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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Iranian women were freely allowed into the stadium for the first time in decades. The decision follows the death of a young woman who set herself on fire after hearing she could face prison time for sneaking into an Iranian soccer match disguised as a man. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
October 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many...
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Belgium's Romelo Lukaku, center, jubilates after scoring during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Belgium and San Marino at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 10, 2019 - 6:16 pm
Six first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year's European Championship. Three late goals revived the Netherlands' chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too. Belgium — the world's top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify...
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Empty seats before the the women's 100 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 08, 2019 - 2:16 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of filling soccer arenas in this tiny nation. Marzouq has seen encouraging signs since Qatar's breakthrough...
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October 07, 2019 - 1:28 pm
U.S. Soccer was misleading when it asserted some players for the women's national team made more money than their male counterparts, the women's team players said in court documents filed Monday. The players say in the documents that the men's pay would have been far greater if they'd had the same...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles under pressure in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 06, 2019 - 3:45 pm
The Latest on NFL Week 5 (all times EDT) 3:35 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for a fourth touchdown against the Buccaneers beleaguered secondary to give New Orleans a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter. The Saints are finding all kinds of ways to pass against the Bucs. During their latest scoring...
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Aston Villa's Wesley scores his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at Carrow Road, Norwich, England, Saturday Oct. 5, 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 05, 2019 - 2:28 pm
NORWICH, England (AP) — It was a performance fit for a king. Britain's Prince William — second in line to the throne — took his family to watch his favorite soccer team , Aston Villa, on Saturday and they were treated to a regal display. William's 6-year-old son, George, was seen applauding and...
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Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli, left, reacts alongside Colchester United's Tom Lapslie during an English League Cup soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Colchester United, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, England. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 10:12 am
Barely a year ago, they were starting in the World Cup semifinals. Now, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard cannot even get in the England squad and are no longer first-choice picks for their clubs, either. The drop in fortunes of the two attacking midfielders is both dramatic and highly unexpected, and...
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Tottenham players react after the fifth goal of Bayern during the Champions League group B soccer match between Tottenham and Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 01, 2019 - 7:27 pm
A Champions League finalist for the first time just four months ago, Tottenham is making history again in Europe's top club competition this season. The wrong kind of history. Tottenham was picked off repeatedly by Bayern Munich in a humiliating 7-2 loss on Tuesday, the first time the English team...
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Bayern's Serge Gnabry, scorer of four goals, celebrates after the Champions League group B soccer match between Tottenham and Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Bayern won 7-2. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 01, 2019 - 5:52 pm
LONDON (AP) — Serge Gnabry scored four goals as Bayern Munich humiliated Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday, the first time in club history that Spurs conceded seven at home in a major competition. Gnabry had never scored in the Champions League before netting all four of his goals in...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Monday, July 23, 2012, newly appointed CONCACAF Secretary General Enrique Sanz speaks during an interview in Miami, U.S.A.. FIFA has imposed a life ban for bribery on Enrique Sanz, Tuesday oct. 1, 2019, the former general secretary of North American soccer body CONCACAF, who allegedly arranged and took bribes linked to commercial deals for international soccer tournaments. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, FILE)
October 01, 2019 - 2:48 pm
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has imposed a life ban for bribery on Enrique Sanz, the former general secretary of North American soccer body CONCACAF. Sanz was easily identified as an unnamed co-conspirator in U.S. Department of Justice documents in 2015 — No. 4 in the original indictment in May that year,...
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