Soccer

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 24, 1995 file photo, Ajax players Clarence Seedorf, left, Frank Rijkaard, center, and Edgar Davids, right, hold the Champions League European Cup Trophy Aloft as they celebrate their 1-0 victory over AC Milan in Vienna. Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League. Their victory against Juventus on Tuesday, April 16 - coming only a few weeks after the team eliminated three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16 - put Ajax through to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. They will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
April 17, 2019 - 9:28 am
MILAN (AP) — Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League. And this season's Ajax team has oodles of flair. Much like the great "Total Football" squads from the early 1970s and the nearly...
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
April 15, 2019 - 10:58 am
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows all about overturning Champions League deficits at the Camp Nou. Twenty years after scoring a last-gasp winner there for Manchester United in the final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer will be back in Barcelona's stadium on Tuesday looking to mastermind an unlikely...
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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 14, 2019 - 2:59 pm
FIFA President Gianni Infantino held talks in Kuwait on Sunday about the country staging 2022 World Cup matches as he pushes to enlarge the Qatar tournament from 32 to 48 teams. After meeting with the emir of Kuwait and soccer officials, Infantino flew to Qatar to see Qatari leaders on Monday about...
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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 - 2:34 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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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates 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 - 12:40 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah blasted in a stunning long-range goal to seal Liverpool's 2-0 win over Chelsea that kept the team top of the Premier League on Sunday. Two minutes after Sadio Mane headed Liverpool into the lead at Anfield, Salah collected Virgil van Dijk's long ball from the...
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game against Crystal Palace, during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Sunday April 14, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
April 14, 2019 - 10:57 am
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola threw himself backward then banged the side of the dugout with his fist after seeing Raheem Sterling skew wide an early chance from close range against Crystal Palace. Sterling responded in the best way possible. The England winger put City ahead...
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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) celebrates his game-winning goal with defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during overtime of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 13, 2019 - 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rat falling out of the arena hallway ceiling during the Carolina Hurricanes' warmup game of soccer was just a precursor to a wacky afternoon of playoff hockey. Long after the dead rodent was removed, Game 2 between the Hurricanes and Washington Capitals included a questionable...
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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 - 3:55 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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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Brazilian soccer legend Pele attends the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Pele has successfully undergone surgery for the removal of a kidney stone in a Sao Paulo hospital. The Albert Einstein Hospital said on its website Saturday, April 13, 2019, that Pele's surgery went well, but did not provide additional details. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
April 13, 2019 - 1:11 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pele has successfully undergone surgery for the removal of a kidney stone in a Sao Paulo hospital. The Albert Einstein Hospital said on its website Saturday that Pele's surgery went well, but did not provide additional details. The 78-year-old was...
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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 - 12:19 pm
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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