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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 and the league's challenge these days is growth and not survival, an upward trajectory that will be boosted when the U.S. co-hosts the World Cup in 2026. MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, file)
August 01, 2019 - 2:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Garber keeps a fireman's hat in his office. "When you're running a business like this, you are a fireman. You're putting out fires every day," he said. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, and the league's challenge these days is growth, an...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, Sister Marie Jose De La Rosa, from New Jersey, chats with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Most NFL players don’t have the kind of offseason adventures of Josh Norman, who flew with the Blue Angels, visited and donated to an immigrant detention center in Texas and jumped over a bull while running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP, File)
July 31, 2019 - 11:02 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Josh Norman flipped the switch from a whirlwind offseason to a "see ball, get ball" approach at training camp. That's way different from Norman's "see bull, jump over bull" summer. Unwilling to sacrifice outside interests and eager to make a difference off the football field,...
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Liverpool FC's James Milner kicks the ball during the second half of a soccer match against the Sporting CP Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in New York. The game ended 2-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 31, 2019 - 1:47 pm
For the third straight year, NBC's Premier League broadcast crew will be in England for the start of the season. The network announced plans Wednesday for the opening weekend for its seventh season, featuring on-site coverage from three stadiums from Aug. 9-11 as well as showing off its synergy...
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July 31, 2019 - 11:04 am
FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. FIFA said Wednesday the decision was made remotely. Nine national associations had expressed interest in...
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July 31, 2019 - 11:03 am
FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. Nine national associations had expressed interest in hosting and were due to submit their formal bids by...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019 file photo United States' team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. U.S. Soccer says the players on the World Cup champion women's national team were paid more than their male counterparts from 2010 through 2018. According to a letter released Monday, July 29, 2019 by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation has paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. Those figures do not include the benefits received only by the women, like health care. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 29, 2019 - 6:24 pm
Facing mounting public pressure in a fight over equitable pay, U.S. Soccer said the World Cup champion women's national team has been paid more than the men's team. According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and...
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This photo provided by EA Sports shows the cover of EA Sports FIFA 20, featuring Eden Hazard. Hazard made his long-awaited move to Real Madrid this summer after months of indication that his days at Chelsea were numbered. The move for Hazard cost Real around $113 million. There is abject pressure on the 28-year-old Belgian to win fast. Hazard’s first victory of the summer in a Real Madrid jersey, however, was off the field. He will be the coverman for EA Sports’ FIFA 20. (EA Sports via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Eden Hazard doesn't like comparisons. They've dogged him throughout his career, especially when talk turns to Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. But, when asked to compare himself to the man replacing him in the Chelsea midfield, American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, Hazard was happy to...
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This photo provided by EA Sports shows the cover of EA Sports FIFA 20, featuring Eden Hazard. Hazard made his long-awaited move to Real Madrid this summer after months of indication that his days at Chelsea were numbered. The move for Hazard cost Real around $113 million. There is abject pressure on the 28-year-old Belgian to win fast. Hazard’s first victory of the summer in a Real Madrid jersey, however, was off the field. He will be the coverman for EA Sports’ FIFA 20. (EA Sports via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Eden Hazard doesn't like comparisons. They've dogged him throughout his career, especially when talk turns to Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. But, when asked to compare himself to the man replacing him in the Chelsea midfield, American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, Hazard was happy to...
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Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez, right, battles for the ball against Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, left, during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
July 25, 2019 - 4:36 pm
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac fought off two knife-wielding men after he and teammate Mesut Ozil were attacked in north London on Thursday in an apparent robbery attempt. Both players were unharmed. In a video of the incident that has been circulated on social media, Kolasinac can...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles when he arrives to a training session at the Bessa stadium in Porto, Portugal. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused him of raping her at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2009. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2019, that after reviewing a new police investigation, he determined that sexual assault claims can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charge will be filed. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
July 22, 2019 - 3:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday. A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga's claim could be...
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