• Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling, right, and Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha challenge for the ball during the Champions League play-off 2nd leg soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Lazio Rome, in Leverkusen, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Leverkusen beats Lazio 3-0 to advance in Champions League

    LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen advanced to the group stage of the Champions League by beating 10-man Lazio 3-0 on Wednesday.

  • LA Galaxy veteran Todd Dunivant to retire after season

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant says he will retire after the season.

  • 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.

  • In this Aug 7, 2015 photo released by the University of Tennessee Athletics Department, offensive lineman Jashon Robertson, right, sits on a bed and works with a Sports Science Sleep Coach in a sleep study for the players in Knoxville, Tenn., at the university. Tennessee is studying its players’ sleep habits to make sure they don’t get caught napping when a game’s on the line. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics via AP)

    Tennessee experiments with high-tech sleep monitors

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep.

  • Watford the only PL casualty on big-scoring League Cup night

    LONDON (AP) — On a frenzied, big-scoring night in the League Cup, Jermain Defoe’s hat trick settled Sunderland’s nine-goal thriller as Premier League teams were given a rough ride by lower-league opponents on Tuesday.

  • Shakhtar beats Rapid Vienna to qualify for group stage

    LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk overcame a rocky start to qualify for the Champions League group stage Tuesday, drawing 2-2 with Austrian side Rapid Vienna for a 3-2 aggregate win.

  • Valencia eliminates Monaco in Champions League playoff

    MONACO (AP) — Valencia lost 2-1 at Monaco but advanced from their Champions League playoff on an aggregate 4-3 score Tuesday, giving Spain a record five teams in the group phase of Europe’s top-tier competition.