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Listen up: Roberto Mancini is Italy’s standout at Euro 2020

Jun. 12, 2021 06:35 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — For months, Italy’s players have been repeating the same mantra: “Our strength is in the group. We don’t have a single standout player.” The Azzurri do have a standout coach, though, and Roberto Mancini’s impact in turning around a team that failed...

Queen Elizabeth honors key women in UK's rapid vaccine drive

Jun. 11, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has used her birthday honors list to celebrate those at the forefront of the U.K.'s rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines over the past few months, which has been credited with turning around the country's pandemic response. Two of the most...

The Latest: Italy opens Euro 2020 with 3-0 win over Turkey

Jun. 11, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

The Latest on soccer's European Championship: ___ A flurry of second-half goals gave Italy a 3-0 win over Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship. Ciro Immobile kicked in a rebound from close range and Lorenzo...

Booing of anti-racism gesture reinforces need to take a knee

Jun. 11, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — What should be the perfect opening to England’s European Championship campaign — in its home stadium on a scorching summer afternoon — instead carries an element of trepidation about the reception the players will receive from their own fans. ...

Atlanta midfielder Emerson Hyndman tears knee ligament

Jun. 10, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta midfielder Emerson Hyndman injured a knee during training and needs surgery. The team said Thursday he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Hyndman has one goal in seven games this season, his third with...

Pope Francis blesses UEFA officials ahead of Euro 2020

Jun. 10, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and other soccer officials on Thursday to offer his blessings before the European Championship kicks off in Rome. Euro 2020, which was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

A year late, Italy and Turkey play opening game at Euro 2020

Jun. 10, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Somehow it seems appropriate that Italy, the first country in Europe that was overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, is hosting the opening game of the European Championship. Even if Euro 2020 is kicking off in 2021. The biggest crowd...

US routs Costa Rica 4-0 to finish 4-game, 11-day stretch

Jun. 09, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

SANDY, Utah (AP) — The United States finished a grueling stretch of four games in 11 days over 5,400 miles that resulted in three wins, including the CONCACAF Nations League trophy. Twenty-four players saw action, and eight scored. Prep time for the Europe-based players...

Cherundolo, Pearce, Moreno, Payne elected to US Soccer Hall

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — American national team defenders Steve Cherundolo and Christie Pearce have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with Bolivian forward Jaime Moreno and former D.C. United general manager Kevin Payne. The four will be inducted...

MLS to meet Mexican league counterparts in All-Star Game

Jun. 09, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It will take place more than a year later than originally scheduled, but a match between the top players in Major League Soccer and Mexico's Liga MX is on. The two leagues announced Wednesday that the MLS All-Star Game will be played Aug. 25 at Banc...