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Soccer Star to Thieves: 'I'll Pay Whatever' to Get My Dog Back

Daniel Sturridge's Pomeranian was taken from his LA home

(Newser) - Soccer star Daniel Sturridge wants his dog back. The 29-year-old former Liverpool striker, who was released by the team this summer, posted a video to Instagram Tuesday revealing that thieves broke through a glass door and into his Los Angeles home, making off with his dog, the Guardian reports. "... More »

Megan Rapinoe's Girlfriend Has Some Things to Say

WNBA's Sue Bird defends Rapinoe and sings her praises amid feud with Trump

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe isn't just leading the US women's soccer team to victories in the World Cup, she also happens to be publicly sparring with the president of the United States. Now, in a wildly entertaining op-ed in the Players' Tribune , Rapinoe's partner, WNBA player Sue Bird, weighs... More »

Women's Soccer Team Gets a Lot More Subdued

They beat Chile 3-0, but aren't as celebratory as before

(Newser) - Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals for the US in a somewhat subdued 3-0 victory over Chile that advanced the defending Women's World Cup champions to the round of 16, the AP reports. The Americans were criticized after their record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals... More »

A Classless Win? US Soccer Team Responds

'A lot of this is about building momentum'

(Newser) - "If this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, are we getting the same questions?" Jill Ellis wondered Tuesday as the US women's soccer team faced criticism for blowing Thailand out of the water in its first match of the Women's World Cup in France. Alex... More »

Hope Solo Has Choice Words Before Women's World Cup

The former goalkeeper criticizes Jill Ellis

(Newser) - Nothing like starting the Women's World Cup on a positive note. Hope Solo, the US team's former goalkeeper, trashed the team's coach just three days before their Tuesday opener against Thailand, Reuters reports. "Jill—she's not the leader I wish her to be," said... More »

Neymar Accused of Rape

Soccer star says the accusation is an attempt at extortion, releases WhatsApp messages

(Newser) - "There was a relationship between a man and a woman between four walls," says Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar, who the New York Times reports is being accused of rape by a woman who's accusing him of paying for her to fly from Brazil to Paris, only to... More »

Athlete's Celebration Leads to Scary Plunge

Anderson Lopes leaped over a sign, and then...

(Newser) - Striker Anderson Lopes may be keeping his goal celebrations more down to earth in future. The Brazilian celebrated his second goal of a soccer game in Japan by jumping over advertising boards at the side of the field—totally unaware there was a 9-foot drop on the other side. In... More »

Fans, Teammates Give Touching Tributes to Fallen Star

Nantes teammates wear all black in emotional farewell to Emiliano Sala

(Newser) - On a day of mourning for Emiliano Sala , Nantes players walked onto the field dressed all in black with Sala's name on their backs as the crowd chanted for him over and over again. "La la la la la la la la, Em-il-ia-no," fans sang, before breaking... More »

UK Police: Body Found in Channel Is Soccer Star Sala

Pilot David Ibbotson is still missing, and the search has been called off

(Newser) - On Thursday it was announced a body had been recovered from the wreckage of the plane that had been carrying Emiliano Sala. Now, Dorset Police confirm: the body is that of the 28-year-old soccer star. The BBC details the timeline of the recovery efforts after the Jan. 21 plane crash,... More »

Body Recovered From Soccer Star's Plane

Recovery effort halted amid rough weather

(Newser) - Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch says a body has been retrieved from the wreckage of the plane that crashed in the English Channel with soccer star Emiliano Sala on board. The AAIB, which retrieved the body with a remotely operated underwater vehicle, has not said whether the body is... More »

Seats on Beach Likely From Soccer Star's Missing Plane

Seabed search will target 4-mile area

(Newser) - Two seat cushions were found Monday on a beach in northwest France, and aviation authorities believe they hail from the single-engine aircraft thought to have crashed a week ago while carrying Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala over the English Channel . The Air Accidents Investigation Branch announced Wednesday the cushions washed... More »

'Difficult Decision' Made in Search for Soccer Star

'The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote'

(Newser) - Sobbing after the active search for her brother was halted, the sister of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala urged authorities Thursday not to give up trying to find the remains of his plane, which disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Monday evening. Authorities said the chances of survival... More »

Searchers Have Little Hope for Missing Soccer Star

Rescuers will decide Thursday morning whether to resume looking for Emiliano Sala's plane

(Newser) - After nine more hours of scouring the English Channel, rescuers suspended their search Wednesday evening for the plane carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot. Police said on Twitter that they'll decide Thursday morning whether to resume the search, but Reuters and the Guardian report rescuers... More »

Before His Plane Vanished, Soccer Player's Message: I'm 'So Scared'

Officials are focusing search on possibility Emiliano Sala is on a life raft, but odds don't look good

(Newser) - For 15 hours on Tuesday, rescuers searched for any sign of a plane that was carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and one other, with no luck—and now local police are saying chances of the missing fliers' survival is "slim." That's per the BBC , which... More »

Authorities Say Soccer Star Was on Missing Plane

Emiliano Sala had just signed record-breaking deal

(Newser) - Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala signed a new $19.3 million deal with British soccer team Cardiff City on Saturday, then flew to France to say goodbye to his former teammates in Nantes. He didn't make it back to Cardiff. Authorities say the 28-year-old striker was one of two... More »

20-Year-Old Is America's Priciest Soccer Player by Far

English club Chelsea pays $73M for Christian Pulisic

(Newser) - Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Chelsea paid $73 million for the 20-year-old United States winger, who will be loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of this season. The German club... More »

Female Athlete Is Honored, Then Asked to Twerk

Soccer star Ada Hegerberg declines at French ceremony

(Newser) - It was, as Norwegian soccer great Ada Hegerberg told the audience, "a huge step for women's football." The 23-year-old had just become the first woman to win the prestigious Ballon D'or in France, which recognizes the greatest soccer player in the world. And then the event'... More »

His Plot to Make $607,933.50: 3 Bombs, One Soccer Team

Electrician Segej Wenergold is on trial in Germany after bizarre scheme

(Newser) - In April of last year, three bombs detonated as a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team left a hotel in Germany. As it turns out, only one player suffered minor injuries, but the high-profile attack led authorities to assume that Islamist terrorists were to blame. They could not have... More »

Billionaire Dies in Helicopter Crash

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha owned an English Premier League team

(Newser) - The Thai billionaire owner of English Premier League team Leicester City was among five people who died after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field, the club said Sunday, the AP reports. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a 60-year-old entrepreneur who owns Thai duty-free retail... More »

Woman in Golf Cart Calls Cops on Black Dad at Game

Gerald Jones says he was instructing his son

(Newser) - We've had "Cornerstone Caroline," "Pool Patrol Paula," and "BBQ Becky." Now: "Golfcart Gail." That's the nickname given by Ginger Williams to a woman she says was at her son's soccer game in Ponte Vedra, Fla., this weekend, harassing a... More »

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