Professional soccer

August 04, 2019 - 8:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alejandro Bedoya made a statement about gun violence in the nation's capital. After scoring a goal for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night against D.C. United, Bedoya ran to an on-field microphone and shouted to the crowd: "Hey Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Let'...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 file photo, Referee Stéphanie Frappart of France during the of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Sweden at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France. Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
August 02, 2019 - 9:01 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, adding that the Frenchwoman will lead...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 and the league's challenge these days is growth and not survival, an upward trajectory that will be boosted when the U.S. co-hosts the World Cup in 2026. MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, file)
August 01, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Garber keeps a fireman's hat in his office. "When you're running a business like this, you are a fireman. You're putting out fires every day," he said. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, and the league's challenge these days is growth, an...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, Sister Marie Jose De La Rosa, from New Jersey, chats with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Most NFL players don’t have the kind of offseason adventures of Josh Norman, who flew with the Blue Angels, visited and donated to an immigrant detention center in Texas and jumped over a bull while running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP, File)
August 01, 2019 - 2:02 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Josh Norman flipped the switch from a whirlwind offseason to a "see ball, get ball" approach at training camp. That's way different from Norman's "see bull, jump over bull" summer. Unwilling to sacrifice outside interests and eager to make a difference off the football field,...
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Liverpool FC's James Milner kicks the ball during the second half of a soccer match against the Sporting CP Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in New York. The game ended 2-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 31, 2019 - 4:47 pm
For the third straight year, NBC's Premier League broadcast crew will be in England for the start of the season. The network announced plans Wednesday for the opening weekend for its seventh season, featuring on-site coverage from three stadiums from Aug. 9-11 as well as showing off its synergy...
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July 31, 2019 - 2:03 pm
FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. Nine national associations had expressed interest in hosting and were due to submit their formal bids by...
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Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez, right, battles for the ball against Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, left, during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
July 25, 2019 - 7:36 pm
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac fought off two knife-wielding men after he and teammate Mesut Ozil were attacked in north London on Thursday in an apparent robbery attempt. Both players were unharmed. In a video of the incident that has been circulated on social media, Kolasinac can...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles when he arrives to a training session at the Bessa stadium in Porto, Portugal. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused him of raping her at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2009. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2019, that after reviewing a new police investigation, he determined that sexual assault claims can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charge will be filed. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
July 22, 2019 - 6:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday. A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga's claim could be...
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In this photo made available by shows the 2019 graduation class of the FIFA Master course run by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, in on July 12, 2019. It’s the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer’s World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international sports law. (CIES via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 1:40 am
NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in...
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Ashley Young, right, of Manchester United and Jordan Stevens of Leeds United compete for the ball during their friendly soccer match in Perth, Australia, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 8:03 pm
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup. Soccer is far from the...
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