Monday, May 27, 2013

Robbie Rogers Galaxy debut as openly gay athlete

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Robbie Rogers just wants to play pro soccer again, but now it's going to be historical. He is now the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on Sunday night, in his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He entered the game in the 77th minute as the Galaxy were leading the Seattle Sounders 4-0.

"I guess this is a historic thing, but for me it was just a soccer game," he said.

He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. Rogers ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.

Rogers touched the ball a couple times in the closing minutes of the Galaxy's victory that ended Seattle's three-game winning streak. The 26-year-old midfielder hadn't played professionally since last year. He spent the last two seasons in England.

With the Galaxy owning a comfortable lead, head coach Bruce Arena was able to insert Rogers.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tearful David Beckham plays final home game at PSG

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Beckham wore the captain's armband and had an assist before leaving the pitch to a rousing ovation in the 82nd minute. Beckham in tears on farewell.

David Beckham had an emotional Parc des Princes farewell as Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain beat bottom club Stade Brest 3-1 on a memorable night on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic a Sweden striker scored twice and he has now a personal best this season of 29 goals.

Ex-England skipper Beckham, who will retire at the end of the season, broke down in tears when he was substituted by Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 81st minute.

Beckham, who was named skipper against Brest, was hugged by his team mates as he left the pitch to a standing ovation having set up Blaise Matuidi for the second goal.

Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye" was played over the speakers as a film showed highlights of his time at the club before Beckham walked towards the podium with a St George's flag wrapped round his shoulders.

"I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris, to my team mates, to the staff, to the fans. To finish my career here could not be any more special. I want to enjoy my family now, I have all the souvenirs I want now so I'm very, very happy. Merci Paris. I'm very sad to be leaving but thank you," said Beckham the 38-year-old former Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy player.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Samir Nasri vowed to improve amid criticism

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri promised to improve on his game after the criticism of his manager Roberto Mancini.

Mancini criticized Nasri's game this season and he confirmed he'd taken it on board and now understands how he can develop as a player.

“I agreed with him (Roberto Mancini). I knew. Sometimes I don’t need him to tell me because I’m professional. When I go home, I watch the games again," former Arsenal star Nasri told The Times.

“I know if I’ve played well or if I’ve played s and for eight months I wasn’t good. I understand what the manager was saying, because it must be frustrating when you have a quality player and he doesn’t perform and you don’t know why because you try to play him there, play him there, but he still doesn’t perform."

Nasri admitted some of his performances for Manchester City have not been good enough, with certain moments making him want to cry.

Nasri drew heavy criticism when he turn his back on a Robin van Persie free-kick during December's Manchester derby.

City had recovered from 2-0 to be level but, as Nasri turned away, the ball went where he would have been and on into the goal.

"I don’t know what went through my head. I don’t know how many times I was thinking about it afterwards."

“At the time I almost cried I was so upset with myself. How could you do that? It was a derby and with a draw we’d have stayed a few points behind them but they won it and it was a big moment in the title race.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Soccer Updates: Tottenham and Arsenal are on track for Champions League

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Tottenham are on the right path for qualification for next season's Champions League as Gareth Bale shot a goal from the corner of the penalty area that lead to Tottenham 1-0 victory beating Southampton in the Premier League.

Gareth Bale goal was his 20th league goal of the season.

Arsenal are now in the third place and push for the Champions League thanks to the fastest goal of the season from Theo Walcott. It took just 20 seconds for Arsenal to score that they held throughout the game as the Gunners recorded a 1-0 win over the Queens Park Rangers.

Chelsea visits Manchester United on Sunday.

At the bottom of the standings, Wigan avoided relegation with a 3-2 victory, keeping the team third from last but reducing the gap to Sunderland to two points.

Aston Villa took a big step to the safety zone. Gabriel Agbonlahor's two goals led a 2-1 win at Norwich, which is only three points ahead of Wigan but has played a game more. Newcastle is even on points with Norwich after drawing 0-0 at West Ham.

Man City dropped points in its bid to finish second by drawing 0-0 at Swansea. The deposed champions are five points ahead of Arsenal. Already-relegated Reading won 4-2 at Fulham.

Hull will return to the Premier League after a three-year absence. It finished second in the League Championship ahead of Watford.

BERLIN (AP) - Borussia Dortmund held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga before their Champions League final in three weeks.

Kevin Grosskreutz opened the scoring for Dortmund with a volley in the 11th minute, and Mario Gomez tied it with a header from Rafinha's cross in the 23rd.

Dortmund was awarded a penalty kick when Nuri Sahin's shot struck Jerome Boateng's arm, but Manuel Neuer saved Robert Lewandowski's effort in the 60th minute.

Rafinha was sent off for an elbow to Jakub Blaszczykowski's face in the 64th, two minutes after the Brazilian earned his first yellow card for a foul on Julian Schieber.
Bayern, which wrapped up the title with six rounds to go, maintained its 20-point lead over Dortmund.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo headed in two goals to help Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-3 in a Spanish league match that was overshadowed by growing dissatisfaction with Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for criticizing the club.

Madrid's ninth straight home win in league play denied Barcelona the chance to clinch the league title this weekend.

Madrid reduced Barcelona's lead to eight points, meaning the Catalan side can't seal the domestic title by beating Real Betis on Sunday.

Elsewhere, third-place Atletico Madrid booked its spot in next season's Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruna. Also, Valencia eased to a 4-0 win over nine-man Osasuna to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish, while Malaga lost 1-0 at Granada to slip three points behind Valencia in sixth place.

Sections of the crowd jeered Mourinho's name when it was announced before the match, scolding the manager for his recent comments that he may be leaving the club and a country where he doesn't feel ''loved.''

Mourinho used his team's exit from the Champions League on Tuesday as an opportunity to link his immediate future to a return to England. He repeated on Friday that he didn't know if he would stay at Madrid next season, while also taking another veiled shot at benched Spain international Iker Casillas by saying his only mistake was not having brought in new goalkeeper Diego Lopez before this winter.

That latest dig at Madrid's captain even made some of Mourinho's most trusted players bristle.

Mourinho, who is under contract with Madrid until the summer of 2016, appears to running out of allies at the club. He didn't speak after the match, sending assistant Aitor Karanka in his place.

Karanka supported his boss, saying that ''no player has been disrespected,'' while accepting the ire of Madrid's fans for what they widely perceive as a snub by Mourinho.

MILAN (AP) - Chievo Verona is all but certain of playing in Serie A next season after its goalless draw at home to Cagliari.

Cagliari got off to what seemed a promising start when Marco Sau beat the offside trap and raced clear toward the goal. But Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni parried his powerful shot.

Chievo had the best chance of the match shortly before halftime. Nicolas Frey nodded on Cyril Thereau's cross to Boukary Drame, whose fierce volley was blocked by Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi. Radja Nainggolan almost won it for Cagliari with a long, screaming shot that flew just past the left post.

Chievo has eight points more than relegation-threatened Genoa and Palermo, who play on Sunday.

PARIS (AP) - Marseille beat Bastia 2-1 in the French league to postpone Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations for at least another week.

With three rounds left and a six-point lead in Marseille, PSG cannot clinch the title this weekend but it has a vastly superior goal difference to Marseille. PSG hosts Valenciennes on Sunday.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored in each half for Marseille at Stade Velodrome to help keep the pressure on PSG. Florian Thauvin tied it for Bastia 53 seconds after halftime as Marseille conceded its first goal in eight matches.

Marseille has almost mathematically secured second place. It is seven points ahead of third-placed Lyon, which plays at Nancy on Sunday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - FC Porto won 3-1 at Nacional to keep the pressure on Benfica as the Portuguese league season reaches its finish.

Porto's victory cut Benfica's lead at the top of standings to one point before the leaders host Estoril Monday.
Forward James Rodriguez opened for Porto in the 10th minute. Eliaquim Mangala doubled the advantage in the 19th, and Lucho Gonzalez added a third goal from the penalty spot three minutes later.

Daniel Candeias scored for the hosts in the 27th.
Porto hasn't lost at Nacional since the 2007-08 season.
Both Porto and Benfica are undefeated this season.