South Africa lifts spirits with Jerusalema dance amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans of all walks of life are dancing to “Jerusalema,” a rousing anthem to lift their spirits amid the battle against COVID-19. In response to a call fr...

French Open organizers still hope for 5,000 fans each day

PARIS (AP) — The French Open may have to reduce the number of fans at Roland Garros from 5,000 to 1,000 for the clay-court tennis tournament. French Health Minister Olivier Veran sai...

European soccer nations get new 2021 program during pandemic

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — UEFA detailed a program of national team games in 2021 on Thursday to catch up on the schedule disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Europe’s 55 national te...

Emotional Suárez says it was tough to accept Barça departure

MADRID (AP) — Luis Suárez was emotional when he was introduced by Barcelona six years ago, and again on Thursday when he had to say goodbye after being told he wasn’t wanted by the club anymore. ...

Ibrahimović tests positive for coronavirus

MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović has the coronavirus, AC Milan confirmed on Thursday. Milan players underwent tests on Wednesday after defender Léo Duarte was found to be infected fol...

Bundesliga fans back in stadiums but tracking virus stats

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — There's a new stat grabbing Bundesliga fans' attention. It's not expected goals, distance run or passing accuracy, but the coronavirus infection rate. The ...

Lukaku: Vidal could be the difference for ambitious Inter

MILAN (AP) — After coming close to two titles last season, Inter Milan has high hopes that its upgraded squad will end a 10-year wait for a trophy. Inter finished a point behind Juve...

Revamped Barcelona starts new season with spotlight on Messi

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. His every move, however, will be scrutinized like n...

Chelsea signs goalkeeper Mendy after Kepa's costly mistakes

Chelsea has signed goalkeeper Édouard Mendy to take its summer transfer window spending over $280 million, putting the future starting position of Kepa Arrizabalaga in doubt. The 28-...

Yimmi Chara gives Portland 1-0 victory over Seattle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Yimmi Chara scored in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers went on to beat Pacific Northwest rival Seattle 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was the first tim...

MATCHDAY: Bayern-Sevilla in Super Cup; Milan plays in Europa

A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Thursday: EUROPA LEAGUE After a trip to Ireland in the previous round, AC Milan is at home against Bodo/Glimt o...

Luis Suárez moves from Barcelona to Atlético Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Luis Suárez is staying in Spain after all. Barcelona said late Wednesday that it reached a deal with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of the Uruguay striker for 6 milli...

Injured Ndidi could miss next 3 months for Leicester

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is facing up to three months out because of an abductor injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said Wednesday. Ndidi was not inv...

Dynamo, Olympiakos win 1st legs of CL qualifying playoffs

GENEVA (AP) — Champions League regulars Dynamo Kiev and Olympiakos took big steps toward the group stage Wednesday by winning their first-leg games in the qualifying playoffs. Dynamo...

Hat trick for Havertz as Chelsea strolls in League Cup

A hat trick for Kai Havertz. A debut for Thiago Silva. Things are slowly falling into place for Chelsea after its offseason spending spree. After two underwhelming ...