Canada will prepare for its first World Cup since 1986 with an exhibition against Iran on June 5 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Canada plays Curaçao at Vancouver on June 9 and is at Honduras on June 13, both in the CONCACAF Nations League.
MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Ukraine is back on the soccer field.
The Ukrainian men's national team returned to action Wednesday for the first time since the invasion by Russia, beating German club Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic reclaimed the Scottish league title from fierce rival Rangers after drawing 1-1 against Dundee United on Wednesday.
It is a 10th Scottish Premiership title in 11 years — and 52nd in total — for Celtic, its only blot in more than a decade of dominance coming last year when Rangers won the league under then-coach Steven Gerrard.
LONDON (AP) — Previously-unseen home movies from Queen Elizabeth II's personal archive — including footage capturing the monarch as a young mother and her beaming at her engagement ring — will be shown in a new documentary, the BBC said Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta defender Miles Robinson was carried off the field on a stretcher after collapsing to the artificial turf with a non-contact injury to his left leg Saturday in United's 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservatives suffered local election losses Friday in their few London strongholds and other parts of the U.K. — results that will pile more pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson amid ethics scandals and a worsening economic picture.
NEW YORK (AP) — The summer movie season has not, traditionally speaking, been known for its nuanced attention to female sexuality.
But smack in the middle of Hollywood’s high season of masculine thrill rides and sci-fi fantasies this year is “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” a compassionate comedy in which Emma Thompson stars as a widow seeking romantic excitement with a suave sex worker, played by newcomer Daryl McCormack.
CHICAGO (AP) — American winger Chris Mueller is returning to Major League Soccer after just one-half of a season in Scotland, joining the Chicago Fire on Thursday in a free transfer from Hibernian.
LONDON (AP) — People in Britain voted Thursday in local elections that will decide the makeup of local authorities across the country — and possibly the fate of embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — At age 39, goalkeeper Craig Gordon was voted player of the year in Scotland for a record third time on Wednesday.
The Scotland and Hearts player was picked again by journalists 16 years after he first won the award in his previous spell with the Edinburgh club.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Michael Leitch led Japan to key victories at the last two rugby World Cups. The next World Cup is in 2023 in France, and Leitch has a message: Don't overlook Japan.
In 2015, Japan defeated South Africa in the English seaside town of Brighton, which lives on as the “Brighton Miracle." In 2019, its group-stage wins over Ireland and Scotland carried it to the quarterfinals and brought rugby into the daylight in Japan.
GENEVA (AP) — Russian soccer teams were kicked out of the Women's European Championship, the next men's Champions League and qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup by UEFA on Monday.
The latest round of sporting sanctions during Russia's war on Ukraine follow FIFA and UEFA suspending Russian national and club teams in February from playing in international competitions, including the men's World Cup playoffs.
GENEVA (AP) — Title duels, top-of-the-table showdowns, and runaway league leaders set to be crowned.
European soccer has multiple stages set for drama this weekend entering the final month of a season that will peak with the Champions League final on May 28.
DUBLIN (AP) — Six Nations champion France will begin its title defense at the 2023 tournament by playing Italy in Rome before facing Ireland the following weekend in Dublin.
The schedule was announced Wednesday and again features the Calcutta Cup in the first round with Scotland visiting Twickenham looking for a third straight victory over England.
LONDON (AP) — Police said Monday that they spoke to Scotland’s leader to remind her about sticking to coronavirus mask rules after she was filmed without a face covering indoors while on the election trail.
ZURICH (AP) — Ukraine's bid to qualify for the Word Cup will resume on June 1 against Scotland after its playoff semifinal in Glasgow was postponed in March due to the country being invaded by Russia.
Sweden, Spain and France have clinched spots in the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Sweden qualified as the UEFA Group A winner, securing a berth with a 1-1 draw against Ireland in Gothenburg on Tuesday.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Tom Smith. the former Scotland prop who played a key role in the British and Irish Lions' series win in South Africa in 1997, has died. He was 50.
The Scottish Rugby Union announced Smith's death on Wednesday, He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2019.
CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will host Grenada on June 11 and play at El Salvador three days later in World Cup prep matches.
The CONCACAF Nations League matches will follow exhibitions on June 1 and 5, the latter possibly against Uruguay.
MIAMI (AP) — The United States was drawn Monday to play 74th-ranked El Salvador and No. 170 Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League in preparation for the World Cup in November.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A member of Celtic's backroom staff required stitches after being hit by a glass bottle during the team's 2-1 victory over fierce rival Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
All three U.S. first-round matches at this year's World Cup will kick off at 2 p.m. EST, the latest in the day possible under the schedule in Qatar.
The U.S. opens Nov. 21 against Wales, Scotland or Ukraine at Al Rayyan, then plays England on Nov.
LONDON (AP) — The British government has relinquished control of the former Royal Bank of Scotland for the first time since it bailed out the lender during the global financial crisis almost 15 years ago.
LONDON (AP) — Former England striker Jermain Defoe announced his retirement from soccer on Thursday at the age of 39, ending a 22-year professional career in which he become one of the Premier League's greatest scorers.
The Six Nations panned out as most observers predicted.
France was first, Ireland second, followed by England, Scotland, Wales, then Italy.
Yet, on the final day on Saturday, Ireland led the championship for about three hours, England and Scotland were in danger of dropping in the standings, and Wales could have finished third.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland accounted for Scotland 26-5 in Six Nations rugby and earned the Triple Crown on Saturday, then waited for a favor from England for a possible trophy upgrade.
The four-try bonus-point victory put Ireland on top of the championship by three points before the closing match in Paris.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Paolo Garbisi booted the match-clinching conversion before throwing himself to the ground and bursting into tears.
After seven humiliating years, Italy finally won a Six Nations match.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Six Scotland rugby players were disciplined by management for breaking team rules on their return home from the Six Nations win in Italy last weekend.
The group was punished for leaving the team hotel to visit a bar in Edinburgh.
Ireland has been insisting all week that its scrum is world class.
The evidence was iffy last Saturday as the Irish scrum was dominated by England's seven forwards and a winger combo at Twickenham.
ROME (AP) — Ange Capuozzo was rewarded for an impressive debut off the bench against Scotland with a start against Wales in Cardiff in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Capuozzo replaced an injured Pierre Bruno in the 45th minute last Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico and scored two tries, broke five tackles, and made five tackles.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government said Monday all remaining coronavirus measures for travelers, including passenger locator forms and the requirement that unvaccinated people be tested for COVID-19 before and after their arrivals, will end Friday to make going on holiday easier for the Easter school vacation.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Poland will visit Scotland to play a friendly match on March 24 now the teams no longer have semifinal playoffs in World Cup qualifying to fulfil on that date.
The match will raise funds in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Ukraine following the invasion by Russia.
MADRID (AP) — Spain qualified for the Rugby World Cup on Sunday for the first time since 1999.
The Spanish beat Portugal 33-28 at Estadio Nacional Universidad to ensure they finished second to Georgia in the combined 2021 and 2022 Rugby Europe Championship, which also doubled as qualifying for the World Cup in France next year.
ROME (AP) — Scotland restored some pride by defeating Italy 33-22 with a clinical five-try effort in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Chris Harris scored two in the first half after Sam Johnson’s opening try, and Darcy Graham secured the bonus point at the start of the second period before captain Stuart Hogg also went over.
A Six Nations that promised so much for Scotland has deteriorated into familiar disappointment but coach Gregor Townsend is hoping to finish it on a high.
Scotland appeared set for a tilt at a first title since 1999 — when it was the Five Nations — after they beat England in their tournament opener.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — As they celebrated a six-try thumping of Scotland, France captain Antoine Dupont noted something else to be happy about.
"One more away game,” he said two Saturdays ago at Murrayfield.
PARIS (AP) — Chanel took guests, including Venus Williams, on a journey of discovery inside the Grand Palais Ephemere Tuesday to the landscapes and colors of the Scottish countryside. On the final day of Paris Fashion Week, the runway saw an ode to tweed — an exploration of the history and allure of the fabric now synonymous with the Parisian stalwart.
GENEVA (AP) — Amid a shutdown of domestic soccer during the invasion by Russia, FIFA agreed Tuesday to Ukraine’s request to postpone the national team’s World Cup qualifying playoff in Scotland in two weeks’ time.
Andy Murray is bringing back Ivan Lendl as his coach, reuniting about 4 1/2 years after the pair split up for a second time.
ZURICH (AP) — Ukraine wants to postpone its World Cup qualifying playoff against Scotland, FIFA said Thursday, amid a shutdown in domestic soccer during the invasion by Russia.
“FIFA can confirm it has received a request from the Ukrainian Association of Football today to postpone their matches scheduled for March,” world soccer's governing body said.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — France preserved its Grand Slam quest and ended Scotland's Six Nations title dream in a stylish 36-17 win at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The French, the only remaining unbeaten team, served the killer blows against a strong and confident Scotland side with their third try right on halftime and fourth try right after.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Flanker Hamish Watson tested positive for the coronavirus and was withdrawn from the Scotland side facing France on Saturday in the Six Nations.
Scotland was reshuffled on Friday, with Nick Haining promoted from the reserves to the back row.
Scotland has recent history.
France has more recent momentum.
The French bring their ambitions of a Six Nations Grand Slam to Murrayfield on Saturday, when Scotland hopes to beat them a third straight time.
LONDON (AP) — The fossil of a 170 million-year-old pterosaur, described as the world’s best-preserved skeleton of the prehistoric winged reptile, has been found on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, scientists said Tuesday.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Taulupe Faletau is set to play for Wales for the first time in nearly a year after being called up to the squad for Saturday's match against England in the Six Nations.
LONDON (AP) — British authorities will offer a coronavirus vaccine to almost six million children from age 5 to 11, officials said Wednesday.
The government said young children will be offered a low-dose COVID-19 shot on a “non-urgent” basis beginning in April in England.
ROME (AP) — Make that 29 straight losses for Italy against England.
And, more embarrassingly for the beleaguered Azzurri, 34 straight defeats in the Six Nations.
With young flyhalf Marcus Smith showing his growing assurance, England coasted to a 33-0 win in Rome on Sunday with five tries also earning the visitors a bonus point.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Dan Biggar battled through injury to mark his 100th test appearance with the game-clinching dropped goal in a 20-17 win for Wales over Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday.
There was a time, not so long ago, when England playing away to Italy in the Six Nations carried with it some jeopardy.
In three straight trips to Rome from 2008-12, England didn’t win by more than five points -- a run of results which some suggested was a sign of the growing strength of Italian rugby as the Azzurri got accustomed to life on the top table of the European game.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Stuart Hogg has never won a test at Principality Stadium, or even scored a point there, and yet he calls it his favorite rugby venue away from Murrayfield.
Hogg leads Scotland into the home of Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, when they will aim to end a 20-year win drought in Cardiff.