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The D.C. United's new soccer stadium will be known at Audi Field and is scheduled to open in mid-2018. (Photo by D.C. United)

D.C. United receive zoning approval to build stadium

- The Washington Times

D.C. United cleared the final hurdle in a decade-long push to build a Major League Soccer stadium in the District, receiving unanimous approval from the city’s zoning commission.

In this July 13, 2014, file photo Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA is about to make the World Cup a bigger and, it hopes, richer event even at the cost of lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

- Associated Press

FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America.

Claudio Ranieri of Italy, coach of Leicester City FC, former German women's national soccer team head coach Silvia Neid, United States' Carli Lloyd and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, from left, pose with their trophies during the FIFA Awards 2016 gala at the Swiss TV studio in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for fourth time

- Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo received FIFA’s best player award for the fourth time on Monday, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016. Lloyd won despite Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer playing on the Olympic gold medal-winning team.

Fans of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team cry during a tribute to the players who died in a plane crash in Colombia, at Arena Condado stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Authorities were working to finish identifying the bodies before repatriating them to Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil team honored as experts study possible fuel problem

- Associated Press

Simultaneous tear-filled tributes were held at packed stadiums in Colombia and Brazil for the victims of this week’s air tragedy that claimed 71 lives when a chartered plane crashed while ferrying a scrappy, small-town soccer team to the finals of a prestigious South American tournament.

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FILE - In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, Leicester's manager Claudio Ranieri shows the Premier League Trophy to fans at Victoria Park during the victory parade to celebrate winning the English Premier league title in Leicester, England. Leicester City announced Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 that they have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

Leicester team on defensive breaking silence on Ranieri exit

- Associated Press

Two days after Claudio Ranieri's firing, Leicester players went on the defensive on Saturday to insist they didn't play any role in the manager behind their astonishing English Premier League title triumph losing his job.

Minnesota's Amir Coffey, left, keeps the ball away from Penn State's Josh Reaves, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Mason, Murphy lead Minnesota over Penn State 81-71

- Associated Press

Reggie Lynch enjoyed the Williams Arena crowd chanting his name on Saturday after block after block against Penn State. At one point, Lynch let himself show his appreciation, smiling and pointing to the crowd.

Monaco returns to winning ways in French league

- Associated Press

After a stunning display of attacking football at Manchester City midweek, Monaco resorted to set-pieces to beat Guingamp 2-1 and move three points clear at the top of the French league on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich and AFC Bournemouth at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.  (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

West Brom sends Bournemouth sliding toward relegation zone

Associated Press

West Bromwich Albion is exceeding expectations and remains a surprise contender for European qualification after sending Bournemouth sliding toward the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over the south-coast team on Saturday.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after he scored a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Fabregas helps Chelsea go 11 points clear with goal, assist

- Associated Press

Cesc Fabregas made the most of a rare Chelsea start with a goal and an assist in his 300th English Premier League appearance helping the leaders beat Swansea 3-1 to go 11 points clear on Saturday.

Sevilla rises to top of La Liga with comeback at Betis

- Associated Press

His team trailing against its fiercest rival, coach Jorge Sampaoli orchestrated a 2-1 comeback at Real Betis that lifted Sevilla to the top of the Spanish league on Saturday.

Munich's Robert Lewandowski scores during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

Bayern routs Hamburg 8-0 with Lewandowski hat trick

- Associated Press

Bayern Munich gave Hamburger SV another thrashing at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat trick in an 8-0 rout before coach Carlo Ancelotti took pity on the visitors.