Professional soccer

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Sept. 24, 2017, American sports magnate Shad Khan owner of England's Premier League soccer team Fulham, at Wembley Stadium in London. Khan has something else to worry about aside from the collapse of his plans to buy Wembley Stadium, as his Fulham soccer team is struggling in its first season back in the top division with a five-match winless run. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
October 18, 2018 - 8:39 am
For American sports magnate Shad Khan, the collapse of ambitious plans to purchase Wembley Stadium won't have been his only source of frustration in recent days. He might also be concerned about the plight of the English soccer club he owns, too. Fulham's return to the Premier League is turning...
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In this Sept. 17, 2017 photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen waves as he is honored for his 20 years of team ownership before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 16, 2018 - 6:55 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Paul Allen's love was basketball and he delved into professional football out of loyalty to his hometown Seattle. In the wake of his death, Allen's ownership of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and NFL's Seattle Seahawks has come into focus because of questions about how the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo warms up prior to a soccer match against Udinese, in Udine, Italy. A Nevada woman's lawsuit claiming that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process that could put the fate of one of the world's most famous athletes in the hands of Nevada jurors who may or may not know about the soccer star's fame. Whether criminal charges are filed depends on the outcome of a police investigation reopened last month at the request of Kathryn Mayorga, a former model who alleges that Ronaldo attacked her in the bedroom of his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
October 16, 2018 - 4:47 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 15, 2018 - 8:56 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. But though he was the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the...
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Italy's Cristiano Biraghi, center, celebrate with his teammates after scoring the winning goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Poland and Italy at the Silesian Stadium Chorzow, Poland, Sunday Oct. 14, 2018. Italy won 1-0. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 14, 2018 - 5:48 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy is finally showing signs of emerging from its crisis, nearly a year after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Cristiano Biraghi's goal in stoppage time earned the Azzurri a much-needed 1-0 win in Poland on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League. Playing in Group 3 of League A, Poland...
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Netherland's Memphis Depay, center, celebrates with Netherland's Quincy Promes, left, and supporters after he scored his side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 13, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Germany's UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at old rival Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In the second-tier League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition —...
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Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry holds two balls during a warm up prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 13, 2018 - 5:21 am
PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry is back where it all started. France's all-time leading scorer and an Arsenal great landed his first managerial job on Saturday after Monaco hired him as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed this week. The 41-year-old Henry started his professional career...
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October 13, 2018 - 2:05 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela scored two goals and had two assists, helping expansion club Los Angeles FC beat the Houston Dynamo 4-2 on rainy Friday night to clinch a top-two seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles (16-8-8), which became the fifth expansion club to clinch a playoff spot last...
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FILE - This Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, shows a general aerial view of the dismantled stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with the Olympic cauldron, right, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is already considering razing some of the venues it built for this year's Winter Games because there's simply no use for them, while Tokyo is reportedly set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games. (Yang Ji-woong/Yonhap via AP, File)
October 12, 2018 - 3:01 pm
What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it? That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think. With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International...
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October 12, 2018 - 11:31 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFa ethics committee judges have banned the former president of Dominican Republic's soccer federation for 10 years in a bribery case. FIFA says Osiris Guzman was also found guilty of charges of accepting gifts and conflicts of interest. Guzman was fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($151,...
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