Wenger was hoping to avoid Atletico Madrid, and the 1/7 odds held up; The Gunners
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes Man City's squad is the best in Europe, but insists the Reds can still beat them in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Jurgen Klopp says "it's not too cool for England," but it's just fine for him. Klopp's Liverpool will face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals beginning April 4 at Anfield and concluding April 10 at the Etihad Stadium (Full draw here). The draw means only one Premier League side can reach the semis, as City and Liverpool could've drawn much better than each other.
Any questions left behind by a season series split will be answered when Liverpool faces Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Man City beat 10-man Liverpool 5-0 early in the season before the Reds extracted some revenge in a 4
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Wales face China in Nanning on March 22 while Uruguay meet Czech Republic the following day. "All players that go out are preparing for playing both games," Giggs told British media. "There are players for who it is an ideal trip to get games and minutes under their belt - and it is for Gareth." Bale was a substitute in both of Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 games against Paris St Germain.
Zenit St Petersburg striker Alexander Kokorin has suffered a serious knee injury that is likely to sideline him for this year's World Cup finals in Russia, the club said on Friday. Zenit said the 26-year-old Russian tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in Thursday's Europa League Round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig, a 1-1 home draw in the second leg which meant the Germans advanced 3-2 on aggregate. The Russian national team has already lost defenders Viktor Vasin and Georgy Dzhikiya since the start of the year to major knee injuries.
Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon still believes that the title race isn't completely out of their hands despite trailing Mamelodi Sundowns by eight points with seven league games to go. However, the 21-year-old feels they should focus solely on themselves
West Ham United are being put through a tough training regime at their camp in Miami and forward Marko Arnautovic hopes the hard work will help keep the club in the Premier League. West Ham, dangerously close to the drop zone in 16th, have spent the week training in Florida to prepare for a crucial stretch of matches. With eight games remaining, they still have to play Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Houston Dynamo hope to have better results this season during the road portion of their schedule, which begins against a D.C. United team that won't exactly be playing in familiar surroundings. The two sides will meet Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Washington's outer suburbs at a stadium that seats just over 5,000. It's one of only two home games that United will play before opening its new 20,000-seat Audi Field in downtown Washington in July.
Hours after it was announced on Thursday that Malaysia have dropped down to the 178th position in the FIFA ranking, its lowest ever position, the Malaysian FA (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim announced his resignation from the post. In an announcement made on FAM's social media pages, Tunku Ismail, who is also the owner of Malaysian league giants Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), wrote that he feels responsible for the national team's mediocre performance, while at the same time listing the success achieved by the junior national teams, as well as the partnerships and sponsorships he obtained for the league since he was elected to the post in March 2017. "I have fought for broadcasting...
FIFA struggles to move on from the most tainted chapter in its history, even as it attempts to award another World Cup. With less than three months to go until the host of the 2026 World Cup is decided, FIFA is still assessing allegations of skullduggery around the voting more than seven years ago for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Can the expedited contest between North America and Morocco really be bulletproof, free of scandal, as soccer's governing body promises?
Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger lamented his side's display at Red Bull Salzburg, saying the Austrian champions deserved to progress in the Europa League. Dortmund suffered a 2-1 aggregate loss in the last 16 after being held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Red Bull Arena.
Extra police will be employed at West Ham United's next home game following crowd trouble at their last Premier League match, London Stadium's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) announced following an emergency meeting on Thursday. Four pitch invasions marred West Ham's 3-0 home defeat by Burnley on Saturday and SAG warned that future trouble could lead to ground closures. "Following reassurances that have been given, it is the SAG's view that the council does not need to use the ultimate sanction, which would see capacity reduced at the venue and spectators excluded.
Danny Welbeck scored twice for the Gunners, who capitalized on their first-leg lead to move to the Europa League quarterfinals.
The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA. A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 venues submitted. The United bid will make use of existing stadia and facilities, a key selling point for a bid which will face only one rival, Morocco, when FIFA members vote on the race in June.
Lazio were victorious in Ukraine as a pair of goals from set-pieces earned a 2-0 win to knock out Dynamo Kiev 4-2 on aggregate in the Europa League's last 16. Although the sides' 2-2 draw in Rome had set up a tricky second leg for Simone Inzaghi's men
The Football Association (FA) explained the reasons behind its sanctioning of Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in solidarity with imprisoned Catalan politicians, adamant it "clearly symbolises a political message" and he wore it as "an act of defiance". It was announced on Friday that the FA had fined Guardiola £20,000 after wearing the ribbon during numerous domestic Manchester City matches. Guardiola began wearing the ribbon in support of pro-independence politicians Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, who were imprisoned in October and remain incarcerated following a referendum the Spanish government deemed illegal.
The U.S. Men's National Team is heading back to the east coast for an upcoming friendly match. U.S. Soccer announced that the Philadelphia Union's Talen Energy Stadium will host a friendly on May 28 between the USMNT and Bolivia. Kickoff is set for