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Tottenham's Harry Kane and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, right, eye the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
December 22, 2019 - 3:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger demanded swift punishments for Tottenham fans who aimed monkey noises at him on Sunday during a London derby where the stadium announcer issued three warnings for the racism to stop in an unprecedented move for the Premier League. “It's just such a...
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Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho calls for referee's attention during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
December 22, 2019 - 1:24 pm
FIFA’s protocol for dealing with discrimination at soccer games was implemented for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday with three stadium announcements during a London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea after racist abuse was reported by Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger. The announcements...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) late in the second half of the NFC championship NFL football game in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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December 22, 2019 - 6:52 am
The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs. The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go...
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Players of Liverpool celebrate after winning the Club World Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
December 21, 2019 - 3:46 pm
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After tens of billions of dollars spent on infrastructure, and skepticism over this tiny gas-rich nation's suitability as a sporting host, a World Cup has finally been handed out in Qatar. It was Liverpool lifting FIFA's lesser-regarded Club World Cup trophy on Saturday night. In...
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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, left, celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
December 21, 2019 - 12:36 pm
If any team has a chance of stopping Liverpool marching to a first English league title in 30 years, it looks to be Manchester City rather than Leicester. City gave a timely reminder of its champion qualities by coming from a goal behind to beat Leicester 3-1 on Saturday in a match between the...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks with reporters in Doha, Qatar, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. FIFA has received nine offers from companies seeking the commercial and broadcasting rights to the expanded 24-team Club World Cup. Infantino said the interest was greater than anticipated in the new competition, which will relaunch in China in June 2021 with a new name and a new format. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
December 20, 2019 - 4:25 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is assessing nine offers from companies seeking to buy the commercial and broadcasting rights for a new club competition he hopes will become the most lucrative in world football, usurping Europe's Champions League. The deadline passed Thursday for...
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Catalan pro-independence demonstrators block a road as they protest outside the Camp Nou stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's match against fierce rival Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
December 18, 2019 - 9:54 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of police and private security personnel deployed Wednesday in and around Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium to ensure that a demonstration by Catalonia’s separatist movement did not disrupt one of the world’s most-watched soccer matches. Spanish league leader Barcelona...
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Everton's Moise Kean, left, and Manchester United's Daniel James battle for the ball during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 2:57 am
Moise Kean trudged along the touchline, his head facing the ground and never moving, after what for many soccer players is the ultimate indignity. The Everton striker had just been substituted, shortly after having come on as a substitute. There were still a few minutes left in the game against...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 photo US national goal keeper Zack Steffen, playing for the German Bundesliga soccer club Fortuna Duesseldorf, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press at the Stadium in Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 16, 2019 - 2:46 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Zack Steffen is the new Tim Howard. Sort of. The United States national team goalkeeper admired Howard growing up and now he’s being mentored by him in Europe. It’s been a breakout year for Steffen, who signed for Manchester City in July for a record transfer fee for an...
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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil warms up prior the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City, at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
December 15, 2019 - 12:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country. China is the Premier League's most lucrative overseas...
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