Professional soccer

Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 03, 2019 - 10:29 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian league's disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word "racist" in his weekly report, referring...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against the Netherlands in Decines, France. Across the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), attendance overall is up about 15 percent this year, with the most dramatic upward swings coming after U.S. national team’s victory this summer at the World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 03, 2019 - 9:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Eight countries have stayed in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out. FIFA says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the first 32-team...
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September 02, 2019 - 10:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Two security stewards working for Dynamo Dresden have "seriously damaged" the club by displaying Nazi imagery during a game against St. Pauli, the German team said Monday. The Saxony-based club, which plays in the second division, has also apologized for a multitude of offensive...
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PSG's soccer players celebrate at the end of the French League One soccer match between Metz and PSG in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
August 30, 2019 - 6:58 pm
METZ, France (AP) — A second French league game in three days was interrupted due to banners deemed homophobic as Paris Saint-Germain beat Metz 2-0 Friday. Referee Frank Schneider stopped the game briefly after the banners were unfurled in the first half. He then allowed play to resume some minutes...
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Tottenham's Harry Kane, left is dejected after missing an opportunity to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 29, 2019 - 6:30 am
Three games isn't usually a big enough window to make cast-iron judgments about any team in the Premier League. Except, maybe, for Tottenham. It's very early, sure, but something's amiss at last season's Champions League finalist. Two of the team's best players, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen...
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Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch holds the ball for United States soccer player Carli Lloyd as she attempts to kick a field goal after the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens held a joint NFL football practice in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 28, 2019 - 8:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off the United States' victory in the Women's World Cup, could Carli Lloyd be entertaining thoughts about a career change? The 37-year-old soccer star nailed a 55-yard field goal during a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens last week. And on...
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August 28, 2019 - 12:02 pm
This year's MLS Cup will be shown on ABC, marking the first time since 2008 that Major League Soccer's championship game will air on the network. The league announced Wednesday that the Nov. 10 final will start at 3 p.m. EST. It will also air on Univision. The MLS Cup was on ABC from 1996-2008...
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August 26, 2019 - 5:05 pm
NICE, France (AP) — A company led by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has completed a takeover of French league club Nice. Chemicals giant Ineos and the French club both confirmed the deal on Monday, making Nice the latest sports acquisition by the London-based company. Ratcliffe, Britain's...
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Los Angeles FC's Joshua Perez, front, celebrates his goal against San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 23, 2019 - 9:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the wordless billboards went up quietly this week on the streets around Los Angeles FC's Banc of California Stadium, their message to the city is loud and clear. Some of the huge signs show imperious LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic running into LAFC's Latif Blessing...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 3:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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