• A Saturday, May 28, 2016 photo from files of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. The richest clubs and biggest leagues in Europe are set to tighten their grip on the Champions League’s future format and income this week. A deal being prepared by UEFA should end threats by some elite clubs to break away and form a closed European Super League before 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

    Portugal star Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.

  • City acquires goalie Bravo from Barcelona on 4-year deal

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City has completed the signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for 13.75 million pounds ($18.2 million) in a move that could spell the end of Joe Hart’s decade-long career at the English club.

  • Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Bayern Munich, enters the pitch before the German soccer cup, DFB Pokal, match between third division FC Carl Zeiss Jena and first division Bayern Munich in Jena, Germany, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Rebuilt rivals chasing Bayern Munich in Bundesliga

    BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich’s rivals have been rebuilding as they attempt to stop the Bavarian powerhouse claiming an unprecedented five straight Bundesliga titles.

  • Barca signs goalie Cillessen, moving Bravo closer to City

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has signed Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, clearing the way for Claudio Bravo to complete his move to Manchester City.

  • Deschamps selects 3 new faces; but no Evra or Sagna in squad

    PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps selected three uncapped players on Wednesday for a friendly away to Italy and a World Cup qualifier in Belarus, while telling veteran left back Patrice Evra he needs to prove he can still keep performing at the highest level.

  • Arsenal's Francis Coquelin, left, and Leicester City's Daniel Drinkwater battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

    Drinkwater stays at champion Leicester, signs 5-year deal

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Danny Drinkwater has become the latest Leicester player to commit his future to the English champions.

  • Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, for his appeal on a six-year ban on football related activities in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday Aug. 25, 2016. The court's verdict is expected within several weeks, and could be challenged in a further appeal to Switzerland's supreme court. The 80-year-old Blatter denies wrongdoing in authorizing a US$2 million payment to former FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011. They claimed it was for backdated and uncontracted salary for work Platini did in advising Blatter from 1999 to 2002.   (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

    Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • Hull City's Shaun Maloney, center, celebrates scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Simon Galloway/PA via AP)

    Hull confounding grim preseason forecasts in Premier League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hull started the season as the English Premier League’s “crisis club,” regarded by some as the worst-prepared team ever to begin a top-flight campaign.

  • FIFA pay panel meets next week to set Infantino’s salary

    ZURICH (AP) — After six months of working without a contract, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to get a pay deal.

  • Lodeiro’s late goal helps Sounders extend streak, tie Dynamo

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time and the Seattle Sounders tied the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.