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MLS: Roster purges; Chivas USA moves; another Arena acolyte steps up

For MLS coaches, the Thanksgiving holiday is split between enjoying turkey with the family and finalizing which rostered turkeys need to be sliced, because contracts are either renewed or terminated Nov. 30. There are also college games to be scouted.

And this offseason, barely two weeks old, is further crowded by a new team entering the league, ...


CONCACAF: Champions Cup & Youth Qualifying Draws

CONCACAF held the draws for three regional competitions Friday during the CONCACAF executive committee meeting in Los Angeles. Two MLS teams are competing in the CONCACAF Champions Cup -- the regional equivalent of the Europe's Champions League or South America's Libertadores Cup. U.S. youth national teams will take part in qualifying early next year for the 2007 Under-20 and Under-17 ...

HERMANN TROPHY: Davies, Lapira, Needham named men's finalists

Boston College's Charlie Davies, Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira and SMU's Jay Needham are the three finalists for the 2006 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy.

The winner will be announced at a press conference at the Busch Center on the campus of Saint Louis University on Saturday, Dec. 2, between the NCAA Division I men's semifinals on Friday and final on ...

YOUTH: National youth team updates (Thanksgiving Interregionals)

The U.S. under-14 boys national team's split squads went 3-0-1 at the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Joaquin Del Rosario provided the highlight of the competition with a hat trick in the USA Blue team's 5-0 win over Region II. USA Grey got two goals from Melvin ...

FOCUS: Arena? Or Vienna?

Bruce Arena's performance during Monday's phone-in will not be remembered as one of his most impressive ... and no wonder ... in getting rid of Amado Guevara he has made a move that, if I detected the right meaning for all the pauses and hesitations and convoluted reasoning, he is not happy with ... to talk, quite correctly, of ...


NEWSMAKER: Cannavaro's secret: good food, sleep and sex

Italy World Cup captain Fabio Cannavaro won the 2006 Ballon d'or (''Golden Ball'') as European Player of the Year, beating Italy teammate Gianluigi Buffon and French star Thierry Henry in voting of European journalists conducted by the French magazine France Football.

The 33-year-old central defender is only the third defender to win the Ballon d'or (''Golden Ball'') -- though the ...

AWARDS: European Player of the Year winners (1956-2006)

1956 - Stanley Matthews (England)
1957 - Alfredo di Stefano (Spain)
1958 - Raymond Kopa (France)
1959 - Alfredo di Stefano (Spain)
1960 - Luis Suarez (Spain)
1961 - Omar Sivori (Italy)
1962 - Josef Masopust (Czechoslovakia)
1963 - Lev Yashin (Soviet Union)
1964 - Denis Law (Scotland)
1965 - Eusebio ...


AMERICANS ABROAD: Reading continues to surprise; Eddie Lewis strikes

Reading, with American Marcus Hahnemann starting his 14th straight game of the season, downed Fulham, 1-0, to move into sixth place of the English Premier League. The victory marked the seventh of the season for the newly promoted team that was expected to spend the season fighting for survival.

Hahnemann's U.S. teammate Bobby Convey is sidelined with a bad ...


COLLEGE WOMEN: North Carolina returns to final four

North Carolina had to twice come from behind before beating Texas A&M, 3-2, before 4,887 fans in the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals and returned to the Women's College Cup after a two-year absence.

The Tar Heels failed to reach the final four in 2004 and 2005 -- the only two years in the 25-year history of the ...


WORLD: Chelsea's Mourinho is all smiles despite tie

The English Premier League's top-of-the-table clash Sunday between first-place Manchester United and second-place Chelsea at Old Trafford decided nothing as the teams played to a 1-1 tie, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was all smiles after the game.

Louis Saha put United ahead in the first half, but Chelsea equalized in the 69th minute when the Frenchman deflected Portuguese ...



Nov. 24
Virginia 3 (Cristman 25, 71, Reyering 35) Notre Dame 2 (Martin 71, pen. 84).
Wake Forest 3 (Curfman 43, Lahoud 75, Thompson 83) Santa Clara 1 (Lowry 24).
Nov. 25
UC Santa Barbara 3 (Rosenlund 9, 48, 63) Northwestern 2 (North 13, Alvarez 38).
Nov. 26


NCAA DIVISION III: Messiah and Wheaton take titles

Messiah won its third straight NCAA Division III men's title and fifth in the last seven years with a 3-0 win over Wheaton (Ill.) in the final on Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Josh Sanders scored two goals and Brett Faro added a third for the Falcons, who also beat NYU, 3-0, in the semifinals.


COLLEGE MEN: ACC teams Virginia and Wake Forest join UCSB in final four

VIRGINIA 3 NOTRE DAME 2. Midfield general Nico Colaluca set up senior Adam Cristman twice for goals as Virginia returned to the final four for the first time since 1997. German Yannick Reyering score the third Virginia goal -- his third in three postseason games. Kurt Martin scored both goals, the first set up by Joseph ...

WOMEN'S GOLD CUP: Lilly penalty kick gives U.S. title in OT

Kristine Lilly scored on a penalty kick in the 120th minute to give the USA a 2-1 victory over Canada in overtime and capture the 2006 Women's Gold Cup title.

The final, played before a crowd of only 6,749 fans at the Home Depot Center, was anticlimactic after the USA and Canada had won their ...


COLLEGE WOMEN: Notre Dame, UCLA and Florida State reach semis

Freshman Michele Weissenhofer scored a hat trick in a span of less than 13 minutes and sophomore Kerri Hanks had three assists as the top-ranked Irish extended their unbeaten streak to a school record 25 games and moved into Friday's other semifinal against Florida State. The Irish dominated the game ...