Professional soccer - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Professional soccer Hamburg faces 'final' against Wolfsburg in Bundesliga BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV, the only club to have played every season since the Bundesliga's formation in 1963, is flirting with relegation again. After years of upheaval, Hamburg faces the prospect of its third relegation playoff in four seasons unless it beats visiting Wolfsburg on Saturday. A draw is no use - Hamburg, which has the second worst goal difference in the leag... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:50:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:50:00Z 2 recent incidents spotlight MLS concussion protocol Dallas players Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta knocked heads during a match against New York City FC last weekend, a collision so intense that Hedges required six stiches at halftime and had to change his jersey because of the blood. Yet some viewers questioned whether either player was sufficiently checked for a concussion. "I didn't know I was bleeding un... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:27:00Z Key players behind Monaco's French title win PARIS (AP) — Such was Monaco's extraordinary versatility and the level of teamwork instilled by coach Leonardo Jardim that it is hard to narrow down the team's most influential players. Here is a look at the main contributors to Monaco's first league title since 2000 and eighth overall: RADAMEL FALCAO Falcao's return from mediocrity and frustration with M... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:49:00Z Huddersfield moves 1 win away from the Premier League SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Huddersfield is one victory away from sealing a place in England's top division for the first time in 45 years after advancing to the second-tier League Championship playoff final on Wednesday. The team managed by German-born American coach David Wagner beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the two-legged semif... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:44:00Z Monaco changes tack to become a free-scoring French champion PARIS (AP) — Monaco has won the French league title for the first time since 2000, breaking four seasons of Paris Saint-Germain dominance. After finishing a whopping 31 points behind PSG in third place last season, Monaco completely turned things around to seal an eighth title overall. On Wednesday, Monaco clinched the title with one ma... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:36:00Z Monaco wins 1st French league title in 17 years PARIS (AP) — On the night Monaco clinched its first French league title for 17 years, it was fitting that rising star Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal. The teenager, who has taken just six months to become one of Europe's most sought-after players, scored the opener in a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday. Mbappe scored his 15th ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:25:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:25:00Z Madrid a draw away from Spanish title after win over Celta MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years. Ronaldo scored early in each half as Madrid defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday to retake the league lead from Barcelona and move within a point of winning the title. A draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round o... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:14:00Z Italian Cup title puts Juventus in line for treble ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday. Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:01:00Z Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Sergio Romero showed Manchester United will be in safe hands in the Europa League final by saving an early penalty and producing many other great stops in a 0-0 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday. Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini's sixth-minute s... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:43:00Z Greek playoff abandoned after beer can hits PAOK manager ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek league playoff match between Panathinaikos and PAOK has been abandoned after a beer can thrown from the stands hit PAOK coach Vladan Ivic on the head. Ivic was taken to hospital for treatment after his injury, which followed a brawl involving several players on the pitch in the 54th minute. The match was suspended for over an hour, and then aban... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:30:00Z Bayern Munich presents new youth academy MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is looking to the future after presenting its new 70-million euro ($78 million) youth and women's academy on Wednesday. Bayern president Uli Hoeness says, "It's been our dream for many years to have our own academy, like many big clubs around the world, a Bayern Munich campus. Now it's almost ready." Construc... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:42:00Z 2 more members leave FIFA governance panel GENEVA (AP) — In a further blow to FIFA's image under President Gianni Infantino, two more respected members of its governance oversight panel have left following the removal of their chairman last week. Navi Pillay, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and corporate human rights expert Ron Popper, have resigned, FIFA said on Wedn... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:45:00Z Zlin fails to emulate Leicester, still wins the Czech Cup PRAGUE (AP) — A provincial club from eastern Czech Republic that drew comparisons with last year's Premier League champion Leicester is finishing the season with a trophy after winning the domestic cup. FC Fastav Zlin, which has a stadium that seats just over 6,000 spectators, was dubbed "Zlincester" after six wins and three draws in its first nine games ... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:38:00Z Trusty replaces Fossey on US Under-20 World Cup roster CHICAGO (AP) — Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty has replaced Fulham's Marlon Fossey on the U.S. roster for the Under-20 World Cup. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday that Fossey arrived at training camp with a groin injury. The Americans open the tournament in South Korea against Ecuador on Monday, play Senegal three day... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:00:00Z Dirk Kuyt retires after winning Dutch league with Feyenoord THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dirk Kuyt, the veteran Feyenoord captain who led his team to its first Dutch league title in 18 years, is retiring. The 36-year-old Kuyt, who returned to Rotterdam two years ago saying he wanted to win the league, told coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst of his decision early Wednesday. The announcement came jus... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:44:00Z Mazzarri to leave Watford at end of Premier League season Watford will start a Premier League season with a new manager for the third straight year after announcing the departure of Walter Mazzarri on Wednesday, following a slump in form and amid reports of dressing-room unrest. The Italian coach will step down from his position after Watford's final game of the season, at home against Manchester City in the lea... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:28:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:28:00Z Ceferin ends Platini's policy on trophy presentations NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini's favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section. UEFA says Ceferin decided "trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions." Ceferin says "offici... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:28:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:28:00Z Germany makes 6 new call-ups for Confed Cup, rests stars FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew made six new call-ups for the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, opting to leave established internationals Marco Reus and Mario Gomez out. Loew, who said he was bringing a "perspective squad" to Russia for the June 17-July 2 tournament, nominated Borussia Moenchengladbach captain Lars Stindl, Hertha Berlin defender Marvin P... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:33:00Z Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region's soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC announced the internal probe Wednesday in fallout from the U.S. Department of Justice's sprawling investigation of corruption in international so... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:46:00Z Remodeled Aguero finally gets Guardiola's seal of approval MANCHESTER, England (AP) — For a player who has excelled for years as a penalty-box poacher, Sergio Aguero found himself doing some unusual things in Manchester City's final home game of the season. When he wasn't dropping deep to link up play with flicks and one-twos, he was drifting out to the wing to leave space in the middle. He eve... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:03:00Z After missile tests, NKorea's Asian Cup qualifier postponed KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying has been postponed a second time amid new missile tests by the host nation. The Asian Football Confederation says the June 8 game, itself postponed from March 28, could be played on Oct. 5. Still, the AFC did not commit to playing in Pyongyan... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:18:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:18:00Z Benzema reveals connection with French president Macron PARIS (AP) — Can Emmanuel Macron save Karim Benzema? Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president. Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper on Wednesday that he met Macron before he started... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T08:32:00Z Man City beats West Brom, virtually seals top-4 place in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off. Yaya Toure scored perhaps a farewell goal. Their team swept to a convincing win to virtually guarantee Champions League qualification. It was a night that couldn't get much better for Manchester City. They beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on an emotionally charged night at Etihad Stadium to mo... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:32:00Z 3-way race for final Champions League places in EPL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With one weekend left in the English Premier League, the stage is set for a three-way race for the final two Champions League qualification spots. Manchester City should be guaranteed one. Arsenal — for the first time in 20 years — is the favorite to miss out. Both teams won home games on Tuesday — City beat W... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:31:00Z Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive heading to the final day of the English Premier League after scoring twice to beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday. Arsenal remained fifth in the standings, a point behind Liverpool and three adrift of Manchester City. Arsene Wenger will be relying on Liverpool or Man... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:16:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:16:00Z Bayern denies report Kimmich to leave, takes legal action MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is taking legal action against a Stuttgart newspaper for reporting that midfielder Joshua Kimmich is to leave the club at the end of the season. Bayern says on its website that it is taking the action against the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper for what chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge calls "a monstrous fallacy." ... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:25:00Z Prosecutors accuse Falcao of tax crimes in Spain MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have asked a judge to charge Colombia forward Radamel Falcao with defrauding Spain's tax authority of almost $6.1 million from 2012-13. Prosecutors say in a statement Tuesday they have accused Falcao of gaining illegal fiscal benefits and evading taxes after signing for Spanish club Atletico Madrid in 2011. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:57:00Z Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title MADRID (AP) — There is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates. Zinedine Zidane is done rotating his squad and will use Ronaldo and the rest of the regular starters when Madrid plays at Celta Vigo with a chance to regain the Spanish league lead and move into position to clinch its first title in five years. A win or a draw ... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:01:00Z German federal prosecutors hand off Dortmund attack probe BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors say they're handing off the investigation of last month's attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus after determining that there was no terrorist motive. Federal investigators said Tuesday that Dortmund prosecutors are taking over the probe of the April 11 attack on the soccer team's bus as it headed to a Champions League match. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T12:03:00Z Correction: Chelsea-Terry story LONDON (AP) — In a story May 16 about Chelsea player John Terry, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Terry was fined for insulting Americans on Sept. 11, 2011. The incident occurred a day after the 2001 attacks on the United States. A corrected version of the story is below: A scoring return for Chelsea as John Terry mulls retirement John Terry... Tue, 16 May 2017 11:44:00 GMT 2017-05-16T11:44:00Z