Professional soccer

United States' Sergino Dest, foreground, controls the ball as Wales' Tom Lawrence tries to top him during the international friendly soccer match between Wales and USA at Liberty stadium in Swansea, Wales, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
December 04, 2020 - 4:55 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Amid the turmoil at Barcelona, United States defender Sergiño Dest has found his patch to flourish. The former Ajax player arrived in the aftermath of Barcelona’s devastating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August. After the club practically gave away...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks on prior to the Europa League round of 32, second leg soccer match between Celtic and FC Copenhagen at the Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish giant Celtic is in crisis and its manager is fighting for his job. The Glasgow team has had an unprecedented run of sustained success in recent years but is out of European competition already and 11 points behind great rival Rangers in a faltering bid for a record 10th straight Scottish Premiership title. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)
December 02, 2020 - 10:13 am
A police helicopter circled above Celtic Park as riot vans lined up outside the stadium, surrounding the cars of players while officers struggled to hold back angry fans. It was like a scene from yesteryear, certainly nothing that should have been happening while heavy social restrictions were in...
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United States players celebrate with Kristie Mewis, number 22, who scored her side's second goal during the international friendly women's soccer match between The Netherlands and the US at the Rat Verlegh stadium in Breda, southern Netherlands, Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP)
December 01, 2020 - 9:46 pm
U.S. women's national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation settled their long-running lawsuit over inequitable working conditions compared with the men's team while leaving their dispute over unequal pay for additional litigation. The parties filed a redacted public notice of the settlement...
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Players gesture to medical staff after a head clash between Arsenal's David Luiz, bottom left, and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (John Walton/Pool via AP)
November 30, 2020 - 6:37 am
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jiménez had surgery to treat a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during a Premier League game, the club said Monday. Jiménez and Luiz collided while jumping for the ball at a corner early in...
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Arsenal's David Luiz holds a towel on a cut to his head following a clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (John Walton/Pool via AP)
November 29, 2020 - 6:29 pm
LONDON (AP) — The sound of the thud from a clash of heads just added to concern. The game was only five minutes old at the Emirates Stadium when Wolverhampton forward Raul Jimenez and Arsenal defender David Luiz collided while jumping for the ball. The emptiness of the Emirates Stadium — with fans...
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Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard holds the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United v Chelsea at the St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Owen Humphreys/Pool via AP)
November 27, 2020 - 11:53 am
Frank Lampard never gave any credence to the view that Jose Mourinho, his old mentor, was a manager who had been swept aside by the modern game. Lampard, after all, developed a special bond with Mourinho while becoming one of the world’s great attacking midfielders under the Portuguese coach in...
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Basaksehir's Aziz Behich scores his side's first goal during the Champions League Group H soccer match between Manchester United and Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
November 26, 2020 - 4:50 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has been unable to fully restore its computer systems a week after being targeted in a cyberattack. The Premier League club's staff still did not have access to email on Thursday night, and some other functions were also unavailable. “Following the...
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Players in action during the Champions League group D soccer match between Liverpool and Atalanta at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool)
November 26, 2020 - 12:49 pm
LONDON (AP) — Only half of the Premier League stadiums — mainly in London — will be allowed the return of some fans when coronavirus restrictions are relaxed next week, according to new government measures announced Thursday. Another 10 top division clubs are in areas classified as the highest risk...
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A girl sits on a man's shoulders as she looks at gadgets and memorabilia commemorating soccer legend Diego Maradona outside the San Paolo stadium, in Naples, southern Italy, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Maradona died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 26, 2020 - 7:26 am
Move over St. Paul and make way for Maradona. The mayor of Naples started a formal process to rename the San Paolo stadium for Diego Maradona on Thursday. The move comes with the city in mourning for the soccer great, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, two weeks after being released...
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CORRECTS LOCATION - FILE - In this March 1987 file photo, Pele, left, and Diego Maradona, hold trophies during an awards ceremony in Italy. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/File)
November 25, 2020 - 8:27 pm
The most heated wrangling over the title of soccer’s greatest player could be found between Diego Maradona and Pelé themselves. So often, their squabbling would descend into acrimonious barbs and taunts launched between the finest to play the game. It was a feud in which FIFA did not want to takes...
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