Marseille back to winning ways, Balotelli injured
PARIS (AP) — With Mario Balotelli forced off the field early in the game, Valere Germain and Luiz Gustavo took on the scoring responsibilities as Marseille beat Nimes 2-1 in the French league on...
Marseille in turmoil as angry fans turn on coach and players
PARIS (AP) — Eight worried-looking Marseille players stayed on the field after the 1-1 home draw with Monaco in the French league on Sunday.
Several senior players were in the closed circle: attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, forward Florian Thauvin, long-serving goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Brazilian holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
Respite for struggling Monaco with win in French League Cup
PARIS (AP) — Giulian Biancone's goal gave Thierry Henry's struggling Monaco side a 1-0 win over second-division side Lorient in the French League Cup on Wednesday.
Monaco is second from the bottom in the French league and desperately needed a boost after eight defeats and just two wins in 12 games since Henry took over in mid-October.
The former Arsenal star has had to deal with a huge injury crisis, forcing him to pick teenagers with little experience, including the 18-year-old Biancone.
Payet back with France squad after Fekir’s withdrawal
PARIS (AP) — Marseille winger Dimitri Payet was called up Monday by France coach Didier Deschamps for upcoming matches against Iceland and Germany as a replacement for the injured Nabil Fekir.
Payet missed the World Cup because of injury and has not played with the national squad since a 2-1 win over Belarus in qualifying last October.
Unhappy Payet raises questions for Marseille; PSG marches on
PARIS (AP) — After Marseille was soundly beaten 3-0 at Lille on Sunday, it would have been easier for its star player Dimitri Payet to avoid questions.
Soccer players often do just that, escaping to the privacy of the dressing room rather than talking about their team's abject performance.
Payet, Thauvin score as Marseille takes 2nd spot in France
PARIS (AP) — French internationals Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet came to life in an enthralling second half at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday as Marseille moved second in the French league with a convincing 4-0 win over Guingamp.
Thauvin, who was part of the France squad that won the World Cup, scored twice while Payet, who missed out on the tournament in Russia because of an injury, netted a stunning volley and delivered an assist.
VAR paves way for Marseille’s 4-0 victory in season opener
PARIS (AP) — Marseille crushed Toulouse 4-0 on Friday as the French league season opened with a video assistant refereeing (VAR) decision leading to the first goal.
Attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet scored in each half, with his penalty on the stroke of halftime awarded after a video review. Striker Valere Germain added a third goal, while winger Florian Thauvin struck two minutes into injury time.
Payet left out of France World Cup squad
PARIS (AP) — Dimitri Payet was left out of France's 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday, a day after being injured during Marseille's Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid.
He has a thigh problem that will need at least three weeks to heal, a delay that prompted coach Didier Deschamps to omit the former West Ham player.
Unveiling his squad on French TV, Deschamps said he had no choice but to leave out Payet.
LYON, France (AP) — As midfielder Dimitri Payet limped off the field injured, Marseille's chances of winning the Europa League went with him.
Marseille lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid, an emphatic defeat which overshadowed the French club's bright start. Marseille was lost without the silky playmaker pulling the strings in midfield, and Atletico took complete control after he went off in the 31st minute.
LYON, France (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone knows his team must find a way to stop Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Payet is the French league's best passer and helped lead Marseille to its first European final for 14 years, with three goals and seven assists in the competition. So while Simeone highlighted multiple attacking threats in this Marseille team, he clearly views Payet as the most dangerous.
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps has postponed the announcement of his World Cup squad until after the Europa League final to help the French players involved in the game.
The decision was made "in order not to disturb the preparations of the French players from Marseille and Atletico Madrid," The French Football Federation said on Friday.
Deschamps will announce his World Cup selection on May 17, a day after the Europa League final in Lyon.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Marseille advanced to its first European final in 14 years after a goal late in extra-time gave it a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday.
Five minutes after coming on as a substitute, Portuguese defender Rolando volleyed in a corner from captain Dimitri Payet in the 116th minute.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet looked back to his best after setting up both goals as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
Winger Florian Thauvin headed in Payet's curling free kick deep to the back post in the 15th minute, although video replays showed Thauvin headed the ball onto his outstretched hand before it went in.
Payet and Thauvin score as Marseille moves up to 2nd place
PARIS (AP) — France midfielder Dimitri Payet confirmed his return to form with his third goal in four games as Marseille won 2-0 at Caen to move up to second in the French league on Friday.
Winger Florian Thauvin continued his outstanding form with his 10th league goal of the season, with both players scoring in the second half.
Payet sent goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after Caen midfielder Vincent Bessat had clumsily fouled forward Bouna Sarr.
Mitroglou salvages draw for Marseille with late equalizer
PARIS (AP) — Kostas Mitroglou scored a late equalizer on his club debut as Marseille salvaged a 3-3 draw at Strasbourg in the French league on Sunday.
The Greece striker fired home from close range after goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara spilled Jordan Amavi's low shot in the 88th minute.
Marseille had won its three previous games and twice took the lead in an entertaining match that produced a season-high 39 shots.
Payet back with France for WCup qualifiers, Martial left out
PARIS (AP) — Dimitri Payet has been called back by coach Didier Deschamps for France's final World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus.
The Marseille forward had been left out of Deschamps' previous squad but has delivered a series of strong displays with his French club in recent weeks in a No. 10 role.
Payet is making his return alongside Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
West Ham signs striker Robert Snodgrass for $13 million
LONDON (AP) — West Ham has made forward Robert Snodgrass its second signing of the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old Scot joined for 10.2 million pounds ($13 million) from Premier League rival Sunderland on a contract through June 2020.
Defender Jose Fonte has also signed this month for Slaven Bilic's West Ham, which is 10th in the standings in its first season at London's Olympic Stadium.
Carroll scores twice as West Ham beats Middlesbrough 3-1
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Andy Carroll scored twice and Jonathan Calleri netted in added time as West Ham made it back-to-back victories in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Carroll, who now has five goals in 10 league games, connected with a powerful header in the ninth minute, then converted again in the 44th by finishing Victor Valdes' save against Michail Antonio.
Costa, Payet absent but Chelsea, West Ham still both win 3-0
LONDON (AP) — Top-scorer Diego Costa wasn't missed by English Premier League leader Chelsea.
Dimitri Payet's absence wasn't felt by West Ham.
Both teams won their games 3-0 despite missing their talisman on Saturday, but uncertainties linger about the future of the duo in English football.
West Ham boss Bilic not prepared to let Payet leave the club
LONDON (AP) — West Ham is standing firm against Dimitri Payet's request for a transfer, refusing to sell the English Premier League team's star player.
"I am feeling let down and angry," manager Slaven Bilic said on Thursday as he revealed Payet no longer wants to play for West Ham.
But Bilic urged the France midfielder to show the same "commitment and determination" West Ham did by giving him a new contract through June 2021 last year.
Liverpool concedes more sloppy goals in 2-2 draw vs West Ham
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool conceded two more sloppy goals to draw 2-2 with West Ham in another setback to its Premier League title challenge on Sunday.
Under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose fumble gifted Bournemouth an injury-time winner last weekend, got a hand to Dimitri Payet's 27th-minute free kick but failed to keep it out as West Ham canceled out Adam Lallana's opening goal in the fifth minute.
Another dismissal for Mourinho, another home draw for United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in a month on Sunday when a 1-1 draw with West Ham extended his team's run of Old Trafford stalemates to four Premier League games.
With United already 11 points behind leader Chelsea and eight from Arsenal in the fourth Champions League qualification place, Mourinho's frustrations are spilling out in public in his first season in charge.
West Ham frustrated at home after 1-1 draw with Stoke
LONDON (AP) — West Ham continued its unstable start to life at the London Stadium as Stoke came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.
Crowd trouble has marred the club's move to the 2012 Olympic venue, but it was on-field problems that left home fans frustrated this time.
Extra security measures contained any drama off the field, but the visitors' resilience ensured it wasn't a perfect afternoon for West Ham.
West Ham beats Sunderland 1-0 thanks to injury-time goal
LONDON (AP) — Winston Reid scored in the fourth minute of injury time to earn West Ham a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, earning the club a second English Premier League victory at its new London Stadium ground this season.
Reid received the ball from Dimitri Payet after a short corner and drove a shot through a crowded penalty area and into the net.
Gameiro and Promes shine for France and Netherlands
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Kevin Gameiro scored his first goals for France in more than five years as the European Championship runner-up secured their first win in World Cup qualifying by 4-1 against Bulgaria on Friday.
Back home where it lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final three months ago, France conceded an early goal from the spot after only five minutes but recovered quickly and was in total control for most of the game.
Soccer roundup: Dimitri Payet scores stunning goal
LONDON — Thirty years after Diego Maradona’s goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal Saturday evoking memories of the Argentina great.
Payet evokes memories of Maradona with West Ham solo goal
LONDON (AP) — Thirty years after Diego Maradona's goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal on Saturday evoking memories of the Argentina great.
Superb Payet solo goal but West Ham winless run continues
LONDON (AP) — With an exceptional solo goal, Dimitri Payet briefly put the smiles back on West Ham fans' faces. But only briefly.
Payet's nutmegs and stepovers, bamboozling Middlesbrough's defense before scoring West Ham's equalizer, provided only a flicker of hope. It was good as it got for the London club on Saturday on another tricky day at its new home.
The first European Championship with 24 teams wasn't to everyone's taste.
Some atrociously dull games and unambitious pack-the-defense tactics from weaker teams lent weight to critics' laments that the addition of eight more nations watered down the quality of the football.
But the wider door also ushered in underdogs who delighted and, in the case of Wales and Iceland, amazed. The convoluted process for determining which teams advanced to the knockout stages...