Lyon stays on track to finish 3rd after beating Angers 2-1

PARIS (AP) — Forwards Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier scored in the first half to help third-place Lyon beat midtable Angers 2-1 at home in the French league on Friday. Second place earns automatic qualification for the Champions League, while third is for the qualifying rounds. Lyon is five points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of fourth-place Saint-Etienne. There are five games left after this weekend. Lyon lost the last three games, including a home defeat to Rennes in the French Cup semifinals, and had a scare when midfielder…

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Some Whitecaps fan walk out in solidarity against ex-coach

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Hundreds of Vancouver Whitecaps fans walked out during a game to protest the handling of decade-old abuse and harassment allegations against a former coach. Two fan groups organized the action during the game with Los Angeles FC on Wednesday night over what they say is the “silence and lack of accountability” by team executives. More than a dozen women who played for the Whitecaps and Canada’s Under-20 talent pool in 2007-08 recently issued a statement saying Bob Birarda acted inappropriately. Both teams parted ways with…

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Porto hopes veteran Casillas can lead team to a comeback

Porto didn’t think twice when it saw an opportunity to bring in a veteran like Iker Casillas. The goalkeeper was gradually losing his starting place at Real Madrid, the team where he thrived for more than a decade, and Porto immediately grabbed the chance to lure him in to a new career in Portugal. The club knew all that international experience and those numerous Champions League records would soon come in handy. With the Spanish World Cup winner in goal, Porto won its first Portuguese title in five years, and…

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