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In this July 21, 2019, photo, a sign that reads "Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist" is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle. Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is drawing attention in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
August 09, 2019 - 4:28 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is stirring controversy in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers have banned signs and flags...
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August 06, 2019 - 6:00 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former FIFA official with fraud over the true purpose of a 6.7 million euro ($7.5 million) payment before the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, its...
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi addresses the crowd prior of the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
August 05, 2019 - 3:51 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Lionel Messi has strained his right calf and will not travel to the United States for two preseason games. The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday's training session because of "discomfort in his right leg." The club did not say when it expects...
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Manchester City's players celebrate with the trophy after the English Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 04, 2019 - 11:08 am
LONDON (AP) — After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season, Manchester City opened the new campaign by lifting the Community Shield following a shootout victory over Liverpool on Sunday. City netted all five penalties — the last by Gabriel Jesus — and backup goalkeeper Claudio...
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U.S.forward Christen Press hugs forward Tobin Heath, left, for Heath's goal against Ireland during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
August 03, 2019 - 10:58 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino took time out of his vacation to drop by the Rose Bowl for a celebration of the newest women's World Cup champions. And Infantino is confident the next winners of that trophy will reap even bigger rewards in four years. Departing coach Jill...
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August 02, 2019 - 8:04 am
LONDON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 file photo, Referee Stéphanie Frappart of France during the of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Sweden at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France. Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
August 02, 2019 - 6:01 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, adding that the Frenchwoman will lead...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019 file photo United States' team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. U.S. Soccer says the players on the World Cup champion women's national team were paid more than their male counterparts from 2010 through 2018. According to a letter released Monday, July 29, 2019 by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation has paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. Those figures do not include the benefits received only by the women, like health care. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 29, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Facing mounting public pressure in a fight over equitable pay, U.S. Soccer said the World Cup champion women's national team has been paid more than the men's team. According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and...
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July 27, 2019 - 12:16 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A 5-year-old boy is being credited with saving 13 people from a Chicago house fire. Residents say Jayden Espinosa awoke to smoke and flames just before 4 a.m. Saturday and alerted others to the danger. Seven adults and six children who lived in the 2 1/2-story brick home in the Back...
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This photo provided by EA Sports shows the cover of EA Sports FIFA 20, featuring Eden Hazard. Hazard made his long-awaited move to Real Madrid this summer after months of indication that his days at Chelsea were numbered. The move for Hazard cost Real around $113 million. There is abject pressure on the 28-year-old Belgian to win fast. Hazard’s first victory of the summer in a Real Madrid jersey, however, was off the field. He will be the coverman for EA Sports’ FIFA 20. (EA Sports via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Eden Hazard doesn't like comparisons. They've dogged him throughout his career, especially when talk turns to Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. But, when asked to compare himself to the man replacing him in the Chelsea midfield, American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, Hazard was happy to...
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