Lazio reignited the race for a Champions League place by ending a miserable run with a 3-0 victory over derby rival Roma in Serie A on Saturday.
Vinicius Junior called up for Brazil for 1st time
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vinicius Junior has been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time for friendly matches against Panama and the Czech Republic.
Icardi watches as Inter beats Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Despite the absence of Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan managed to beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A after a dramatic finale on Sunday.
All the goals came in a five-minute spell with Danilo D'Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan scoring for Inter, either side of Manolo Gabbiadini's equalizer.
Inter remained third but again moved four points clear of fourth-placed AC Milan. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League.
Guardiola demands more after Man City beats Huddersfield 3-0
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Three goals, three points and the pressure firmly kept on Liverpool in the title race.
Surely Manchester City couldn't ask for much more in its 3-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League on Sunday?
Pep Guardiola had other ideas.
"This game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve," said Guardiola, ever the perfectionist.
Paulinho back with Brazil for 2 London friendlies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has returned to Brazil for friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon in November.
Brazil coach Tite announced his squad on Friday for the two matches in London on Nov.16 and 20. Both games will be at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year old Paulinho returned to China's Guangzhou Evergrande after the World Cup. He was not called in the two squads announced after the tournament in Russia.
Inter leaves it late _ again _ in 2-1 win over Fiorentina
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan still can't control a match from start to finish. Fortunately, though, the Nerazzurri are making it a habit of scoring late winners.
Danilo D'Ambrosio netted in the 77th minute to secure a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Tuesday, marking the third straight game in all competitions which Inter won with a late goal.
Mauro Icardi had put Inter ahead with a first-half penalty before Federico Chiesa leveled after the break.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil right back Danilo is out of the World Cup after injuring his ankle in training.
The Brazilian soccer federation said Danilo suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle during the team's training session in Kazan on Thursday, a day before Brazil plays Belgium in the quarterfinals.
The federation said early Friday that tests confirmed the player will not be able to recover in time to play again during the tournament in Russia.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local):
Brazil right back Danilo is out of the World Cup after injuring his ankle in training.
The Brazilian soccer federation says Danilo suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle during the team's training session in Kazan on Thursday, a day before Brazil plays Belgium in the quarterfinals.
MOSCOW (AP) — So many favorites have been eliminated already from the World Cup that Brazil, trying to make amends for its disappointing 2014 tournament, now has a strong shot at leaving Russia with a sixth title.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil is going out of its way to defend its World Cup preparations and show its players' injuries can't be blamed on excessive training.
Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russia.
Questions were raised after Renato Augusto, Danilo, Douglas Costa and Marcelo all got hit by injuries before and during the World Cup.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Neymar will start for Brazil in a mostly unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup.
Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker's health.
"Yes, he will be playing. There's no sacrifice here," Tite said through a translator Thursday. "We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player's health, the price would be too high to pay."
LONDON (AP) — Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad was completed on Wednesday, although it remains a guessing game as to how the team plans to line up at the tournament.
Real Madrid teammates Marcelo and Casemiro joined the group at Tottenham's training center following the Champions League final, meaning coach Tite has all 23 players at his disposal ahead of Brazil's first pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia on Sunday.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar was back in training on Tuesday to give Brazil a big boost ahead of the World Cup.
Neymar has been sidelined since February after having surgery on his right foot but spent an hour training on the main pitch at Brazil's Granja Comary training ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A recovering Neymar was confirmed and injured leader Dani Alves was replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a Brazil World Cup squad of few surprises on Monday.
The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Corinthians right back Fagner has been cleared by Brazil's football confederation to play in the World Cup in Russia.
Fagner and Manchester City's Danilo are the most likely substitutes for team leader Dani Alves, who will miss the tournament because of a knee injury.
The Brazilian confederation said in a statement on Sunday that their doctor Rodrigo Lasmar believes Fagner will be fit for the tournament that kicks off on June 14.
Leader City drops points for only 4th time in Burnley draw
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola absolved Raheem Sterling of the blame for Manchester City's failure to win at Burnley.
Sterling side-footed wide in front of an open goal in the second half when City was leading through Danilo's strike on Saturday. Burnley made the most of the reprieve, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson snatching a 1-1 draw in the 82nd minute as City dropped points for only the fourth time in the English Premier League.
Man City reaches 101 goals in 2017 by routing Bournemouth
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero's double took Manchester City's Premier League goal total for 2017 to more than 100 as the runaway leaders beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling also claimed his 16th goal of the season and Danilo grabbed his first for the club as Pep Guardiola's side extended the top-flight football record to 17 successive victories.
Italy’s once-vaunted ‘BBC’ defense is showing its age
ROME (AP) — With a combined age of 99, Italy's once vaunted "BBC" defensive trio is showing its years.
The Azzurri will still rely on Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup playoff against Sweden next month but the signs in Serie A lately have not been encouraging.
Bonucci's red card with AC Milan over the weekend was the latest poor performance after his high-profile transfer from Juventus made him the highest-paid player in Italy.
Palace, beware: The Guardiola era is taking off at Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Crystal Palace, beware. The Pep Guardiola era might truly have taken off at Manchester City.
For proof, check out City's opening goal against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup in midweek.
A 52-pass move straight from the kickoff and containing at least two touches from every player — even goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — ended with Leroy Sane driving a rising shot into the net. It took 147 seconds.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Danilo will be fulfilling his ambition to play under Pep Guardiola after signing for Manchester City from Real Madrid on Sunday.
The versatile Brazilian defender, who can play on either flank as well as at center back, signed a five-year contract to increase City's threadbare options at full back.
Inter beats Pescara 3-0 to rise to 4th in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan coach Stefano Piolo warned Serie A his team was yet to peak after it beat bottom club Pescara 3-0 for its ninth successive victory in all competitions on Saturday.
Danilo D'Ambrosio, Joao Mario, and Eder scored for Inter to jump above Lazio and into fourth place, two points below Napoli and three below Roma. Napoli hosts Palermo on Sunday, a few hours after Roma plays at Sampdoria.
League-leading Juventus, which visits Sassuolo, is a point above Roma.