Professional soccer

Marcelo Gallardo, coach of Argentina's River Plate, second from left, celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Argentina's Boca Juniors to win the Copa Libertadores final soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 11, 2018 - 2:21 pm
PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate what sports to watch and how to count real fans, then tell the cautionary tale of a game that became too popular and partisan for its own good. That game — the Copa Libertadores, arguably South America's prestigious soccer championship...
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This April 17, 2011, photo provided by ESPN shows Jon Champion during an FA Cup semifinal between Stoke City and Bolton at Wembley Stadium in London. Jon Champion is leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an exclusive contract with the network on Feb. 1. He plans to move to the Boston area, within commuting distance from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut. (Joe Faroni/ESPN via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 3:55 pm
Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN...
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Fans cheer as a double decker bus carrying the Atlanta United FC MLS team passes during the team's victory parade in Atlanta, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 in the MLS Final on Saturday night. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal and Constitution via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 1:45 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Despite cold, drizzly weather, thousands of fans turned out Monday for a downtown parade and rally to celebrate the city's first championship since 1995. The revelry won't last long. Atlanta United must find a coach to replace Tata Martino and likely cope with the loss of star...
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December 10, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Jon Champion is leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture...
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (Mark Pain/PA via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 11:47 am
PARIS (AP) — The Anfield roar will be thunderous when Liverpool hosts Napoli, and the crowd will likely be just as loud in Belgrade when Red Star takes on Paris Saint-Germain. Group C has lived up to its billing as the toughest in the Champions League and any one of the three big teams can still go...
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Fans hide from the police after River Plate soccer fans celebrated their team's 3-1 victory over Boca Juniors, clenching the Copa Libertadores championship title, at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The South American decider was transferred from Buenos Aires to Madrid, Spain, after River fans attacked Boca's bus on Nov. 10 ahead of the second leg. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
December 10, 2018 - 7:43 am
MADRID (AP) — The Copa Libertadores finally came to a conclusion, without incident. River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team's triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent's...
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva fight for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 10, 2018 - 5:24 am
A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea's surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte. Could the same happen under his successor this season? For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. In a speech during Real Madrid’s most recent general assembly, president Florentino Perez answered questions from club members, and when asked about plans to create a women’s team, Perez didn’t answer. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, FILE)
December 10, 2018 - 4:52 am
MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took...
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Players of Argentina's River Plate celebrate with the trophy after beating Argentina's Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores final soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 09, 2018 - 7:54 pm
MADRID (AP) — Madrid turned into Buenos Aires for a night Sunday, with tens of thousands of Argentine fans transforming Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu into a stadium of their own. River Plate fans were the only ones celebrating in the end, both at home and in Spain, after the historic victory over...
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December 09, 2018 - 7:19 pm
MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at the Los Angeles Galaxy after the Major League Soccer club agreed with his requests, according to AC Milan sporting director Leonardo. Milan had been trying to bring back the 37-year-old on a loan from the Galaxy. The former Sweden international scored...
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