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FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
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Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals at 1958 World Cup, dies

PARIS (AP) — No one could beat Just Fontaine’s World Cup scoring record during his lifetime. His 13 goals in a single tournament was set with France in 1958 and has withstood 16 World Cups since. Fontaine’s death was confirmed Wednesday by his former club Reims and the French soccer federation. He was 89. The […]
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FIFA faces questions for supermodel role before Women’s WCup

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA’s choice of Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima as its first global fan ambassador five months before the Women’s World Cup was described Tuesday as “tone deaf” by the former leader of the soccer body’s task force for women’s soccer. Lima’s appointment to “develop, promote and participate in several global initiatives” was announced […]
1 year ago
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Chelsea coach Potter reaches critical point as losses mount

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With his team’s winless run stretching to six games in all competitions, Chelsea manager Graham Potter is facing a critical point of his early reign. Potter, who is only five months into the job, has so far had the faith of American owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Supporters, however, have […]
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French soccer president resigns amid misconduct probe

PARIS (AP) — French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët resigned Tuesday after a government audit found he no longer had the legitimacy to lead because of his behavior toward women and his management style. The 81-year-old Le Graët is under judicial investigation for alleged sexual and moral harassment. He had already stepped away from […]
1 year ago
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US women’s soccer coach paid 27% as much as men’s coach

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. women’s coach Vlatko Andonovski earned 27% as much as men’s coach Gregg Berhalter in the year ending last March 31, down slightly from 28% in the previous year. Andonovski earned $446,495, according to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s tax filing released Monday, including $50,000 in bonuses for the Americans’ third-place finish […]
1 year ago
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Chelsea manager Potter says he has received death threats

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Graham Potter says he and his family have received death threats in the wake of the team’s poor form. Potter said Friday he had been targeted by an anonymous email account. Potter, who has said previously that he believes he has the hardest job in football, spoke of the toll […]
1 year ago
FILE -Los Angeles Galaxy Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez celebrates after an MLS soccer game, Sat...

El Trafico match at Rose Bowl postponed due to weather

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Major League Soccer season-opening match between the LA Galaxy and the defending champion Los Angeles Football Club set for Saturday at the Rose Bowl has been postponed due to severe weather. The league and the teams said later Friday that the match has been rescheduled for July 4. Southern California […]
1 year ago
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MLS union criticizes FIFA, league over concussion subs

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The union for Major League Soccer players criticized FIFA, its rules-making body and the league for failing to allow trials of temporary substitutes to replace players suspected of sustaining concussions. The International Football Association Board said Jan. 18 that no consensus was reached on the proposal for trials by MLS and […]
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France captain Renard pulls out of World Cup, others follow

PARIS (AP) — France captain Wendie Renard says she will skip the Women’s World Cup this year as she’s unhappy with the team’s set up and needs “to protect her mental health.” Renard is arguably France’s greatest women’s footballer. She has played 142 internationals, adding 34 goals. Renard has won 15 league titles and eight […]
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MLS, Apple have high expectations with launch of Season Pass

Don Garber smiled as he showed off Major League Soccer’s new state-of-the-art facility, which will host studio shows for the Apple TV Season Pass package. While flashy studios and graphics work to produce a wow factor, the longtime MLS commissioner knows the importance of this weekend’s season launch. The 10-year, $2.5 billion partnership between Apple […]
1 year ago
A PSV supporter punches Sevilla's goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic in the face during the Europa League p...

Fan punches Sevilla goalkeeper in Europa League match at PSV

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — A fan ran onto the field in PSV Eindhoven’s match against Sevilla and punched the Spanish team’s goalkeeper in the face before being wrestled to the ground on Thursday. The incident happened late in the Europa League match at the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven and goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic carried on playing, […]
1 year ago
FILE -Los Angeles Galaxy Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez celebrates after an MLS soccer game, Sat...

Almada, Chicharito among MLS players to watch this season

The biggest winner in the Major League Soccer offseason transfer market ended up being the rumor mill. Whether it was the apparent flirtation between Lionel Messi and Inter Miami, or the interest that Los Angeles FC had for Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, neither came to fruition and the MLS offseason was devoid of a splashy […]
1 year ago
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MLS says San Diego, Las Vegas top candidates for 30th team

NEW YORK (AP) — With opening day approaching Saturday, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber expressed hope to pick a 30th team by the end of the year and defended an expanded playoff format in which 18 of 29 clubs make the postseason. Speaking Wednesday during a kickoff event at the league’s new television studio […]
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Russia’s sports exile persists 1 year after invading Ukraine

One year after the invasion of Ukraine began, Russia’s reintegration into the world of sports threatens to create the biggest rift in the Olympic movement since the Cold War. Russia remains excluded from many international sporting events, but that could soon change. Next year’s Paris Olympics are fast approaching and qualifying events are under way. […]
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Spanish league files new complaints for racist insults

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league filed three more complaints for racist insults during matches on Wednesday, including two aimed at Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior. The league said one Mallorca fan was identified for twice insulting players — once against Vinícius and another against Villarreal midfielder Samu Chukwueze. Both Vinícius and Chukwueze are Black. […]
1 year ago
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England soccer team drama at London’s National Theatre

Often surrounded by drama, England’s soccer team is being turned into an actual show. London’s National Theatre said Tuesday that Joseph Fiennes will star as manager Gareth Southgate in “Dear England,” a new play by James Graham that asks the question: Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? “What Gareth Southgate has attempted […]
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Spain court denies Dani Alves’ appeal to be freed on bail

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court denied Dani Alves’ appeal on Tuesday to be freed on bail while the investigation of a sexual assault accusation against the Brazilian soccer player continues. The court ruled that Alves was a flight risk and must remain in prison during the investigation. A trial has not been set. Alves […]
1 year ago
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Body of Ghana soccer player Atsu repatriated from Turkey

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The body of Ghana soccer player Christian Atsu, who was found dead in his collapsed apartment building in the Turkey earthquake, has been repatriated. Atsu’s remains arrived in the Ghanaian capital of Accra late Sunday, said Ghana Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who led a government delegation to receive the body. Atsu’s […]
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Neymar leaves field injured in PSG’s match against Lille

PARIS (AP) — PSG forward Neymar was forced off the field on a stretcher Sunday after twisting his right ankle in a hard-fought 4-3 win against Lille in the French league. Neymar picked up the injury at the start of the second half after the Brazil forward scored PSG’s second goal before the interval. PSG […]
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Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring a disallowed goal during the Spanish La Liga...

Vinícius again the target of insults in Spanish league match

MADRID (AP) — The insults against Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior have continued in Spain, with the Brazil forward again being targeted by opposing fans in a Spanish league match. The insults started during the moment of silence before Madrid’s 2-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday, and continued with fans chanting, “Die, Vinícius” later in […]
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Ratcliffe’s Ineos confirms bid to buy Manchester United

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s company Ineos confirmed Saturday it has made a bid to buy Manchester United, pledging to make the Premier League team “the number one club in the world once again.” Ratcliffe’s Ineos company will compete with Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who also submitted a […]
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FILE - Christian Atsu plays for Newcastle United, Jan. 12, 2019. Search teams have recovered the bo...

Ghana soccer player Christian Atsu dies in Turkey earthquake

Christian Atsu, the Ghana international forward who played for Premier League clubs Chelsea and Newcastle, has died in the earthquake in Turkey. He was 31. Search teams recovered Atsu’s body in the ruins of a luxury 12-story building where he had been living in the city of Antakya, Hatay province, his manager said Saturday. “Atsu’s […]
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Key developments in the aftermath of the Turkey, Syria quake

ISTANBUL (AP) — Search and rescue teams amazingly found more survivors in the ruins of the Feb. 6 earthquake that devastated swaths of Turkey and Syria even as the death toll from worst disaster in modern Turkish history increased. Here’s a look at the key developments Saturday from the aftermath of the earthquake. DEATH TOLL […]
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