Relaxed Bjorn proving a good fit as Ryder Cup captain

The captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team has taken Thomas Bjorn to places he never could have imagined. To the Elysee Palace for breakfast with the French president. To Val d'Isere t...

Sluggish Tottenham under scrutiny after 3 straight losses

Tottenham had more players in the World Cup semifinals than any other team. It also was the only Premier League club to not sign anyone in the European transfer window. As Mauricio P...

No rest for Son after grueling summer of soccer

A grueling summer of soccer for Son Heung-min took in the World Cup in Russia, a preseason tour to the United States, then the Asian Games in Indonesia where he played six games in 18 days in stifling...

England striker Rashford set to resume life on the margins

With goals in each of England's two games over the international break, Marcus Rashford might have nailed down a starting place for his country. Doing the same at his club won't be q...

England seeks improvement after memorable World Cup journey

For English soccer, the first two-week international period of the new season often doubles as the next phase of a post-mortem into the national team's failings at a recent tournament. ...

'Throw-in nerd' challenges perceptions at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is covering every base in his bid to win the team's first English league title since 1990. During an offseason when Liverpool spent $200 million — mor...

Dropped by Man City, Sane gets early-season wake-up call

From a World Cup snub to being dropped by his club, it has been a sobering few months for Leroy Sane. At the age of 22, he was a Premier League champion in a record-shattering Manche...

Alisson error highlights risks with ball-playing keepers

When Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson received an errant back-pass on the byline to the right of his goal, there was no teammate available for a pass and an opponent was bearing down on him quickly. ...

Gerrard-Rodgers reunion adds fresh spice to Old Firm rivalry

Unbeaten in his first 12 games as Rangers coach, Steven Gerrard has made a seamless transition to soccer management and an impressive start to his task of restoring the flagging fortunes of Scotland's...

Pellegrini faces teething problems at much-changed West Ham

Hiring a Premier League-winning manager and spending more than $100 million on mostly exciting signings generated some much-needed positivity at West Ham heading into the new English season. ...

Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot

Back at the course where he grew up playing, Thomas Bjorn will get a front-row seat to see a three-way fight for the final qualifying spot in his Ryder Cup team. The European captain...

Worrying signs for Man United as Mourinho loses cool

With his team trailing by three goals and Old Trafford rapidly emptying around him, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stood in his technical area and stared blankly onto the field. ...

Forget Salah, Liverpool making case for defense

Liverpool is so much more these days than the prolific Mohamed Salah and its relentless attack. There's a new-found robustness to Juergen Klopp's entertainers, as the opening weeks of the Premier Leag...

Fouled, shoved and pushed, Hazard has last laugh for Chelsea

Eden Hazard was repeatedly fouled, shoved and hacked down on his first start of the season in the Premier League. On one occasion, he was even kicked off the field by a particularly crude challenge. ...

More Salah? No sign of Liverpool forward slowing down

Mohamed Salah had just finished the season as the Premier League's top scorer and been presented with the Golden Boot at Anfield when he was asked if he would replicate his record-breaking exploits. ...