Professional soccer

In this July 13, 2019, photo, Minnesota United fans chant and hold cup scarves in anticipation of the start of the MLS team's soccer match against FC Dallas in St. Paul, Minn. The first season for Minnesota United at Allianz Field has been a sold-out success. As the Loons prepare for their first MLS playoff game, they'll have their raucous supporters section behind them to help. (Alex Kormann./Star Tribune via AP)
October 18, 2019 - 3:06 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the field for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them. If the home team wins, the scene at Allianz Field will briefly become a 19,400-person karaoke bar with the patrons...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, photo soccer star Megan Rapinoe poses for photos on the red carpet of the Women's Sports Foundation's 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. Rapinoe, who was honored at the gala, won Sportswoman of the Year in the team category. She led the U.S. women's soccer team to victory at the World Cup in France and earned the FIFA Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 18, 2019 - 2:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity...
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In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can't see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)
October 18, 2019 - 5:11 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — There will be another Korean derby game in international soccer in qualifying for the 2020 Olympic women's tournament. The Asian Football Confederation says North Korea and South Korea will play in a qualifying match on Feb. 9 in South Korea. Two qualifying groups were...
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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde sits prior Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Barcelona won 4-0. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
October 17, 2019 - 7:24 pm
MADRID (AP) — This month's Spanish league "clásico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital. The league wanted the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns,...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, photo tennis great and founder of the Women's Sports Foundation Billie Jean King, left, and soccer star Megan Rapinoe pose for photos on the red carpet of the Women's Sports Foundation's 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. Rapinoe, who was honored at the gala, won Sportswoman of the Year in the team category. She led the U.S. women's soccer team to victory at the World Cup in France and earned the FIFA Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 17, 2019 - 1:15 pm
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and boxer Claressa Shields have been honored as Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. They won in the team and individual categories, the awards coming at the foundation's 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports. Rapinoe led the U.S. to victory at the...
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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde sits prior Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Barcelona won 4-0. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
October 17, 2019 - 11:20 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team wants to play its Spanish league "clásico" match against Real Madrid at home despite a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital on the same day. The Spanish soccer league wants the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona...
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Former soccer player Paul Gascoigne leaves court, after giving evidence on the 2nd day of his trial at court on charges of alleged sexual assault on a train, in Middlesbrough, England, Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019. The former player was arrested for allegedly kissing a woman in August 2018 on a train between York and Newcastle. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 10:17 am
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman on a train after he kissed her on the lips. A jury at Teesside Crown Court cleared the former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder of that offense, plus a less serious alternative...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2019 file photo, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, left, goes head to head with Real defender Sergio Ramos as they argue during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. The Spanish football league on Wednesday Oct. 16. 2019, has asked the Spanish football federation to change the location of the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid to avoid it coinciding with plans for a separatist rally. The league wants the federation to shift the match to Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
October 16, 2019 - 8:53 am
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer league wants Barcelona's game against Real Madrid to be moved out of the Catalan capital to avoid coinciding with a planned separatist rally. Separatist groups in Catalonia have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on Oct. 26 when Barcelona is scheduled to...
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Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Europa League Group E soccer match between Lazio and Rennes, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 16, 2019 - 5:21 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has punished Lazio for fans' racist behavior by closing one end of Stadio Olimpico for its Europa League game against Celtic. UEFA says its disciplinary panel also threatened Lazio with a one-game full stadium closure, suspended for a one-year probationary period. The...
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October 14, 2019 - 12:44 pm
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin has been released by German soccer club St. Pauli following his Instagram post in support of his country's invasion of Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria. The second-division club said on Monday that "Sahin has been released from his...
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