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Football: PSG seal Champions League spot as Chelsea await

Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain tuned up for their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea on Tuesday with a morale-boosting 3-0 home win over Reims on Saturday. Laurent Blanc's in form side carry a 3-1 advantage to Stamford Bridge against Jose Mourinho's men, and maximum points at a sunbathed Parc des Princes guaranteed them Champions League football for next season. Third-placed Lille extended their lead over idle Saint-Etienne to six points as they chalked up a key 2-1 win at Toulouse despite finishing the match with nine men.

Football: Blanc confident on Ibrahimovic return

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc remains confident top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again this season despite picking up a thigh injury during Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League victory over Chelsea. The Sweden captain, who has scored a club record 40 goals in all competitions this season, came off midway through the second half of their quarter-final, first-leg win clutching the back of his right thigh and has been undergoing tests to determine the extent of the problem. "He will be back and he will play again for PSG this season," said Blanc.

Football: USA settle for 2-2 draw with Mexico

Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States on Wednesday in an international friendly between World Cup-bound teams. After suffering a 2-0 defeat in a friendly against Ukraine on March 5, Jurgen Klinsmann's United States were looking for a better performance against their North American rivals. With only 10 weeks remaining before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Klinsmann's starting 11 included a few surprises, with Brad Davis getting the starting nod ahead of Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski rather than Eddie Johnson.

Football: Valdes out for seven months with knee injury

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss the rest of the season and Spain's defence of the World Cup as he will be sidelined for seven months following knee surgery. "Victor Valdes underwent surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament on Monday morning with doctors Ulrich Boenish and Ricard Pruna in Augsburg, Germany," Barcelona said in a statement on Monday. "They made an incision in the internal meniscus of the right knee and the surgery was completed in a satisfactory manner. "The estimated time out will be seven months."

Football: Vogts to advise US World Cup squad

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former Germany manager Berti Vogts to be a special advisor to his team for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, the US Soccer Federation announced on Sunday. The two men have a close relationship, with Vogts having been in charge of the German side, including Klinsmann, which won the Euro 1996 title in England.That was the last major trophy won by Germany. "We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor," Klinsmann told the federation's website.

U.S. hire former Germany coach Vogts as special adviser

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States have hired former Germany coach and World Cup winner Berti Vogts as a special adviser until the World Cup in Brazil as they look to boost their chances of getting through the group stage, the team said on Monday. The United States have been drawn with Germany, Ghana and Portugal for the preliminaries at the June 12-July 13 finals.

Football: Flamini makes Man City wait for top spot

Manchester City could not exploit an earlier defeat by Premier League leaders Chelsea and had to be content with a point from a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Saturday. The visitors looked on course for the summit after taking an 18th-minute lead through David Silva, but Mathieu Flamini earned his side a share of the spoils early in the second half. City would have moved ahead of Chelsea, who had surprisingly lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool, who are at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, had they won, but Chelsea remain at the summit for now.

Football: UEFA launches Nations League

European countries agreed Thursday to launch a Nations League tournament in 2018 to run parallel to the World Cup and European Championship. The tournament could take on immediate importance as it will offer four places in the European Championships finals. The 54 UEFA countries will be divided into divisions with promotion and relegation and offer an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship.

Football: Platini says only he can beat Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview Thursday that he is the only person capable of stopping Sepp Blatter in an election for FIFA president. But the French football legend is still not saying whether he will stand in the FIFA election to be held next year. "Only one person can beat Blatter," the UEFA leader told a small group of journalists, including AFP, on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Astana. When pressed, Platini answered that he was the person.

Football: Platini says only he can beat Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview Thursday that he is the only person capable of stopping Sepp Blatter in an election for FIFA president. But the French football legend is still not saying whether he will stand in the FIFA election to be held next year. "Only one person can beat Blatter," the UEFA leader told a small group of journalists on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Astana. When pressed on whether he was that person, Platini answered "yes".
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