Barcelona wins derby against Espanyol, relegates city rival

MADRID: Barcelona kept its title hopes alive with a 1-0 win in the city derby against Espanyol in the Spanish league, sealing the rival’s relegation for the first time in…

Chelsea into 3rd place in EPL, Arsenal held by Leicester

LONDON: On a night of spectacular goals in the Premier League, it was a pair of tackles that had the most significant impact on the hard-fought race for Champions League…

Juventus lets 2-goal lead slip in 4-2 loss at Milan

MILAN: Juventus missed the chance to take a big step toward a ninth successive Serie A title as it let a two-goal lead slip away in a surprising 4-2 loss at…

Banned for life by FIFA, soccer officials line up to appeal

GENEVA: The first of a number of appeals by former soccer officials banned for life by FIFA was heard at sport’s highest court. FIFA said Ariel Alvarado a former member…

Mourinho delighted by Lloris-Son clash during Tottenham win

LONDON: When Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris confronted Son Heung-min on the field at halftime, Jose Mourinho was far from annoyed. The manager renowned for his own flashpoints and volatility was delighted…

FC Dallas withdraws from the MLS is Back tournament

FLORIDA:  FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus. The league said Monday that of the 557 players sequestered…

Liverpool thrashed 4-0 by Man City in 1st game as champions

MANCHESTER: As they stepped onto the pitch, Liverpool’s players were given a guard of honor from Manchester City. It was the only time they looked like Premier League champions on Thursday.…

Bremen’s Bundesliga future on edge after 0-0 with Heidenheim

BREMEN: Werder Bremen’s Bundesliga future remained in doubt after being held to a 0-0 draw by second-division Heidenheim in the first leg of their relegation-promotion playoff. Bremen, which finished third from…

Messi scores 700th goal, Barcelona held 2-2 by Atl tico

BARCELONE: Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal for club and country before Atletico Madrid came back to draw 2-2 in the Spanish league and deal Barcelona’s title hopes a major…

Ronaldo’s rocket powers Juventus to 3-1 win at Genoa

ROME: Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a long-range rocket on a night when each Juventus goal was more spectacular than the other in a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Genoa. Chasing a…

Liverpool clinches league title, ends 30-year drought

LIVERPOOL: The 30-year wait is over. Liverpool is the champion of England again. Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the…

Napoli wins at Verona, keeps building under Gattuso

ROME: Three matches into the restart, Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso can celebrate three different achievements. In the Partenopei’s latest performance on Tuesday, reserve forwards Arkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano scored in…

Virus-hit Dybala still dangerous for title-chasing Juventus

ROME: Paulo Dybala remains as dangerous as ever despite nearly 50 days with the coronavirus. Cristiano Ronaldo had already given Juventus an early advantage by converting a penalty when Dybala doubled…

Aguero gives Man City injury scare during 5-0 win vs Burnley

MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a big injury worry inside the first week of the English Premier League’s resumption by hobbling off with a right knee problem during the 5-0…

Australia-NZ favoured for 2023 Women’s WCup after Japan quits

MELBOURNE: Australia and New Zealand have become the clear favorites to jointly host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after Japan withdrew from the bidding. The combined bid performed significantly stronger…

Man United clinches 1-1 draw at Tottenham on EPL return

LONDON: Paul Pogba made an immediate impact on his return from surgery, earning a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes that recovered for Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the…

Ronaldo can only watch as Napoli wins Italian Cup title

ROME: Cristiano Ronaldo never had a chance. Arkadiusz Milik converted the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout as Napoli won its sixth Italian Cup following a 0-0 draw with Juventus.…

Rio soccer league to return Thursday despite coronavirus

SAO PAULO: Brazilian soccer is set to make a partial return after a three-month suspension despite protests from sports executives who think it is too risky to start playing during the…

Mexican soccer to resume play with no spectators July 24

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s first-division soccer teams said they will return to the field after four months without play because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no spectators when the…

Women’s soccer gains professional status in Spain

MADRID: The top two women’s soccer divisions in Spain have gained professional status, the Spanish federation has announced. The federation said Wednesday the country’s sports council has accepted the change in…