Soccer

December 09, 2018 - 4:52 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the soccer federation and five other senior officials amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female athletes. Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the attorney general, announced the suspensions Sunday, saying the move...
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Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron (10) celebrates with his teammates as they take the stage for the trophy presentation after the MLS Cup championship soccer game against the Portland Timbers, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Atlanta United won 2-0. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
December 08, 2018 - 11:17 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The players bounced up and down on a hastily erected stage in the middle of the field, confetti falling all around as they hoisted the championship trophy. It's a familiar scene at the end of any season. Only this time, a team from Atlanta was doing the honors . The title drought in...
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River Plate supporters cheer during a gathering at the Sol Square in Madrid, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played on Dec. 9 in Madrid, Spain, at Real Madrid's stadium. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
December 08, 2018 - 3:08 pm
MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans gathered outside their team's hotel in Madrid on Saturday, chanting "It doesn't matter where you play, we will always follow you." A few hours later, thousands of River fans packed the iconic Plaza del Sol in the heart of the Spanish capital, one day...
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Chelsea's David Luiz, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 08, 2018 - 2:42 pm
LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions. Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced...
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France coach Corinne Diacre stands next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:30 p.m. France coach Corinne Diacre is urging her players not to let the pressure of playing at home get to them. The French have been drawn in Group A with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. They open at Parc des...
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United States' Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 1:35 pm
PARIS (AP) — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women's World Cup next summer in France. Host France will open the tournament on June 7 with a match against South Korea in Paris. The draw for soccer's premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala...
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United States' Carli Lloyd smiles prior to the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 11:09 am
PARIS (AP) — The 24 teams that qualified for the Women's World Cup are set to learn their opponents for the tournament's group stage next summer in France. Saturday's draw for soccer's most prestigious event is taking place inside La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river...
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December 07, 2018 - 4:02 pm
BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Josh Sargent scored on his first touch 2 minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-1 on Friday in the Bundesliga. Sargent, who left O'Fallon, Missouri, to join Bremen last winter...
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Murtaza Ahmadi, a Lionel Messi fan, poses with Lionel Messi's shirt, at his relative's home in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
December 07, 2018 - 10:51 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. Since...
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A Boca Juniors fan dressed as Maradona cheers outside the team's hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid's stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina's fiercest soccer rivals last Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 06, 2018 - 5:42 am
MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the...
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