Professional soccer

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, second left, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
July 26, 2020 - 6:49 pm
ROME (AP) — Before the break for the coronavirus pandemic. After the lockdown. And now for nine years running. Juventus is the undisputed leader of Italian soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 Sunday to secure the Turin club’s record-extending ninth...
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July 26, 2020 - 5:43 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus wins record-extending 9th straight Italian league title.
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July 26, 2020 - 11:43 am
MADRID (AP) — The second-division game postponed because of an outbreak of coronavirus cases will not be played, the Spanish league said Sunday. The league made the announcement after new test results took the total number of COVID-19 cases at club Fuenlabrada to 28, with players and staff members...
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A fan wearing a face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cheers during the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 26, 2020 - 7:49 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheers in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began allowing spectators to return to professional sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. After a weeks-long delay, South Korea’s 2020 baseball season began in early...
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Leicester's Jamie Vardy walks on the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool Photo via AP)
July 26, 2020 - 3:46 am
A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Sunday: ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE It's the last day of the season and plenty is still at stake: Champions League and Europa League qualification, the final two relegation places, and the Golden Boot scoring trophy. Manchester United, Chelsea and...
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Aston Villa's Matt Targett, top, celebrates with teammate Trezeguet after the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Powell,Pool)
July 25, 2020 - 3:28 pm
The anguish of Leeds and Nottingham Forest provides a reminder of just what is at stake on the final day of the English Premier League for the teams fighting relegation. Leeds has only just secured a ticket back after 16 years in exile. Forest's attempt to gain promotion will extend into a 22nd...
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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP)
July 25, 2020 - 3:15 pm
Arlo White didn't know what to expect when the Premier League season resumed with Project Restart. The only thing he knew was that it beat the alternatives. “Watching exciting top level Premier League football without fans for a stretch is way better than no football at all,” he said. “I salute the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, file photo, Liverpool's Naby Keita, second left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. After the competition was brought to a sudden halt in the second week in March, abandoning the season became a very real prospect as the pandemic death toll rose. The only safe way of resuming after a 100-day shutdown was restricting capacities to fewer than 300 people. (Laurence Griffiths, Pool via AP, File)
July 25, 2020 - 1:56 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Long after the English Premier League trophy was handed out inside Anfield, Liverpool fans were still clambering onto the gates after midnight, setting off flares that filled the sky with a red haze. Even the imposition of a police dispersal order — and pandemic social...
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July 25, 2020 - 7:52 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 40-year-old Xavi, now the coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd, said Saturday that he was tested according to the Qatar league protocol and that the latest test showed he had contracted...
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Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta, left, and Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) compete for a ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
July 24, 2020 - 3:48 pm
Jeff Agoos arrived inside the Major League Soccer bubble in Florida in late June. About a month into his stay, the number of restful, relaxing moments have been rare. “I don’t think I’ve actually exhaled since I first arrived,” Agoos joked. Agoos is the senior vice president of competition,...
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