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BYU football: As LaVell Edwards Stadium turns 35, goal is to make it better, not bigger

Stadium expansion is a topic in Provo, mostly among fans, despite only a few sellouts the past five seasons. That's partly because rival Utah announced in March that it will conduct a feasibility study for the expansion of 45,807-seat Rice-Eccles Stadium, which has sold out for 38 consecutive games, and the Cougars have always enjoyed the distinction of hosting the largest basketball and football crowds in the state.

Instead of making LES bigger, the focus is on making it better, athletic director Tom Holmoe said in March.

"Looking at it practically, right now we don't sell out," Holmoe said. "So it would be silly to put in another 20,000 more seats, because the 20,000 more seats you put in would be in the corners. … If you want to put an upper deck on, that would be great. I can picture an upper deck, but probably not [during] my administration. It would look great, though."

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Germany reaches Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over a Cameroon side reduced to ten men after further confusion with experimental video replays.

Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when a case of mistaken identity halfway through the second half that replays were meant to eradicate left the African champions bemused and irritated.

Sebastien Siani was dismissed for a foul challenge on Emre Can after referee Wilmar Roldan inspected a pitch-side monitor.

It took furious protests from the Cameroon players, including Siani sarcastically applauding Roldan, for the Colombian to check the monitor again and discover he had sent off the wrong player. Siani was called back on and Ernest Mabouka was correctly sent off.

"The referee did not give any explanation," Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said through a...


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Russia has reasons for optimism despite Confed Cup exit

MOSCOW (AP) When the anger subsides after another group stage exit and another goalkeeping blunder, Russian fans might find they can be proud of their team at the Confederations Cup.

Russia failed to reach the knockout rounds of a fourth major tournament in a row, but there’s no shame in losing by one goal to European champion Portugal and North American champion Mexico.

“We will move on,” coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mexico. “We have won (the fans’) hearts and minds to a certain extent in this month that we have been together … I think that we have given some reasons to feel optimistic about us.”

If Russia’s fans agreed with Cherchesov that Russia had done well to limit Portugal to a single Cristiano Ronaldo goal, there was frustration that Russia hadn’t done better against a poor Mexican side.

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A 13-year-old footballer died after a penalty kick hit him in the chest

Children playing footballA 13-year-old football had a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

A young Spanish footballer died on Sunday after a penalty kick struck him in the chest and caused a cardiac arrest.

Eduardo Tirado Tabarez, 13, was representing Camas CF in a football tournament at the Municipal Sports Centre of Gines, which is near Seville.

Tabarez was taken to Virgen del Rocio Hospital but doctors were unable to save the teenager's life.

"We want to convey our dismay and pain at the death of our child player Eduardo Tirado Tavare in Gines," Camas CF said in a statement.

"Our most sincere condolences [go] to [the player's] family and friends. We will always remember [Eduardo] and we will [remember him] for [his] humility, joy and great passion for football. Rest in peace."

Tabarez's death has shocked some in Spanish football. Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos paid...


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Premier League Transfer News June 26, 2017: Manchester United Must Pay £200 Million for Jose Mourinho Target, Arsenal and Manchester City ‘Discuss Swap Deal’

Who said transfer fees were getting silly?

The major report on Monday comes from The Independent and it concerns Harry Kane, the England striker and now captain.

Manchester United wants him—and why not, as Kane has scored more than 20 Premier League goals three seasons in a row.

Trending: Manchester United ‘Agrees’ Deal For £40 Million Midfielder From Premier League Rival

But Kane is a Tottenham Hotspur player and attempting to extract that club’s most valuable players from north London is akin to a mere mortal trying to pull the sword from the stone, which is to say, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will reportedly ask for nearly £200 million ($255 million) for Kane.

£200 million.

That’s around £110 million more than Paul Pogba cost for a world-record fee. It’s around £70 million more than the sum Real Madrid will probably spend on Kylian Mbappe from A.S. Monaco this summer.

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Soccer - Australia see positives despite early exit in Russia - SBS

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Confederations Cup was a missed opportunity for Australia but the Socceroos should gain confidence from their improvement during the tournament in Russia, coach Ange Postecoglou has said.

Australia bowed out with a 1-1 draw against Chile on Sunday, having needed a two-goal win to reach the semi-finals. Chile advanced to play Portugal for a spot in the final, with Germany taking on Mexico in the other semi-final.

The 48th-ranked Socceroos were lambasted at home for their disjointed performance in a 2-0 loss to a second string Germany, but held African champions Cameroon to a 1-1 draw and dictated terms against fourth-ranked Chile for much of the match.

"We're obviously very disappointed," Postecoglou told Australian media after the Moscow stalemate.

"We wanted to continue in the tournament, we wanted to get out of this group. That's what we came here for and...


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Soccer - Chile's relentless style taking toll in Russia - SBS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chile's high-octane style of play has made them one of the world's most entertaining teams to watch but coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that it comes with a price.

Pizzi said that such a relentless style involved an enormous physical effort, raising questions as to whether an ageing squad will be able to maintain it at next year's World Cup, should they qualify.

Chile press high, try to win possession deep in the opposition's half and, when they have the ball, throw players forward in numbers in a manner which former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque once said was like "facing 11 kamikazes".

The system was first adopted under the leadership of coach Marcelo Bielsa, who took them to the 2010 World Cup.

It was continued by Jorge Sampaoli who led them to their first major title, the 2015 Copa America, and now by Pizzi, who took over at the start of last year.

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A Soccer Factory in Football's Heartland: 'It's Like It's Europe or ... - Bleacher Report

FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira (27) celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Cristian Colman (9) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It took Jesus Ferreira just 18 minutes to become Major League Soccer's youngest goal scorer since Freddy Adu.    

The 16-year-old phenom, the son of former league MVP David Ferreira, made his debut for FC Dallas' first team June 3, entering a match against Real Salt Lake in the 71st minute. A little more than a quarter-hour later, he demonstrated why there's so much excitement about an attacker who's too young to vote, deftly taking down a cross and calmly finishing past onrushing RSL keeper Matt Van Oekel.

He had his first tally at 16 years and 161 days old. At his club, Ferreira is young, but he's far from alone.

Since starting their academy in 2008, the club has made a commitment to developing its youth movement, which is unlike any other in American professional soccer. When Ferreira took the field, he was the 16th homegrown player to move from the...


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Russia Denies Its Soccer Players Are Doped Up - Foreign Policy (blog)

Russian athletes are in trouble for doping, again. And Russian officials continue to vigorously defend them.

On Sunday, reports emerged that every member of Russia’s 2014 World Cup team is under investigation for doping. A FIFA spokesperson confirmed the inquiry was ongoing.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who runs the country’s soccer program, shrugged off the charges. “There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football,” Mutko told TASS news agency. “Our team are permanently being tested, they undergo doping tests after every match.”

Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency found that 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 sports took performance enhancing drugs. Some of its 2016 Olympians were also caught doping, and its entire 2016 Paralympics team also was busted for drugging.

The alleged doping didn’t help Russia in Brazil in 2014; the team didn’t win...


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Owners of Italy's ACF Fiorentina soccer club ready to sell - SBS

MILAN (Reuters) - The owners of Italian top-flight ACF Fiorentina are ready to sell the soccer club, a statement posted on the club's official website said on Monday.

"The owners... are absolutely ready, in light of the dissatisfaction of supporters, to step aside and hand the club to whoever wants to buy it and manage as they see fit," the statement said.

It added that for the time being the company would be "managed with attention and competence by its managers."

Fiorentina, which finished eighth in Italy's top Serie A League this past season, is owned by the Della Valle family, which includes entrepreneur Diego Della Valle, who controls luxury group Tod's.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi recently sold AC Milan soccer team to Chinese buyers while city rival Inter Milan also ended up in Chinese hands after years of being run by Italy's Moratti family, which controls...


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Discovery Wins Legal Ruling in Battle With Sky Deutschland Over ... - Variety

Sky and Discovery are locking horns again, this time over soccer rights, with a German court ruling against the pay TV platform in a battle over German Bundesliga soccer.

Discovery won a package of rights for over 40 Bundesliga games in an auction that took place last year. Sky previously held rights to all of the games but the local competition authorities ruled they had to go to multiple buyers. Discovery, which owns the Eurosport TV and digital platform, scooped up the pay TV rights to Friday games for the 2017-18 season.

Discovery took issue with Sky’s recent marketing campaign for its Sky Deutschland service, which Discovery maintains promised fans they could see all Bundesliga games and goals on channels carried by Sky Deutschland.

Discovery, however, will not be showing its games on the single sports channel it has on Sky, Eurosport 2. The games will actually be on the...


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Former Cortez soccer player plays in Brazil - The Journal

Allison Porter, a former soccer player for Montezuma-Cortez High School and a senior at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, played for a U.S. soccer team in Brazil in June.

From May 28 through June 7, she traveled to Brazil and played for a U.S. women’s team composed of 16 NCAA Division III players from 11 schools.

“While in Brazil, we played four games against Brazilian teams, Porter told The Journal in an email. “Two games were played in São Paulo, and two in Rio de Janeiro. We were 2-2 with all four games.”

The team was coached by Jim Conlon, of 2016 Division III champion Washington University-St. Louis.

“Playing in Brazil representing the United States of America was an honor,” Porter said. “The culture in Brazil was amazing. After each game, we would trade T-shirts/jerseys with the other players and take pictures. It was definitely a lifetime experience that I will never...


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Not so friendly game: California soccer game turns violent as brawl breaks out between fans of rival Mexican teams - Daily Mail

  • The brawl unfolded during a friendly game on Sunday in San Ana, California
  • About fifty fans of rival teams Club America and Puma fought on the pitch
  • They are seen punching and kicking each other repeatedly at halftime
  • One man was hurt so badly he appears unconscious on the ground
  • Police officers were on site and tried to disperse the brawl using pepper spray

By Timothyna Duncan For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 22:15 BST, 26 June 2017 | Updated: 00:17 BST, 27 June 2017

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MLS Snapshots: Hat trick for Accam; MNUFC come back from 2-0

The game in 100 words (or less): All hail King David Accam, the newest superstar of MLS — except, well, you know, he’s been doing this for a couple years now. It’s not his fault you hadn’t already taken notice. For too long, it was Accam and not much else for the Chicago Fire, who finished bottom of the league two straight seasons, in 2015 and 2016. Now, with the likes of Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic and Bastian Schweinsteiger joining him in Bridgeview, Accam has ascended to his rightful throne as an MVP candidate. The 26-year-old Ghanaian international strengthened his case on Saturday, bagging three goals and an assist, playing a key part in all four goals, in Chicago’s 4-0 drubbing of Orlando City SC. Accam’s season stats now sit at 10 goals and six assists, for the Eastern Conference’s second-place team. If these kind of performances persist, don’t be surprised when Accam follows...


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Fire 4, Orlando City 0: First Thoughts

  • Same ol’, same ol’ as far as the lineup goes. And no reason to be upset as we’re unbeaten in 9 straight, all comps.
  • Rematch of the weird game earlier this month, when Orlando had two red cards, yet the Fire couldn’t find a way to put one in the back of the net.
  • Orlando City have found a way to get results. 26 points, but a negative goal differential, only scoring 20 goals in 17 matches. I’m feelin’ another clean sheet!

FIRST THOUGHT: Gotta get all three at home, especially against a top team in our conference. Same way as usual, solid at the back, control possession in midfield, and get service to Niko.

KICKOFF!

2 - Really good turnout for today’s game. Love it!

3 - FIRE GOAL, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? POETRY IN MOTION, KING DAVID ACCAM!!!

4 - Oh, Niko juuuuust pushed one wide...nearly 2-0 already!

6 - Niko gets another decent look and just pops it over the bar...the Fire are on fire...


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Thangboi Singto appointed as Assistant Coach of Kerala Blasters FC

2016 Indian Super League finalists Kerala Blasters have made a key managerial appointment after naming former Shillong Lajong manager Thangboi Singto as their Assistant Coach for the upcoming season of the IMG-Reliance owned league. 

The 43-year-old is also expected to oversee Blasters' development programmes as the Director of Youth Football. 

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The Manipuri coach parted ways with Shillong Lajong mutually at the end of the 2016-17 domestic season after a four-year stint at the helm of the Meghalaya-based team. 

Kerala Blasters apparently made contact with Singto during this year's Federation Cup when Steve Coppell, who led Blasters to the final last season, came to India. 

After negotiations, Singto signed the contract on Saturday with the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned franchise. Interestingly, Steve Coppell is yet to sign a new deal with the team and is...


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Report: Swansea rejects Everton bid for Sigurdsson

Everton, a club not known for its vast spending power, just continues to put on a show this transfer market.

According to a report by ESPN’s Pete O’Rourke, Swansea City has turned down an initial offer from the Toffees for playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson. The report states the bid was valued at $34 million.

Sigurdsson is regarded as a player of higher quality and has been the subject of transfer rumors for years. According to Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins back in February, the 27-year-old was the subject of “substantial offers” this past winter. It’s no surprise that a club such as Everton would look to Sigurdsson to boost its attacking play.

The Icelandic international had a prolific year this past season, scoring nine goals and assisting 13 others. In addition to his playmaking talents, Sigurdsson is also known as a set-piece specialist, scoring four goals from direct free-kicks over...


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Germany, Chile advance despite bumps in the road at Confederations Cup

There were some bumps in the road, but ultimately Group B finished as most expected it to at the Confederations Cup.

Chile earned a nervy 1-1 draw against a physical Australian side in Moscow, while Germany turned back Cameroon 3-1 in Sochi. Both teams advance to the semifinals, to be played later this week.

The Chileans, who were tipped as one of the favorites in Russia, had a shot ring across their bow right before halftime when lazy defending and a cool finish by James Troisi gave the Australians a 1-0 lead:

Australia needed to win by two goals to advance to the semifinals, which put the possibility of a stunning upset very much in play, as did the Socceroos’ rough-and-tumble tactics.

At least until Martin Rodriguez poached home a ball in the 67th minute for his first career international goal, all but sealing Chile’s advancement:

Germany had an easier go of things against Cameroon,...


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Bournemouth would welcome back Nathan Aké with ‘open arms’

At the start of the summer, Nathan Aké was rumored to be near the top of AFC Bournemouth’s summer wishlist, alongside Chelsea teammate Asmir Begović in a combined outlay of about £30m. Begović has already joined the Cherries for £10m, which leaves the rest for Aké.

Aké’s future is not quite that clear at the moment, but his return to Chelsea didn’t exactly live up to the successes he was having during the first half of last season with Bournemouth and a return has been on cards ever since. Increasingly, that return was rumored to be a permanent transfer rather than just another loan, of which Aké has had more than we care to count.

Into that narrative dropped a story over the weekend from The Sun that Bournemouth were closing in on said £20m transfer. Slowly, this has been picked up by various other outlets, including the local Bournemouth Echo and Sky Sports. That doesn’t actually...


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El Hadji Diouf of Senegal on why he is not 'a bad guy'

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Image caption El Hadji Diouf now lives and works in his native Senegal

El Hadji Diouf is a hero in Senegal. Everywhere he goes, he is mobbed by fans both young and old. His countrymen are still grateful for the stellar role he played during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

But in England, he is remembered more for his controversial antics than for his football talent.

It is a trait that followed him in the English league clubs he played for - from Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers to Bolton Wanderers, with a spell for Rangers in Scotland as well.

Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents.

But now in his retirement, he is telling his story.

'I am a bad loser'

"I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it's not...


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