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Women’s World Cup: Abby Wambach says she just wants to win her last match

With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mincing words. “All I care about is winning this World Cup,” she said.


UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2015, 7:53 p.m.

Clint Dempsey scores as U.S. beats Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Clint Dempsey wants to look ahead to helping the U.S. defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and not back to his confrontation with a referee that caused …


UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

In Women’s World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet.


Michael Bradley replaces Clint Dempsey as US captain for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Michael Bradley will be the U.S. captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup rather than Clint Dempsey. Dempsey took over as the American captain from Carlos Bocanegra two years ago. He …


U.S. win draws best men’s or women’s World Cup semi audience

The United States’ win over Germany is the most-watched men’s or women’s World Cup semifinal ever on American television. The 2-0 victory by the second-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 …


US-China match draws 5.7 million viewers

The Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match between the United States and China drew 5.7 million viewers on Fox, the network says. The second-ranked U.S. women beat China 1-0 on Friday …


Women’s World Cup: Mana Iwabuchi lifts Japan to semis with 1-0 win over Australia

Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn’t resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi’s expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on Saturday. …


U.S. women look to get offense going against China at World Cup

OTTAWA, Ontario – The last time the United States played China in the Women’s World Cup was in the 1999 final at the Rose Bowl, when the Americans won on …


FIFA Women’s World Cup: Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday out for U.S. in quarterfinals

EDMONTON, Alberta – The United States has made it through to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup, but not unscathed. The Americans will have to face China without two …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …