Professional soccer

This undated photo made available by Terry Cartwright Television Ltd shows the filming in London of “The First Team” a new BBC comedy drama series about a fictional soccer team. One of the executive producers is Tom Werner, the American chairman of Liverpool, who was a source of behind-the-scenes knowledge and footballing contacts. (Terry Cartwright Television Ltd via AP)
May 22, 2020 - 7:57 am
Mattie Sullivan cannot believe he is making the leap from American soccer to the Premier League. The English club’s American chairman is delighted to be signing a player who can “sell some shirts back home" and hands over the contract to be signed. But the ink isn’t even dry when chairman Mark...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Boston Red Sox baseball team chairman Tom Werner attends a news conference at Fenway Park, in Boston. The Premier League trophy should have been in Tom Werner’s hands by now. This week should have featured a victory parade through the streets of Liverpool. Instead, Liverpool’s chairman is analysing the health procedures required just to ensure it is safe for his team to train together again during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 22, 2020 - 7:00 am
The Premier League trophy should have been in Tom Werner’s hands by now. This week should have featured a victory parade through the streets of Liverpool. But the wait to end the 30-year title drought continues. Instead, Liverpool’s chairman is analyzing the health procedures required just to...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019, Finland supporters applaud their team after the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Greece and Finland at Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece. A stellar 2019 for soccer in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season. The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
May 22, 2020 - 5:16 am
GENEVA (AP) — A stellar 2019 for soccer in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season. The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship. Another Nordic nation making a long-shot debut...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is shown in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)
May 21, 2020 - 8:58 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the pandemic-disrupted season is completed. The league is in talks...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2020 file photo, Fiorentina's Martin Caceres and Udinese's Ilija Nestrovski, foreground, vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Fiorentina, at the Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy. Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo recalled that the team was quarantined, after learning that Fiorentina -- the team it faced on March 8 a day before the league was suspended -- had three players who tested positive for COVID-19. (Andrea Bressanutti/LaPresse via AP)
May 21, 2020 - 7:04 am
ROME (AP) — After nearly 35 years of club ownership — more than anyone else in Serie A — Udinese’s Gianpaolo Pozzo is drawing on his decades of experience to confront the crisis brought on by the coronavirus. Perhaps that’s why he prefers to be more cautious than most of his peers who are anxious...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 8:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the...
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Munich's goal keeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Union Berlin and Bayern Munich in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hannibal Hanschke, Pool)
May 20, 2020 - 10:00 am
MUNICH (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has extended his contract at Bayern Munich by two years through June 2023. The 34-year-old Neuer, Bayern’s captain, had been involved in protracted negotiations with the club, particularly after it signed a would-be replacement in Alexander Nübel from...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018, photo, Belgian soccer team coach Roberto Martinez reacts on the balcony of the city hall at the Grand Place in Brussels. Martinez has signed a new contract to lead the Red Devils through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)
May 20, 2020 - 9:53 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberto Martínez signed a new contract to lead Belgium through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying Wednesday he had “unfinished business” with the top-ranked national team following the postponement of this year's European Championship. Martínez took charge in 2016 and led Belgium...
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In this May 17, 2020 photo, Cheering mannequins are installed at the empty spectators' seats before the start of soccer match between FC Seoul and Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean professional soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty stands during a match Sunday in Seoul. In a statement, FC Seoul expressed "sincere remorse" over the controversy, but insisted that it used mannequins, not sex dolls, to mimic a home crowd during its 1-0 win over Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup stadium. The signs read " Go! FC Seoul." (Ryu Young-suk/Yonhap via AP)
May 20, 2020 - 5:33 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soccer club is facing penalties, including expulsion from its own stadium, for putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match last weekend. The K-League is one of the few soccer leagues operating during the coronavirus pandemic, with games being played in...
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Cars go through a turn past a sign thanking people working during the coronavirus pandemic at Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR, which has been idle for 10 weeks because of the pandemic, made its return with the Real Heroes 400 Nascar Cup Series auto race. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)
May 19, 2020 - 6:51 pm
Fans who had been starving for live sporting events had their appetites somewhat sated last weekend. Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga's return drew record numbers on Fox...
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