Soccer

February 22, 2018 - 5:45 am
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct. Blatter tweeted on Thursday that "Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!" The 2010 World Cup was staged in South Africa. Referencing the...
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This image made available by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, shows Sheriff Scott Israel, holding the hand of Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The teenager was shot five times during the massacre on Valentine's Day that killed 17 students. Borges is being credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)
February 20, 2018 - 8:15 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
February 20, 2018 - 5:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football. At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes. By...
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This screen shot from a report released on the website of New York state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, shows seven towering heavy-lift cranes to help illustrate the state's growth, but the Associated Press has discovered the picture is really an 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa. An un-cropped version of the same photo is available for licensing on the Getty Images website with a caption saying the cranes were being used to build a stadium in Cape Town for the 2010 soccer World Cup. Empire State Development said Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 that the photo is “a generic stock image” and will replaced with an image of ongoing economic development in the state. (Empire State Development via AP)
February 20, 2018 - 5:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's economic development agency has issued a report illustrating the state's growth with an 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa. The Associated Press discovered the photo in last month's report from Empire State Development, showing seven towering...
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Wigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 19, 2018 - 5:27 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0. Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, and this time Will Grigg's late goal was enough for the League One side to pull...
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Wigan Athletic fans celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 19, 2018 - 5:20 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side's shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday. Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the...
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi competes for the ball with players from SD Eibar's Cote during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
February 18, 2018 - 6:28 pm
LONDON (AP) — As unlikely as it sounds, Lionel Messi is still waiting to score his first goal against Chelsea after drawing a blank in eight previous Champions League matches. The five-time World Player of the Year is likely to get another chance to break his duck this week and Chelsea manager...
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi competes for the ball with players from SD Eibar's Cote during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
February 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looks ready for London. Barcelona's star helped to set up two goals to beat 10-man Eibar 2-0 on Saturday as the Spanish leaders warmed up for their visit to Chelsea in the Champions League. Barcelona broke its mini-slump of back-to-back draws to remain unbeaten...
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Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades unveils the FIFA World Cup trophy during its world tour at a stop at the international airport in the southern city of Larnaca, Cyprus, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The trophy will visit some 50 countries as it make its journey round the world to Moscow for the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
February 17, 2018 - 1:58 pm
Russian soccer players were protected from being caught doping under direct government orders that laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov said he followed to ensure cheating was covered up as part of a far-reaching conspiracy. Outlining his involvement in soccer for the first time to The Associated...
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Southampton's Dusan Tadic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with James Ward-Prowse, left, during the English FA Cup, Fifth Round soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England. Saturday Feb. 17, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
February 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm
LONDON (AP) — Misfortune comes in threes, so the saying goes, and West Bromwich Albion knows it well. Capping a miserable week, West Brom was dumped from the FA Cup by Southampton, a 2-1 winner in the fifth round on Saturday. The latest defeat for the English Premier League's bottom club came after...
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