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Neymar hits double for Barcelona

Neymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a preseason friendly. The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the center of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record €222-million ($256.8 million) ...

Jul 23, 2017

Minamino on target in season-opening win for Salzburg

Striker Takumi Minamino was on target to help visiting Austrian Bundesliga champion Salzburg beat Wolfsberg 2-0 on the opening day of the season Saturday. Reinhold Yabo fired Salzburg into a 28th-minute lead and Munas Dabbur set up Minamino to seal the victory in the dying ...

Jul 22, 2017

Pele's son back in jail for 12-year sentence

A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal. He is ...

Jamaica, Mexico advance to Gold Cup semifinals

Jul 21, 2017

Jamaica, Mexico advance to Gold Cup semifinals

Jamaica got an early goal from Shaun Francis and led the rest of the way, holding off Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday night. Romario Williams put Jamaica up 2-0 five minutes into the second half. Canada's Junior Hoilett scored ...

Jul 21, 2017

Madrid, Barcelona to square off right after Club World Cup

Real Madrid will host Barcelona in an El Clasico match in late December, just after Madrid returns from playing at the Club World Cup. The Spanish League calendar, released Friday, pits Madrid against Barcelona on Dec. 20, a Wednesday, in the Spanish capital. That will ...

Ozil poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Jul 21, 2017

Ozil poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is close to signing a new contract with the Gunners, according to British media reports on Friday. The German World Cup winner's current deal runs out at the end of the 2017-18 season, but Arsenal is confident of wrapping up negotiations ...

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Jul 21, 2017

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Neymar is not for sale, according to Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu. "He is not on the market," Bartomeu told The Associated Press during an interview on Thursday. The 25-year-old Brazilian striker joined Barcelona for the 2013-14 season, and last October the club announced a three-year contract ...

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

/ Jul 20, 2017

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

FC Tokyo suffered its second straight defeat on its summer tour of Germany on Wednesday, losing 5-2 to Bundesliga side Mainz. Keigo Higashi leveled for Tokyo shortly after Gerrit Holtmann gave Mainz the lead six minutes into the second half. But goals from Danny Latza, ...

Changes proposed for staging of African Cup of Nations

Jul 20, 2017

Changes proposed for staging of African Cup of Nations

The African Cup might be going out of Africa. The United States, China or Qatar could be asked to host the African Cup of Nations in radical changes proposed Wednesday to give the continent's biggest soccer tournament the global exposure it craves. The proposals were ...