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Dec 15, 2014

Patriots, Colts, Broncos into postseason, Packers stunned

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos clinched divisional titles and playoff berths with wins on Sunday while the Green Bay Packers’ five-game winning streak was ended by the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots (11-3) secured their sixth straight AFC East divisional crown with a 41-13 triumph over the Miami Dolphins (7-7) at Foxborough.

Dec 14, 2014

Patriots and Colts into postseason, Packers stunned

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts clinched divisional titles and playoff berths with wins on Sunday while the Green Bay Packers’ five-game winning streak was ended by the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots (11-3) secured their sixth straight AFC East divisional crown with a 41-13 triumph over the Miami Dolphins (7-7) at Foxborough.

Dec 8, 2014

MLS faces big questions in tricky union talks

CARSON, California (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is growing at a rapid pace but faces potentially fractious negotiations with its players union as it heads into the off-season.

While LA Galaxy celebrated a record fifth title, league and union officials turned to the tricky business of working out the model for payments and contracts for the next five years.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-MLS faces big questions in tricky union talks

CARSON, California, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is growing at a rapid pace but faces potentially fractious negotiations with its players union as it heads into the off-season.

While LA Galaxy celebrated a record fifth title, league and union officials turned to the tricky business of working out the model for payments and contracts for the next five years.

Dec 8, 2014

Keane’s dominant year crowned with Galaxy title glory

CARSON, California (Reuters) – LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane won his third title in four years in Major League Soccer after grabbing the winning goal against New England Revolution on Sunday.

There was little surprise that he scored the winner — Keane was LA’s top scorer with 21 goals in the regular and post-season and was voted this season’s MVP — but it was interesting to learn that it was Keane who suggested the tactical switch at halftime that helped Galaxy get a grip on the game.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-Keane’s dominant year crowned with Galaxy title glory

CARSON, California, Dec 8 (Reuters) – LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane won his third title in four years in Major League Soccer after grabbing the winning goal against New England Revolution on Sunday.

There was little surprise that he scored the winner — Keane was LA’s top scorer with 21 goals in the regular and post-season and was voted this season’s MVP — but it was interesting to learn that it was Keane who suggested the tactical switch at halftime that helped Galaxy get a grip on the game.

Dec 8, 2014

New England unable to shake off old losing habit

CARSON, California (Reuters) – L.A. Galaxy’s marketing campaign for the MLS playoffs was ‘First to Five’ and by securing the record fifth title they created another ‘First to Five’ as New England Revolution suffered their fifth loss in as many MLS Cups.

Coach Jay Heaps needs no reminders of that record having played in the four previous losses, including missing the decisive penalty in a shootout loss to Houston in 2006.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-New England unable to shake off old losing habit

CARSON, California, Dec 8 (Reuters) – L.A. Galaxy’s marketing campaign for the MLS playoffs was ‘First to Five’ and by securing the record fifth title they created another ‘First to Five’ as New England Revolution suffered their fifth loss in as many MLS Cups.

Coach Jay Heaps needs no reminders of that record having played in the four previous losses, including missing the decisive penalty in a shootout loss to Houston in 2006.

Dec 8, 2014

Retiring Donovan gets one last taste of victory

CARSON, California (Reuters) РLandon Donovan ended his career with a third title in four years as the LA Galaxy enjoyed a 2-1 extra-time win over the New England Revolution in Sunday’s MLS Cup and said he would struggle to replace the joy of victory.

Donovan, the all-time top scorer in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team, retires at the relatively young age of 32.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-Retiring Donovan gets one last taste of victory

CARSON, California Dec 7 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan ended his career with a third title in four years as the LA Galaxy enjoyed a 2-1 extra-time win over the New England Revolution in Sunday’s MLS Cup and said he would struggle to replace the joy of victory.

Donovan, the all-time top scorer in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team, retires at the relatively young age of 32.

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