• Italy national soccer team coach Giampiero Ventura speaks during a press conference at the Coverciano training center, near Florence, Italy, Monday, Aug. 9, 2016. New Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura hopes to build on the foundations of Antonio Conte's reign as he looks to take the Azzurri back to the top again. Conte left for Chelsea in the offseason after guiding Italy to the quarterfinals of the European Championship.  (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

    Ventura to build on Conte’s reign to take Italy to the top

    FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — New Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura hopes to build on the foundations of Antonio Conte’s reign as he looks to take the Azzurri back to the top again.

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left, and Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady clash during the Premier League soccer match Hull City versus Manchester United at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug, 27, 2016. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

    Rooney back as forward for England after midfield experiment

    WATFORD, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney will revert to playing as a deep-lying forward for England under new coach Sam Allardyce but must wait until Tuesday to see if he is still captain.

  • From left, Portland Timbers' Jack Jewsbury, Steven Taylor, Vytas Andriuskevicius (5), and Liam Ridgewell (24) celebrate after Andriuskevicius scored a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Timbers defeat rival Sounders 4-2

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland erased any lingering disappointment about last weekend’s loss to Seattle by soundly beating the Sounders this weekend.

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    Bulldog soccer bigger, faster, stronger in 2016

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  • Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates with team-mate Fernandinho after scoring his side's third goal during the Premier League match Manchester City versus West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Aug. 28, 2016.(Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    City beats West Ham 3-1 to keep pace with United, Chelsea

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City kept pace with likely title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea by beating West Ham 3-1 on Sunday for a third straight victory in the early stages of the English Premier League season.

  • Leipzig signs highly-rated Scotland midfielder Oliver Burke

    BERLIN (AP) — Promoted Bundesliga side Leipzig has signed highly-rated Scotland winger Oliver Burke from Nottingham Forrest.

  • Zardes to miss US World Cup qualifiers after MLS injury

    CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Gyasi Zardes will miss the United States’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers after he was injured during a Major League Soccer game.

  • Zhang Jindong, left, chairman of Suning Group, stands by Italian Soccer President Carlo Tavecchio prior to a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Palermo, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

    Inter draws 1-1 with Palermo in Serie A home opener

    ROME (AP) — Inter Milan showed signs of improvement in a 1-1 draw with Palermo on Sunday in its home opener at San Siro.

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Markel Susaeta, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    Las Palmas routs Granada 5-1 led by El Zhar’s 2 goals

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half to help Barcelona win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday for a second straight victory at the start of the Spanish league season.

  • Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, centre, celebrates scoring his side's first goal against West Ham United during the English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Sterling scores 2, Man City beats West Ham 3-1

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling offered further evidence of his improvement under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola by scoring early and late goals in a 3-1 win over West Ham in the English Premier League on Sunday.