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Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures during the Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and LASK at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Man United's Solskjaer faces old teammate in Europa League

Aug. 9, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The Europa League will set up a reunion for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he takes on an old friend in the quarterfinals. When Solskjaer's team faces Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday, the opposing coach will be his old Norway teammate Stale Solbakken. ...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Napoli at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Messi unstoppable as Barca beats Napoli to reach CL last 8

Aug. 8, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored an exquisite solo goal to help Barcelona beat Napoli 3-1 on Saturday and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals in Portugal. Messi added to Clement Lenglet’s opener when he kept control of the ball despite falling as he dribbled past several...

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern cruises past Chelsea into Champions League quarters

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored two goals and assisted two more as Bayern Munich cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday, completing an overwhelming 7-1 victory on aggregate. The coronavirus-enforced suspension of the season didn't interrupt Bayern's...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up.  The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

MLS to resume regular season following Florida tournament

Aug. 8, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

Buoyed by the MLS is Back tournament and confident of its coronavirus protocols, Major League Soccer will resume its regular season with teams playing in their home cities. The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Wednesday. Dallas and Nashville will...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 4, 2006 filer, Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates his side's first goal by teammate Fabio Grosso in the extra time of the semifinal World Cup soccer match between Germany and Italy in Dortmund, Germany. World Cup winner Pirlo was named Thursday, July 30, 2020, coach of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Pirlo hired to replace fired Sarri at Juventus

Aug. 8, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo was named Juventus’ new coach on Saturday, hours after Maurizio Sarri was fired. Pirlo was given a two-year contract, Juventus announced. Sarri was fired after his first season in charge ended with the team’s Champions League exit. Despite...

Juventus fires manager Maurizio Sarri after Champions League loss

Aug. 8, 2020 8:49 AM EDT
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus fires manager Maurizio Sarri after Champions League loss.
Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien gestures after the Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Lalo Villar)

Barca may need youth to get past Napoli, reach CL final 8

Aug. 7, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Quique Setién says that he is ready to count on youngsters Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig to eliminate Napoli and advance to the Champions League final eight in Portugal. Barcelona will be without midfielders Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal and Arthur for...

In this image made available Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, by British Vogue magazine, showing the September 2020 issue devoted to activism, with a cover featuring two Black activists and produced by a predominantly Black team. The influential magazine’s cover features 22-year-old Manchester United soccer player Marcus Rashford, who successfully campaigned during coronavirus lockdown to force Britain’s government to grant free food vouchers to poor families, alongside model and mental health, racial justice and sustainability activist Adwoa Aboah, who has said

Vogue UK spotlights Black activists, social change

Aug. 6, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British issue of Vogue is devoting its September issue to activism, with a cover featuring two Black activists and produced by a predominantly Black team. Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who is Black, said he wanted the magazine’s new issue, to be published Friday, to be a...

Montreal Impact players warm up wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts before an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Creavalle makes a statement with Black Lives Matter design

Aug. 5, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

Those Black Lives Matter T-shirts that have featured so prominently throughout the MLS is Back tournament were designed by one of the league's players, Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle. Passionate about design, Creavalle created the distinctive shirts — with bold text on the front and a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, Olympiakos' head coach Pedro Martins smiles during a news conference in Piraeus port, near Athens. Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins heads to England for the Europa League meeting with Wolverhampton keen to manage in the Premier League one day. On the final night of action before the suspension of UEFA competitions, Olympiakos drew 1-1 with Wolves in Athens on March 12. Almost 150 days later, their Europa League last-16 second leg will finally be played on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020 in central England. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

AP Interview: Martins is Portugal's latest coaching success

Aug. 5, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

Fresh from winning the Greek league with Olympiakos, Pedro Martins looks around the world with pride at the achievements of his fellow Portuguese coaches. Lockdown provided a rare chance to catch up with many of them at length. “This pandemic creates something special with this problem — we have...