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Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

David Moyes hired as Real Sociedad manager

Associated Press

It is his first coaching job since being fired by Manchester United last season after less than a year in charge, having succeeded Alex Ferguson after his retirement.

D.C. United Chris Pontius (13) hangs his head after goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) gave up a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

D.C. United ponders strategy with season on brink

It’s the same situation United dealt with during its last postseason run in 2012, when a 3-1 loss in Houston left the team with a balancing act for the second match: Should it rush to erase the gap or first make sure the deficit didn’t grow?

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Hoffenheim given exception to ownership rule

Associated Press

The German Football League (DSL) has granted Hoffenheim an exception to the "50 plus 1" ownership rule, allowing billionaire backer Dietmar Hopp increase his 49 percent stake in the club.

FILE - In this Sept.5, 2014 file photo German player Marco Reus watches out of the shadow during a press conference in Kamen, Germany, prior the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying soccer match between Germany and Scotland. A German newspaper is reporting Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, that Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Reus has been fined 540,000 euro ($673,000) for repeatedly driving without a license. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Report: Reus fined for driving without license

Associated Press

Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been fined 540,000 euros ($673,000) for repeatedly driving without a license, a German newspaper reported Thursday.

3rd suspect charged for death in football fight

- Associated Press

A Spanish judge charged a third person on Thursday for the death of a football fan following a brutal street fight between rival "ultra" groups before a match in Madrid last month.

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

- Associated Press

Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

Bayern's Arjen Robben from the Netherlands, right, celebrates with teammate Franck Ribery from France after scoring his side's opening goal during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern and SC Freiburg in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern eyeing more Bundesliga records

- Associated Press

Bayern Munich looks likely to wrap up another successful year by claiming two more Bundesliga records, while Borussia Dortmund is desperate to avoid the winter break in the relegation zone.

Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin, left, challenges for the ball with Monaco's Belgium midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, during the League One soccer match between Monaco and Marseille, at Louis II stadium in Monaco, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Race for French league title still wide open

- Associated Press

While many expected Paris Saint-Germain to reign supreme this season, the race for the French league title has turned into a three-team contest.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli, centre gestures to Manchester United's Robin van Persie during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Balotelli suspended 1 match for social media post

Associated Press

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one game and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,000) by the governing body of English soccer for making a racially offensive online post.

Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

- Associated Press

With the start of the Asian Cup only weeks away, a wide-open tournament has become even more unpredictable after a rash of coach firings in recent months left many of the top teams in disarray.

Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

- Associated Press

It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

Olympiakos rivals suffer surprise defeats

Associated Press

Olympiakos' rivals in the Greek league suffered surprise defeats on Thursday, keeping the defending champion a point from the top of the 18-team table.