Professional soccer

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, cheerleaders line up before an NFL football game between Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium in London. As the league celebrates its 100th season, it continues to expand its foreign footprint with five international games in 2019. Four are in London, including two at Wembley Stadium, and the league returns to Mexico. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
October 04, 2019 - 2:02 pm
Khalil Mack's first game against his ex-teammates comes not with a Bay Area backdrop but in the land of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. The Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders are playing the first NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. The new $1.22 billion multi-purpose venue features a...
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Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli, left, reacts alongside Colchester United's Tom Lapslie during an English League Cup soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Colchester United, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, England. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 10:12 am
Barely a year ago, they were starting in the World Cup semifinals. Now, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard cannot even get in the England squad and are no longer first-choice picks for their clubs, either. The drop in fortunes of the two attacking midfielders is both dramatic and highly unexpected, and...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file, photo, workers adjust fences at the construction site of the New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 03, 2019 - 7:45 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and two government bodies building venues for next year’s games have until the end of the month to agree to outside inspections on construction sites. Ambet Yuson, the general secretary of the Building and Wood Workers’ International, made the request on...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 file photo, Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, center, vies for the ball with Leicester's Ricardo Pereira, left, in front of Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. U.S. winger, Christian Pulisic, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge in the offseason for $73 million, hasn’t played a minute of Chelsea’s last three Premier League matches and also stayed on the bench during the team’s 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the Champions League two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
September 30, 2019 - 4:59 am
The group stage of the Champions League is only one round old and already Chelsea faces a match it cannot afford to lose. Just don't expect Christian Pulisic to play in the important game against Lille on Wednesday. The U.S. winger, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge in the offseason for $73...
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September 27, 2019 - 9:26 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has applauded a lifetime ban for a soccer supporter who racially abused Roma defender Juan Jesus on social media. The Brazilian — who is black — posted a screenshot of the messages on Instagram. Roma says it has reported the account to Italian police and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 21, 2019 - 2:03 pm
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
September 20, 2019 - 4:04 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus' revenues increased by more than 100 million euros in Cristiano Ronaldo's first season with the club but losses doubled due in part to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's hefty transfer fee of 100 million euros and a salary of 31 million euros ($34 million). The publicly...
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Inter Milan's head coach Antonio Conte cheers Stefan de Vrij at the end of a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Udinese, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Inter won 1-0. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
September 20, 2019 - 11:53 am
ROME (AP) — The accumulated damage to Italian soccer by illegal television streaming services is "well beyond a billion euros," according to Serie A's CEO. Speaking in the aftermath of a Europe-wide crackdown this week against allegedly fraudulent pay-TV subscription services, Luigi De Siervo also...
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September 20, 2019 - 7:55 am
LONDON (AP) — English soccer authorities say they have had a "productive and positive" meeting with representatives from Twitter in the wake of black players receiving racist abuse on the social-media platform this season. The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, D.C. United's Wayne Rooney reacts after putting a shot over top of the Vancouver Whitecaps' goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs stateside. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm
As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home to England, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs. The longtime Manchester United and English national team striker is in the final regular-season stretch with D.C. United, which is 12-10-9 this season...
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