• Saints defy talent drain to make Wembley final a reality

    LONDON (AP) — Southampton is one win away from proving that a club can succeed despite losing a string of top players.

  • Thibodeau on trade rumors: ‘I like the guys we have’

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said the team will continue to talk to teams about possible trades ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but he didn’t see a deal that makes sense for them “at this point.”

  • Leicester’s Vardy ends goal drought in 2-1 loss at Sevilla

    SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal — his first of the year — to keep the English champions alive in the Round of 16.

  • Madrid wastes chance to extend lead after losing at Valencia

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid failed to recover from the shock of conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Valencia and wasting a chance to increase its Spanish league lead.

  • Former UEFA boss Platini attends 1st game since suspension

    SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Former UEFA president Michel Platini has returned to a soccer stadium for the first time since being handed a four-year suspension in 2016.

  • Another catch-and-release season expected on Mille Lacs Lake

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walleye anglers face another year of catch-and-release fishing on Mille Lacs Lake.

  • Once under fire, Pitino, Gophers surging toward NCAA Tourney

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This time a year ago, Richard Pitino was at the center of a storm in Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were a disaster on the court and a distraction off of it, on their way to a two-win Big Ten season in his third year on the job.

  • Saint-Etienne hopes Beric comes to its rescue against Man U

    PARIS (AP) — While Zlatan Ibrahimovic was scoring a hat trick in Manchester United’s win over Saint-Etienne in the Europa League last week, Robert Beric’s 11-minute substitute appearance at Old Trafford was barely noticed.

  • Bayern defends Ancelotti for middle-finger gesture to fans

    MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has defended coach Carlo Ancelotti for raising his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans after supposedly being spit at following a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga.

  • Reverse keeper eats meat pie on sidelines in betting stunt

    LONDON (AP) — A backup goalkeeper paid the price for eating a meat pie during his team’s landmark game against Arsenal, resigning from Sutton United as authorities launched investigations into the apparent betting stunt.