Author Archives: John B.I

Rangers draw, big teams struggle in last 16 of Europa League

By JOHN BOSCHINI It wasn't the victory Maurice Edu and Rangers were hoping for, but a 0-0 draw away to PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their last-16 clash puts the Scottish side in a good position to advance. … Continue reading »

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Tottenham, Schalke advance to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

By JOHN BOSCHINI Tottenham's foray into uncharted territory continues, as the English club advanced to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time. A 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane was enough for Spurs to eliminate AC … Continue reading »

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Barcelona rolls past Arsenal, Shakhtar demolishes Roma in Champions League

By JOHN BOSCHINI Lionel Messi played spoiler for Arsenal yet again with a brace, but it was a controversial red card to Arsenal's Robin van Persie that will grab much of the post-match spotlight as Barcelona defeated Arsenal 3-1 to  … Continue reading »

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Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie to face Barca, Villa’s Bannan loaned to Leeds and more

  By JOHN BOSCHINI Arsenal's hopes of advancement in the Champions League got a major boost with the news that Robin van Persie will travel to face Barcelona in the return leg of the two teams' round of 16 matchup. The Dutch striker … Continue reading »

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Monday Kickoff: Rooney escapes ban, Twente faces fan abuse probe, and more

  By JOHN BOSCHINI Wayne Rooney will not face disciplinary action over an elbow he threw against Wigan Athletic and will be available for Manchester United in crucial Premier League fixtures against Chelsea and Liverpool. In the ninth minute of United's … Continue reading »

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Gomez wins it late for Munich; United, Marseille draw in Champions League

By JOHN BOSCHINI It was a low-scoring afternoon in the UEFA Champions League, with a 90th-minute score from Mario Gomez acting as the only goal in Bayern Munich's 1-0 victory over Inter Milan. In the day's other match, Manchester United … Continue reading »

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Real Madrid held to draw at Lyon, Chelsea rolls in UEFA Champions League

By JOHN BOSCHINI Real Madrid is in the driver's seat but still faces a dicey return leg if it is to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in seven years after being held … Continue reading »

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Monday Kickoff: Ranieri resigns from Roma post, Evra gets extension and more

By JOHN BOSCHINI AS Roma has accepted the resignation of manager Claudio Ranieri following a string of poor results, culminating with a 4-3 loss to Genoa over the weekend after the club held a three-goal lead. It was the fourth-consecutive … Continue reading »

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Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk score comeback victories in Champions League

By JOHN BOSCHINI Almost a year after Lionel Messi's four goals sent Arsenal packing from the UEFA Champions League, the Gunners got a little bit of revenge. Late goals from Robin Van Persie and Andrei Arshavin canceled out David Villa's … Continue reading »

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Tottenham shocks AC Milan; Schalke, Valencia draw in Champions League

By JOHN BOSCHINI For Harry Redknapp and Tottenham, the club's first-ever knockout match in the Champions League couldn't have gone any better with Spurs edging AC Milan, 1-0, at the San Siro. Peter Crouch was the hero for the English … Continue reading »

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NASL teams ruled out of U.S. Open Cup; sanctioned league struggling financially

Photo by ISIphotos.com By JOHN BOSCHINI After a tumultuous offseason rife with doubt over the future of one of American soccer's lower-tier leagues, the NASL lived to fight another day as the U.S. Soccer Federation gave the league provisional sanctioning … Continue reading »

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Mid-Day Ticker: Spurs shorthanded, Terry’s starting place in jeopardy & more

Tottenham's hopes of an upset when it faces AC Milan in this week's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg took a serious blow with the news that Gareth Bale is still out with a back injury. Tottenham coach … Continue reading »

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