Professional soccer

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale fixes his hair during La Liga soccer match between Celta and Real Madrid at the Balaídos Stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
August 19, 2019 - 4:28 pm
MADRID (AP) — Just like that, Gareth Bale is part of the solution for Real Madrid again. After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team. Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish league opener...
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Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku, centre vies for the ball with Union's Rafal Gikiewicz , right and Keven Schlotterbeck, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Union Berlin and RB Leipzig, at the Stadion An der Alten Foersterei, in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 4:44 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Life in the Bundesliga began in silence for Union Berlin with a 15-minute protest by the club's fans against opponents Leipzig. A minute after Union fans finally unleashed their support on Sunday, it was the visiting supporters making all the noise after Leipzig scored the opening...
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Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard stands by the bench after Leicester tied the game 1-1 during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 18, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Frank Lampard climbed the steps in the tunnel and emerged to rapturous applause from Chelsea fans, a flame display and a giant banner at one end of Stamford Bridge that read "Welcome Home Super Frank." "The stuff of dreams," Lampard described his homecoming on Sunday. He couldn't mark it with a...
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From left, Leipzig's Diego Demme, Kevin Kampl, Timo Werner, Marcel Halstenberg celebrate a goal, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Union Berlin and RB Leipzig, in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (Andreas Gora/dpa via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 2:33 pm
Life in the Bundesliga began in silence for Union Berlin on Sunday with a 15-minute protest by their fans against opponents Leipzig. A minute after Union fans finally unleashed their support, it was the visiting supporters making all the noise after Leipzig scored the opening goal in a 4-0 rout of...
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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a disallowed goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
August 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm
Four months later, Manchester City was denied another crucial late goal against Tottenham by an intervention from the video assistant referee. Gabriel Jesus thought he scored the winner in the second minute of injury time in a wild English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when he...
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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a disallowed goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
August 17, 2019 - 2:49 pm
The video assistant referee denied Manchester City another crucial late goal in its latest wild match against Tottenham as the English Premier League champion dropped points for the first time in its title defense. Gabriel Jesus thought he scored a winning goal in the second minute of injury time...
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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian celebrates Sadio Mane's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Liverpool, at St Mary's, in Southampton, England, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 12:18 pm
An embarrassing mistake by goalkeeper Adrian failed to stop Liverpool racking up a second straight win to open the Premier League, and Norwich hat-trick star Teemu Pukki enhanced his reputation as a potential sensation of the new English season. Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 Saturday but was...
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August 16, 2019 - 4:46 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Amid reports that Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho was to join the club, Bayern Munich was held to 2-2 by Hertha Berlin in the opening game of the Bundesliga on Friday. Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the seven-time defending champion, but Bayern failed to make the most of its...
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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Ali Turganbekov, from Kazakhstan, right, hand the trophy to Liverpool's team captain Jordan Henderson after Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Liverpool won 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the game ended tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
August 15, 2019 - 5:24 am
Changes to the Champions League are unlikely to be decided this year after UEFA on Thursday called off joint talks with the heads of European clubs and leagues who have spent months arguing over potential radical overhaul of the format of European competitions. European Club Association chairman...
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Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrian celebrates after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Liverpool won 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the game ended tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
August 14, 2019 - 7:08 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Adrian may never play more than a smattering of games for Liverpool, but he'll be remembered for his "crazy week." The backup goalkeeper turned penalty hero with a save on the final kick of the shootout as Liverpool beat Chelsea to win the Super Cup and kick off a new European...
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