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FIFA suspended Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) four games for this argument with assistant referee Emerson Augusto during last week’s match against Chile.

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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for four games

The five-time FIFA Player of the Year was suspended for ripping into a referee last week.

Michael Bradley (4) celebrated with teammates after scoring during the first half.

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US squad’s qualifying victory comes at a cost

Sebastian Lletget was injured shortly after scoring his first national team goal.

Revolution striker Juan Agudelo beat former teammate Bobby Shuttleworth for a pair of goals.


Revolution beat Minnesota United in home opener

New England improved to 7-0-4 in its last 11 home-opening matches.

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Pete Hamilton, 1970 Daytona 500 winner, dies at 74

The Needham native was first — and only — NASCAR driver from Massachusetts to win Daytona.

Juventus' players celebrate at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Juventus beat Sampdoria 1-0. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

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Juventus to return to Gillette Stadium for July 30 match

Five-time Serie A champion will face AS Roma in an International Champions Cup soccer match.

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier watches his infield single during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Will Vragovic/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)


Rays sign Kevin Kiermaier to six-year contract

The contract is worth $53.5 million and could escalate to $66.15 million in bonuses and an option year.

FILE -- U.S. players react to their silver-medal finish in the women's hockey final, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 20, 2014. Members of the United States women’s team announced that they would sit out the 2017 World Championships after negotiations for an increase in wages and support from USA Hockey stalled. (Doug Mills/The New York TImes)

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USA Hockey to meet with women’s team players

Players are seeking a deal that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period

FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul smiles as he talks to reporters after an NFL football minicamp practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has signed a four-year contract with the New York Giants. The team gave Pierre-Paul the franchise tag last month, and reached the long-term deal Friday, March 17, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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Giants re-sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul to 4-year, $68m deal

Two-time Pro Bowler showed team his right hand was fully healed from July 4 fireworks accident two years ago.

FC Dallas forwards Maxi Urruti (37) breaks away from Pachuca midfielder Jorge Hernández (16) during the first half of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal soccer game, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)


Revolution face another early test at Dallas

They go back on the road Saturday night after last week’s home opener was postponed.

United States head coach Bruce Arena, right, looks on from the sideline during warmups before a friendly soccer match against Serbia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Bruce Arena brings back Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard for World Cup qualifiers

The coach made large-scale changes, hoping to spark the Americans to a rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Abrupt dismissals leave US attorneys scrambling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave dozens of the country’s prosecutors a pep talk -- then dismissed them two days later.

Foxboro, MA-12/3/2014--Head coach Jay Heaps (cq) overseas warm-up drills. The New England Revolution practice at Gillette Stadium, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. They are preparing for the MLS Cup Final at the LA Galaxy. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Revolution Reporter: John Powers

Saturday’s Revolution game has been postponed

The game against Orlando City was moved to Sept. 2 because of frigid weather in the forecast.

FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. The Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, that he spoke with the Raiders. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)


Raiders have stadium backer for Las Vegas

The team presented the new proposal with financing backed by Bank of America to the NFL’s stadium and finance committees.

The United States Under-20 soccer team was ecstatic after winning the CONCACAF final.

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US team wins first U-20 CONCACAF title

Danny Acosta scored the winning goal in a shootout as the United States beat Honduras.

Anti-riot police officers stood guard as Red Star Belgrade's supporters burned torches after a match against rival Partizan.

Is Hooliganism the next sport?

A Russian politician has proposed an unorthodox solution as the country prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.

Mr. Kopa won the Ballon d’Or as the top European player in 1958.

Raymond Kopa, 85, soccer superstar in ’50s known as ‘Napoleon of football’

Mr. Kopa was gifted with spectacular dribbling skills and speed, qualities that have often led to comparisons with Lionel Messi.

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, USA's Megan Rapinoe, right, kneels next to teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Crystal Dunn (16) as the U.S. national anthem is played before an exhibition soccer match against Netherlands, in Atlanta. The U.S. Soccer Federation has adopted a policy that says national team players

US Soccer adopts rule banning national anthem protest

The US Soccer Federation said national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems.


Revolution blanked in season opener

New England couldn’t answer Colorado’s strike in the 52nd minute.

Sep 10, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution defender Chris Tierney (8) and New York City FC defender Jason Hernandez (2) go after a head ball during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports


Opening on the road is always a challenge for Revolution

But they also figure the pressure will be on the home team, in this case Colorado.

Tommy Gemmell, 73, great Celtic soccer full back

Mr. Gemmell scored one of the goals that helped the Scottish club win the European Cup in 1967.

Foxborough MA 7/9/16 New England Revolution Lee Nguyen celebrates his goal with teammates Scott Caldwell and Andrew Farrell against the Columbus Crew SC during first half action at Gillette Stadium on Saturday July 9, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


Revolution looking to get started early

After having missed the playoffs in ’16, New England wants to avoid early season struggles.

Oct 23, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) is congratulated by midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) after he scored against the Montreal Impact during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a whole new season for Major League Soccer

The new season is upon us. Here’s a team-by-team look at the contenders for the MLS Cup.

Notre Dame's T.J. Gibbs (left) stole the ball from Boston College's Jordan Chatman (25) during the first half.

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BC men stumble at No. 19 Notre Dame

The Eagles (9-21) suffered 13th consecutive loss Wednesday, falling 82-66 in South Bend, Ind.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a blocker save on a shot by the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Lightning trade goalie Ben Bishop to Kings

The veteran will back up Jonathan Quick, who returned from injury on Saturday.

Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association, criticized Yankees executive Randy Levine for ripping pitcher Dellin Betances.

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MLBPA head Tony Clark criticizes Yankees president Randy Levine

Clark characterized Levine’s comments following Dellin Betances’ arbitration ruling setback as “unprecedented” and “unprofessional.”

Foxborough, MA - 11/29/14 - (1st half) New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (22) makes a diving save in the first half. The New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship at Gillette stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 30Revolution-Red Bulls, LOID: 8.0.156120903.

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Revolution trade Bobby Shuttleworth to Minnesota

In exchange for the goalkeeper, New England reacquired forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen.

After travel ban, desperate immigrants risk winter trek to Canada

In Manitoba, groups that specialize in helping refugees say the pace of arrivals has quickened since President Trump’s travel ban.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out instructions during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Sports figures add voices to debate over Trump immigration order

NBA coach Steve Kerr and US soccer captain Michael Bradley are among those to weigh in on the controversial policy.

Jon Rahm played his shot from the 18th tee during the final round.


Jon Rahm wins Farmers Insurance Open

Rahm finished at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan.

Lorient's French midfielder Jimmy Cabot (L) vies with Guingamp's Ivorian defender Brou Benjamin Angoua during the French L1 football match between Lorient and Guingamp on January 14, 2017 at the Moustoir stadium of Lorient, western France. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARDJEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

Revolution acquire defender Benjamin Angoua

Angoua is expected to pair with Slovenian Antonio Mlinar Delamea, who joined the Revolution Wednesday.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps said the offseason “was longer than it should’ve been.’’

Revolution sign Slovenian player and begin practice

Antonio Mlinar Delamea joins coach Jay Heaps’s team, which missed the playoffs in 2016.

German player Bastian Schweinsteiger held up the World Cup after his team won the 2014 tournament.

Soccer’s World Cup to grow from 32 to 48 teams in 2026

The sport’s governing body forecasts $1 billion in added revenue with a larger field.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: The Best FIFA Men's Player Award winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and The Best FIFA Women's Player Award winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Houston Dash pose for a photo during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)


Carli Lloyd named FIFA’s top women’s player

The American star won the award for a second time.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


It’s time for Boston’s title drought to end

Sunday marks 699 days since a Boston pro team won a championship. Enough is enough.

Oct 23, 2016; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Team USA celebrates a goal by forward Carli Lloyd (10) in the second half against the Team Switzerland at U.S. Bank Stadium. Team USA beats Team Switzerland 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

US women’s soccer team fires union leader days before CBA ends

Rich Nichols had led the women’s national team’s union since late 2014.

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo of Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, clenches her left hand as she reacts after winning a point against Daria Gavrilova of Australia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016. The player's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, says Kvitova suffered a left hand injury and has been treated by doctors.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)


Petra Kvitova could return to tennis in 6 months

The two-time Wimbledon champion underwent four hours of surgery for injuries sustained in Tuesday’s attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home.

Foxborough MA 7/9/16 New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps before the start of their game against the Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday July 9, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Revolution will open 2017 season March 4 at Colorado

The home opener will be March 11 against Orlando City SC

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Aroldis Chapman says Joe Maddon ‘misused’ him during playoffs

The closer says Maddon pitched him too much during the Cubs’ march to the World Series title.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei stopped Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley during penalty kicks.


Keeper earns redemption in Sounders’ victory

Stefan Frei, who didn’t allow a goal in regulation or overtime, spent the first five seasons of his career with Toronto FC.

Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein blocks the shot of Wake Forest midfielder Brad Dunwell to win the game for Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college soccer game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Houston. Stanford won in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


Stanford wins second straight national championship

The Cardinal defeat Wake Forest on penalty kicks.

Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres (29) celebrates his winning goal during penalty kicks in the MLS Cup soccer final against Toronto FC in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


Seattle wins MLS title on penalty kicks

Roman Torres scored in the sixth round to give Sounders their first title.

North Carolina Mauricio Pineda (2) makes a pass to his teammate during the second half of the NCAA soccer men's College Cup semifinal against Stanford Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

NCAA College Cup

After scoreless tie, Stanford goes 10 for 10 in PK to advance to NCAA title game

Stanford will face Wake Forest in the College Cup final on Sunday after beating UNC, 10-9, on penalty kicks Friday.

The death of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt was one of the year’s biggest stories.


9 women’s sports stories from 2016 worth another look

Barriers were broken, voices were heard, progress was made, and a giant figure in coaching was lost.

Chapecoense soccer fans attended a memorial service Saturday at the team’s stadium in Chapeco, Brazil.

Match to benefit families of soccer players killed in air crash

Brazil and Colombia will play at the end of January to raise funds for survivors of Chapecoense players.

Fans of the Chapecoense soccer club gathered in the streets to pay tribute to their players.

Colombia plane crash wipes out almost entire soccer team

The aircraft was carrying the Brazilian side Chapecoense. Twenty-one journalists also were on board.

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English FA opens review of sex-abuse cases

Victims have waived their anonymity to bring light on abuses suffered while breaking on to pro teams.