Posts Tagged Professional soccer

Di Maria, Mata failing to live up to price tags at United

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria reacts after a missed opportunity before being substituted at half time during his team's English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria are the two most expensive players in Manchester United’s history, costing a combined 97 million pounds ($150 million) last year as the club looked to regain its status as England’s top team.

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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, pushes against Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova on his way to the basket in overtime of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Houston. The Rockets won 105-103. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Chelsea wins League Cup; City’s Premier League hopes shrink

Chelsea's John Terry, centre, celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the English League Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, March,  1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea won the League Cup by defeating Tottenham 2-0 Sunday, and its Premier League title chances improved with Manchester City’s loss at Liverpool.

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Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter leaves after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. The dates of the 2022 tournament will be confirmed in March by the FIFA executive committee, which Blatter heads. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer’s racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there “must be some sanctions” if the extremism is not eradicated.

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FIFA wary on video tech, calling it ‘biggest decision ever’

FIFA president Sepp Blatter leaves after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. The dates of the 2022 tournament will be confirmed in March by the FIFA executive committee, which Blatter heads. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — Soccer’s rule-makers ruled out the imminent use of video technology on Saturday, hours before the wrong Sunderland player appeared to be sent off at Manchester United.

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