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FILE-In this Dec. 19, 2018 file photo Schalke boss Clemens Toennies smells steaming coal on a trolley beside the pitch prior the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Schalke chairman Clemens Tönnies has resisted calls to resign and will instead step down for three months over comments he made last week that were widely condemned as racist. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
August 07, 2019 - 8:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke chairman Clemens Tönnies' decision to temporarily step down over comments widely condemned as racist has done little to quell anger with the German soccer club's response. Schalke said it welcomed Tönnies' decision to take a three-month break but then "resume in the same...
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Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves poses for photos as he is presented as the new defender of the Sao Paulo soccer club at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
August 06, 2019 - 7:58 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 40,000 Brazilian fans showed up Tuesday night to see Dani Alves join his boyhood club Sao Paulo FC. The former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender said the move aims to keep him in shape for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, when he will be 39 years old. The...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney, in action against Orlando City during the second half of an MLS soccer match, in Washington, USA. It is announced Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019, that 33-year old former England captain Wayne Rooney will be leaving US Major League Soccer to join second-tier English Championship team Derby County as player-coach from January 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, FILE)
August 06, 2019 - 8:48 am
DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney will be leaving Major League Soccer after less than two seasons to return to play in England and be closer to his family. The 33-year-old former England captain will remain at D.C. United until the end of the season before joining second-tier Championship team...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. Nash is about to take on an expanded role in his second year with Turner Sports. The network announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, that Nash is returning to B/R Football’s UEFA Champions League broadcasts on TNT and B/R Live. He will also be a contributor to TNT’s NBA coverage when the upcoming season begins in October. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
August 06, 2019 - 8:41 am
Steve Nash will take on an expanded role in his second year with Turner Sports, contributing to NBA coverage. The network announced Tuesday that Nash is returning to B/R Football's UEFA Champions League broadcasts on TNT and B/R Live. He'll also be a contributor to TNT's NBA coverage when the...
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August 06, 2019 - 6:00 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former FIFA official with fraud over the true purpose of a 6.7 million euro ($7.5 million) payment before the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, its...
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August 06, 2019 - 5:54 am
LONDON (AP) — English Premier League club Chelsea has apologized for the "terrible past experiences" of some former youth players after an investigation into child sexual abuse. Barrister Charles Geekie found that Eddie Heath, who coached Chelsea's youth teams from 1968-1979, was a "dangerous and...
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi addresses the crowd prior of the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
August 05, 2019 - 10:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's exhibition games in the United States against Napoli after leaving his first preseason training session with the club because of a strained right calf. The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday's training session because of "...
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August 04, 2019 - 5:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alejandro Bedoya made a statement about gun violence in the nation's capital. After scoring a goal for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night against D.C. United, Bedoya ran to an on-field microphone and shouted to the crowd: "Hey Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Let'...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, Leicester City's Harry Maguire looks to pass the ball during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates stadium in London. A person with knowledge of the deal says Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the transfer is yet to be finalized. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
August 02, 2019 - 11:14 am
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 file photo, Referee Stéphanie Frappart of France during the of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Sweden at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France. Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
August 02, 2019 - 6:01 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed as the referee for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, making her the first woman to officiate a major UEFA men's showpiece event. UEFA announced Frappart's appointment on Friday, adding that the Frenchwoman will lead...
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