• Ecuador's coach Gustavo Quinteros attends a training session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Ecuador will face Argentina for a 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier soccer match in Buenos Aires on October 8. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    No Messi, Neymar, Suarez and Rodriguez as qualifying opens

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez will all be missing when 2018 World Cup qualifying gets underway in South America on Thursday.

  • In this Nov. 8, 2004 file photo Sepp Blatter, President of the FIFA, left, shakes hands with the President of the Venezuelan Soccer Federation, Rafael Esquivel, in Caracas, Venezuela. A senior South American soccer official has been denied bail on health grounds in Switzerland as he fights extradition to the United Sates after being indicted in the FIFA bribery case. CONMEBOL vice president Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela, one of seven soccer officials arrested in Zurich in May, is currently in hospital in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Justice told The Associated Press on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File)

    FIFA ethics panel meets to discuss Sepp Blatter, Platini

    LONDON (AP) — Sepp Blatter could be facing a 90-day suspension.

  • In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Yani Rosenthal walks with his wife Claudia, after voting in the Liberal Party primary election, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The U.S. Justice Department released a statement Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, saying that Jaime Rolando Rosenthal Oliva, his son Yani Benjamin Rosenthal and nephew Yankel Rosenthal, as well as seven businesses were labelled “specially designated narcotics traffickers” under the Kingpin Act. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

    Honduran soccer club president arrested in US

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — One of Honduras’s most powerful businessmen has been indicted in the United States for allegedly laundering money for drug traffickers.

  • Proposed NFL stadium in St. Louis secures naming rights deal

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The proposed riverfront stadium in St. Louis has a naming rights deal worth $158 million that hinges on the city having an NFL team when the facility opens.

  • In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 Albanian Ismail Morinaj, 33, second left with beard who has the scarf around his neck, poses with other fans of Albanian national soccer team before a European qualifier game against Denmark in Copenhagen. Albanian police in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 say they have arrested Morinaj who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a  European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic  spat between the two countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File)

    Albania fans arrested with weapons before Serbia match

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Police in Albania have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries.

  • FIFA presidential contender Chung calls Blatter ‘hypocrite’

    LONDON (AP) — FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon called Sepp Blatter a “hypocrite and a liar” on Wednesday and said he is planning to sue the outgoing president for at least $100 million.

  • FILE- In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Joe Clayton, president and CEO of Dish Network, introduces the Sling TV, a live television streaming service, at a news conference at the International CES in Las Vegas. The online service carries ESPN and ESPN2, which show a slew of professional, college and other sports. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    A guide to watching sports if you don’t have cable

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s football season, and baseball playoffs are starting. Don’t have cable? You can still watch.

  • Panama forward Jorman Aguilar, left, takes a shot as USA defender Cameron Carter-Vickers covers during the first half of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Americans use 2nd-half surge to beat Panama 4-0

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Sluggish in the first half, the Americans needed some kind of catalyst.

  • Mora helps Cuba tie Canada, 2-2

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Arichel Hernandez Mora scored twice, including in the 87th minute, and Cuba tied Canada 2-2 on Tuesday night in Group A Pool Play of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

  • Wild must pass Blackhawks to progress: ‘We’ll figure it out’

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have a well-balanced team, with every important player back from the squad that reached the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight spring.