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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi waves as he arrives at the team hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
August 30, 2020 - 8:15 am
MADRID (AP) — In another sign that Lionel Messi’s time with Barcelona is coming to an end, the player did not report for required coronavirus testing scheduled for the whole squad on Sunday. Barcelona said Messi was the only player who did not undergo the tests at the club’s training center. The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Central Arkansas head coach Nathan Brown walks on to the field before the start of an NCAA college football game against Hawaii in Honolulu. When Central Arkansas and Austin Peay signed up to play in the first game of the college football season, little did they know how notable it would become. The FCS schools will kick off the shortened season Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in the Guardian Classic before a limited number of fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown says “we are the show in Week Zero and the game to really kick off football, not just college football but also professional football." (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)
August 28, 2020 - 5:55 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Central Arkansas and Austin Peay signed up to play in the first game of the college football season, little did they know how notable it would become. With a large cloud of uncertainty still looming over the sport, the teams will start the shortened season Saturday...
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FILE - in this file photo dated Sunday, March 8, 2020, England midfielder Georgia Stanway in action against Japan, during a SheBelieves Cup soccer match in Harrison, USA. Stanway says “we’re pushing to try to make it the best league in the world" as the curtain-raising Community Shield pits defending champion Chelsea against Manchester City on Saturday Aug. 29, 2020, at Wembley Stadium. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, FILE)
August 28, 2020 - 9:52 am
After a pandemic-induced end to last season, women's soccer in England seems reborn with the arrival of World Cup-winning Americans, a slew of Australians and robust enthusiasm about the league's potential. Women's teams could only watch as the Premier League restarted and finished its season...
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Liverpool head coach Juergen Klopp arrives for an interview prior to a friendly soccer match between RB Salzburg and FC Liverpool in Salzburg, Austria, Tuesday, Aug.25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
August 28, 2020 - 8:09 am
The new English soccer season is starting in the same month the last one finished. For Arsenal, in particular, the turnaround has been rapid. In the final domestic match of the pandemic-prolonged 2019-20 campaign, Arsenal won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea 2-1 at an empty Wembley Stadium on Aug. 1...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) throw passes during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
August 27, 2020 - 4:30 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are learning Tom Brady is lot more than a six-time Super Bowl winner who’s determined to help transform them into champions, too. “He’s the G.O.A.T. on and off the field ... a superstar, the most accomplished player in our game in history, and he’s just...
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes stretches during an NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs opened the stadium to 2,000 season ticket holders to watch practice as the team plans to open the regular season with a reduced capacity of approximately 22 percent or normal. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 27, 2020 - 3:58 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had most of the summer to celebrate their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. That's because they weren't allowed anywhere near the practice facility. Not long after the Chiefs rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers in February, earning coach Andy...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Trevor Siemian (4) passes during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Replacing an NFL player because of injury or play usually is as easy as a phone call and a plane ride. Not during a pandemic. The Titans added quarterback Trevor Siemian on Aug. 19. Siemian had never been through a tryout process at anytime in the NFL, and was happy to join a team after throwing to his old left guard from Northwestern in a Chicago park the week before. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)
August 27, 2020 - 11:03 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Replacing an NFL player because of injury or play usually is as easy as a phone call and a plane ride. Not during a pandemic. NFL teams needing to replace an injured wide receiver, swap out linebackers or add a kicker this preseason have to follow the same testing protocols...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts during a Champions League Group F soccer match against Slavia Praha at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
August 26, 2020 - 3:48 pm
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona hasn’t given up on Lionel Messi just yet. A day after the Argentine great told the club he wants to leave, Barcelona said its restructuring project still revolves around the player. “We want to rebuild for the future together with the best player in history,” Ramon Planes,...
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August 24, 2020 - 8:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena has been suspended for two more games and fined $15,000 for confronting game officials after receiving a red card in the team’s July 25 match against Philadelphia. MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the punishment on Monday “for...
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Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) attends an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Henderson. (AP Photo/John Locher, Pool)
August 24, 2020 - 12:38 pm
Johnathan Abram’s physical play and loud talking made him a player Jon Gruden felt would be a tone-setter for the Raiders defense last season. Instead, the rookie safety injured his shoulder in the season opener and didn’t play again last season. Now Abram is one of several second-year players...
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