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Jury blames police, clears fans in 1989 soccer disaster

The families of 96 Liverpool soccer fans who were crushed to death at a crowded stadium in 1989 declared they had finally won justice Tuesday after a jury found that police and emergency services were to blame for Britain’s worst sports disaster.

D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola (left) dribbled the ball as Scott Caldwell of the Revolution gave chase.

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D.C. United keep Revolution from making gains

The Revs suffered a blow when Chris Tierney went down with a left hamstring injury in the first half.

New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen (24) moves the ball past Orlando City 's Sebastian Hines (3) during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

REVOLUTION AT D.C. UNITED | SATURDAY, 5:30 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution looking to break out of rut

New England has just one win in seven games, with five ties.

New England Revolution's Teal Bunbury, left, celebrates with Kelyn Rowe (11) after scoring a goal against Orlando City during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

REVOLUTION 2, ORLANDO CITY 2

Stoppage time goal lets Revolution salvage tie

Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick in the 96th minute of Sunday’s match in Orlando.

Coach Jay Heaps said the Revolution have “played well and created enough [chances]” to have better than one victory this season.

REVOLUTION AT ORLANDO CITY | 3:30 P.M. (ESPN)

Revolution optimistic ahead of Orlando City visit

Coach Jay Heaps has been satisfied with his team’s play, despite it winning just one of six matches.

Tom Brady sent a message to Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Why did Tom Brady send a message to a soccer goalkeeper?

The Patriots quarterback delivered some encouragement to the goalie for the Premier League’s most surpising team.

Students took part in a soccer class at a middle school in Hangzhou, China, last year.

China soccer development plan envisions 50m players

The country says it wants to become a “first-rate major footballing power” by the middle of the century.

Midfielder Kelyn Rowe celebrated after getting the Revolution on the scoreboard with a goal in the 14th minute.

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Controversial calls bog down Revolution in tie

A disallowed goal for New England negated the potential winner in added time.

Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco (10) in the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

TORONTO AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 4 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution out to make it two wins in a row

New England hosts Toronto FC, which has the reigning MLS MVP in Sebastian Giovinco.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05: Morgan Tuck #3 and Moriah Jefferson #4 of the Connecticut Huskies embrace as they take the bench in the fourth quarter against the Syracuse Orange during the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Connecticut won 82-51. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Shira Springer | Fair Play

Women’s sports are sending a message, loud and clear

Too often we talk about what women’s sports isn’t, but instead we should respect them for what they are.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi sat on the ground during a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday.

Spanish authorities investigate Messi over offshore accounts

Authorities are looking into allegations of tax irregularities involving soccer player Lionel Messi after the Panama Papers leaked.

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 01: The Boston Celtics celebrate on the bench during their win over the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on April 1, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

Red Sox open up; Celtics, Bruins battling for playoffs

Baseball season is officially here, but there are important things still at stake in hockey and basketball.

Mr. Maldini played for and coached Italy. Above: Maldini coached Paraguay to the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup.

Cesare Maldini, 84, Italian soccer legend

Mr. Maldini found tremendous success as a player for AC Milan, and also played for and coached the national team.

Abby Wambach.

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Retired soccer star Abby Wambach faces DUI charges

Wambach was pulled over after running a red light in Portland, Ore., officials said.

The US women’s soccer team won the World Cup in 2015 and was honored afterward with a ticker-tape parade in New York.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

US women’s soccer team should be on even paying field

The women have won Cups, kudos, and medals by the barrelful over the last 20 years.

Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez, who scored in the 55th minute in Friday night’s 1-0 victory, battled  Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright in the first half at Gillette Stadium.

Revolution 1, Red Bulls 0

Diego Fagundez’s goal lifts Revolution to first win

Revolution snap four-game winless streak.

Mar 26, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (11) tries to slide tackle New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara (15) in the second half at Yankee Stadium. New England Revolution tie New York City FC 1-1. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

RED BULLS AT REVOLUTION | FRIDAY, 7 P.M. (UNIMAS)

Revolution still seeking first win as they face Red Bulls

The Revolution take on an opponent weakened by injury Friday night at Gillette Stadium.

The US women’s national soccer team celebrated after winning the World Cup last year.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Female World Cup champions are underpaid, too

The US women soccer players are just like many other women in the United States, earning less than their male counterparts.

Carli Lloyd (left) and Hope Solo are two of five players who have filed a complaint against US Soccer over wage discrimination.

Top women’s players file equal pay complaint against US Soccer

Five stars from the defending World Cup championship team are asking to be paid the same as their male counterparts.

United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrated after scoring in the first half.

US 4, Guatemala 0

US keeps World Cup hopes alive with win over Guatemala

The match took on more importance after the Americans lost last week in Guatemala.

U.S. soccer team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, right, runs with goalkeeper William Yarbrough, left, at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday March 21, 2016. The U.S. men's soccer team is preparing for its pivotal home-and-home World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

US likely would miss World Cup if it loses Tuesday night

After playing in seven straight World Cups, the Americans put their streak in jeopardy with a 2-0 loss Friday night in Guatemala City.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (right) and the US men’s soccer team has a key World Cup qualifier match with Guatemala on Tuesday night.

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US men’s soccer team in must-win mode

If the Americans lose to Guatemala on Tuesday night, they almost certainly would fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

This week’s opponents

No rest stops on road to the playoffs for Bruins, Celtics

Both teams must continue their postseason pushes away from TD Garden, which will host the World Figure Skating Championships this week.

Mar 26, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New England Revolution defender Chris Tierney (8) and New York City FC forward Tony Taylor (99) battle for the ball during first half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

REVOLUTION 1, NEW YORK CITY FC 1

Revolution can’t kick into higher gear

Tie with New York City FC leaves New England (0-1-3) still in search of its first win of the season.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Juan Agudelo #17 of New England Revolution and Josh Williams #13 of New York City FC head the ball during the inaugural game of the New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on March 15, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.The New York City FC defeated the New England Revolution 2-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

REVOLUTION AT NYC | SATURDAY, 3 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution may be catching NYC at vulnerable time

Looking for their first win of the season, the Revolution face a depleted New York City team.

epa05229204 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 August 1983 of Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff (R) in action during the friendly soccer match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Manchester United at Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Johan Cruyff died of cancer at the age of 68, his official website announced on 24 March 2016. EPA/PAUL VREEKER B/W ONLY

Johan Cruyff, 68, Dutch soccer legend

Mr. Cruyff was more famous for his silky skills than soccer statistics and was the embodiment of ‘‘Total Football.’’

FILE - Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff dies at the age of 68 GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JUNE 26: Dutch midfielder Johann Cruyff dribbles past Argentinian goalkeeper Daniel Carnevali on his way to scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina 26 June 1974 in Gelsenkirchen. Cruyff scored two goals to help the Netherlands defeat Argentina 4-0. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68

The father of the “Total Football” concept was Europe’s player of the year three times, and also posted 242 victories as a coach.

Police patrolled the EU commission building on Tuesday. Airports across Europe tightened security.

Belgium soccer team cancels practice after Brussels attacks

Belgium’s national soccer team called off a practice session in Brussels after the city was hit by what authorities are calling terror attacks.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

Bruins, Celtics hope this week better than last

With the playoffs looming, the Bruins and Celtics both had losing streaks at less-than-ideal times.

Mar 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (22) makes a save on a Philadelphia Union penalty kick during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

UNION 3, REVOLUTION 0

Winless Revolution shut out by Union

Two penalty kick saves by Bobby Shuttleworth couldn’t rescue New England in a 3-0 loss.

Juan Agudelo (left) could see more time at striker on Sunday if Charlie Davis misses the Revolution’s match with the Union because of a hamstring injury.

REVOLUTION AT UNION | 2:30 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution visit Union looking for first win of season

New England offered up a strong defensive performance in a scoreless draw with D.C. United.

Charlie Davies and the Revolution couldn’t get their offense going against Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United.

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Revolution tie D.C. United in home opener

The Revolution have not scored in a home opener since the opening minute of a 1-0 win over Portland in 2011.

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 06: Daigo Kobayashi #16 of New England Revolution celebrates his second-half goal against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

UNITED AT REVOLUTION, SATURDAY, 3 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution face old rival United in home opener

After a tie with Houston to start the season, the Revolution get things going at Gillette Stadium Saturday.

Revolution midfielder Daigo Kobayashi (right) celebrated with Diego Fagundez after scoring in the 93rd minute.

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Revolution earn draw in season opener

Daigo Kobayashi’s header in stoppage time allowed New England to salvage a point from its first MLS match of 2016.

Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and the Celtics host the Grizzlies and Rockets this week.

This week’s opponents

As playoff push continues, tough week ahead for Celtics, Bruins

The Bruins are in Florida for back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning. The Celtics host two playoff-bound teams.

MLS roundup: NYCFC puts out Chicago Fire

Mix Diskerud scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute to sink Chicago.

Coach Jay Heaps may consider “tweaking” the Revolution’s formation, at times possibly going with two strikers.

Do the Revolution have what it takes to finally win an MLS Cup?

The team kicks off its season Sunday at Houston. Jermaine Jones won’t be there; a few newcomers will debut.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones, second from right, is restrained by teammate Kelyn Rowe , right, and D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen, second from left, after he was given a red card and ejected during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer game in Washington. U.S. national team defender Jones is frustrated and angry about a six-game suspension that he says is making it tough to leave Major League Soccer. Jones is out of contract after spending last season with the Revolution, and he says his latest MLS contract offer is “a joke.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Revolution trade Jermaine Jones for 2017 first-round pick

The Revolution ended a contract dispute by shipping Jones to Colorado.

United States' Jermaine Jones kicks the ball during the first half of a soccer match against Canada, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Carson, Calif. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Revolution deal Jones to Rapids

The New England Revolution traded Jermaine Jones to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Colorado’s natural first-round draft pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

US women’s soccer fight for right to strike, await federal ruling

A federal judge is poised to make a high-stakes ruling on whether the US Women’s World Cup-winning national team has the right to strike before the Summer Olympics.

Brandi Chastain will donate her brain for concussion research

The women’s soccer great made the pledge to raise awareness and assist research efforts.

Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan plays with a soccer ball during a photo opportunity as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, the father of the boy who was pictured wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No. 10 on the back, said Friday they want to thank Messi, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, in person.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan boy in homemade shirt looking to meet Lionel Messi

The father of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from Lionel Messi says they are eager to travel to Spain to meet the soccer great.

epa05182293 Swiss Gianni Infantino, Candidate for FIFA President, waves after the second vote for the Election for a new FIFA President, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, 26 February 2016. The Extraordinary FIFA Congress is being held in order to vote on the proposals for amendments to the FIFA Statutes and choose the new FIFA President. EPA/ENNIO LEANZA

New president Gianni Infantino pledges to restore FIFA’s image

The 45-year-old former lawyer from Switzerland will succeed Sepp Blatter.

Reggie and Chery Miller have both been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

It’s all in the family: Notable brother-sister duos in sports

Here’s a look at a few brother-sister duos, both locally and internationally, that have achieved notoriety.

Chile, Brazil soccer teams coming to Foxborough in June

The pairings have been announced for the Copa America Centenario tournament.

Singer Bruce Springsteen and the E-street band perform during their concert at Molinon Stadium in Gijon, northern Spain in this June 26, 2013 file photo. Bruce Springsteen will publish an autobiography in September that he promises will show readers how his personal struggles inspired his music, including his classic 1975 hit

Here’s how Bruce Springsteen settled a soccer stadium dispute

It took Bruce Springsteen to end the controversy over the Copa del Rey final in Spain.