• Ukraine handed 1-game stadium ban for racism

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine was ordered to play a game behind closed doors as part of a UEFA punishment for racist behavior at last month’s European Championship qualifier against Spain.

  • Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, next to Gareth Bale fights for the ball with Barcelona's Gerard Pique, left, during the first clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Valbuena speaks out against Benzema in sex-tape scandal

    PARIS (AP) — Mathieu Valbuena has spoken out for the first time against France teammate Karim Benzema, who is facing charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam.

  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, right, talks with Wayne Rooney during a training session at the team's training complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2015. United will play PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League soccer match on Wednersday. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    United short of strikers after James Wilson loaned out

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — As the final whistle blew on Manchester United’s fourth goalless draw in its last seven matches, the boos filling Old Trafford were another indicator of disenchantment about the team’s playing style.

  • Asian soccer body urges support for FIFA candidate Salman

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman received an endorsement Friday from his executive committee colleagues at the Asian soccer confederation.

  • in this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine (32) carries during an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Game on Saturday, Nov. 28. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Oklahoma, Oklahoma State have much to play for

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — There’s nothing typical about this Bedlam matchup.

  • Liverpool's Christian Benteke remonstrates with an official after a disallowed goal during the Europa League Group B soccer match between Liverpool and  Bordeaux at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Kane goal leads Tottenham into Europa League last-32

    GENEVA (AP) — Liverpool, Tottenham and Schalke, all former winners of the UEFA Cup, advanced to the Europa League last-32 on Thursday.

  • Real Madrid's coach Rafael Benitez gives instructions to his players during the Champions League Group A soccer match between FC Shakhtar and Real Madrid at Arena Lviv stadium in Lviv, Western Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Madrid in mayhem heads north to face tiny but tough Eibar

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rafa Benitez probably never imagined that Sunday’s match at Eibar would be a critical test for his coaching credentials at Real Madrid.

  • Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, center, celebrates his goal with his teammates during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Leicester upstaging the big names in English Premier League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A glance at the top of Europe’s big leagues tells a mostly familiar story after a third of the season.

  • UEFA confirms steroid positive test in Dinamo Zagreb case

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has confirmed that Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi was banned after testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

  • Qatar launches probe after rains exposed poor construction

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has launched an investigation after heavy rains exposed poor construction in a country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a deluge that saw water cascade through the roof of its $15 billion main airport.