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FILE- In this Sunday, May 26, 2019, file photo, fans hold up a banner in support of the United States women's national team before they compete in the Women's World Cup during an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Mexico in Harrison, N.J. The World Cup is not just about soccer for many of the players and teams in France. For the defending champion U.S. women’s team, that means focus on the fight for equal pay to the men’s national team.(AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
June 06, 2019 - 4:14 pm
PARIS (AP) — Seizing on the once in every four years spectacle, teams at the Women's World Cup are hoping that the attention the sport will get in France will bring about change at home. But it's not just about soccer. It's about respect. For the defending champion U.S. women's team, that means a...
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June 05, 2019 - 2:55 pm
Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard has withdrawn from the Women's World Cup after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The 42-year-old from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, refereed the final of the 2016 Olympic women's soccer tournament. She worked three matches at the 2011 Women's World Cup,...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino walks on the stage before the start of the 69th FIFA congress in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 05, 2019 - 5:50 am
PARIS (AP) — Ahead of his re-election as FIFA president on Wednesday, Gianni Infantino said he has banished scandals and corruption from the soccer body despite losing members of his council for misconduct. Infantino faced no opposition for a second presidential term through 2023, which was...
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Brazil's soccer player Neymar attends a team practice session lead by national team coach Tite, behind, at the Granja Comary training center ahead the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 04, 2019 - 12:38 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women's World Cup (all times local): ___ 6:30 p.m. The head of Brazil's soccer body has publicly supported star player Neymar after he was accused of rape. Rogerio Caboclo, the Confederation of Brazilian Football president, says Neymar is...
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FILE - In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Australia's Samantha Kerr, left, fights for control of the ball against Japan's Nana Ichise , bottom right, during the AFC Jordan 2018 Women's Asian Cup final in Amman, Jordan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, June 7, 2019, in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer’s most prestigious trophy. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)
June 04, 2019 - 5:54 am
The Australian players' union has called on FIFA to award the same prize money for the Women's World Cup that is provided for the men's tournament. Professional Footballers Australia launched a website to bring the campaign to light. "FIFA should reward female and male players equally because it is...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe celebrates after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer’s premier tournament, which kicks off on June 7. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 03, 2019 - 2:41 pm
The world's best player won't be at the Women's World Cup but the world's best team will be, with both sides taking a stand for equality. The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer's premier tournament, which kicks off Friday in Paris. While the Americans...
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Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday. (Barrington Coombs/PA via AP)
June 02, 2019 - 5:16 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of fans welcomed Liverpool back to Merseyside as the team paraded its Champions League trophy through the city center on Sunday. Manager Juergen Klopp and his players flew home to Liverpool John Lennon Airport before boarding an open-top bus...
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Brazil's soccer player sits inside his helicopter as teammates Thiago Silva, right, and Daniel Alves, left, exit as they arrive to the Granja Comary training center to train for the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2019. A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. After the revelation, the player used Instagram to publish a 7-minute video that includes WhatsApp messages he says he exchanged with the accuser in a friendly way days later. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 02, 2019 - 3:37 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Soccer star Neymar has responded to a woman's allegation he raped her in Paris by issuing social media posts meant to show the accuser sent friendly messages following the alleged attack, and police turned up at a training session on Sunday to investigate. The Paris Saint-...
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Brazil's soccer player Neymar runs for the ball during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 02, 2019 - 12:03 am
A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. After the revelation, the player used Instagram to publish a 7-minute video that includes WhatsApp messages he says he exchanged with the accuser in a friendly way days later...
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June 01, 2019 - 5:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — TNT's first Champions League final used a commentary team from Britain's BT Sport during the first half Saturday rather than the international feed scheduled to air. BT Sport's commentary team of Darren Fletcher, Jermaine Jenas and Steve McManaman referred to upcoming programming...
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