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FILE - In this March 24, 2018, file photo, Sporting Kansas City's Peter Vermes acknowledges fans as he takes the pitch to lead his team against the Colorado Rapids in an MLS soccer match in Commerce City, Colo. Major League Soccer coaches are welcoming the opportunity to use five substitutes when play resumes in Florida next month, out of concern for both player fitness and the summertime heat. The adoption of the rule and the expansion of game-day rosters are especially important given the relatively short preparation time teams have had for the MLS Is Back Tournament, which starts July 8, 2020, at the sports complex at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 20, 2020 - 2:30 pm
Major League Soccer coaches welcome the chance to use five substitutes when play resumes in Florida next month, out of concern for both the conditioning of the players and the demands of summer heat. The adoption of the rule and the expansion of game-day rosters are especially important given the...
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Leipzig's Timo Werner, left, and Dortmund's Giovanni Reyna fight for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, Pool)
June 20, 2020 - 1:43 pm
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Gio Reyna took advantage of his first start for Borussia Dortmund to set up Erling Haaland’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Leipzig in the German league on Saturday. It was the second time the 17-year-old American had been included in Dortmund’s team for a Bundesliga game...
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FC Sochi players, in white shirt, try to score against Rostov during a Russia Soccer Premier League soccer match against FC Rostov as the league was resumed after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2020. Rostov fielded a team of teenagers because its entire first-team squad is in isolation following a suspected outbreak of coronavirus. The match is being played with a minimum spectators to curb the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo)
June 20, 2020 - 10:12 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A team of teenagers took the field for a club hit by the coronavirus pandemic and lost 10-1 as soccer in Russia restarted Friday. FC Rostov was forced to send a squad with an average age of barely 17 to play against Sochi, two days after its entire first team was put into...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012, file photo, an Arizona State fan is all alone in the upper deck during an NCAA college football game against Washington State, in Tempe, Ariz. As lock-downs are lifted, restrictions on social gatherings eased and life begins to resemble some sense, sports are finally starting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Many college and pro sports teams already were dealing with declining ticket sales. The improved at-home experience, the emergence of wide-spread legalized betting and the changing social makeup of fan bases have been catalysts, while dynamic pricing, increases in parking and concession prices and a push toward luxury seating have exacerbated the problem.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 19, 2020 - 5:58 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson said 28 athletes or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to school June 8. Clemson has administered 315 tests since the school was given the green light to resume on-campus...
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FILE - In this Oct 14, 2019, file photo, Ryan Blaney (12) leads a pack of cars through the tri-oval during a NASCAR Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. The heat is on at Talladega Superspeedway, and not just for the drivers at a track known for high-speed chaos. It's also another test run for security and safety protocols with fans starting to return in limited numbers to some sporting events. NASCAR is permitting up to 5,000 fans and, officials hope, zero Confederate flags to attend the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday, June 21, 2020, along with 44 motor homes. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
June 19, 2020 - 3:29 pm
The heat is on at Talladega Superspeedway, and not just for the drivers at a track known for high-speed chaos. It is another test run for security and safety protocols as fans start to return in limited numbers. NASCAR is permitting up to 5,000 fans and, officials hope, zero Confederate flags into...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Toronto FC soccer player Justin Morrow speaks to the media during an end of season availability in Toronto. A group of African American Major League Soccer players have formed a coalition to address systematic racism in their communities and bring about change within the league. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group formed after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which spawned a wave of nationwide protests against racism and policy brutality. Started by Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow, the group grew to some 70 MLS players, who decided to act and the Black Players Coalition of MLS was born. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 19, 2020 - 2:08 pm
A group of black Major League Soccer players has formed a coalition that seeks to address racial inequities in the league and across soccer, and to positively impact local communities. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group that began after the death of George Floyd, which sparked a wave...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2020 file photo, Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri kicks the ball in front of empty seats during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Soccer clubs are finding creative ways to stem revenue losses by offering season ticket holders alternatives to refunds for games being played in empty stadiums because of coronavirus pandemic. Teams are offering live streams of matches, future discounts, free tickets to cup games and credit for 2020-21 season tickets in exchange for refunds. Many clubs also give the option of sending refunds to a charity. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
June 19, 2020 - 11:32 am
Soccer clubs are finding creative ways to stem revenue losses by offering season ticket holders alternatives to refunds for games being played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions have hit some balance sheets harder than others. Liverpool is simply refunding...
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June 19, 2020 - 10:21 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City forward Leroy Sané could leave the club after rejecting offers of a contract extension. The 24-year-old Sané, a German international and target for Bayern Munich, has one year left on his contract at City, meaning the club will have to negotiate the player...
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PSG's Neymar is seen during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Montpellier at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
June 19, 2020 - 9:47 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish court has ruled in favor of Barcelona in a dispute with former player Neymar over a signing bonus paid in part to the Brazil striker before he left for Paris Saint-Germain. The court on Friday rejected Neymar’s suit that Barcelona owed him 43 million euros ($48...
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June 19, 2020 - 8:46 am
PARIS (AP) — The French league voted on Friday to keep a 20-team first division next season, despite a court's decision to suspend the relegations of Amiens and Toulouse to the second division. The league said in a statement that there were 23 votes for a 20-team league and two abstentions. The...
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