Professional soccer

July 26, 2020 - 10:43 am
MADRID (AP) — The second-division game postponed because of an outbreak of coronavirus cases will not be played, the Spanish league said Sunday. The league made the announcement after new test results took the total number of COVID-19 cases at club Fuenlabrada to 28, with players and staff members...
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Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus have their temperatures checked as they arrive to watch the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. South Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) on Sunday started admitting fans to the games but only at 10% capacity for each venue. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 26, 2020 - 5:42 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheers in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began allowing spectators to return to professional sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. After a weeks-long delay, South Korea’s 2020 baseball season began in early...
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Aston Villa's Matt Targett, top, celebrates with teammate Trezeguet after the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Powell,Pool)
July 25, 2020 - 2:28 pm
The anguish of Leeds and Nottingham Forest provides a reminder of just what is at stake on the final day of the English Premier League for the teams fighting relegation. Leeds has only just secured a ticket back after 16 years in exile. Forest's attempt to gain promotion will extend into a 22nd...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, file photo, Liverpool's Naby Keita, second left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. After the competition was brought to a sudden halt in the second week in March, abandoning the season became a very real prospect as the pandemic death toll rose. The only safe way of resuming after a 100-day shutdown was restricting capacities to fewer than 300 people. (Laurence Griffiths, Pool via AP, File)
July 25, 2020 - 11:41 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Long after the English Premier League trophy was handed out inside Anfield, Liverpool fans were still clambering onto the gates after midnight, setting off flares that filled the sky with a red haze. Even the imposition of a police dispersal order -- and pandemic social...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 20, 2019, Qatar's Al-Sadd player Xavi Hernandez, former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, during an AFC Champions League match at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran. 40-year old Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to an announcement Saturday July 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, FILE)
July 25, 2020 - 7:46 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 40-year-old Xavi, now the coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd, said Saturday that he was tested according to the Qatar league protocol and that the latest test showed he had contracted...
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Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 24, 2020 - 2:22 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus. “In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful...
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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores his side's second goal from a free-kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Paul Ellis, Pool via AP)
July 24, 2020 - 8:48 am
LONDON (AP) — The pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open, a leading government adviser told The Associated Press. In his first interview as...
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Volunteers with the Blue Sky Rescue team perform disinfecting of a cinema before it reopens for business in Beijing Friday, July 24, 2020. Theaters in China, the world's second largest movie market, this week reopened from the coronavirus shut down with theaters limited to 30% capacity. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
July 24, 2020 - 3:45 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also said at a virus...
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Leroy Sane, new player of the German first division, Bundesliga, soccer team FC Bayern Munich, takes part in a training session in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
July 23, 2020 - 2:47 pm
In a season shaken up by the pandemic, Leroy Sane took the decision to prioritize the next one. Spurning the chance to resume the Champions League with Manchester City, the winger decided to take the first opportunity to launch the next stage in his career at Bayern Munich, with a five-year deal...
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This image provided by Fox Sports shows a screen shot from video showing a test of the virtual crowds at Chase Field in Phoenix, in early July 2020. Fox Sports has revealed that it will include computer-generated fans beginning with their three Major League Baseball games on Saturday, July 25. (Fox Sports via AP)
July 23, 2020 - 12:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox will be taking viewers out to the ballgame by adding a virtual crowd in parks during its baseball broadcasts this season. The network revealed Thursday that it will include computer-generated fans in the stands beginning with the three games on Saturday. Fox begins its...
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