Euro clubs explore promotion-relegation for Champions League

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Europe's top soccer clubs will look at extending promotion and relegation for the Champions League in talks with UEFA to reform continental competitions in 2024. Eur...

Luis Enrique to miss Spain qualifier for personal reasons

MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Luis Enrique will not be with the squad for Tuesday's European Championship qualifying match at Malta because of personal reasons. The Spanish soccer federa...

Catalonia beats Venezuela 2-1 in friendly in Spain

GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Venezuela followed its win over Lionel Messi's Argentina by losing to Catalonia 2-1 in a friendly on Monday. Javi Puado scored in the 88th minute to give the hos...

Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England

An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal's frustrating start to its European Championship title defense. Things couldn't be going much better for free-scoring England and ...

Ronaldo injured in Portugal's 1-1 draw against Serbia

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal drew with Serbia 1-1 in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Monday, with Cristiano Ronaldo playing only half an hour before being substituted with a right...

Hudson-Odoi, 18, stars as England scores 5 goals again

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Starting a competitive international before he has even started an English Premier League game, 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi helped England beat Montenegro 5-1 fo...

Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in the Copa America in June in Brazil, according to coach Lionel Scaloni on Monday. Scaloni, speaking in Morocco, ...

After playing with head injury, Schaer to miss Swiss game

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — With soccer's treatment of head injuries again under scrutiny, Switzerland has withdrawn defender Fabian Schaer from its next European Championship qualifying game. ...

Ronaldo leaves Portugal match with muscle injury

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo injured his right leg and had to be substituted before halftime of Portugal's match against Serbia in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Monday....

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is fin...

Schulz grabs late winner as Germany beats Netherlands 3-2

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Nico Schulz set up one goal and scored a 90th-minute winner as Germany snatched a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in European Championship qualifying on Sunday. Ger...

Croatia beaten by Hungary in European qualifying, Wales wins

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for grabs wi...

South Africa sweeps Sri Lanka 3-0 in T20 series

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dwaine Pretorius made the most of a promotion to No. 3 in the batting order to hit 77 not out in the third Twenty20 and lead South Africa to a 45-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis ...

Plenty of politics at play in Venezuela-Catalonia friendly

MADRID (AP) — There will be lots of politics to talk about when Venezuela takes on a Catalonia squad in a friendly soccer game in Spain on Monday. Venezuela has a coach who offered h...

Juventus sets record for women's club game in Italy

TURIN, Italy (AP) — A week after the world record for the highest attendance at a women's soccer club match was set, a league record in Italy was also broken. Juventus' women's team ...