Soccer

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Brazil's Vinicius Junior gestures during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against Argentina's River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Real Madrid's teenage sensation Vinicius Junior got bitten on the head Sunday Sept. 2, 2018, during a scuffle against Atletico Madrid’s youth squad captain, Tachi, who apologized on Monday, saying it was a spur-of-the-moment reaction. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, FILE)
September 03, 2018 - 1:18 pm
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid wanted Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to gain experience in its B team. He got more than he expected when he was bitten on the head. The 18-year-old Vinicius, for whom Real Madrid paid 45 million euros ($52 million) last year, was bitten after a scuffle in a youth team...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018 file photo, Brazil's former player Ronaldo watches a match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. Former Brazil striker Ronaldo is taking over recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid. Ronaldo announced Monday, Sept. 3 he has become the majority stakeholder in the small club from northern Spain. The former star says he hopes to bring his soccer expertise to help the club improve and be successful in the top tier of the Spanish league. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
September 03, 2018 - 8:11 am
MADRID (AP) — Former Brazil great Ronaldo took over Monday as the majority stakeholder in recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid, saying he is bringing his soccer expertise to help the team succeed. Ronaldo now owns 51 percent of the shares of the club. He will preside over the board of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018 file photo, from left, Russia's Alexander Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, and Roman Zobnin celebrate the first goal of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two months on from the World Cup, Russia’s top clubs have struggled to show much momentum in European competitions or the transfer market. Smaller teams are posting record crowds at their gleaming new arenas, though fundamental questions remain over financial stability. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
September 03, 2018 - 6:52 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For Russia's top clubs, it's almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made an incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia's clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. Spartak Moscow was knocked out of the Champions...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, front, celebrates with teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's sixth goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Huesca at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Alonso)
September 02, 2018 - 5:41 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Newly promoted Huesca enjoyed short-lived celebrations on Sunday after stunning Barcelona with a goal just three minutes into their Spanish league game. But Lionel Messi provided a harsh reality check with two goals as the defending champions went on to demolish Huesca 8-2...
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks on the pitch before a Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Manchester City, at Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Martin Ricket/PA via AP)
September 02, 2018 - 5:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — After the furore that followed straight Premier League defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's team produced a routine 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku's first-half double put United in control before the second half briefly took a dramatic turn when Burnley...
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Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, left, celebrates with his teammate Gaston Ramirez after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Napoli at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
September 02, 2018 - 4:28 pm
ROME (AP) — Fabio Quagliarella's airborne back-heel volley against Napoli is already in the running for Serie A goal of the season. The former Italy striker athletically flicked the ball into the far corner to complete Sampdoria's 3-0 win over visiting Napoli on Sunday. In the Genoa club's first...
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates his team's second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Sep. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
September 01, 2018 - 4:14 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored twice to lead Real Madrid over Leganes 4-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday, including one goal awarded by an overrule from the video assistant referee. At 1-1 in the 48th minute and with Leganes holding its own, Benzema skillfully headed in an out-...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by Parma's Antonino Barilla', right, and Massimo Gobbi during the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Juventus at the Tardini Stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
September 01, 2018 - 4:01 pm
ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus. Juventus, however, is doing just fine. Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain perfect. With Portugal Prime Minister...
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Manchester City's Kyle Walker celebrates with Riyad Mahrez, left, and John Stones, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
September 01, 2018 - 2:07 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kyle Walker drove in the winning goal from 30 meters as Manchester City broke down Newcastle's dogged resilience in a 2-1 victory in the English Premier League on Saturday. The England right back received the ball from Sergio Aguero, took a touch, and fired an angled shot...
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Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson, center, makes a save during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
September 01, 2018 - 8:27 am
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool survived an embarrassing mistake from Brazil goalkeeper Alisson to beat Leicester 2-1 on Saturday for a fourth straight win to open the Premier League season. Attempting a Cruyff turn in his own area to get round Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, Alisson got...
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