Sarri to discuss future with Chelsea after Europa final

Soccer 05/22/19, 09:17

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will discuss his future with the club after next week's Europa League final against Arsenal.Sarri led the team to third place in the Premier League and a return to the Champions League.With two years remaining on his Chelsea contract, Sarri says he will speak to the ...

DaMarcus Beasley to retire at end of Houston Dynamo season

Soccer 05/21/19, 15:54

DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season.The midfielder and left back turns 37 this week and is the only American to either play in four World Cups or appear in a European Champions League semifinal.Beasley said on Twitter ...

Diego Costa injures ankle in Atletico Madrid friendly

Soccer 05/21/19, 15:44

Atletico Madrid says Diego Costa sprained his left ankle in the team's 2-1 loss in a friendly against Beitar Jerusalem on Tuesday.Costa left the field on a stretcher in the first half of the match in Jerusalem, which marked his return to the squad after missing the final part of ...

English Premier League broadcast rights rise to $12 billion

Soccer 05/21/19, 11:47

The cost of English Premier League broadcast rights has risen almost 8% to 9.2 billion pounds ($12 billion) for the next three seasons.Despite a drop in the value of domestic rights, interim chief executive Richard Masters says foreign broadcasters are paying about 30% more for games.Masters says overseas companies who ...

Brazil coach Tite under pressure ahead of Copa America

Soccer 05/21/19, 10:24

Having too many players to choose from is a problem most coaches relish.For Tite, it's a problem he could do without.The Brazil coach recently picked his squad for this year's Copa America, and it unsurprisingly included Neymar and Thiago Silva — two of the national team's most important players. But ...

Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan earns France call-up

Soccer 05/21/19, 09:09

France coach Didier Deschamps called up three new players on Tuesday, including Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra and a friendly against Bolivia.Maignan, who was voted the league's best goalkeeper last week, was rewarded for his excellent season with French league runner-up Lille."Maignan ...

Tottenham bans 3 fans for selling Champions League tickets

Soccer 05/21/19, 06:17

Champions League finalist Tottenham says it banned three season-ticket holders who offered to sell their match seats online for a profit.Tottenham was allocated 16,000 tickets for the game against Liverpool at Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1.The club says in a statement it is illegal for buyers to sell ...

World Cup ticket buyers discovering seats aren’t together

Soccer 05/20/19, 19:21

Fans planning to attend the Women's World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together.Tickets were made available to print Monday and ticket holders learned that their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections — even families with young ...

Borussia Dortmund left to rue missed chance in Bundesliga

Soccer 05/20/19, 11:03

After watching Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga title for the seventh straight year, Borussia Dortmund was left to rue its missed chance.Dortmund held a nine-point lead over Bayern at one stage of the season and was league leader for 21 of the 34 rounds. After an outstanding opening half of ...

Season over, Real Madrid faces turbulent summer

Soccer 05/20/19, 01:06

The best thing for Real Madrid about this season is that it is finally over.A humiliating 2-0 loss at home to Real Betis on the last day of the Spanish league on Sunday brought to a close one of the most disappointing seasons in years for the most successful team ...

Soccer referee dies after collapsing at match in Bolivia

Soccer 05/19/19, 20:19

A 31-year-old referee soccer collapsed during a Bolivian league match high up in the Andes and died after being taken to the hospital.The match between the Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero clubs was played at Municipal Stadium in El Alto, which sits about 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level.The ...

CSKA Moscow beats Efes Istanbul 91-83 in Euroleague final

Soccer 05/19/19, 17:23

Americans Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins scored 20 points each to lead CSKA Moscow to the Euroleague title in a 91-83 win over Efes Istanbul in Sunday's final.It was the eighth European title for the Russian team, leaving it two short of the record held by Real Madrid.Clyburn and Higgins ...

Serie A race for 2 Champions League spots goes to final day

Soccer 05/19/19, 16:35

The race for the final two Champions League spots from Serie A will go to the last day of the season.Atalanta drew 1-1 at Italian champion Juventus on Sunday to move into third place in the Italian league, leapfrogging Inter Milan after the Nerazzurri lost 4-1 at Napoli.With one round ...

Germany: Below-par Bayern Munich still too good for the rest

Soccer 05/19/19, 08:18

Even a below-par Bayern Munich side was just too good for the rest.Bayern's record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title confirmed the distance between the Bavarian powerhouse and its rivals after a season in which it failed to impress as before.For the first time in ten years the title race went to ...

Madrid loses last match of season to forget

Soccer 05/19/19, 07:50

Real Madrid put a fittingly poor ending to its worst season in recent memory after losing its last match of the Spanish league on Sunday.Many of the frustrated fans at the Santiago Bernabeu jeered Madrid's players after the 2-0 loss to Real Betis. Most of Madrid's supporters have long placed ...

Kompany leaving Manchester City after 11 seasons

Soccer 05/19/19, 03:30

Vincent Kompany says he is leaving Manchester City after 11 seasons.The Belgium defender announced his decision on his social-media channels on Sunday, a day after captaining City in its FA Cup final win over Watford. That clinched a domestic treble, unprecedented in the men's game in England.Kompany joined City in ...

Stefan Frei records 6 saves in scoreless draw with Union

Soccer 05/18/19, 20:43

Stefan Frei had six saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and the Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.Frei pushed Brenden Aaronson's shot to safety in the 18th minute and corralled the rebound of a low knuckler in the 53rd for ...

Financial case a cloud over unprecedented City titles’ feat

Soccer 05/18/19, 18:56

After the FA Cup was raised aloft by Manchester City's players, the Wembley Stadium pyrotechnics didn't cast a cloud over the team's unprecedented sweep of English soccer's men's trophies.The only shadow came from the investigations by soccer authorities into leaked documents that allegedly show the game's costliest squad was assembled ...

Revolution, Impact finish in 0-0 draw in Montreal

Soccer 05/18/19, 16:35

Bruce Arena made his coaching debut with New England and Ignacio Piatti returned after missing 10 games for Montreal in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.The Impact's star midfielder had been sidelined because of leg injuries.Evan Bush made four saves for the Impact (6-5-3), who have one win in their last ...

Man City completes sweep of English trophies with FA Cup win

Soccer 05/18/19, 12:58

Raheem Sterling scored a hat trick as Manchester City completed the first sweep of English men's football trophies by routing Watford 6-0 in a record-equaling FA Cup final victory margin on Saturday.The fourth piece of silverware was sealed with four different scorers at Wembley Stadium, with David Silva, Kevin De ...