Pope nixes French cardinal resignation after cover-up
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after he was convicted of failing to report a known predator...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for up to a month because of a left leg muscle injury, putting in doubt his availability for the Champions League...
Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Just when the Camp Nou crowd was getting nervous, Lionel Messi turned a close game into a complete rout.
Messi scored two goals before setting up two more for...
6 fans arrested after fights ahead of Barcelona CL game
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police say they have made six arrests and attended to five injuries from clashes between fan groups before Barcelona's Champions League match against...
PARIS (AP) — Lyon dropped vital points in the race to qualify automatically for the Champions League, throwing away a 2-0 lead in drawing at Strasbourg 2-2 in the French league on...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi in top form, Barcelona looks ready to erase its Champions League frustrations.
Messi made sure Barcelona backed up consecutive wins over Real Madrid...
LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local):
French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is offering his resignation to the pope after being...
LYON, France (AP) — In a surprise ruling, France's senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted Thursday of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest...
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French yellow vests protested Saturday for a 16th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to show they are keeping up momentum against the government's economic...
After resisting Barcelona’s attack, Lyon loses 2-0 at Monaco
PARIS (AP) — After keeping Barcelona's mighty attack quiet during the week, Lyon succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Monaco on Sunday that hampers its chances of qualifying automatically for next...
Barcelona’s attacking stars disappoint in 0-0 draw at Lyon
LYON, France (AP) — On a scoreless night in the Champions League, not even Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez could find a way to get a goal.
Barcelona's attacking stars were held in check by Lyon...
Bayern braced for Klopp reunion at Liverpool
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich knows all too well how tough an opponent Juergen Klopp can be.
Now in his fourth season at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is facing Bayern for the first time while leading Liverpool.
Bayern visits Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game on Tuesday, mindful that it didn't always come out on top against Klopp during his time at Dortmund.
Lyon warms up for Barca with 2-1 win over Guingamp in France
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league.
Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne.
Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute.
High-speed tunnel project divides Italy’s ruling populists
SAINT-MARTIN-LA-PORTE, France (AP) — A strategic European Union project to build a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps, meant to speed journeys between France and Italy, could dead-end as Italy's populists squabble.
Lille maintains Champions League push as rival Lyon loses
PARIS (AP) — Lille stepped up its bid for second place in the French league and automatic qualification for the Champions League by winning 2-0 at Guingamp before Lyon lost 1-0 at Nice on Sunday.
The win puts Lille six points ahead of third-placed Lyon, while Nice climbed up to seventh spot.
PSG loses its 1st league game this season
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's 20-game unbeaten run in the French league this season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Lyon on Sunday.
PSG has lost three times this season, including away to Liverpool in the Champions League and at home to Guingamp in the League Cup, but this was its first Ligue 1 loss since a 2-0 home defeat to Rennes in the penultimate game of last season.
Nordics win top spots in prestigious French cooking contest
HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic nations have swept the top four prizes at the world's most prestigious culinary competition in France, beating Gallic gourmet chefs at their own game with Northern European simplicity and local ingredients.
Team Denmark took the gold medal at the biennial Bocuse d'Or competition in the French city of Lyon last week ahead of Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Goalkeeper Buffon happy to stay another season at PSG
PARIS (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain next season, so long as his goalkeeping rival Alphonse Areola doesn't mind.
The 41-year-old Italian joined PSG this season with an option for an extra year. At a news conference on Saturday ahead of a French league game at Lyon on Sunday, Buffon said, "If Alphonse and the club want it, I'd stay another season here."
Italy’s Salvini backs EU train line opposed by govt partner
MILAN (AP) — Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said he supports a review of a high-speed railway project stalled by protests for decades but thinks the project should be completed despite opposition to it by his government coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement.
Dembele scores with late header as Lyon beats Saint-Etienne
PARIS (AP) — Striker Moussa Dembele scored with a majestic header five minutes into injury time as Lyon won 2-1 at Saint-Etienne on Sunday, leapfrogging its local rival into third place in the French league.
Dembele was back-pedaling and had two defenders marking him near the penalty spot, but still rose to meet Leo Dubois' cross from the right with a powerful header past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier. Less than a minute earlier, the former Celtic striker had missed with a far easier header.
Strong explosion, fire hits French university building
PARIS (AP) — A strong explosion and fire hit a science building undergoing repairs at the University of Lyon on Thursday, injuring three people slightly, French officials said.
The area was evacuated after the explosion on the roof of the building Thursday morning, and the regional fire service said the blaze was under control soon afterward.
French cardinal likely to be cleared in abuse cover-up trial
LYON, France (AP) — France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.
The Rev. Bernard Preynat confessed to abusing Boy Scouts, and his victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years, allowing him to work with children right up until his 2015 retirement.
Cardinal on trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse trial
LYON, France (AP) — A Catholic cardinal and five other people went on trial Monday accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts — France's most important church sex abuse case to date.
The case poses a new challenge to the Vatican, amid growing demands in overwhelmingly Catholic France for a reckoning with decades of sexual abuse by the clergy.
Cardinal’s cover-up trial a reckoning for French Catholics
LYON, France (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church faces another public reckoning when a French cardinal goes on trial Monday for his alleged failure to report a pedophile priest who confessed to preying on Boy Scouts and whose victims want to hold one of France's highest church figures accountable.
Champions League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 16 of the Champions League:
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Manchester United (England) vs. Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Roma (Italy) vs. Porto (Portugal)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Tottenham (England) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Aouar and Pepe the latest young talents to emerge in France
PARIS (AP) — The French league has long had a reputation for producing some of the soccer stars of tomorrow. They learn their trade in flourishing French academies before rising to prominence in bigger European leagues.
And two more are thriving this season — Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
Both scored for their clubs on Sunday to further cement their burgeoning reputations.
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Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams
Two of European soccer's grandest clubs paid the price for fielding weakened teams on the final night of Champions League group play, with Real Madrid slumping to a record home loss and Manchester United squandering a surprise opportunity to top its group.
Lyon rescues draw at Shakhtar to edge into knockout rounds
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Lyon scraped into the knockout rounds of the Champions League after salvaging a 1-1 draw away to a tenacious Shakhtar Donetsk team on Wednesday.
Shakhtar’s Champions League game against Lyon moved to Kiev
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says next week's Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon has been moved to Ukraine's capital Kiev after martial law was introduced in parts of the country.
The game had been scheduled to take place in Kharkiv, where martial law is in effect, on Dec. 12.
Both Shakhtar and Lyon can qualify for the knockout stage with a win. Lyon would also progress with a draw.
Martial law to prevent Shakhtar-Lyon being in Kharkiv
DUBLIN (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk is unlikely to be able to play its Champions League game against Lyon in Kharkiv on Dec. 12 because of the security situation in Ukraine.
The UEFA executive committee has decided that no matches from its competitions will be played at stadiums in areas where martial law is operational, which includes Kharkiv.
Ukraine imposed martial law for 30 days after Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian ships last week, capturing 24 men.
Montpellier beats struggling Monaco 2-1 to take 2nd place
PARIS (AP) — Montpellier scored two late goals to win at Thierry Henry's struggling Monaco 2-1 and move up to second place in the French league on Saturday.
Strikers Gaetan Laborde and Petar Skuletic netted in the last 10 minutes after Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans gave 19th-place Monaco the lead shortly before halftime. Montpellier moved above Lyon on goal difference, while Monaco remained only two points ahead of last-placed Guingamp.
Lyon midfielders Aouar and Ndombele set for bright future
PARIS (AP) — The verdict was delivered by none other than Pep Guardiola.
"People say the French league is just PSG, but they are so wrong," the Manchester City manager said after Lyon midfielders Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele left an indelible mark on his mind.
The pair — 20 and 21, respectively — have been in the spotlight since the start of the season and their partnership was instrumental in helping Lyon to a 2-2 draw against City in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Man City advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw at Lyon
LYON, France (AP) — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Lyon and secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero earned the point the English champions needed to guarantee a top-two finish in Group F, heading in a corner from Riyad Mahrez in the 83rd minute — just after Maxwel Cornet regained the lead for Lyon with his second goal of an end-to-end game.
Taison keeps Shakhtar Donetsk alive in Champions League
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Brazilian midfielder Taison scored in the 92nd minute to give Shakhtar Donetsk a 3-2 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday, keeping alive the Ukrainian team's hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage.
Taison set up compatriot Ismaily in the 14th minute and then scored himself in the 15th to give Shakhtar an early 2-0 lead.
But Andrej Kramaric pulled one back for Hoffenheim two minutes later and Steven Zuber equalized five minutes before the break.
Lyon boosted by derby win ahead of Man City match
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon climbed to second in the French league after beating local rival Saint-Etienne 1-0 on Friday but lost captain Nabil Fekir to a thigh muscle problem before a Champions League match next week against Manchester City.
After the first half where he clearly struggled for mobility in driving rain, playmaker Fekir was taken off.
French police end investigation into Interpol disappearance
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say they have closed an investigation into the disappearance and subsequent detention in China of the former president of Interpol, and found no evidence to support his wife's claim that she got a threatening call in Chinese after he was picked up.
Depay answers critics with 2 goals as Lyon wins in Ligue 1
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay emphatically answered his critics with two goals and two assists as fourth-placed Lyon won at last-place Guingamp 4-2 in the French league on Saturday.
Depay had been criticized by his coach recently for publicly declaring he should start more games, comments ill received within the club considering the inconsistent nature of his performances.
Interpol: Rules forbid probe of ex-president’s fate in China
LYON, France (AP) — Interpol's secretary general said Thursday that the international police organization's rules forbid him from probing into the fate of the Chinese government official who served as Interpol president for almost two years before he vanished during a trip to China.
Lyon held to draw by 10-man Hoffenheim in Champions League
LYON, France (AP) — Pavel Kaderabek scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for 10-man Hoffenheim at Lyon on Wednesday and keep alive a glimmer of hope for the German club in the tournament.
With Manchester City thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Group F's other game, a loss would have put Hoffenheim out of contention. But Kaderabek, a Czech international, put the teams level with a simple finish from a free kick two minutes into added time after being left unmarked at the far post.
Safety nets placed in Lyon to avoid crowd disturbance
LYON, France (AP) — Safety nets will be placed in front of two sections at the stadium in Lyon for a Champions League match to prevent supporters from throwing projectiles at players.
Following frequent crowd trouble in recent seasons, Lyon says ahead of Wednesday's match against German club Hoffenheim that the measure will be experimented to avoid "any action likely to trigger sanctions" from UEFA.
Violence on Halloween night: French police detain 116 people
PARIS (AP) — France's Interior Ministry said police detained at least 116 people following violent incidents in several cities on Halloween night.
Police fired tear gas overnight at groups who threw projectiles and set cars and garbage bins on fire in the city center of Lyon, in eastern France.
City sweeps aside Shakhtar 3-0 in Champions League
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Manchester City took a step closer to qualifying from its Champions League group Tuesday, taking the top spot with a dominant 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last season the Ukrainian team ended a 29-game unbeaten run for City, but it never came close to another win this time. David Silva and Aymeric Laporte's goals had Pep Guardiola's team 2-0 up by halftime, before Bernardo Silva ended Shakhtar's hopes of a comeback in the 71st.
Joelinton salvages 3-3 draw for Hoffenheim against Lyon
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Brazilian striker Joelinton struck in injury time to salvage a 3-3 draw for Hoffenheim against Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Individual mistakes cost the German team its first win in the competition after allowing Lyon to take a 3-2 lead in the Group F game before Nico Schulz crossed for 22-year-old substitute Joelinton to equalize.
Dembele and Depay score against Nimes as Lyon moves into 3rd
PARIS (AP) — Forwards Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay each scored as Lyon beat Nimes 2-0 at home on Friday to move up to third place in the French league.
The speedy Dembele netted midway through the first half, controlling a high ball over the top with his left foot and slotting it past the goalkeeper with his right after shrugging off a defender.
It was the 22-year-old Frenchman's third league goal since a summer move from Scottish champion Celtic.
Ex-Interpol leader’s wife: “Everybody in China is at risk”
LYON, France (AP) — The wife of the former Interpol president who is being detained in China on bribery charges says she's been contacted by Chinese diplomats, who have told her they're holding a letter from him for her.
Grace Meng says, however, that she'll only agree to meet Chinese officials if a lawyer and reporters are present. She says Chinese officials haven't responded since she told them that condition.
Lacazette missing atmosphere in French soccer stadiums
LYON, France (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette says Premier League crowds have nothing on the French.
The France striker, who is in his second season at Arsenal, says the atmosphere when he played in his home country with Lyon was better than in England.
Speaking to local newspaper Le Progres, Lacazette says "I miss the Ligue 1 atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters."
APNewsBreak: Chilling call made to wife of ex-Interpol boss
LYON, France (AP) — The call came at night and was chilling.
"You listen, but you don't speak," the man on the other end said. "We've come in two work teams, two work teams just for you."
In her first one-on-one interview since her husband's disappearance in China, the wife of the former head of Interpol described the threatening phone call that prompted authorities in the French city where the international law enforcement agency is headquartered to place her under police protection.
EU security chiefs, Sessions hold stadium terrorism exercise
LYON, France (AP) — European security chiefs struggled over solutions to the migrant crisis and oversaw a simulated terrorist attack on a stadium Tuesday, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looking on.
Elite police forces staged the anti-terrorism exercise in the French city of Lyon as part of meetings of interior ministers of six European countries plus Morocco. Sessions didn't speak publicly at the event.