Nigeria Police Free Lecce Player Obodo

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria say they have freed Christian Obodo, a midfielder for Italy's Udinese football club who was kidnapped in the country's oil-rich delta. Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said that officers found the athlete in the state unharmed Sunday night and arrested … [Read more...]

EURO 2012 LIVE: France Vs. England

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — France's 21-match unbeaten run is on the line when Laurent Blanc's team takes on England in Donetsk in the high-profile opening Group D match at the European Championship. Here is a running account of Monday's action. All times are local to Poland. ___ 1741: Nineteen minutes … [Read more...]

Nigeria Police Search For Lecce Player Obodo

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers in Nigeria have demanded $187,500 from the family of midfielder Christian Obodo, a player for Italy's Udinese football club abducted in the country's oil-rich southern delta, police said Sunday. Gunmen seized Obodo on Saturday as he arrived in front of a church outside the … [Read more...]

Spain Held To 1-1 Tie By Scandal-ridden Italy

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Spain was held to a 1-1 tie by scandal-ridden Italy on Sunday at the European Championship. Substitute Antonio Di Natale put Italy in front after an excellent setup from Andrea Pirlo in the 61st minute, and surprise starter Cesc Fabregas tied it three minutes later to finish off a … [Read more...]

Russia And Poland Play Out 1-1 Draw In Group A

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the European Championship and Jakub Blaszczykowski tied it in the second half as Russia and Poland drew 1-1 Tuesday. The match was marred before kickoff by fighting between hooligans from both countries, leaving several people injured as thousands … [Read more...]

EURO 2012 LIVE: Ireland Vs. Croatia

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ireland and Croatia meet in their first games of European Championship in Group C in Poznan. Earlier, Spain and Italy drew 1-1. Here is a running account of Sunday's action. All times are local to Poland. ___ 2035: Five minutes to go. There's a party atmosphere in the City … [Read more...]

Major Instances Of Soccer Hooliganism

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian soccer fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, just hours before the two teams met in a Euro 2012 match. In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish soccer hooligans were seen attacking Russians, who responded … [Read more...]

Czech Republic Beats Greece 2-1 At Euro 2012

WROCLAW, Poland (AP) — Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar scored in the first six minutes to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 win over Greece on Tuesday at the European Championship. Jiracek shot the ball past Greece goalkeeper Costas Chalkias in the third minute after a pass from Tomas Hubschmann sliced through … [Read more...]

EURO 2012: France And England Draw 1-1

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — England held on for a 1-1 draw with France on Monday at the European Championship, giving the Group D favorites one point each. Joleon Lescott put England in the lead with a header in the 30th minute, and Samir Nasri leveled shortly before halftime with a shot into the bottom corner of … [Read more...]

Israeli Premier Injures Leg Playing Soccer

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says the Israeli leader has injured his leg playing soccer with Jewish and Arab youths. Doctors diagnosed a tear in Netanyahu's left hamstring muscle Monday and put his leg in a cast. His office says he was sent home to rest and will return to work … [Read more...]