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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — No one deserved to see South Africa finally qualify for the Women's World Cup more than Fran Hilton-Smith.

Take nothing away from the players and coaches, but Hilton-Smith has been the driving force behind women's soccer...Read more

PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time.

"Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply.

Turned...Read more

LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions.

Just when he seemed to be...Read more

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans gathered outside their team's hotel in Madrid on Saturday, chanting "It doesn't matter where you play, we will always follow you."

A few hours later, thousands of River fans packed the iconic Plaza del Sol in...Read more

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans waited in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo....Read more

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title.

Recent results leave him feeling...Read more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins with a quadriceps injury. He did not travel to Washington with the team.

Beckham appeared on the team's injury report...Read more

PARIS (AP) — The 24 teams that qualified for the Women's World Cup are set to learn their opponents for the tournament's group stage next summer in France.

Saturday's draw for soccer's most prestigious event is taking place inside La Seine Musicale, a...Read more

Winning any of the AP's individual NFL awards, from MVP to top rookie, means plenty to players.

Being nominated for, no less winning, the Walter Payton Man of the Year award means more.

Don't minimize how proud a guy is when he's...Read more

Here's a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Yep, the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot.

The Texans have won...Read more