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WWE-style grappling at corner kicks, manhandling of match officials, verbal abuse: Sometimes the beautiful game can take on an ugly side. This season, at least in these early weeks, English Premier League referees are taking a stand.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- WWE-style grappling at corner kicks, manhandling of match officials, verbal abuse: Sometimes the beautiful game can take on an ugly side....

Israeli police are on high alert ahead of a match between Celtic and Hapoel Beer Sheva after fans of the Scottish champion waved Palestinian flags at their last meeting
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police are on high alert ahead of a match between Celtic and Hapoel Beer Sheva after fans of the Scottish champions waved Palestinian flags at their last meeting....

The established order is fighting back in these early days of the English Premier League season _ and there are some familiar names atop the scoring charts, too
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- The established order is fighting back in these early days of the English Premier League season - and there are some familiar names atop the scoring charts, too....

Detroit's MLS bid comes amid a minor league soccer boom in the area, creating a delicate situation
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) -- Immediately after the opening kickoff, colorful smoke was already floating through the air and fans were in full voice, singing and chanting in a display reminiscent of matches in Europe and South America....

Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100....

ESPN will televise the European Championship for the fourth straight time in 2020
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN will televise the European Championship in 2020 for the fourth straight time....

Former England striker Gary Lineker presented the start of Britain's best-known soccer show wearing only a pair of white shorts, after a bet he made last season about Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League
LONDON (AP) -- Former England striker Gary Lineker presented the start of Britain's best-known soccer show wearing only a pair of white shorts, after a bet he made last season about Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League....

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