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  • Brazilian club suspends fans after racial insults

    September 2, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian club Gremio says it has indefinitely suspended one of its fan groups after some members taunted an opposition player with racial insults.The club says the ''Geral do Gremio'' fan group is banned from its stadium and prohibited from using any of the team logos.

  • Sagna expects backlash from humiliated Spain

    September 2, 2014

    CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) - France defender Bacary Sagna expects a backlash from a humiliated Spain when they meet in a friendly on Thursday.While France won over its fans following some strong performances at the World Cup, Spain's dejected supporters are reeling from of a calamitous early exit that prompted the international retirement of Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, and David Villa.

  • Quotes from voters in AP soccer poll

    September 2, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - ---Manos Staramopoulos, Dimokratia, Greece''Zlatan Ibrahimovic is always a high-class striker. This shows in almost every game, and it did against Saint-Etienne, where he scored three goals.''---Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland''It has taken just three league matches for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to register his first hat trick of the campaign. Dare to Zlatan.''

  • United offloads youth to signal shift in policy

    September 2, 2014

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United was minutes away from announcing a blockbuster move for Radamel Falcao in the final hours of the transfer window when the club released a statement that went largely unnoticed.One of the team's promising youngsters, striker Tom Lawrence, had been sold to fellow Premier League side Leicester.

  • Chelsea gets top spot in AP soccer poll

    September 2, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - With an emphatic 6-3 win at Everton over the weekend, Chelsea took over at the top of The Associated Press global football poll on Tuesday.Chelsea has three wins from three matches and leads the Premier League. Real Sociedad is second in the poll after coming from two goals down to beat Real Madrid 4-2. Paris Saint-Germain is third after routing Saint-Etienne 5-0.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger named Germany captain

    September 2, 2014

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) - Bastian Schweinsteiger was named Germany captain on Tuesday, replacing the retired Philipp Lahm.The 30-year-old Schweinsteiger takes over from his Bayern Munich teammate, who is also 30 but stepped back from international soccer after winning the World Cup.

  • Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

    September 2, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues.A study by football finance expert Deloitte showed gross spending in England's top league was up more than 30 percent on the previous record of 630 million pounds (now $1.04 billion) set in 2013.

  • Ivory Coast will allow Sierra Leone team in

    September 2, 2014

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - The Ivory Coast government decided late Monday to allow Sierra Leone's team to enter the country, giving the go-ahead for an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast's place in the tournament in doubt.

  • WC finalists Germany and Argentina renew rivalry

    September 2, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) - Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf.It may seem incongruous to celebrate winning the World Cup with the defeated side in attendance, but Wednesday's game was organized last March, well before Mario Goetze scored in injury time on July 13 to give Germany its fourth title with a 1-0 win.