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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
April 14, 2019 - 12:34 pm
Liverpool didn't slip up this time. A 2-0 win over Chelsea — sealed by a stunning long-range goal by Mohamed Salah — preserved Liverpool's two-point lead in the Premier League over Manchester City, which beat Crystal Palace 3-1 earlier Sunday. The victory also meant the Reds partially avenged a...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 13, 2019 - 2:56 pm
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination,...
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Cardiff City's Victor Camarasa confronts referee Mike Dean after he awards a penalty before overturning the decision during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Cardiff Ciry at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 12:42 pm
LONDON (AP) — Paul Pogba's calm nerves and David De Gea's quick reflexes kept Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League on Saturday. Pogba scored two penalties to give United a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford, the second coming shortly after De Gea had...
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In this photo Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley is interviewed by a reporter next to the trophy for the National Women's Soccer League championship during a media event at Nike in Beaverton, Ore. The National Women’s Soccer League opens its seventh season this weekend with lingering some questions about the overall health of the league but the encouraging possibility of a World Cup “bump.” (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson, File)
April 13, 2019 - 10:19 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The NWSL opens its seventh season this weekend with some lingering questions about its health, but also the encouraging possibility of a "bump" from the World Cup. The National Women's Soccer League has already outlasted any of the other previous pro women's leagues in the...
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April 12, 2019 - 9:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. and LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan will be a studio analyst for Fox's coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup along with his national team and club coach Bruce Arena. Donovan also worked for Fox during the 2016 Copa America and the 2017 Gold Cup. Fox said Friday that Cobi Jones...
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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola fixes his sweater during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 11, 2019 - 4:13 am
It has all been going so smoothly for Manchester City. Perhaps too smoothly. In winning 22 games out of 23 from Dec. 30, City was often in cruise control and came up against opponents who mostly sat back and engaged in a damage-limitation exercise. Bournemouth, playing at home, didn't have a shot...
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April 10, 2019 - 1:14 pm
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Police in Amsterdam fired a water cannon at football fans "to put out flares and prevent unsafe situations" and carried out charges on horseback ahead of the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Ajax and Juventus. Local broadcaster AT5 showed images of scores of...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, a visitor views two self portraits by 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt at the Cleveland Museum of Art's 'Rembrandt in America' exhibition in Cleveland, USA. It is announced Monday April 8, 2019, Dutch soccer teams will be playing with the official soccer ball inscribed with Rembrandt's face and extracts from his work in the Dutch soccer league next season, marking the 350th anniversary of his death.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, FILE)
April 08, 2019 - 7:17 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Soccer teams will be playing with fine art in the Dutch league next season. Marking the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt, the league has launched an official ball inscribed with the artist's face and extracts from his work. The project is being done with the Rijksmuseum...
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Watford's Ken Sema, center, celebrates at the end of the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Watford won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
April 07, 2019 - 3:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — Gerard Deulofeu was watching from the Watford bench when Raul Jimenez followed up scoring Wolverhampton's second goal with a pre-planned celebration. A Wolves-themed mask, gifted from WWE wrestler Sin Cara, was retrieved from behind the Wembley goal and the showboating striker placed...
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Barcelona players hug teammate Luis Suarez after he scores his side's first goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
April 06, 2019 - 3:48 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in unstoppable form, Barcelona didn't need much help to stay on course for another Spanish league title. But it got an unexpected boost on Saturday when Diego Costa was sent off for insulting the referee with more than an hour to play in...
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