Professional soccer

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin, top, scores his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Alex Pantling/Pool via AP)
September 13, 2020 - 1:51 pm
LONDON (AP) — Twenty years into his managerial career, Jose Mourinho recorded an unwelcome first on Sunday: Making a losing start to a league season. “I didn’t like my team," the Tottenham manager said after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second-half header gave Everton a 1-0 win in the Premier League on...
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Leeds United's head coach Marcelo Bielsa calls out to his players during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Leeds United, at the Anfield stadium, in Liverpool, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)
September 12, 2020 - 1:59 pm
Adopting his trademark crouching position in the technical area, Marcelo Bielsa closely studied the mayhem unfolding in front of him on the Anfield pitch. Bielsa’s first English Premier League game as a manager was barely a half-hour old and already there’d been five goals, countless chances and...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Alex Morgan controls the ball during the Women's World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. Tottenham secured the biggest signing yet in a summer of high-profile acquisitions in the Women’s Super League by bringing in United States striker Alex Morgan on a one-season deal. The 31-year-old Morgan will play in England for the first time and moves four months after giving birth to her first child. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
September 12, 2020 - 1:02 pm
Alex Morgan once famously celebrated a goal against England by pretending to sip a cup of tea. Now she’ll get to try out the English way of life for real. “Shall we get the teabags in?" read a post on the official Twitter account of the England Women's team after Tottenham announced the signing of...
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Real Salt Lake fans wearing masks wait for the team's MLS soccer match against Los Angeles FC on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 10, 2020 - 3:14 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The president of Italian soccer club Napoli has tested positive for the coronavirus. The team says Aurelio De Laurentiis was positive following a test taken Wednesday. De Laurentiis attended a Serie A meeting in...
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John Stanton, owner of the Seattle Mariners, wears a mask he he sits next to cutout photos of fans in the stands while watching the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 09, 2020 - 9:48 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Real Sociedad striker Willian José says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is out of the team’s opening game in the Spanish league. Willian José made the announcement on his Instagram account. He has...
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Schalke's Weston McKennie, left, celebrates with Schalke's Rabbi Matondo after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and FC Schalke 04 in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The nine-time defending Serie A champion McKennie has become the first American player at Juventus, confirmed late Saturday, August, 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool, File)
September 07, 2020 - 11:29 am
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Weston McKennie opened his first news conference as a Juventus player on Monday with a bit of cultural flair, speaking in Italian. “It’s an honor to be here,” the 22-year-old midfielder said in the local language after becoming the first American to join the famous Italian team...
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One thousand of chairs symbolizing people died from the coronavirus are placed at the Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced overnight curfews on some 40 cities and towns hit hard by the coronavirus, but backed away from reported recommendations for full lockdowns after an uproar by politically powerful religious politicians. The measures were announced late Sunday after hours of consultations with decision-makers. The government has been forced to take new action after failing to contain an outbreak that has claimed more than 1,000 lives and remains at record levels of new infections. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
September 07, 2020 - 11:21 am
ROME — A doctor says the clinical condition of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is starting to improve after he was hospitalized with pneumonia and COVID-19 last week. Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, Berlusconi’s long-time personal doctor, said in a statement Monday that the 83-year-old media mogul...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 31, 2020, substitutes for Borussia Dortmund, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, look on from the stands during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn, Germany. The German Bundesliga will keep five substitutions for the 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 36 clubs in the top two German men’s soccer leagues voted at a German Football League meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 to continue the rule for next season. (Lars Baron/Pool via AP, file)
September 07, 2020 - 9:44 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Spanish league president Javier Tebas says he expects fans back in the country’s soccer stadiums by next February if vaccine trials are successful. Tebas says the decision on fans attending games ultimately...
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Spain's Ansu Fati is airborne as he attempts to control the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and Ukraine at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
September 06, 2020 - 4:52 pm
Its youngest-ever scorer and two goals from a captain twice his age. Spain couldn't ask for more from its rebuild. The 17-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati scored in Sunday's 4-0 Nations League win over Ukraine and won a penalty for 34-year-old Sergio Ramos too as an influx of young talent...
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A worker holds a shirt with the name of Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi at a F.C Barcelona store in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay. Talks with Messi’s father-agent are expected this week in Barcelona but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 04, 2020 - 8:19 am
Lionel Messi’s father sent a letter to the Spanish league on Friday saying his son is free to leave Barcelona immediately without having to pay the 700 million euro ($837 million) buyout clause. The letter comes a few days after the league said Messi was still under contract until June 2021 and...
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