Soccer

Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after failing to score against Villarreal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
December 10, 2017 - 5:34 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona needed an overzealous tackle by an inexperienced Villarreal opponent to help keep its five-point lead at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday. Barcelona was struggling to break down Villarreal until 22-year-old Daniel Rabaseda earned a direct red card for a...
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Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi, right, scores his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
December 10, 2017 - 5:24 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chants of "Ole!" rang out from a boisterous corner of Old Trafford as Manchester City saw out a record 14th straight Premier League win by keeping possession right in front of its jubilant fans. Manchester United just couldn't get the ball off City near the corner flag in...
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Manchester City's Kyle Walker, center, celebrates with teammates at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. City won 2-1. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
December 10, 2017 - 3:07 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Surely nothing can stop Manchester City now. The race for the Premier League title is turning into a procession after City beat fierce rival Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday, extending its lead to 11 points in a record-breaking start to the season. This 14th straight...
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Austrian coach Peter Stoeger talks to the media at a press conference of Borussia Dortmund, where he is presented as the new head coach of the Bundesliga soccer club in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Borussia Dortmund displaced Dutch head coach Peter Bosz Saturday after a defeat against Werder Bremen. Stoeger was dismissed as head coach of FC Cologne earlier this month. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 10, 2017 - 1:13 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Nils Petersen scored with two late penalties — one in the 90th minute and another in injury time — as Freiburg came from three goals down to beat Cologne 4-3 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. "We were patient to the end. Football writes such stories," said Petersen, who also scored in the...
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Toronto FC players celebrate a goal by midfielder Victor Vazquez (obscured) in stoppage time against the Seattle Sounders during second-half MLS Cup final soccer action in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 09, 2017 - 8:37 pm
TORONTO (AP) — This wasn't the kind of MLS Cup performance the Seattle Sounders were hoping for. Far from it. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday to become the first Canadian champion in league history, and deny the Sounders a repeat...
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Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London stadium in London, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
December 09, 2017 - 4:43 pm
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea's bid to retain the English Premier League title faltered again. West Ham handed the Blues their fourth loss of the season on Saturday by 1-0. Chelsea remained 11 points behind leader Manchester City, which faces second-place Manchester United on Sunday. "To talk about a title...
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Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore warms up during practice ahead of the MLS Cup soccer final against the Seattle Sounders, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 3:10 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto FC needs to beat the defending champion Seattle Sounders to cap their record-breaking regular season with an MLS Cup crown. In a rematch, Toronto will host the Sounders in Saturday's MLS Cup. Seattle won last year's game in a penalty shootout after neither team could score in...
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FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, Kevin Jonas, of the group The Jonas Brothers, attends the AOL NewFront 2015 in New York. Jonas turned up in the courtroom for a trial of three South American soccer officials, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to bolster testimony that one of the defendants had been bribed with tickets to a Paul McCartney concert in Argentina in 2010. Jonas didn’t have personal knowledge of the bribes but confirmed the ex-Beatle's concert had taken place as prosecutors said. The soccer officials have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges stemming from an investigation of FIFA, soccer’s governing body. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA corruption scandal took another odd twist Thursday with surprise testimony by pop star Kevin Jonas about attending a Paul McCartney show in Argentina. Prosecutors called the former member of the Jonas...
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Porto's Yacine Brahimi, right, celebrates with Vincent Aboubakar, 2nd right, and Moussa Marega after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between FC Porto and AS Monaco at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
December 06, 2017 - 4:08 pm
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Vincent Aboubakar scored twice to ensure Porto reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with a resounding 5-2 win against a poor Monaco side on Wednesday. Both teams finished with 10 men after having a player sent off late in the first half. Turkish side Besitkas,...
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December 06, 2017 - 2:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A turning point in the investigation of soccer's governing body came with a 6 a.m. wake-up call by the FBI to the five-star Miami hotel room of a Brazilian sports marketing executive named Jose Hawilla. A startled Hawilla, after learning he was a target of the probe, eventually...
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