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The Olympic Stadium stands empty as Mexico City faces its lockdown to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Sunday, May 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
May 22, 2020 - 6:29 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Liga MX canceled the remainder of its spring season without crowning a champion for the first time, a decision caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. Teams had played 10 of the Clausura's 17 dates before suspending play March 15. The league said in a statement Friday...
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This image from the Twitter account of MLS soccer team FC Cincinnati shows a tweet, Thursday, May 21, 2020, to introduce new head coach Jaap Stam. The photo actually shows Ajax Youth coach Tinus van Teunenbroek. FC Cincinnati sent another tweet with a photo that shows Stam. (Twitter via AP)
May 22, 2020 - 3:58 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Oops! Cincinnati's Major League Soccer team posted the wrong photo in its tweet announcing the hiring of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam. And it wasn't the first time the coach with a shaved head has been confused with someone else who has the same look. “It's happened...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Boston Red Sox baseball team chairman Tom Werner attends a news conference at Fenway Park, in Boston. The Premier League trophy should have been in Tom Werner’s hands by now. This week should have featured a victory parade through the streets of Liverpool. Instead, Liverpool’s chairman is analysing the health procedures required just to ensure it is safe for his team to train together again during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 22, 2020 - 4:00 am
The Premier League trophy should have been in Tom Werner’s hands by now. This week should have featured a victory parade through the streets of Liverpool. But the wait to end the 30-year title drought continues. Instead, Liverpool’s chairman is analyzing the health procedures required just to...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019, Finland supporters applaud their team after the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Greece and Finland at Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece. A stellar 2019 for soccer in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season. The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
May 22, 2020 - 2:16 am
GENEVA (AP) — A stellar 2019 for soccer in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season. The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship. Another Nordic nation making a long-shot debut...
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FILE - In this photo taken on Oct. 22, 2015, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner takes to the stands before the Europa League Group B soccer match between Liverpool and Rubin Kazan at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England. The Premier League trophy should have been in Tom Werner’s hands by now. This week should have featured a victory parade through the streets of Liverpool. But the wait to end the 30-year title drought goes on. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
May 22, 2020 - 1:25 am
Mattie Sullivan cannot believe he is making the leap from American soccer to the Premier League. The English club’s American chairman is delighted to be signing a player who can “sell some shirts back home" and hands over the contract to be signed. But the ink isn’t even dry when chairman Mark...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 5:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018, photo, Belgian soccer team coach Roberto Martinez reacts on the balcony of the city hall at the Grand Place in Brussels. Martinez has signed a new contract to lead the Red Devils through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)
May 20, 2020 - 5:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberto Martínez signed a new contract to lead Belgium through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying Wednesday he had “unfinished business” with the top-ranked national team following the postponement of this year's European Championship. Martínez took charge in 2016 and led Belgium...
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In this May 17, 2020 photo, Cheering mannequins are installed at the empty spectators' seats before the start of soccer match between FC Seoul and Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean professional soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty stands during a match Sunday in Seoul. In a statement, FC Seoul expressed "sincere remorse" over the controversy, but insisted that it used mannequins, not sex dolls, to mimic a home crowd during its 1-0 win over Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup stadium. The signs read " Go! FC Seoul." (Ryu Young-suk/Yonhap via AP)
May 20, 2020 - 2:33 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soccer club is facing penalties, including expulsion from its own stadium, for putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match last weekend. The K-League is one of the few soccer leagues operating during the coronavirus pandemic, with games being played in...
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Cars go through a turn past a sign thanking people working during the coronavirus pandemic at Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR, which has been idle for 10 weeks because of the pandemic, made its return with the Real Heroes 400 Nascar Cup Series auto race. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)
May 19, 2020 - 3:51 pm
Fans who had been starving for live sporting events had their appetites somewhat sated last weekend. Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga's return drew record numbers on Fox...
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The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 19, 2020 - 12:28 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are...
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