• Judge throws out Leoz request to halt extradition to US

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A judge in Paraguay has thrown out a request that proceedings for extradition to the United States be dropped against Nicolas Leoz, the former head of the South American football confederation.

  • US blocks Nicaragua bid to extradite FIFA case suspect

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The United States has blocked Nicaragua’s attempt to extradite FIFA bribery case suspect Julio Rocha to his home country.

  • Italian soccer forward Mario Balotelli arrives at AC Milan headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. AC Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani said the club is in talks with Liverpool about bringing striker Mario Balotelli back to Serie A. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Fulfilling a father’s wish: Balotelli aims for Euro 2016

    MILAN (AP) — Back with AC Milan after a dismal season at Liverpool, Mario Balotelli is hoping to realize a wish of his recently deceased adoptive father: playing for Italy again at next year’s European Championship in France.

  • Platini’s credentials as reformer questioned by FIFA rival

    LONDON (AP) — As Michel Platini prepares to reveal his FIFA presidential vision, a rival contender is launching his campaign by questioning the UEFA leader’s long-standing association with Sepp Blatter and his credentials to reform the scandal-tainted governing body.

  • France international Digne joins Roma on loan from PSG

    ROME (AP) — France international Lucas Digne has joined Roma on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, providing the Serie A challenger with a new option at left back after Ashley Cole struggled last season.

  • FIFA hosts Israeli, Palestinian football leaders for talks

    ZURICH (AP) — A FIFA panel aiming to improve Israeli-Palestinian football relations met for the first time Wednesday and agreed a follow-up session in the Middle East next month.

  • FC Barcelona's  Luis Suarez of Uruguay, center, celebrates his goal with his fellow teammate  Sergi Carnicer, and Lionel Messi of Argentinaafter scoring against Athletic Bilbao soccer team during their Spanish La Liga soccer match,  at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    Barcelona heads 32-team draw for Champions League groups

    GENEVA (AP) — The Champions League season takes shape Thursday when UEFA draws 32 elite teams into groups in Monaco.