Professional soccer

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
May 12, 2019 - 6:55 pm
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — All the strain Pep Guardiola feels during the pursuit of titles becomes worthwhile when a winners' medal is placed around his neck. It happens a lot. Manchester City won its second straight Premier League trophy on Sunday, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool in a...
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Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with his medal after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
May 12, 2019 - 5:37 pm
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Earning 97 points is almost always enough to win the Premier League. Not for Liverpool, which had the misfortune of running up against a Manchester City team setting new standards of excellence. Only for 21 minutes during Sunday's season finale was the title in Liverpool's...
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Liverpool players come out for the second half during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Despite a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool missed out on becoming English champion for the first time since 1990 because title rival Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
May 12, 2019 - 2:10 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — For about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending. Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at...
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May 12, 2019 - 11:50 am
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Manchester City retains Premier League title after beating Brighton 4-1 on final day of season.
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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, right, celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
May 12, 2019 - 11:10 am
LONDON (AP) — Turning the Champions League into a largely closed-off competition would be "completely out of order," former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said Sunday, urging UEFA to scrap the concept. Under a proposal seen by The Associated Press that was presented by UEFA to...
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Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's 'Class of 92' to cheer on Graham Alexander's side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 4:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's "Class of 92" players —...
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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 photo, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, left, speaks to New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia as the pair met on the field at Yankee Stadium in New York. When Grobbelaar celebrated at Anfield on April 28, 1990, he never thought it would be Liverpool's last league title in three decades. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
May 10, 2019 - 6:10 am
Celebrating their 10th English league title in 15 years, Liverpool players jumped joyously at Anfield on April 28, 1990, never suspecting a decades-long wait for the next. When they took a nine-point lead in late December, Kopites thought that elusive 19th English championship was just ahead. Not...
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FILE - At left, in a May 18, 2012, file photo, Vince McMahon is shown at the Republican state convention in Hartford, Conn. At right, in a Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck makes comments during a news conference in Arlington, Texas. The XFL has reached multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to broadcast its games beginning in 2020. The league also announced Monday, May 6, 2019, that its season will start Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl. This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league. (AP Photo/File)
May 10, 2019 - 2:46 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oliver Luck has noted that there is a graveyard full of tombstones for spring professional football leagues going back more than 40 years. That graveyard filled a plot two months ago when the Alliance of American Football folded eight weeks into its inaugural season, but the XFL...
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola greets supporters at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
May 09, 2019 - 7:32 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — They've combined for nearly 200 points, lost only five times between them, and won every single game in the past two months. Compliments have flowed between their managers, each describing the other's side as among the best in the world. They are separated by a single...
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May 08, 2019 - 5:58 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Fire have reached a memorandum of understanding with the owner of the MLS team's stadium that will end the team's lease. General Manager Nelson Rodriguez refused to give details of the tentative agreement Wednesday. He pointed out there is no signed agreement...
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