Men's soccer

France coach Corinne Diacre, left, and United States coach Jill Ellis pose next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 3:06 pm
PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped...
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River Plate supporters cheer during a gathering at the Sol Square in Madrid, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played on Dec. 9 in Madrid, Spain, at Real Madrid's stadium. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
December 08, 2018 - 1:08 pm
MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans gathered outside their team's hotel in Madrid on Saturday, chanting "It doesn't matter where you play, we will always follow you." A few hours later, thousands of River fans packed the iconic Plaza del Sol in the heart of the Spanish capital, one day...
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Chelsea's David Luiz, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 08, 2018 - 12:58 pm
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea inflicted Manchester City's first loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, winning 2-0 as the champions were replaced by Liverpool in top spot. After losing two of its last three league games, Chelsea was forced to repel waves of City attacks before N'Golo Kante scored...
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France coach Corinne Diacre stands next to the World Cup trophy during the women's soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 08, 2018 - 11:39 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:30 p.m. France coach Corinne Diacre is urging her players not to let the pressure of playing at home get to them. The French have been drawn in Group A with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. They open at Parc des...
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Manchester United's Ashley Young, left and Fulham's Andre Schurrle battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Fulham, at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (Barrington Coombs/PA via AP)
December 08, 2018 - 9:35 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United ended a four-match Premier League winless run as Jose Mourinho's sixth-place team eased to a 4-1 victory over rock-bottom Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. Ashley Young struck into the top corner to put United ahead in the 13th minute, Juan Mata...
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Murtaza Ahmadi, a Lionel Messi fan, poses with Lionel Messi's shirt, at his relative's home in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
December 07, 2018 - 8:51 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. Since...
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A Boca Juniors fan dressed as Maradona cheers outside the team's hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid's stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina's fiercest soccer rivals last Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 06, 2018 - 3:42 am
MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half in their Eastern Conference finals MLS soccer game in Atlanta. Martinez claimed the MVP award on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, from Major League Soccer after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the championship game. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
December 05, 2018 - 11:39 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez claimed the MVP award from Major League Soccer on Wednesday after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the championship game. The 25-year-old Venezuelan striker received his Landon Donovan trophy during a ceremony at the...
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In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a River Plate soccer fan poses for a photo prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final match of the Copa Libertadores has been pushed back after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by fans as it drove to the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)
December 05, 2018 - 5:24 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second...
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Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women's Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 03, 2018 - 1:09 pm
PARIS (AP) — Sixty-two years after Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or, the women's game received its inaugural winner: Trailblazing Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg. But despite being recognized as the best female footballer in the world, the outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't...
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