Soccer

Brazil's William goes for the ball during a national soccer team practice session ahead of the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 25, 2018 - 7:36 pm
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted "It was 7-1! It was 7-1!" in a reference to the team's humiliation against...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys stand next to trophies during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but it’s the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians’ dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
May 23, 2018 - 6:45 am
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — A large white banner hangs above a stand covered in peeled paint flakes and discarded sunflower seeds: "The Best Start Here." The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but it's the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians' dreams of football stardom. Few...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, PSG head coach Unai Emery claps, during the League One soccer match between Caen and Paris Saint-Germain at the Michel d'Ornano stadium in Caen, western France. The last time Arsenal unveiled a new manager, social media didn’t exist. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 the north London club announced the appointment of Unai Emery on Twitter. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
May 23, 2018 - 6:12 am
LONDON (AP) — The last time Arsenal unveiled a new manager, social media didn't exist. On Wednesday, the north London club announced the appointment of Unai Emery on Twitter. The 46-year-old Spaniard became the Premier League club's first managerial hire in 22 years, following weeks of speculation...
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Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane walks along the pitch during a training session during the open media day at the team's Veldebebas training ground in Madrid, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Real Madrid will play the Champions League final match against Liverpool on Saturday 26. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
May 23, 2018 - 5:26 am
MADRID (AP) — Despite his successes as coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane doesn't see himself as a great tactician. Instead, he prides himself on being a manager of egos. Zidane, who will be trying to win his third straight Champions League title as Madrid coach on Saturday against Liverpool,...
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In this photo taken Monday May 21, 2018, Bay Area Sports Hall of Hame inductee Brandi Chastain poses by her plaque during a press conference in San Francisco. Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Chastain. The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain diplomatically said "it's not the most flattering. But it's nice." (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
May 22, 2018 - 4:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bronze plaque honoring soccer star Brandi Chastain got a red card Tuesday after a social media outcry over its unflattering portrayal of the athlete. The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco said Tuesday it will redo the plaque, which was unveiled a day earlier and...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put up impressive numbers, in life and on the field, going into a fourth World Cup for each. So much has happened for football's standout stars since the 2014 tournament left both still lacking the game's most coveted prize. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
May 22, 2018 - 6:33 am
GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers — in life and on the field — going into a fourth World Cup. So much has happened for football's standout stars since the 2014 tournament, when both left Brazil still lacking the game's most coveted prize. Yes, each has...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich sits in his box before the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 21, 2018 - 3:31 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — An associate of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich confirmed Monday that the Russian billionaire's British visa has not been renewed. Abramovich was noticeably absent from the stands when Chelsea won England's FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. The associate told The...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018, Giuseppe Conte smiles during a meeting in Rome. Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a 54-year-old law professor with no political experience as their candidate for premier. Neither 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio nor League leader Matteo Salvini named Giuseppe Conte in brief remarks to reporters after leaving a closed-door meeting with President Sergio Mattarella in what could be final consultations before forming a government 11 weeks after elections left Italy with a hung parliament. But, in a breach of protocol, Di Maio identified Conte to reporters outside the Quirinale presidential palace and posted his name on the movement’s popular block. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 21, 2018 - 3:28 pm
ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government. Say the name "Conte" and the one who...
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This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a view of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panama’s soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
May 21, 2018 - 10:14 am
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Nestled on the edge of the forest outside the Russian city of Saransk is the home of one of the most successful doping programs in history. Athletes from the V.M. Chegin Olympic Training Center dominated race-walking for over a decade, winning nine Olympic and 18 world...
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In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, France's soccer player Paul Pogba signs an autograph before a training session at the Clairefontaine training center, outside Paris. Not all the money that will change hands after the World Cup, when clubs trade players who distinguish themselves on football’s biggest stage, will line the pockets of selling clubs, agents and the players themselves. A sliver of the wealth will also trickle down to football’s grassroots, to unpretentious, volunteer-run clubs where kids take first steps toward their dreams of making a career in the sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 20, 2018 - 12:55 am
TORCY, France (AP) — The ideal scenario for the club where Paul Pogba played football as a kid might go something like this: The France midfielder shines so brightly at the World Cup that a money-no-object club — for argument's sake, let's say Real Madrid — decides that it cannot live without him...
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