Soccer

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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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 16, 2017 - 7:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former marketing executive from Argentina testified Thursday at a U.S. trial that he and his company arranged to pay 30 soccer officials about $160 million in bribes over the course of several years until his arrest in 2015. Alejandro Burzaco offered the estimate in the case...
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November 16, 2017 - 11:14 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that FIFA was wrong to fine Mexico's soccer federation for fans chanting gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games. The court says although the chants are "insulting words," FIFA had helped create a "...
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FILE - This is a Sunday, April 30, 2017 file photo of Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, left, battles for the ball with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud during the north London derby match in English Premier League soccer match between the two teams in north London. Tottenham is heading into a north London derby on Saturday Nov. 18, against Arsenal as a clear favorite for the first time in decades. Tottenham is three places ahead of Arsenal this season and finished above its neighbor last season in the Premier League for the first time since Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in 1996. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant/File)
November 16, 2017 - 10:08 am
It was a 24-hour period at the start of November that really drove home the reality that Tottenham, after decades of playing second fiddle to Arsenal, was the new dominant force in north London. A day after Tottenham achieved a coming-of-age 3-1 win over European champion Real Madrid in the...
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FILE - This is a Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. file photo of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. With Atletico Madrid’s president and other club officials standing by the team’s shield, an archbishop celebrated the ceremony to bless the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Former players and priests were also present at the private ritual by the pitch of the 68,000-capacity venue in mid November. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 16, 2017 - 7:54 am
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's president and club officials looked on as its new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was blessed in a private pitch-side ceremony this week. Cardinal Carlos Osoro led the blessing which may have come at the right time for Atletico ahead of this weekend's city derby against...
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November 16, 2017 - 7:43 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's best start to the Bundesliga is all but forgotten amid the turmoil of failing to win in the league since September. Now the club is hoping another start after the international break will bring a badly needed change of fortune to stay on new leader...
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Peru's Aldo Corzo celebrates with his teammates after his side defeated New Zealand 2-0 in a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
November 16, 2017 - 6:51 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — As Peru's president promised, the South American country will have its soccer-dedicated holiday on Thursday. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 on Wednesday to win a two-leg intercontinental playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot at the World Cup in Russia next year. It will be Peru's...
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Italian players react to their elimination at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
November 14, 2017 - 7:40 am
ROME (AP) — The End. The Apocalypse. A national shame. Local newspapers spared no words Tuesday in describing four-time champion Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. The Gazzetta dello Sport headline read "FINE" — "The End" — in big, block letters, while...
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Jose Maria Marin, center, from Brazil, arrives at federal court for the first day of his trial, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. He is one of three former South American soccer officials who are going on trial in a U.S. case highlighting widespread corruption in the sport's governing body. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 13, 2017 - 1:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three former South American soccer officials went on trial Monday in a scandal that's shaken the sport's governing body, with U.S. prosecutors accusing them of taking millions of dollars in bribes and defense lawyers portraying them as innocent bystanders to corruption. Jose Maria...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, United States' Josh Sargent, right, and Mexico's Adrian Vazquez fight for the ball during the CONCACAF under-17 soccer championship final in Panama City, Panama. Josh Sargent remembered when coach John Hackworth greeted the U.S. Under-17 team at breakfast in India last month and told players the American senior team had failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. "Everybody thought he was joking," Sargent said. In the wake of the failure, Sargent has been promoted to the national team along with Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams for Tuesday's exhibition at Portugal. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
November 13, 2017 - 1:08 pm
Josh Sargent recalled when coach John Hackworth greeted the U.S. Under-17s at breakfast in India last month and told players the American national team failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. "Everybody thought he was joking," the-17-year-old forward said. "We all like giggled and were like,...
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