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Practice makes perfect for Chile's Vargas

Striker Eduardo Vargas, whose long-range strike with his second goal of the game powered host Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America, said he had been working on his shooting from distance. "I've been practicing shots from outside the area," he said afterwards. "I was confident. I'm glad it went in." The ...

Reports: Clyne Close to Liverpool Switch

Southampton and Liverpool are close to agreeing a $19.62 million (GBP12.5 million) fee for right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The 24-year-old recently rejected an offer to extend his current contract, which runs out in 2016, with the Saints, making a transfer away likely. As long as he passes a medical, Clyne will be join the club's other transfer acquisitions this summer: James ...

Phil Jones Signs United Extension

Manchester United defender Phil Jones on Tuesday signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2019. The 23-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in 2011, had one year remaining on his previous deal. He made 23 appearances for the Red Devils last season as United finished fourth in the Premier League. "Phil ...

Altidore Heaps Praise on USMNT, Klinsmann

In an interview with, USA striker Jozy Altidore talks about the progress the team has made since its round of 16 exit at the World Cup last summer. "If you look at the trajectory of U.S. soccer - where we've come over the last 12 or 15 years - it's incredible," the Toronto FC forward said. "We're constantly growing ...

Ronaldo Could Play in 2016 Olympics

Portugal could take Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2016 Olympics as one of its three overage players, the president of the Portuguese soccer federation (FPF) said Monday. Ronaldo, 30, will likely represent Portugal at next summer's European Championship in France; afterwards, "it is a possibility" he could join up with the Portuguese U-23 team for the Olympic Games in Rio de ...

Chile's Jara Receives Three-Game Ban

Chile defender Gonzalo Jara has been suspended for three matches by the Copa America disciplinary committee for provoking Uruguay's Edinson Cavani during its 1-0 Copa America quarterfinal win. Jara came up behind Cavani and poked him in the backside. The Uruguay forward reacted by raising his hand toward Jara's head and the Chilean collapsed feigning injury. The referee missed Jara's ...

Hiddink Quits as Dutch Coach After Only 10 Months

Guus Hiddink stepped down as Dutch national head coach after just 10 months in charge. He had a contract until the end of Euro 2016, but the Oranje lost five of 10 games -- including a 4-3 defeat to the USA in a friendly. "I am sorry that it went this way," said Hiddink. "I thought it was ...

Cech Seals Arsenal Switch

Petr Cech on Monday completed his 10 million-pound transfer to Arsenal from Premier League champion Chelsea after 11 years and more than 400 appearances for the Stamford Bridge club. The 33-year-old agreed a four-year deal. "Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. ...

Martino Doubted Tevez in Shootout Win

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said he doubted whether match-winner Carlos Tevez would handle the pressure of another Copa America penalty shoot-out against Colombia on Friday. Martino's men eventually reached the semi-finals by winning 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Vina del Mar, with Tevez stepping up to clinch victory with his side's seventh kick. Tevez's coach later confessed ...

Report: Ramos Wants to go to Man United

Sources tell the Guardian that Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid he wants to leave for Manchester United this summer. According to the report, Ramos was informed that Real received a formal bid from United valued at 40 million euros and that he told the club he wants to leave, but only for United. The 29-year-old's buyout clause is a ...

FIFA Denies Blatter Has Changed His Mind

Apparently, Sepp Blatter might not be resigning as FIFA president after all. In an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick, the Swiss said, "I did not resign. I put myself and my office in the hands of the FIFA congress." The question now is: does that mean Blatter could run again at the FIFA Congress to be held between December of ...

FIFA Film Director Full of Regrets

In his first interview since the disastrous U.S. opening of United Passions, the FIFA movie he directed at a cost of $30 million but which took in just $918 in its opening weekend in the U.S., French director Frederic Auburtin tells The Hollywood Reporter he was trying to strike a balance between "a Disney propaganda film [and] a Costa-Gavras/Michael Moore ...

Guerrero Fires Peru to Copa Semis

Paolo Guerrero scored all three goals as Peru beat Bolivia 3-1 to reach the semifinals of the Copa America, where it faces host Chile on Tuesday. With his hat-trick, the Flamengo striker joined Chile's Arturo Vidal at the top of the Copa America scoring charts with three goals in four games. He also pulled to within two goals of Peru's ...

Wambach Warned Over Referee Comment

FIFA on Thursday issued a warning to U.S. women's national team striker Abby Wambach for the comments she made about referee Stephanie Frappart's following the USA's 2-0 win against Colombia at the Women's World Cup in Canada. Wambach suggested that the French referee purposefully gave yellow cards to teammates Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, who were also booked in earlier ...

Report: Douglas Costa Headed to Bayern

Bayern Munich is closing in on a 35 million-euro deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa, According to German broadcaster Sport 1, the runaway Bundesliga champion has reached a verbal agreement with the player and his club, with the move set to be made official soon. The attacking midfielder, 24, is currently representing Brazil at the Copa America. Separately, Dubai ...