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FILE - In this  Wednesday, March 7, 2018 filer, Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates at the end of a the Champions League, round of 16, second-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wembley Stadium in London. The Juventus captain -- who has a master’s degree in business administration -- was the main go-between for millionaire teammates like Cristiano Ronaldo and management when the squad agreed to forgo 90 million euros ($100 million) in wages to help the club during the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Captain to chief negotiator: Chiellini works out salary cuts

Apr. 1, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Best known for his aggressive defending on the soccer field, Giorgio Chiellini is proving to be an effective negotiator in the board room, too. The Juventus captain — who has a master’s degree in business administration — was the main go-between for millionaire teammates...

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

FIFA sees 'duty' to help as pandemic ravages soccer finances

Mar. 31, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

As the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic ripple across world football, FIFA sees a "duty” to offer a lifeline from its vast cash reserves. Talks are underway about how the governing body's support fund will be distributed, with the global players' union appealing for cash to be targeted at...

A visitor wearing a face mask stands near the Olympic rings at Tokyo's Odaiba district Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Tokyo Olympics are probably going to happen, but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Australia cancels track championships for 2020

Mar. 25, 2020 1:37 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Athletics Australia has canceled its 2020 national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 file photo the Euro soccer championships trophy is seen in front of the logo during the presentation of Munich's logo as one of the host cities of the Euro 2020 European soccer championships in Munich, Germany. UEFA, are set to make a final decision when the UEFA executive committee meets on Tuesday March 17, 2020 after talks with clubs and leagues, about possibly delaying the Euro 2020 soccer tournament by a year as the continent grapples with the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

UEFA postpones Euro 2020 by 1 year because of pandemic

Mar. 17, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Taking a tough decision that became more inevitable by the day, the governing body of European soccer postponed its marquee championship for one year on Tuesday. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus...

General view of Mestalla stadium during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Valencia and Atalanta in Valencia, Spain, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Athletes try to stay fit amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar. 16, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Standing in his living room with family photos in the background, the fitness trainer for Spanish soccer club Leganés started the day's online session. Using an elastic band, a couple of large water bottles as weight and a chair, Pol Lorente began demonstrating the exercises players had...

FILE- In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum stands in Cooperstown, N.Y. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the hall said it will close to the public beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

The Latest: Kroenke to pay arena employees during shutdown

Mar. 15, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 12:30 a.m.. Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment says it will pay its part-time and hourly employees impacted by the cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak for the...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo shows a sign taped by Eintracht fans on a wall of the stadium during a Europa League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Basel in Frankfurt, Germany. All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday March 13, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Virus outbreak tests limits of soccer's World Cup schedule

Mar. 13, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The congested soccer calendar is being pushed beyond its limits by a global pandemic ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The coronavirus outbreak is testing the wisdom of soccer’s global drive toward creating and expanding international competitions in the gaps between already busy domestic...

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates as he runs past Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

'Clásico' puts Madrid at ease again, leaves Barça pressured

Mar. 2, 2020 6:43 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — What a difference a “clásico” makes. The bad press, the pressure from fans, the lack of confidence — all gone with a victory. The renewed criticism, the increased doubts, the letdown — all back with a loss. Spain’s biggest soccer match can quickly...

Lionel Messi del Barcelona celebra tras anotar el primer tanto del cuadro en el partido de La Liga Española contra el Eibar, en Barcelona, el sábado 22 de febrero de 2020. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Messi restores peace at Barca; Madrid in slump before City

Feb. 24, 2020 12:12 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi demanded that Barcelona settle its inner turmoil and regain the focus needed for a successful title run. Then he backed up that talk with action. Messi scored four times to lead a 5-0 win over Eibar on Saturday, a victory that gave Barcelona the lead in the Spanish...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, controls the ball under pressure from Getafe's Mauro Arambarri during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Getafe at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/G.Garin)

Messi demands calm after chaotic 2 months for Barcelona

Feb. 20, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has been hit recently by a series of setbacks on the field and conflicts inside the club. And Lionel Messi has had enough of it. “We have only had problem after problem since January. What we need is some calm and to think about soccer, to think about the games, and...