Messi, Barcelona ease past Juventus; Chelsea, Man U cruise

There was no Cristiano Ronaldo on the field and no fans in the stands to see Barcelona and Lionel Messi beat Juventus 2-0 away in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ronaldo’s lingeri...

American runner Leeper loses appeal to use prosthetic legs

GENEVA (AP) — An American runner who uses two prosthetic legs lost an appeal Monday in his bid to try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a d...

European breakaway talk 'nonsense,' UEFA veteran says

GENEVA (AP) — The “nonsense” of a European soccer Super League is back again. Lars-Christer Olsson, a veteran of the veiled breakaway threats that come and go almost as often as the ...

Real Madrid beaten again, Bayern surges in Champions League

GENEVA (AP) — Real Madrid couldn't halt its losing streak in the Champions League, and no one seems able to stop Bayern Munich's winning run. Madrid's 3-2 loss to a depleted Shakhta...

UEFA referee official steps aside in Czech match-fixing case

GENEVA (AP) — A member of UEFA’s referees committee stepped aside from her work because her husband is a suspect in a match-fixing investigation, the European soccer body said Wednesday. ...

Euro 2020 not at risk from UEFA block on Azerbaijan hosting

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA will keep planning for European Championship games in Azerbaijan next year despite deciding Tuesday the country cannot host its competitions “until further notice” during conflict w...

Back in Champions League, Ferencváros aims to revive history

GENEVA (AP) — Back in the Champions League after a 25-year gap, Ferencváros aims to revive its even longer European history while facing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. There was...

Champions League set to begin most challenging group stage

GENEVA (AP) — As a second wave of coronavirus cases hits Europe, the Champions League is going to again send elite players criss-crossing the continent. But soccer’s biggest club com...

IOC denies media claim of meddling in French investigation

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC denied claims on Friday that President Thomas Bach intervened to help steer an Olympic official implicated in corruption away from France where the investigation has been led. ...

FIFA: International transfer spending drops by almost $1.9B

GENEVA (AP) — Soccer clubs spent nearly $1.9 billion less than last year on international player transfers during the European summer trading window, according to FIFA research published Friday. ...

FIFA rejects El Haddadi bid to switch to Morocco from Spain

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has rejected a request from the Moroccan soccer federation to let Munir El Haddadi change nationality from Spain despite easing its eligibility rules last month. ...

IOC investigating athlete claims of reprisals in Belarus

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC is investigating claims from Belarusian athletes who say they face reprisals for protesting the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus ...

Euro 2020 playoffs highlight busy week for European nations

GENEVA (AP) — Soccer's game of catch-up on matches missed during the coronavirus pandemic sees European Championship qualifying playoffs headline an expanded stretch of national-team action starting W...

Milan lands Europa League group with Celtic, Sparta, Lille

GENEVA (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan was drawn Friday to face Celtic, Sparta Prague and Lille in Group H of the Europa League. Milan was the last of the 48 teams to re...

Azerbaijan soccer federation asks for support amid conflict

GENEVA (AP) — Azerbaijan’s soccer federation asked other UEFA members for support on Thursday, citing a 13-year-old player killed in the conflict with Armenia. A decades-old dispute ...