Soccer

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James joins team members during NBA basketball training outdoors in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
January 30, 2020 - 6:56 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Before the Los Angeles Lakers practiced on the final day before their first game since Kobe Bryant’s death, they played. The players, their coaching staff and general manager Rob Pelinka took to the park across the street from the team’s headquarters Thursday to kick...
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People line up to buy face masks at a drug store in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that infected more than 6,000 on the mainland and abroad. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 29, 2020 - 3:53 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern about the spread of a new virus in China, international sports in the country have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments have been taken elsewhere. The indoor world athletics championships in Nanjing were postponed by a year on Wednesday, while the...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
January 29, 2020 - 6:15 am
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Health officials in Queensland state said on Wednesday that 32 people,...
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FILE — In this April 9, 2019 file photo is the California Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California DMV announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that it has come to an agreement with soccer fan Jonathan Kotler who had sued the department claiming it had violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would celebrate his favorite team, but which the DMV said might be deemed offensive. The lawsuit said Kotler applied for a plate that would read COYW, an abbreviation of "Come on You Whites," a slogan used by fans of London-based Fulham Football Club, referring to their signature white shirts. A DMV spokesperson said it is expediting the approval to get it the plate to Kotler as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
January 28, 2020 - 4:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California soccer fan has won in his attempt to honor his favorite soccer team with the vanity plate “COYW” -- an acronym for the slogan “Come On You Whites.” The state Department of Motor Vehicles initially said the tagline has offensive connotations. The DMV said on...
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January 28, 2020 - 1:32 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities in the Andalucia region told local citizens on Tuesday that they have no reason to be concerned about the arrival of a Chinese soccer club from Wuhan for a preseason training camp. Wuhan Zall, based in the center of the deadly outbreak of a new virus, will be...
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Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 28, 2020 - 10:39 am
ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the sport’s global...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, U.S. basketball star Kobe Bryant plays with a ball during a sponsor's appearance in Milan, Italy. In Europe where Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star is being remembered for his "Italian qualities." Italian basketball federation president Giovanni Petrucci tells The Associated Press that Bryant is "particularly important to us because he knew Italy so well, having lived in several cities here. He had a lot of Italian qualities." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
January 28, 2020 - 6:23 am
MILAN (AP) — The AC Milan soccer team will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during an Italian Cup game on Tuesday in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant. The seven-time European champions host Torino in the quarterfinals at the San Siro. Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los...
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Gregg Berhalter, right, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team, instructs some of his players during drills Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The team moved its training camp from Qatar to Florida in the wake of Iran's top military commander being killed during a U.S. airstrike in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
January 27, 2020 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will be looking toward Olympic soccer qualifying when the senior national team plays Costa Rica on Saturday in an exhibition at Carson, California. Thirteen of the 22 players on the American roster are eligible for Olympic qualifying, which is limited to...
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January 27, 2020 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox will televise the 2021 and 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cups under an agreement for English-language U.S. rights reached between the network and the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football. As part of the deal announced Monday, Fox also will televise...
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Shrewsbury's Scott Goldbourne, center, celebrates with fans at the end of the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in Shrewsbury, England, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
January 27, 2020 - 7:58 am
Fans young and old poured onto the field, holding aloft replica FA Cups made of foil and yellow-and-blue scarves, headed to embrace their players. Right then, as gleeful supporters of third-tier team Shrewsbury filled the playing surface of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium after seeing their...
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