Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester: Eagles launch comeback

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  • Leicester led 2-0 through Huth, Vardy
  • Goals from Cabaye, Benteke made it 2-2
  • Palace on 35 points, Leicester on 37
  • One defeat in 7 for Palace

Crystal Palace and Leicester City battled to a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park as the Eagles battle back from 2-0 down to grab a point.

Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead but Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke replied in the second half as Palace fought back valiantly.

With the point Palace moved further clear of the relegation zone, while Leicester are two points ahead of them as they now look ahead to their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg.

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The Foxes took an early lead to stun Selhurst Park as a long throw into the box caused havoc and Huth headed home. Easy. 1-0 to Leicester and Sam Allardyce‘s face was a picture

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Palace responded well to going behind but Leicester held firm with the Foxes always looking dangerous on the break.

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Just after the break Vardy made it 2-0 as Leicester cleared a Palace corner, then Riyad Mahrez launched a counter attack and the clinical Englishman did the rest. Leicester looked to have all three points in the bag.

Maybe not…

Just 115 seconds later Palace made it 2-1 with former Leicester man Jeffrey Schlupp firing in a cross that Cabaye finished. Game on.

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Benteke headed home a wonderful cross from Andros Townsend to make it 2-2 as the home fans went wild. The Belgian went close again soon after but was denied by Kasper Schmiechel and Palace pushed hard to get three points.

Patrick Van Aanholt then pulled the ball back with shouts of handball against Huth but Palace had to settle for a point as Leicester wasted a glorious chance late on with Danny Drinkwater firing over.

USMNT: Brooks out with hip strain; World Cup qualifiers loom

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John Brooks is out of Hertha Berlin’s lineup “for the time being” after scans revealed a hip strain suffered in this weekend’s win over Wolfsburg.

That’s all Hertha has said, and that makes it hard to imagine whether American fans should be a little concerned or very concerned ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in early June.

Brooks was unavailable for two weeks with an adductor strain in September, missing a month before returning to the starting lineup.

The U.S. center back pool isn’t teeming after Brooks and Geoff Cameron. Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, and Walker Zimmerman were called up for the last World Cup qualifiers, and Gonzalez struggled but is a Bruce Arena favorite from their time in L.A.

WATCH: Snazzy Sargent goal leads U.S. U-17s past Mexico
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Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico.

Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first time ever. That win snapped Mexico’s 25-match unbeaten streak.

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The goal is the first of Sargent’s two goals, as the 16-year-old latched onto a long diagonal ball and used his right foot and head to move the ball into position for a strong shot.

The U.S. clinches a spot in the next round of U-17 World Cup qualifying with one match remaining in group play.

Sargent is from St. Louis and plays with Scott Gallagher-Missouri. Former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth coaches the U.S. U-17s.

Heads of South American soccer sent $128M in bank transfers

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The leaders of South America’s soccer confederation transferred $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts, according to an audit released Wednesday by Ernst & Young.

According to the audit presented to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation’s former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.9 million to his personal accounts. Leoz was the president for 27 years until resigning in 2013 for what he said were health reasons.

The audit also found $58 million in payments “to third parties without adequate documentation,” payments of $33.3 million to “unidentified accounts,” and $10.4 million to “suspicious third-parties.”

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“We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear accounts and accountability,” said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit last year. “Today we are accountable to the leaders and the whole world of football.”

Leoz, 88, is one of three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL accused on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice. He is in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States.

The South American body has been plagued by corruption, which was exposed two years ago during the FIFA scandal. Leoz’s two successors, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout, were both arrested on corruption charges.

“I’m here, I’m the manager” – Moyes will not quit Sunderland

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This has been one horrible stretch for David Moyes.

The Sunderland manager probably thought he’d been through the worst once he left Real Sociedad, where he went 12-15-15.

But he’s managed just seven wins and seven draws in 38 matches in charge of the Black Cats — an 18 percent win mark. He’s also been charged for threatening to slap a female journalist.

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And after Wednesday, Moyes has lost both of his derby matches against Middlesbrough.

Sunderland is 12 points back of safety with five matches left. The odds the Black Cats are headed for the Championship are somewhere north of 99 percent, and fans are calling for his job.

Well, he isn’t quitting. From the BBC:

“No, I’m here, I’m the manager, you take it on the chin. … I’m a football supporter, I know what it’s like. You don’t like seeing your team lose.

“There is nobody who wants to win more than me. I am used to winning, I’m not used to losing and I don’t want to get used to it either.”