Jobless in 2014, goalkeeper Mendy now Chelsea's savior

Money was tight, his girlfriend was expecting their first child, and Edouard Mendy was getting concerned. It was 2014 and Mendy — aged 22 at the time — had been without a soccer club...

Villa's rise sums up strange start to English Premier League

Strange things are happening in the English Premier League, and the improbable rise of Aston Villa might be the most surreal of them all. The only team with a 100% record, Villa has ...

Man United wins again at PSG; Messi scores in Barca rout

Marcus Rashford sprinted toward the corner flag inside an empty Parc des Princes and slid on his knees in celebration, just like two seasons ago. Another trip to Paris Saint-Germain ...

Wijnaldum unhappy with 'stupid' tackle that injured Van Dijk

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum criticized Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the “stupid” tackle that has ruled out teammate Virgil van Dijk with a long-term injury and said Tuesday the ...

Wolves edges to 1-0 win at Leeds as goal rush ends in EPL

After a feast of goals came a relative famine in the English Premier League on Monday. Just one across two games — and that being a fortunate deflected effort to earn Wolves a win at...

After 7 months, Cavani returning to Paris with Man United

Edinson Cavani has posted only two updates to his 2.1 million followers on Twitter over the last 11 days, both of them showing him hard at work — first on a running machine and then on the practice fi...

Data-driven approach taking Midtjylland to heady heights

They are among the poster boys for analytics in European soccer, a team that scores nearly half of its goals from set pieces and operates a “justice league” that has nothing to do with superheroes. ...

'It's really crazy': Late goals cap another wild day in EPL

A two-week break for international matches has done nothing to suppress the relentless unpredictability of this season’s Premier League. Goals are flowing at an unprecedented level i...

Van Dijk injury causes concern for frustrated Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has been a commanding — even transcendent — presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defense throughout the team’s rise to the top of English and European soccer in recent years. ...

Nations League: 2 goals for Lukaku, more misery for Maguire

Scoring freely for club and country, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku could hardly have started the season any better. For England defender Harry Maguire, things are going from bad to w...

Southgate rues 'another distraction' as Trippier pulls out

A scheduling clash looks to have deprived England coach Gareth Southgate of a key player for the Nations League game against Denmark. Kieran Trippier, a right back who has been playi...

England rugby fans can keep singing 'Swing Low' anthem

England rugby fans will be allowed to continue singing their national team anthem that has its roots in American slavery. There will, though, be more education around the origins of ...

Fleetwood back in form ahead of Wentworth return

However bad Tommy Fleetwood felt after losing a playoff at the Scottish Open last week, it’s nothing compared to what the English golfer went through at another big event on the European Tour four yea...

Jones back at work with England, discipline high on agenda

With no England rugby match for seven months, coach Eddie Jones has had quite a bit of time on his hands during the coronavirus pandemic. He has spent a couple of days working with s...

Calvert-Lewin ticking all the boxes ahead of England debut

Looking the part as the dutiful new kid, Dominic Calvert-Lewin removed his flat cap and spoke politely to England coach Gareth Southgate after arriving for his first training camp with the national te...