Soccer
  • Real Madrid tops Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams, with Manchester United and Barcelona holding the next two spots.

    Real Madrid's new player Asier Illarramendi, left, and Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez, right, gesture during the presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, in Madrid, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Jul 15, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT
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  • Belize's Elroy Smith, right, and United States' Chris Wondolowski chase down the ball during the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game in Portland, Oregon Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

    CONCACAF officials say they have identified a man who allegedly offered Belize players large sums of money to fix a Gold Cup match against the United States.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 11, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT
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  • United States' Stuart Holden, left, celebrates his goal with Landon Donovan, right, and another teammate during the second half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game against Belize in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The U.S. won 6-1.

    Chris Wondolowski's misspelled jersey was about the only thing that was amiss for the U.S. men's soccer team.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 10, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT
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  • Fans are inundated with smoke after a United States goal during the second half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game against Belize in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The U.S. won 6-1.

    It's one measure of how far soccer has come in the United States that the hosts were expected to crush Belize — and did.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 10, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT
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  • South Africa's rugby fans looks on as their team line up to sing the national anthem during their Rugby Test match against Samoa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

    South Africa's national soccer and rugby teams will play on the same day at the former World Cup showpiece stadium in Soweto to honor Nelson Mandela.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 02, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT
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  • Brazil's Thiago Silva, left, Neymar and Dante celebrate after the soccer Confederations Cup final match against Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Brazil won 3-0.

    The Selecao rewarded the fans with a comprehensive victory over the best national team of the 21st century, a 3-0 smothering of world champion Spain in the Confederations Cup final.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 01, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT
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  • Riot police advance towards protesters as two men hold a Brazilian flag and chant for no violence during an anti-government demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 20, 2013. More than half a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 Brazilian cities Thursday in demonstrations that saw violent clashes and renewed calls for an end to government corruption and demands for better public services. Riot police battled protesters in at least five cities, with some of the most intens

    Soccer's governing body has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup in Brazil despite the violent anti-government protests spreading across the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 21, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT
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  • United States' Abby Wambach, center, tries to control the ball as South Korea's Lim Seonjoo, left, and Kim Hyeri defend during the second half of an international friendly soccer match at Red Bull Arena, Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 5-0.

    Wambach scored four times in the first half to break Hamm's record for international career goals with room to spare in a 5-0 victory.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 21, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT
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  • This June 17, 2013 photo, demonstrators shout slogans on the ramp of the Brazilian National Congress during a protests in Brasilia, Brazil. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month.

    The IOC is "fully supportive of peaceful protest" in Brazil and confident the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major benefits to the city and country.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 20, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
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