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Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro lead Sounders past rival Whitecaps 3-0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nicolas Lodeiro scored from the penalty spot early in the first half, Jordan Morris added to the lead with his third goal of the season, and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 in the MLS is Back tournament on Sunday night.

Study raises fresh dementia concerns from playing pro soccer

A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland finds that they were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared with the general population but more likely to die from dementia. The results raise fresh concerns about head-related risks from playing the sport – at least for men at the pro level.

Church of England appoints first female bishop

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport. The announcement came five months after the church ended a long and divisive dispute by voting to allow women to serve as bishops.

Alonso’s goal keeps Sounders afloat

Another poor start in a playoff series for Sounders FC, but it could have been much worse. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso salvaged a desperately needed goal in the 90th minute as Seattle limited the damage in a loss to archrival Portland, falling 2-1 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals in front of 38,507 at a blustery CenturyLink Field.

Match-fixing probe: 680 suspicious games worldwide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious games — including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games — and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime gang is closely involved in match-fixing, Europol said Monday. The investigation by Europol, the European Union's joint police body, found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.

Planned AEG sale means hazy future for LA sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A for-sale sign for the owner of the Staples Center arena, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy and a stake in the LA Lakers would be a major shock to the city's sports, entertainment and business establishment at any time. But when Denver-based Anschutz Co. said Tuesday that it was "commencing a process" to sell subsidiary Anschutz Entertainment Group, the announcement left especially big questions about AEG's central role in courting the NFL's return to Los Angeles with Farmers Field, a planned downtown stadium going through late-round approvals with the city.

Sounders’ winless streaks reaches six after tie

SEATTLE – Jacob Peterson scored on a deflected shot in the eighth minute for Sporting Kansas City, and Patrick Ianni’s electrifying volley goal just a few minutes later was enough for the Seattle Sounders to earn a draw 1-1 on Wednesday night. Kansas City is unbeaten in its last four matches – two wins and two draws – and continues to inch toward the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Sounders are slumping, winless in their last six league matches and with a rivalry game at Portland coming up Sunday.

Sounders fan mix game, holiday

The two occasions paired nicely on Saturday evening: St. Patrick’s Day and Sounders FC’s MLS opener at CenturyLink Field.  Trevor Boze of Everett, who joined two friends in watching the game, was ready to have a good time. Boze’s wife spent about a week preparing the group for the occasion, getting an idea off a social-media site to knit beards for her husband and friend Aaron Martinez. She also knitted three Vikings helmets.

Sounders sign reality TV contestant Weber

The Seattle Sounders announced another roster addition Friday in the signing of veteran goalkeeper – and reality television contestant – Andrew Weber. Weber has been with Seattle since the start of training camp and is in contention to be the team’s backup behind starter Michael Gspurning. The 28-year-old is also known for being on the current season of the CBS series “The Amazing Race.”

Sounders poised to maintain high-powered offense in 2012

SEATTLE – Sounders FC’s 56 goals last season were by far the most in MLS. But will Seattle, seven weeks away from its first league game, be able to maintain that torrid scoring pace in 2012? Signs point to yes.

Donovan’s goal gives Galaxy MLS Cup

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan scored in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars won their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. Beckham won his first MLS championship in the final game of his groundbreaking five-year contract with the Galaxy, who rolled to the franchise’s third league title after finishing with MLS’ best regular-season record.

Sounders lose match, shot at best record

SEATTLE – Freddy Adu and Brian Carroll scored to help the Philadelphia Union beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday, giving the Los Angeles Galaxy their fourth Supporters’ Shield for the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer. The Union (11-7-14, 47 points) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.