Soccer

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 9, 2020, gates stand locked outside the closed English Premier League soccer Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England. Guidance for sports bodies was published by the government on Saturday May 30, 2020, as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are being eased further, allowing Sports events to resume in England from upcoming Monday, without any spectators and providing they comply with the government's coronavirus protocols. (AP Photo/Jon Super, FILE)
May 30, 2020 - 5:12 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league's plans for dealing with...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2011 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Manchester United during their Champions League final soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London. L is for Lionel Messi. The driving force behind Barcelona's most recent successes, Lionel Messi's current total of 114 goals is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo, and sets them both up as the joint greatest players of this generation. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 30, 2020 - 3:56 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league says full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage. La Liga said the government gave authorization on Saturday for squads to practice together. Until now, players had been limited to...
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Munich's Benjamin Pavard, center, Serge Gnabry, left, and Robert Lewandowski celebrate after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Fortuna Duesseldorf in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak all soccer matches of the German Bundesliga take place without spectators. (Christof Stache/Pool via AP)
May 30, 2020 - 3:34 pm
MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich took a confident step closer to an eighth straight German title with a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Düsseldorf in an empty stadium on Saturday. With five games remaining, Bayern moved into a 10-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, which...
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Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden holds the daily COVID-19 media conference inside 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday May 30, 2020. Sport has been the focus of much media speculation as Britain begins to be released from coronavirus lockdown. (Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street via AP)
May 30, 2020 - 2:43 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ There have been no positive results from the Premier League's latest round of COVID-19 testing. The league says a total of 1,130 players and club personnel were tested in the fourth round of screening, with the...
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May 30, 2020 - 8:02 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of Sunday’s match...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)
May 29, 2020 - 7:05 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the...
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May 29, 2020 - 5:07 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s anti-money laundering agency said Friday it has frozen the personal accounts of some of the top directors of first-division soccer team Cruz Azul, saying that “unusual movements were detected" in bank transactions. The Financial Intelligence Unit said it had not touched...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer speaks during a press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
May 29, 2020 - 2:26 pm
Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player to top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. The owner of a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles titles made $6.3 million of...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 28, 2016 file photo Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. In the absence of the Champions League final on Saturday, The Associated Press will take a look back at some of the greatest teams, players and matches in the history of the tournament. The AP will pick a topic for every letter of the alphabet to remember the greats of the game and the greatest games, going back to when the competition was called the European Cup and through its transformation into the Champions League. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
May 29, 2020 - 8:42 am
LONDON (AP) — In the absence of the Champions League final on Saturday, The Associated Press will take a look back at some of the greatest teams, players and matches in the history of the tournament. This year’s final, scheduled to be played in Istanbul, is on hold because of the coronavirus...
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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)
May 29, 2020 - 7:11 am
MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish league...
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