BERLIN (AP) — Germany's young players did enough in one hour against Argentina to indicate its post-World Cup shakeup is working and that a bright future awaits.
MADRID (AP) — Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says Paulo Dybala will start Wednesday's match against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League, but Sami Khedira has been ruled...
MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo played a role in all three Juventus goals on Sunday, but he also almost knocked out a teammate.
The incident occurred an hour into Juve's 3-0 win at Sassuolo as Ronaldo kicked the ball straight into the face of teammate Sami Khedira, who instantly fell to the ground.
Ronaldo had earlier helped Khedira score the opening goal, so the German World Cup winner was able to see the funny side.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has left Jerome Boateng out of the squad for upcoming games against Russia and the Netherlands.
"I'm convinced that a break would also do him good," Loew said on Friday. "I told him that we also have a lot of alternatives for his position, especially with younger players."
Boateng said on Twitter he had "a very good and trusting conversation" with Loew and they decided he would have a break "to continue to work on my fitness in Munich."
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has extended his contract with Juventus for two more seasons.
The move comes following an offseason in which Khedira was linked with a possible move to the Premier League. His contract was due to expire at the end of this season.
Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed.
The 31-year-old Khedira is in his fourth season at Juventus, and he has played more minutes than any other midfielder at the club in his first three seasons.
MILAN (AP) — Juventus is on the verge of a record-extending seventh successive Serie A title after coming from behind to beat Bologna 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to an inspirational performance from substitute Douglas Costa.
Simone Verdi's penalty gave Bologna a surprise halftime lead and Juventus turned the match around with Douglas Costa shredding the defense amid an own goal from Sebastian De Maio and strikes from Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala.
MILAN (AP) — Juventus took a major step toward a seventh straight Serie A title on Sunday as it beat Sampdoria 3-0 after Napoli was held to a 0-0 draw at AC Milan.
Douglas Costa changed the game when he came on for the injured Miralem Pjanic, providing three assists for Mario Mandzukic, Benedikt Hoewedes and Sami Khedira.
Juventus moved six points clear of Napoli with six matches remaining — including the two sides playing each other.
MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci's goal on his return to former team Juventus ultimately counted for nothing as the Bianconeri beat AC Milan 3-1 to move four points clear in Serie A on Saturday.
"It was pre-written," Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said. "He scored on his return but Juventus won, no one could have imagined a better night."
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Germany and Spain drew 1-1 in a World Cup warm-up on Friday, underlining their status as tournament favorites with high quality performances.
Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno got Spain off to a perfect start thanks to a perfectly weighted pass from Andres Iniesta, but Thomas Mueller set another highlight in a game of many when he equalized from distance ten minutes before the break.
ROME (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat trick as Juventus swept past Sassuolo 7-0 on Sunday to strengthen its pursuit of a seventh straight Serie A title.
Sami Khedira netted twice for the hosts while Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic were also on target for the Bianconeri, who won their seventh successive league match.
MILAN (AP) — Juventus moved to the top of Serie A after struggling to beat nine-man Chievo Verona 2-0 on Saturday.
Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored for the six-time defending champion after Samuel Bastien and Fabrizio Cacciatore were sent off.
Juventus moved two points ahead of Napoli, which hosts Bologna on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Jerome Boateng and Leroy Sane were recalled by Germany on Friday as it bids to wrap up World Cup qualification against Northern Ireland next week.
World champion Germany, which has eight wins from eight games in Europe Group C, will seal its place at next year's tournament in Russia if it can secure a point against second-placed Northern Ireland in Belfast on Oct. 5.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus rested top players ahead of the Champions League and still eased to a 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona to maintain its perfect start to the Serie A on Saturday.
Second-half goals from substitute Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win after an own goal by Chievo midfielder Perparim Hetemaj.
Juventus visits Barcelona in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has bought 1,200 tickets for Monday's World Cup qualifier against Norway in his native Stuttgart and donated them to charity.
The tickets have been distributed to socially disadvantaged children and children fighting cancer in the region so they can attend the game through an initiative organized by Khedira's foundation.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Four forwards seems to be the way forward for Juventus.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri has unveiled a daring 4-2-3-1 formation in the past two matches, and the team has played some of its best soccer of the season.
The new system puts Miralem Pjanic in a deeper midfield role alongside Sami Khedira, with Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain.
ROME (AP) — Promoted Pescara proved no test for an understrength Juventus.
Without rested goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and injured defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, the five-time defending champion cruised to a 3-0 win in Serie A on Saturday.
Sami Khedira scored one goal and set up another, Mario Mandzukic and Hernanes also found the target, and Gonzalo Higuain hit the post as the Bianconeri moved seven points ahead of second-place Roma, which visits Atalanta on Sunday.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up three players from the under-21 side for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and the friendly against Italy.
While the three were promoted to the senior squad, some regulars were left out. Leroy Sane of Manchester City, Andre Schuerrle of Borussia Dortmund and Antonio Ruediger of Roma are recovering from injuries, while Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was given time off. Sane has been called into the Under-21 squad.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Two quick-fire goals earned Germany a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland to put the defending champions in control of World Cup qualifying Group C on Tuesday.
Early goals from Julian Draxler and then Sami Khedira maintained Germany's perfect start after three games with no goals conceded and moved it two points clear of Azerbaijan, which settled for a scoreless draw against the Czech Republic in Ostrava.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With a third straight win in qualifying, defending champion Germany is enjoying a comfortable ride on the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
ROME (AP) — Juventus won 1-0 at Lazio on Saturday in a Serie A match dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in central Italy.
Fans held aloft banners to mourn the nearly 300 people killed in Wednesday's quake, and a minute of silence was observed before kickoff.
Also, Lazio's shirts featured a message that read "Noi con voi" — "We're with you" — including an image of the clock tower in the hardest-hit town of Amatrice, which was stopped at 3:36 a.m. when the quake hit.