• The Canadian Press

    Australia's Women's World Cup opener moved to bigger venue

    Australia's Women's World Cup opener against Ireland has been moved to a larger stadium amid high demand for tickets. Australia’s opener was originally set to be played at Sydney’s new Allianz Stadium, which seats 42,500, but it has been shifted to Stadium Australia, which seats more than 82,000. Stadium Australia, the former Olympic stadium, will also host the World Cup final on Aug. 20. The tournament, which is cohosted by Australia and New Zealand, opens on July 20 with a match between New Ze

  • The Canadian Press

    Former Thorns trainer sorry for administering painkiller

    The former Portland Thorns athletic trainer who was dismissed last week after a league investigation determined he distributed a controlled substance to players has apologized. Pierre Soubrier, who is married to U.S. national team defender Crystal Dunn, was among three people disciplined last week as the National Women’s Soccer League continues to address a misconduct scandal stretching back to 2021. The Thorns team physician reported in November that Soubrier had given players a medication cont

  • The Canadian Press

    Visiting Rayo beats Villarreal 1-0 in Spanish league

    MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano defeated Villarreal 1-0 on the road in the Spanish league on Monday, getting back in the fight for European places. Sergio Camello scored the winner in the 70th minute, helping move Rayo Vallecano to seventh place. Villarreal, sitting fifth, could have tied fourth-placed Atletico Madrid on points with a victory. It was the third goal in five league matches for Camello since the competition restarted after the World Cup break. At the stop of the standings, Barcelona h