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Aug 20, 2014

Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected – FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, football’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.

Aug 20, 2014

Soccer-Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected-FIFA

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.

Aug 19, 2014

Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

BERNE (Reuters) – Besiktas hit the bar straight from kickoff as they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal in Tuesday’s Champions League playoffs while a superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visitors Athletic Bilbao.

Jonatan Soriano struck the woodwork three times and scored in Salzburg’s 2-1 win over visiting Malmo, Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 at FC Copenhagen and a late goal gave Steaua Bucharest a 1-0 home win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the other first leg ties.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

BERNE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Besiktas hit the bar straight from kickoff as they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal in Tuesday’s Champions League playoffs while a superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visitors Athletic Bilbao.

Jonatan Soriano struck the woodwork three times and scored in Salzburg’s 2-1 win over visiting Malmo, Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 at FC Copenhagen and a late goal gave Steaua Bucharest a 1-0 home win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the other first leg ties.

Aug 18, 2014

Napoli in at the deep end with Bilbao clash

ZURICH (Reuters) – Napoli’s first game of the season could be also be one of their most difficult and important as they host Spain’s Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

Arsenal, who visit Besiktas, will be aiming to reach the lucrative group stage for the 17th consecutive season while, at the other extreme Slovan Bratislava, Ludogorets Razgrad and Malmo are all trying to qualify for the first time.

Aug 18, 2014

Soccer-Napoli in at the deep end with Bilbao clash

ZURICH, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Napoli’s first game of the season could be also be one of their most difficult and important as they host Spain’s Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

Arsenal, who visit Besiktas, will be aiming to reach the lucrative group stage for the 17th consecutive season while, at the other extreme Slovan Bratislava, Ludogorets Razgrad and Malmo are all trying to qualify for the first time.

Aug 17, 2014

Defiant Mekhissi-Benabbad wins 1,500, gold for Farah

ZURICH (Reuters) – Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad kept his vest on as he bounced back from his steeplechase disqualification to seal the men’s 1,500 metres at the European championships on Sunday and Mo Farah predictably won the 5,000 to complete a double.

Stripped of the 3,000 steeplechase gold for a shirtless celebration down the final straight on Thursday, Mekhissi-Benabbad responded by storming to victory, celebrating before he had even crossed the finishing line.

Aug 15, 2014

Dutch sprinter Schippers wins second gold with year’s best time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.

Schippers, who has switched from the heptathlon event where she claimed a world championship bronze last year, powered down the final straight to win in 22.03 seconds and easily beat American Tori Bowie’s previous best 2014 time of 22.18.

Aug 15, 2014

Schippers wins second gold with year’s best time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 meters this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.

Schippers, who has switched from the heptathlon event where she claimed a world championship bronze last year, powered down the final straight to win in 22.03 seconds and easily beat American Tori Bowie’s previous best 2014 time of 22.18.

Aug 14, 2014

Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

BERNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.

CAS said in a statement that it had removed the clause which banned the 27-year-old from “any football-related activity” following an appeal by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) on Suarez’s behalf.