Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium. The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans. Although the source of the banner remains unclear, UEFA ruled that Albania forfeited the Oct. 14 match because its players refused to return to the pitch amid the disorder. UEFA's disciplinary body awarded Serbia a 3-0 win, but docked the three points gained by a win.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 2:59 pm
Eight people have been arrested in Latvia on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year. Two players from Latvian champion Daugavpils, one of the teams involved, were among those arrested, police spokesman Dairis Anucins said on Friday. Two club officials and four people with ''ties'' to the club were also arrested, Anucins said, adding the others were part of ''an organized group'' behind the scheme. UEFA alleges that a Champions League second qualifying round game on July 17, 2013, between Daugavpils and Swedish club Elfsborg was fixed.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 2:37 pm
The World Cup title has earned the German Football Federation a surplus of 4.5 million euros ($5.7 million) for the year. Half of the profit will go to the German Football League, which runs the Bundesliga, and the other half to the federation budget.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 12:33 pm

FILE - This Dec. 1, 2012, file photo shows United States' Abby Wambach in an international friendly soccer match against Ireland in Glendale, Ariz. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. Not just in group-stage matches, but very possibly for a championship. The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June 2015 _ and if the favored U.S. squad advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)

Angerer won the award last year, and Wambach was the recipient the year before. The list of 10 also includes Japan's World Cup winner, Nahomi Kawasumi, 2006 award winner Marta of Brazil, and Nadine Kessler of Germany. There are also Veronica Boquete of Spain, Nilla Fischer of Sweden, Aya Miyama of Japan, Louisa Necib of France and Lotta Schelin of Sweden.


Posted: October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm
Confidence shouldn't be an issue for Southampton as they welcome Stoke City to St Mary's on Saturday. Ronald Koeman's new-look Saints (5-1-2) have defied all expectations with their magnificent start, and last weekend's 8-0 demolition of Sunderland was one of the biggest wins in the history of the Premier League. Last Saturday's goal-fest made it five wins and a draw from eight games for the south coast side, leaving them third in the table and behind only big-spending Manchester City and Chelsea. Having lost so many star players - and their previous manager - in the summer, Southampton would have been forgiven for stuttering at the start of the new campaign, but new signings Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic have inspired a glut of goals, with many of the existing midfielders also weighing in with strikes of their own.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 10:03 pm
Fresh from their Champions League demolition at the hands of Real Madrid, Liverpool will be looking to make it three domestic wins in a row as they welcome Hull City to Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool (4-1-3) scored twice in added time to rescue a win against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, but the defensive weaknesses exposed in that game were ruthlessly punished by a destructive Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 9:52 pm
West Bromwich Albion welcome Crystal Palace to the Hawthorns on Saturday, fresh off a richly-deserved point against Manchester United. Alan Irvine's West Brom (2-3-3) have impressed at times in their opening eight games, but conceded an 87th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with United on Monday. The young English striker has been in spectacular form in the opening months of the campaign, and his second-half strike against United made it six league goals in eight appearances. Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster picked up a knock on Monday and is likely to be replaced by Boaz Myhill between the sticks for this game, but Myhill revealed the Baggies are confident after their showing against the Red Devils.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 8:53 pm
Though it can be argued West Ham United has been the surprise package of the early season in the Premier League, Saturday afternoon's match versus reigning champions Manchester City likely will provide an accurate measuring stick of just how far the Hammers have come and possibly, how much they have left to go. Few people, if any, would have expected West Ham (4-1-3) to be occupying a Champions League spot at any point during the season. "It's good that we're getting the results our performances merit at the moment," coach Sam Allardyce said in his Thursday news conference. "At the moment we're very good but we have to remember we're only eight games in." One of the keys to West Ham's strong start has been their offence.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 7:53 pm

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