Professional soccer

April 05, 2020 - 3:36 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. The 29-year-old Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 1996, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's Mauricio Cienfuegos (10) pursues San Jose Clash's Eric Wynalda during the first half of an MLS soccer game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Before the first-ever Major League Soccer match on April 6, 1996, a group of Clash players went to a trendy San Jose restaurant for some pre-game bonding, and four of them threw up after the meal. But it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Wynalda. "It was just the nervousness," he said. “These were guys that had never played in a professional game." (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, File)
April 05, 2020 - 2:09 pm
Before the first-ever Major League Soccer match, a group of San Jose Clash players went to a local restaurant for some pregame bonding. Four of them threw up after the meal, but it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Eric Wynalda. "It was just the nervousness," he said. “These were guys that...
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A man is pushed in the wheelchair while wearing protective masks near Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 13, 2020. Real Madrid have said its players were being placed in isolation after one of the club's basketball players, who share facilities with Madrid's soccer players, tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. That led to the instant decision by the Spanish league to bring matches to a halt for the next two rounds. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Paul White)
April 05, 2020 - 9:19 am
MADRID (AP) — Soccer players in Spain on Sunday criticized the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts...
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Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrian, bottom, reacts after fails to save the ball as Atletico Madrid's Marcos Llorente scores his side's second goal during a second leg, round of 16, Champions League soccer match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
April 04, 2020 - 3:34 pm
English Premier League players rejected a move Saturday by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic, escalating a bitter public row as their union claimed the government would lose out on more than 200 million pounds (around $245 million) in tax. “This would be detrimental to...
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Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a news conference on the outbreak of coronavirus, at the government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency via AP)
April 04, 2020 - 11:23 am
Saturday was supposed to mark the beginning of a new Swedish soccer season, fuelled by the prospect of big broadcasting revenues from a new domestic TV deal and expectations of another tight title race to match last year’s dramatic finale. Then, in two months' time, Sweden's national team was...
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April 04, 2020 - 7:32 am
CHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Cheltenham Festival organisers have defended their decision to go ahead with the meeting last month after fears were raised that the mass gathering of people for the annual horse racing event helped spread coronavirus more widely around Britain. More than 250,000...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper rounds first base after his two-run home run during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 03, 2020 - 9:44 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The NCAA says hearings and oral arguments in infractions cases have been suspended through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced the move in a statement on its website Friday. It applies to cases...
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A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
April 02, 2020 - 5:05 pm
The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season...
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A view of the empty Mapei stadium as the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Brescia is being played behind closed doors, in Reggio Emilia, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says he is restricting travel  nationwide to try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Conte said Monday night a new government decree will require all people in Italy to demonstrate they need to work, have health conditions or other limited legitimate reasons to travel outside their home areas. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 8:11 am
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — The president of Italian soccer club Brescia said Thursday he will forfeit his team's remaining Serie A matches if the league resumes. Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths. “This season doesn’t make...
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Real Madrid players attend a training session at the team's Valdebebas training ground in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Real Madrid will play against Manchester City in a Champions League soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
April 02, 2020 - 5:45 am
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is putting together a detailed plan to get teams ready for when the league restarts, recommending a mini-preseason and a large number of tests for players, their close relatives and club employees. The 19-page “protocol” prepared by the league gives the first...
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