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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. The Portuguese soccer federation says Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The federation says Ronaldo is doing well and has no symptoms. He has been dropped from the country's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Ronaldo in doubt for Messi's visit to Juventus

Oct. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

Some talking points ahead of the second round of games in the Champions League: NO RONALDO VS. MESSI? The highly anticipated matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi likely won’t happen because Ronaldo has the coronavirus. Juventus has not reported many details of Ronaldo’s status but the...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: NFL's Washington team not yet allowing fans

Oct. 21, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Washington Football Team will allow only friends and family in attendance at FedEx Field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, even after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan allowed teams to fill outdoor stadiums to 10% capacity. A...

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford leaps over a challenge by PSG's Presnel Kimpembe during the Champions League group H soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Man United wins again at PSG; Messi scores in Barca rout

Oct. 20, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

Marcus Rashford sprinted toward the corner flag inside an empty Parc des Princes and slid on his knees in celebration, just like two seasons ago. Another trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Another late winner for the Manchester United striker. In a heavyweight contest on the opening night of the...

Soccer supporters keep social distance guidelines prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and FC Schalke 04 in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Who gets fans? New dividing line in Champions League

Oct. 19, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has brought a new dividing line to the Champions League this season. No longer is it only the super rich clubs against everyone else. There is now a split between those playing in front of fans and those playing in empty stadiums. As of Monday, seven...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

AP Interview: Barça VP says Messi never was for sale

Oct. 11, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hobbled by crises on the field and among its fed-up club members, Barcelona never waivered in its commitment to Lionel Messi despite mounting financial struggles brought on by the pandemic-induced global economic slowdown. A drop in revenues has forced Barcelona to jettison players...

Masked Kentucky fans enter Kroger Field before during the NCAA college football game between Kentucky and Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

The Latest: Spain's Oyarzabal won't travel because of virus

Oct. 7, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Spanish national team says forward Mikel Oyarzabal will not travel with the squad to play at Portugal after a test revealed antibodies for the virus that causes COVID-19. The team says the Real Sociedad player’s...

Leeds United's head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks out during the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road Stadium, in Leeds, England, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)

Guardiola takes on his guru, Bielsa, for 1st time in England

Oct. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

It was 2006 and Pep Guardiola was winding down his playing career with a short spell at Mexican club Dorados, where he had moved chiefly to understand better the art of soccer management under its Spanish coach, Juanma Lillo. Before he took the plunge into coaching, Guardiola also was urged to travel to Argentina...

Ajax's Sergino Dest, left, and Getafe's Marc Cucurella vie for the ball during a round of 32, second leg, Europa League soccer match between Ajax and Getafe at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Barcelona close to signing young American defender Dest

Sep. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — American right back Sergiño Dest is set to join Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday. The Ajax player underwent a medical in Barcelona and the clubs were finalizing the details to make the transfer official, the Barcelona coach said. “He almost certainly will be with...

FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 file photo, Crystal Palace's manager Frank de Boer looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at Selhurst Park in London. Frank de Boer was appointed coach of the Netherlands on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 succeeding Ronald Koeman who quit to join Barcelona. The federation said the 50-year-old De Boer signed a contract through the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

De Boer takes over Netherlands team with point to prove

Sep. 25, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Frank de Boer paid tribute to his predecessor Ronald Koeman on Friday and said he wants to use his time in charge of the national team to prove his doubters wrong. De Boer was appointed this week on a contract through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, succeeding...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, in action during the pre-season friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Girona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Revamped Barcelona starts new season with spotlight on Messi

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. His every move, however, will be scrutinized like never before. After all, never before had Messi told the club that he wanted to leave, and never before had Messi been forced...