Professional soccer

Thomas Mueller, left, of Munich is challenged by Edmond Tapsoda of Leverkusen during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Matthias Hangst, Pool via AP)
June 08, 2020 - 9:56 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Call them Road Runner and The Chef. Alphonso Davies and Thomas Müller have built an effective and affectionate partnership this season, and it's driving Bayern Munich toward a record-extending eighth straight German title. “I call him Chef,” Davies said in televised...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 filer, Brescia's Mario Balotelli reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Brescia and Udinese at the Mario Rigamonti stadium in Brescia, Italy. The former Italy striker was reportedly fired by his hometown club for failing to report for training as the Italian soccer season prepares to resume from a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Gianluca Checchi/LaPresse via AP, File )
June 08, 2020 - 7:57 am
ROME (AP) — A frequent target of racist abuse and often surrounded in controversy, Mario Balotelli’s nomadic career has taken another radical turn. The former Italy striker was reportedly fired by his hometown club for failing to report to training as the Italian soccer league prepares to resume...
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Workers walk into Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 25, 2020. Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. (AP Photo/Paul White)
June 07, 2020 - 6:25 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is not ruling out the return of fans to stadiums this season. League president Javier Tebas said Sunday he is in favor of having fans back as soon as regions are cleared by health authorities, contradicting an earlier message by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez...
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Players of both teams kneel together on the grass at the centre circle to send a signal against racism prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2020. (Patrick Stollarz, Pool via AP)
June 07, 2020 - 2:17 pm
BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Four more Bundesliga teams took a knee before their games on Sunday, as Werder Bremen inched closer to relegation and Schalke's winless run became its worst for 27 years. Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin first kneeled ahead of their game Saturday in an anti-racism gesture...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, April 21, 2019, Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, centre, and teammates celebrate scoring against Lyon during their Women's Champions League soccer match in Decines, France. The English Football Association’s board have decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis, Friday June 5, 2020, naming Chelsea as Women’s Super League champions after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, FILE)
June 06, 2020 - 6:43 pm
Runners-up when the season was paused, champions without playing again. It's little surprise Chelsea was fine with the Women’s Super League season being curtailed. But determining the final standings on a points-per-game ratio, rather than on the field — due to the coronavirus pandemic — has raised...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, people sit surrounded by empty seats as they wait for the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. The crippling grip the coronavirus pandemic has had on the sports world has forced universities, leagues and franchises to evaluate how they might someday welcome back fans. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
June 06, 2020 - 5:25 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Thoroughbred racing has resumed at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto after a seven-week delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday's racing, with no fans in attendance, marked the first professional sports...
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Florian Wirtz of Leverkusen, right, is challenged by FC Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Matthias Hangst, Pool via AP)
June 06, 2020 - 5:13 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen substitute Florian Wirtz has become the youngest person to score a goal in the Bundesliga at age 17 years, 34 days, with an impressive strike against Bayern Munich on Saturday. The attacking midfielder came on for the second half and wrong-footed Lucas Hernandez – the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2018 file photo, the English Premier League trophy is displayed on the pitch prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. A Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday, May 24, 2020. The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
June 06, 2020 - 5:11 pm
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League’s return by holding practice matches on Saturday. Clubs are attempting to build up players' fitness as well as get used to playing without fans before the league...
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Players of both teams (Dortmund yellow jersey) kneel around the centre circle as a mark of support for the protests after the recent killing of black American George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, before the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlin in Dortmund , Germany, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Lars Baron, Pool via AP)
June 06, 2020 - 3:31 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s soccer league was marked by gestures against racism and support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday as Bayern Munich took another step toward a record-extending eighth straight Bundesliga title. All of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin’s 22 outfield players...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, Real Madrid's Isco, right, duels for the ball with Manchester City's Kyle Walker during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European soccer will be heard over three days in June. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has set aside June 8-10 for the case. It is unclear if a hearing will be held in person at the court or by video link. No timetable was set for a verdict but a ruling is needed before English teams enter next season’s Champions League draw. Man City was banned by UEFA in February for “serious breaches” of financial monitoring rules and failing to cooperate with investigators. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
June 06, 2020 - 1:11 pm
GENEVA (AP) — A rare level of secrecy cloaks the court case opening Monday to decide if Manchester City will stay banned from European competition for two seasons. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has scheduled three days at an undisclosed location for an appeal hearing by video conference link...
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