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December 16, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, was marked around the soccer world this weekend with several teams paying tribute to the victims. In the English Premier League, four teams -- Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Aston Villa and Liverpool -- wore armbands in remembrance of those who died. Liverpool and Aston Villa have American owners, which may have influenced their decisions. But the players on Queens Park Rangers decided among themselves to wear the black armbands.
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January 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
David Beckham may not be returning to the English Premier League, but that doesn't mean the league has seen the last of his family. The former captain of the English national team, who retired from Major League Soccer following the Galaxy's MLS Cup victory last month, has moved his family back to London where his 13-year-old son, Brooklyn, trained Tuesday with Chelsea's youth academy players. When the Beckhams lived in L.A., Brooklyn played in the Galaxy's youth academy program.
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August 1, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Looks like Gareth Bale is heading to Real Madrid after all. The Spanish daily AS is reporting that an oral agreement has been reached on a $159-million deal that would send the English Premier League's player of the year from Tottenham to Real Madrid, although neither side will confirm the accord. And the deal could involve more than just money, with two players from a group that includes left back Fabio Coentrao, winger Angel Di Maria, midfielder Luka Modric and striker Alvaro Morata moving from Madrid to Tottenham as well.
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September 22, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Manchester City made a bold statement Sunday with a 4-1 rout of Manchester United on derby day in the English Premier League. New City Manager Manuel Pellegrini summed up the victory at Etihad Stadium quite well. “No one believes that 4-1 is possible before the game,” said Pellegrini, who took over for Roberto Mancini this season. Argentine strike Sergio Aguero had two goals, opening the scoring in the 16th minute. City put the game to rest within a span of five minutes before and after halftime with three more goals.
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July 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Shad Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner who continues to try to infuse life into his struggling NFL franchise, might be going the safer route by becoming the sixth American to purchase an English Premier League team with the completion of the sale of Fulham on Friday. Khan, whose Jaguars have been rumored to be in play for a move to Los Angeles, has pumped money into the Jacksonville franchise as they made a management shift in the front office, changed uniforms and altered the logo while committing to play overseas for four consecutive seasons.
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April 21, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Video: Suarez bites Ivanovic? Luis Suarez, the superstar striker from Uruguay who plays for Liverpool, appears to have bitten a second opponent during a match when he latched on to the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. In a 2-2 draw during an English Premier League game on Sunday, Ivanovic cleared the ball from the penalty area after a pass to Suarez, who then grabbed the Serbian star with both hands and put his face on the defender's upper arm. Ivanovic complained immediately after the two fell to the pitch, but referee Kevin Friend evidently didn't see the incident and there was no foul on the play.
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April 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Less than one season into a six-year, $40-million deal, David Moyes is out as manager of famed English Premier League soccer club Manchester United. The team announced early Tuesday morning local time, that Moyes "has left the club" then went on to thank him for "the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role. " What he didn't bring was victories. Although Manchester United made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the Red Devils stand seventh in the EPL standings with four matches to go. That leaves the team on pace for its worst league finish in 24 years.
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August 25, 2012
EUROPE'S TOP SOCCER LEAGUES Barclay Premier League (England): Season starts: Aug. 18. Season ends: May 19, 2013. Number of teams: 20. Games played per team: 38. The skinny: Bank ledgers, not the standings, have provided the real numbers to watch in what has become richest league in the world. Money clearly rules in the English Premier League, where, over the last 15 years, The Big Four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have combined to win 14 titles - the exception coming last season when Manchester City scored twice in injury time in its final game to edge Man-U atop the table.
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September 22, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
For decades many soccer coaches viewed statistics other than goals and saves as nothing more than meaningless curiosities. But now, inspired in part by the "Moneyball"-fueled rush to break every game down to the sum of its parts, the sport is taking a new look at numbers. And while it has found value in some of those figures, it's clear not all of the numbers are adding up. On the plus side, Major League Soccer has experimented with a lightweight wireless data-tracking system that fits under a player's jersey and blends information from a GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer into real-time measurements of effort, speed and the distance each player has covered.
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March 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The United States' under-23 team had plenty of chances to score. Georgie Wilson Welcome of Honduras was the only one who did. Welcome beat keeper Dominic Cervi in the 103rd minute with a kick to the top right corner of the net, and Honduras held on for a 1-0 overtime victory Sunday in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament championship game at Nashville. The U.S. kept trying to tie, but Honduras kept clearing the ball. Sacha Kljestan had a chance only to kick the ball just over the goal from just outside the penalty box. Both finalists already clinched what really mattered in this tournament, and Olympic berth, in the semifinals Thursday night.
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