Professional soccer

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, manager Jurgen Klopp, center, and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Liverpool won the match 4-0 to overturn a three-goal deficit to win the match 4-3 on aggregate. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
May 08, 2019 - 4:38 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Like the rest of the soccer world, Juergen Klopp had his doubts. Given the scenario — the big first-leg deficit, the presence of Lionel Messi on the other side, injuries to important players — the Liverpool manager just wasn't sure, deep down, that his team could come back...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, file photo, Macarena Sanchez, a soccer player who is taking legal action against her club and the Argentine soccer association for not recognizing her as a professional player, heads a ball before a mixed soccer match as part of the "I play for equality" event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Players in Latin America face obvious economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo, File)
May 06, 2019 - 2:04 pm
For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean having a playable practice field. Players in Latin America face clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle to close gender gaps is entirely...
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Huddersfield Town's Isaac Mbenza scores against Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Sunday May 5, 2019. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)
May 05, 2019 - 12:07 pm
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United will have to settle for Europa League football next season after a dismal end to this campaign reached another low. Chelsea, though, can start planning for the Champions League again. The Premier League's top-four picture crystalized on Sunday as Chelsea earned a 3-0...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, France forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto challenges for the ball with Germany midfielder Sara Dabritz during a women's international friendly soccer match between France and Germany at Francis-le-Basser stadium in Laval, western France. Coach Corinne Diacre has defended her decision to leave out Paris Saint-Germain striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto from France Women's World Cup squad. France will host the tournament from June 7, 2019 to July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
May 04, 2019 - 8:33 am
PARIS (AP) — They share the same age — 20 — and both are prolific scorers for Paris Saint-Germain. But unlike her male counterpart Kylian Mbappe, Marie-Antoinette Katoto is not going to experience any World Cup glory with France. For now at least. "She's got talent but at the moment she doesn't...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2019, file photo, United States defender Ali Krieger (11) runs during an international friendly soccer match against Belgium, in Los Angeles. Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian have been included on the U.S. national team roster for the Women’s World Cup in France. All three were widely considered on the bubble for the 23-player roster announced Thursday, May 2, 2019, by coach Jill Ellis. The United States is the defending champion of soccer’s premier tournament, which starts on June 7. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
May 02, 2019 - 3:40 pm
Experience was a factor in coach Jill Ellis' decision to include defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian on the U.S. team that will seek to defend its title at the Women's World Cup. All three were widely considered to be on the bubble for the 23-player roster for France...
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Barcelona players celebrate after Lionel Messi scored his side's third goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
May 02, 2019 - 4:28 am
MADRID (AP) — The protagonist is the same as always, and much of the supporting players were there as usual. The main difference for Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates this time was the coach. Barcelona has reinvented itself under Ernesto Valverde, showing it can change its style when needed...
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United States' Sloane Stephens reacts after defeating Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky during their playoff-round Fed Cup tennis match, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
April 29, 2019 - 2:22 pm
Talk about matchmaking: 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and soccer player Jozy Altidore are engaged. Both tweeted the news Monday, posting a photo and brief message. Hers said: "Forever yes." His said: "Forever starts now." In addition to winning a Grand Slam title 1½ years ago, Stephens...
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears dejected after their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday, April 28, 2019. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
April 29, 2019 - 5:52 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's awards season in English soccer, typically a time to hail David de Gea's contribution at Manchester United. Not this year. There was no chance of the Spain international making it into the Premier League's team of the year for the sixth time in seven seasons when it...
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Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt and teammates celebrate at the end of the Champions League, quarterfinal, second leg soccer match between Juventus and Ajax, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Ajax won 2-1 and advances to the semifinal on a 3-2 aggregate. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
April 28, 2019 - 4:10 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There's a fresh feel to the lineup for the Champions League semifinals this season, even if it contains some of the most storied teams and recognized players in Europe. This time there's no Real Madrid, the three-time defending champion and Europe's dominant team of this...
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor in Burnley, England, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
April 28, 2019 - 12:48 pm
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Cruelly denied by VAR in its agonizing Champions League exit, Manchester City relied on technology to keep its Premier League title charge on course on Sunday. City scraped past Burnley 1-0 thanks to a scruffy strike by Sergio Aguero that needed the confirmation of goal-line...
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