Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup stadiums

Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup stadiums

SÃO PAULO (AP) — FIFA’s top World Cup official is visiting Brazil this week to inspect the three stadiums yet to be completed for the World Cup, including the one hosting the tournament’s opening game in June.

Secretary General Jerome

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Cruzeiro nets late to win Brazilian league opener

Cruzeiro nets late to win Brazilian league opener

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Marcelo Moreno scored in the 90th minute to help a second-string Cruzeiro lineup beat Bahia 2-1 on Sunday to start its defense of the Brazilian league title.

The competition got underway despite ongoing lawsuits filed by

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Benfica clinches 33rd Portuguese league title

Benfica clinches 33rd Portuguese league title

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica clinched its 33rd Portuguese league title by beating bottom side Olhanense 2-0 after two goals by Lima on Sunday, bringing an end to FC Porto’s three-year run at the top.

Benfica won its first domestic

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Revolution get first win at home but Captain José Gonçalves leaves with injury in the first half

Revolution get first win at home but Captain José Gonçalves leaves with injury in the first half

After being struck by Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark late in the first half, New England Revolution captain José Gonçalves sustained a right quad injury that forced him to give way to Darrius Barnes.

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Flamengo scores late to win Rio state title

Flamengo scores late to win Rio state title

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Flamengo scored in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with Vasco da Gama on Sunday and win the Rio de Janeiro state championship for a record 33rd time.

Midfielder Marcio Araujo scored the equalizer in the first

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Benfica wins 2-0 at Arouca to close in on title

Benfica wins 2-0 at Arouca to close in on title

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica won 2-0 at Arouca on Sunday to close to within two points of its first Portuguese league title since 2010.

Forward Rodrigo Moreno scored Benfica’s first goal in first-half injury time, and Nicolas Gaitan sealed

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Sporting beats Gil Vicente 2-0 to stay in 2nd

Sporting beats Gil Vicente 2-0 to stay in 2nd

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Sporting Gijon beat Gil Vicente 2-0 at home on Saturday to close on securing a second-place finish in the Portuguese league and resulting automatic Champions League berth.

Sporting cut league leader Benfica’s advantage to four points

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Injured Ronaldo likely to miss Copa final

Injured Ronaldo likely to miss Copa final

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to miss Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona due to a leg injury.

Madrid says medical scans Thursday on the Portugal international revealed a muscle injury in his left

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Martinez nets 2, Porto beats Academica 3-1

Martinez nets 2, Porto beats Academica 3-1

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Striker Jackson Martinez scored two goals and set up a third to guide FC Porto to a 3-1 win at home over Academica in the Portuguese league on Sunday.

Martinez gave Porto the early lead in

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Sporting wins 3-1 at Pacos to close on Benfica

Sporting wins 3-1 at Pacos to close on Benfica

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Sporting Lisbon won 3-1 at Pacos Ferreira on Saturday, provisionally cutting into Benfica’s lead of the Portuguese league.

Midfielder William Carvalho opened for Sporting in the 15th minute and Faustino Rojo made it 2-0 in the

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U-8 Fall River girls win Sherwood Tournament

U-8 Fall River girls win Sherwood Tournament

Add the U-8 Fall River girls to the list of local teams that have enjoyed success during the indoor season as they prepare to head outdoors and take on the challenges of a very competitive Spring.

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Coke to soften marketing if unrest hits World Cup

Coke to soften marketing if unrest hits World Cup

LONDON (AP) — Coca-Cola has disclosed contingency plans to adapt its World Cup sponsorship and soften its celebratory tone in Brazil if unrest returns to the streets.

Launching their biggest World Cup marketing campaign, which aims to promote inclusivity, Coke

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New England Revolution remain scoreless in 0-0 draw against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps

New England Revolution remain scoreless in 0-0 draw against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps

It was a typical good news-bad news game last Saturday night when the New England Revolution played the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium. On the plus side, there was the first point of the … Read Full Story

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Brazilian club fined $21,000 for fans’ racism

Brazilian club fined $21,000 for fans’ racism

SÃO PAULO (AP) — A sports tribunal has fined Brazilian club Mogi Mirim $21,000 because its fans racially abused an opposing player in a São Paulo state championship match this month.

The tribunal issued the fine after fans allegedly called

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Defoe scores twice on MLS debut for Toronto

Defoe scores twice on MLS debut for Toronto

SEATTLE (AP) — Ex-Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored twice in the first half of his Major League Soccer debut on Saturday, helping new-look Toronto FC hold off the Seattle Sounders 2-1.
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Ronaldo and Romario go at it again in Brazil

Ronaldo and Romario go at it again in Brazil

SÃO PAULO (AP) — In the latest chapter of a spat between past Brazil football greats, Ronaldo is publicly criticizing former teammate Romario for making another attack on him, this time over an alleged broken promise to provide free tickets … Read Full Story

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Brazil pays price for lack of goalkeeping culture

Brazil pays price for lack of goalkeeping culture

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Goalkeeper Julio Cesar — the wrong side of 30 and past his prime — is the weakest link in the team which all of Brazil expects to win the World Cup this July. And that is … Read Full Story

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Sporting beats Porto 1-0 to stay in 2nd place

Sporting beats Porto 1-0 to stay in 2nd place

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Sporting Lisbon beat FC Porto 1-0 at home on Sunday to strengthen its hold on second place in the Portuguese league.

Sporting closed to within four points of leader Benfica before it visits Nacional on Monday.

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