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Howedes leaves Schalke for Lokomotiv Moscow

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MOSCOW (AP) Benedikt Howedes ended a long spell with his boyhood club Schalke when he joined Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old defender, who spent last season on loan at Juventus, has signed a four-year contract with the Russian champion.

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“We wish him all the best in the new sporting chapter of his career at Lokomotiv Moscow,” said Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel.

Howedes made his Schalke debut in a 2007 Champions League match against Rosenborg. He won a German Cup and Supercup before playing a minor role as Juventus landed a seventh straight Serie A title last season.

He won the most recent of his 44 Germany caps in March 2017 and was an ever-present in the 2014 World Cup-winning side.

Torres leads Atletico into Europa League quarterfinals

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LONDON (AP) Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid marched into the quarterfinals of the Europa League by thrashing Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 Thursday.

Atletico, winner of the competition in 2010 and 2012, advanced 8-1 on aggregate.

Both Torres’ goals came in the second half. He converted a penalty in the 65th minute before adding his second with a low right-foot shot five minutes later.

Angel Correa, Saul Niguez and substitute Antoine Griezmann were also on target for Atletico in the second leg.

Maciej Rybus scored for host Lokomotiv.

Brawl as Lokomotiv beats Ural to win Russian Cup

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lokomotiv Moscow won its second Russian Cup in three years with a 2-0 victory over Ural Yekaterinburg on Tuesday that both sides finished with nine men after a brawl in the closing minutes.

Lokomotiv went on the attack but only made the breakthrough in the 76th minutes, when a shot by Igor Denisov caught Ural goalkeeper Nikolai Bolotny wrong-footed.

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Alexei Miranchuk put the game beyond Ural’s reach in the 90th minute.

The brawl broke out three minutes into injury time, with red cards being handed out to Ural’s Artem Fidler and Edgar Manucharian, and Lokomotiv’s Jefferson Farfan and Ari.

There were areas of empty seats at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and will be a key venue for the 2018 World Cup.

Two Russian soccer fans stabbed in Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday police were looking for the knife-wielding perpetrators who attacked a group of Lokomotiv fans in downtown Belgrade late Saturday.

Serbian media reports said the Russian fans were attacked by supporters of Red Star’s rival Partizan Belgrade.

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The match, which Red Star won 2-1, was meant to promote Serbia’s traditional friendship with Russia.

Stefanovic says “nobody should think they could hurt the Serbian-Russian friendship” with such attacks.

Serbia has seen a surge of fan violence inside and outside stadiums. In 2009, a French football fan was fatally beaten in Belgrade.

Everton makes it official with Russian League’s reigning player of year Niasse

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The biggest player signing of Monday’s transfer Deadline Day has gone down at Goodison Park, as Oumar Niasse has passed his physical and will join Everton.

The reigning Russian Premier League Player of the Year, Niasse was tipped for Everton after the club agreed a reported $19 million deal with Lokomotiv Moscow earlier Monday.

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He has 13 goals and 10 assists so far this season, and the four-times capped Senegalese will add pace and danger to Everton’s attack.

From Everton.com:

“I started to watch Everton more since the beginning of October because I had heard about their interest. I was interested to see how they play and how they have good young players. If you see players who are aged 20 or 21 and see them perform like that, you know you have a good coach.”

Big move for the Toffees, who have sent Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith packing this window.