LONDON (AP) — Manchester City swept aside Watford to complete the first clean sweep of English men's football trophies.
The fourth piece of silverware of the season was sealed by four...
LONDON (AP) — With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League.
LONDON (AP) — With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League.
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City's fans seem more presumptuous than their quadruple-chasing players.
Thousands of the seat allocation went unsold at Wembley Stadium as City reached the FA Cup...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City rested many of its best players and was still too strong for Cardiff in a 2-0 win that lifted the defending champions back to the top of the Premier...
Manchester City is back atop the Premier League. Tottenham is finally back home — and winning again.
On a dominant night for some of the biggest teams in English soccer, City eased past...
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Bournemouth, but lost Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones to injury on...
Aguero penalty keeps Man City in touch with Liverpool
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero converted a second-half penalty to earn Manchester City a 1-0 win over West Ham and keep the Premier League champions a point behind first-place Liverpool...
Man City stays in hunt for quadruple after big FA Cup win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola dismissed as "fantasy" the notion of his Manchester City players winning the quadruple this season.
It's certainly a long shot but, on current form, it's hard to see how or when they'll next be beaten.
Man City thrashes 3rd-tier Burton 9-0 in cup semifinal
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Manchester City's 9-0 win over third-tier Burton Albion on Wednesday in the first leg of an English League Cup semifinal that proved even more of a mismatch than anticipated.
Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also scored at Etihad Stadium for a result that virtually renders the second leg meaningless in two weeks.
Guardiola sends message to Liverpool as De Bruyne returns
Receiving a pass at shoulder height while facing his own goal, Kevin De Bruyne headed the ball backward and over an opponent just behind him before spinning to collect it and race forward to start yet another Manchester City attack.
That's just one snippet from the FA Cup match between City and Rotherham on Sunday.
Or, as it could also be called, "The Kevin De Bruyne Show."
Man City reaches League Cup semifinals after shootout win
On a tumultuous day for beleaguered Manchester United, crosstown rival Manchester City advanced to the English League Cup semifinals to keep in the hunt for trophies on four fronts this season.
Man City beat Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to stay on course to retain the title and give Pep Guardiola another piece of silverware, hours after his great managerial rival Jose Mourinho was fired by United.
Man City’s De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is facing another six weeks out with a fresh injury.
De Bruyne, who has only just returned from two months out with ligament damage in his right knee, now has the same problem in his left knee. The ligament was damaged in City's 2-0 victory over Fulham in the League Cup on Thursday.
De Bruyne gives Man City injury scare in cup win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City a scare by coming off with a left knee injury near the end of a 2-0 win over Fulham in the English League Cup round of 16 on Thursday.
De Bruyne could return for Man City against Liverpool
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could make his return from injury against Liverpool on Sunday after a two-month absence.
The Belgium international, who was City's best player in its run to the Premier League title last season, was back in training this week after recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in the first week of this season.
Man City midfielder De Bruyne out for 3 months with injury
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for about three months on Friday with a knee injury, dealing the Premier League champions an early setback for the new season.
De Bruyne injured a ligament in his right knee during a training session on Wednesday but does not require surgery, City said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's not yet clear what role Kevin De Bruyne will play for Belgium in the World Cup semifinal against France.
That's because coach Roberto Martinez believes the Manchester City midfielder is such a talented footballer, he could start virtually anywhere on the field and he'd excel.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil's famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn't hide their relief.
Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country's greatest soccer feats.
"We've achieved something that is really beautiful," said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium's second goal, "and it's not easy."
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Jan Vertonghen started Belgium's comeback with a wild, looping header and Nacer Chadli capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments.
It added up to a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday that gave the Belgians a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals for the second straight tournament.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A rampant Romelu Lukaku scored twice and set up a third goal as Belgium closed its World Cup preparations in style by demolishing Costa Rica 4-1 on Monday.
Dries Mertens opened the scoring for the Red Devils before striker Lukaku took his international tally to 36 in 69 matches with a volley and header either side of halftime.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi completed the Belgium scoring in the 64th thanks to a pass from Lukaku.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European champion Portugal held Belgium to a tame 0-0 draw Saturday, a result overshadowed by fears that defender Vincent Kompany may have sustained an injury early in the second half.
Without waiting to be substituted, the injury-prone Kompany walked off shortly after the break after appearing to overstretch while making a defensive challenge. It was not immediately clear if he was injured or left the field as a precaution.
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted as the footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association, the latest accolade for the English Premier League's top scorer.
The award comes a week after Salah was voted as player of the year by his fellow professionals.
He leads the scoring chart on 31, four more than nearest rival Harry Kane.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal.
But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — Mohamed Salah has been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals in English football in recognition of an incredible scoring return to the Premier League with Liverpool.
The Egypt forward collected the Professional Footballers' Association award at a ceremony in London on Sunday, two days before Liverpool's Champions League semifinal first leg against Roma.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City is chasing more records now the Premier League title has been wrapped up.
A 5-0 win over Swansea got the champions closer to a few of them.
David Silva scored one goal and set up another for Raheem Sterling in the first half, before further strikes by Kevin De Bruyne — a thunderous 25-meter effort — Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus sealed an easy win for City amid a party atmosphere at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) — Five players who helped Manchester City become English champions for the third time in seven years have been included in the Premier League's team of the season.
Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were picked in the team, which is selected by fellow players in the Professional Footballers' Association.
City clinched the title with a record-equaling five games remaining.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — After finishing third in his first season in charge, Pep Guardiola made a few tweaks to his Manchester City squad and delivered a dominant second campaign.
A look at five players who helped City win the Premier League:
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — One is the king of the assists, the visionary and orchestrator of perhaps the best club side to have ever played in England.
The other is plundering an improbable, potentially record-setting amount of goals, with a playing style that has evoked comparisons with Lionel Messi.
De Bruyne, the assist king with the Ballon d’Or in sight
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — For Kevin De Bruyne, it was perhaps the ultimate compliment.
Following another midfield masterclass from the Belgian, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was asked if De Bruyne had elevated himself to the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — and could even break their decade-long stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or.
Aguero scores 4 as leader Man City thrashes Leicester 5-1
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored four goals as English Premier League leader Manchester City showed Riyad Mahrez what he was missing in a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester on Saturday.
Aguero scored his goals in the second half, propelling City to a 16-point lead at the top of the standings.
"He's an authentic legend of this club," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "Sergio is like this, he has a special talent in the box. He is clinical. We are so happy, we need his goals."
Man City 15 points clear in EPL as Man United, Chelsea lose
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United and Chelsea couldn't afford any slip-ups if they were to have even the slightest chance of catching Manchester City in the final months of the Premier League.
Both lost on Wednesday, and saw City rack up another big win to move even closer to the title.
United conceded inside 11 seconds to Christian Eriksen and was beaten 2-0 by Tottenham at Wembley Stadium in front of a record Premier League attendance of 81,978.
Quadruple-chasing Man City through to League Cup final
BRISTOL, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola reached his first final in English soccer as Manchester City ended second-tier Bristol City's memorable run in the League Cup on Tuesday to stay in contention for silverware on four fronts.
Man City won the second leg of their semifinal 3-2, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring off the last kick of the game, to advance to the Feb. 26 final at Wembley Stadium 5-3 on aggregate.
De Bruyne signs new 5-year deal at Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City, tying him to the English Premier League leader until 2023.
The Belgium midfielder joined City in the summer of 2015 from Wolfsburg and has set up more league goals — 38 — than any other player in that period.
De Bruyne has been one of City's best players during the team's record-breaking start to the season that has pushed it 12 points clear after 24 games.
Aguero torments Newcastle with hat trick for Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero tormented Newcastle again as Premier League leader Manchester City recovered from last week's defeat by Liverpool to beat Rafael Benitez's struggling team 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The Argentina striker, who scored five in a game against Newcastle in 2015, helped himself to a hat trick this time as City maintained its 12-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.
Man City grabs 2-1 lead vs Bristol City in League Cup semis
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to give quadruple-chasing Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
Despite leading the Premier League by 15 points, Man City was given a stern test by the second-tier visitors who took the lead through Bobby Reid's penalty in the 44th minute.
Man City’s record winning run ends at 18 matches
After 18 games and more than four months, Manchester City's record winning run in the Premier League is finally over.
That was not the only bad news for Pep Guardiola on Sunday.
Man City to weigh up bid for Sanchez, says Guardiola
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City will hold internal meetings to discuss whether to make a bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, manager Pep Guardiola said Sunday.
City is set to be without Gabriel Jesus for up to two months after the striker was injured in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, leaving the Premier League leaders with just one out-and-out striker in Sergio Aguero.
City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was also injured against Palace.
Man City’s record winning run ends with 0-0 draw at Palace
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City saw its record 18-game winning run in the Premier League ended with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the leaders dealt a further blow with injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
It needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve City's unbeaten run after 21 games and leave Pep Guardiola's side 14 points clear heading into the new year.
Kane matches Shearer for 36 EPL goals in calendar year
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Harry Kane scored a hat trick for Tottenham in a 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday to equal Alan Shearer's English Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year.
Kane converted an early penalty and struck twice more in the second half to match Shearer's feat from 1995.
Success for Tottenham halted a run of five Premier League games on the road without a win and saw the north London club leapfrog Burnley into fifth place in the standings.
De Bruyne inspires Man City to record-extending win vs Spurs
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Arms wrapped around his head, Kevin De Bruyne was writhing in agony on the turf.
A stamp by Dele Alli, the Tottenham dynamo prone to hot-headed eruptions, typified the rough treatment faced by De Bruyne's Manchester City on Saturday.
Tottenham just couldn't cope against the exhilarating force of a team which is steamrollering opponents and the English football records.
Man City humiliates Tottenham in 4-1 win, leads by 14 points
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City swept to a 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday that sent the runaway Premier League leaders 14 points clear and exacerbated the London club's domestic decline.
A 16th successive victory — extending the English top-flight record — was delivered with a typically electrifying display from Pep Guardiola's team while overcoming rough treatment by the visitors.
Man City racks up record 15th straight league win
Another win, another record for rampant Premier League leader Manchester City.
And this one might be the most impressive of the lot.
By beating Swansea 4-0 on Wednesday, City racked up its 15th straight victory — a feat never achieved in the 129-year history of England's top division.
Second-place Manchester United also won, beating Bournemouth 1-0 through Romelu Lukaku's goal to keep the gap at the top to 11 points, but chasing down its cross-town rival looks to be a forlorn hope at this rate.
City beats Swansea 4-0 for record 15th straight league win
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — David Silva scored twice to help Premier League leader Manchester City beat last-place Swansea 4-0 on Wednesday for a 15th straight victory, a record run in England's top flight.
Kevin De Bruyne curled in a shot from a free kick between Silva's goals and Sergio Aguero added the fourth as City turned on the style in south Wales, ensuring there would be no drop-off three days after winning the Manchester derby.
‘Pep Time’: Silva the savior in another Man City late show
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Maybe they'll start calling it "Pep Time."
For the third time in a week, Manchester City left it late to secure a 2-1 victory in the Premier League and set a record-equaling winning run stretching back to Aug. 26.
This time, it was David Silva coming to the rescue.
Man City leaves it late again to beat West Ham 2-1
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — David Silva calmly prodded home an 83rd-minute volley as Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 on Sunday for a third last-gasp win in a week in the Premier League.
Raheem Sterling was City's late match-winner in the 2-1 victories over Huddersfield and Southampton, but it was Silva this time who drifted into the area and met Kevin De Bruyne's lofted pass with a finish on the stretch.
2018 WORLD CUP: Guide to the teams in Group G
MOSCOW (AP) — Guide to the teams in Group G at the World Cup:
It's time to deliver for a team that has featured exceptional talent over the past half dozen years but has yet to reach the semifinals of a major tournament.
It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars.