International relations

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Positive COVID-19 tests have knocked Stefanski out of Cleveland's wild-card game at Pittsburgh on Sunday night — the Browns' first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. (AP Photo/Justin Berl, File)
January 11, 2021 - 1:56 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ European rugby officials have suspended their club competitions the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup after French clubs were ordered by their government not to play. The government on Saturday wanted French clubs...
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Moshe Hogeg, one of the owners of Beitar Jerusalem FC soccer club, plays with a ball, in the team training ground in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. The owner of Israel's Beitar Jerusalem soccer club has given himself an ambitious task. Weeks after bringing in a wealthy Emirati investor as co-owner, Hogeg says he is determined to remove the stain of racism from his team. Beitar is the only major Israeli team never to have signed an Arab player, and its fans have been known to make racist chants at matches. Hogeg says he and his Emirati partner aim to turn the team into both an Israeli soccer powerhouse and a model of coexistence. "We are actively looking for A-class players," he says. "Religion is not a factor by any means." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
December 29, 2020 - 4:13 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — At the age of 39, Moshe Hogeg has made millions of dollars trading in cryptocurrency, bought one of Israel’s most prominent soccer teams and brought in a wealthy Emirati sheikh as his new co-owner. Now comes what may be his biggest challenge. As owner of Beitar Jerusalem, the only...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 photo Beitar Jerusalem F.C. soccer supporters watch a State Cup soccer match against Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. in Jerusalem. Israel's Beitar Jerusalem soccer club, which has gained notoriety for never having an Arab player on its roster, announced on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 that an Emirati investor has purchased a 50% stake in the team. The team said that Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, a member of the United Arab Emirates royal family, has pledged to invest 300 million shekels, or about $90 million, into the club over the next decade. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 07, 2020 - 3:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Beitar Jerusalem soccer club, which has gained notoriety for its racist fans and refusal to have an Arab player on its roster, announced on Monday that an Emirati sheikh has purchased a 50% stake in the team. The team said that Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, a member...
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Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) plays against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns were forced to place three more players, including starting right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey, on the COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare for this week's home game against Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
November 19, 2020 - 2:54 am
The NFL is placing all teams in intensive protocol starting Saturday to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 as the number of cases rises around the country. Use of masks will be mandatory at all times at team facilities, including during practice and in weight rooms. Meetings must be held either...
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In this photo released by the Moriarty Foundation, Shadeene Evans, left, stands with John Moriarty at her debut for Australia’s Young Matilda’s under-20 national women’s soccer team on March 16, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. With the support of the Moriarty Foundation, Evans went from playing for fun with her mates in the tropics of the Top End to studying at an elite sports high school in urban Sydney, catching the attention of the national women's coach, and making her way into Australia’s top-flight women’s league with Sydney FC. (Moriarty Foundation via AP)
November 05, 2020 - 12:44 am
Shadeene Evans grew up like most of the kids in her remote community, kicking a football with bare feet on grass or red dust. Home to about 870 people in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Borroloola is more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) southeast of Darwin, capital of Australia's Northern Territory, and...
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Leeds United's Rodrigo, right, heads the ball in front of Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Michael Steele/Pool via AP)
November 02, 2020 - 3:46 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The managing director of Scottish Premiership leader Rangers says the breaching of virus protocols by players Jordan Jones and George Edmundson is "totally unacceptable.” The duo have been suspended by the club...
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October 25, 2020 - 10:14 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ England has canceled its women’s friendly match against Germany on Tuesday after a member of its backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The Football Association says it has made the decision in light...
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President Donald Trump, center, with from left, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 17, 2020 - 10:51 am
GENEVA (AP) — Under investigation in his home country Switzerland, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made a third trip to the White House and met President Donald Trump since the United States became a 2026 World Cup co-host just over two years ago. Infantino attended a signing ceremony this week for...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson arrives to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. A report released Wednesday, Aug. 12, by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms reports that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to staff as U.S. ambassador to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
August 12, 2020 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report Wednesday by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news accounts that staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Britain have accused Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and the U.S. ambassador, of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks. The department’s...
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July 25, 2020 - 7:52 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 40-year-old Xavi, now the coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd, said Saturday that he was tested according to the Qatar league protocol and that the latest test showed he had contracted...
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