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FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb 25, 2015 file photo, Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee speaks during a press conference, in Doha.  Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke Monday July 6, 2020, of his concerns about the looming global recession, without directly citing the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

2022 Qatar World Cup cuts jobs after 'efficiency exercise'

Jul. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee did not directly cite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic in a statement announcing the job losses. But secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke of his...

Erceg scores in Courage's 1-0 victory over Red Stars

Jul. 5, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Defender Abby Erceg's header in the 81st minute gave the North Carolina Courage a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup. The two-time defending NWSL champions have won all three of their games in Utah to sit atop the...

FILER - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) goes to the basket against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pacers will finish this season without Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Pacers' Oladipo to sit out restart of season

Jul. 3, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating...

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Prosecutor to probe attorney general-FIFA president meetings

Jul. 3, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed in Switzerland to assess complaints about alleged criminal conduct when attorney general Michael Lauber had undisclosed meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office on Friday said it...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

The Latest: USL's Indy Eleven to return with limited fans

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United Soccer League’s Indy Eleven will return to action next Saturday with limited fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. League officials announced a 263-game schedule that will be played over a 13-week span, leading to a...

OL Reign forward Bethany Balcer (24) takes shot during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Sky Blue FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or UCLA. She didn't come to the league with a national team history or as a top draft pick, either. Balcer forged her own path to OL Reign. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Reign's Bethany Balcer aims to build on rookie NWSL season

Jul. 2, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

Bethany Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or Stanford. She didn't have a national team history and wasn't a draft pick. Balcer is soccer's version of a walk-on wonder, forging her own path to the OL Reign. The winner of last...

American women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before a trial, American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers. Nicole A. Saharsky, co-head of the Mayer Brown's U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice, joined the legal team on Thursday along with Brian D. Netter, a...

Atlanta United signs free-agent midfielder Damm from Mexico

Jul. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed free-agent midfielder Jürgen Damm, a former member of the Mexican National Team. Damm played on four Mexican professional championship teams and most recently played in Liga MX for Tigres UANL. Atlanta purchased Damm’s Discovery Rights from the Houston...

Galaxy's Dos Santos needs hernia surgery, out for tourney

Jul. 1, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos will miss the upcoming MLS restart tournament to have hernia surgery. The Galaxy announced Dos Santos' injury Wednesday. The club says Dos Santos will be sidelined for roughly six weeks by the minimally invasive surgery, which will be conducted...

Sky Blue FC forward Midge Purce, left, and OL Reign forward Darian Jenkins (11) vie for the ball during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OL Reign, Sky Blue play to scoreless draw in NWSL tournament

Jul. 1, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Sky Blue played to a scoreless draw with OL Reign on Tuesday night in the NWSL's Challenge Cup tournament. Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan leapt to stop Jasmyne Spencer’s breakaway attempt in the 85th minute, preserving the draw in the tournament opener for both teams. ...