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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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Torpedo Moscow penalized 3 games for racial abuse

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Torpedo Moscow has been ordered to close part of its stadium for three games by the Russian Football Union as punishment for its fans racially abusing opposition players.

Ronaldo goal lifts Real Madrid to 1-0 win at Basel

- Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal helped Real Madrid beat Basel 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, and tie a club record with a 15th straight win.

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.

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.

Italian sides in good shape in Europa League

- Associated Press

While Italian teams struggle to advance in the Champions League, Serie A could have a clean sweep of representatives in the knockout stage of the Europa League after the fifth round of group games.

AP-MD--Mid-Atlantic News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MD

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Barcelona's Gerard Pique fights for the ball with APOEL's Gustavo Manduca during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Lahm among 3 Germany defenders on shortlist

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World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm is among three Germany defenders nominated by professional players for selection in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates scoring his side's 4th goal during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick

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Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia.

Council committees OK $300M DC United stadium

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Two D.C. Council committees have approved up to $150 million in subsidies to build a new soccer stadium for D.C. United, allowing the legislation to go before the full council next month.

Monaco's scorer Lucas Ocampos, right, and his teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko, left, celebrate their side's first goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and AS Monaco in Leverkusen, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Monaco beats Leverkusen 1-0 in Champions League

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Substitute Lucas Ocampos scored with his first touch of the ball to give Monaco a 1-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday and keep alive his team's hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Juventus' Fernando Llorente scores past Malmo's goaltender Robin Olsen, left, during the Malmo vs. Juventus UEFA Champions league group A soccer match in Malmo, Swedent, on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo / Andreas Hillergren) SWEDEN OUT

Juventus beats Malmo 2-0 in Champions League

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Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez scored in the second half as Juventus eliminated Malmo from the Champions League on Wednesday with 2-0 away win.