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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo warms up prior to a soccer match against Udinese, in Udine, Italy. Ronaldo's new Las Vegas lawyer is calling documents cited in media reports about a woman's claim that he raped her in 2009 "complete fabrications," and says the encounter was consensual. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
October 11, 2018 - 10:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a Nevada woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape challenged the international soccer star's legal team on Thursday to prove that documents cited in European media reports about their 2009 encounter in Las Vegas are false. Anything that proves that documents were...
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A view of the exterior of Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. Britain is looking to host up to 60 major sporting events over the next 15 years, including soccer’s World Cup, to assert global influence and secure trade deals after Brexit. Building on the successful of the 2012 Olympics in London and the English Premier League, hosting major sporting events is now embraced as a key instrument of soft power by British Prime Minister Thresa May’s government. The UK Sport list of sporting events being targeted was revealed hours after May’s speech to her Conservative Party conference, with the centerpiece the 2030 World Cup. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 11, 2018 - 10:59 am
LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association will hold a special meeting to vote on whether to sell Wembley Stadium to Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise and London-based Premier League club Fulham. The FA council meeting will be held on Oct. 24 and the governing body'...
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Chelsea players celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League group L soccer match between Chelsea and Vidi FC at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 11, 2018 - 7:40 am
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says big teams should not be forced to join the "great unwashed," railing against attempts to make soccer more equal. UEFA has been exploring introducing regulations to improve the competitive balance to close the divide between clubs. But Buck says he is...
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October 11, 2018 - 5:47 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — From FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport challenging his ban for forgery ahead of a Thailand soccer federation election. Makudi says he is "very confident. I didn't do anything wrong." The former Thai federation...
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PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
October 08, 2018 - 12:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d'Or as the best soccer player in the world. The Paris Saint-Germain striker helped his case over the weekend,...
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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, celebrates after he scored his side's fifth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 08, 2018 - 6:14 am
As the goals piled up and a ninth straight win began to look increasingly secure, a chant of "We've got our Arsenal back" boomed out from the away end at Craven Cottage. So much for life after Arsene Wenger being fraught and a worrying leap into the unknown. Arsenal hasn't had it this good in years...
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Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola appeals for a foul after Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, standing, and Manchester City's Fernandinho, sitting, collided during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
October 07, 2018 - 3:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Premier League's two title favorites huffed and puffed but, ultimately, neither team was able to blow the house down at Anfield. Liverpool and Manchester City can generally be relied upon to provide open, expansive tussles with goals aplenty. Sunday's 0-0 draw, however, was a drab...
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Real Madrid's players leave the pitch after losing the match against Deportivo Alaves during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Mendizorroza stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Deportivo Alaves won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
October 06, 2018 - 8:41 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid is enduring its worst scoring drought in more than three decades. Alaves scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to hand Madrid a 1-0 loss in the Spanish league on Saturday and leave the European champions without a goal in four matches in all competitions...
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Juventus's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Udinese and Juventus at the Dacia Arena Stadium, in Udine, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
October 06, 2018 - 5:12 pm
UDINE, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo asked his Juventus teammates to leave him alone. For all that he's embroiled in — accused of rape nine years ago — the soccer superstar wanted some space so he could celebrate his goal on Saturday all by himself in front of a TV camera. He leaped into the air...
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Juventus's forward Cristiano Ronaldo, right, celebrates with his teammates Paulo Dybala, left, and Rodrigo Bentancur after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Juventus, at the Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018. (Stefano Lancia/Ansa via AP)
October 06, 2018 - 2:20 pm
UDINE, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's form doesn't appear affected by a lawsuit accusing him of rape. Ronaldo scored Juventus' second goal in a 2-0 win at Udinese to extend the Bianconeri's perfect start in Serie A on Saturday. Shortly before the break, Ronaldo blasted a powerful shot from 10...
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