Lille off to best French league start in more than 60 years

PARIS (AP) — After struggling last season, Lille is transformed. The northern side earned a fourth win in six matches to move to second place in the French league, within two points ...

Out of a job 3 years ago, Mendy shines in the French league

PARIS (AP) — On returning to the French league this season, six-time champion Reims traded the free-flowing football that won it the Ligue 2 championship for a more counterattacking style. ...

Messi scores another hat trick, Mbappe's mistake sinks PSG

PARIS (AP) — If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer's pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game. ...

With Yates' win at Vuelta, British domination is complete

PARIS (AP) — When Lance Armstrong won the last of his seven Tour de France titles back in 2005, there was not a single British rider on the starting line. The face of cycling has dramatically changed ...

Strict and astute, Thomas Tuchel is the right coach for PSG

PARIS (AP) — Behind a great team there is always a great coach, and Paris Saint-Germain might have found the right one. Appointed as a successor of Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel has alre...

Lyon continues to struggle ahead of Champions League

PARIS (AP) — If Lyon was looking for a confidence boost in Caen ahead of its trip to Manchester City next week, the seven-time French champion got the opposite on Saturday. Against a...

PSG prepares for Liverpool with Saint-Etienne thrashing

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's margin is so big that the reigning champions don't even need Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to thrash rival French teams. PSG got ready for next week's C...

No goal, a fight with Terry: Ndoye's failed stint in England

PARIS (AP) — For Cheikh Ndoye, the dream of playing in England did not turn out as he envisioned. Having spent all his playing days in French soccer, the powerful Senegal midfielder ...

Luck on France's side, again, ahead of Davis Cup semifinals

PARIS (AP) — Sadly for France, Yannick Noah is leaving his job as Davis Cup captain at the end of the year. Since returning to the helm of the squad for the 2016 campaign, the former...

Mbappe, Giroud score as France makes successful return home

PARIS (AP) — Any lingering doubts that Kylian Mbappe is French soccer's most valuable jewel were erased Sunday as the teenage striker celebrated the world champions' return home with a superb display ...

Still party time for world champion France in Nations League

PARIS (AP) — Less than two months after claiming a second World Cup title, no wonder France is still in a partying mood. After a summer of euphoria, Didier Deschamps' players didn't ...

FRENCH LEAGUE 2018-19: PSG forced to sell, still favored

PARIS (AP) — The gap between Paris Saint-Germain and its domestic rivals is so huge that any sense of suspense has been killed in the French league even before the start of the new season. ...

FRENCH LEAGUE 2018-19: Guide to promoted teams Reims, Nimes

PARIS (AP) — A look at Reims and Nimes as the promoted teams prepare for the French league opening this weekend. REIMS Six-time champion Reims returned to the topfl...

FRENCH LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for

PARIS (AP) — Although the transfer window in the French league doesn't close until the end of August, here is the pick of the signings so far ahead of the season starting this weekend: ...

Team Sky's dominance at Tour de France set to continue

PARIS (AP) — The Tour de France has a new champion, but the narrative remains the same at cycling's biggest race: Team Sky's domination has no limits. By placing Geraint Thomas on to...