Iraq in Even Deeper Doo-Doo: International News Roundup

FIFA suspended Iraq from all international competitions on Monday, after the Iraqi government dissolved its Olympic Committee and national sport federations. The Iraqis, in the middle of Asian qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, have until today (Thursday) to "stop interfering in sport to avoid being banned from international soccer and this year's Beijing Olympics," Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Americans abroad: DaMarcus Beasley scored a key goal in his second game back from a six-month injury layoff, helping Glasgow Rangers win the Scottish FA Cup on Saturday... Meanwhile, Carlos Bocanegra was among eight players released on Friday by Fulham, who barely avoided relegation from the English top flight. And the U.S. men went down rather meekly to England, 2-0, in Wednesday's friendly at Wembley Stadium.

South America's Copa Libertadores semifinals are under way. One is a Brazil-Argentina showdown: Fluminense against Boca Juniors. The other features two relative outsiders: Mexico's Club America against Ecuadorian champion LDU Quito. Catch the action on the Fox Soccer Channel.

Euro 2008 kicks off on Saturday, June 7, and continues through the June 29 final; every game of this 16-team continental championship will be televised on ABC. ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN Classic. See the full schedule below.

Chelsea fired manager Avram Grant on Friday, after coming up second-best to Manchester United in both the English Premier League and the Champions League.

Euro2008 Schedule

All times Eastern Standard
Saturday, June 7
Noon: Switzerland - Czech Republic (Group A) – ESPN Classic
14:45: Portugal - Turkey (Group A) – ESPN Classic

Sunday, June 8
Noon: Austria - Croatia (Group B) – ESPN2
14:45: Germany - Poland (Group B) – ESPN2

Monday, June 9
Noon: Romania - France (Group C) – ESPN2
14:45: Netherlands - Italy (Group C) – ESPN2

Tuesday, June 10
Noon: Spain - Russia (Group D) – ESPN2
14:45: Greece - Sweden (Group D) – ESPN2

Wednesday, June 11
Noon: Czech Republic - Portugal (Group A) – ESPN2
14:45: Switzerland - Turkey (Group A) – ESPN2

Thursday, June 12
Noon: Croatia - Germany (Group B) – ESPN2
14:45: Austria - Poland (Group B) – ESPN2

Friday, June 13
Noon: Italy - Romania (Group C) – ESPN2
14:45: Netherlands - France (Group C) – ESPN2

Saturday, June 14
Noon: Sweden - Spain (Group D) – ESPN2
14:45: Greece - Russia (Group D) – ESPN2

Sunday, June 15
14:45: Turkey - Czech Republic (Group A) – ESPN Classic
14:45: Switzerland - Portugal (Group A) – ESPN2

Monday, June 16
14:45: Poland - Croatia (Group B) – ESPN Classic
14:45: Austria - Germany (Group B) – ESPN

Tuesday, June 17
14:45: France - Italy (Group C) – ESPN
14:45: Netherlands - Romania (Group C) – ESPN Classic

Wednesday, June 18
14:45: Russia - Sweden (Group D) – ESPN2
14:45: Greece - Spain (Group D) – ESPN

Thursday, June 19
14:45: Quarterfinal (Winner A - Runner-up B) – ESPN

Friday, June 20
14:45: Quarterfinal (Winner B - Runner-up A) – ESPN

Saturday, June 21
14:45: Quarterfinal (Winner C - Runner-up D) – ABC

Sunday, June 22
14:45: Quarterfinal (Winner D - Runner-up C) – ESPN

Wednesday, June 25
14:45: Semifinal (W25 - W26) – ESPN

Thursday, June 26
14:45: Semifinal (W27 - W28) – ESPN2

Sunday, June 29
14:45: Final – ABC

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