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May 12, 2015

Soccer-Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute

ZAATARI, Jordan, May 12 (Reuters) – As Hiba’s shot beats the goalkeeper and nestles in the back of the net she turns away, her arms raised in triumph, her face beaming with joy while her team mates scream in delight.

This, however, is no ordinary goal on an ordinary soccer pitch. For many children, this exuberance marks a return of the childhood torn from them by screams of war in the Syrian homeland they have left behind.

May 11, 2015

England go for experience at women’s World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women’s World Cup in Canada next month, with midfielder Katie Chapman recalled after a five-year absence.

Chapman, 32, who plays for Chelsea, has 82 caps and scored eight times for England. However, she fell into dispute with former national coach Hope Powell after asking for time off to look after her children and did not play for England for five years before returning to the fold earlier this year.

May 11, 2015

Soccer-England go for experience at women’s World Cup

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women’s World Cup in Canada next month, with midfielder Katie Chapman recalled after a five-year absence.

Chapman, 32, who plays for Chelsea, has 82 caps and scored eight times for England. However, she fell into dispute with former national coach Hope Powell after asking for time off to look after her children and did not play for England for five years before returning to the fold earlier this year.

May 10, 2015

Fans truce marks Glazers’ 10th anniversary at United

LONDON (Reuters) – An uneasy truce between Manchester United fans and the Glazer family who run the famous Premier League club is in place as the 10th anniversary of their ownership approaches on Tuesday.

When the Glazers bought United it sparked a fans’ revolt but the Americans are now reluctantly tolerated, a situation that will be helped by a return to the Champions League next season amid progress under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

May 10, 2015

Soccer-Fans truce marks Glazers’ 10th anniversary at United

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – An uneasy truce between Manchester United fans and the Glazer family who run the famous Premier League club is in place as the 10th anniversary of their ownership approaches on Tuesday.

When the Glazers bought United it sparked a fans’ revolt but the Americans are now reluctantly tolerated, a situation that will be helped by a return to the Champions League next season amid progress under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

May 9, 2015

United close on return to Europe’s top table with Palace win

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United took a big step towards a return to their once-permanent place among Europe’s aristocrats when they beat a resilient Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to close in on a Champions League place.

The victory ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats and put United seven points clear of Liverpool, the only team who can pip them to fourth spot in the Premier League.

May 9, 2015

Soccer-United close on return to Europe’s top table with Palace win

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Manchester United took a big step towards a return to their once-permanent place among Europe’s aristocrats when they beat a resilient Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to close in on a Champions League place.

The victory ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats and put United seven points clear of Liverpool, the only team who can pip them to fourth spot in the Premier League.

May 9, 2015

Newcastle freefall continues despite draw with West Brom

LONDON (Reuters) – Newcastle United’s plunge down the Premier League table continued on Saturday even though they halted a run of eight defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion.

They even slipped into the bottom three during the course of the afternoon when Victor Anichebe headed Albion into the lead, but ended the day a place and two points above the dreaded line thanks to Ayoze Perez’s equaliser.

May 9, 2015

Soccer-Newcastle freefall continues despite draw with West Brom

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Newcastle United’s plunge down the Premier League table continued on Saturday even though they halted a run of eight defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion.

They even slipped into the bottom three during the course of the afternoon when Victor Anichebe headed Albion into the lead, but ended the day a place and two points above the dreaded line thanks to Ayoze Perez’s equaliser.

May 9, 2015

Burnley win praise but not enough games to avoid drop

By Mike Collett

(Reuters) – Burnley won plenty of praise for the way they played, but not enough matches to stay in the Premier League and their relegation after one season in the top flight came as no real surprise on Saturday.

Even though they won 1-0 at Hull City for a first victory and a first goal in six matches since they beat outgoing champions Manchester City 1-0 on March 14, Burnley occupied one of the bottom four positions for the entire season.