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Brazilian soccer player Philippe Coutinho poses for the media 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 - 8:57 am
Philippe Coutinho officially signed with Barcelona on Monday and thanked the club for its patience after the disappointment of the failed negotiations last year. Liverpool rejected repeated bids by Barcelona in August for Coutinho, but the clubs finally reached an agreement this weekend for a deal...
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 07, 2018 - 6:26 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona's nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early...
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 07, 2018 - 4:55 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona's nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early...
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 07, 2018 - 2:52 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona's nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early...
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Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the English FA Cup, Third Round soccer match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
January 07, 2018 - 2:18 pm
Long protected at Arsenal by FA Cup glory, Arsene Wenger endured his earliest elimination Sunday when his title defense ended at managerless, second-tier side Nottingham Forest. The decision to rest stars backfired as a 4-2 collapse saw Arsenal knocked out in the third round, when Premier League...
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 07, 2018 - 1:40 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona's nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early...
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
January 07, 2018 - 1:27 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona's nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early...
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Juventus' Federico Bernardeschi, 2nd right, celebrates with teammates, from left, Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Juventus in Cagliari, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Fabio Murru/ANSA via AP)
January 07, 2018 - 11:54 am
Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he was the victim of racial abuse for the second successive Saturday in Italian soccer. The incident at Cagliari happened two days after Hellas Verona was punished for its fans hurling racist chants at Matuidi. Writing on Facebook after Saturday's 1-0 win at...
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FILE - A Saturday, July 22, 2017, file photo of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrating after scoring a goal during the final match against Leicester City FC at the Premier League Asia Trophy soccer tournament in Hong Kong. Coutinho is close to sealing a move to Barcelona from Liverpool. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Liverpool and Barcelona have reached an agreement that will see the Brazil midfielder move to the Spanish team for a fee of 160 million euros ($192 million). Coutinho was traveling to Spain on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 and an announcement was expected on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
January 06, 2018 - 4:38 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Philippe 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. Barcelona did not reveal the cost of the deal for the 25-year-old playmaker but a person familiar with...
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Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and Sunderland's George Honeyman, right, during the FA Cup, third round match at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, England, Saturday Jan. 6, 2018. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 4:23 pm
Not even an FA Cup match against fourth-tier opposition could provide any respite for Mark Hughes. The beleaguered Stoke manager was condemned to one last humiliation, a 2-1 loss to Coventry in the third round of the world's oldest knockout competition, before getting fired on Saturday. Stoke...
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