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Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

David Moyes hired as Real Sociedad manager

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It is his first coaching job since being fired by Manchester United last season after less than a year in charge, having succeeded Alex Ferguson after his retirement.

D.C. United Chris Pontius (13) hangs his head after goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) gave up a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

D.C. United ponders strategy with season on brink

It’s the same situation United dealt with during its last postseason run in 2012, when a 3-1 loss in Houston left the team with a balancing act for the second match: Should it rush to erase the gap or first make sure the deficit didn’t grow?

D.C. United's Bobby Boswell in action in the first period against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Luis Silva's goal in the 10th minute was enough to lift United to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium. (Pete Marovich for the Washington Times)

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin

United’s postseason kicks off Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals when the club travels to face the winner of Thursday’s knockout-round match between the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City.

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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Spain soccer team starts fund for evicted woman

- Associated Press

A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said.

Juventus' Fernando Llorente celebrates after scoring during their Champions League group A soccer match in Malmo, Sweden, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/TT, Andreas Hillergren)   SWEDEN OUT

Juventus hosts Torino in Serie A derby match

- Associated Press

Juventus is just one game away from a perfect November, and it has every reason to be confident going into Sunday's Turin derby against Torino.

FIFA Rankings List

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FIFA world rankings for November published Thursday (October position in parentheses):

Brandao gets one-month jail sentence for headbutt

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Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence along with a 20,000-euro ($25,000) fine for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan, center, gives the thumbs up from the stands ahead of the Sky Bet Championship soccer match at the DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The English FA is investigating comments made by Whelan to a national newspaper while he defended his decision to hire Malky Mackay as second-tier Wigan's manager, even though Mackay is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages. Dave Whelan tells British broadcaster ITV that "should they even suggest I'm guilty, I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic." (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES     -    NO ARCHIVES

FA charges Wigan owner over racist remarks

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The English Football Association has charged the chairman of Wigan for making controversial comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring against Villa during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Surprising Southampton facing test of credentials

- Associated Press

Widely tipped as a possible relegation contender following its summer of upheaval, Southampton has stunned English football by winning eight of its first 12 games to sit in second place in the Premier League and split the country's established powers.

New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones, right, smiles as he responds to a reporter's question as midfielder Lee Nguyen looks on during a media availability at the MLS Soccerl team's facility Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Revolution will play the New York Red Bulls at Foxborough Saturday in a game that will decide which team advances to the MLS Cup. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Revs' Jones ready for anything from Red Bulls

- Associated Press

New England midfielder Jermaine Jones wouldn't be surprised if the New York Red Bulls target him and try to get him upset with the referee.

In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Boca Juniors' Andres Chavez, left, fights for the ball with River Plate's Jonatan Maidana during a Copa Sudamericana semi-finals soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

River tries to hang on against bitter rival Boca

- Associated Press

A few days ago everything looked good for River Plate. It was atop the Argentine standings and headed into a first-leg match against Buenos Aires rival Boca Juniors in the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana - Latin America's No. 2 club tournament.

Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo, right, celebrates scoring with teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the Champions League group D soccer match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Arsenal through to Champions League knockout phase

- Associated Press

Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal on Wednesday by helping the London club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the 15th successive season.

Zenit beats Benfica 1-0 in Champions League

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A goal from Danny gave Zenit St. Petersburg a 1-0 win over Benfica Wednesday, giving a huge boost to the Russian team's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Wilson Raj Perumal, match-fixer of Singapore and now living in Hungary presents the local edition of his book "Kelong Kings" which details his exploits and shows "to what extent football and football betting are corrupt", in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Perumal says limiting online betting only to matches in the world's top leagues would help cut down on fixing because those games are not as easy to manipulate. (AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)

Former match-fixer advises limiting online bets

- Associated Press

Limiting online betting to matches in the world's top leagues would help cut down on fixing because those games are not as easy to manipulate, according to convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

UK mulls criminal probe into FIFA bids case

- Associated Press

A criminal investigation into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption could be opened in Britain, with authorities urging whistleblowers to come forward with information.