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Dortmund's Haaland back and Bayern beatable in 'Klassiker'

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Just one point separates the Bundesliga title challengers. Bayern Munich looks beatable. Erling Haaland is back and scoring for Borussia Dortmund. Normally...

Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz living up to 'next Havertz' hype

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Florian Wirtz has big shoes to fill at Bayer Leverkusen after its last young star left for Chelsea and won the Champions League. He's doing just fine. The ...

Leipzig in empty stadium as virus bites back in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer fans thought they'd put the days of empty stadiums behind them, but the coronavirus pandemic isn't letting up. Record case numbers in Germany mean one to...

Serbia shocks Portugal to join Spain, Croatia at World Cup

Spain, Serbia and Croatia are heading to next year's World Cup. Sweden, Portugal and Russia aren't — not yet, anyway. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 90th-minute header left Cristiano Ronaldo ...

Spain profits from Sweden's slip, Portugal draws in Ireland

Spain, Portugal and Croatia all put themselves one game away from securing World Cup qualification, while Sweden's hopes took a heavy blow with a surprising loss Thursday. Spain beat...

US defender Chris Richards making his mark in German league

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Making a mark in German soccer is far from easy for any player, even more so at perennial champion Bayern Munich. United States center back Chris Richards ...

Van Bommel's Wolfsburg stuck in reverse gear in Germany

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg is Germany's auto-making capital. Its soccer team is stuck in reverse gear. Wolfsburg started the season with four consecutive wins to go to the ...

Bayern sends message to rivals with 5-1 win at Leverkusen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich wanted to send a message to fellow title contenders like Bayer Leverkusen. Message sent. Bouncing back from a rare loss t...

Netherlands and Germany battle to wins in WCup qualifying

The Netherlands is back in control of its World Cup qualifying group but hardly in convincing style. A 1-0 win over Latvia with a volley from Davy Klaassen lacked the swagger from la...

Dortmund sweats over Haaland fitness in Bundesliga break

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is set to spend the international break worrying about the fitness of Erling Haaland after the club indicated the Norway striker's injury could drag on int...

Bayern's bid for 10th title boosted by rivals' disarray

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Bayern's record 10th Bundesliga title in a row might be the easiest of the lot. The team from Munich is cruising unbeaten at the top of the league table un...

Svensson's turnaround puts Mainz back in the spotlight

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Bo Svensson? Coaching Mainz in the Bundesliga inevitably means being compared to the illustrious names who started out at the ...

Eccentric and hard to hit, Usyk a tricky opponent for Joshua

Anthony Joshua has never fought a challenger like Oleksandr Usyk. The unbeaten, unconventional Ukrainian matches slick footwork with a quirky sense of humor, and he is notoriously hard to hit. ...

Flamingo stance helps weightlifter Li Fabin win Olympic gold

TOKYO (AP) — Li Fabin embraced his inner flamingo with a unique stance on the way to winning an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting on Sunday. But don't try it at home, the Chinese c...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home cou...