Professional soccer

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, left, scores his sides second goal past Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Vicente Guaita during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
November 09, 2019 - 9:24 am
LONDON (AP) — American midfielder Christian Pulisic scored his fifth goal in three Premier League games as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday. Palace's defense survived a Chelsea onslaught at Stamford Bridge in the first half — the Blues recording 11 shots to zero for Palace at the break...
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
November 09, 2019 - 7:56 am
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Champions League final will not be played in the United States in 2024. The person told The Associated Press that UEFA could potentially stage the showpiece club soccer final outside Europe one day but that cannot happen for the first time in 2024...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 file photo, Chelsea's Didier Drogba during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England. The international soccer players now studying on an executive masters course could field one of the best school teams ever seen. After classes this week, Ballon d’Or winner Kaka was joined on the field by Champions League winners Florent Malouda and Julio Cesar and an array of one-time national team stars. Didier Drogba, though not playing, and Andriy Arshavin are also classmates for an 18-month education now in its third edition. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)
November 08, 2019 - 6:13 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The students taking an executive masters course at UEFA this year could field one of the best school teams ever seen. After classes this week, Ballon d'Or recipient Kaka was joined on the field by Champions League winners Florent Malouda and Julio Cesar and an array of one-...
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Brescia's Mario Balotelli, right, reacts at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Verona supporters' racist chants upset the Italian bomber who also scored one goal. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 3:23 am
ROME (AP) — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling. Figuratively speaking, at least. In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli's outburst has prompted more...
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Chelsea's Reece James, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Champions League, group H, soccer match between Chelsea and Ajax, at Stamford Bridge in London, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
November 05, 2019 - 5:41 pm
PARIS (AP) — On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax. Napoli fluffed a chance to qualify for the knockout stage after drawing 1-1 home...
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Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela, left, vies against Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris during the second half of the MLS soccer Western Conference final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Sounders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
November 04, 2019 - 1:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela has been named the most valuable player of Major League Soccer after his record 34-goal regular season for Los Angeles FC. Vela became the first Mexican player to win the MLS award Monday. Vela also had 15 assists during a dominant second season with LAFC. The former...
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In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, Union's goal scorer Sebastian Polter tries to appease hooded fans after the team's final whistle and victory in the derby, in Berlin. Union Berlin is toasting goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz for his bravery in stopping his own masked fans from reaching Hertha Berlin supporters after the sides’ fiery Berlin derby on Saturday. Gikiewicz angrily pushed one masked pitch invader back and urged others to return to their block. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)
November 04, 2019 - 10:46 am
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz is being praised for his bravery for stopping his team's masked fans from reaching Hertha Berlin supporters after the fiery Berlin derby. Gikiewicz angrily pushed one masked person back and urged others to return to the stands. The fans looked...
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Leicester City's Harvey Barnes, left, and Crystal Palace's Joel Ward battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 5:20 pm
LONDON (AP) — Everton midfielder André Gomes' serious injury and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min's tears overshadowed their teams' 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday. Son was inconsolable after being sent off following his late challenge on the Portuguese midfielder, who received treatment on...
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Brescia's Mario Balotelli, right, reacts at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Verona supporters' racist chants upset the Italian bomber who also scored one goal. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 5:10 pm
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday. Visibly upset as he fought for the ball near the corner flag at the end of the stadium where the monkey...
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Brescia's Mario Balotelli, right, kicks the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 5:08 pm
ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli's most important kick on Sunday had nothing to do with the curling shot that he whipped into the top corner of the goal from beyond the box. Rather, it was the drop-kick the Brescia striker made moments earlier when he booted a ball high into the stands to express his...
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