Professional soccer

March 18, 2019 - 2:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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Fans burn a banner in front of stands during a Greek Super League soccer match inside the Athens' Olympic stadium, in Athens, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The derby between Greek league archrivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos has been abandoned after a small number of Panathinaikos fans clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic stadium. (InTime Sports via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 3:58 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium. With tear gas heavily used as...
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Liverpool's James Milner, center, celebrates with teammates Georginio Wijnaldum, left, and Mohamed Salah after scoring his side's second goal, during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
March 17, 2019 - 1:59 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A combination of goalkeeping errors and penalties earned Liverpool a return to the Premier League summit and Brighton a place in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday. James Milner converted an 81st-minute spot kick — after two mistakes in a matter of seconds by Fulham...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
March 15, 2019 - 3:09 am
MIAMI (AP) — The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament. European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA's bid to replace the current seven-team...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday March 15, 2019, to approve a pilot of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. A revamp of the current annual December seven-team competition is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger Club World Cup being staged every four years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
March 13, 2019 - 12:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current seven-team annual competition, normally in December, is being pursued by FIFA President...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 13, 2019 - 12:24 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — If you can't beat him, buy him. The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it. Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the...
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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
March 13, 2019 - 7:36 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Schalke posted a GIF of two Power Rangers holding their heads in their hands, accompanied by the message: "MAKE IT STOP." Another tweet popped up minutes later, this time from the goalkeeping coach of Manchester City's next opponent, Swansea, who posted a photo of a TV...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 file photo, men work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, backdropped by the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday, March 11, 2019 that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams _ a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
March 12, 2019 - 12:46 am
LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press...
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Hakeem al-Araiby, a former Bahraini international soccer player and refugee displays his certificate after becoming an Australian citizen, four weeks after escaping extradition to his homeland during a much-publicized detention in a Thai prison, in Melbourne, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Al-Araiby, who fled Bahrain citing political repression, had lived under refugee status in Australia for more than a year until detained in Bangkok in November while on holiday. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)
March 11, 2019 - 10:33 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee has become an Australian citizen, after a detention in a Thai prison and an extradition request from his homeland raised international concern. Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he's "an Aussie now" and is happy to be safe. The 25-year-old...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 file photo, Former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane acknowledges applause as he arrives for a charity soccer match at the U Arena in Nanterre, north of Paris, France. Zinedine Zidane is reportedly returning to coach Real Madrid less than a year after leading the team to three straight Champions League titles. The Spanish television channel La Sexta says on Monday, March 11, 2019 the former France great will replace Santiago Solari, who couldn’t keep Madrid from enduring one of its worst collapses in recent history.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)
March 11, 2019 - 12:44 pm
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane is returning to coach Real Madrid, the club he led to three straight Champions League titles. Madrid says the former France great has accepted an offer to replace Santiago Solari, signing a contract until June 2022. The coaching change comes less than a week after two...
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