Sanchez spark still missing for Manchester United

Soccer 09/24/18, 06:02

After a rare tournament-free summer and with a full preseason under his belt, Alexis Sanchez was expected to be a key performer for Manchester United in the early weeks of the Premier League.He'd be fresh while other teammates fought weariness from the World Cup. Finally, we'd see the best of ...

Weekend Sports in Brief

Soccer 09/24/18, 06:02

GOLFATLANTA (AP) —Tiger Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like old times. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the Tour Championship.Woods raised both arms ...

Greece imports referees as fix for soccer violence

Soccer 09/24/18, 06:02

When Greek league rivals AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki met last season, a disallowed goal late in the match — which was, finally, allowed — threw the sport into chaos.PAOK's owner stormed onto the field in protest with a gun strapped to his belt, the league was suspended for two ...

Europa League hangover hits flat Chelsea

Football 09/23/18, 13:12

The grueling Thursday-to-Sunday turnaround that comes with playing in the Europa League might already be taking its toll on Chelsea.By drawing 0-0 at West Ham, Chelsea dropped its first points in the Premier League and failed to score under Maurizio Sarri for the first time this season.That Chelsea produced such ...

Real Madrid president against Liga plan to play game in US

Soccer 09/23/18, 08:58

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that his team will not participate in the Spanish league's scheme to play regular-season matches in the United States.Perez says Sunday that "We are not going to the United States. we do not know who this interests, surely not the clubs or the fans. ...

Weston McKennie out with ‘severe muscle contusion’ in leg

Soccer 09/23/18, 08:27

Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie's injury is not as bad as initially feared but the club says the American will be out for some time with a "severe muscle contusion with bleeding" his lower left leg.The 20-year-old Texan received an unintentional kick in the leg from James Rodriguez as he won ...

Wolverhampton spoils Ferguson’s Man U homecoming in EPL

Football 09/22/18, 17:29

English Premier League newcomer Wolverhampton turned party-pooper on the day Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Old Trafford.The most successful coach in British soccer history was back at his former stamping ground on Saturday for the first time since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May. But Manchester United was ...

Emotional return to Old Trafford for Alex Ferguson

Soccer 09/22/18, 09:01

Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Old Trafford on Saturday for Manchester United's Premier League game against Wolverhampton, following his emergency brain surgery in May.Ferguson spent almost 27 years as manager of United before retiring in 2013 as the most successful coach in British soccer history.The 76-year-old Scot was ...

Relaxed Bjorn proving a good fit as Ryder Cup captain

Soccer 09/21/18, 10:18

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 to hit some golf balls from a mountain top. To the home of a delusional fan in southern England.He has ...

Spanish federation withholds approval of match in US

Soccer 09/21/18, 08:33

The Spanish league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.The person told The Associated Press that the federation sent a letter to ...

FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

Soccer 09/20/18, 15:07

In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament.Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said ...

FANTASY PLAYS: Sit Rodgers? Worth at least mulling for W3

Football 09/20/18, 14:59

Patrick Mahomes is good. 2018 David Johnson looks nothing like 2016 David Johnson. The Rams defense has not only replaced the Seahawks as the NFC's most dominant unit, but may be the best the NFL has to offer.Week 3 will go a long way toward helping fantasy football owners decide ...

UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

Soccer 09/20/18, 07:56

Cristiano Ronaldo should learn next Thursday if he is banned from playing at former club Manchester United in the Champions League.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo's first Champions League red card on Sept. 27.Ronaldo tangled with Valencia's Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the defender's ...