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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, listens to reporters questions during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Hong Kong leader Lam renews an appeal to pro-democracy protesters to halt violence and engage in dialogue, as the city's richest man urged the government to provide a way out for the mostly young demonstrators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 10, 2019 - 7:42 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong,"...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, United States forward Josh Sargent runs up the pitch during an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, in East Rutherford, N.J. Sargent hopes to play for the United States in his hometown during Tuesday's exhibition against Uruguay at Busch Stadium. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
September 09, 2019 - 5:02 pm
Josh Sargent's red hair could become as known in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch one day if he develops into an American soccer star. Fresh off a spectacular strike for his first goal of the Bundesliga season, the 19-year-old forward is slated to start in his hometown Tuesday night when the United...
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Chelsea's Bethany England, left, celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Magdalena Eriksson during the Women's Super League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
September 08, 2019 - 11:15 am
LONDON (AP) — The opening weekend of the Women's Super League season attracted almost 63,000 fans across six games as England enjoyed an unprecedented increase in crowds, building on a surge in interest in women's soccer during the World Cup. The cumulative crowd was a 12-fold increase on the start...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, holds the award of UEFA Champions League forward of the season 2018/19 as he poses with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 07, 2019 - 6:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Ukraine's Serhii Buletsa, front, duels for the ball with United States' Sergino Dest during a Group D U20 World Cup soccer match in Bielsko Biala, Poland. Dest, an 18-year-old Ajax outside back eligible for the United States and the Netherlands, could make his U.S. debut in Friday's exhibition against Mexico but also has been in contact with the Dutch soccer federation. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:44 pm
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Sergiño Dest's tenure with the U.S. national team could be lengthy. Or he might cut it short. The 18-year-old defender is scheduled to start Friday night's exhibition against Mexico in his debut for the American senior team but could switch his affiliation to the...
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Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 04, 2019 - 5:17 am
MILAN (AP) — A group of Inter Milan "ultra" fans say monkey chants at soccer matches are not meant to be racist. The group posted a statement posted on its Facebook page after Cagliari supporters racially abused Inter striker Romelu Lukaku. The fan group "L'Urlo della Nord" — translated to "Scream...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against the Netherlands in Decines, France. Across the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), attendance overall is up about 15 percent this year, with the most dramatic upward swings coming after U.S. national team’s victory this summer at the World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 03, 2019 - 6:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Eight countries have stayed in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out. FIFA says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the first 32-team...
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Dutch soccer player Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool holds the award of men's player of the year 2018/19 during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 02, 2019 - 4:30 am
MILAN (AP) — Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk has joined five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the three finalists for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. The announcement of the final three in each category —...
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Bremen's Yuya Osako, left, and Augsburg‘s Ruben Vargas challenge for the ball during the Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
September 01, 2019 - 9:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — Josh Sargent scored a brilliant goal on his first Bundesliga start of the season and Yuya Osako grabbed two as Werder Bremen defeated 10-man Augsburg 3-2 on Sunday. Ruben Vargas canceled Osako's sixth-minute opener in the 12th before Sargent scored a contender for goal of the month in...
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Sheffield United's Callum Robinson, centre, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
August 31, 2019 - 10:18 am
LONDON (AP) — Sheffield United came from two goals down Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, whose manager Frank Lampard is still looking for a first home Premier League win in charge of the London club. The Blues looked to have three points secured as Tammy Abraham's first-half double gave them...
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