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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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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri gestures during the English FA Cup soccer match between Millwall and Leicester City at The Den stadium in London, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Ranieri criticizes Leicester for lacking 'desire and heart'

Associated Press

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri criticized his players for lacking "desire and heart" in a 1-0 loss at third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, the latest setback for the stuttering English champion.

Lincoln City's Sean Raggett celebrates scoring against Burnley with teammates during the English FA Cup, fifth round soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

'It's life-changing': Non-league Lincoln into FA Cup last 8

- Associated Press

The players and coaches of non-league team Lincoln wandered the field, some singing and celebrating between themselves, some on their phones to family and friends, others just in shock at the size of their achievement.

Minneapolis man reflects on adoption story

Associated Press

A recent incident of a baby boy left at the Cathedral of St. Paul and found by a church custodian has reminded a Minneapolis man of the start of his own life.

Lincoln City's Sean Raggett celebrates scoring against Burnley with teammates during the English FA Cup, fifth round soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

Non-league Lincoln into last 8, Leicester out of FA Cup

- Associated Press

On a dramatic day of late goals and upsets in the FA Cup, Lincoln became the first non-league team to reach the quarterfinals in more than a century and beleaguered English champion Leicester was eliminated by third-tier opposition on Saturday.