Professional soccer

Atletico's Antoine Griezmann scores the opening goal during a Champions League group C soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Roma at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 22, 2017 - 6:42 pm
MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann ended his scoreless streak in style on Wednesday, finding the net with a stunning overhead kick to keep alive Atletico Madrid's hopes of advancing in the Champions League. Griezmann, who hadn't scored in eight matches with Atletico, struck his volley perfectly from...
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November 21, 2017 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A sports marketing company whose owners have been charged with bribing top soccer officials tried to negotiate a sale to an entity associated with Paris Saint-Germain team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a witness testified Tuesday in federal court. As the second week of testimony...
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November 20, 2017 - 6:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Payments to the head of Peruvian soccer were masked under the name "Fiat." Money for Paraguay's boss was listed as "Honda." Excel spreadsheets detailed the cloak-and-dagger recording system of money given to "Benz," ''VW," ''Toyota," ''Kia," and "Peugeot," among others, including a...
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The Georgia Dome is destroyed in a scheduled implosion next to its replacement the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, left, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Atlanta. The dome was not only the former home of the Atlanta Falcons but also the site of two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympics Games events and NCAA basketball tournaments among other major events. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
November 20, 2017 - 11:02 am
ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's largest domed stadiums collapsed Monday into a pile of jagged concrete and a vast cloud of smoke in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens at 7:30 a.m. Onlookers...
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Jose Maria Marin leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Marin, of Brazil, is one of three former South American soccer officials on trial in a U.S. case highlighting widespread corruption in the sport's governing body. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
November 20, 2017 - 2:53 am
Hour after hour in a New York City courtroom, the schemes to corrupt world soccer are spilling out. The millions of dollars in "inducements" to secure contracts to televise matches. The bribes sought by FIFA executives with the power to determine World Cup hosts. The death threats for cooperating...
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Schalke's Guido Burgstaller scores his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Hamburg SV in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
November 19, 2017 - 2:12 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Guido Burgstaller scored late for Schalke to beat visiting Hamburger SV 2-0 and move second in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Franco di Santo's early penalty got the home side underway as it stretched its unbeaten run in the league to six games. Hamburg's Gideon Jung gave away the spot...
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In this Nov. 16, 2017 photo, Bibiana Steinhaus, the first female referee to officiate in the soccer Bundesliga, smiles during an interview with The Associated Press at the German soccer federation’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)
November 19, 2017 - 10:28 am
Having made the breakthrough, the first woman referee in any of Europe's top soccer leagues is asking how long it will take for other countries to follow Germany's example. Bibiana Steinhaus is savoring her first season among the Bundesliga's 24-member elite group, reward for her performances as a...
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Bayern's Arturo Vidal, left, and Augsburg's Daniel Baier challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
November 18, 2017 - 2:40 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice to help Bayern Munich stretch its lead in the Bundesliga to six points after beating Bavarian rival Augsburg 3-0 on Saturday. It was the 500th league win for Jupp Heynckes as a player or coach, and extended his winning start to eight games across all...
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PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after he scored a goal during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Nantes, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov.18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
November 18, 2017 - 1:18 pm
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored twice as unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain overcame a slow start to beat Nantes 4-1 and move six points clear at the top of the French league on Saturday. With Brazil star Neymar having a quiet game, and missing a late chance, it was left to Cavani and playmaker Javier...
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Juan Angel Napout, center, arrives at federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Napout, Manuel Burga, and Juan Angel Napout have pleaded not guilty to charges they took part in a 24-year scheme involving at least $150 million in bribes that secured tournament broadcasting and hosting rights in the sprawling FIFA scandal. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
November 17, 2017 - 7:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for one of three South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal labeled a key witness at their U.S. trial a "serial liar" on Friday over accusations that his client used hand gestures in court to threaten the witness. Prosecutors have asked the judge to...
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