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Let me go! Uncertainty surrounds stars of European soccer
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With two weeks left in European soccer's summer transfer window, it cannot close quickly enough for those teams desperate to keep their best players. Many soccer fans can feel short-changed in the early weeks of the season, however, with top players either refusing
Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is 'persecution'
    2 months 17 hours ago
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MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as "persecution." Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that "it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems
Madrid beats Barca 2-0 without Ronaldo to win Super Cup
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MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 to complete a 5-1 victory on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, dominating its fiercest rival without the need of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale. Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema provided the goals in the second leg for a Madrid side
SPANISH LEAGUE 2017-18: 5 key players to keep an eye on
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The Spanish league lost Neymar in a record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain but still has plenty of star players on display, including the two touted as the best in the world — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona also kept Luis Suarez, Real Madrid held on to Gareth Bale, and Atletico
Maria Sharapova granted wild-card entry into US Open
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NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1½ years. Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association
Liverpool beats Hoffenheim 2-1, closes on Champions League
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In the absence of unsettled playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool turned to an 18-year-old right back making his European debut for some set-piece magic in its Champions League playoff win against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't disappoint. Talked up at Anfield as a
Chinese investors buy Premier League club Southampton
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LONDON (AP) — Southampton is the latest English soccer team to fall under Chinese ownership. Jisheng Gao, chairman of Chinese sports investment company Lander, has bought an 80 percent stake in Southampton with daughter, Nelly Gao, for 210 million pounds ($272 million), a person familiar with
Petulant & reckless: Stars' bad habits erupt early in season
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LONDON (AP) — New season, old habits. Referees are encountering insolent behavior. Hot-headed stars are kicking out. Players are embroiled in transfer standoffs. The petulant streak within footballers is burning brightly after the summer break in Europe, and the world player of the year is
Cristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo lost his cool, and now Real Madrid has lost its main man for five matches at the start of the Spanish season. Ronaldo was banned for five games on Monday after shoving a referee who sent him off for diving in Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the
Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win at Barca
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and scored with a beautiful
Bolt gets the cheers, and Americans get the medals at worlds
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LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a soul had left. The running had been over for nearly 30 minutes. As always, though, Bolt had a way of making everybody stay. The world
Neymar shines on PSG debut, says he's 'more alive than ever'
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GUINGAMP, France (AP) — Declaring he was "more alive than ever," Neymar did not disappoint on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain. The world's most expensive player provided a pulsating evening's entertainment at the Stade du Roudourou on Sunday, with one goal and an assist, as PSG overcame
The 'stability player,' Matic already making Man United tick
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — As Nemanja Matic was winning towering headers, intercepting passes, dribbling round opponents and generally running the midfield in his first Premier League game for Manchester United, imagine what Antonio Conte must have been thinking. The Chelsea coach didn't want
Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win at Barca
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and scored with a beautiful
City avoids early strain of title rivals by beating Brighton
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BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Avoiding the strains and struggles endured by its title rivals, Manchester City is off to a winning start. City took 70 minutes to break through Brighton's resistance and was aided by the English Premier League newcomer's carelessness to ensure it left the southern