Soccer
  • Espanyol players form a guard of honour to FC Barcelona prior to a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    With 60 goals in all competitions, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi earned 66 votes more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to top the season-end player rankings.

    LAST UPDATE : May 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT
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  • In July 4, 2009 file photo, United States' Robbie Rogers kicks against Grenada in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Qwest Field in Seattle. Rogers is eligible to make his debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy after Major League Soccer said it had received his international transfer certificate. The former U.S. national team winger will become the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a North American professional team sport when he makes his debut for the Galaxy, which could come in Sunday night's, May 26, 201

    Rogers made history on Sunday when he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league.

    LAST UPDATE : May 27, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT
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  • In this Sunday May 12, 2013, file photo, AC Milan players Kevin Prince Boateng, left, and Mario Balotelli look toward the stands during a stoppage in play in a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and AS Roma, at Milan's San Siro Stadium. The game was stopped for almost two minutes because of racial abuse by Roma fans towards Balotelli and Boateng.

    Most of the countries where racial abuse has been most rampant — Italy, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe — are countries where immigration is a central and deeply divisive issue.

    LAST UPDATE : May 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT
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  • In this Sunday May 12, 2013, file photo, AC Milan players Kevin Prince Boateng, left, and Mario Balotelli look toward the stands during a stoppage in play in a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and AS Roma, at Milan's San Siro Stadium. The game was stopped for almost two minutes because of racial abuse by Roma fans towards Balotelli and Boateng.

    Most of the countries where racial abuse has been most rampant — Italy, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe — are countries where immigration is a central and deeply divisive issue.

    LAST UPDATE : May 23, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT
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  • Former U.S. national team soccer captain Claudio Reyna reacts during an interview on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in New York. Reyna was named director of football for the New York City Football Club, the 20th expansion team for Major League Soccer acquired through a partnership between MCFC and the New York Yankees.

    The former U.S. national team captain was hired Wednesday as NYCFC's director of football and tasked with the job of putting together an on-field staff and roster for Major League Soccer's 2015 season.

    LAST UPDATE : May 22, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT
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  • This March 31, 2011 file photo is an overall view of Yankee Stadium in New York during an opening day baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. The Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to own Major League Soccer's 20th team, which will be called New York City Football Club and plans to start play in the 2015 season.

    The Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to own Major League Soccer's 20th team, which will be called New York City Football Club and plans to start play in the 2015 season.

    LAST UPDATE : May 21, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
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  • Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, in Madrid, on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

    Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after three years as coach, paving the path for his return to England and a second stint as Chelsea's manager.

    LAST UPDATE : May 20, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT
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  • Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson speaks to the crowd after his last home game in charge of the club, their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City, at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2013.

    Alex Ferguson is looking forward to a retired life of luxury vacations, watching thoroughbreds, enjoying good wines and perhaps studying languages.

    LAST UPDATE : May 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT
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