• Portugal starts World Cup qualifying without injured Ronaldo

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Portugal’s first games since it won the European Championship as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in that tournament’s final.

  • Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, holds his "best player of the year" trophy, as he poses with Real Madrid's forward Gareth Bale, right, who was nominated for the same award, and Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Top leagues win big in UEFA changes to Champions League

    GENEVA (AP) — In a power shift toward Europe’s wealthiest clubs, UEFA has agreed to give more guaranteed Champions League group-stage places to the four highest-ranked leagues. Spain, Germany, England and Italy each get four slots from the 2018-19 season.

  • A Saturday, May 28, 2016 photo from files of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. The richest clubs and biggest leagues in Europe are set to tighten their grip on the Champions League’s future format and income this week. A deal being prepared by UEFA should end threats by some elite clubs to break away and form a closed European Super League before 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

    Portugal star Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.

  • 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.

  • Roma's Daniele De Rossi leaves the pitch after getting a red card during  a Champions League, play-off, return-leg soccer match between Roma and Porto, at the Rome Olympic stadium Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)

    9-man Roma out of Champs Lg after 3-0 playoff loss to Porto

    MILAN (AP) — Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday.