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The Chicago skyline is shown in this July 2016 file photo. On March 15, 2018, the Windy City officially dropped its planned bid for hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) **FILE**

Chicago drops out of World Cup bid, criticizes FIFA

- Associated Press

Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, dropped out of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup as 23 cities were chosen to be included in documents to be submitted to FIFA on Friday.

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, Robinho celebrates after scoring in a friendly soccer match between Friends of Neymar and Friends of Robinho, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in jail by a court in Milan, Italy, on charges of sexual assault following an incident in 2013, Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday Nov. 23, 2017, who also report a statement from Robinho's lawyer, that Robinho denies the charges and will appeal. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, FILE) **FILE**

Robinho denies sexual assault after 9-year jail sentence

Associated Press

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in jail by a court in Milan on charges of sexual assault following an incident in 2013, Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday.

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Levante nears salvation in Spain after 3-1 win at Athletic

- Associated Press

With two free kick goals by the same player from nearly the same spot only two minutes apart, Levante came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 and move a step closer to avoiding relegation in the Spanish league on Monday.

Head of Morocco's Bid Committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy speaks during a press conference to promote Morocco's bid for the 2026 soccer World Cup after the visit of the Task Force in Casablanca, Morocco, Friday April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

FIFA subjects 2026 Morocco World Cup bid to fresh scrutiny

- Associated Press

Morocco's World Cup bid is facing fresh scrutiny this week with the arrival of another delegation from FIFA after an initial task force found deficiencies in the proposals for the 2026 tournament.

A fire burns in the stands at the Moses Mabhida stedium in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, April 21, 2018, after violence broke out at a soccer game when hundreds of fans ripped up parts of the stadium, invaded the pitch, and assaulted at least one security guard. The incident occurred after the Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup competition. (AP Photo/Bongani Mbatha - African News Agency)

SAfrican league to investigate riot, guard out of hospital

Associated Press

The chairman of South Africa's Premier Soccer League has promised a full investigation into the stadium riot that left 18 people hurt, one of them a security guard who suffered head injuries after being attacked on the field by a mob of fans.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attends a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, Monday, April 23, 2018, on the eve of their Champions League semifinal with AS Roma. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

Klopp urges Liverpool fans to behave against Roma

- Associated Press

Juergen Klopp urged Liverpool fans to think about the club's global image when the Roma players arrive at Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.

50 years since fitness guru Cooper published 'Aerobics'

- Associated Press

When you're the Father of Aerobics, when you coined the phrase and spread the word and stuck to your guns despite critics who didn't put much stock in preventive medicine, you don't miss your workout.

Cologne's Hector extends contract despite likely relegation

Associated Press

Germany defender Jonas Hector has shunned reported interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund by extending his contract with Cologne - despite the club's almost certain relegation from the Bundesliga.

Timbers end NYCFC's season-opening undefeated streak at 7

- Associated Press

Sebastian Blanco, Fanendo Adi and Larrys Mabiala scored and the Portland Timbers ended New York City FC's season-opening undefeated streak at seven games with a 3-0 victory Sunday.