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Atletico face Stromsgodset in Europa League

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AFP) - The 2010 Europa League winners Atletico Madrid will be confident of reaching the play-off round after being drawn against Norwegian side Stromsgodset in the the third qualifying round on Friday. Atletico, who finished seventh in Spain's Liga last season, will be meeting a side with limited experience in Europe. Stromsgodsets' last appearance came in the 1998-99 UEFA Cup, when the...Full Story »

Benfica face intriguing Champions League opener

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AFP) - Portuguese giants Benfica face an intriguing Champions League third qualifying round tie after being drawn on Friday against the Turkish side Trabzonspor. Tranzonspor, who finished runners-up in Turkey last season, have been implicated in a massive match-fixing scandal that has also taken in champions Besiktas and another of the country's biggest clubs, Fenerbahce. Sadri Sener, t...Full Story »

Cavenaghi set for River Plate return

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi is free to return to his formative club River Plate after Bordeaux announced on Friday that they were releasing him from his contract. Bordeaux said that they would "retain an economic interest in future transactions concerning the player", who has already agreed a deal to join the newly relegated Buenos Aires giants. The 27-year-old, who joined Bordeaux ...Full Story »

Trabzonspor gets Benfica in Champions League

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Declaring itself “100 percent” innocent in a widespread Turkish match-fixing scandal, Trabzonspor’s tough luck in the Champions League continued Friday when it drew Portuguese club Benfica in the third qualifying round. In other pairings, Dynamo Kiev was drawn to face Rubin Kazan and FC Twente was paired with Romanian club Vaslui. Twente is preparing to play the opening home ...Full Story »

Blackburn agree deal for Argentine striker Pavone

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers agreed a deal to sign Argentine striker Mariano Pavone on a free transfer on Friday. Pavone is out of contract after buying out the last year of his deal with Spanish club Real Betis following a loan spell at River Plate in Argentina last season. The 29-year-old, who does not need a work permit as he has EU citizenship, arrived in England earlier ...Full Story »

Turkey's Trabzonspor gets Benfica in Champs League

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Turkish league runner-up Trabzonspor drew Portugal’s Benfica on Friday in the Champions League third qualifying round. Trabzonspor could yet be awarded the 2010-11 Turkish title if champion Fenerbahce is stripped of the trophy in a match-fixing scandal. However, the probe isn’t being resolved in time to award Trabzonspor direct entry to the lucrative 32-team Champions League group ...Full Story »

Big-money signs show Asian football clout

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

This time of year always brings European clubs to Asia, building their brand and meeting local fans, but on current trends they may soon become worried that future visits will lead to the poaching of their best players. The growing financial clout of Asian clubs was highlighted this month when Guangzhou Evergrande smashed China’s transfer record, spending $10 million to sign Dario Conca f...Full Story »

Gap between good, great narrowing at WWCup

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Used to be, you could predict the lineup for the final four at the Women’s World Cup before the tournament began. The Americans were a given. The Germans, too. Brazil’s been there to the bitter end in recent years, and Sweden or Norway were never a bad bet. This year? Anybody who predicted Japan playing in its first final and France making the semis either knew somebody on one of th...Full Story »

16-year-old Caitlin Foord wins young player award

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin Foord has won the Women’s World Cup young player of the tournament award for her outstanding performance in Australia’s midfield and defense. FIFA expert April Heinrichs said that “at just 16 years, she is dynamic on the ball and off the ball. She has the ability to play attack and the ability to play defender.” She was picked from all players u...Full Story »

Top 50 Hotties from Sports and Competition TV Shows

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by 7M Sport

While television series that involve sports may lack the intensity and the obnoxious cliches that flood sports talk shows and news programs, they present viewers with unique drama and fictional dreams that are inspired by real-life occurrences. Many of these shows have been called mundane and can often be hyperbolic with an invidious tone that deters viewers. The women on these shows, howe...Full Story »

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