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Players skip training after union impasse with MLS

Jun. 1, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

Players from several Major League Soccer teams skipped voluntary workouts Monday after the league and the players' association hit an impasse on an agreement that would clear the way for a tournament this summer in Florida. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the talks between the two sides were...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

NWSL sets schedule for tournament in Utah

Jun. 1, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

The National Women's Soccer League has set the schedule for the opening round of its tournament starting later this month in Utah, with the Portland Thorns playing the defending champion North Carolina Courage on the opening day. The NWSL is scheduled to be the first U.S. pro team league returning to play amid...

Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with a 'Justice for George Floyd' shirt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn, Germany, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak all soccer matches of the German Bundesliga take place without spectators. (Lars Baron/Pool via AP)

Analysis: Soccer out of touch suppressing on-field activism

Jun. 1, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

To most watching Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho remove his jersey to reveal a handwritten “Justice for George Floyd” message on his undershirt, it was a powerful expression of activism on a soccer field. To the Bundesliga referee overseeing that game, it was an action requiring punishment....

FILE - In this April 20, 2019 file picture, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and AC Fiorentina, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. The Italian minister of sport Vincenzo Spadafora announced Thursday, May 28, 2020 that the Serie A will restart on June 20, to conclude the championship after the coronavirus stop. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Torino and Parma to kick off Italian soccer's return

Jun. 1, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

Torino’s match at home to Parma on June 20 will be the first Serie A match when Italy’s top soccer league resumes with a match almost every day until Aug. 2. All matches will initially take place without any spectators but Italian soccer is considering the possibility of allowing fans into stadiums...

The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Australia rugby league tour of England canceled

Jun. 1, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The first England-Australia rugby league series in 17 years has been canceled. England’s Rugby Football League and the Australian Rugby League Commission made the joint announcement. England was to play Australia at...

Hertha BSC's Krzysztof Piatek celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha Berlin and Augsburg at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak all soccer matches of the German Bundesliga take place without spectators. (Hannibal Hanschke/pool photo via AP)

Fortunes of Berlin clubs changed by Bundesliga's virus break

Jun. 1, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga’s coronavirus-induced break has changed the fortunes of the Berlin clubs. The German soccer league’s unprecedented two-month suspension came at the right time for Hertha Berlin and the wrong time for city rival Union Berlin. While Hertha used the break to good...

In this photo provided by Atletico Madrid, team players take part in the first group training session in Madrid, Spain, Monday May 18, 2020. All Spanish league clubs can begin group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Atletico de Madrid via AP)

Full squad training resumes in Spain ahead of soccer restart

Jun. 1, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish clubs resumed full squad training on Monday, beginning the final stage of preparations for the return to competition. Clubs will have just under two weeks of full sessions before the league restarts on June 11, almost three months after it was halted because of the coronavirus...

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

FILE - In this April 29, 2018 file photo taken with a fisheye lens, a flag flies at the Banc of California Stadium prior to an MLS soccer game between Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders in Los Angeles. Los Angeles FC will seek a new name for its 2-year-old Banc of California Stadium after a restructuring of the bank's partnership with the Major League Soccer club. LAFC announced Tuesday, May 26, 2020 that Banc of California will eventually give up its naming rights to the sleek new stadium just south of downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, file)

MLS players agree to salary cuts, possible tournament

May. 31, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

The Major League Soccer Players Association voted to approve economic concessions for this season, including across-the-board salary cuts, while also agreeing to play in a proposed summer tournament in Orlando, Florida. The proposal, made public by the union Sunday night, will now be sent to back to the league...

Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp waves as he arrives at the club's Melwood training ground after the English Premier League announced players can return to training in small groups as the coronavirus lockdown is eased Wednesday May 20, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Mets' Alonso: 'I will not remain silent' on racial injustice

May. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. “For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around...