• Everton's Ross Barkley, second left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his first penalty during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Feb. 3,  2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Everton beats Newcastle 3-0 after 2 penalties from Barkley

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Ross Barkley converted two late penalties to complete Everton’s 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

  • In this July 24, 2013, file photo, United States Stuart Holden (11) attempts a shot on goal during the second half of the Gold Cup semifinals against Honduras at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Holden, unable to recover from a knee injuries that have sidelined him for most of the past four years, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

    American midfielder Stuart Holden retires from soccer at 30

    CHICAGO (AP) — American midfielder Stuart Holden is retiring from soccer, unable to recover from knee injuries that have sidelined him for most of the past four years.

  • Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic reacts after he failed to score  during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at the Vicarage Road stadium in London, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Chelsea held to 0-0 draw by Watford in Premier League

    WATFORD, England (AP) — Chelsea failed to turn sustained late pressure into a goal in a 0-0 draw at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

  • Chelsea omits Falcao from Champions League squad; Pato in

    LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao has been omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout stage, continuing the Colombia striker’s miserable spell at the English Premier League club.

  • Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini awaits the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Popular Pellegrini begins long farewell at Manchester City

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manuel Pellegrini has cause to feel resentment at being handed his notice by Manchester City, even though the mild-mannered Chilean isn’t showing it.

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Syrian refugee Bissan Alabdullah, almost 3, smiles while standing next to her family's laundry outside their tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year-old war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of the Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater donor generosity this time around, despite a record ask of close to $9 billion for 2016. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Syria aid conference to seek record $9B for 2016

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.