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Dutch star Martens (foot) game-day decision

LYON, France -- While one of the biggest stars remaining in the Women's World Cup continues to insist she will be available for Sunday's final between the United States and the Netherlands, the outlook for another sounded less promising a day ahead of kickoff.

U.S. star Megan Rapinoe said her hamstring won't prevent her from playing. Dutch counterpart Lieke Martens, according to her coach, is a day-of-game decision with a foot injury.

As she has since missing a semifinal win against England with...

Robben retires: 'Heart says yes, my body says no'

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from professional football after playing a key role in Bayern Munich's golden decade.

"I will definitely retire. And it's good as it is," Robben, 35, said in a statement released to German media on Thursday. "It's the hardest decision I had to make in my career."

Robben, whose contract at Bayern Munich expired on June 30, added: "My heart says yes, my body says no."

Injury prone throughout major parts of his enormously successful career, Robben missed most...

De Ligt laughs off Ronaldo's Juventus 'offer'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.
Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.

Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is widely expected to leave Ajax Amsterdam in the coming weeks, said he was asked about a move to Italian champions Juventus by Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of Sunday's Nations League final.

Ronaldo's Portugal triumphed 1-0 in the showpiece match leaving the 19-year-old defender De Ligt, linked with several top European clubs, disappointed.

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But television images showed Juve...