West weighs FIFA options

May 31, 2015

West weighs FIFA options

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What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don’t show up? Blatter was voted to a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday, but the governing bodies of soccer’s wealthiest ...

Walcott sparks Arsenal flurry in F.A. Cup final

May 31, 2015

Walcott sparks Arsenal flurry in F.A. Cup final

Theo Walcott ended a frustrating season by scoring the first goal as Arsenal won a record 12th F.A. Cup title Saturday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley Stadium. Walcott, who missed most of 2014 with a knee ...

Chelsea closes in on league crown

Apr 19, 2015

Chelsea closes in on league crown

While rarely ruthless, Chelsea is easing to the English Premier League title. With a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday, Chelsea surged 10 points clear of Arsenal. But as Arsenal’s hopes of a first league title since 2004 took a further hit, the ...

Man United advances to F.A. Cup quarterfinals

Feb 17, 2015

Man United advances to F.A. Cup quarterfinals

Manchester United survived a scare against third-tier Preston North End to reach the F.A. Cup quarterfinals with a hard-fought 3-1 win at Deepdale on Monday. Louis Van Gaal’s star-studded side was in danger of an embarrassing fifth-round exit when the unheralded hosts took a ...

Messi scores three in win

Feb 16, 2015

Messi scores three in win

Lionel Messi kept up his scoring streak by netting a hat trick as Barcelona swept aside an outclassed Levante 5-0 in the Spanish League on Sunday. Messi scored his 12th, 13th and 14th goals in Barcelona’s 11-game winning run after Neymar had put the ...

United beats Cambridge in replay

Feb 4, 2015

United beats Cambridge in replay

Manchester United overcame fourth-tier Cambridge in an F.A. Cup replay on Tuesday, winning 3-0 less than two weeks after a humbling 0-0 draw. Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored to send United through to a fifth-round match at third-tier Preston. ...

Premier League sides restore pride

Jan 26, 2015

Premier League sides restore pride

Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa redressed the balance for Premier League teams after a flow of upsets in the F.A. Cup, securing narrow wins over awkward lower-league opposition to advance to the fifth round on Sunday. Chelsea and Manchester City were among five ...

Fourth-division club stymies United

Jan 24, 2015

Fourth-division club stymies United

Cambridge held star-studded Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at home in the fourth round of the F.A. Cup on Friday, earning the fourth-tier club a lucrative replay at Old Trafford. Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie both missed good chances to score in ...

West Ham sinks Everton in shootout

Jan 14, 2015

West Ham sinks Everton in shootout

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian proved an unlikely match-winner as his side edged 10-man Everton 9-8 in a nail-biting penalty shootout after a gripping F.A. Cup third-round replay on Tuesday. Enner Valencia put West Ham ahead early in the second half at Upton Park ...

Valencia snaps Madrid's 22-match win streak

Jan 5, 2015

Valencia snaps Madrid's 22-match win streak

Valencia ended Real Madrid’s 22-game winning streak by fighting back for a 2-1 victory on Sunday, but the blow to the league-leaders was softened somewhat by Barcelona also stumbling to a 1-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad in the Spanish League. Cristiano Ronaldo extended ...