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 ...

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 ...

UEFA head Ceferin says all ideas open for Champions League

Soccer 05/17/19, 15:28

Amid rising tensions between European clubs and leagues over shaping the Champions League's future, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted Friday all ideas are on the table and nothing is yet settled.Ceferin hosted 55 UEFA member federations to share ideas for the format of the competition beginning in 2024 as part ...

Ajax wins Dutch title, enters Champions League prelim rounds

Sports 05/15/19, 14:39

Ajax won its 34th Dutch league title on Wednesday, one week after a last-minute loss to Tottenham in the Champions League semifinals.A 4-1 win at struggling De Graafschap secured Ajax's first league title since 2014, three points clear of runner-up PSV Eindhoven which beat visiting Heracles 3-1.The title had been ...

Pulisic scores in tearful home farewell to Dortmund fans

Sports 05/11/19, 12:10

Playing his last home game for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Christian Pulisic set his team on its way to a 3-2 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf to send the Bundesliga title race to the final weekend.It was an emotional farewell for the American midfielder, who is joining Chelsea in a 64 ...

Bayern fails to clinch Bundesliga, Dortmund keeps race alive

Soccer 05/11/19, 10:52

Bayern Munich missed the chance to win the Bundesliga in a scoreless draw at Leipzig while Borussia Dortmund kept the title race alive by beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 on Saturday.Bayern, which would have secured a seventh straight title with a win, blew the first of what coach Niko Kovac called ...

Astonishing comebacks the new norm in the Champions League

Sports 05/09/19, 12:14

Ajax's disconsolate players collapsed to the ground and pressed their faces into the turf. The night before, Barcelona's startled players looked at each other in pure disbelief , wondering what exactly had happened.Two Champions League semifinal matches, two three-goal leads squandered.Astonishing comebacks are becoming the new norm in Europe's top ...

Amazing matches highlight epic Champions League season

Soccer 05/09/19, 07:42

Remarkably and improbably, it will be Liverpool and Tottenham playing for the Champions League title on June 1.The all-English final in Madrid seemed all-but impossible before back-to-back, second-half comebacks in both semifinals.It was a fitting way for the finalists to emerge from a dramatic knockout phase.Tottenham's Lucas Moura, center, kneeling, ...

Moura sends Tottenham through to Champions League final

Sports 05/08/19, 16:06

Lucas Moura completed a hat trick in the sixth minute of injury time as Tottenham pulled off another stunning Champions League comeback on Wednesday, beating Ajax 3-2 to set up an all-English final.A day after Liverpool stunned Barcelona by erasing a three-goal deficit at Anfield, Moura nearly single-handedly helped Tottenham ...

Liverpool stuns Barcelona 4-0 to reach CL final

Sports 05/07/19, 16:08

Liverpool delivered the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi's Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg.Divock Origi scored twice, either side of goals by halftime substitute Georginio Wijnaldum early in the ...

Pochettino says may leave Spurs if they win Champions League

Sports 05/07/19, 13:33

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he may look for a new challenge if he can lead his team to the Champions League title this season.Tottenham is 1-0 down to Ajax heading into the second leg of the semifinals in Amsterdam on Wednesday.Asked whether he thought winning the Champions League ...

European leagues: Most clubs oppose changes in competitions

Sports 05/07/19, 13:06

A "vast majority" of European teams are against plans by elite clubs to radically change the shape of the Champions League, according to the organization representing national leagues.The European Leagues group hosted a meeting Tuesday of around 250 clubs in the Spanish capital and said most are against proposals submitted ...

9-man Tottenham concedes late, loses 1-0 at Bournemouth

Soccer 05/04/19, 08:34

Nine-man Tottenham conceded an injury-time goal to lose 1-0 at Bournemouth, narrowly failing to hang on after having Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth sent off in a five-minute span around halftime in the Premier League on Saturday.Nathan Ake nodded in a corner in the first minute of stoppage time as ...

Atalanta, the Ajax of Italy, threatening Serie A’s hierarchy

Soccer 05/02/19, 05:17

First came a draw then came domination over Juventus.An away win at another league power followed.Only this wasn't Ajax.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini celebrates during the Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Udinese at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo, Italy, Monday, April 29, 2019. (Paolo Magni ...

Van de Beek gives Ajax 1-0 lead vs Tottenham in CL semifinal

Sports 04/30/19, 16:08

Donny van de Beek gave youthful Ajax a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, edging the Dutch side toward a first European Cup final in 23 years.A Tottenham side depleted by injuries and suspension gifted the visitors too much space to ...

Tottenham’s Vertonghen forced off after clash of heads

Soccer 04/30/19, 14:56

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen had to be helped off the field shortly after attempting to play on following a clash of heads in the Champions League semifinal against Ajax on Tuesday. Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax area but slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld's ...

Dortmund on verge of giving up, but Bayern then held to drew

Soccer 04/29/19, 04:47

Just as Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre gave up on his team's title hopes, the Bundesliga race took another twist when Bayern Munich was held to a draw at Nuremberg.With three matches remaining, Bayern leads by two points as it looks for a record-extending seventh consecutive league title.Favre was desolate ...

No Madrid, no Ronaldo: Fresh feel for Champions League semis

Soccer 04/28/19, 18:10

There's a fresh feel to the lineup for the Champions League semifinals this season, even if it contains some of the most storied teams and recognized players in Europe.This time there's no Real Madrid, the three-time defending champion and Europe's dominant team of this generation.There's no Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar ...

Ajax rebuffs Champions League elite on and off the field

Soccer 04/18/19, 14:58

By taking down two of the biggest names in soccer, Ajax thumbed its nose to the money behind them.The Dutch team's astonishing run to the Champions League semifinals, outplaying both Real Madrid and Juventus in their home stadiums, has transformed Ajax from just another once-great club to the hero of ...

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe

Soccer 04/18/19, 14:31

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:ITALYAiming to quickly move on from its Champions League elimination, Juventus needs only a draw at home against Fiorentina on Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.FILE - In this Sunday, April 14, 2019 file photo, ...

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