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    The U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter remains a candidate to stay on as men’s national team coach after a report by a law firm concluded he did not improperly withhold information about a 1992 domestic violence allegation involving the woman who later became his wife. The report also concluded that Berhalter’s conduct “likely constituted the misdemeanor crime of assault on a female” but that it was an isolated event.

      The 100-minute matches that became routine at the World Cup in Qatar are set to become routine in club soccer. FIFA's rule-making panel known as IFAB met Saturday. It stresses the need for accurate calculation of time added on for stoppages in play because of injuries, substitutions, time-wasting and goal celebrations. 

        Federal jurors in New York are preparing to start deliberations on the fates of two former Fox executives accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to gain broadcasting rights to soccer's biggest matches, including the World Cup. From the start, U.S. prosecutors depicted the case as about "the corruption of international soccer." The case centered on the actions of Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez — and whether they bribed soccer officials to secure lucrative broadcasting rights.

          World Cup winner Lionel Messi has won FIFA's Best Men's Player award for 2022. Spain's Alexia Putellas won FIFA's Best Women's Player award for the second straight time. Messi won the voting over Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema. Putellas won the women's voting over Alex Morgan of the United States and England's Beth Mead. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has been voted FIFA men's coach of the year after leading his team to the World Cup title in December. The women's coach award went to Sarina Wiegman after she led England to the title at the Women's European Championship.

            The 10-year, $2.5 billion partnership between Apple TV and MLS kicked off on Feb. 1 with the launch of Season Pass. Starting Saturday, every match — regular season, postseason, Leagues Cup, the All-Star game, and developmental leagues — can be accessed on the Apple TV app, allowing fans to watch without local blackouts or restrictions. The MLS/Apple model abandons the traditional framework where most games are available through a national or regional network. Even though MLS had some favorable local agreements, most teams struggled for visibility when they weren't on either Fox, FS1 or ESPN.

              The biggest winner in the Major League Soccer offseason transfer market ended up being the rumor mill. Whether it was the apparent flirtation between Lionel Messi and Inter Miami, or the interest that Los Angeles FC had for Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, neither materialized and the MLS offseason was devoid of a splashy international move. Still, there are numerous players to watch this season, including World Cup winner Thiago Almada in Atlanta and Chicharito at the Galaxy.

              A Waupun sophomore champion takes home Gymnast of the Year honors while a third straight team appearance at state helped Reedsburg's leader secure the Coach of the Year award. 


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              Embattled Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder could very well sell the franchise before an investigation into his organization’s conduct can be complete. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said even if that’s the case, any report will be made public. Goodell said Tuesday at the league's annual meetings that the NFL is “committed to releasing the findings.” Snyder and the Commanders are still under investigation by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White. 

              Several prospects from the NBA Academy in Africa are playing in the new season of the Basketball Africa League. The league was created by the NBA in partnership with FIBA to help grow the sport in Africa and is now in its third season.

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