LYON, France (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette notched a goal and an assist on his return to his old haunts as Lyon kicked off its French league campaign by beating promoted Ajaccio 2-1 on Friday.
Lacazette teed up Brazilian winger Tete, who opened the scoring with a first-time effort in the 12th minute.
PARIS (AP) — The last time Lyon won the French league title in 2008, the club's new American owner was celebrating a prize of his own.
John Textor's visual effects company won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on the making of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a huge box office hit starring Brad Pitt.
The Olympic soccer competition at the 2024 Paris Games will conclude with the women's final — instead of the men's — for the first time.
FIFA announced the Olympic soccer competition schedule on Wednesday.
LYON, France (AP) — Left-back Nicolas Tagliafico joined ambitious French club Lyon from Ajax on a three-year deal Saturday.
Lyon said it paid 4.2 million euros ($4.3 million) to sign the 29-year-old Tagliafico, who has made 40 international appearances for Argentina.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon brought France midfielder Corentin Tolisso back to the club on a five-year contract Friday.
The 27-year-old France international was out of contract with Bayern Munich, the club he joined from Lyon for 41.5 million euros ($43.4 million) in 2017.
American investor John Textor became the main shareholder of French soccer club Lyon on Tuesday and immediately targeted the dominance of Qatar-funded rival Paris Saint-Germain.
Lyon last won the French title in 2008 and has struggled to compete as PSG spent lavishly to win Ligue 1 in eight of the past 10 seasons.
LYON, France (AP) — France striker Alexandre Lacazette is going back to Lyon.
The 31-year-old forward, who would have been out of contract with Arsenal at the end of this month, returned to the seven-time French champion on a three-year deal on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Women’s International Champions Cup will feature European teams Chelsea and Lyon, as well as Mexico’s Monterrey and the host Portland Thorns.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Lyon has its trophy back.
The French club beat defending champion and favorite Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday to earn a record-extending eighth Women’s Champions League trophy.
LYON, France (AP) — Cameron Norrie of Britain won his second ATP title of the year when he beat Alex Molcan of Slovakia 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.
Norrie missed two match points on Molcan's serve in the second set, but took his third chance to end the final after 2 1/2 hours.
Ada Hegerberg's comeback season has her, and her Lyon teammates, back in yet another Women's Champions League final.
The seven-time champions will face defending titlist Barcelona in Turin on Saturday in a repeat of the 2019 final.
PARIS (AP) — French judges on Wednesday opened an investigation into torture allegations against Interpol President Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates.
Two British citizens, Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad, who had both been detained in the UAE before al-Raisi was elected president of the France-based world police agency, on Wednesday gave evidence against him at the Paris Tribunal’s special unit for crimes against humanity and war crimes, their lawyers said.
PARIS (AP) — A wasteful Marseille saw its lead in the race for second place shrink to three points after losing to Lyon 3-0 in the French league on Sunday.
The top two French clubs enter the group stage of the Champions League while the third-place team goes to the third qualifying round of the lucrative European competition.
PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Barcelona reached the Women’s Champions League final at the expense of its perfect season on Saturday.
Barcelona lost the second-leg semifinal to Wolfsburg 2-0 in Germany but advanced 5-3 on aggregate.
LYON, France (AP) — American striker Catarina Macario scored twice to lead Lyon to a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Women’s Champions League semifinal game on Sunday.
In an all-French encounter, PSG striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto opened the scoring from a tight angle in the sixth minute.
Barcelona's European campaign has gone from bad to worse in its first season post Lionel Messi.
First the Spanish powerhouse was eliminated from the lucrative Champions League, and now it has been knocked out of the second-tier Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Barcelona failed to win an away match in the Europa League for the first time after it was held 1-1 by 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Ferran Torres salvaged the draw in the second-tier European competition with an equalizer following a series of fluent passes around the box in the 66th minute.
The unexpected arrival of the Brazilian winger Tetê has given Lyon a boost in its bid to qualify for European competition.
The seven-time French champions added the highly-rated player under temporary rules allowing Ukraine-based soccer players to sign with clubs in other countries outside the normal transfer window periods because of the war back home.
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Iconic African wildlife such as elephants, big cats and rosewood trees will be central to discussions of the World Wildlife Conference slated for Panama later this year.
The standing committee meeting of the UN wildlife trade body, called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which met all of last week in Lyon, France, slated these animals and trees for the main agenda of discussion during the Panama wildlife conference, scheduled for November.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw for the Europa League quarterfinals and semifinals:
LYON, France (AP) — Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai to three sets Sunday in the final of the Lyon Open that the Chinese player eventually won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion.
PARIS (AP) — Midfielder Romain Faivre scored twice as Lyon won at struggling Lorient 4-1 to move up to sixth place in the French league on Friday.
Forwards Moussa Dembele and Karl Toko Ekambi set each other up on the other goals as Lyon moved two points behind Rennes in fourth spot.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw for European soccer competitions:
PARIS (AP) — Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain slipped to only its second French league defeat of the season after losing 3-1 at an inspired Nantes on Saturday.
PSG still has a big lead and will be 10 points clear even if second-place Marseille wins on Sunday, yet the manner of the defeat looks worrying for coach Mauricio Pochettino.
PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Lille snapped a two-game losing streak with a scrappy 1-0 win at Montpellier in the French league on Saturday to move back into the race for the European spots.
Lille struggled throughout against a spirited home side led by playmaker Teji Savanier, one of the league's best players.
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon sold attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri to Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire for seven million euros ($8 million) on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Switzerland international agreed to a three-year contract.
PARIS (AP) — France forward Wissam Ben Yedder's league-leading 14th goal helped Monaco to beat Lyon 2-0 at home on Saturday and move to fourth in the French league.
Fourth place earns a Europa League spot next season.
Catarina Macario is returning to the U.S. women's national team for the SheBelieves Cup after missing the team's camp in January to play for French club Lyon.
Veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn is also back on the roster for the four-team tournament later this month after missing last month's camp because of a medical procedure.
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon striker Moussa Dembele shook off his recent COVID-19 infection and scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over third-place Marseille in the French league on Tuesday after coming on as a substitute.
PARIS (AP) — Central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has returned to former club Lyon until the end of the season in a pay loan from English Premier League side Tottenham.
Lyon said it was paying Tottenham 1.42 million euros ($1.59 million) and it has an option to sign him on a permanent move at the end of June 2022.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
Marseille can climb above Nice into second place in the French league by winning at bitter rival Lyon, while victory would move the home team up to seventh.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan has been loaned to French club Lyon through the summer of 2023.
In addition to the loan, Portland announced Thursday that Horan has signed a contract extension with the Thorns through the 2025 season.
LYON, France (AP) — Striker Moussa Dembele's first-half penalty secured a 1-0 win for Lyon against bitter rival Saint-Etienne in their French league match Friday.
Dembele, who also scored the winner from the spot last week at Troyes, sent Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni the wrong way in the 15th minute for his sixth league goal this season after he was fouled in the box by Timothee Kolodziejczak.
PARIS (AP) — The French lawyer for a jailed human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday filed a torture complaint against the new president of Interpol, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, as the official made his first visit to the international police agency’s headquarters in the French city of Lyon.
LYON, France (AP) — A progressive icon from the South American territory of French Guiana on Saturday joined the race for France’s presidential election in April, promising to push back against the “discourse of hate” that has stained the campaign and seeking to unite France's long-fractured left wing.
PARIS (AP) — French league leader Paris Saint-Germain needed a late equalizer from substitute Thilo Kehrer to grab a 1-1 draw at an inspired Lyon on Sunday.
Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta scored in the eighth minute as Lyon took control but, after Kylian Mbappe hit the post for PSG, Kehrer hit a scuffed shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 76th that bounced over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
Runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain will be without Lionel Messi and several other players who had the coronavirus for the trip to face Lyon.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's reliance on Kylian Mbappe keeps growing as he keeps scoring.
That was illustrated again when he grabbed a hat trick in the French Cup on Monday night.
It was against modest amateur side Vannes, but the quality of his finishing stood out regardless and took his overall tally this season to 18 goals in 25 games.
Lionel Messi is isolating at home in Argentina after being among four Paris Saint-Germain players announced Sunday as testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of the team's return to playing after a brief winter break.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon and second-tier Paris FC were thrown out of the Coupe de France on Monday as a result of the fan violence that forced the abandonment of their match on Dec. 17.
Supporters invaded the field, launched flares and fought each other in the stands.
LYON, France (AP) — This season is turning into a nightmare for French club Lyon.
On and off the field.
The arrival in May of coach Peter Bosz was meant to restore stability at the seven-time French champion.
PARIS (AP) — Crowd violence forced the French Cup game between Lyon and Paris FC to be abandoned at 1-1 on Friday.
At halftime, supporters threw flares around, the field was invaded, and fights broke out in the stands.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Last-place French club Saint-Etienne has confirmed the departure of coach Claude Puel more than a week after suspending him.
The 60-year-old Puel and Saint-Etienne “mutually agreed” to end his tenure as coach and general manager, the club said Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon has been docked one point by the French league's disciplinary committee, which also ordered a replay of the match between Lyon and Marseille that was abandoned after a spectator threw a bottle at Dimitri Payet.
PARIS (AP) — French soccer needs a “radical” reality check following more crowd trouble in the league match between Lyon and Marseille, the country’s sports minister said Monday.
The violence on Sunday was the latest in a series of disturbing episodes in France.
LYON, France (AP) — A French league game between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday after Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was hit on the head by a bottle of water thrown from the stands while he was taking a corner kick in the latest fan violence to strike French soccer.
LYON, France (AP) — The wife of the former Interpol president who disappeared in Beijing in 2018 and was imprisoned says she fears that a similar fate could await China's latest candidate for a role with the international police body.
LYON, France (AP) — In China, she enjoyed the privileges that flowed from being married to a senior member of the governing elite. Her husband was a top police official in the security apparatus that keeps the Communist Party in power, so trusted that China sent him to France to take up a prestigious role at Interpol.
METZ, France (AP) — Wahbi Khazri scored a contender for goal of the season with his outrageous lob from around 70 meters salvaging a point for last-place Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw at struggling Metz in the French league on Saturday.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
French sides Lyon and Marseille have contrasting fortunes so far in this season's competition. Lyon is riding high in Group A with two wins, five goals scored, and none conceded ahead of its trip to play Sparta Prague, which can go top if it beats Lyon.