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Referee Melissa Borjas, center, consults with VAR after awarding a penalty to the Dutch team during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Japan at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Lieke Martens scored from the spot and the Netherlands won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 26, 2019 - 5:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — Video review has created confusion and brought questions at the Women's World Cup. The Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, was integrated into the men's World Cup in Russia last year, leading to calls for it to also be used for the women's tournament in France. But it certainly hasn't...
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Italy's Elisa Bartoli, right, jumps over China goalkeeper Peng Shimeng, second right, just before Italy's Valentina Giacinti scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Italy and China at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 25, 2019 - 4:27 pm
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Italy made its case to be considered a contender in the Women's World Cup after a convincing 2-0 win over China on Tuesday night. Coach Milena Bertolini believes Italy is set to play in its first quarterfinal since 1991 because her players are striving for a goal that...
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United States' Megan Rapinoe, front, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal from a penalty kick during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and US at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 24, 2019 - 4:33 pm
REIMS, France (AP) — Spain tested the United States like no other team at the Women's World Cup. The Spaniards played an aggressive and physical game that made the U.S. look disorganized at times before pulling out a 2-1 victory on Monday. It could have been just what the Americans needed: France...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, May 8, 2018, PSG's Dani Alves runs with the ball during the French Cup soccer final against Les Herbiers at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Veteran Brazil defender Dani Alves is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons with the club, according to an announcement Sunday June 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Francois Mori, FILE)
June 23, 2019 - 9:28 am
PARIS (AP) — Veteran Brazil defender Dani Alves is leaving French champion Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons with the club. The 36-year-old attacking right back scored eight goals in 73 appearances for PSG, winning the league title in both seasons. Although he scored a good goal in the French...
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Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN leaders summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
June 23, 2019 - 6:11 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war, with one leader warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute...
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U.S. forward Gyasi Zardes (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Cleveland. The United States won 6-0. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
June 22, 2019 - 11:38 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The only embarrassment and shame was felt on the other side. Two years later, the U.S. soccer team turned the tables on Trinidad and Tobago. Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span, Christian Pulisic added one during a five-goal barrage in the second half and the...
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United States players embrace following their team's 2-0 win over Sweden in the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 22, 2019 - 7:47 am
REIMS, France (AP) — U.S. Soccer and players for the women's national team have tentatively agreed to mediate a lawsuit that accuses the federation of gender discrimination and seeks equitable pay. The federation and representatives for the players confirmed the agreement, first reported in the...
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Brazil's Marta reacts during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
June 21, 2019 - 2:05 pm
While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women's World Cup by keeping its focus on the present. The Americans will face Spain in the round of 16 on Monday in Reims as the tournament enters the win-or...
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United States' Paul Arriola (7) celebrates with teammates Gyasi Zardes, left, Tyler Boyd, center, and Weston Mckennie, right, after scoring a goal on Guyana during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
June 19, 2019 - 2:00 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After newcomer Tyler Boyd scored early in the second half to give the United States a two-goal lead, the sure sign this was going to be a good night for the Americans was visible on Gyasi Zardes' face. A shot by Paul Arriola from just outside the box was headed by Guyana...
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FILE - In this file photo dated June 17, 1986, Michel Platini, left, of France dribbles past Italian forward Alessandro Altobelli in their World Cup eight finals in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. France won 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament and Italy was eliminated. Affectionately nicknamed “Le Roi” (The King), Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, but his lofty reputation seems to have been tainted. (AP Photo, FILE)
June 19, 2019 - 1:45 am
Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly...
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