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A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: World Athletics suspends Olympic qualification

Apr. 7, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ World Athletics says it has suspended Olympic qualification because of the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021. The governing body of track says no performances between April 5 and Nov. 30 will...

The UEFA logo displayed to the entrance of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The UEFA meet on 17 March 2020 to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the UEFA EURO 2020 and the European Cup competitions. 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. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

UEFA explores financial rule changes due to pandemic impact

Apr. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

UEFA is exploring changes to Financial Fair Play rules as clubs grapple with the sudden loss in revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic abruptly halting competitions across Europe. The cost-control regulations were introduced a decade ago as a response to the global financial crisis caused by the banking...

FILE - In this Tuesday March 10, 2020 file photo a general view of the Mestalla stadium during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Valencia and Atalanta in Valencia, Spain. The match is being in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. 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/Emilio Morenatti)

European competitions could wait for domestic leagues to end

Apr. 7, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Finishing off domestic soccer seasons could take precedence over completing the Champions League. Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Tuesday that several ideas are being studied by the leagues and UEFA, including having the European competitions restarting only after the national...

This April 7, 2020, photo provided by Felix Gard, shows German tourists, from left, Felix Gard, Julia Betz, Laura Spottke, and Thomas Metzler in Cambridge, New Zealand. Four German students who were invited by a New Zealand family to shelter with them during a nationwide lockdown say they've been having lots of fun sharing meals, playing football and trying to learn guitar. The students are among the 12,000 German visitors who have signed up for a repatriation program on flights chartered by the German government. (Felix Gard via AP)

New Zealand family hosts 4 German students during lockdown

Apr. 7, 2020 5:41 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Four German students who were invited to shelter with a New Zealand family during a nationwide lockdown say they've been having lots of fun sharing meals, playing soccer and trying to learn guitar. And their host family says the unexpected guests have been equally enriching...

US prosecutors allege bribes in 2018, 2022 World Cup votes

Apr. 7, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022...

FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray embraces NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. In recent drafts, first-round selections were announced by Commissioner Goodell. Then followed hugs involving players and Goodell — some of them comical — and photo sessions with the players wearing team ball caps or even showing off team jerseys. This year, with all public events at the planned site of Las Vegas canceled and the draft set to proceed remotely, players will likely be at their homes when their names are called. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Latest: 3 Rangers minor leaguers in self-isolation

Apr. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Three minor league players in the Texas Rangers organization are in self-isolation after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that two of the three players had...

Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrian, center bottom, fails to save the ball as Atletico Madrid's Marcos Llorente scores his side's second goal during a second leg, round of 16, Champions League soccer match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Liverpool reverses plan to furlough staff after backlash

Apr. 6, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

Apologizing to its own fans, Liverpool on Monday reversed a decision to apply its furloughed non-playing staff for the British government's job retention scheme during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the scheme implemented to help businesses survive the national lockdown, staff can be put on furlough and receive...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 file photo, Manchester City's Kyle Walker during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Manchester City at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from Premier League team Manchester City after apologizing on Sunday April 5, 2020, for breaking lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

England soccer star Walker sorry after 'lockdown party'

Apr. 5, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. The 29-year-old Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party...

A man is pushed in the wheelchair while wearing protective masks near Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 13, 2020.  Real Madrid have said its players were being placed in isolation after one of the club's basketball players, who share facilities with Madrid's soccer players, tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. That led to the instant decision by the Spanish league to bring matches to a halt for the next two rounds. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spanish players criticize league's call for furloughs

Apr. 5, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Soccer players in Spain on Sunday criticized the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 1996, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's Mauricio Cienfuegos (10) pursues San Jose Clash's Eric Wynalda during the first half of an MLS soccer game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Before the first-ever Major League Soccer match on April 6, 1996, a group of Clash players went to a trendy San Jose restaurant for some pre-game bonding, and four of them threw up after the meal. But it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Wynalda.

With 1 goal, first-ever MLS game was filled with promise

Apr. 5, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

Before the first-ever Major League Soccer match, a group of San Jose Clash players went to a local restaurant for some pregame bonding. Four of them threw up after the meal, but it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Eric Wynalda. "It was just the nervousness," he said. “These were guys that had...