Men's sports

Cristiano Esmerio, right, father of Christian Esmerio Candido, one of the 10 teenage soccer players who died one year ago in a fire at the Flamengo training center, is comforted by a woman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Saturday marked one year since the fire killed 10 of Flamengo's academy players, all between 14 and 16 years old. It was "the worst tragedy" in the team's 124-year history, club president Rodolfo Landim has repeatedly said since. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 08, 2020 - 2:15 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Marília de Barros Silva heard reports that the popular Brazilian soccer club Flamengo was signing a player for almost 17 million euros ($18.6 million), she felt sadness — but also resentment. For a year, she has been trying in vain to reach a settlement with the Rio de...
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Rafael Nadal, left, jumps the net while Roger Federer watches on during their exhibition tennis match held at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
February 07, 2020 - 5:58 pm
Roger Federer wasn't going to lose this one to Rafael Nadal. Not on what felt like a homecoming for Federer, who beat his great rival 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a three-set exhibition match at a soccer stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday. It was Federer's first match in his mother's country of...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. (AP Photo/File)
February 07, 2020 - 2:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the New York Mets front office after signing a contract extension with the network. ESPN announced Friday that Mendoza will be an analyst on weekday games as well as making appearances on various...
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Costa Rica defender Maria Coto (3) and United States forward Christen Press (20) both go for a header during the second half of a Concacaf women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
February 06, 2020 - 6:58 pm
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The United States isn’t really motivated by what happened four years ago in the Rio Games as the team heads into an all-important Olympic qualifying match Friday night. Coming off a World Cup championship in France last summer, the United States just wants to guard against any...
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February 06, 2020 - 3:12 pm
USA Curling has hired Jeff Plush to be its new CEO, going outside the sport to put the former commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League in charge of growing the game at both the elite and grassroots level. “I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead USA Curling as we chart a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, Seattle Sounders captain Nicolas Lodeiro, right, lifts the MLS Cup trophy as he celebrates with teammates after the Sounders defeated Toronto FC in the MLS Cup championship soccer match in Seattle. Major League Soccer and its players have reached a new five-year collective bargaining agreement in time for the start of the season. The new contract must be approved by the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the Major League Soccer Players Association. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
February 06, 2020 - 12:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The minimum salary for senior players in Major League Soccer will rise from $70,250 last year to $109,200 in 2024 as part of a five-year collective bargaining agreement, and the use of charter flights will expand. Free agent eligibility also will increase under the agreement...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts smiles as he crosses home plate on his solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Betts and the Red Sox agreed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, to a $27 million contract, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
February 05, 2020 - 12:50 am
BOSTON (AP) — Banking on Mookie Betts to be the missing piece in their World Series pursuit, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally pulled off a blockbluster deal with the cost-cutting Red Sox. Boston agreed to trade the 2018 AL MVP to the Dodgers on Tuesday night, according to two people with knowledge...
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Dortmund's Giovanni Reyna, middle, moves the ball against Werder's Marco Friedl, left, and Niklas Moisander, right, during a soccer game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Bremen, Germany. (David Hecker/dpa via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 8:22 pm
American teenager Gio Reyna scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund in style on Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss at Werder Bremen in the German Cup. The 17-year-old, a son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, entered in the 66th minute with Dortmund trailing 3-1 in the round-of-16...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo looks back during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. A U.S. judge says Ronaldo's legal fight against a Nevada woman seeking more than the $375,000 rape case hush-money settlement she received from him in 2010 belongs before an arbitrator, not in a courtroom, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
February 04, 2020 - 6:57 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal fight by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo against a Nevada woman who wants more than the $375,000 she received in a rape case hush-money settlement in 2010 should be decided by an arbitrator, not in a courtroom, a U.S. magistrate judge said Tuesday. Kathryn Mayorga, a former...
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Villanova head coach Jay Wright, left, and assistant coach Kyle Neptune yell to their team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
February 04, 2020 - 2:33 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright knows his 10th-ranked Wildcats have youth and inexperience that can lead to inconsistent play in some of the biggest games. A recent loss offered a reminder that his team is still learning as it enters a tough week with two ranked Big East opponents...
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