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Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl kicks a ball as the sun sets during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
July 05, 2019 - 12:43 am
Megan Rapinoe considers Sunday to be the final insult. Just a few hours after the United States and the Netherlands meet in the Women's World Cup final in France, Brazil or Peru will celebrate winning the Copa America, South America's men's championship. And then at night, the United States or...
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Netherlands' Jackie Groenen, foreground, celebrates after scoring during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 04, 2019 - 1:23 pm
LYON, France (AP) — Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen's route to the World Cup final has been unusual by any standards, one which saw her starring at judo before attempting to represent a different nation at soccer. Born in the Netherlands, the 24-year-old Groenen grew up in a small Belgian...
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United States' Carli Lloyd warms up before the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 04, 2019 - 10:50 am
LYON, France (AP) — Carli Lloyd says the success the United States is having at the Women's World Cup in France isn't an extension of the 2015 title run. The so-called 2019ers are their own team. "We don't really bring up the 2015 World Cup that much because it's done, it's in the past. The focus...
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Kelly Lindsey, coach of the Afghanistan women's soccer team, poses after a news conference in Lyon, France on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Kelly Lindsey is "disgusted" with Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse cases and calls on the FIFA president to resign. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
July 04, 2019 - 9:40 am
LYON, France (AP) — Criticism of FIFA President Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse investigations was "ill-informed and unjustified," the governing body said Thursday after the coach of the Afghanistan women's national team said she was "disgusted" with him. Coach Kelly Lindsey had...
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People walks past Stamford Bridge, London, Friday June 28, 2019. Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea as the club’s 12th manager in 16 years under Roman Abramovich’s ownership. The former Chelsea midfielder has left second-tier club Derby, where he spent he came close to securing promotion to the Premier League in his first season in management. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 4:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea as the club's 12th manager in 16 years under Roman Abramovich's ownership. The former Chelsea midfielder has left second-tier club Derby, where he came close to securing promotion to the Premier League in his first season in management. Lampard,...
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United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saves a penalty shot taken by England's Steph Houghton during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
July 03, 2019 - 2:37 pm
LYON, France (AP) — Alyssa Naeher finally escaped Hope Solo's shadow with her smothering save of a penalty kick. Endlessly compared to her controversial predecessor on the U.S. national team, Naeher cemented her own legacy when she preserved the United States' 2-1 semifinal win over England. It was...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino watches a Copa America Group A soccer match between Brazil and Peru at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
July 03, 2019 - 11:22 am
LYON, France (AP) — The coach of the Afghanistan women's soccer team is "disgusted" with Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse cases and calls on the FIFA president to resign. FIFA banned Keramuudin Karim for life from soccer last month for repeated sexual abuse of female players while...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino watches a Copa America Group A soccer match between Brazil and Peru at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
July 03, 2019 - 8:23 am
LYON, France (AP) — The coach of the Afghanistan women's soccer team says she is "disgusted" with Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse cases and called on the FIFA president to resign. FIFA banned Keramuudin Karim for life from soccer this month for repeated sexual abuse of female...
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Netherlands' Vivianne Miedema, right, and Italy's Sara Gama challenge for the ball during the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Italy and the Netherlands, at the Stade du Hainaut stadium in Valenciennes, France, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
July 02, 2019 - 10:36 am
LYON, France (AP) — Here's some bad news for Sweden's defense ahead of its World Cup semifinal Wednesday against the Netherlands: Vivianne Miedema gets even better in the big games. After scoring in every knockout match at the European Championship two years ago, helping the Netherlands win the...
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England head coach Philip Neville, right, applaudes as England's scorer Ellen White, left, and her teammates celebrate the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Japan and England at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
July 01, 2019 - 3:48 pm
LYON, France (AP) — Phil Neville's path to the Women's World Cup semifinals began with a phone call persuading him to consider the England manager's job. Late in 2017, Sue Campbell, the baroness in charge of English women's soccer, was bemoaning the lack of female coaches to fill the vacancy after...
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