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Chicharito seizes chance to be center of the Galaxy

Jan. 23, 2020 6:54 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Javier Hernández has been to the top of the soccer world. He spent the last 10 years in Europe's top leagues, winning trophies and representing some of the biggest clubs. Yet from Manchester United to Sevilla, the Mexican striker better known as Chicharito often struggled to get...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Workers spray disinfectant at a train station in Wuhan in southern China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness that has infected hundreds and caused at least nine deaths could spread further. (Chinatopix via AP)

Olympic soccer, boxing qualifiers in China affected by virus

Jan. 22, 2020 12:25 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying events in two sports were moved from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday because of an outbreak of a deadly viral illness. A four-nation Asian qualifying group for the women’s soccer tournament was switched from the city at the center of the health...

South Korea, Saudi Arabia qualify for men's Olympic soccer

Jan. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — South Korea and Saudi Arabia both qualified for the men's Olympic soccer tournament after winning games on Wednesday. South Korea beat Australia 2-0 and Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship in Thailand. The final is Sunday in...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Soccer players union promises to defend Olympic protesters

Jan. 22, 2020 9:19 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Soccer players who defy Olympic rules by making protest gestures at the 2020 Tokyo Games will be supported by their global union. Freedom of speech on issues like anti-discrimination and gender equality needs to be protected from “a hypocritical rule,” FIFPro general secretary...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo, Sevilla's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Europa League group A soccer match against APOEL Nicosia at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. The Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to a Designated Player contract, the MLS soccer club announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti, File)

Mexican goal-scoring star Chicharito signs with LA Galaxy

Jan. 21, 2020 9:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest star in Mexican soccer is coming to the LA Galaxy. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández announced his move to the five-time MLS champions on Tuesday, bringing the veteran striker back to North America after a lengthy career in Europe. Hernández will...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, Canada's Christine Sinclair, left, is chased down by Sweden's Linda Sembrant during a Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match in Paris, France. Sinclair highlights Canada's 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament starting later this month. Sinclair is one goal away from tying retired U.S. star Abby Wambach's record of 184 goals in international play. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Sinclair highlights Canada's Olympic qualifying roster

Jan. 21, 2020 4:26 PM EST

Christine Sinclair, on the verge of tying the all-time international goals record, headlines Canada's roster for the CONCACAF Olympic soccer qualifying tournament. Canadian coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller announced the 20-player squad for the tournament Tuesday. Canada opens qualifying on Jan. 29 against Saint Kitts...

Jose Margulies, center, leaves federal court following his sentencing, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough New York. A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced Brazilian broadcast executive Margulies to two years' probation on Tuesday for acting as an intermediary in a scheme to exchange bribes for the media rights to South American soccer tournaments. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Brazilian broadcast executive gets probation in FIFA scandal

Jan. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced a Brazilian broadcast executive to two years of probation Tuesday for acting as an intermediary in a scheme to exchange bribes for the media rights to South American soccer tournaments. Jose Margulies participated in a “massive worldwide...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Toronto FC MLS soccer player Michael Bradley speaks to the media during an end of season availability in Toronto, Wednesday,. Toronto FC training camp opened with a bang Monday with the news that captain Michael Bradley is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery and could be out for four months or more. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Bradley to have surgery, likely sidelined about 4 months

Jan. 20, 2020 2:25 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley needs surgery on his right ankle and likely will be sidelined about four months. Bradley was hurt during Major League Soccer's championship game on Nov. 10 when Seattle's Román Torres attempted a shot and hit the ankle with his follow-through. Toronto...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined

Jan. 20, 2020 12:05 PM EST

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore — their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape. As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic...