World Cup winner Barzagli to retire at end of season

Soccer 04/13/19, 13:37

Veteran Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli will retire at the end of the season.Barzagli, who turns 38 next month, revealed his decision after Juve's 2-1 defeat at Spal in Serie A on Saturday.The Italian World Cup winner has struggled with injuries this season, limiting him to just nine appearances for Juventus ...

Brazil’s Pele undergoes surgery for removal of kidney stone

Soccer 04/13/19, 13:11

Brazilian soccer great Pele has successfully undergone surgery for the removal of a kidney stone in a Sao Paulo hospital.The Albert Einstein Hospital said on its website Saturday that Pele's surgery went well, but did not provide additional details.The 78-year-old was hospitalized in Brazil on April 2 after spending five ...

Burnley, Southampton boost hopes to stay in Premier League

Soccer 04/13/19, 12:39

Burnley and Southampton took big steps toward avoiding relegation from the Premier League with crucial victories on Saturday, while Cardiff inched closer to the drop after a third straight loss.Chris Wood may well have secured another season in the top flight for Burnley by scoring both goals in a 2-0 ...

Relegated Fulham beats Everton 2-0

Soccer 04/13/19, 12:19

Already-relegated Fulham kept its first clean sheet of 2019 and beat Everton 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday with goals from captain Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel.Aleksandar Mitrovic had passed up a number of first-half opportunities for the hosts but Fulham struck twice in the second half to pick ...

Bournemouth beats struggling Brighton 5-0 in Premier League

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:48

Bournemouth handed Brighton its heaviest home loss in the Premier League, winning 5-0 on Saturday to leave the hosts in serious relegation trouble.After Dan Gosling opened the scoring in the first half, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas all added goals after the break as the visitors ...

Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:43

Missing Lionel Messi and most of its regular starters, Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at Huesca in the Spanish league on Saturday, three days before the visit of Manchester United in the Champions League.Barcelona increased its commanding lead to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which played Celta Vigo ...

Southampton close to safety after beating Wolves 3-1 in EPL

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:30

Nathan Redmond scored twice as Southampton boosted its hopes of avoiding relegation by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 on Saturday in the Premier League.Redmond put Southampton ahead in the second minute and then restored the hosts' lead in the 30th, just two minutes after Willy Boly had equalized for Wolves. Shane ...

Burnley pushes Cardiff closer to relegation from EPL

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:14

Burnley pushed Cardiff closer to relegation from the Premier League with a 2-0 home win over the Welsh club on Saturday, a victory that all but ensures another season in the top flight for Sean Dyche's side.Chris Wood scored both goals for Burnley, which now looks safe on 39 points ...

Leipzig, Bremen boost hopes of European berths

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:07

Leipzig closed in on Champions League qualification, and Werder Bremen boosted its hopes of European soccer, with Bundesliga wins on Saturday.Leipzig consolidated third place after stretching its unbeaten league run to 11 games with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.Kevin Kampl got the home side underway with a curling shot inside ...

Juventus’ Serie A title bid halted with loss at Spal

Soccer 04/13/19, 10:24

Sergio Floccari scored in the 74th minute as Spal halted Juventus' attempt to secure an eighth consecutive Serie A title with a surprising 2-1 home win on Saturday.Juventus only needed a draw to claim the title, but relegation-threatened Spal, which was bankrupt when Juventus began its title run, took advantage ...

Lyon coach Genesio to leave club at end of season

Soccer 04/13/19, 09:51

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said Saturday he will leave the club at the end of the season.Genesio, who was appointed in December 2015, was set to extend his contract for two years after reportedly reaching a deal with president Jean-Michel Aulas.But Lyon has lost its last three games, with a ...

Moura’s hat trick helps Tottenham beat Huddersfield 4-0

Soccer 04/13/19, 08:43

Lucas Moura scored a hat trick as Tottenham stayed on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating Huddersfield 4-0 on Saturday.Moura helped Spurs overcome the absence of injured striker Harry Kane by becoming the first player with a hat trick in the club's new stadium after ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Soccer 04/13/19, 04:00

Photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes boys playing soccer in the historic Kasbah of Algiers, Algeria; a horse-drawn carriage traveling next to a highway in Frankfurt, Germany; ...

Questions hang over NWSL in World Cup season

Soccer 04/12/19, 17:54

The NWSL opens its seventh season this weekend with some lingering questions about its health, but also the encouraging possibility of a World Cup "bump."The National Women's Soccer League has already outlasted any of the other previous pro women's leagues in the United States. With support from the U.S. Soccer ...

Newcastle beats Leicester 1-0, moves closer to EPL survival

Soccer 04/12/19, 16:11

Newcastle took a big step toward Premier League survival by winning 1-0 at Leicester on Friday, with Ayoze Perez scoring the first-half winner for Rafa Benitez's side.The Spanish forward flicked in a near-post header from Matt Ritchie's left-wing cross in the 32nd minute at King Power Stadium.The victory moved Newcastle ...

Salah’s Egypt faces Congo, Uganda & Zimbabwe at African Cup

Soccer 04/12/19, 15:50

Mohamed Salah and host Egypt will face Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the group stage of an historic African Cup of Nations this year, the first time the tournament will field 24 teams and be held in the European summer.As host, Egypt was one of six seeded teams for Friday's ...

Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit

Soccer 04/12/19, 14:36

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester United.Messi and Sergio Busquets were both dropped by Valverde for Saturday's match at Huesca, which is in last place in La Liga.Messi had ...

Chelsea hopes Christian Pulisic will expand US fan base

Soccer 04/12/19, 13:51

Chelsea hopes Christian Pulisic will help the London club expand its U.S. fan base and assist the team's campaign to combat anti-Semitism.Chelsea bought the 20-year-old midfielder from Borussia Dortmund in January for 64 million euros (then $73 million), by far a record price for an American player, then loaned him ...

Swiss special counsel clears friend of FIFA head Infantino

Soccer 04/12/19, 07:11

A special counsel's office in Switzerland says it has closed an investigation into a regional prosecutor's links with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.After reports in the "Football Leaks" series last November, a criminal proceeding for possible passive corruption was opened against Rinaldo Arnold, a childhood friend of Infantino.Arnold accepted invitations to ...

Warnock charged over criticism of Premier League referees

Soccer 04/12/19, 06:03

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has been charged by the English Football Association for his tirade against Premier League referees.Match officials failed to spot a glaring offside when Cardiff conceded a late equalizer against Chelsea in a game the relegation-threatened Welsh team went on to lose 2-1 on March 31.Warnock, one ...