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FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women's WCup

Sep. 20, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament. Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015...

Croatia soccer leaders deny WCup final ticket scalping claim

Sep. 20, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's soccer federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected scalping of World Cup final tickets. Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia's 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July. FIFA says it is "gathering...

Sluggish Tottenham under scrutiny after 3 straight losses

Sep. 20, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

Tottenham had more players in the World Cup semifinals than any other team. It also was the only Premier League club to not sign anyone in the European transfer window. As Mauricio Pochettino's sluggish side stumbles in the first busy period of the season, those factors might be starting to show. Tottenham has...

Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski chases MLS goals record

Sep. 20, 2018 3:30 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski goes to work for the San Jose Earthquakes with little fanfare, the pursuit of Landon Donovan's Major League Soccer career scoring mark hardly weighing on his mind as he focuses his energy on providing an example for his teammates and the youth. Wondo, as everyone...

Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss

Sep. 17, 2018 8:06 AM EDT

Chelsea should be savoring Eden Hazard's talents while he is still with the team. As the winger's contract winds down, his future at Stamford Bridge appears more uncertain. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will...

After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup

Sep. 16, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup. Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event. After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat...

Liverpool exploits Tottenham's World Cup fatigue for 5th win

Sep. 15, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Liverpool can cope without Mohamed Salah scoring. Not so Tottenham when a lethargic Harry Kane is misfiring. Chasing a first English title since 1990, Liverpool swept to a fifth successive win at the start of the Premier League on Saturday with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto...

Severely ill Pussy Riot member to be treated in Germany

Sep. 15, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details....

Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed

Sep. 15, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell. Two months since the tournament ended with France beating Croatia, the tolerant image presented by Russian law enforcement...

Tobin Heath's time is here with World Cup looming

Sep. 14, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Less than a year ago, Tobin Heath lamented that being injured was the "worst thing in the whole entire world." Now healthy, the midfielder for the Portland Thorns and the U.S. national team looks like she's having the time of her life. "I feel like it's been nice for me to be out on...