Professional soccer

January 12, 2018 - 5:45 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women will for the first time be allowed to enter a sports stadium on Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section." The move is Saudi...
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January 12, 2018 - 5:26 am
PARIS (AP) — The French football league says it has suspended goal-line technology in its competitions following more glitches during League Cup quarterfinals this week. The LFP says in a statement it has informed the company GoalControl "of the immediate suspension" of the technology following "...
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January 11, 2018 - 11:18 am
LONDON (AP) — The Oakland Raiders will host the Seattle Seahawks in the first NFL game at the new London stadium of English Premier League club Tottenham. The game will be played in week six of the season on Oct. 14. Tottenham, the Premier League runner-up last season, is building a new 60,000-plus...
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Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater jumps for the ball with Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, right, during the English League Cup semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
January 10, 2018 - 5:58 pm
LONDON (AP) — The strain of playing five games in two weeks caught up with Arsenal and Chelsea as they labored to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal on Wednesday. Contesting their third competition after a packed festive fixture program, the London rivals were lacking the...
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January 10, 2018 - 5:49 am
MOSCOW (AP) — World Cup host Russia will warm up for the tournament with friendlies against Austria and Turkey. The Russian Football Union says it has reached deals to play Austria away in Innsbruck on May 30, before hosting Turkey in Moscow on June 5. The Turkey game comes nine days before Russia...
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January 09, 2018 - 11:11 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has banned six members of Malta's under-21 team for match-fixing offenses, with two players banished from soccer for life. The investigation related to March 2016 qualifiers for the European Under-21 Championship against Montenegro and the Czech Republic. UEFA imposed...
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Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Real Madrid at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
January 09, 2018 - 10:51 am
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training on Tuesday, saying it's his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team's struggles in the Spanish league. "Sometimes a talk is...
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January 09, 2018 - 8:50 am
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke has signed striker Mark Uth for next season on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim. The Gelsenkirchen-based club says the 26-year-old Uth, whose contract at Hoffenheim expires at the end of the season, is getting a four-year deal through June 2022...
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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton looks on during the English FA Cup, Third Round match against Crystal Palace at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Monday Jan. 8, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 8:48 am
LONDON (AP) — English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for national team management jobs. The English Football Association is emulating the NFL and its Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a diverse pool of candidates for coaching...
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Barcelona's new signing Brazilian Philippe Coutinho poses for the media, during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Coutinho is joining Barcelona after Liverpool agreed Saturday to sell the Brazilian in a deal that makes him one of the most expensive players in soccer history. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 08, 2018 - 2:15 pm
Philippe Coutinho completed his record-breaking move to Barcelona on Monday and thanked the club for its patience after the disappointment of the failed negotiations with Liverpool last year. Liverpool rejected repeated bids in August but finally gave into Coutinho's demands to leave after sealing...
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