Being the superstitious type, Thomas Tuchel chose not to watch the final minutes of Liverpool’s match at West Bromwich Albion on television.
Instead, the Chelsea manager was checking the progress of his team’s top-four rival in the Premier League by refreshing a webpage on his mobile phone.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Jeremy Doku and Leandro Trossard were called up Monday to the Belgium squad for the European Championship alongside the usual stalwarts of the country's “Golden Generation.”
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez named Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel in his list of 26 players for the continental tournament.
LONDON (AP) — Gary Neville has united a group of former playing rivals turned broadcasting competitors to lobby the government to introduce an independent regulatory body for English football to help to stave off any renewed attempts to launch a Super League by elite clubs.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Barcelona's slow start two years ago doomed its European dream so this time it came out firing against Chelsea, scoring after just 32 seconds en route to a 4-0 victory and its first Women’s Champions League title on Sunday.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made the 80-meter journey into West Bromwich Albion's penalty area, more in hope than any expectation of scoring the stoppage-time goal that would keep alive his team's chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
LONDON (AP) — Alisson Becker became the sixth goalkeeper to score in a Premier League game when he headed in a stoppage-time winner for Liverpool on Sunday.
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a dramatic goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday and keep alive his team's realistic chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League were extinguished on Sunday by a 1-0 loss to last-place Sheffield United, the team's latest dreadful home result in the Premier League.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane endured a frustrating match in his bid to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the third time despite scoring in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton on Sunday.
Kane’s 45th-minute goal moved him to 22 for the season — tied with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the most in the league — but the England captain also struck the post twice and had an effort cleared off the line.
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A place in the Premier League is up for grabs as the playoffs in the second-tier Championship begin with the first legs. Brentford, which finished the regular season in third place behind automatically promoted Norwich and Watford, visits Bournemouth.
LONDON (AP) — Tyrick Mitchell’s first goal for Crystal Palace helped his team edge out Aston Villa 3-2 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
Roy Hodgson’s team trailed twice, through goals by John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi for Villa, but a spirited second-half rally saw the hosts recover.
LONDON (AP) — Youri Tielemans was preparing for the FA Cup final on Saturday when he received a text message with a clear instruction: Aim for the top corner.
When the ball landed at the Leicester midfielder's feet, 63 minutes into the 140th final, a powerful shot from 30 meters was aimed just where he had been advised.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — West Ham's faint hope of scraping Champions League qualification was left hanging by a thread after it needed a late strike from Said Benrahma to draw at Brighton 1-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
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Atlético Madrid can win La Liga in the second-to-last round if it beats Osasuna at home and Real Madrid fails to win at Athletic Bilbao.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Rangers completed an unbeaten Scottish Premiership campaign after the champion defeated Aberdeen 4-0 at an empty Ibrox on Saturday.
The players and manager Steven Gerrard also finally got their hands on the Premiership trophy to mark their 55th title, and first in a decade.
LONDON (AP) — Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek says a bid to buy Arsenal has been rejected by the Kroenke family which owns the London-based Premier League club.
The Swedish entrepreneur behind the music-streaming service first revealed his takeover interest last month after owner Stan Kroenke's ill-fated attempt to lead Arsenal into a European Super League.
LONDON (AP) — The biggest soccer crowd in England since players started taking a knee saw the anti-racism gesture booed by some fans before the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester on Saturday.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Nathan Tella scored his first goal for Southampton in a 3-1 win over already-relegated Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The midfielder came off the bench to net the second while Fulham’s consolation came from 18-year-old Fabio Carvalho scoring his first goal for the London club.
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Leeds extended Burnley's winless run at home to nine games with a 4-0 victory on Saturday that bolstered their bid for a top-10 finish in the English Premier League.
Substitute Rodrigo scored two late goals to give Leeds a four-point cushion over 11th-place Aston Villa, which plays at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Maybe the replacement for departing Manchester City great Sergio Aguero is already in the squad.
Ferran Torres demonstrated his scoring instincts by netting a hat trick as newly crowned champion Manchester City won a record 12th straight away game in the English Premier League, 4-3 at Newcastle on Friday.
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Chelsea plays Leicester in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in the first of two huge matches between the clubs over the next four days.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Add an upset player to Jürgen Klopp's list of team problems as Liverpool scrambles for a Champions League qualification spot.
The Liverpool manager said Friday that he plans to talk with Sadio Mane after the Senegal winger declined to shake his hand as they left the field following Liverpool's 4-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Veteran defenders Dani Alves and Thiago Silva were brought back into the Brazil squad on Friday for next month's World Cup qualifying matches against Ecuador and Paraguay.
Brazil coach Tite said the 38-year-old Alves and the 36-year-old Silva were called up because they are “athletes who happen to play soccer.”
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — British tourists can return to Portugal from next Monday, ending days of uncertainty over whether thousands of U.K. vacation bookings for Portuguese destinations would be allowed.
Don't expect a slow start when Barcelona and Chelsea square off in the Women's Champions League final on Sunday night in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Barça made that mistake two years ago in its only other final and found itself trailing 4-0 before halftime to Lyon.
ZURICH (AP) — Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is switching from France to Spain ahead of the European Championship.
FIFA said Friday it approved the switch of eligibility after the French soccer federation consented to the Spanish federation’s request.
Being a back-up was all Kelechi Iheanacho ever knew.
Fresh from being voted the best player at the Under-17 World Cup in 2013, the Nigeria striker signed his first professional contract at Manchester City the following year but had Sergio Aguero, among others, ahead of him.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The beefed-up defense outside Old Trafford was more robust than Manchester United's on the pitch inside.
While United supporters again protested against the owning Glazer family — facing riot police and new steel barriers to guard the entrances — the game against Liverpool went ahead as planned after being called off 11 days earlier when some fans were able to storm the pitch.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former U.S. national team defender Geoff Cameron has signed a two-year contact with Cincinnati of Major League Soccer.
The team said the deal announced Thursday includes a 2023 option.
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Manchester City plays its first game since reclaiming the Premier League trophy when it travels to Newcastle. Pep Guardiola is celebrating his eighth major trophy as City manager after his team was confirmed as English champions for a third time in four years on Tuesday.
The all-English Champions League final will be held in Porto with 12,000 fans from Chelsea and Manchester City, UEFA confirmed Thursday.
The May 29 showpiece was moved from Istanbul to the 50,000-capacity Estádio do Dragão due to England imposing tougher pandemic travel restrictions on Turkey that would have prevented fans flying in.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jurgen Klopp won at Old Trafford for the first time as Liverpool breathed new life into its top-four push with a 4-2 win in the rearranged fixture against Manchester United on Thursday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hundreds of Manchester United fans protested against the ownership outside Old Trafford on Thursday but did not disrupt the match against Liverpool, which was postponed two weeks ago due to unrest.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Everton’s Europa League qualification hopes were dealt a blow by a limp 0-0 draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Thursday.
Everton still climbed to eighth but is two points behind fifth-placed West Ham.
PARIS (AP) — The verdict on how Paris Saint-Germain's “unacceptable” league campaign has unraveled came from club captain Marquinhos.
Eight defeats, leads carelessly thrown away, too many red cards and a recurring lack of composure have left PSG trailing Lille by three points heading into Sunday's penultimate round of games.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has deployed the right tactics while leading her team to its first Women’s Champions League final. And her psychological methods have paid off, too.
Before facing Bayern Munich in the second leg of the semifinals and down 2-1, she showed her players a video of a female UFC champion repeating the phrase “I'm the best” moments before a fight.
LONDON (AP) — The Premier League has been allowed by the British government to renew its current domestic television rights deals for another three seasons without an auction process, ensuring 5 billion pounds ($7 billion) will be generated during the uncertainty of the pandemic...
The NFL is returning to London in October and Tom Brady begins his pursuit of an eighth Super Bowl title against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys when Tampa Bay hosts the league’s annual kickoff game on Sept...
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
Fierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool try again to play their Premier League fixture at Old Trafford, 10 days after the original game was postponed amid protests by United fans against the club's American owners...
LONDON (AP) — Emile Smith Rowe took advantage of a defensive howler to score the winner as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to stop the hosts from moving third in the Premier League...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia announced his retirement Wednesday after a series of knee injuries.
The 35-year-year-old Valencia has been playing for Mexican club Queretaro but said he will move back to his native Ecuador after retiring...
Porto is set to be confirmed as host of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City after Portuguese authorities on Wednesday approved the return of supporters to stadiums.
UEFA is planning to announce by the end of the week that the 50,000-capacity Estádio do Dragão will be used for the May 29 showpiece with thousands of fans from both English clubs set to be allowed into the game, people with knowledge of the planning told The Associated Press...
LONDON (AP) — The NFL is returning to London in October for its first games in the city since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The Atlanta Falcons will play the New York Jets on Oct. 10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins a week later...
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of next month's European Championship, saying he wanted to use the offseason to complete his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.
The Liverpool center back has been out since October after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a Premier League game...
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticized the Premier League for forcing Manchester United to play three games in five days, a schedule logjam which has inadvertently damaged his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — International player union FIFPRO is ready to issue a formal complaint against South Korea’s soccer association and top-flight domestic league for agreeing on an “inexplicable” new standard contract without the consent of professional players...
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Atlético Madrid could move closer to its first Spanish league title since 2014 with a home win against Real Sociedad. A victory would give Atlético a four-point lead over second-place Barcelona, which was held 3-3 by Levante on Tuesday to squander yet another chance to reach the top...
UEFA is finalizing plans with Portugal to act as replacement host for the all-English Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
The UEFA showpiece is set to be moved from Istanbul to Portugal just like last year due to pandemic issues in Turkey, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday...