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Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2019 - 6:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport's top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment. "They have essentially unlimited resources. I don't think that it's really been a huge change at...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2018, file photo, Canada forward Christine Sinclair celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half of a soccer match at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament against Panama in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn, File)
May 24, 2019 - 5:24 pm
While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title. Fifth-ranked Canada embarks on its Women's World Cup quest in France with its captain sitting at 181 career goals — four away from breaking former U.S. star Abby Wambach's global...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles during an awarding ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Putin awarded FIFA President Gianni Infantino with the Order of Friendship and praised the World Cup that Russia hosted last year as the best ever. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 1:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term. The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become "...
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Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrates victory after the English Championship Play-Off, Semi Final, Second Leg soccer match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Leeds, England, Wednesday May 15, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 5:47 am
They've won the Champions League together, were teammates for three Premier League title-winning campaigns, and stood shoulder to shoulder at World Cups and European Championships. Whether in the blue of Chelsea or the white of England, Frank Lampard and John Terry were often inseparable. Now, with...
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Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 11:13 am
With a no-nonsense look etched on her face, Ada Hegerberg stares straight into the camera and says: "Now it's time for action." It's fitting the Norwegian superstar was chosen as the face of a recently launched campaign aimed at improving the profile and standards in women's soccer. Not just...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, President of Paris Saint-Germain soccer club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, gestures during the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. A French judicial official says the president of Paris Saint-Germain has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
May 23, 2019 - 11:06 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar's bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption"...
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People watch the inauguration ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, of the Al Wakrah stadium, which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
May 22, 2019 - 3:46 pm
FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, the Women's World Cup trophy is displayed at the women's soccer 2019 World Cup draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris. Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together. Tickets were made available to print Monday, May 20, 2019, and ticket holders learned that their groups were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections, even families with young children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 21, 2019 - 8:12 pm
Responding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women's World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were...
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Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during a training session at London Colney, England, Tuesday May 21, 2019, ahead of the Europa League Final against Chelsea on Wednesday May 29. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 4:08 pm
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, photo a view of rainbow laces in Tottenham Hotspurs' Harry Kane boots, as part of an anti-homophobia campaign, as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. The French football league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums that paves the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
May 13, 2019 - 7:51 am
PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and...
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