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Schweinsteiger Files Libel Suit

Bayern Munich attacker Basti Schweinsteiger has continued to hit back at German daily TZ by filing defamation and libel claims against the editors and writers responsible. The Germany starlet was named as a target in a story about ongoing match-fixing investigations. The newspaper has already retracted the story and apologized, but Schweinsteiger has now taken…

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Celtic inches closer to SPL title

Livingston, Scotland (Sports Network) – Maciej Zurawski and Shaun Maloney each scored to lead Celtic to a 2-0 victory over Livingston on Sunday. With the win, Celtic is now only one win away of claiming its first Scottish Premier League title since the 2003-2004 campaign. “I’m happy with the points,” said Celtic manager Gordon Strachan….

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Manchester United regains second

Manchester, England (Sports Network) – Manchester United jumped ahead of Liverpool in Premiership standings after the club shut out Birmingham 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Strikes from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney, along with a Birmingham own goal, allowed United to move into second place with 66 points. In the third minute, Giggs curled…

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The Red Bull Dynamo of 1836?

What in the name of the artist formerly known as Prince is going on the MLS? Red Bulls and Dynamos. The season starts Saturday with two new team names. Goodbye San Jose Earthquakes, hello 1836 Houston. Adios 1836, hola Houston Dynamos! See ya NY/NJ Metrostars? Welcome Red Bull New York? What do you think of…

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Seeing red: Liverpool tops Everton

London, England (Sports Network) – Despite an early red card issued to Steven Gerrard, Liverpool still managed to push past Everton, 3-1, Saturday to to pressure Manchester United for the Premiership’s second place. Gerrard was dismissed in just the 18th minute after a foul, leaving Liverpool shorthanded. But thanks to goals from Luis Garcia and…

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Neville to join United 500 club

Manchester, England (Sports Network) – Manchester United captain Gary Neville will be named to the United 500 club when he makes his 500th game appearance against Premiership club Birmingham on Sunday. The 31-year-old defender is only the eighth player to join the elite club comprised of former Reds Joe Spence, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes,…

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Learning experience? U.S. thrashed in Germany

Dortmund, Germany (Sports Network) – The U.S. Men’s National Team entered Wednesday’s match without many of the team’s regulars, and left the match with a 4-1 loss as Germany scored four second-half goals in front of the home fans at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. The German club and coach Jurgen Klinsmann were in dire…

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Germany Quiets Critics

The German men’s national team quieted their critics with a comprehensive 4-1 win over the United States men’s national team at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmundon on Wednesday evening. After a scoreless first half, Die Mannschaft broke out for four unanswered goals in the second. The Red, White and Blue were without several key players most…

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Tevez: I'm Ready For Pumas

Corinthians ace Carlos Tevez has proclaimed himself fit for their vital Libertadores Cup visit from Mexican club Pumas on Wednesday. The cash splashers stand third in Group Four through four matches, but their sniper is back after taking a knock in the road meeting between the sides two weeks ago. “I’m feeling well, I trained…

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Scolari Rubbishes FA Rumours

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has tersely refuted English media speculation that he met with FA officials about succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson after World Cup while on a recent London sojourn. “If I had to deny everything that’s been written about my future, I wouldn’t do anything else in the next few months,” Big Phil told…

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New Role Delights Convey

Reading attacker Bobby Convey has been flying down the wing all season long, but showed some versatility playing at the head of a three-man midfield in the club’s weekend draw against Wolverhampton. Royals’ boss Steve Coppell felt the need to make a tactical adjustment to face Wolves, and gave the American abroad high marks in…

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Barcelona Suffer Marquez Blow

Mexico star Rafa Marquez will be missing from Barcelona’s selection for at least a month after tearing a thigh muscle during their victory over Real Sociedad this weekend. The stopper is also now in some doubt for World Cup 2006. “This is always a bad time for this type of injury,” club medico Jordi Ardevol…

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O'Brien In MLS Negotiations

Oft-injured ADO Den Haag midfielder John O’Brien is healthy and on his way to MLS, according to agent Rob Jansen. The business manager noted that the World Cup 2002 starter should be available to Bruce Arena again this summer in Germany. “He’s completely fit,” Jansen told Yanks-Abroad. “He’s in the middle of negotiations with an…

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Chelsea falls to Fulham in derby

London, England (Sports Network) – Premiership champion Chelsea suffered a 1-0 upset to rival Fulham at Craven Cottage in Sunday’s West London Derby. The home team handed Chelsea its third league loss of the season when striker Luis Boa Morte scored in the 17th minute of the match after capitalizing on teammate Steed Malbranque’s deflected…

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U.S.Women surrender Algarve Cup title to Germany

Faro, Portugal (Sports Network) – The U.S. Women’s National Team suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in penalty kicks against Germany on Wednesday in the 2006 Algarve Cup final. Despite their 16 shots on goal during regulation time, the Americans failed to win their fourth consecutive title after an intense shootout with the World Cup champion….