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FIFA grants approval for Macario to play for US

Brazilian-born midfielder Catarina Macario received permission from FIFA on Wednesday to play for the U.S. national team. ...

Stanford’s Catarina Macario turns pro with Lyon

LYON, France (AP) — Catarina Macario, a promising prospect for the U.S. women’s national team, has signed her first professional contract with French powerhouse...

Rapinoe returns to US national team after nearly a year

It was quite a year for Megan Rapinoe. Her book came out, she hosted an HBO special and she got engaged to girlfriend Sue...

The Latest: Nebraska-Maryland basketball game postponed

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LAFC acquires Baird from Salt Lake, Kim from Busan IPark

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC acquired forward Corey Baird from Real Salt Lake and defender Kim Moon-hwan from South Korean club Busan...

US Soccer players hope to set positive example after riot

A day after last week's deadly riot in the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, players from the U.S. soccer team gathered in Bradenton, Florida,...

Spurs show no mercy to 8th-tier Marine, Crawley stuns Leeds

The biggest mismatch in the FA Cup’s 150-year history delivered a predictably brutal result as Tottenham showed no mercy to an eighth-tier opponent whose...

Stanford’s Catarina Macario decides to go pro

Stanford's Catarina Macario, a promising prospect for the U.S. women's national team, has announced she will forgo her senior season for a professional career....

EPL to punish virus rule breaches; 10 Villa players positive

The Premier League warned clubs Friday that disciplinary action will be taken over breaches of coronavirus rules amid a sharp rise in cases, including...

Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video

Human rights activists are denouncing FIFA President Gianni Infantino's starring turn in a promotional video for the Saudi Arabian government in which he claims...

The Latest: Oaklawn Park to allow limited attendance

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Alex Morgan says her family has contracted the coronavirus

Alex Morgan has revealed on social media that she and her family contracted the coronavirus over the holidays in California. ...

LA Galaxy hire MLS Cup winner Greg Vanney as head coach

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy hired Greg Vanney as their head coach on Tuesday, hoping to establish stability and continuity under a...

Altidore back on US national soccer team roster

CHICAGO (AP) — Jozy Altidore is back with the U.S. national team for the first time in 1 1/2 years. ...

Man United gaining respect from rivals ahead of crucial week

Over the next seven days, Manchester United can reach a cup final and climb to the top of the Premier League — all at...

Man City’s Mendy the latest EPL player to breach virus rules

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City expressed disappointment Sunday that defender Benjamin Mendy became the latest partying Premier League player to breach English coronavirus rules...

Bournemouth asks Twitter to act on racist abuse of Stanislas

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Racial abuse suffered by Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas after scoring in a 1-0 win at Stoke was “disgusting and completely...

Son’s 100th goal in Spurs victory; Arsenal wins 3rd straight

LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min reached a century of Tottenham goals as his team ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League, and...

Premier League club Burnley taken over by American investors

BURNLEY, England (AP) — Burnley became the latest Premier League club to become owned by Americans when a takeover was completed Wednesday. ...

2020 sports quiz: Brady to Bundesliga, Big Ten to Brooklyn

You’ve had time to shelter at home and bone up. Your 2020 year-end sports quiz awaits. Like much else these days, quizzes will be...

Ronaldo plans ‘many years’ playing as 36th birthday looms

Approaching his 36th birthday in February, Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of slowing down. ...

MLS invokes clause reopening CBA discussions with union

Major League Soccer has invoked a clause in the agreement with its players that could lead to renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement between...

The Latest: Pittsburgh-Duke men’s basketball postponed

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Sports in 2020: Disruptions aplenty, only constant was loss

2020 reminded us that the show mustn’t always go on. Disrupted by the coronavirus, sports stopped cold three months in and then started up...

Messi floats future US move, immediate Barça plans unclear

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi won't make a decision on his long-term future at Barcelona until the season is over, with the soccer...

‘Big Sam’ pulls off another stunner at Anfield in EPL

A trip to Anfield has become the most daunting match in English soccer. ...

Youngsters deliver for Arsenal as scrutiny shifts to Lampard

With his job increasingly on the line after an alarming start to the season, Mikel Arteta placed his faith in Arsenal's kids to get...

The Latest: USC basketball to return against Santa Clara

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Amid anguish of pandemic, sports offered memorable moments

Sarah Fuller was a goalie on the Vanderbilt women's soccer team when a chance at history tapped her on the shoulder. ...

MLS scoring king Chris Wondolowski staying with Earthquakes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski, Major League Soccer’s career scoring leader, signed one-year contract to remain with the San Jose Earthquakes. ...

The Latest: UTSA football coach Jeff Traylor tests positive

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Player jailed in match-fixing plot warns PL stars of dangers

LONDON (AP) — When Moses Swaibu stands in front of future Premier League players, warning of the dangers of becoming embroiled in match-fixing, he...

Star midfielder Kyle Beckerman retiring after 21 MLS seasons

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Nine-time All-Star midfielder Kyle Beckerman retired Monday after 21 seasons in MLS, the last 14 with Real Salt Lake. ...

Man United revels in 6-2 win v Leeds, Vardy sinks Tottenham

Manchester United waited 16 years to play old rival Leeds in the English Premier League, and then made it look distinctly second-class. ...

Milan forward Leão scores fastest goal in Serie A history

SASSUOLO, Italy (AP) — AC Milan forward Rafael Leão scored the fastest goal in Serie A history on Sunday, netting after just six seconds...

Weston McKennie voted U.S. Soccer male player of the year

CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Weston McKennie has won the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award for the pandemic-abbreviated schedule. ...

The Latest: Wolfsburg player William positive for virus

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Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool coach, dies at 73

PARIS (AP) — Gerard Houllier, a Frenchman who led English club Liverpool to three titles in one season following a disappointing spell as coach...

Draws for Liverpool, Spurs cap tough weekend for EPL powers

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp had just seen his team fall behind after getting outplayed in the opening 25 minutes by a supposed contender for...

Columbus Crew win 2nd MLS title, beating Seattle 3-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No matter the absences from the lineup or the opponent, Caleb Porter implored the Columbus Crew to impose themselves. ...

Chelsea beaten by Everton; Manchester derby stalemate

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The People's Club welcomed back its fans and Chelsea felt the full force. ...

No fans, no goals: United, City draw Manchester derby 0-0

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Being shut out of the Manchester derby might not have seemed so bad for fans after all. ...

Griezmann ends partnership with Huawei, cites Uighurs

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — French soccer player Antoine Griezmann ended his affiliation with Huawei on Thursday, saying there are “strong suspicions” that the Chinese...

Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to 1982 World Cup, dies at 64

ROME (AP) — Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title and later worked as a soccer commentator in his home...

Mueller scores twice, US routs El Salvador 6-0 in exhibition

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. soccer team ended a pandemic-shortened year with a blowout that raised confidence heading into a busy 2021...

Extraordinary walk off highlights racism in European soccer

Players have taken a knee, unfurled slogans and demanded tougher action only to find European soccer remains infested with racism. ...

MLS celebrates 25th anniversary with release of 25 Greatest

There were times Cobi Jones didn't think Major League Soccer would survive its first few years, let alone a quarter-century. ...

Players walk off in protest against alleged racism in CL

In a powerful protest against alleged racism, players from Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir walked off the field during a Champions League game on...

Qatar links into Euro World Cup qualifying for friendlies

Qatar will gain more match experience ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup by effectively joining the qualifying group featuring European champion Portugal to...

Sounders score twice late, stun Minnesota United 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) — As the confetti flew and the fireworks popped before an empty stadium, the Seattle Sounders were handed the Western Conference championship...

AP Interview: Qatar plans ‘normal’ World Cup after vaccines

Qatar is now planning for a "complete normal” World Cup in 2022 after the rapid progress in producing vaccines for the coronavirus, the tournament...

Spurs beat Arsenal to stay top, fans return to Anfield

LONDON (AP) — Fans of Premier League title challengers Liverpool and Tottenham had waited since March to watch their teams win from the stands....

‘Welcome home’: Premier League’s soul is back as fans return

LONDON (AP) — Chris Dixon's eyes welled up as he prepared to return to his seat. ...

Fans jeer as players take a knee in English soccer match

Fans attending an English second-tier match between host Millwall and Derby on Saturday jeered as players took a knee in support of the Black...

Fans return to the EPL as Chelsea, Man U enjoy comeback wins

They filed into the stadiums for the first time in nine months, clutching treasured match tickets and with their masks partially hiding the glee...

McKennie’s landmark goal helps Juve snatch 2-1 win v Torino

MILAN (AP) — Weston McKennie became the first American player to score for Juventus as his side came from behind to beat city rival...

AP Interview: Sergiño Dest says ‘it is my time’ at Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Amid the turmoil at Barcelona, United States defender Sergiño Dest has found his patch to flourish. ...

Celtic slumps as dominance finally threatened in Scotland

A police helicopter circled above Celtic Park as riot vans lined up outside the stadium, surrounding the cars of players while officers struggled to...

Sounders back in West final after 1-0 win over FC Dallas

SEATTLE (AP) — Unlike some of his higher profile, high-scoring teammates, Shane O'Neill doesn't have trouble recalling some of the more memorable goals of...

Women’s team, US Soccer settle part of their lawsuit

U.S. women's national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation settled their long-running lawsuit over inequitable working conditions compared with the men's team while...

Jimenez has surgery for fractured skull after clash of heads

WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jiménez had surgery to treat a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender...

Clash of heads raises concerns as Wolves beat Arsenal

LONDON (AP) — The sound of the thud from a clash of heads just added to concern. ...

US women beat Netherlands 2-0 in World Cup rematch

BREDA, Netherlands (AP) — Rose Lavelle scored against the Netherlands again, Kristie Mewis scored in her first appearance for the United States in six...

Only half of EPL clubs allowed fans when restrictions eased

LONDON (AP) — Only half of the Premier League stadiums — mainly in London — will be allowed the return of some fans when...

Move over St. Paul: Napoli stadium to be named for Maradona

Move over St. Paul and make way for Maradona. ...

Feuding no more, Pelé joins world in mourning Diego Maradona

The most heated wrangling over the title of soccer’s greatest player could be found between Diego Maradona and Pelé themselves. ...

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country...

For Napoli fans, Maradona’s legend will always live on

If there’s one place outside Argentina that will likely match — or possibly even exceed — the outpouring of mourning for Diego Maradona, it’s...

Remembering Diego Maradona: ‘The world has lost a legend’

Tributes to Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona, who died Wednesday at age 60: ...

AP WAS THERE: Diego Maradona ousts England at 1986 World Cup

MEXICO CITY (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: The quarterfinal match at the 1986 World Cup encapsulated both the best and worst of Diego Maradona, who...

Banned African soccer president promises appeal against FIFA

GENEVA (AP) — The president of African soccer who was banned for five years for financial mismanagement by FIFA’s ethics committee said on Wednesday...

Defending champs moving on as Sounders oust LAFC 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) — The trio of Nicolas Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris were dominant during the MLS regular season, recognized among the best...

The Latest: UAlbany women’s hoops postpones first 3 games

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Tim Melia blanks San Jose in shootout, Sporting KC advances

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Tim Melia stopped all three of San Jose's shootout attempts and Sporting Kansas City converted all of its tries...

Patched-up Liverpool eases to statement win over Leicester

So much for Liverpool struggling under the weight of its growing injury list. ...

Tottenham top after beating Man City, Villa fades in EPL

LONDON (AP) — With his team top of the English Premier League, Jose Mourinho enjoyed bragging rights over Pep Guardiola in their longstanding rivalry...

Angel City FC to share Los Angeles venue with MLS team

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angel City FC, the new Los Angeles entry in the National Women’s Soccer League, will play its home games at...

New FIFA rules to protect female players’ maternity rights

GENEVA (AP) — Female soccer players should soon get their maternity rights protected under new employment rules announced Thursday by FIFA. ...

The Latest: Ohio Stadium off limits to family and friends

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Germany’s 6-0 loss in Spain confirms national team’s decline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s 6-0 thrashing had been coming for some time. ...

The Latest: LA Rams player tests positive for coronavirus

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Gioacchini, Soto score 2 goals each as US routs Panama 6-2

A young United States roster showed promise, which was enough for now. ...

Hollywood stars complete takeover of Welsh club Wrexham

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought one of the world's oldest soccer teams on Monday and plan to document their first foray...

Ray Clemence, former Liverpool goalkeeping great, dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Ray Clemence, the former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper, has died. He was 72. ...

The Latest: Pitino calls for delayed start to basketball

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The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. ...

The Latest: Bengals assistant won’t attend Pittsburgh game

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Reyna follows dad, mom, among 6 debuts as US ties Wales 0-0

Gio Reyna walked onto the field for his U.S. national team debut, just like mom Danielle in 1993, just like dad Claudio in 1994. ...

Gio Reyna makes US soccer debut, a day before 18th birthday

Gio Reyna made his U.S. national soccer team debut against Wales at Swansea on Thursday night on the day before his 18th birthday, joining...

Steffen US No 1 keeper despite lack of Man City playing time

Zack Steffen figures to make a rare appearance in goal Thursday when the United States plays Wales in Swansea. ...

Survey outlines coronavirus impact on women’s soccer

Women's professional soccer players have seen wages cut or suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic in 47% of the nations surveyed by international players' union...

The Latest: Wrestling world championships canceled

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The Latest: Roethlisberger added to Steelers’ COVID-19 list

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The Latest: Tom Izzo tests positive for COVID-19

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New this week: ‘I Am Greta,’ Chris Stapleton & CMA Awards

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. ...

Philly claims Supporters’ Shield on final day of MLS season

The path to the MLS Cup will go through Philadelphia after the Union wrapped up the Supporters’ Shield and top seed for the Eastern...

Late Villafana goal gives Timbers a 1-1 draw with LAFC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jorge Villafana scored in the 90th minute, and the Portland Timbers played to a 1-1 draw against LAFC on Sunday...

Sounders jump to 2nd in West, beat Earthquakes 4-1

SEATTLE (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz scored two minutes apart early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders beat the San...

Leicester ends on top after weekend of changing EPL leaders

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With a trio of unfamiliar leaders, what lightheartedly became “Stop The Count” weekend in the Premier League ended with Leicester...

UK does a U-turn, backs soccer star’s child hunger campaign

LONDON (AP) — The British government has made another abrupt about-face and now says it will provide free meals to disadvantaged children in England...

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