MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
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.
Bayern enduring its worst Bundesliga season in 7 years
Bayern Munich is putting together its worst Bundesliga performance in seven years.
A 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday was Bayern's fourth so far this campaign — as many as it had all of last season. Bayern hasn't lost so many games by the 20th round since Borussia Dortmund last won the title in 2012.
Lewandowski scores as Bayern keeps pace with Dortmund
MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski made up for missing a penalty by scoring in a 4-1 win for Bayern Munich over Stuttgart on Sunday, ensuring his side kept pace with his former team Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski rounded Ron-Robert Zieler to score his 12th goal of the season in the 84th minute, keeping second-placed Bayern six points behind Dortmund after the 19th round. Dortmund routed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday.
James entering decisive days at Bayern with future unclear
MUNICH (AP) — Leon Goretzka's emergence at Bayern Munich is bad news for James Rodriguez.
James, as he is known, watched from the bench Friday as Goretzka - playing in the Colombian's favored No. 10 position - scored two goals in Bayern's 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim.
"We did everything right with this decision," Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Eurosport. "We've stumbled onto something."
Man on Massachusetts most wanted list caught in Miami
BOSTON (AP) — A man on the Massachusetts State Police's most wanted list for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping a woman in March has been captured.
State police say 50-year-old Kevin Hamel was caught Friday morning in Miami by the U.S. Marshals after State Trooper Thiago Miranda determined his whereabouts.
Hamel is being held in Florida as a fugitive from justice pending his return to Massachusetts.
Karlovic advances at Maharashtra Open
PUNE, India (AP) — Ivo Karlovic beat an opponent more than two decades younger than him on Tuesday with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of the Maharashtra Open.
The 39-year-old Croat served 13 aces against his 18-year-old Canadian opponent. His next opponent is Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
Buffon behaves when faced with another penalty
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — There wasn't a hint of protest from Gianluigi Buffon this time.
Returning to the Champions League following his three-match ban for comments about the referee last season, Buffon immediately realized there was no point in arguing when Napoli was awarded a penalty that turned out to be the equalizer in a 1-1 draw Tuesday.
Buffon and Paris Saint-Germain teammate Thiago Silva had just sandwiched Napoli forward Jose Callejon.
Bayern midfielder Thiago out ‘several weeks’ with injury
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss several weeks with an ankle injury sustained in the German Cup.
The Bavarian club says the Spanish midfielder tore the lateral collateral ligament and the articular capsule in his right ankle during Tuesday's 2-1 win over fourth-tier team SV Roedinghausen.
Thiago sustained the injury after a late tackle from Bjoern Schlottke and had to be taken off in the 75th minute.
Brazilian Cup final incidents may have changed views on VAR
SAO PAULO (AP) — Contentious decisions in the Brazilian Cup final may have changed views on VAR.
Most Brazilian clubs once supported the idea of the video assistant referee, but that was until Cruzeiro and Corinthians met in the domestic showpiece this week.
Wagner Magalhaes took charge of Wednesday's game and the almost unanimous reaction was that the referee made the wrong decision when the VAR was used for two crucial incidents.
Many of Bayern’s international players return after losses
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac was hoping the international break would revitalize his players after four games without a win.
But the team's German contingent return following losses in the Netherlands and France, Robert Lewandowski's ill-luck with Poland continued with losses to Portugal and Italy, and Thiago Alcantara lost with Spain against England.
Only two of Bayern's internationals - James Rodriguez of Colombia and Renato Sanches of Portugal - picked up victories.
Pirlo and other former players get coaching badges
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Andrea Pirlo is one step closer on the road to football management.
The 39-year-old Pirlo was among several ex-players who obtained their UEFA A coaching badges on Thursday after completing a course at the Italian football federation's training complex in Coverciano.
Tolisso injury overshadows Bayern’s 3-1 win vs Leverkusen
BERLIN (AP) — Corentin Tolisso scored with a snap shot before injuring his knee in Bayern Munich's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The France midfielder equalized for Bayern after Wendell put the visitors ahead with a retaken penalty. But Tolisso had to go off before the break after colliding with Kevin Volland.
Tolisso immediately clutched his right knee as he fell down, and needed help leaving the field as he made way for James Rodriguez.
Jesus and Marcelo out of Brazil’s 1st post-World Cup squad
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has left striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Marcelo out of his squad for two friendlies next month in the United States.
The matches against the United States and El Salvador will be the team's first since the World Cup in Russia.
Tite says he wants to give opportunities to new players ahead of next year's Copa America, which will be played in Brazil.
PSG signs defender Thilo Kehrer from Schalke
PARIS (AP) — French champion Paris Saint-Germain signed defender Thilo Kehrer on Thursday from German club Schalke to a five-year contract.
PSG gave no financial details but Kehrer reportedly cost 37 million euros ($42 million).
The 21-year-old German helped Schalke finish second in the Bundesliga last season. He also helped Germany's under-21 team win last year's European Championship.
Kovac’s Bayern routs Frankfurt 5-0 in German curtain raiser
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick as Bayern Munich won the German Super Cup on Sunday with a 5-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt in an impressive start for new coach Niko Kovac.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Four years after Brazil's humiliation at its home World Cup, Thiago Silva is back to his best in Russia, a country where his then-burgeoning career was almost tragically cut short years ago.
The 33-year-old Brazil center back — who is nicknamed "O Monstro" for his exceptional physical abilities — is probably playing in his final World Cup, and he has been enjoying a perfect tournament so far.
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SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Brazil captain Thiago Silva is hoping Neymar plays as well as some of his Paris Saint-Germain teammates have done in the knockout round of the World Cup.
Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored a pair of goals in France's 4-3 victory over Argentina, sending Lionel Messi out of the tournament. Edinson Cavani then scored both goals in Uruguay's 2-1 victory that eliminated Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo.
MOSCOW (AP) — Worried no more, Brazil is through at the World Cup.
Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each Wednesday to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their group.
Brazil struggled in its opening two matches, first held to a 1-1 draw and then needing late goals to win the other. But they controlled this one, and it was a big relief to Tite.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is still shaking off the embarrassment of losing to Germany 7-1 in its home World Cup.
Since Tite took over as coach in 2016, the five-time world champions have become a winning machine again and were the first to qualify for Russia.
Neymar, who missed the humiliating match against Germany because of injury, has had to recover from a broken foot that kept him out for three months before the trip to Russia.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Neymar needed only 23 minutes to reassure Brazilians that his recovery is right on track for the World Cup.
Three months after undergoing surgery on his right foot, Neymar returned to action for Brazil and inspired a 2-0 win over Croatia in an international friendly that showed fans, teammates and coach Tite that he's in good shape for Russia.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Neymar is set to play for Brazil on Sunday for the first time since being injured in February.
But the striker will only come on in the second half of the friendly game against Croatia in Liverpool, Brazil coach Tite said at a news conference on Saturday.
Neymar has been sidelined for more than three months due to surgery on his right foot.
LONDON (AP) — After saying last week that he was not 100 percent healthy, Neymar was left out of Brazil's main team Thursday at its World Cup training camp.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is still being hampered by a foot injury.
Before heading to London on Sunday, Neymar said he had not fully recovered after a week of training with the national team in Brazil. But he predicted that he would be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins on June 14.
LONDON (AP) — When Thiago Silva moved to Russia more than a decade ago, tuberculosis nearly derailed his career.
This year, the Brazil defender will be back in the country playing at the World Cup.
The 33-year-old Silva joined Dynamo Moscow in 2005 but soon felt chest pain that needed to be checked out. It was found to be tuberculosis, which put him in the hospital for five months. Russian doctors even considered removing part of his lungs.
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey.
As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take over the national team.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Willian played with the two star strikers for about one hour in the first training with footballs at the Granja Comary ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Moments before lifting the French Cup again, Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva beckoned the valiant skipper from beaten third division side Les Herbiers to join him.
After a moment's hesitation, unheralded Sebastien Flochon shuffled across to the Brazil defender and they held the trophy aloft together.
It was a fitting tribute to the resilience of the tiny club from western France following its 2-0 defeat against vastly superior opposition.
WORLD CUP: Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on Neymar
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is shaking off the embarrassment of losing 7-1 to Germany in its home World Cup.
Since Tite took over as coach in 2016, the five-time world champions have become a winning machine again and were the first to qualify for Russia.
Neymar, who missed the Germany humiliation through injury, is now racing to recover from a broken foot to make the trip to Russia.
MONACO (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain won the French league title after beating defending champion Monaco 7-1 on Sunday, with the crushing victory highlighting the obvious gulf between the two teams this season.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Bayern Munich needed a couple of lucky bounces to prevent Sevilla from pulling off another Champions League upset.
Argentina coach says Messi fit to play Spain in Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi has recovered from his adductor muscle problems and will play against Spain in a friendly on Tuesday.
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday that "yesterday and today (Messi) trained and he was fine ... I don't think he will have any problem playing."
A minor muscular problem in an unspecified leg kept Messi on the bench last Friday during Argentina's 2-0 win over Italy in a friendly in Manchester, England.
Brazil beats Russia 3-0 in friendly ahead of World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Brazil cruised to a 3-0 friendly win at World Cup host Russia on Friday without the injured Neymar.
In freezing temperatures at Moscow's vast Luzhniki arena, the Brazilians worked hard to break down Russia's deep defense before three goals in 13 minutes early in the second half.
Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev parried Thiago Silva's 53rd-minute shot into the path of Miranda, who scored from close range.
The reigning world outdoor men’s pole vault champion and world indoor champion will go head to head at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet later this spring at Hayward Field.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Bayern Munich easily advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year with a 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday.
Thiago Alcantara, Gokhan Gonul's own goal and Sandro Wagner gave Bayern an 8-1 win on aggregate following the side's 5-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie.
Verdasco, Monfils advance in Argentina Open
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Fernando Verdasco and Gael Monfils won their first-round matches in the Argentina Open on Tuesday, and Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund withdrew from the tournament due to illness.
The eighth-seeded Verdasco advanced on clay in Buenos Aires with a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil and next plays Guido Pella of Argentina.
Monfils beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4. The Frenchman faces Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the next round.
Haase beats Kavcic in 1st round of Maharashtra Open
PUNE, India (AP) — Fifth-seeded Robin Haase started the new year with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Blaz Kavcic in the first round of the Maharashtra Open on Tuesday.
Kavcic broke the serve of 42nd-ranked Haase three times, but the Dutchman eventually came through to line up a match against Chile's Nicolas Jarry.
Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro was on court for 2 hours, 40 minutes before beating Ruben Bemelmans 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (8).
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Messi and wife expecting their third child
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi and his wife are expecting another child.
The player's representatives say Antonela Roccuzzo is pregnant with the couple's third child. They already have two young boys, Thiago and Mateo.
Roccuzzo recently posted a photo on Instagram with Messi and the boys touching her belly, accompanied by the phrase "Family of 5" and the hashtag "blessed."
Bayern flying on Heynckes’ return; Dortmund home record over
BERLIN (AP) — Jupp Heynckes' fourth stint at Bayern Munich began with a rout then Leipzig ended Borussia Dortmund's club-record 41-game unbeaten run at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Leipzig's 3-2 win was league-leader Dortmund's first Bundesliga defeat at the Westfalenstadion since April 4, 2015, a 1-0 defeat to Bayern.
Heynckes cut the gap at the top to two points with his side's 5-0 rout of Freiburg in Munich.
Spain to make changes for final qualifier against Israel
MADRID (AP) — Coach Julen Lopetegui will have to make changes for Spain's final World Cup qualifier against Israel on Monday with three regular starters unavailable.
With a World Cup berth already secured, Spain will play Israel in Jerusalem without Gerard Pique, David Silva and Thiago Alcantara.
Pique and Silva are suspended, and Alcantara has a knee injury.
Lopetegui did not say if he plans other changes to observe players who haven't regularly featured in Spain's qualifying campaign.