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Juventus deducted 15 POINTS and drop to 10th after investigation into club's transfer dealings

ROME — Juventus have been deducted 15 points for the current season by an Italian soccer court investigating its transfer dealings, the national soccer federation (FIGC) said on Friday.

With 20 games left to play in this season, Juve were third in Serie A, 10 points adrift of leaders Napoli. The points deduction would push them down into mid-table, outside the spots for European competition.

Dani Alves es detenido por una supuesta agresión sexual – ¿Qué pasa con su contrato con Pumas?

La Liga MX anunció que está monitoreando de cerca la situación judicial de Dani Alves. El futbolista de Pumas acudió este viernes de manera voluntaria a una comisaría de Barcelona, España, para declarar en torno a una acusación de agresión sexual que pesa en su contra, y la jueza que lleva la causa decidió dejarlo en prisión preventiva y sin derecho a fianza hasta que se realice el juicio.

Spanish police detain Brazil's Dani Alves over sexual assault allegation

BARCELONA — Dani Alves appeared before a judge in Barcelona on Friday over a sexual assault allegation after Spanish police detained and questioned the Brazil defender and the public prosecutor requested he be jailed on remand.

A spokesperson for the local Mossos d'Esquadra force said officers had taken Alves, who has denied the allegation, to a court office after his arrest where a judge would decide on his case.

(Turn down your volume!) Prankster spoils BBC’s FA Cup broadcast with NSFW moaning

The BBC’s broadcast of Liverpool and Wolves’ FA Cup game on Tuesday ran into some trouble when a YouTube prankster played loud moaning from porn during the show. The BBC FA Cup noises prank was cleverly done with a phone hidden on the set.

The moans happened many times during the pregame show. If you've been on the internet long enough you've heard this noise before.

FIFA fines Mexico over $100,000 and gives fan ban for offensive chant at 2022 World Cup

MEXICO CITY — FIFA sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) for the offensive chants the country's fans made during their matches at last year's World Cup by ordering it to play a game behind closed doors and fined it $108,000.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined FMF with a fine of CHF 100,000 and one match to be played behind closed doors in light of chants by Mexican supporters during the Mexico v. Poland and Saudi Arabia v. Mexico World Cup matches," FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

Shakira's new song is a studs-up tackle on Gerard Piqué

Shakira's wounds are not closed. Or at least that's the feeling after listening to the lyrics of her new song, where justifiably there's not even an ounce of mercy for her ex, former Barcelona star Gerard Piqué.

The couple split last summer after reports showed Piqué was cheating on her.

The Colombian singer subtly alluded to the break-up a few months ago with the release of Monotonia, but in "BZRP Music Session #53" — in which she teamed up with Argentine producer Bizarrap — the pop icon went nuclear. 

Megan Rapinoe re-signs with OL Reign on 10-year anniversary of her joining the team

OL Reign re-signed captain and USWNT icon Megan Rapinoe through the 2023 NWSL season.

The deal was announced Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of her joining the club as an original member in 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apple reveals list of broadcasters for MLS Season Pass

The 2023 MLS season begins Feb. 25 with a massive change in the league's broadcast partnership. The 28th season marks the first without ESPN airing matches and the end of local broadcasts after MLS struck a national 10-year deal with Apple. 

Beginning Feb. 1, you can subscribe to MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month or $99 per season. If you're already an Apple TV+ subscriber, the cost is reduced to either $12.99 per month or $79 per season.

NWSL hands lifetime bans to four former coaches and fines two teams $1 million or more

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has handed lifetime bans to four former coaches and fined the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns $1.5 million and $1 million respectively, part of sweeping sanctions from a misconduct inquiry.

An independent investigator brought in by U.S. Soccer found last year that abuse and misconduct "had become systemic" in the NWSL.

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