AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:44:19 -0500 Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:41:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/29/SOC--Russia-World.Cup.Budget/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Russia-World.Cup.Budget c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-1263 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday. Column: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:43:37 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/28/SOC-John-Leicester-280115/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-John-Leicester-280115 c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-1a0e PARIS (AP) — Don't laugh. There's nothing funny about the gambling industry's latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. Barcelona considering ending Qatar sponsorship deal Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/27/SOC-Barcelona-Qatar/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Barcelona-Qatar c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-1f98 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The president of Barcelona says the Spanish club is considering ending its lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways because of concerns over social issues in the Gulf state. Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:05:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/26/SOC--US.Women-Solo/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--US.Women-Solo c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-259a Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. Blatter goads UEFA for lack of courage in FIFA election Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:34:37 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/26/SOC-UEFA-FIFA-Election/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-UEFA-FIFA-Election c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-27ad NYON, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has goaded UEFA by saying it lacks courage to field an election candidate against him. 3 FIFA sponsors won't renew for 2018 World Cup in Russia Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:28:31 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/23/SOC-FIFA-Sponsors-Leave/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-FIFA-Sponsors-Leave c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-39ed ZURICH (AP) — Three second-tier World Cup sponsors opting not to renew for the 2018 tournament in Russia was normal in sports business, FIFA insisted on Friday. Looking back: Federer's Aussie Open over after loss to Seppi Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:52:59 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/23/SOC--Australian.Open-Wrapup/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Australian.Open-Wrapup c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-3978 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer will look back on it and wonder, just as he did on court, why he just watched as Andreas Seppi went down the line and ended his streak of reaching the Australian Open semifinals for 11 consecutive years. WCup 'white elephant' stadium in Brazil closed for repairs Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:27:28 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/22/SOC-WCup-Stadium-Closed/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Stadium-Closed c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-3df6 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A new stadium in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba is being closed for "emergency repairs" just seven months after it held four World Cup matches. John Strong joins Fox as MLS and Women's World Cup announcer Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:38:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/22/SOC-Fox-Strong/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Fox-Strong c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-3ed7 LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Strong has agreed to an exclusive deal with Fox Sports and will broadcast Major League Soccer games and this year's Women's World Cup. Hope Solo suspended for 30 days from US national team Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:48:41 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/22/SOC--US.Women-Solo.Suspended/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--US.Women-Solo.Suspended c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-445a Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women's national team for 30 days and won't participate in matches next month in Europe. Hope Solo suspended for 30 days from US national team Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:40:46 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/22/SOC--US.Women-Solo.Suspended/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--US.Women-Solo.Suspended c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-44bf Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women's national team for 30 days. Players withdraw complaint in Canada over World Cup turf Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:39:39 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/21/SOC--Turf.War/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Turf.War c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-47a8 U.S. forward Abby Wambach and a group of fellow players have withdrawn their complaint of gender discrimination over the artificial turf fields to be used for this year's World Cup in Canada. Fans throw rocks at police, get tear-gassed at African Cup Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:21:28 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/21/SOC-African-Cup-Troubles/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-African-Cup-Troubles c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-46b3 BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Witnesses say fans threw rocks at police, who responded by firing tear gas outside the African Cup of Nations game between host Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso on Wednesday. Individual tickets for Women's WCup on sale Feb. 26 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:36:43 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/20/SOC-WCup-Women-Tickets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Women-Tickets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-4c0d TORONTO (AP) — Ticket prices for the Women's World Cup will range from $16 for early rounds to $136 for premium seats at the final in July. APNewsBreak: Ronaldo breaks up with girlfriend Irina Shayk Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:02:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/20/SOC-Ronaldo-Shayk/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Ronaldo-Shayk c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-5034 LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed Tuesday he has broken up with his longtime girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk. Ex-soccer player offers warning to effects of concussions Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:52:02 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/16/SOC-Concussions/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Concussions c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-6508 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cindy Parlow Cone's first major concussion came in 2001 after a collision with a teammate left her out cold before she hit the ground. She regained consciousness, got up and continued to play but, more than a decade later, the 36-year-old Parlow Cone still deals with the symptoms of what she estimates were dozens of concussions she suffered through during her career. Toronto acquires Altidore, sends Defoe to Sunderland Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:29:41 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/16/SOC--MLS-Toronto-Altidore/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--MLS-Toronto-Altidore c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-6554 TORONTO (AP) — Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley grew up less than 50 miles apart in northern New Jersey, playing alongside each other on U.S. national youth teams. MLS renames MVP award after Landon Donovan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:13:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/15/SOC--MLS-Donovan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--MLS-Donovan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-6dc9 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Major League Soccer has renamed its Most Valuable Player award after Landon Donovan, its career scoring leader who retired last month after helping establish the league and boost the prominence of the U.S. national team. Cristiano Ronaldo wins 3rd FIFA Player of the Year award Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:08:57 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/12/SOC--FIFA.World.Player/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA.World.Player c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:14aac10b913:-3d45 ZURICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his third FIFA Player of the Year award brought him closer to being remembered as one of soccer's all-time greats. Wambach takes World Cup turf protest to FIFA's Valcke Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:40:13 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/01/12/SOC-Women_s-WCup-Artificial-Turf/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Women_s-WCup-Artificial-Turf c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:14aac10b913:-3e91 ZURICH (AP) — Top female players have taken a protest against artificial turf at the World Cup in Canada to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, though with little hope of success.