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Rapinoe, Messi win FIFA player of the year awards

Sep. 23, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday. Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women's World Cup title in July, as was Jill Ellis...

The Latest: Rapinoe wins FIFA player of the year award

Sep. 23, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on FIFA Best awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (all times local): 10:05 p.m. United States forward Megan Rapinoe beat World Cup-winning teammate Alex Morgan to the FIFA women's player of the year award. Rapinoe scored six goals to help the U.S. win the women's World Cup, earning...

Timeline of Russia's doping cases and cover-ups

Sep. 23, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

Russia faces fresh accusations of tampering with doping data, which could affect its chances of competing in next year's Olympics. That's just the latest development in a five-year saga of revelations about widespread drug use by Russian athletes that has marred at least the last five Olympic Games. Here is a...

Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst set to retire

Sep. 23, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst will retire after the season, ending a 15-year career in which he was one of the top defenders in Major League Soccer. Parkhurst announced his decision Monday before the team trained for a crucial match at New York City FC. Atlanta trails...

Estate of late Leicester City team owner sued over crash

Sep. 23, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The family of an employee of the Thai owner of England's Leicester City soccer team who died in a helicopter crash that also took her boss's life sued his estate and his family's duty-free business on Monday for 300 million baht ($9.8 million). Former beauty queen Nusara Suknamai, 33, was...

Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team

Sep. 23, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has denied travel permits to most players on a Gazan soccer team which had hoped to cross through Israel and into the West Bank to play a local championship final against a rival Palestinian club. Khadamat Rafah is set to play Balata FC in the West Bank on Wednesday. But...

FIFA president: Racism in Italian stadiums 'very serious'

Sep. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PARMA, Italy (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants. The...

FIFA sees no obstacles for women to attend games in Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it...

US men's soccer to play Canada in Orlando in November

Sep. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will play its Nov. 15 home Nations League match against Canada at Orlando, Florida. The Americans open the new competition against Cuba on Oct. 11 at Washington, D.C., then meet Canada four days later in Toronto. The U.S. group stage finale will be against Cuba on...

AP Interview: Serie A CEO cites 'billion' lost to TV piracy

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The accumulated damage to Italian soccer by illegal television streaming services is "well beyond a billion euros," according to Serie A's CEO. Speaking in the aftermath of a Europe-wide crackdown this week against allegedly fraudulent pay-TV subscription services, Luigi De Siervo also said in...