• Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Arsenal top but end of winning run spoils Wenger’s birthday

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal went top of the Premier League after being held 0-0 at home on Saturday by struggling Middlesbrough as Arsene Wenger’s team failed to give him a win for his 67th birthday present.

  • Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, and Lukas Pisczek cheer over  a goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and Borussia Dortmund   in Ingolstadt, Germany,  Saturday Oct. 22, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

    Borussia Dortmund slips, Hertha Berlin soars in Bundesliga

    BERLIN (AP) — As Bayern Munich’s traditional rivals continue to drop points, Hertha Berlin has taken the mantle of challenging the leader with its best ever start in the Bundesliga.

  • FC Barcelona's Andes Iniesta is stretchered off after an injury during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Iniesta leaves game on stretcher with knee injury

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona is facing a long spell without the midfield magic of captain Andres Iniesta after he suffered a serious leg injury on Saturday.

  • In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi, right, waits for the start of his team's match against Yokohama F. Marinos during their group stage soccer match of the AFC Champions League in Yokohama, near Tokyo. World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi was hired Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 to take over the national football team in the latest sign of China's commitment to becoming a serious force in world soccer. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

    China hires Lippi to take over national football team

    BEIJING (AP) — World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi was hired Saturday to take over the national football team in the latest sign of China’s commitment to becoming a serious force in world soccer.

  • Urawa beats Niigata 2-1 to maintain lead in J-League

    TOKYO (AP) — Shinzo Koroki scored both goals on Saturday as Urawa Reds beat Albirex Niigata 2-1 to maintain its lead in the J-League.

  • North Korea players celebrate after they won the final game of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup against Japan, at Amman International Stadium in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The North Korean beat Japan in penalty kicks to win the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. North Korea defeated Japan 5:4 in a penalty shootout.(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Appeal of women’s soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U-17 Women’s World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that the sport “is not only confined to some parts of the world,” FIFA’s president said after watching North Korea win the title in a 5-4 penalty shootout against Japan.

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi waits to take a free kick during a Champions League, Group C soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Messi returns for Argentina qualifiers vs. Brazil & Colombia

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Having fully recovered from a groin injury, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named on Friday in Argentina’s squad to face Brazil and Colombia in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

  • Wolf chosen as World Cup mascot

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has chosen a cocky wolf wearing sporty goggles as the mascot for the 2018 football World Cup.

  • Sounders to honor Zach Scott but hopes it isn’t the finale

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — When Brian Schmetzer says he was there for the start of Zach Scott’s professional career, it’s no exaggeration.

  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, and Raheem Sterling attend a training session at the City Football Academy, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Manchester City will play against FC Barcelona  in a Champions League Group C soccer match on Wednesday. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)

    Aguero looking vulnerable as City evolves under Guardiola

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City’s spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, center back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the most decorated period in its history.