Professional soccer

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 - 8:53 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 Friday, Feb. 26, 1988 file photo, Spanish skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa speeds down the slope during the first run for the Olympic slalom competition, at Mt. Allan in Nakiska, Alberta. A search squad of hundreds is combing a mountainous area outside Madrid 10 days after former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa went missing. Spain's National Police said Fernandez was last spotted on surveillance video at a shopping center on Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Dieter Endlicher, File)
September 04, 2019 - 11:49 am
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police found the body of former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist Blanca Fernández Ochoa in a mountainous area near Madrid on Wednesday after days of searching for her. Police said a tracking dog near a peak in the forested area came across a woman's body, which friends...
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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 03, 2019 - 9:29 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian league's disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word "racist" in his weekly report, referring...
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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 - 8:00 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 - 6:30 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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Tottenham's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal from a penalty shot during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
September 01, 2019 - 1:47 pm
LONDON (AP) — A wide-open north London derby fizzing with tension and littered with errors highlighted flaws that show why Arsenal and Tottenham are some way off from challenging for the Premier League title. A 2-2 draw allowed the neighbors, though, to take some comfort on Sunday heading into the...
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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 - 11:00 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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United States' Morgan Brian (6), Carli Lloyd (10) and Lindsey Horan (9) celebrate after a goal by Brian during the first half of the team's international friendly soccer match against Portugal, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 29, 2019 - 9:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carli Lloyd had a goal and an assist in front of her hometown fans, and the U.S. women's national team continued its post-World Cup victory tour with a 4-0 win over Portugal in front of a record crowd on Thursday night. The announced attendance of 49,504 at Lincoln Financial...
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Tottenham's Harry Kane, left is dejected after missing an opportunity to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 29, 2019 - 5:30 am
Three games isn't usually a big enough window to make cast-iron judgments about any team in the Premier League. Except, maybe, for Tottenham. It's very early, sure, but something's amiss at last season's Champions League finalist. Two of the team's best players, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen...
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Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch holds the ball for United States soccer player Carli Lloyd as she attempts to kick a field goal after the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens held a joint NFL football practice in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 28, 2019 - 7:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off the United States' victory in the Women's World Cup, could Carli Lloyd be entertaining thoughts about a career change? The 37-year-old soccer star nailed a 55-yard field goal during a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens last week. And on...
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