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Plane carrying 1 of Liverpool's owners skids off runway

Dec. 11, 2019 7:49 AM EST

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A private jet carrying a member of the American ownership group of English soccer club Liverpool skidded off the runway at an airport on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident but Liverpool John Lennon Airport was briefly closed. Mike Gordon, the president of Fenway Sports...

Sporting KC acquires striker Pulida from C.D. Guadalajara

Dec. 10, 2019 9:16 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City fulfilled its need for an elite striker Tuesday by swinging a deal with Mexican club C.D. Guadalujara for Alan Pulido, who signed a four-year contract with the Major League Soccer club after it paid a club-record transfer fee. The 28-year-old Pulido has scored...

English clubs on the march again in the Champions League

Dec. 10, 2019 6:40 PM EST

The English are on the march again in the Champions League. Liverpool and Chelsea completed a sweep of Premier League clubs into the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday, a season after England had two of its representatives in the final. Liverpool, which beat Tottenham in the title match in June to...

Despite doping ban, Russian athletes prepare for Olympics

Dec. 10, 2019 3:01 AM EST

Despite another doping ban, many Russian athletes will still be competing at the next Olympics. The sanctions handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday mean there won't be a Russian flag or national anthem at a string of major sports competitions, including next year's Tokyo Olympics. But there are...

Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

Dec. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Rapinoe, FIFA Player of the Year and a two-time World Cup winner, including this year's tournament in France, was selected for dominating “the world's game, on the world's stage,...

Messi's hometown offers emotional trip to his childhood

Dec. 9, 2019 1:34 PM EST

ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and...

Anti-doping agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 11:02 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by the World...

Timeline of Russia's doping cases and cover-ups

Dec. 9, 2019 6:48 AM EST

The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. Here is a timeline of the drug use, doping investigations and cover-ups: February 2014 — Russian President Vladimir...

Joshua set to defend heavyweight titles at Tottenham stadium

Dec. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Anthony Joshua is set for a London homecoming to start his second reign as world heavyweight champion, with his next fight likely to take place at the recently built stadium of Premier League soccer club Tottenham. Joshua reclaimed his WBA, WBO and IBF titles early Sunday with a...

Liberty to make bowl debut vs Georgia Southern in Cure Bowl

Dec. 8, 2019 4:53 PM EST

Georgia Southern (7-5, Sun Belt) vs. Liberty (7-5, Independent), Dec. 21, 2 :30 p.m. ET. LOCATION: Orlando, Florida TOP PLAYERS Georgia Southern: RB Wesley Kennedy III, 760 yards rushing on 6.9 yards per carry, 10 touchdowns. Liberty: QB Stephen Calvert, 3,393 yards passing, 26 touchdowns. NOTABLE Georgia...