Bundesliga top flight set for its first female referee

BERLIN — After a decade in Germany’s second division, Bibiana Steinhaus will make Bundesliga history this season by becoming the first woman to referee in the country’s top flight. The 38-year-old police officer is among four referees to have been promoted by the German football federation (DFB) into the league’s elite group of 24. “For…

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Dortmund, Bayern start with easy German Cup wins

BERLIN — No Dembele, no problem. Borussia Dortmund began its German Cup defence with a comfortable 4-0 win over FC Rielasingen-Arlen on Saturday, when Bayern Munich also progressed easily. Dortmund banned France forward Ousmane Dembele from playing and training with the side on Thursday, after he failed to show for training as Barcelona made a…

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Liverpool fans are outraged over defensive meltdown in Premier League opener

Premier League play only just started, but Liverpool fans are not happy after their team’s opening matchup against Watford ended in a 3-3 draw. More than just the score, fans are outraged over Liverpool’s struggling defense after it was unable to hold off Watford in added time. Thanks to a goal from Mohamed Salah, the…

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/08/liverpool-watford-draw-premier-league-soccer-football-miguel-britos/

Southampton signs midfielder Lemina for club record $24M

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Southampton has broken its transfer record to sign midfielder Mario Lemina for up to 20 million euros ($24 million) from Juventus. The 23-year-old Gabon international joined the Premier League club on a five-year contract on Tuesday. Southampton stated that the fee was a club record, but only Juventus announced the value of…

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Neymar to PSG? Barcelona’s denials don’t stop transfer talk

PARIS — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervour that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record. Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday. But Neymar…

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‘Nothing is impossible’: Bonucci brings hope to AC Milan

MILAN — Nothing is impossible. That’s AC Milan’s new unofficial slogan following Leonardo Bonucci’s surprise transfer from defending six-time Serie A champion Juventus. Presenting fans to Bonucci via Weibo on Friday, Milan CEO Marco Fassone recounted how Italy’s top defender moved to a rival club. “It started by chance and it seemed impossible but Leo…

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UEFA closes Hajduk Split stadium for fans’ racist chants

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has ordered Hajduk Split to play its next Europa League home game in an empty stadium as punishment for racist chants by fans. UEFA says its disciplinary panel also fined the Croatian club 50,000 euros ($58,000). Hajduk will serve the ban when it hosts Brondby on Aug. 3 in the second…

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