• UEFA President Michel Platini, right, gives the trophy for best  player of the year to Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina, during the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Barcelona’s Messi wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    MONACO (AP) — Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection Thursday, being voted UEFA’s Best Player in Europe for last season.

  • 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 gets favorable draw in Champions League groups

    MONACO (AP) — Barcelona got a favorable start to its title defense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wish to go home was granted and Benfica was given the longest trip in Champions League history on Thursday.

  • UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

    MONACO (AP) — Draw made Thursday for the UEFA Champions League group stage:

  • Esteban Chaves wins 6th Vuelta stage, takes overall lead

    SIERRA DE CAZORLA, Spain (AP) — Esteban Chaves of Colombia timed his final charge perfectly to win the Spanish Vuelta’s sixth stage, notching up his second stage win to take the overall race lead Thursday.

  • Australian Ewan wins 5th Vuelta stage, Dumoulin gains lead

    ALCALA DE GUADAIRA, Spain (AP) — Caleb Ewan of Australia charged to the front in the final hundred meters (yards) to win the fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday, while Tom Dumoulin did enough to pass Colombian Esteban Chaves for the overall lead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Valverde wins 4th Vuelta stage, Chaves keeps lead

    VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AP) — Former champion Alejandro Valverde won the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Colombian Esteban Chaves protected the leader’s jersey for a third day.

  • Manchester City's Samir Nasri, center, celebrates with teammate and fellow goal scorer Aleksandar Kolarov, left, as David Silva looks on after scoring against during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Manchester City, Pedro Rodriguez lead AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) — Manchester City is top of the first Associated Press Global Football 10 of the new season and Pedro Rodriguez is the leading player after scoring on his Chelsea debut.

  • Sagan wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Chaves remains leader

    MALAGA, Spain (AP) — After two convulsive days that saw former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali thrown out and a time trial deemed dangerous, Peter Sagan helped establish a sense of normality to the Spanish Vuelta after winning its third stage on Monday.