Professional soccer

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures when looking at the fourth official during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
February 19, 2019 - 10:36 am
LONDON (AP) — The volley of abusive chants from Chelsea supporters were aimed in a different direction this time. Toward the sideline at Stamford Bridge. Players were spared on Monday, there was no need to dig out the "rats" banners from 2015, and supporters seem just fine with Eden Hazard and Co...
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp greets supporters at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 17, 2019 - 7:48 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich knows all too well how tough an opponent Juergen Klopp can be. Now in his fourth season at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is facing Bayern for the first time while leading Liverpool. Bayern visits Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League last-16...
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Wolverhampton players celebrate after Ivan Cavaleiro, center left, scored the opening goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol, England, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
February 17, 2019 - 4:04 pm
LONDON (AP) — Wolverhampton held on to beat Championship side Bristol City 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday. The second-tier team threatened from a series of set-pieces late in the game but could not find an equalizer against their Premier League opponents who took the lead in...
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Mercedes Taffarel, mother of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, right, is comfort by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois during de burial of Emiliano Sala, at the cemetery in Santa Fe, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The Argentina-born forward died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month when flying from Nantes in France to start his new career with English Premier League club Cardiff. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
February 16, 2019 - 6:10 pm
PROGRESSO, Argentina (AP) — Family, friends, supporters and former teammates paid tribute to striker Emiliano Sala in his small Argentine hometown on Saturday, almost four weeks after he died when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel. The 28-year-old Sala's body received a hero's...
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Manchester City's Leroy Sane, center, runs with the ball between Newport County's Mark O'Brien, right, and Newport County's Scot Bennett during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Newport County and Manchester City at Rodney Parade stadium in Newport, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
February 16, 2019 - 3:09 pm
Manchester City broke through Newport's stubborn defense in the second half to beat the fourth-tier side 4-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, although the result wasn't as straightforward as the scoreline suggested. Newport's hopes of an epic fifth-round upset were still intact when Padraig Amond pulled...
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Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, center, makes the first puck drop at Monday's Kontinental Hockey League game between Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Former Manchester United coach has ceremonially opened an ice hockey game in Russia _ and promptly fallen on the ice. (AP Photo/Dmitry Golubovich)
February 14, 2019 - 10:39 am
LONDON (AP) — The firing of Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United 19.6 million pounds ($25 million) in payoffs. The club already sees it as money well spent. The compensation for dismissing Mourinho and his coaches was disclosed Thursday by United among "exceptional items" in the latest set of...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2018, file photo, Reims' Anatole Ngamukol controls the ball during a league II soccer match against Chateauroux in Reims, eastern France. French soccer players are turning to the courts to fight workplace bullying and the practice known in France by an English word, "le loft." (AP Photo/Christian Lantenois, File)
February 13, 2019 - 11:15 am
PARIS (AP) — As it does with many footballers, the day finally came when Anatole Ngamukol's club told the attacker it was time for him to move on. Embarking on a new season in the French league , Reims decided it had no further use for the player who had helped the French side climb out of the...
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FILE - In this Thursday March 4, 2004 file photo Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, presents former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks with a photograph showing Banks saving a header from Pele in the 1970 World Cup, at a press conference in London, to mark FIFA's 100 year anniversary. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)
February 12, 2019 - 3:16 pm
LONDON (AP) — Piercing the roar of the crowd, in the searing heat of Guadalajara, Mexico, Gordon Banks heard Pele shout "Goal!" Aiming a header to bounce off the hard field, Pele was certain the ball would creep inside the England goalkeeper's right post and threw his arms into the air to celebrate...
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, right, reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
February 11, 2019 - 9:55 am
LONDON (AP) — The squad has been publicly undermined. There's been grumbling about the lack of contact from the owner. And the team was just handed its biggest loss in 28 years. Maurizio Sarri's reign at Chelsea already looks like it's approaching the end, and he's not even completed a season. "My...
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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
February 10, 2019 - 7:46 pm
Three-time defending champion Real Madrid appears to have hit its stride again just in time for the return of the Champions League. The knockout stages begin Tuesday with Manchester United hosting Paris Saint-Germain and Porto going to Roma in the first leg of the round of 16 games. Madrid,...
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