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August 13, 2018 - 7:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Luciano Acosta completed a hat trick in the 96th minute to give D.C. United a 3-2 victory over 10-man Orlando City on Sunday night. Wayne Rooney set up the winner by chasing down and tackling Orlando's Will Johnson, who was crossing midfield and racing toward an empty net after D...
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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates with teammate Raheem Sterling, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
August 12, 2018 - 12:28 pm
LONDON (AP) — Pep Guardiola hopes to convince Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City for a long time. The 23-year-old England forward scored his 50th Premier League goal as the champions began their Premier League title defense with a 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday. Sterling has two years left to...
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August 12, 2018 - 8:47 am
Brazil great Ronaldo says he has been hospitalized in Ibiza since Friday because of flu. The 41-year-old Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, said on social media that "everything is under control now" and that he expects to return home on Monday. Ronaldo won the World Cup with...
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Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, centre, celebrates with fans and teammates after scoring his side's first goal of the game against Fulham, during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London, Saturday Aug. 11, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
August 11, 2018 - 9:45 am
LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace taught Fulham a painful lesson on its London rival's return to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Having absorbed much of Fulham's pressure, Palace punished rare lapses in intensity and concentration to score toward the end of each half through Jeffrey...
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Herman Ouseley, chairman of English soccer anti-discrimination group entitled Kick It Out, poses for a photo after an interview with The Associated Press in London, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
August 10, 2018 - 5:07 am
LONDON (AP) — So much still frustrates the man at the forefront of eradicating discrimination from English soccer. While teams are more diverse, there remains a distinct lack of black and ethnic minority coaches and executives in positions of power. The atmosphere at matches is not as toxic as 25...
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Chelsea's new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is unveiled during the press conference at Stamford Bridge, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Chelsea has signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. Chelsea announced the signing on Wednesday after paying Kepa's 80-million-euro ($92.6 million) buyout clause — the biggest fee ever for a goalkeeper. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 1:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — Fulham signaled its determination to stay in the Premier League by becoming the first promoted team to spend over 100 million pounds ($128 million) in the summer transfer window. In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, June 14, 2018, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke tours the team's new NFL football stadium, in Inglewood, Calif. USA. In a statement published Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018, majority shareholder Kroenke has made an offer to take full ownership of England's Arsenal soccer club in a deal that would value the Premier League club at 1.8 billion pounds (US dollars 2.3 billion). (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
August 07, 2018 - 5:51 am
LONDON (AP) — American sports magnate Stan Kroenke is set to take full ownership of Arsenal after winning a power struggle with a rival billionaire by securing a deal valuing the English Premier League club at 1.8 billion pounds ($2.3 billion). Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, who was denied a...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, April 15, 2018, Usain Bolt, retired Jamaican world record sprinter, performs as a DJ at Carrara Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Bolt has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League as he pursues his bid to become a professional soccer player, according to a statement released Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, FILE)
August 07, 2018 - 5:32 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and the 100- and 200-meter world record holder has been chasing...
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Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy after they won the Community Shield soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
August 05, 2018 - 11:37 am
LONDON (AP) — Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City's attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave. Winning the Community Shield demonstrated that beyond any doubt on Sunday. Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League...
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August 03, 2018 - 6:28 am
The answer to Manchester City's frustrating search for a backup defensive midfielder could lie inside the English champion's squad. City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday the club is looking to get a work permit for 20-year-old Brazilian Douglas Luiz, who was signed from Vasco da Gama in the...
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