• Deschamps selects 3 new faces; but no Evra or Sagna in squad

    PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps selected three uncapped players on Wednesday for a friendly away to Italy and a World Cup qualifier in Belarus, while telling veteran left back Patrice Evra he needs to prove he can still keep performing at the highest level.

  • Arsenal's Francis Coquelin, left, and Leicester City's Daniel Drinkwater battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

    Drinkwater stays at champion Leicester, signs 5-year deal

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Danny Drinkwater has become the latest Leicester player to commit his future to the English champions.

  • Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, for his appeal on a six-year ban on football related activities in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday Aug. 25, 2016. The court's verdict is expected within several weeks, and could be challenged in a further appeal to Switzerland's supreme court. The 80-year-old Blatter denies wrongdoing in authorizing a US$2 million payment to former FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011. They claimed it was for backdated and uncontracted salary for work Platini did in advising Blatter from 1999 to 2002.   (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

    Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • Hull City's Shaun Maloney, center, celebrates scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Simon Galloway/PA via AP)

    Hull confounding grim preseason forecasts in Premier League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hull started the season as the English Premier League’s “crisis club,” regarded by some as the worst-prepared team ever to begin a top-flight campaign.

  • FIFA pay panel meets next week to set Infantino’s salary

    ZURICH (AP) — After six months of working without a contract, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to get a pay deal.

  • Lodeiro’s late goal helps Sounders extend streak, tie Dynamo

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time and the Seattle Sounders tied the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.

  • Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied the Chicago Fire 2-2 on Wednesday night.

  • Sunderland and Bournemouth reach League Cup third round

    LONDON (AP) — Sunderland needed a late winner from on-loan Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj to beat third-tier Shrewsbury 1-0, while Bournemouth settled for a 2-1 win at fourth division Morecambe in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday.

  • Manchester City's Fabian Delph, second left, scores his side's first goal against Steaua Bucharest during their Champions League Play-off, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)

    Man City, Moenchengladbach cruise into Champions League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach built on commanding first-leg advantages to cruise through the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday, while Russian side Rostov thrashed Ajax 4-1 to reach the group stage for the first time.

  • Robbie Keane to retire from Irish national team next week

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Keane will retire from international play for Ireland after a match with Oman next week in Dublin.