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Russian Hooligans’ Toughest Opponents? Russia’s Police

As their nation prepares to host next year’s World Cup, hard-core fans — in top fighting shape from organized brawls and mixed-martial-arts training — are facing a crackdown.

On Soccer: In Manchester, Calm Before a Stormy Summer

At some point, United and City, who drew, 0-0, on Thursday, will have to reflect on why a season that promised so much has delivered so little.

Sports Briefing: Tottenham Wins Eighth Straight to Keep Pressure on Chelsea

Christian Eriksen’s goal in the 78th minute lifted Tottenham to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and within 4 points of first place in the Premier League.

On Soccer: Cybernetics, Cesarean Sections and Soccer’s Most Magnificent Mind

Managers beat a path to Vítor Frade’s door at the University of Porto. What they find behind it is an education in just about everything.

Welcome to the World’s Coolest Kindergarten

“My God, my kid needs to go here”: In Hamburg, Germany, a professional soccer stadium is also home to an early-education program.

Lionel Messi’s Late Goal Lifts Barcelona Over Real Madrid

Messi scored from inside the penalty area two minutes into stoppage time at Madrid, leaving the Spanish league’s title race up for grabs.

Chelsea 4, Tottenham 2: Chelsea Defeats Tottenham to Advance to F.A. Cup Final

In a battle of the Premier League’s top teams, Tottenham dominated at times, but its hopes of a first F.A. Cup final since 1991 were sunk by two late moments of magic.

For F.A. Cup Semifinals, the Long Shots Are Long Gone

This weekend’s semifinals — Chelsea versus Tottenham, and Manchester City versus Arsenal — feature wealthy powerhouses.

Russian-German Is Arrested Over Attack on Borussia Dortmund Bus

The suspect, identified only as Sergei W., is said to have sought to drive down the club’s share price so he could profit in a speculation scheme.

On Soccer: For Barcelona, the End of a Campaign, but Not of an Era

Juventus sends Barcelona out of the Champions League, and the temptation is to declare that the sun has set on a golden era. That would be a mistake.

Real Madrid 4, Bayern Munich 2: Champions League: Real Madrid Eliminates Bayern Munich

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick gave Madrid a 4-2 victory — and a 6-3 win on aggregate — amid several controversial decisions.

Leicester City 1, Atlético Madrid 1: Atlético Madrid Ends Leicester City’s Champions League Run

Leicester City, the defending Premier League champions, fell by 2-1 on aggregate after failing to overcome a 1-0 series deficit at home.

FIFA Confederation Agrees to Support U.S.-Led World Cup Bid

Oceania’s support is a sign of the growing momentum for approval of the bid, perhaps as soon as next year — two years ahead of schedule.

On Soccer: Mourinho’s Insight Adds to Chelsea’s Pain in Loss to Manchester United

Against José Mourinho’s Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea suffered a setback that could only have been fashioned by one who had been on the inside.

Manchester United 2, Chelsea 0: Manchester United Defeats Chelsea to Open Up Premier League Race

The loss left Chelsea, the current league leader, four points ahead of Tottenham with six games left.

‘I Own Players’: How West Ham’s Transfer Scandal Upended English Soccer

A deal that brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham in 2006 was unprecedented in having offshore companies control the players’ rights.

Letter Found After Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack Demands Pullback in Syria

Two people with an “Islamist background” were held after the attack on the soccer team’s bus, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.

Is Russell Westbrook’s Season the Best Ever? Some Apples and Oranges to Pick From

Westbrook's rather outrageous regular season must be considered the single greatest season by any athlete ever, right? No? Here are some other contenders.

Sports Briefing: Borussia Dortmund Loses a Day After Explosions

The club fell to Monaco, 3-2, in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal a day after three explosions targeted its bus.

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