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  • Neymar, Messi set up winner for Barcelona debutant

    Sunday, Aug 31, 1:48 pm
    LONDON (AP) -- Returning from his World Cup-ending injury, Neymar combined with Lionel Messi on Sunday to set up a winning goal for a teenage newcomer to Barcelona.Substitute Sandro Ramirez,... Read more...
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from US team

    Thursday, Aug 21, 2:54 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen... Read more...
  • Suarez pledges to not bite again with Barcelona

    Tuesday, Aug 19, 7:06 am
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him.The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans on Tuesday at an event delayed for more than five weeks... Read more...
  • Russia resists demands to cut number of stadiums

    Tuesday, Aug 19, 6:55 am
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia is resisting demands from FIFA to reduce the number of stadiums for the 2018 World Cup from 12 to 10.FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said last month that two of the 12... Read more...
  • Neymar, Suarez play 1st game since World Cup exits

    Monday, Aug 18, 2:36 pm
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Neymar and Luis Suarez played for the first time since their dramatic World Cup exits, with the Brazilian star scoring twice Monday and showing no signs of his devastating back... Read more...
  • CAS upholds Suarez's 4-month playing ban

    Thursday, Aug 14, 11:36 am
    Luis Suarez will train with his Barcelona teammates on Friday after his ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup was softened but not shortened.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday... Read more...
  • Bale homecoming, James set for debut in Super Cup

    Monday, Aug 11, 3:30 am
    There's little doubt the UEFA Super Cup's star local attraction will be Gareth Bale, the Cardiff boy turned $130-million Real Madrid star, playing for the Spanish giants on home soil for the first time.The... Read more...
  • Suarez appeals FIFA ban, bite verdict next week

    Friday, Aug 8, 12:18 pm
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Luis Suarez's appeal of his FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup will be decided next week.The Uruguay and Barcelona forward attended a six-hour hearing... Read more...
  • Landon Donovan says he'll retire after season

    Thursday, Aug 7, 3:43 pm
    CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- A year after Landon Donovan returned to soccer, he realized he had lost his passion for the sport again. This time, the best player in American history decided to walk away for... Read more...
  • Donovan goal gives MLS 2-1 win over Bayern Munich

    Wednesday, Aug 6, 10:42 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Landon Donovan celebrated the winning goal in his 14th All-Star game by grasping the MLS badge on his jersey before he was swarmed by his teammates.Take that, Bayern Munich.Donovan... Read more...
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    Wednesday, Aug 6, 12:00 am
    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide___MCILROY PLAYS DOWN HOT FAVORITE STATUS FOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIPStunning wins at the British Open and World Golf Championship has Rory McIlroy... Read more...
  • Russian league condemns strip-search of fans

    Tuesday, Aug 5, 9:30 am
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian Premier League condemned the treatment of female fans who say they were strip-searched by male police officers before a soccer match in the World Cup 2018 host city of Kazan.Several... Read more...
  • FIFA bans former Greece coach Santos for 8 matches

    Monday, Aug 4, 8:24 am
    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international games on Monday for verbally abusing match officials at the World Cup.Santos was banished from the dugout... Read more...
  • Soccer City embraces MLS All-Star game

    Sunday, Aug 3, 7:18 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Legend has it that Portland laid claim to the title "Soccer City USA" back in 1975 when the Timbers played their first NASL season. The nickname was later captured on an expansive... Read more...
  • World Cup adds froth to German beer sales

    Thursday, Jul 31, 1:30 am
    BERLIN (AP) -- German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the year's first half, gaining froth from the beginning of the country's run to the soccer World Cup title.The Federal Statistical Office... Read more...
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