LONDON (AP) — Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, adored by fans throughout a 24-year career, has a more sinister side to his character, prosecutors said Monday as he went on trial on charges of assault and use of coercive behavior against an ex-girlfriend.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona surprised many in the offseason by making several high-profile signings despite a difficult situation financially.
The club’s tactics to boost its squad — mostly by giving up future income to add new players now — prompted plenty of doubts and criticism.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Birmingham has proven itself capable of hosting major sporting events, including the Olympics, the chief executive of this year's Commonwealth Games said Monday.
However, Ian Reid said the city would be best-placed to co-host a global event like the Olympics as part of a multi-pronged bid with other cities in Britain.
A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all.
LONDON (AP) — Argentina defender Marcos Senesi signed for Bournemouth on Monday two days after the newly promoted club made a winning start in the English Premier League.
Bournemouth said the 25-year-old Senesi signed a four-year contract but did not state the transfer fee it paid Feyenoord.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — With less than a week until the start of the season, Juventus’ injury problems continue to grow as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny became the latest player ruled out of the opening match.
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla confirmed the signing of former Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón on Monday.
Isco signed a two-year deal after passing a medical. His contract with Madrid had not been renewed at the end of last season.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund signed French forward Anthony Modeste from Bundesliga rival Cologne on Monday to compensate for Sébastien Haller’s illness-enforced absence.
The 34-year-old Modeste completed a medical checkup in Dortmund and signed a one-year contract.
LONDON (AP) — Erik ten Hag pleaded for time after starting his Manchester United reign with a disappointing loss. Erling Haaland didn't need much time at all to show what kind of impact he will have at Manchester City.
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — After seeing a five-shot lead slip away in the final round, Ashleigh Buhai still managed to secure a first major title at the Women's British Open.
Buhai kept her composure to beat In Gee Chun — and the setting sun — in a playoff at Muirfield on Sunday for her first career victory in an LPGA Tour event.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Daria Kasatkina fell to the ground in triumph and laid on her back for several moments after attacking a short ball off her serve and putting it away with a forehand winner on match point.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Star batter Tahlia McGrath tested positive for COVID-19 but was still allowed to help Australia win the first Commonwealth Games gold medal awarded in women’s cricket, beating India by nine runs in Sunday's final at Edgbaston.
PARIS (AP) — Marseille coach Igor Tudor silenced his critics as his team beat Reims 4-1 in the French league on Sunday.
Tudor was booed by fans when the stadium announcer read out his name. Tudor has big shoes to fill after replacing Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who left Marseille this summer reportedly because of a disagreement with the club’s recruitment strategy.
LONDON (AP) — Erling Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut as Manchester City opened its title defense with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, showing just why Pep Guardiola spent big to bring in the striker this offseason.
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke was given a rude welcome back to the Bundesliga with a 3-1 loss at Cologne where VAR decisions upset the promoted visitors on Sunday.
Rodrigo Zalazar thought he’d put Schalke ahead in the 10th minute but the goal was ruled out through VAR as Maya Yoshida was adjudged to have been offside and blocking goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe’s view of the ball.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is set to sign French forward Anthony Modeste from Bundesliga rival Cologne.
Cologne said Sunday that it had received an offer for the 34-year-old Modeste and agreed on a transfer.
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Callum Shinkwin claimed his second European tour title with a four-shot victory in the Cazoo Open on Sunday.
The Englishman shot 1-under 70 in the final round and finished on 12-under 272 overall at Celtic Manor, where he has now finished first, fourth and eighth in his last three visits.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — New manager, same old problems for Manchester United.
United slumped to a 2-1 loss against Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday in Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game in charge, dispelling any notion that the Dutch coach could provide an instant fix to the many issues that plagued the team last season.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva scored centuries as Zimbabwe successfully chased down almost 300 runs to win the second one-day international against Bangladesh on Sunday and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Substitute Josh Dasilva’s late strike salvaged a point for Brentford as the visitors came from two goals down to draw 2-2 in their Premier League opener at Leicester on Sunday.
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla announced Sunday it will boost its squad by signing Isco Alarcón from Real Madrid.
The attacking midfielder did not renew his contract with Madrid and is set to sign a two-year deal with Sevilla after passing a medical on Monday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Jereem Richards is in the midst of a difficult year yet the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter continues to be an inspiration on the athletics track.
Richards successfully defended his Commonwealth Games 200 meters crown in Birmingham on Saturday night in 19.80 seconds.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
Striker Erling Haaland is set to make his Premier League debut for Manchester City at West Ham. City will be without defender Aymeric Laporte for the start of its league title defense.
PARIS (AP) — An unplayable Neymar notched a goal and three assists to lead defending champion Paris Saint-Germain to a 5-0 win at Clermont in the French league on Saturday.
Lionel Messi also made a big contribution with two goals and an assist.
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Ashleigh Buhai surged into a five-shot lead at the Women's British Open after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round on Saturday.
Now she just has to find a way to finish off for her first major victory.
LONDON (AP) — While Liverpool made a stuttering start to the English Premier League, Tottenham showed it might be ready to take another step forward under Antonio Conte.
BERLIN (AP) — United States forward Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to help Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1 in their first league game of the season on Saturday.
LONDON (AP) — New Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score one goal and set up another Saturday as the Reds salvaged a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham in the opening round of the Premier League.
TEL AVIV (AP) — A friendly between Juventus and Atlético Madrid scheduled to be played in Tel Aviv has been canceled after an outbreak of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinians, the two clubs said Saturday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — A week after the Lionesses became the pride of England for winning soccer's Women's European Championship, their compatriots in field hockey are hoping for their own historic moment in Birmingham.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal's newcomers made an immediate impact as they opened the English Premier League by beating host Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday.
Left back Oleksandr Zinchenko set up the opening goal in the first half while striker Gabriel Jesus created a number of chances and defender William Saliba put in a near-flawless performance in his first start for Arsenal.
BERLIN (AP) — Sadio Mané scored on his league debut and Bayern Munich routed Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 to start the new Bundesliga on Friday.
Jamal Musiala got two goals and Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard and Serge Gnabry also scored as Bayern showed no ill effect from Robert Lewandowski’s summer transfer to Barcelona.
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — In Gee Chun is making another strong run at a major.
The South Korean golfer took the halfway lead at the Women's British Open after a 5-under 66 in the second round on Friday, putting her in position to challenge for a second major title of the year, and fourth overall.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:
Liverpool opens its Premier League campaign at promoted Fulham with a revamped attack following the departure of Sadio Mane, although manager Jurgen Klopp remained coy on whether new signing Darwin Nunez will start up front.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An unbeaten century partnership between Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over the Netherlands and Twenty20 series sweep on Friday.
LEEDS, England (AP) — After a busy summer that included a slew of new signings, Leeds' American coach Jesse Marsch is hoping he has the players he needs to to play his own brand of soccer.
Marsch is entering his first full season in charge of the English Premier League club after replacing the hugely popular Marcelo Bielsa in February and then helping the team narrowly avoid relegation on the final day of the campaign.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.
MILAN (AP) — New AC Milan signing Charles De Ketelaere is honored by comparisons to former Rossoneri hero Kaká and hopes he can achieve as much with the club as the Brazilian great.
The 21-year-old De Ketelaere was officially presented on Friday, shortly after completing a transfer of around 32 million euros ($32.5 million) from Club Brugge.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Breakfast, training, goals.
Presented to around 60,000 Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou stadium on Friday, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was confident he still had the hunger and ability at 33 years old to help the Catalan club revive its fortunes.
LONDON (AP) — Aiming to protect soccer club traditions, the English Football Association gave itself power Friday to block changes to home jersey colors and badges that are unpopular with fans.
Any proposed changes must pass extensive consultation with fans who are proven to have season tickets or attend a certain number of home games, the FA said in a statement.
MONTREAL (AP) — Rafael Nadal withdrew from the upcoming hard-court tournament in Montreal on Friday because of the abdominal injury that caused him to pull out of Wimbledon ahead of the semifinals.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle has given manager Eddie Howe a new long-term contract less than a year after handing him the task of keeping the relegation-threatened club in the Premier League.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag tried to shield Cristiano Ronaldo from criticism Friday after the forward left a preseason game early, and insisted that the Portugal star remains part of his plans for this season.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Adding to its recruitment drive ahead of the World Cup, Cameroon’s soccer federation said Friday that Brentford winger Bryan Mbeumo wants to switch his international eligibility from France to Cameroon.
ZURICH (AP) — The United States women’s soccer team extended its five-year reign atop the FIFA rankings on Friday and new European champion England moved up to No. 4.
The U.S. won its regional championship for the third straight time in July and leads No.
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — English diver Jack Laugher extended his dominance in the one-meter springboard event Thursday to take a third straight gold at the Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old Laugher, who was England's flag bearer at the opening ceremony last week, continued a run that also included gold in Glasgow in 2014 and on Australia's Gold Coast four years ago.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — New Zealand bowled out the Netherlands for 132 and won their Twenty20 by 16 runs on Thursday.
After New Zealand medium-pacer Blair Tickner took three wickets in the first four overs, the chasing Dutch felt the pressure to hit out and lost wickets regularly.
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Playing in borrowed clothes doesn't seem to bother Jessica Korda at the Women's British Open.
Still waiting for her suitcase to arrive in Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bogey to shoot a 5-under 66 in the first round Thursday, putting her one shot behind leader Hinako Shibuno of Japan.