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In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
June 22, 2020 - 7:33 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series, combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia and Croatia, has been followed by an increase in the number of positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40...
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FILE In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
June 22, 2020 - 2:40 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona generated 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) with its inaugural sale of “fan tokens” on Monday. The club sold all 600,000 of the cryptocurrency-based tokens in less than two hours at a price of 2 euros each ($2.20), online seller Socios.com said. The virtual tokens...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2019, file photo, Japan players embrace ahead of the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Japan at Roazhon Park, in Rennes, France. The Japan Football Association is expected to pull out of bidding for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, according to a report by Japanese news agency Kyodo on Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
June 22, 2020 - 12:12 pm
Australia and New Zealand became the clear favorites to jointly host the 2023 Women's World Cup after Japan withdrew from bidding ahead of the FIFA vote on Thursday. The combined South Pacific bid performed significantly stronger than its only remaining rival, Colombia, in the FIFA inspection...
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Players in action in front of the empty stands during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP photo/Shaun Botterill, Pool)
June 22, 2020 - 7:54 am
LONDON (AP) — The Merseyside derby was the most-watched Premier League game ever on British television. An average of five million people across Sky's channels watched Liverpool draw 0-0 with Everton, which was played on Sunday without supporters in the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sky...
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Everton's Seamus Coleman, left, and Everton's Andre Gomes challenge Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP photo/Jon Super, Pool)
June 22, 2020 - 7:09 am
The first full round of games of the Premier League restart has almost been completed, with just one team yet to play. There is a limited sample size but here are some themes to emerge from the opening 11 matches in England’s top division: SLOW START If you’re struggling to find time to watch the...
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Everton fans are displayed on a large screen as the watch remotely the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP)
June 21, 2020 - 7:05 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — No win for Liverpool on the longest day of the year, and an even longer wait maybe to clinch the Premier League title. When you've been waiting 30 years — and then had the coronation delayed by three months because of a pandemic — patience is expected. The quietest of the...
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Everton's Seamus Coleman, left, challenges Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP)
June 21, 2020 - 6:26 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool’s title charge has been slowed by the pandemic, and its attacking ruthlessness blunted. After a wait of 103 days, Jürgen Klopp's team returned to action with a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday as it nears the end of a 30-year title drought. It means the world...
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Union's Marvin Friedrich, third left, scores the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and 1. FC Union Berlin in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, June 13, 2020. The German Bundesliga is the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
June 21, 2020 - 3:42 pm
The growth in the value of Bundesliga broadcast rights has ended under a four-year deal secured as the media industry grapples with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The German league on Monday is set to announce that Comcast Corp.-owned Sky and the DAZN streaming service will...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini gives instructions during the Champions League group C soccer match between Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Gasperini says he had the coronavirus and was concerned for his life mid-March. Gasperini tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
June 20, 2020 - 6:06 pm
MILAN (AP) — When Atalanta takes to the field on Sunday, its match against Sassuolo will hold an extra element of poignancy. Not only will it be the team's first game in more than three months as Serie A resumes this weekend but, more than that, Atalanta plays its soccer in Bergamo, which was one...
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Leicester's manager Brendan Rodgers talks to the team during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Leicester CITY at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, England, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)
June 20, 2020 - 5:35 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together. Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the...
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