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Brazilian soccer fans pay tribute to Flamengo fire victims

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Flamengo is playing its first match since the fire that killed 10 of its academy players in its training ground Feb. 8. Nearly 30,000 fans, many with white balloons, banners and flags, attended the state championship match against rival Fluminense. The game was initially scheduled for Saturday, only hours after the deadly incident. Flamengo supporters sang a song to honor the dead at 10 minutes of play. The score was 0-0 after 45 minutes. Survivor Cauan Emanuel, who was released from hospital…

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PSG striker Edinson Cavani limps off injured in home win

PARIS (AP) — Striker Edinson Cavani limped off as Paris Saint-Germain sustained another apparent injury blow on Saturday ahead of its trip to play Manchester United in the Champions League. Cavani put PSG ahead from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute when, moments later, he walked off before the halftime whistle. PSG beat Bordeaux 1-0 to increase its lead in the French league to 13 points over second-placed Lille, which plays on Sunday. Coach Thomas Tuchel will be concerned whether Cavani, who clutched his right leg before going off,…

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Man City coach Guardiola confused over Mendy’s whereabouts

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has created confusion over his whereabouts by claiming he was in Hong Kong. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Mendy posted a video on Instagram in which he tagged himself as being at Hong Kong International Airport. Mendy had been in Barcelona on Thursday for assessment on his left knee following surgery in November. Asked why Mendy was in Hong Kong, City manager Pep Guardiola said Friday: “Wow. I didn’t know it. (Expletive), he’s a lucky guy. He said he was…

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Alexi Lalas breaks down challenges pro athletes face when deciding to retire

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Messi doesn’t practice ahead of ‘clasico’ because of injury

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has not practiced with his teammates on Monday, raising doubts about his presence in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Messi hurt his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday and remains doubtful for Barcelona’s home game against Madrid in the first leg of the Copa semifinals. Barcelona had not yet given full details about Messi’s condition, although reports said the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep him from facing Madrid at Camp…

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Body found in wreckage of plane carrying soccer player

LONDON (AP) — One body is visible in the seabed wreckage of a plane that went missing carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot two weeks ago, air accident investigators said Monday. Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the small aircraft that disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, Wales. Sala, a striker who played for Nantes in the French top flight, was preparing to start a new career in the Premier…

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Make or break: Barcelona and Real Madrid face decisive month

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid and Barcelona suddenly see themselves facing a critical series of games that could decide their fates this season. After being drawn to face each other in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish powerhouses will meet three times in less than a month, before and after other crucial games in the Spanish league and Champions League. The next 30 days could make or break for Real Madrid and Barcelona. The critical stint begins Wednesday with the first leg of the Copa semifinals at…

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Donald Trump: Soccer Getting More Popular in America

President Donald Trump commented on the growing popularity of soccer in America, during his NFL Super Bowl Sunday interview. Trump was asked by CBS host Margaret Brennan whether he would let his son play football. “He actually plays a lot of soccer. He’s liking soccer,” Trump said. “And a lot of people, including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly.” Trump said that he would theoretically let his son play football if he wanted to, but said he would…

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Qatari players celebrated on return from Asian Cup victory

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s footballers have paraded the Asian Cup through the streets of Doha on an open-top bus decorated with a picture of the team on the side. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met the players to toast the 2022 World Cup host nation winning its first major football title by beating Japan 3-1 in Abu Dhabi on Friday. “I am proud to make these people happy,” said Ali Almoez, the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals. “I am proud of this thing and all the players…

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FC Schalke 04 vs. VfL Wolfsburg | 2018-2019 Bundesliga Highlights

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