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U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann picks 17 of 23 World Cup vets for Gold Cup

CHICAGO – The U.S. roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup will look a lot like the American team at last year’s World Cup. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected 17 …


Kaufman: Women’s soccer goes from novelty to must-see

How refreshing that the overriding narrative of the Women’s World Cup is no longer: “Gee, isn’t it great that stadiums are filling up for a women’s sport?” or “Gee, it’s …


FIFA Women’s World Cup: Germany eliminates Sweden with 4-1 win

After coasting through the preliminary round of the Women’s World Cup, forwards Anja Mittag and Celia Sasic provided a dominating reminder of why Germany is deserving of its top-rank billing. …


A look at the top player in the Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta – Now that Alex Morgan has had a start, look to see more of her at the Women’s World Cup. Morgan is one of the most visible players …


Swiss AG: 53 possible money-laundering cases in FIFA probe

BERN, Switzerland – Banks in Switzerland have reported 53 possible acts of money-laundering in the investigation of FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney-general said Wednesday …


FIFA World Cup: U.S. faces Colombia to open knockout round

Upstart Colombia will be the next opponent for the U.S. national team at the Women’s World Cup. The second-ranked U.S. women, who have two World Cup titles, finished atop Group …


UPDATED: Tue., June 16, 2015, 9 p.m.

Abby Wambach’s goal gives U.S. women a 1-0 win over Nigeria

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach is used to scoring with her head. She’s not sure how she got her latest goal.


US and Sweden play to 0-0 group-stage draw

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Meghan Klingenberg – not Hope Solo – made the biggest save of the night for the United States. Klingenberg, a diminutive defender, leaped to head a shot …


UPDATED: Fri., June 12, 2015, 8:46 p.m.

U.S. women and Sweden play to 0-0 World Cup draw

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Meghan Klingenberg — not Hope Solo — made the biggest save of the night for the United States.


Women’s World Cup roundup

Canada 0, New Zealand 0: Host Canada played to a scoreless tie with New Zealand in a Group A match. In the 31st minute, New Zealand was awarded a penalty …


FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding

On another day of turmoil for FIFA and the World Cup, the bidding contest for the 2026 tournament was put on hold. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday in …


IOC president Thomas Bach urges FIFA to restore credibility

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Saying there is “no comparison” in the scale of the IOC’s Salt Lake City scandal and FIFA’s corruption crisis, IOC president Thomas Bach urged soccer’s governing body …


In brief: U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin blazes at Golden Gala

TRACK AND FIELD: Justin Gatlin came within 0.01 seconds of his world-leading time in the 100 meters, clocking 9.75 at the Golden Gala on Thursday in Rome. Then the American …


FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer admitted bribes

NEW YORK – Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others on the governing body’s ruling panel agreed to receive bribes in …


Pressure catches up to FIFA president Sepp Blatter

GENEVA – Sepp Blatter governed the biggest sport on Earth for nearly two decades, for years untouched personally by allegations of corruption, but never sharing the game’s popularity. He joked …


Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.


Ford: Soccer corruption probe only scratches the surface

When a city in the United States would like to host something as large as the Super Bowl or something as relatively modest as the USA Swimming national championships, that …


Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president

ZURICH – Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The …


U.S. to vote for Ali, not Blatter, in FIFA election

NEW YORK – The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I’ve gotten to know …


Corruption investigation of FIFA was overdue

International soccer corruption strikes closer to home than many American fans realize, according to a University of Idaho professor who’s also an expert in international sports politics. Were it not …


U.S. up to No. 27 in FIFA rankings led by Germany; Belgium rises to No. 3

The United States moved up five places to No. 27 in the latest FIFA monthly rankings, which are still led by World Cup winner Germany. Belgium, which knocked the U.S. …


Leicester: FIFA needs to address atrocities of migrant workers in Qatar

PARIS – It certainly took a while, longer than it should, for the penny to drop at FIFA that deserts get hot in summer. Having belatedly adjusted for that fact, …


FIFA names Cristiano Ronaldo soccer’s player of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Player of the Year award for the second straight year on Monday and third time overall. The Portuguese forward, who led Real Madrid to its …


FIFA under fire after report on Qatar, Russia

GENEVA – A long-awaited day of judgment on World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar turned into another day of FIFA disarray. Nearly four years after FIFA chose Russia and Qatar …


U.S. pulls away from Canada in exhibition

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points and the U.S. used a big run in the third quarter to beat Canada 76-51 on Monday night in an exhibition game in …


Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

SAN FRANCISCO – Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport’s governing bodies in the United States were made the target …


Soccer notes: Colombia’s James Rodriguez signs with Madrid

After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped …


World Cup Capsules: Mexico holds host Brazil to draw

He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the …


In Brief: Florida wins Game 1 of NCAA softball final

Softball: Hannah Rogers threw a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three College Women’s World Series championship series Monday night in Oklahoma City. Rogers …


Hotel rates high for World Cup

Hotel rooms are expected to cost almost 50 percent more in Rio de Janeiro during the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament than when the city will host the 2016 Olympics, …