Professional soccer

August 26, 2019 - 2:05 pm
NICE, France (AP) — A company led by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has completed a takeover of French league club Nice. Chemicals giant Ineos and the French club both confirmed the deal on Monday, making Nice the latest sports acquisition by the London-based company. Ratcliffe, Britain's...
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Tottenham's Harry Kane falls after he was tackled by Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 25, 2019 - 12:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — With VAR in its third weekend in the Premier League, Manchester City and Tottenham now know just how high the threshold is for penalty calls to be overturned by video reviews. City was denied a penalty even when Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva's foot. The...
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Los Angeles FC's Joshua Perez, front, celebrates his goal against San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 23, 2019 - 6:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the wordless billboards went up quietly this week on the streets around Los Angeles FC's Banc of California Stadium, their message to the city is loud and clear. Some of the huge signs show imperious LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic running into LAFC's Latif Blessing...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 12:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, left, high-fives Carolyn Kindle Betz after a proposed soccer stadium in St. Louis was approved by unanimous vote at a meeting in St. Louis. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, the league officially announced that St. Louis would become its 28th club when it begins play for the 2022 season. “Our ownership group has come a long way since we first announced our bid last October at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and it’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, ‘St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,’” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, granddaughter of Enterprise founder Jack Taylor and the president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 12:03 pm
The prospects of a Major League Soccer franchise ever calling St. Louis home appeared to have died two years ago when voters turned down the use of a business tax to finance a new downtown stadium. Then a new potential ownership group came along. Led by members of the founding family of car rental...
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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale fixes his hair during La Liga soccer match between Celta and Real Madrid at the Balaídos Stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
August 19, 2019 - 1:28 pm
MADRID (AP) — Just like that, Gareth Bale is part of the solution for Real Madrid again. After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team. Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish league opener...
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Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard stands by the bench after Leicester tied the game 1-1 during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Frank Lampard climbed the steps in the tunnel and emerged to rapturous applause from Chelsea fans, a flame display and a giant banner at one end of Stamford Bridge that read "Welcome Home Super Frank." "The stuff of dreams," Lampard described his homecoming on Sunday. He couldn't mark it with a...
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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian celebrates Sadio Mane's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Liverpool, at St Mary's, in Southampton, England, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 9:18 am
An embarrassing mistake by goalkeeper Adrian failed to stop Liverpool racking up a second straight win to open the Premier League, and Norwich hat-trick star Teemu Pukki enhanced his reputation as a potential sensation of the new English season. Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 Saturday but was...
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PSG's Neymar, third left, runs with teammates during a training session at Camp des Loges in Saint Germain en Laye, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 16, 2019 - 11:17 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After missing the Copa América because of injury, Neymar will play with the Brazilian squad in September's friendlies against Colombia and Peru. The Brazilian star, whose future with Paris Saint-Germain is not clear, was included Friday on the roster announced by Brazil's...
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PSG's Neymar, third left, runs with teammates during a training session at Camp des Loges in Saint Germain en Laye, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 16, 2019 - 11:14 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After missing the Copa América because of injury, Neymar will play with the Brazilian squad in September's friendlies against Colombia and Peru. The Brazilian star, whose future with Paris Saint-Germain is not clear, was included Friday on the roster announced by Brazil's...
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