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Ex-Caribbean soccer official hit with $79 million judgment

Jul. 10, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Caribbean soccer official fighting extradition in the FIFA bribery scandal has been ordered to pay $79 million in damages from a related U.S. lawsuit. U.S. District Judge William Kuntz ordered the default judgment against Jack Warner in the 2017 civil action accusing him of...

Players hope World Cup successes turn into greater support

Jul. 8, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — As the U.S. players celebrated their Women's World Cup title by dancing on the field, a chant rose from the crowd in Lyon: "Equal pay! Equal pay!" It was a fitting tribute after the team's monthlong march to a fourth overall title in the sport's premier tournament, where equity emerged...

Rapinoe fuses politics, pay and tech with World Cup win

Jul. 7, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — A Women's World Cup stirred by heated debates on politics, pay and technology saw the narratives fused in Sunday's final by the undisputed and outspoken star of the tournament: Megan Rapinoe. By opening the scoring with a penalty awarded after a video review, Rapinoe claimed a sixth...

US wins 4th World Cup title, 2nd in a row, beats Dutch 2-0

Jul. 7, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the Women's World Cup. Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, and the...

Berhalter criticizes CONCACAF for not using video review

Jul. 6, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has criticized soccer officials for not using video review in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. While FIFA instituted video assistant referees for last year's men's World Cup and this year's Women's World Cup, the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean...

Montagliani rules out future finals on same day

Jul. 6, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The president of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean body refused to address FIFA's contention that having the finals Women's World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America on the same day was planned, not inadvertent. CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani has said the...

On the eve of the World Cup final, Rapinoe calls out FIFA

Jul. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe called out FIFA on the eve of the Women's World Cup title match. Her criticism Saturday ranged from the gap in prize money between the men and women, to scheduling that put the World Cup final on the same day as the Gold Cup final in the United States and the Copa America...

FIFA looks to expand Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams

Jul. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — FIFA will seek to expand the Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams and double the prize money while maintaining a significant financial gulf with funding for the men's tournament. FIFA President Gianni Infantino will need quick approval from ruling bodies to enlarge the Women's World...

The final insult: Women compete with Copa America, CONCACAF

Jul. 5, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

Megan Rapinoe considers Sunday to be the final insult. Just a few hours after the United States and the Netherlands meet in the Women's World Cup final in France, Brazil or Peru will celebrate winning the Copa America, South America's men's championship. And then at night, the United States or Mexico will win the...

FIFA: Afghanistan coach's Infantino criticism 'unjustified'

Jul. 4, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Criticism of FIFA President Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse investigations was "ill-informed and unjustified," the governing body said Thursday after the coach of the Afghanistan women's national team said she was "disgusted" with him. Coach Kelly Lindsey had demanded...