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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, the Women's World Cup trophy is displayed at the women's soccer 2019 World Cup draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris. Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together. Tickets were made available to print Monday, May 20, 2019, and ticket holders learned that their groups were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections, even families with young children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 21, 2019 - 8:12 pm
Responding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women's World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were...
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Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during a training session at London Colney, England, Tuesday May 21, 2019, ahead of the Europa League Final against Chelsea on Wednesday May 29. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 4:08 pm
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, photo a view of rainbow laces in Tottenham Hotspurs' Harry Kane boots, as part of an anti-homophobia campaign, as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. The French football league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums that paves the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
May 13, 2019 - 7:51 am
PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and...
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Manchester City's Vincent Kompany lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
May 12, 2019 - 6:55 pm
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — All the strain Pep Guardiola feels during the pursuit of titles becomes worthwhile when a winners' medal is placed around his neck. It happens a lot. Manchester City won its second straight Premier League trophy on Sunday, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool in a...
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Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with his medal after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
May 12, 2019 - 5:37 pm
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Earning 97 points is almost always enough to win the Premier League. Not for Liverpool, which had the misfortune of running up against a Manchester City team setting new standards of excellence. Only for 21 minutes during Sunday's season finale was the title in Liverpool's...
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Liverpool players come out for the second half during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Despite a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool missed out on becoming English champion for the first time since 1990 because title rival Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
May 12, 2019 - 2:10 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — For about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending. Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at...
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May 12, 2019 - 11:50 am
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Manchester City retains Premier League title after beating Brighton 4-1 on final day of season.
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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, right, celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
May 12, 2019 - 11:10 am
LONDON (AP) — Turning the Champions League into a largely closed-off competition would be "completely out of order," former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said Sunday, urging UEFA to scrap the concept. Under a proposal seen by The Associated Press that was presented by UEFA to...
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Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's 'Class of 92' to cheer on Graham Alexander's side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 4:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's "Class of 92" players —...
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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 photo, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, left, speaks to New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia as the pair met on the field at Yankee Stadium in New York. When Grobbelaar celebrated at Anfield on April 28, 1990, he never thought it would be Liverpool's last league title in three decades. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
May 10, 2019 - 6:10 am
Celebrating their 10th English league title in 15 years, Liverpool players jumped joyously at Anfield on April 28, 1990, never suspecting a decades-long wait for the next. When they took a nine-point lead in late December, Kopites thought that elusive 19th English championship was just ahead. Not...
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