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Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia, left, and Krasnodar's Mauricio Pereyra challenge for the ball during the Europa League round of 16, second leg soccer match between FC Krasnodar and Valencia at the Krasnodar Stadium in Krasnodar, Russia, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Vitaliy Timkiv)
March 21, 2019 - 10:16 am
MADRID (AP) — Batman is coming after Valencia's bat logo. The Spanish soccer club is again being targeted by DC Comics over the use of its logo, which serves as the centerpiece of its centennial celebrations this year. The comic book makers, who created the superhero Batman, have made another...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, Belgium. Pulisic has a vision of how opponents will view the Americans: "I don't want them to see them as just the U.S. I want them to fear them like a big team." (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
March 20, 2019 - 2:22 am
DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic has a vision of a transformed U.S. soccer team, a red-white-and-blue power that gives opponents sleepless nights similar the nightmares that plague players on the eve of facing Brazil or Germany. "I want them to fear them like a big team," he said Tuesday,...
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United States defender Omar Gonzalez speaks with reporters Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at U.S. soccer training camp in Davenport, Fla. Gonzalez is back with the U.S. national team for the first time since his own goal at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 helped cost the Americans a World Cup berth. (AP Photo/Ron Blum)
March 19, 2019 - 7:49 pm
DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — After the worst moment of his soccer life, after his own goal at Trinidad and Tobago helped cost the United States a World Cup, Omar Gonzalez called Gregg Berhalter. Gonzalez was 20 when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2009 and Berhalter was a 35-year-old fellow defender. "From...
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March 18, 2019 - 2:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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Liverpool's James Milner, center, celebrates with teammates Georginio Wijnaldum, left, and Mohamed Salah after scoring his side's second goal, during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
March 17, 2019 - 1:59 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A combination of goalkeeping errors and penalties earned Liverpool a return to the Premier League summit and Brighton a place in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday. James Milner converted an 81st-minute spot kick — after two mistakes in a matter of seconds by Fulham...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
March 15, 2019 - 3:09 am
MIAMI (AP) — The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament. European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA's bid to replace the current seven-team...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
March 14, 2019 - 8:57 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights. Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday March 15, 2019, to approve a pilot of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. A revamp of the current annual December seven-team competition is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger Club World Cup being staged every four years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
March 13, 2019 - 12:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current seven-team annual competition, normally in December, is being pursued by FIFA President...
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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
March 13, 2019 - 7:36 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Schalke posted a GIF of two Power Rangers holding their heads in their hands, accompanied by the message: "MAKE IT STOP." Another tweet popped up minutes later, this time from the goalkeeping coach of Manchester City's next opponent, Swansea, who posted a photo of a TV...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 file photo, men work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, backdropped by the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday, March 11, 2019 that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams _ a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
March 12, 2019 - 12:46 am
LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press...
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