Professional soccer

Belgium's Romelo Lukaku, center, jubilates after scoring during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Belgium and San Marino at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 10, 2019 - 5:16 pm
Six first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year's European Championship. Three late goals revived the Netherlands' chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too. Belgium — the world's top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify...
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An Iranian woman waves her country's flag as she arrives at the Azadi Stadium to watch the 2022 World Cup qualifier soccer match between Iran and Cambodia, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Iranian women are freely allowed into the stadium for the first time in decades. They had been banned since 1981. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
October 10, 2019 - 8:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian women have just watched a FIFA soccer match kickoff after being freely allowed into a stadium for the first time in decades. Iran faces Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier being held Thursday at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. But the match has taken on even greater...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles under pressure in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 06, 2019 - 2:45 pm
The Latest on NFL Week 5 (all times EDT) 3:35 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for a fourth touchdown against the Buccaneers beleaguered secondary to give New Orleans a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter. The Saints are finding all kinds of ways to pass against the Bucs. During their latest scoring...
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, center, reacts towards team mates after Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore's scored his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
October 06, 2019 - 12:23 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool might never have a better chance to end its long wait for a Premier League title. Leader Liverpool is enjoying an eight-point advantage over defending champion Manchester City after its closest rival stumbled going into the international break. Adama Traoré...
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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore, right, scores his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
October 06, 2019 - 10:25 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City lost more ground to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday with a 2-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers that leaves the defending champions eight points behind this season's pacesetters. Adama Traoré gave the visitors the lead in the 80th minute...
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Aston Villa's Wesley scores his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at Carrow Road, Norwich, England, Saturday Oct. 5, 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 05, 2019 - 1:28 pm
NORWICH, England (AP) — It was a performance fit for a king. Britain's Prince William — second in line to the throne — took his family to watch his favorite soccer team , Aston Villa, on Saturday and they were treated to a regal display. William's 6-year-old son, George, was seen applauding and...
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Aston Villa's Wesley scores his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at Carrow Road, Norwich, England, Saturday Oct. 5, 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 05, 2019 - 11:24 am
NORWICH, England (AP) — Aston Villa produced a performance fit for a king in its 5-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday. Britain's Prince William — heir to the throne and also a big Villa fan — was in the stands at Norwich's Carrow Road stadium with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge,...
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Liverpool's James Milner celebrates his wining goal during English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Leicester City in Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
October 05, 2019 - 11:14 am
Another victory for Liverpool thanks to the latest of goals. Another demoralizing loss for Tottenham thanks to an early — and painful — goalkeeping blunder. Liverpool won a 17th straight game in the Premier League — and moved one off the record set by Manchester City in 2017 — by beating Leicester...
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Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli, left, reacts alongside Colchester United's Tom Lapslie during an English League Cup soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Colchester United, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, England. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 9:12 am
Barely a year ago, they were starting in the World Cup semifinals. Now, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard cannot even get in the England squad and are no longer first-choice picks for their clubs, either. The drop in fortunes of the two attacking midfielders is both dramatic and highly unexpected, and...
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Lazio fans cheer during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Genoa, at the Rome Olympic Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 03, 2019 - 8:03 am
ROME (AP) — After weeks of silence, Italian soccer leaders are finally starting to confront the growing problem of racism inside the country’s stadiums _ although not without another insulting gaffe by one official. Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina hailed new rules approved this...
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