February 7, 2016

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Votes awarding World Cup to Russia, Qatar sparked probe that brought down FIFA officials

LONDON — After five years of tumult, the far-reaching fallout from FIFA’s decision to send the World Cup to Russia and Qatar has brought down another two voters — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini — but not the hosts themselves. No FIFA executive has been directly punished over how and why they voted in December Read More…

FIFA executives Blatter, Platini get eight-year ban from organization

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 Read More…

‘What has happened to us?’ Soccer fans’ disrespect to Paris attacks causes soul-searching in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — On a night of European soccer matches between national teams, the scenes in London and Istanbul were a study in contrast. The British and French fans at London’s Wembley Stadium sang the French national anthem in solidarity over the Paris attacks, while in Istanbul hundreds of Turkish fans booed the Greek national Read More…

As Syria crumbles, so do dreams of soccer player-turned-refugee

IRBIL, Iraq — For a while, it seemed Nosheen Hanaan’s dream was coming true: The budding star qualified to be goalie on Syria’s national soccer team at the age of 18 after earning a reputation for his fierce blocking on al-Hurriya, a league team from the northern city of Aleppo. But that dream crumbled as Read More…

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Demons beat Eagles, despite missed opportunities

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NORTH OLMSTED — Westlake and North Olmsted walked away from Wednesday’s Southwestern Conference battle knowing they are will have to play better if they hope to contend for a league title. Thanks to a late goal from junior midfielder Ted Greco, the Demons managed to edge the Eagles 3-2. However it’s the goals that Westlake Read More…

Soccer: Jamaica stuns U.S. in Gold Cup semifinals

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, July 14

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Landmark nuclear deal reached with Iran The agreement includes a compromise between Washington and Tehran that will allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites, a senior diplomat says. 2. Who faces dissent on Read More…

Journal article says banning headers only part of solution to concussions in soccer

AURORA, Colo. — A group of scientists checked a decade’s worth of data about what causes concussions in high school soccer. Their conclusion: While a ban on heading would help decrease head injuries, what the game really needs is better enforcement of rules restricting all sorts of player-to-player contact. A paper published Monday by a Read More…

Interest is nil, so Black River dropping girls soccer this year

SULLIVAN TWP. — Almost seven years ago, Tina Wagner worked feverishly to get a girls club soccer team going at Black River. It eventually blossomed into a full varsity sport and was around the last two years. Now, it appears all that work is for naught, as Pirates athletic director Josh Calame has suspended the Read More…

World Cup champs to get Canyon of Heroes parade

NEW YORK — Lower Manhattan will be swirling with confetti as thousands attend a parade celebrating the win by U.S. women’s soccer team at the Women’s World Cup. Team members will be on a float that will travel along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation’s largest city has honored its Read More…