Portugal qualifies for finals, Italy earn positives in draw

Soccer 11/17/18, 17:07

No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.Portugal drew with Italy 0-0 on Saturday to pick up the point it needed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals and confirm it as host of the first Final Four in June.Portugal's Mario Rui, left, and Italy's Nicolo Barella jump for the ball during ...

Mancini wants to ‘bring Italy back where it belongs’

Europe 11/16/18, 15:59

A year after its stunning elimination by Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Italy is back at the San Siro stadium for another potentially decisive match.The Azzurri have to beat Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal on Saturday and then hope the European champion does not defeat Poland three days later in order ...

Overzealous Higuain has nightmare match vs. former club

Soccer 11/12/18, 07:46

Gonzalo Higuain was so desperate to make his mark against his former team that it proved to be his downfall.After missing a first-half penalty, Higuain was sent off late in AC Milan's 2-0 loss at home to Juventus for arguing with the referee following a booking."I want to apologize to ...

Ronaldo puts positive spin on Juventus’ 1st loss of season

Soccer 11/09/18, 11:52

Cristiano Ronaldo put a positive spin on his team's first loss of the season.The Juventus forward, who has been playing and scoring regularly despite facing a rape allegation in the United States, gave his team the lead but they still lost to Manchester United 2-1 in the Champions League.From left, ...

Manchester rivals get big wins in Champions League

Sports 11/07/18, 19:31

It was Manchester's night in the Champions League as United stunned Juventus with late goals and City routed Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant goal — a volley from a long pass that dropped into his path over his right shoulder — was set to give Juventus victory against his ...

Man United score 2 late goals to win 2-1 at Juventus

Soccer 11/07/18, 18:09

Two late goals gave Manchester United a surprising 2-1 victory at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a stunning opener against his former club.Juan Mata leveled with a free kick four minutes from time and Alex Sandro netted an own goal in the final minute ...

After record Serie A start, Juventus set for Man U visit

Soccer 11/05/18, 01:28

Juventus is enjoying its best start to a Serie A season and shows no sign of letting up ahead of an important week for the Italian champion.Juventus hosts Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday before playing AC Milan at San Siro in Serie A on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo may ...

Ronaldo says rape allegation affecting his personal life

Soccer 10/29/18, 10:28

Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him is affecting his personal life. Ronaldo, who has denied any wrongdoing, gave an interview to France Football magazine. Excerpts were distributed Monday, with the full interview expected to run in the French weekly magazine on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Ronaldo says "of course this story ...

Napoli keeping pressure on Ronaldo-dependent Juventus

Soccer 10/29/18, 02:11

Last season Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in the Italian league before ultimately finishing second as the Bianconeri clinched a record-extending seventh Serie A title.This campaign, second-place Napoli is already six points behind Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Juventus.But the destination of the title is far from a foregone conclusion.Juventus proved it ...

Juventus president ‘very calm’ over Ronaldo rape accusation

Soccer 10/25/18, 11:54

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is standing by Cristiano Ronaldo as the soccer superstar faces an accusation of rape in the United States.Speaking at a club shareholders meeting, Agnelli says "when there are problems I tend to look people in the eyes, ask them the questions directly and them judge them ...

Mourinho’s warning underlines extent of Man United’s fall

Soccer 10/24/18, 08:29

The presence of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford revived memories of much better times at Manchester United, when England's biggest club had a slew of the world's best players and no trophy felt beyond them.It was only a decade ago, after all, that United was winning the Champions League and ...

Ronaldo wins again at Old Trafford as Juve beats United 1-0

Soccer 10/23/18, 17:18

Cristiano Ronaldo made another winning return to Old Trafford as Juventus beat his former club Manchester United 1-0 on Tuesday for a third straight victory in the Champions League.Unlike the last time he was at the stadium — for Real Madrid in 2013 — Ronaldo didn't score but he was ...

Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusation

Soccer 10/22/18, 22:09

Speaking publicly for the first time since being accused of rape, Cristiano Ronaldo defended himself against the allegation and said Monday he is confident the truth will come out in the case.The soccer superstar has been accused of rape in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last ...

Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same

Soccer 10/22/18, 10:02

Despite his off-the-field turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoring goals. His teammates, however, let Juventus down.Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine matches, and two in three matches since being accused of rape last month.On Saturday, Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead in the 18th minute at Genoa. Then something odd ...

Ronaldo scores but Juventus’ perfect start ended by Genoa

Soccer 10/20/18, 07:13

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues.It wasn't enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus' perfect start to the season.Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was ...

Power failure: Leading teams struggle across European soccer

Soccer 10/19/18, 10:11

Glance across the European soccer standings and there is an unfamiliar look.At least one powerhouse team in each of the five biggest domestic leagues is finding it much tougher to challenge for the title two months into the season.Associated Press writers across Europe take a look at the struggles of ...

Cristiano Ronaldo expected to play for Juventus on Saturday

Soccer 10/18/18, 10:47

Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Juventus started with a selfie, included a goal in a practice game, and will likely end up with a starring role on Saturday. Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape and is facing a civil lawsuit in the United States, had the weekend off while his Italian ...

Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

Soccer 10/16/18, 16:53

A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas.One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a ...

Portugal keeps winning in Nations League without Ronaldo

Soccer 10/11/18, 17:26

No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.European champion Portugal sparkled on Thursday despite the absence of its star forward, defeating Poland to move a step closer to the last four of the UEFA Nations League.With young Sevilla striker Andre Silva scoring again, Portugal won 3-2 in Chorzow to take control of Group ...

Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

Soccer 10/10/18, 09:22

It's not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal's national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus and amid a rape allegation against him.Ronaldo hasn't been called up ...

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