Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal's national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.
Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos' team Friday for...
Iowa announcer suspended for ‘King Kong’ comment to return
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin, who was suspended last week for likening Maryland's Bruno Fernando to "King Kong" during a game, will be reinstated after the end...
Former US defender Fernando Clavijo dies at 63
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Fernando Clavijo, a surprise starter for the 1994 U.S. World Cup team who went on to a long coaching and management career in Major League Soccer, has died. He was 63.
FC Dallas said he died Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from multiple myeloma. Clavijo was the team's technical director from March 2002 until he stepped down last September because of his health.
Jeers and cheers as Bolsonaro hands trophy to Palmeiras
SAO PAULO (AP) — President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has been jeered and cheered during soccer celebrations in Brazil on Sunday.
The far-right leader handed the trophy to Palmeiras after the team's 3-2 home win against Vitoria in the last round of the Brazilian championship. Palmeiras had secured the title for the 10th time in the previous round.
Many fans at the 55,000-seater Allianz Parque stadium jeered as Bolsonaro took part in the celebrations, while others applauded.
Irish soccer team sorry for falsely reporting player’s death
DUBLIN (AP) — A death notice for a soccer player was posted in a local newspaper. A game was postponed. Teams across the league held a minute's silence.
Soccer clubs in the Leinster Senior League in Ireland united over the weekend to honor the memory of a player who was thought to have been killed in a traffic accident last week.
Portugal qualifies for finals, Italy earn positives in draw
MILAN (AP) — No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.
Portugal drew with Italy 0-0 on Saturday to pick up the point it needed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals and confirm it as host of the first Final Four in June.
Ronaldo is taking a break from the national team and wasn't present at San Siro, just as he wasn't in Portugal's first two Nations League matches — both of which they won.
"There's a lot of satisfaction at having reached the final phase," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.
Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters
Son Heung-min burst out of a 19-game goal drought to help Tottenham into the English League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while a pair of early own-goals ruined Frank Lampard's return to former club Chelsea.
Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium.
Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo
It's not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal's national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus and amid a rape allegation against him.
Ronaldo hasn't been called up for the national team since the World Cup, and the Portuguese soccer federation has already said he also will not be considered for upcoming international matches later this year.
Ronaldinho endorses far-right Brazil presidential candidate
SAO PAULO (AP) — Two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho endorsed on Saturday a far-right candidate in Brazil's presidential elections.
The former Brazil and Barcelona star posted a picture in his social media channels wearing a shirt in support of Jair Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain that leads polls.
"I wish peace, security and someone that gives us joy again," the 2002 World Cup winner wrote in support of Bolsonaro. "I chose to live in Brazil, I want a better Brazil for all."
Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming matches
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Portugal's national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming Thursday as the soccer great fights a rape allegation in the United States.
Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation.
Fernando Torres signs to play in J1 League
TOSU, Japan (AP) — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres signed to play for Sagan Tosu in the J1 League on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of Australian football that he might become a marquee attraction for its struggling A-League.
The 34-year-old Torres held discussions with Football Federation Australia and officials of A-League glamor club Sydney FC, raising hopes he might add some star power to the A-League which has seen flagging attendances and TV ratings.
MADRID (AP) — Fernando Hierro is out as coach of Spain's national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run at the World Cup.
The Spanish federation said Sunday that it wanted "to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and for assuming the responsibility of being in charge of the national team during some extraordinary situations."
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — It didn't work at either end of the field for Uruguay in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Most clearly, when goalkeeper Fernando Muslera allowed Antoine Griezmann's seemingly straightforward shot to bounce off his hands and into the net to put France ahead 2-0 on Friday.
"Fernando is a top goalkeeper. We all make mistakes. That's football," Uruguay captain Diego Godin said. "We have to move on."
Before that blunder at the back, Uruguay was struggling up front.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't carry the team by himself this time.
The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the round of 16.
"We gave our best," Ronaldo said. "The team played well. As the team captain I am proud of this group."
MOSCOW (AP) — For a team that fired its coach two days before its first World Cup match, Spain has quietly played its way into a fine position.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Spain doesn't need to win its last World Cup group match to advance, but that doesn't mean coach Fernando Hierro wants his team to look past Morocco to the round of 16.
The 2010 champions can go through if they beat or draw with already-eliminated Morocco or if Portugal beats Iran in the other match in their group.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Morocco has lost both its matches at the World Cup and hasn't scored a goal. That doesn't mean Spain will have it easy against the North Africans.
The Atlas Lions will be desperate to salvage something from what has been a miserable World Cup for Morocco when they take on Spain in Kaliningrad on Monday in their final Group B match.
Morocco coach Herve Renard says "We will finish against Spain and we will try to finish with flying colors."
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro had an abrupt answer to those asking questions about his tactics and strategies at the World Cup.
"I'm the new coach. I'm the national coach," the former Real Madrid captain said. "You have to get used to that."
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was a big fan of Fernando Hierro the player. He believes the former Real Madrid captain has all the qualities to deliver success at the World Cup as Spain's coach too.
Among Queiroz's big regrets is having been deprived of the opportunity to coach Hierro during his short stint in the Madrid dugout.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local):
The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Spain can't wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past.
And nothing better than a win against European champion Portugal in its World Cup opener to start moving forward after one of the most chaotic days in the national team's history.
MOSCOW (AP) — Spain and Portugal meet for just the second time in the World Cup in one of the most intriguing games of the group stage. Spain is in chaos after firing its coach two days before Friday's match, and Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming announcement about his future.
The Group B match in Sochi is at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the first World Cup game to be played at the venue.
Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks.
Was it a surprise move? Absolutely.
But the history of coaching dismissals in soccer and every other sport is littered with strange timing, strange decisions and strange circumstances. Now Julen Lopetegui's case joins them.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro didn't hesitate when asked if he would be happy to become the Zinedine Zidane of the national team.
"Where do I sign," said Hierro, smiling broadly only a few hours after being named Spain coach in a chaotic shuffle two days before the team's opening World Cup match. "Hopefully."
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Compared to Spain's coaching chaos, the distractions created by Cristiano Ronaldo have become almost meaningless for Portugal.
With only two days to go before Spain's opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season.
Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales, who made the announcement on Wednesday in Krasnodar, later said Fernando Hierro would replace Lopetegui as coach for Spain's match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.
MADRID (AP) — First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta.
The league season in Spain ended Sunday with two Spanish soccer idols bidding farewell to their clubs.
Torres ended his storied career with boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team's 2-2 draw against Eibar.
A few hours later, Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Barcelona finished with 93 points, 14 more than Atletico Madrid and 17 more than Real Madrid in third.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is going to the World Cup in Russia next month with Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 other players who led the nation to the European Championship title two years ago.
Coach Fernando Santos announced a 23-man squad on Thursday, including nine players who started the final against France at Euro 2016.
The only two starters from the final who will not make it are Nani and Renato Sanches.
PAOK beats AEK 2-0 in Greek Cup final
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion PAOK dominated AEK 2-0 in the Greek Cup final on Saturday then celebrated by donning masks bearing the likeness of banned team owner Ivan Savvidis.
Savvidis, a Russian-Greek businessman, was issued a three-year ban from games for storming the pitch at a PAOK-AEK game two months ago with a holstered pistol. PAOK was docked three points, contributing greatly to its loss of the Greek league championship to AEK.
If the rumors were true that the Twins backed away from a trade with Tampa Bay for starting pitcher Chris Archer because the Rays wanted Max Kepler in the deal, the right fielder proved why it was a smart decision to veto that trade Wednesday.
Greece’s league suspended over gun incident
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece indefinitely suspended its soccer league on Monday, a day after the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki marched onto the field following a disputed goal in a match.
FIFA urged Greek authorities to take swift action against PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis or face a possible suspension.
Ivan Savvidis walked onto the field twice accompanied by bodyguards, and appeared to be carrying a pistol in a holster around his waist. He made no move to use the weapon at any time.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A disputed goal at the end of a Greek league match on Sunday between leader AEK and title rival PAOK led to a pitch invasion by one of the team owners, who appeared to be carrying a gun.
Fernando Varela scored in the 90th minute, putting host PAOK ahead 1-0 in the northern city of Thessaloniki. The referee signaled a goal but then seemed to disallow it for offside.
Tottenham eases into FA Cup quarters despite VAR confusion
LONDON (AP) — Fernando Llorente scored a 12-minute hat trick as Tottenham beat third-tier Rochdale 6-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay dominated by referrals to the video assistant referee on Wednesday.
Son Heung-min netted two goals and substitute Kyle Walker-Peters grabbed the other in injury time for a weakened Spurs team at a snowy Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham will play away to Swansea in the quarterfinals on March 17 as the team goes in search a first trophy under coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The Winter Olympics are continuing in South Korea. Netherlands & Norway has the most medals with eleven while the United States has seven. The U.S. has four gold, one silver, and two bronze.
Spartak Moscow posts ‘racist’ tweet about its own players
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow was accused of racism on Saturday after tweeting a message which appeared to refer to its own black players as "chocolates."
A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates. A message which translated as "see how the chocolates melt in the sun" accompanied the video, followed by three emojis of a smiley face.
Barkley rejects Chelsea, Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool
LONDON (AP) — Ross Barkley became the latest player to reject a move to Premier League champion Chelsea, pulling out of a deal at the end of a summer transfer window in which English clubs spent more than 1.3 billion pounds ($1.7 billion).
Paraguay joins Argentina-Uruguay in Cup bid; Chile may, too
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay plans to join Argentina and Uruguay in a regional bid to host the centenary World Cup in 2030. And it may not end there, with neighbor Chile interested in joining the South American effort.
Paraguay president Horacio Cartes and the president of South American soccer body CONMEBOL, Alejandro Dominguez, announced the plan Thursday.
Fernando Guzman, a Coosa High School senior and self-described five-time cancer survivor, has one thing on his mind in the lead-up to Friday's graduation: "I better walk across that stage."
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Coosa faculty, student soccer match adds to classmate’s scholarship fund
Students and faculty tangled on the soccer field at Coosa High School on Thursday in the second annual Fernando Cup.
Coosa High School will host the second annual Fernando’s Cup soccer game Thursday at 12:20 p.m.
Fernando is suffering from cancer and has lost an arm and a leg due to the disease.
Washington fights for heavyweight belt after Navy, football
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Gerald Washington shows up at Pullmans Gym almost every day of his life, even when the heavyweight contender has no fight coming up.
He only lives a few blocks from the clean, tiny gym in a residential enclave of the San Fernando Valley, tucked into a quiet strip mall next to an ice cream shop and a salon called Yummy Hair.
Alaves holds Celta to 0-0 in 1st leg of Copa del Rey semis
MADRID (AP) — Surprising Alaves moved within a win of its most important soccer moment in nearly 16 years by holding Celta Vigo to a scoreless draw in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Thursday.
A home victory next week in Basque Country will put the small club back in a major final for the first time since it lost to Liverpool in the decisive game of the 2001 UEFA Cup.
File photoCentury’s Brandon Bob (6) fights for possession against Highland’s Carson Figueroa (29) in a match during the 2015 season. Bob was one of four local soccer players to earn all-state honors.By Journal StaffFour local soccer players were named to the all-Idaho small school soccer team as voted on by coaches from across the state. Schools below the 5A classification are considered small schools in the all-state teams.