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Kids hurt in Albanian quake meet footballers Ronaldo, Buffon

Dec. 6, 2019 5:32 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two Albanian boys who jumped from their apartments during an earthquake that killed relatives got a small reprieve from the tragedy Friday when they met their football idols. Aurel Lala, 7, and Alesio Cakoni, 10, jumped from the balconies of their apartments to escape the collapsing...

Chelsea gets January transfer ban overturned by winning appeal against FIFA at Court of Arbitration for Sport

Dec. 6, 2019 6:00 AM EST
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chelsea gets January transfer ban overturned by winning appeal against FIFA at Court of Arbitration for Sport.

MLS hopes to put 30th team in Charlotte, North Carolina

Dec. 5, 2019 6:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer will try to reach an agreement for ïts 30th team to be Charlotte, North Carolina, which could start play as soon as 2021. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper made a presentation to MLS owners Thursday when they met in a hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge. Tepper would...

Arsenal endures worst run since 1977; Newcastle wins in EPL

Dec. 5, 2019 5:56 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Not since 1977 have things been this bad at Arsenal. The struggling Gunners slumped to a 2-1 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday, taking the team's winless streak to nine games in all competitions — its worst run in 42 years. Interim coach Freddie Ljungberg...

Larentowicz re-signs with Atlanta United for 16th MLS season

Dec. 5, 2019 4:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz will be returning to Atlanta United for his 16th season in Major League Soccer. The team announced Thursday it has re-signed the 36-year-old free agent, who has been with United since the team's debut in 2017. Larentowicz has the second-most appearances in MLS...

Italian sports daily under fire for Black Friday headline

Dec. 5, 2019 2:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — A leading Italian sports daily faced widespread criticism for a headline reading “Black Friday” and featuring two black soccer players on Thursday’s cover. Corriere dello Sport ran photos of Roma defender Chris Smalling and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku ahead Friday's...

MLS teams no longer will play every opponent each season

Dec. 5, 2019 12:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer is breaking away from soccer's tradition of having each team play every opponent in its league. MLS is expanding to 26 teams in 2020 with the additions of Miami and Nashville but will keep a 34-game regular-season schedule. A team will play each of its 12 conference...

Mourinho loses in return to Old Trafford; Liverpool cruises

Dec. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EST

Jose Mourinho was standing on the edge of his technical area near the halfway line when Manchester United midfielder Daniel James came sliding off the field and clattered head-first into the right knee of the Portuguese coach. Mourinho just about stayed on his feet but grimaced as he clutched his knee before...

Pareja returns to MLS as Orlando City coach

Dec. 4, 2019 12:56 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Oscar Pareja is the new coach of Major League Soccer's Orlando City Lions. The 51-year-old Pareja returns to MLS following a stint with Club Tijuana of Liga MX. He previously coached FC Dallas, leading the club to a 78-49-41 record and making the postseason four of five seasons before...

UEFA to boost Women's Champions League with new group stage

Dec. 4, 2019 12:16 PM EST

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a move to raise the quality, profile and value of women’s soccer, UEFA is changing the Champions League format to include a group stage. The 2021-22 edition will have a 16-team group stage with increased revenue from the sale of centralized broadcast and sponsor deals,...