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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi talks to the crowd ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 16, 2018 - 4:53 pm
A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year...
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Atletico's Diego Costa, 2nd left celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
August 15, 2018 - 5:52 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the...
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August 14, 2018 - 7:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt says "it's not an easy time" as he and the rest of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn. Pratt told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he stands behind social...
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August 13, 2018 - 9:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Luciano Acosta completed a hat trick in the 96th minute to give D.C. United a 3-2 victory over 10-man Orlando City on Sunday night. Wayne Rooney set up the winner by chasing down and tackling Orlando's Will Johnson, who was crossing midfield and racing toward an empty net after D...
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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, left, celebrates with Benjamin Mendy after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester united at the Emirates Stadium, London. Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
August 12, 2018 - 6:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — Benjamin Mendy enthralls and infuriates Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. "Mendy has a lot of things to improve," Guardiola said after City's 2-0 Premier League victory at Arsenal on Sunday. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm, to forget a little bit the social media and...
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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele celebrates with Lionel Messi, left, after scoring his side's second goal during the Spanish Super Cup soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona in Tangier, Morocco, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
August 12, 2018 - 6:11 pm
TANGIER, Morocco (AP) — Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club's history. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018, Brazil's former player Ronaldo watches a match between France and Argentina,at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. Ronaldo said on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 that he has been hospitalized since Friday because of flu, and expects to return home on Monday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
August 12, 2018 - 4:08 pm
Brazil soccer great Ronaldo said on Sunday that he has been hospitalized in Ibiza since Friday because of flu. The 41-year-old Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, said on social media that "everything is under control now" and that he expects to return home on Monday. Ronaldo won...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a friendly match between the Juventus A and B teams, in Villar Perosa, northern Italy, Sunday, Aug.12, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
August 12, 2018 - 1:05 pm
VILLAR PEROSA, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made Juventus fans wait only eight minutes before scoring his first goal for the club in a traditional pre-season friendly against the team's "B'' side on Sunday. Ronaldo finished with his usual confidence and poise after latching onto a looping pass...
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Burnley's Ben Mee attempts an overhead kick during the Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Burnely at St Mary's, Southampton, England. Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
August 12, 2018 - 11:52 am
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Mark Hughes booted a water bottle in frustration as Southampton opened the Premier League season with a 0-0 draw against Burnley on Sunday. "I thought it was a good pass myself," Hughes joked. "It was a little bit of frustration because I see these players every day and...
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Herman Ouseley, chairman of English soccer anti-discrimination group entitled Kick It Out, poses for a photo after an interview with The Associated Press in London, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
August 10, 2018 - 7:07 am
LONDON (AP) — So much still frustrates the man at the forefront of eradicating discrimination from English soccer. While teams are more diverse, there remains a distinct lack of black and ethnic minority coaches and executives in positions of power. The atmosphere at matches is not as toxic as 25...
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