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  • 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...
  • Rosberg changes World Cup helmet on FIFA complaint

    Thursday, Jul 17, 9:42 am
    HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) -- Formula One leader Nico Rosberg ditched plans to put an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA.The... Read more...
  • Germany takes No. 1 soccer ranking; US is No. 15

    Thursday, Jul 17, 7:30 am
    ZURICH (AP) -- Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16.Germany beat... Read more...
  • Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win

    Thursday, Jul 17, 5:18 am
    ZURICH (AP) -- Germany climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings on Thursday after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, while several European rivals paid the price for their dismal performances... Read more...
  • Germany midfielder Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid

    Thursday, Jul 17, 1:36 am
    MUNICH (AP) -- Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich on a six-year contract.Madrid said the 24-year-old Kroos, a key member of Germany's World Cup-winning team,... Read more...
  • Germany players criticized over 'gaucho' dance

    Thursday, Jul 17, 12:54 am
    BERLIN (AP) -- The German Football Federation is defending Germany's World Cup-winning players after they performed a routine that poked fun at defeated opponent Argentina.During Tuesday's raucous... Read more...
  • US Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

    Tuesday, Jul 15, 4:37 pm
    BOSTON (AP) -- World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach soccer fans and... Read more...
  • Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

    Tuesday, Jul 15, 8:24 am
    BERLIN (AP) -- At a party 24 years in the making, hundreds of thousands of Germans showed their admiration and adoration for their World Cup winners in a parade to the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.The... Read more...
  • Scolari out as Brazil coach after WCup failure

    Monday, Jul 14, 6:30 pm
    SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Monday.Scolari promised to win the tournament... Read more...
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