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UPDATE 1-Wary of euroscepticism, EU waives Spain, Portugal budget fines

BRUSSELS, July 27 Fines for Spain and Portugal for failing to bring their budget deficits below the EU's ceiling will be cancelled and deadlines to meet the rules extended under a European Commission proposal that officials said is backed by Germany.

Portugal prove they can flourish without Ronaldo on the pitch

PARIS Portugal proved they can flourish without their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, at least on the pitch, in beating France to win Euro 2016. | Video

Sports, France, Jul 11 2016

Portugal stuns France with late Eder strike in Euro final

PARIS Portugal found an unlikely hero as Eder's thunderous finish deep into extra time secured their first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 victory over hosts France on Sunday. | Video

Sports, Jul 11 2016

Portuguese media hails team after Euro 2016 triumph

Portugal's triumphant soccer team arrive home later on Monday on a plane named after the country's late football legend Eusebio and will continue their celebrations after the dramatic win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.

Sports, Jul 11 2016

Portugal's ugly duckling becomes beautiful

PARIS Football threw up another unlikely hero on Sunday when journeyman professional Eder scored the goal that won Euro 2016 for Portugal.

Sports, Jul 10 2016

Emotional Santos praises Ronaldo's motivational powers

PARIS Emotional Portugal coach Fernando Santos praised Cristiano Ronaldo's motivational powers and said criticism of Pepe was unjustified after his team won the European Championship on Sunday.

Sports, Jul 10 2016

Ronaldo goes from agony to ecstasy as Portugal triumph

PARIS He has won it all at club level and has three world player of the year awards but on Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated as never before -- with tears of joy streaming down his face after his Portugal beat France 1-0 to win the European Championship.

Sports, Jul 10 2016

With strength in-depth, Deschamps can turn loss to victory

PARIS When the final whistle went in Paris, the disappointment of France's Euro 2016 loss to Portugal could be felt among their fans but after almost 10 years in the wilderness, coach Didier Deschamps has built a side ready to vie for the next World Cup.

Sports, France, Jul 10 2016

Portugal breaks into jubilation after Euro soccer win

LISBON Portugal erupted into jubilation on Sunday as the country defeated France to win the Euro 2016, its first major international soccer championship.

Sports, France, Jul 10 2016

Ronaldo told me I'd score the winner, says Portugal's Eder

PARIS Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Portugal's Euro 2016 hero Eder would score the winning goal in their 1-0 extra-time triumph over France and gave him the encouragement to settle Sunday's final.

Sports, France, Jul 10 2016
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Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S. says purges harming cooperation

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected Western criticism of purges under way in Turkey's military and other state institutions after a failed coup, suggesting some in the United States were on the side of the plotters.