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Right to protest: Obama defends NFL star Kaepernick’s national anthem boycott
US President Barack Obama has weighed in on the debate over NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial boycott of the national anthem. Noting the difficulties with the stand, he ultimately backed the footballer’s constitutional right to protest. Read Full Article at RT.com
328 points by Russia Today | President of the United States Democratic Party United States San Francisco 49ers George W. Bush Barack Obama Green Bay Packers Association football
For immigrants in U.S., a soccer world cup of their own
During Bawitha Tling's tumultuous journey fleeing war and forced labor under Myanmar's dictatorship — first to a Malaysian refugee camp, and eventually to Philadelphia — one of the few constants in ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Major League Baseball Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Association football Pennsylvania FIFA National Hockey League
For immigrants in US, a soccer world cup of their own
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - During Bawitha Tling's tumultuous journey fleeing war and forced labor under Myanmar's dictatorship - first to a Malaysian refugee camp, and eventually to Philadelphia - one of the few constants in his life was soccer. "We played every day in our country at school ... in recess ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Major League Baseball Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Association football Pennsylvania FIFA National Hockey League
WATCH: Broncos’ Trevor Siemian’s 1st touchdown pass, a 25-yard throw to C.J. Anderson
Trevor Siemian's first career touchdown pass went to the Broncos' biggest offensive weapon of the day.
12 points by The Denver Post | Front Range Urban Corridor Denver International Airport United States Denver Aurora Colorado The Denver Post The Score Association football
Landon Donovan ends retirement, rejoins Los Angeles Galaxy
Landon Donovan is returning to the LA Galaxy, ending a 21-month retirement to suit up for his Major League Soccer team for at least the rest of this season.
2 points by The Denver Post | Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy Landon Donovan D.C. United Association football MLS Cup San Jose Earthquakes Houston Dynamo
UEFA under fire over changes to Champions League
The recently-announced changes to the Champions League are detrimental to domestic football in Europe and will increase the gap between the wealthiest clubs and the rest, Europe's domestic football leagues (EPFL) said on Thursday.
-1 points by | UEFA Champions League UEFA UEFA club competition records Contract Europe Association football United States President of the United States
Ohio State's walk-on kicker turns heads in first ever game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't waste a lot of time thinking about kickers, but even he had to admit that Tyler Durbin is a pretty cool story. A walk-on kicker who played in his first football game at any level last Saturday, Durbin got the ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | American football American football positions Columbus Ohio Ohio State Buckeyes Urban Meyer Association football Canadian football Ohio State University
A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
JV resultThe Concord High JV football team fell to Pinkerton on a last-second touchdown in overtime, 28-22. Zack Miles and TJ Celestin led the offense and Dustin Kay led the defense.College standoutHopkinton’s Riley McNicholas, a redshirt freshman on the Johnson and Wales men’s soccer team, scored...
2 points by Concord Monitor | High school Middle school Association football College Secondary school Ice hockey Three-tier education New Hampshire
Solo’s suspension a result of the sum total of her actions
U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis has emphasized that Hope Solo’s suspension stemmed from a ‘sum total of actions’ and not just comments the goalkeeper made about Sweden during the Olympics.Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated following the tea...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Olympic Games Football at the Summer Olympics United States United States women's national soccer team Association football FIFA World Cup United States men's national soccer team American football
A roundup of World Cup qualifying results
GENEVA – European champion Portugal failed to overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo this time, and lost to Switzerland, 2-0, in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.For Portugal’s first competitive match since beating France in the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo was left out of the squad while he...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | European Union Portugal national football team Euro UEFA Euro 2008 France national football team Cristiano Ronaldo Association football FIFA World Cup
Altidore scores twice, U.S. advances with 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago
Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.  The Americans (4-1-1) finished atop Group C of the...
29 points by Los Angeles Times | United States men's national soccer team Caribbean Association football American soccer players Los Angeles Galaxy
Real Salt Lake scores in 94th minute, ties Galaxy, 3-3
Joao Plata had two goals, Juan Manuel Martinez scored on a deflection in the 94th minute and Real Salt Lake tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-3 on Wednesday night to remain undefeated at home this season.  Manuel Martinez raced up the sideline in transition, took five touches to get to the corner of...
12 points by Los Angeles Times | Real Salt Lake 2009 Major League Soccer season Major League Soccer MLS Cup Yura Movsisyan Colorado Rapids Giovani dos Santos Association football
Wanda-Owned Infront CEO Philippe Blatter on China’s Sports Buying Spree
Philippe Blatter is President and CEO of Switzerland-based global sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, which Dalian Wanda Group acquired in 2015 for more than $1 billion. A nephew of ousted FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, he is proving instrumental to turning China into a soccer nation, in accordance with a mandate that comes straight from... Read more »
15 points by Variety | FIFA World Cup FIFA 2006 FIFA World Cup United States People's Republic of China Association football Winter Olympic Games FIFA World Rankings
Rapinoe stymied in bid for second national anthem protest
BOYDS, Md. (AP) — The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent."
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | The Star-Spangled Banner United States women's national soccer team Olympic Games Football at the Summer Olympics Association football Chicago Red Stars Thought 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season
Clint Dempsey's hat trick leads U.S. to dominating 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifier
With its World Cup qualifying campaign in peril, the U.S. national team had no margin for error Friday. So it didn’t make any, with veteran Clint Dempsey scoring three times and newcomer Christian Pulisic getting a goal and two assists in an inspired 6-0 demolition of Honduras in a wet and chilly...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | United States men's national soccer team Association football Germany national football team Mexico national football team Costa Rica Spain national football team 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Megan Nemec scores with 58 seconds left to lift Andrew past Tinley Park
Andrew sophomore Megan Nemec has been given an exciting opportunity this season: the chance to play forward alongside Brooke Zidek, the school's all-time leading scorer.Nemec's mission is simple. She wants to improve enough to be a strong complement for Zidek.Well, Nemec definitely looked up for...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Direct free kick Corner kick Association football Penalty kick Own goal Ice hockey High schools in Illinois Association football terminology
With shrinking margin for error, U.S. prepares to face Honduras in World Cup qualifier
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s still mighty early in the chase for a 2018 World Cup berth, months of matches, corrections and continental treks ahead. History tells us that the United States will qualify for next year’s soccer extravaganza and, depending on pairings and performance, cope just fine against...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States men's national soccer team United States Mexico FIFA World Cup Latin America Germany national football team Association football Germany
Glamour girls of Nizhny Novgorod play in inaugural ‘Beautyball’ tournament (PHOTOS)
The inaugural match of Beautyball, a brand new version of football played by girls in makeup, was played last weekend as part of the build-up to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Russia FIFA World Cup Association football FIFA Nizhny Novgorod Oblast FIFA Confederations Cup Nizhny Novgorod Trans-Siberian Railway
Russian World Cup LOC chief Sorokin hopes to run as FIFA Council candidate in place of banned Mutko
World Cup 2018 Local Organizing Committee CEO Alexey Sorokin has expressed willingness to stand as a candidate for the FIFA Council in place of barred council member Vitaly Mutko. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | FIFA World Cup FIFA Switzerland Association football CONMEBOL UEFA FIFA Club World Cup Confederation of African Football
UNH hockey: Wildcats fall to BU in third-period blunder
DURHAM – Through two games this weekend with No. 4 Boston University, the UNH men’s hockey team never fell behind on the scoreboard until three and a half minutes into the third period on Saturday.That’s when the Terriers woke up.BU scored four unanswered goals in the final frame, one on an empty ne...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Ice hockey Saturday Ice hockey statistics Weekend Workweek Association football Hockey Sunday
Boys hockey roundup (Feb. 15); "Bear," Reading score big win against Woburn
 Reading’s Senior Night took on a little extra special meaning for one particular member of the group.Team manager Chris “Bear” McFarland suited up and took the opening faceoff at first line center, then skated in and scored a goal to set the tone for the Rockets’ 3-2 victory against Middlesex League rival Woburn at Burbank Ice Arena.Kevin Tobin finished the game with a hat trick for the Rockets.
2 points by Boston Herald | Association football Assist Ice hockey statistics Goal Hat-trick Bobby Veach Rugby league
FIFA allows ‘neo-Nazi linked’ Zozulya to return to Ukrainian team
Striker Roman Zozulya has been cleared by FIFA to return to Ukrainian club Dnipro, where he started the season. The decision follows protests by fans of Spanish team Rayo Vallecano which led to Zozulya’s proposed transfer to Real Betis falling through. Read Full Article at RT.com
-2 points by Russia Today | Association football Ukraine Association football terminology Football UEFA UEFA Champions League La Liga Kiev
The healing powers of football in the DRC
Against the backdrop of a brutal civil war, millions of Congolese turn to football to cope with the conflict.
1207 points by Al Jazeera English | American football Democratic Republic of the Congo Association football Laws of the Game American Civil War Rebellion War Republic
Watch: Fernando Torres strikes goal of the year nominee
Alex ButlerFeb. 13 (UPI) -- Once known as a teen soccer sensation, Fernando Torres is now the tested veteran for Atletico Madrid.
5 points by UPI | Fernando Torres Atlético Madrid Real Madrid C.F. Spain national football team Madrid Athletic Bilbao Segunda División Association football
Villarreal held to 1-1 draw by Malaga in Spanish league
MADRID — Villarreal's struggles in the Spanish league continued with a 1-1 home draw against Malaga on Sunday, a result that left it further behind in the fight for a Champions League spot next season.Villarreal remained sixth in the standings, and the gap to fourth-placed Real Sociedad increased to five points after 22 matches. It is seven points behind third-place Sevilla, which plays later Sunday.
-2 points by Boston Herald | La Liga Association football Spain Real Sociedad UEFA Champions League Segunda División Andalusia Real Madrid C.F.
Football fairytale turns to nightmare
Not all fairytales have happy endings.
135 points by CNN | Premier League Chelsea F.C. The Football League Association football Football League Championship Blackburn Rovers F.C. Promotion and relegation FA Cup
Galaxy escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition
A second-half goal from second-half substitute Jose Villarreal allowed the Galaxy to escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition with Tijuana of Mexico’s Liga MX played in a steady mist at the StubHub Center. The Galaxy, who have undergone an extensive winter remake, were without regulars...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | D.C. United Giovani dos Santos 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Association football The Football League players Valencia CF FC Barcelona 1971 births
Messi, Suarez finish off Atletico, Barca reaches Copa final
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid La Liga La Liga footballers Valencia CF Argentina national football team Segunda División Association football
Leverkusen midfielder Calhanoglu forgoing salary during ban
LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu will forgo his salary and bonuses for the duration of his four-month FIFA suspension for breach of contract.Calhanoglu says "Bayer had nothing to do with the events at the time. But the club is hit hard by the penalty in a sporting and financial way. That's why it's evident to me not to harm the club any further."
-2 points by Boston Herald | Fußball-Bundesliga Germany Contract Hamburger SV Association football Bruno Labbadia 1. FC Nuremberg Breach of contract
Monday's hockey roundup (Feb. 6): Marshfield tops Weymouth in Ed Burns Classic
 Marshfield advanced to the championship game of the Ed Burns Classic with Monday’s 4-2 victory against Weymouth at Hobomock Arena in Pembroke. But more importantly, the Rams drew a title game matchup with host Arlington in what should have significant ramifications for the Super Eight tournament.
7 points by Boston Herald | Association football Goalkeeper Rugby league Goal Left-wing politics
Iceland soccer looking for another upset against Mexico
Iceland shocked the world last summer when the small nation defeated England. A win against Mexico in Las Vegas could be a bigger upset.
13 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | France national football team Rafael Márquez UEFA France FIFA World Cup Mexico national football team Association football Germany
Analysis: Projecting Bruce Arena’s U.S. squad for World Cup qualifiers
With his first training camp and friendlies behind him, Bruce Arena will turn attention over the next six weeks to assembling a U.S. national soccer team roster for two matches that could make or break the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
7 points by The Denver Post | United States men's national soccer team Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy Bob Bradley Midfielder Association football United States men's international soccer players DaMarcus Beasley
Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team
When the United States won the right to play host to the 1994 World Cup, one condition was the country had to form a competitive, first-tier professional soccer league. Twenty-one years after its founding, Major League Soccer has delivered on only part of its promise. Yes, the league has grown...
49 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Soccer United States men's national soccer team 1994 FIFA World Cup Germany national football team FIFA World Cup Germany Los Angeles Galaxy Association football
U.S. Soccer coach Bruce Arena plans lineup experiments vs. Jamaica
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — After a dismal 0-0 tie against an inexperienced group of Serbians in his first game as U.S. coach in more than a decade, Bruce Arena gets one more look at the domestic part of his player pool when the Americans play Jamaica in an exhibition on Friday night ahead of the resumption of World Cup qualifying.
2 points by The Denver Post | Major League Soccer United States men's national soccer team Association football D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy United States Soccer Federation Association football positions Bob Bradley
Tech's Hannah Warner leads Harford County's commits on National Signing Day
Wednesday, February 1, is not just any other Wednesday. Just ask any college-bound, student-athlete who chose Wednesday, aka National Signing Day, to put their signature on the most significant document to this point in their life. In Harford County, one such senior, Hannah Warner at Harford Tech,...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Association football Baltimore County Maryland Pun Harford County Maryland Bob Jones University Sign Atlantic Coast Conference Duke Blue Devils
FIFA stops internal fixing monitoring, outsources operations
LONDON (AP) - FIFA is stopping the internal detection of match-fixing, outsourcing a "key pillar" of its work protecting the integrity of world soccer. The Early Warning System has been operated by FIFA for a decade, investigating betting irregularities in games, including World Cup qualifiers and the final tournament. But ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Associated Press Warning system Bowl Championship Series Bookmaker Association football Sports betting Warning systems FIFA World Cup
Ex-Ecuador soccer president convicted in FIFA graft case
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - The former president of the Ecuadorean Soccer Federation was convicted of money laundering Friday and given a 10-year sentence in a case tied to the corruption scandal at FIFA, the sport's international governing body. Luis Chiriboga was convicted along with two co-defendants on allegations involving nearly ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Law Guayaquil Ecuador Legal terms Quito United States Association football Crime
FIFA opens case for firecracker thrown at Lewandowski
ZURICH — FIFA has opened a case against the Romanian soccer federation after a firecracker was thrown at Poland striker Robert Lewandowski during a World Cup qualifying match.The firework exploded close to Lewandowski's feet as Poland prepared to defend a second-half corner during a 3-0 win in Bucharest on Nov. 11.The match was stopped for several minutes, and the Bayern Munich forward returned after treatment to score two late goals.FIFA says it opened disciplinary proceedings without giving details of the incident at the National Stadium.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Association football Romania Gerd Müller Poland national football team FIFA World Cup Franz Beckenbauer Hungary Germany
Rebels upset Aztecs in NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament
UNLV defeated San Diego State via penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament on Thursday night in San Diego.
115 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mountain West Conference Ice hockey Direct free kick Inch Association football San Diego State University Penalty kick Aztec
Robbie Keane latest star to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy
Robbie Keane confirmed Thursday that he will not return to the Galaxy next season, ending one of the most productive partnerships between a player and team in MLS history. Keane joined the Galaxy late in the 2011 season and went on to register 92 MLS goals and 51 assists while helping the Galaxy...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles Galaxy Premier League Major League Soccer Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Premier League players Association football Robbie Keane Expatriate footballers in England
Dolphins' Jay Ajayi gave the boot to soccer and has thrived in football ever since
The decisive cut of running back Jay Ajayi came long before he burst onto the scene with the Miami Dolphins, putting up consecutive 200-yard rushing games, and even before he ran for 3,796 yards in three seasons at Boise State. It was back in high school in Frisco, Texas, that Ajayi planted his...
5 points by Los Angeles Times | American football Miami Dolphins Want National Football League Association football WANT Major League Soccer
Jrue Holiday back on court after soccer-star wife’s tumor scare
Five months since learning his pregnant wife had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is back on the court. “Because my wife said I could,” Holiday said, according to ESPN, when asked about the timing of his return. Holiday has taken this fall away from basketball to care for wife Lauren...
5 points by New York Post | Brain tumor Family Association football Jrue Holiday Twitter Cancer
Canada's sporting bromance
If they weren't born seven years apart, you'd swear that the two Canadian-born athletes were switched at birth.
279 points by CNN | Basketball Phoenix Suns Steve Nash Association football National Basketball Association Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki La Liga
Mutko responds to claims of corruption in World Cup stadiums construction
Vitaly Mutko, the Russian deputy prime minister overseeing the FIFA 2018 World Cup local organizing committee (LOC), has said that the construction of World Cup 2018 infrastructure is under tighter scrutiny. Read Full Article at RT.com
7 points by Russia Today | FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids FIFA Saint Petersburg Building FIFA Confederations Cup Association football FIFA World Rankings
Iceland frozen out of FIFA 17 following cash dispute
The Icelandic national football team will not feature in the FIFA 17 video game after a row over money with EA Sports. Read Full Article at RT.com
18 points by Russia Today | EA Sports UEFA UEFA European Football Championship Association football Electronic Arts England national football team France national football team Euro
Manchester rivals win to tee up fourth round tie
Manchester City continued their imperious start to the season with a 2-1 win over Swansea City to reach the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday but it was a testing night for rivals United who eventually overcame Northampton Town 3-1.
267 points by | Premier League The Football League Football League Championship West Ham United F.C. Association football Arsenal F.C. Manchester United F.C. English football clubs
Triathlete helps his brother across the finish line
Jonny Brownlee was set to win the world triathlon championship, but he came down with heat stroke. His brother, Alistair, showed the greatest sportsmanship
306 points by CNN | American football Association football College football Football World O2 San Francisco Television
Rooney conundrum is Mourinho's biggest headache
Of all the managerial dilemmas facing Manchester United's Jose Mourinho after three defeats, the future of his captain Wayne Rooney is by far the most pressing.
-1 points by | Manchester United F.C. Premier League Association football Leeds United A.F.C. Alex Ferguson Southampton F.C. FC Barcelona Association football positions
Bristol Motor Speedway ready for college football invasion
Maybe the fifth-coolest thing about this classic American experiment is the language people have wound up using. At one point, Adam Rust of the Bristol Motor Speedway stood at football field-level and said, "Come game time, this infield will be full, with seating, premium areas on pit road." Next,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football Tennessee Association football Football College football National Football League Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tennessee State University
Inside Abby Wambach’s battle with booze and pills
Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April. “I was stubborn and I was in denial,” soccer’s most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I didn’t want to face the truth.” In “Forward,” her memoir set...
-1 points by New York Post | FIFA World Cup FIFA Association football World Cup Abby Wambach United States women's national soccer team Italy national football team FIFA World Player of the Year