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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, file photo, United States defender Nick Lima (2) gets set to kick the ball as Panama midfielder Edson Samms (16) and defends during the second half of an international friendly soccer game in Phoenix. A new coach with a new system brings new opportunities for several players looking to make the most of that chance for the U.S. men's national soccer team. Lima seized that moment in his national team debut against Panama in the first game under new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and looks to build on that Saturday when the Americans complete their January camp with a game against Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 01, 2019 - 2:37 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nick Lima made the most of his opportunity when he was given the chance to make his U.S. national team debut in a new system under new coach Gregg Berhalter. He fared well in a role that asks him to play a combination of right back and as a defensive midfielder and looks to...
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Qatar's forward Almoez Ali celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
February 01, 2019 - 7:21 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday's Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected. Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary...
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FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique gestures during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Sevilla and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanche Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
January 31, 2019 - 2:12 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer league will sponsor the new Davis Cup Finals organized by a group founded by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. La Liga says it will promote the tennis competition through its international broadcasts in Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and Latin America. The...
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri before the match against Bournemouth, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 9:22 am
Chelsea was well on its way to its biggest Premier League loss in 23 years when a chorus of "You don't know what you're doing" rang out from the supporters. It was directed at Maurizio Sarri, perhaps the first audible sign of disgruntlement toward the Chelsea manager six months into his tenure. The...
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January 29, 2019 - 1:13 am
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt is not happy about the new format beginning this year for the Davis Cup. Hewitt called the new setup "ridiculous" on Tuesday and ripped into former Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, whose Kosmos investment group has been involved with...
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January 28, 2019 - 12:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Sky Sports News is returning to U.S. television this week for a transfer-deadline show on the NBC Sports Network. NBCSN will simulcast SSN's deadline show in London from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Thursday. It will then follow with three hours of its own coverage from its...
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Emiliano Sala's sister Romina, left, and mother Mercedes, center, listen to Blue Water Recoveries director David Mearns talk about plans to find and recover the plane carrying the missing footballer, during a press conference at Guernsey airport, Guernsey, England, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. More than 300,000 euros ($340,000) have been raised online to allow Sala's family to fund a private search after an official rescue operation for the light aircraft carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson was called off on Thursday. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 12:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — The man leading a private search of the missing plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala said on Monday there was a "very good chance" of finding the aircraft. David Mearns, an American-born marine scientist and shipwreck-hunting specialist, said a survey vessel equipped...
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Former Australian national team captain Craig Foster walks after a briefing on the illegal detention of refugee football player Hakeem al-Araibi at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Foster is carrying some 50'000 petition signatures and supporting documents that demand his immediate release. Al-Araibi has been detained in a Bangkok detention centre for two months, facing imminent extradition to Bahrain. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 11:01 am
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer activists campaigning for the release of a Bahraini refugee player detained in Thailand say his plight has become an emergency. Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain had formally submitted an extradition request to Thailand for the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 file photo, Everton manager Marco Silva prior the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. Silva is the latest top-flight coach to come under big pressure, after Everton’s slump in results in the league was followed, on Saturday Jan. 26, 2019, by the team’s elimination from the FA Cup by an opponent in the lower reaches of the second tier. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
January 28, 2019 - 7:09 am
Nicknamed the "Mini-Mourinho" after his illustrious compatriot, Marco Silva arrived in the Premier League in January 2017 as the slick, sharp-suited and smooth-talking coach with progressive ideas and a track record of success. Two years and three clubs later, English soccer is starting to wonder...
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Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during an English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in London, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
January 27, 2019 - 6:40 pm
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham exited its second competition in four days after losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, and defending champion Chelsea was boosted by two video reviews in beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Palace took a ninth-minute lead when Jeff Schlupp's...
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