Author Archives: John B.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo puts Portugal into semifinals with late goal

So much for Cristiano Ronaldo disappearing in big tournaments. The Real Madrid superstar scored his third goal of the tournament as Portugal booked the first place in the semifinals with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Ronaldo found space … Continue reading »

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Euro 2012: England wins group despite controversy, France advances despite loss

By JOHN BOSCHINI In the face of lowered expectations, England is excelling at Euro 2012. Wayne Rooney marked his return from suspension with a goal as England, with the help of a controversial refereeing decision, weathered a relentless Ukraine attack … Continue reading »

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Euro 2012: Germany pushes Dutch to brink, Portugal strikes late to top Danes

By JOHN BOSCHINI Germany is making survival in the Group of Death look rather clinical. The Germans won their second straight tough match at Euro 2012, dispatching the Netherlands 2-1 behind two goals from Mario Gomez to maintain first place … Continue reading »

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Euro 2012: Poland battles to tie Russia, Czechs score early to put away Greece

By JOHN BOSCHINI Despite being the lowest-ranked side in Euro 2012, Poland is not going quietly. A stunning goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski in the second half salvaged a 1-1 draw for the co-hosts against Group A leaders Russia in Warsaw.  … Continue reading »

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Euro 2012: England and France draw, Shevchenko leads Ukraine to victory

By JOHN BOSCHINI For England and France, Monday's Group D opener provided an acceptable, if not ideal, start to their European Championship campaign. A first-half opener from Joleon Lescott was canceled out by a superb strike from Samir Nasri as … Continue reading »

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Uruguay, Chile roll in World Cup qualifying

The road to World Cup 2014 is a third of the way complete for CONEMBOL as the proverbial powers find themselves in good position to qualify after Matchday Six. Uruguay remained unbeaten in qualifying with an thrilling 4-2 victory over … Continue reading »

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Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

  The turmoil in CONCACAF has spread and Chuck Blazer may be in trouble. The USA representative on the FIFA Executive Committee has been accused of overseeing financial irregularities and is also considering a lawsuit against FIFA over unpaid TV … Continue reading »

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UEFA Champions League: Short-handed Bayern Munich, Chelsea tangle for title

By JOHN BOSCHINI There hasn't been any shortage of excitement on the road to Munich, and Saturday marks the final chapter in what has been a UEFA Champions League that will be remembered as one of the more unpredictable tournaments … Continue reading »

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