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Everton's Theo Walcott is carried off after an injury during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Saturday Sept. 28, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 6:27 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer leagues and player unions are teaming up to improve how concussions are identified and treated during games. The European Leagues group and FIFPro, the global network of national unions, said Tuesday they will make country-by-country agreements "over the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 file photo, Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, center, vies for the ball with Leicester's Ricardo Pereira, left, in front of Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. U.S. winger, Christian Pulisic, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge in the offseason for $73 million, hasn’t played a minute of Chelsea’s last three Premier League matches and also stayed on the bench during the team’s 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the Champions League two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
September 30, 2019 - 4:59 am
The group stage of the Champions League is only one round old and already Chelsea faces a match it cannot afford to lose. Just don't expect Christian Pulisic to play in the important game against Lille on Wednesday. The U.S. winger, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge in the offseason for $73...
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Sheffield United's goalkeeper Dean Henderson reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
September 28, 2019 - 3:19 pm
It was a day of goalkeeping blunders in the English Premier League. Liverpool and Manchester City, seemingly set for another duel for the title, benefited from two of them in hard-fought away wins on Saturday. Liverpool eked out a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United but only after home goalkeeper Dean...
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September 27, 2019 - 9:26 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has applauded a lifetime ban for a soccer supporter who racially abused Roma defender Juan Jesus on social media. The Brazilian — who is black — posted a screenshot of the messages on Instagram. Roma says it has reported the account to Italian police and...
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Re-elected Swiss Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber, on the left, receives congratulations from Nicoletta della Valle, Director Fedpol, right, during the autumn session of the Swiss Federal Council in Bern, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Switzerland’s lawmakers have given attorney general Michael Lauber four more years in office, he was renewed for a third mandate. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 5:32 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's lawmakers have given embattled attorney general Michael Lauber four more years in office despite criticism of his handling of corruption investigations linked to soccer governing body FIFA. Lauber was renewed for a third mandate with the support of 129 federal...
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Argentinian Barcelona player Lionel Messi poses with United States forward Megan Rapinoe after they received the Best FIFA Men's, Women's player award during the Best FIFA soccer awards ceremony, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 24, 2019 - 9:00 am
MILAN (AP) — Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday. Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women's World Cup title in July, as was Jill...
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September 22, 2019 - 5:22 pm
PARMA, Italy (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants...
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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the British Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 22, 2019 - 2:12 pm
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool restored its five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino clinched a 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Sunday. Chasing a first English title since 1990, Liverpool claimed a sixth successive league win at the...
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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
September 21, 2019 - 2:40 pm
With his team leading 5-0 after 18 minutes and threatening Premier League scoring records, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sat with his arms folded in his dugout and might even have looked a little guilty. Whether it's in the FA Cup final or just a run-of-the mill league game, Watford just...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 21, 2019 - 2:03 pm
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA...
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