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Tax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead

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A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. More>>

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

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Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and... More>>

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

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FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." More>>

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS

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The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars. More>>

Austrians investigate disturbance at Israeli game

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team. More>>

Man United buries Galaxy 7-0 in Van Gaal's debut

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Although Louis van Gaal intends to restore Manchester United to its former international glory, even the veteran coach was impressed when his new club scored a virtual touchdown at the Rose Bowl. More>>

US movie theaters to show Premier League games

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Movie theaters around the U.S. will show live English soccer games on their big screens on Saturday mornings. More>>

James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

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After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. More>>

Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

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The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian... More>>

Your Top Plays for Today

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By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide More>>

Van Gaal needs time to impose philosophy at United

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer While avoiding starting his Manchester United reign with any bold predictions or statements of intent, Louis van Gaal still projected an aura of authority and conviction in... More>>

Rosberg changes World Cup helmet on FIFA complaint

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Formula One leader Nico Rosberg ditched plans to put an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA. More>>

Ukrainian, Russian clubs to be kept apart by UEFA

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UEFA has decided to keep Ukrainian and Russian clubs from playing each other "until further notice" because of the continuing unrest between the neighboring countries. More>>

Germany takes No. 1 soccer ranking; US is No. 15

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Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16. More>>

Durant, Rousey win top athlete honors at ESPYs

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Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the... More>>

Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

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Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees. More>>

Best of Brazilian music coming to New York City

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The World Cup is over but the Brazilian party will go on- in New York City. More>>

US Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

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World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach soccer fans and young players about the dangers of... More>>

'Los Jets': A Latino soccer team, Southern town

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Journalist Paul Cuadros traveled to North Carolina in 1999 seeking to report on immigrant poultry industry workers in the South. He stayed as a high school soccer coach who saw the sports program become a boost for its... More>>

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

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As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. More>>

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

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At a party 24 years in the making, hundreds of thousands of Germans showed their admiration and adoration for their World Cup winners in a parade to the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday. More>>

A look at the venues hosting 2018 World Cup

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A look at the cities and venues to be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More>>

From Brazil to Russia: A look at 2018 World Cup

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Brazil barely managed to get everything ready in time for the World Cup. Russia insists it won't have any such problems in 2018, although the country faces other pressing issues - including racism and violence. More>>

Scars show as Gaza's children endure third war Video included

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The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. More>>

Argentina's gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home Video included

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Argentina's national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final. More>>

8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas

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Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring from exclusive high-roller villas at a Las Vegas Strip resort that investigators said logged millions of... More>>

Brazil rethinks future after World Cup failure

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The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil - the country, not the team. More>>

More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US

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Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and... More>>

Actress Kruger jumps for joy over World Cup win

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German-born actress Diane Kruger says watching Sunday's World Cup final she couldn't eat, drink or sit down the entire match. More>>

Argentine shares lag on World Cup defeat

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It's not just Argentine soccer fans who woke up depressed following their nation's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the World Cup final. Traders in Buenos Aires were also feeling blue. More>>

Brazil's upside-down Cup: Bad on field, good off

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For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. More>>

Blatter awards Brazil 9.25 mark for special WCup

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Brazil got 9.25 out of 10 from FIFA President Sepp Blatter for organizing a World Cup that was "very special" because of high quality football. More>>

What worries? Brazil World Cup scores high

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Brazil's World Cup organizers can say it now: "Esta tudo bem" - it's all OK. What was everyone so worried about? More>>

Man United lands $1.3 billion, 10-year Adidas deal

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Manchester United landed the richest uniform deal in soccer, a $1.3 billion, 10-year agreement with Adidas that replaces its Nike sponsorship. More>>

Man United clinches $1.3bn Adidas kit deal

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Manchester United has secured the most lucrative kit deal in football, announcing that Adidas has agreed to pay $1.3 billion over 10 years to take over the sponsorship from... More>>

World Cup title ends 10-year project for Germany

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The World Cup title for Joachim Loew and his "golden generation" crowned a process that was 10 years in the making. With a talented crop of new players coming through, the future looks bright for Germany. More>>

Blatter: FIFA must do more against racism

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized the way discrimination incidents were dealt with at World Cup matches. More>>

A look at the venues hosting 2018 World Cup

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A look at the cities and venues to be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More>>

Germany basks in 4th World Cup after 24-year wait

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It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title. More>>

AP PHOTOS: "All of Germany is the world champion"

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By The Associated Press The party was already underway in Berlin, though there were a couple of nervous moments before the revelers could really let themselves go. More>>

United Germany stands at the top of the world

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United they stand, right at the top of the football world. More>>

Dempsey scores as Seattle beats Portland 2-0

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The intent was for Clint Dempsey to go 65 or 70 minutes and not push too hard in his return from the World Cup rejoining the Seattle Sounders. More>>

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