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Argentina tops FIFA men's rankings as government hits back at critics of team's racist France song

Jul. 18, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

Argentina was confirmed as the world’s No. 1 team in the FIFA men’s rankings on Thursday, as the national government doubled down on defending the players who celebrated winning the Copa America by singing a racist song targeting No. 2-ranked France. The fallout of the chant sung...

Rookie Federico Redondo scores first two goals, sparks Inter Miami to 3-1 victory over Toronto

Jul. 17, 2024 22:57 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Federico Redondo scored the first two goals of his career in the second half after assisting on a first-half score by Diego Gómez and Inter Miami posted a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Neither team scored until Redondo fed...

Lionel Messi asked to apologize for Argentina players' racist chant

Jul. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

Lionel Messi faced calls on Wednesday to apologize for racist chants made by Argentina's players after they won the Copa America. An Argentinean government official said Messi, who is the team captain, and the president of the country’s soccer federation, Claudio Tapia, should...

Lionel Messi is likely to miss at least next two games for Inter Miami with ankle injury

Jul. 16, 2024 20:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi is likely to miss at least the next two matches for Inter Miami, his Major League Soccer team, after injuring his right ankle during the Copa America final, Miami coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said Tuesday. The team said Tuesday that...

AP Sports Week in Pictures: Victories by Argentina and Spain in soccer; Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon

Jul. 16, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

The global sports week culminated with a victory by Argentina at the Copa America, a triumph by Spain at the Euro 2024 tournament and countryman Carlos Alcaraz lifting the trophy at Wimbledon on Sunday. Associated Press photographers were there as Argentina topped Colombia 1-0 on...

Sports betting roundup: Pete Alonso has best odds to win MLB’s Home Run Derby on BetMGM Sportsbook

Jul. 15, 2024 15:17 PM EDT

The Euro 2024 and Copa America tournaments concluded on Sunday with some exciting championship games. Spain beat England 2-1 to win the Euro 2024 championship. Mikel Oyarzabal’s goal in the 86th minute proved to be the game-winner. It was Spain’s fourth European Championship,...

Argentina fans revel in their Copa America triumph, a brief respite from their country's crises

Jul. 15, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines taking to the streets to revel in their Copa América triumph late Sunday inhabit a very different place now than they did 19 months ago, when their World Cup win sent millions surging into the same Buenos Aires square in a howl of collective celebration....

Lionel Messi exits Copa America final with apparent leg injury, ankle swollen

Jul. 15, 2024 02:42 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi's night ended early during the Copa America final when he emotionally exited the field in the 64th minute with an apparent leg injury on Sunday night, and cameras showed him later on the bench with a badly swollen right ankle. The 37-year-old...

Argentina wins record 16th Copa America title, beats Colombia 1-0 after Messi gets hurt

Jul. 15, 2024 02:28 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi pumped his arms. The trophy bounced up and down in his grasp. Tears of frustration from an hour or so earlier had turned to laughs and hugs for the two-time Copa America champion and World Cup winner. Messi was forced to watch much of the...

Lionel Messi looks to lead Argentina to record 16th Copa America title in duel with Colombia

Jul. 13, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi is one win from leading Argentina to a record 16th Copa America title. Colombia will do everything in its power to make sure that doesn't happen in a matchup that pits the juggernaut against the surging force in the final. It’ll happen...