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Huddersfield Town's Florent Hadergjonaj, left, and Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
February 03, 2018 - 1:18 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho has criticized the atmosphere at "quiet" Old Trafford on Alexis Sanchez's home debut. The Chile forward, who joined last month from Arsenal, netted the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in the English Premier League on Saturday. Mourinho says "...
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Manchester United's Juan Mata, left, comes into contact with Huddersfield Town's Collin Quaner during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
February 03, 2018 - 1:06 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez's first goal for Manchester United wrapped up a 2-0 victory against Huddersfield on a day when the clubs came together to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Tuesday is the 60th anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 23 lives, including...
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West Ham United's Javier Hernandez, centre, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and West Ham United, at the AMEX Stadium, in Brighton, England, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
February 03, 2018 - 12:25 pm
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — West Ham's week of turmoil ended with a 3-1 loss at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday. Goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross secured a second win in 14 matches for Brighton to boost its chances of avoiding the drop. Javier Hernandez was on target...
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FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey, semifinal, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
February 01, 2018 - 6:38 pm
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez thrived again, leaving Barcelona closer to its fifth straight Copa del Rey final. Suarez scored a second-half winner off a cross by Messi as Barcelona defeated Valencia 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinals on Thursday. "They had a good plan (defensively...
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January 30, 2018 - 2:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — English winger Jack Harrison has been transferred from Major League Soccer's New York City FC to Manchester City, which is owned by the same parent company. NYC said Tuesday that Harrison, who made his debut for England's Under-21 team last year, has been lent to Middlesbrough of...
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January 30, 2018 - 10:01 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Croatia will host England in an empty stadium for its home Nations League game in October to fulfil a ban imposed in 2015. UEFA says the closure on Oct. 12 completes a two-game stadium ban ordered after fans marked a swastika on the pitch in Split ahead of a 2016 European...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte in action during Copa del Rey, 16 round, against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao says defender Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is reported Monday Jan. 29, 2018, to have paid his buyout clause, looks set to leave the club, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)
January 30, 2018 - 8:21 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City signed France Under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to around $250 million. The 23-year-old Laporte came close to...
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David Beckham speaks at an event where it was announced that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Miami. The team is backed by Beckham and a team of investors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
January 29, 2018 - 2:46 pm
MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham had a speech prepared and well-rehearsed for the event four years in the making, then abandoned his script shortly after taking the confetti-covered stage. Fitting, since nothing in his quest went as planned. "Bringing an MLS club to Miami," Beckham said, "has been a hell...
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From left, Napoli soccer club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, amateur leagues president Cosimo Sibilia and Italian players Association president Damiano Tommasi talk during an assembly of the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) in Rome, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Already in serious crisis following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup, the Italian football federation is facing emergency measures after three failed votes to elect a new president. The Italian Olympic Committee, which oversees all sports in Italy, will likely impose an emergency leader for the federation. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
January 29, 2018 - 1:48 pm
ROME (AP) — Already in serious crisis following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup, the Italian football federation is facing emergency measures after four failed votes to elect a new president. The election assembly fell apart on Monday when amateur leagues president Cosimo Sibilia...
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David Beckham speaks at an event where it was announced that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Miami. The team is backed by Beckham and a team of investors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
January 29, 2018 - 1:40 pm
MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham had a speech prepared and well-rehearsed for the event four years in the making, then abandoned his script shortly after taking the confetti-covered stage. Fitting, since nothing in his quest went as planned. "Bringing an MLS club to Miami," Beckham said, "has been a hell...
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