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Owen’s goal puts Manchester United past Barcelona

LANDOVER, Maryland – Again, Manchester United let FC Barcelona have most of the ball. But this time, it made Barcelona pay for losing it. Michael Owen scored on a counterattack …


Bradley fired as U.S. men’s soccer coach

For U.S. soccer fans, the scene was tough to watch: Archrival Mexico celebrating a Gold Cup victory on American soil, cheered on by a largely pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose …


Manchester United rolls past MLS All Stars

HARRISON, N.J. – Wayne Rooney set up two goals with magnificent passes and Ji-Sung Park danced around a defender for another and Manchester United put on another show during its …


No bending the truth

David Beckham didn’t need to be educated about Manchester United’s motivation heading into Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena. The L.A. Galaxy star, capped 115 times for England’s …


In brief: Australia wins men’s 400 freestyle relay

Swimming: Australia, with former sprint world record holder Eamonn Sullivan swimming the anchor leg, won the 4-x-100 freestyle relay in Shanghai, relegating the United States and Michael Phelps to a …


In brief: Manchester United routs Sounders in exhibition

Soccer: Michael Owen beat former Premier League foe Kasey Keller on a header early in the first half, then Wayne Rooney overwhelmed Seattle’s reserves in the second half with three …


Manchester United overwhelms Sounders

Michael Owen beat former Premier League foe Kasey Keller on a header early in the first half, then Wayne Rooney overwhelmed Seattle’s reserves in the second half with three goals …


Joy blossoms in Japan after World Cup win

A nation reeling from months of tragedy united in joyous celebration Monday after its women’s soccer team — nicknamed “Nadeshiko” for a pink mountain flower — won the World Cup …


Japan stuns U.S. in World Cup title game

FRANKFURT, Germany – It was the most gut-wrenching, most emotional and most dramatic final in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It produced the most surprising, most gloriously happy …


Pilots cheer on former teammates

PORTLAND – Japan’s victory over the United States in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday certainly didn’t dampen the pride that the University of Portland has for the women’s …


Japan edges U.S. for Women’s World Cup title

FRANKFURT, Germany — They came to play for their storm-ravaged country. They left with the Women’s World Cup trophy, holding it high above their smiling faces, flecked with gold confetti. …


In brief: Jenks returns to disabled list

Baseball: The Boston Red Sox placed reliever Bobby Jenks on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury.


Soccer star Altidore signs with Dutch team

Jozy Altidore is headed to Holland. The American soccer star confirmed Saturday morning at his Boca Raton, Fla., camp that he has agreed to play for AZ Alkmaar in the …


U.S. women’s soccer team needs one win for third Cup

FRANKFURT, Germany – The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along. Eight months after having to win a playoff just to get to …


Sweden defeats France in World Cup third-place match

SINSHEIM, Germany – Marie Hammarstrom scored in the 82nd minute Saturday, giving short-handed Sweden a 2-1 victory over France in the third-place game at the Women’s World Cup. Down a …


Blanchette: True excitement found down street from Safeco

SEATTLE – With a dragnet out to find the offense missing from Seattle sports here this weekend, it turns out we only needed to look across Royal Brougham Boulevard. But …


Sizzling Sounders rally late against Colorado

SEATTLE – Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid recently decided that his most dangerous attacking group was a young Colombian star, an experienced Argentinean professional, a Uruguayan with World Cup experience …


Soccer a weekday bonanza for ESPN

Work was no match for the Americans as their victory over France drew the highest weekday ratings for a Women’s World Cup match. The 3-1 victory Wednesday, which put the …


Sounders top Galaxy in U.S. Open Cup

TUKWILA, Wash. – With a 12-game unbeaten streak and a league-best 10-2-8 record, the Los Angeles Galaxy might be the most feared team in MLS. When it comes to the …


U.S. team rides along on Wambach’s terrific play

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany – Is there no stopping the woman? For the third game in a row, for the third time in eight days, Abby Wambach climbed into the German evening …


Japan beats Sweden to qualify for final

FRANKFURT, Germany – Homare Sawa made up for a huge error by scoring the go-ahead goal and Japan advanced to the World Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Sweden …


Sounders stop Galaxy at U.S. Open Cup

Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero scored in the first half, and Lamar Neagle added an insurance goal in the second, giving the Seattle Sounders a 3-1 victory over the Los …


United States faces France in World Cup semifinal

MOENCHENGLAD- BACH, Germany – The Americans feel just fine, thank you, not tired a bit. The high they were on after that epic Brazil game? That’s so yesterday. The U.S. …


America tuning in to soccer

DUSSELDORF, Germany – The U.S. women’s soccer team shared the Yankee Stadium scoreboard with Derek Jeter, made an appearance on “Good Morning America” and can now count Tom Hanks, Lil …


One billion watched Spain’s win

The 2010 World Cup final was probably seen by at least 1 billion people, though the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony appears to retain top spot as the most-watched televised …


Swedes reach World Cup semis by beating Australia

AUGSBURG, Germany — Lotta Schelin scored one goal and set up another Sunday as Sweden beat Australia 3-1 to reach the semifinals at the women’s World Cup. After setting up …


One heady performance for U.S. women’s soccer

DRESDEN, Germany – Running low on hope and almost out of time, the Americans were surely beat, about to make their earliest exit from the Women’s World Cup. And then, …


Beckhams have girl

David Beckham’s spokesman said that the soccer star’s wife, Victoria, has given birth to a healthy baby girl on Sunday. Simon Oliveira said that the celebrity couple are “delighted to …


U.S. goalkeeper Solo shines vs. Brazil

DRESDEN, Germany – The world’s best player went up against the best goalkeeper and scored three times. So guess who won? The goalkeeper, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo – hands down.


Sounders’ Montero scores twice to beat Northwest rivals

PORTLAND – Fredy Montero scored two goals and Osvaldo Alonso added the game winner on a penalty kick to give the Seattle Sounders FC a 3-2 victory over the Portland …