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GENEVA - Arsenal and Porto are among the big clubs entering the Champions League qualifying campaign when the draw for the last-round playoffs is held Friday. Arsenal, chasing a 17th straight group-stage campaign, and two-time European champion Porto are the highest-ranked teams in the 20-team draw. They are seeded with Zenit St. Petersburg, 2002 runner-up Bayer Leverkusen and Napoli in the section for teams which are not national champions. Their unseeded opponents are Athletic Bilbao, Lille, Copenhagen, Standard Liege and Besiktas. The Turkish club advanced from the third qualifying round Wednesday with a hat trick from former Chelsea forward Demba Ba to beat Feyenoord 3-1 and complete a 5-2 aggregate win. "He is not 100 per cent but fit to play," Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic said of his new signing. Clubs from the top five leagues in UEFAs rankings — Spain, England, Germany, Italy and Portugal — join in the fourth and final qualifying round, with two-leg matches scheduled for Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 26-27. In the champions section, 1986 European Cup winner Steaua Bucharest is seeded with Salzburg, APOEL, BATE Borisov and Ludogorets Razgrad. Potential opponents are Maribor, Legia Warsaw, Slovan Bratislava, 1979 runner-up Malmo and Aalborg. Playoff winners join the 22 clubs directly qualified for the group stage. The eight four-team groups are drawn Aug. 28 in Monaco. The 10 playoff losers enter the second-tier Europa League group stage, drawn Aug. 29. Though each playoff team gets 2.1 million euros ($2.8 million) form UEFA, the real prize — in status and cash — comes in the six-match Champions League group stage which kicks off in September. UEFA pays a basic 8.6 million euros ($11.5 million) fee for reaching group stage, plus 1 million euros ($1.34 million) per win and 500,000 euros ($670,000) per draw. Teams also get a share of television rights money in a near 1 billion euros ($1.34 billion) payout shared by the 32 group teams. Arsenals streak of claiming a share of that bonanza started in the 1998-99 season. Zenit was fined 6 million euros ($8 million) of its prize money last season by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, and is restricted to registering only 22 senior players in this years competition instead of the usual 25-man squad. Led by former Porto and Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas, Zenit got two late goals Wednesday to beat AEL Limassol 3-0 and advance 3-1 on aggregate. In the champions section Wednesday, Legia routed group-stage regular Celtic 6-1 on aggregate, and perennial qualifier Dinamo Zagreb was stunned at home by Aalborg. Danish champion Aalborg is the lowest ranked of the 20 playoff teams, earning its place with a 2-0 win in Zagreb, to advance 2-1 on aggregate. Copenhagen, the Danish league runner-up, also advanced with a 2-0 second-leg win over Dnipro of Ukraine to remove one security problem from the Champions League. UEFA has deemed some Ukraine cities, including Dnipropetrovsk, unsafe to host matches during ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatist rebels, and currently prohibits Ukraine vs. Russia matches in its club competitions. Malmos return to Europes elite links the competition to its 1970s heyday dominated by Ajax, Bayern Munich and Liverpool, which all feature in the groups draw The Swedish champion was not a fully professional club when it lost the 1979 European Cup final to Englands Nottingham Forest, and has never played in a Champions League group. Malmo advanced Wednesday when Markus Rosenberg scored twice in a 2-0 home win against Sparta Prague, enough to advance on away goals after losing the first leg 4-2. "Winning a match like this for this club, of course its special," Rosenberg said. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. The team of Lars Nelson, Daniel Richardsson, Johan Olsson, and anchor Marcus Hellner cruised to victory in the 4x10 km event, winning in a time of one hour, 28 minutes, and 42. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. -- Down to 10 men and behind on the scoreboard, Toronto FC displayed its perseverance. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
.J. -- Having Ondrej Pavelec earn his 100th NHL win and seeing Mark Scheifele and Evander Kane break goal droughts were nice highlights for the Winnipeg Jets. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. They kicked off the still-going trend of host cities winning the Grey Cup and sent Hall of Fame head coach Wally Buono to the front office a champion. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
.J. Hardy finally got in on the fun Saturday, against a likely opponent. KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Vancouver Whitecaps relied on a familiar face to keep their unbeaten streak alive. Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo scored a gorgeous free-kick goal just before halftime as Vancouver earned a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday in Major League Soccer action. "That took the pressure off us a little bit," said forward Kenny Cooper. "Coming in (at halftime) 1-0 down, its always going to be hard to get back in the game." Vancouver (7-5-5) head coach Martin Rennie knew he could count on Sanvezzo. "I think thats his 13th goal in the last 14 games in all competitions, which is an incredible record," Rennie said. "I think hes got 10 in MLS and he works a lot on his free kicks. That was a fantastic effort. That was a great goal and I dont think too many people would have saved that." Sanvezzo is tied for the second in MLS with those 10 goals. The Whitecaps have not lost in four contests -- winning three straight and then adding Wednesdays tie. "The teams really grown in its belief," Rennie said when asked about the Whitecaps recent 5-1-2 surge. "But I think also earlier in the season, we were often playing well but not getting the results that we probably deserved. "Now, the team and players realize they are a really good team and have a chance against anybody." It didnt look like the Whitecaps were going to earn another positive result, as they struggled to possess the ball throughout the first half. Vancouver controlled the ball less than 40 per cent at the start of the match and rarely peenetrated more than a few yards into the attacking half, making all-star defender Aurelien Collins goal at the 35th minute inevitable.dddddddddddd Fellow defender Chance Myers nodded a cross from Oriol Rosell into the middle of Vancouvers box, where Collins first attempt -- a wheeling, left-footed shot -- was blocked by Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron. Unfortunately for Leveron, the deflection fell right back into Collins wheelhouse for a right-footed drive and his third goal of the season. Vancouver, which attempted two shots in the opening 25 minutes -- and neither was on goal or presented any real challenge to Sporting KCs defence -- continued to absorb pressure until the final five minutes. Eventually, the Whitecaps earned a free kick from 25 yards in front of goal during the 44th minute and with literally seconds remaining before halftime, Sanvezzo drew Vancouver even with a perfectly struck rocket into the upper right corner. Vancouver dodged a bullet in the 76th minute when its defence failed to pressure Sporting KC all-star midfielder Graham Zusi after he collected a ball at the top left edge of the penalty box. Given adequate time and space, Zusi, an MLS MVP finalist last season and a rising star for the U.S. mens national team, rolled a low, hard shot toward the left post. Knighton was beaten, but Zusis shot bent just enough that it pinged back into play off the post and was cleared from danger as the Whitecaps remained level at 1-1. "Did we do enough to win the game? Probably not," Cooper said. "A draws probably a fair result." ' ' '


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