MADRID (AP) — Liverpool is looking to become European champion for a sixth time and Tottenham is chasing glory for the first time in the Champions League final on Saturday.
GENEVA (AP) — Despite the trouble surrounding the Europa League final in Azerbaijan this week, the competition could go back to the Caucasus region in two years.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank.
The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams to...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — For Eden Hazard, it was the perfect goodbye. For Petr Cech, it was a painful way to retire.
Hazard scored twice past his former teammate as Chelsea sliced through...
Cech retires, beaten by the team he helped build
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — As Eden Hazard celebrated in a huddle with his Chelsea teammates, Petr Cech stood to one side, staring straight ahead.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The Latest on the Europa League final (all times local):
Eden Hazard says his Europa League-winning performance against Arsenal was probably his...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — UEFA said Wednesday it wants the rules of soccer changed to protect players from concussions, after its own policy for dealing with head injuries came in for criticism in...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes.
Sarri says Kante 50-50 for Europa League final
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says midfielder N'Golo Kante has a 50-50 chance of being fit for the Europa League final, and that the team will be pushed to the brink without...
LONDON (AP) — Court documents made public Tuesday reveal that a woman suspected by British authorities of having ill-gotten wealth spent 600,000 pounds ($760,000) in one day at upmarket department...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Arsenal players Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos want to win the Europa League title for teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is missing the final for political...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — As Arsenal and Chelsea fans scramble for flights and buses to get to the Europa League final, Baku's streets are quiet.
Azerbaijan hoped the Europa League final would mark its emergence as an international football power — off the field, anyway. But it has instead found itself in a storm of bad PR.
Forget Barcelona, forget Real Madrid. This is England's week.
After years of Spanish domination in Europe's top club competitions, England has done what no other nation has done before. Both...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Greece are launching the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies.
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it's working "to help find cheaper solutions" for Arsenal and Chelsea fans going to the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal...
LONDON (AP) — The choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused "unacceptable" and "extreme" travel problems for Arsenal fans, the English club said on...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has picked Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for the Europa League final between English rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton wasn't going to be kind to his teammate this time.
Hamilton blasted past pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, kept his...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry indicated Friday that Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan can play in the Europa League final in Baku despite tension between Azerbaijan and...
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton looked poised to extend their dominance of Formula One after clocking the fastest laps in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on...
The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday.
Mercedes harmony as Bottas, Hamilton finish 1-2 in Baku
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like 2016 in Formula One.
Just much friendlier.
When Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on...
Ferrari and Leclerc frustrated at lack of progress
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Charles Leclerc and Ferrari can't understand why they keep finishing behind Mercedes, but they're not short of case studies.
Miserable season hits new low for storied Williams
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A drain cover, a crash, last place. This isn't the way it was meant to be for Williams.
One of Formula One's most-storied teams — with nine constructors'...
Bottas takes pole in Azerbaijan after Leclerc crashes
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Valtteri Bottas qualified in pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday after Charles Leclerc's crash instigated one of the longest qualifying sessions in...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Charles Leclerc and Ferrari led the way in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday, after the day was disrupted when a loose drain cover wrecked George Russell's...
Hamilton says Leclerc’s talent being ‘dimmed’ at Ferrari
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton says Formula One rival Charles Leclerc's talent is being "dimmed" after Ferrari asked him to move over for teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari puts faith in upgrades to catch runaway Mercedes
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Ferrari needs to do something — and do it quick — to stop Lewis Hamilton from running away with the Formula One title.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German soccer official Reinhard Grindel has resigned as a UEFA vice president and as a member of the FIFA Council, one week after being forced out as president of his...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says a police helicopter carrying border guards to their post in the country's northwest has crashed, killing one.
LASUANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC disqualified three athletes, including a bronze medalist weightlifter from Azerbaijan, on Friday for doping at the 2012 London Olympics.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for...
The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.
World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The European Union has welcomed Azerbaijan's decision to give amnesty to a number of political activists and journalists.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned for 12 years has been pardoned by the country's president.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The most expensive tickets for the Women's Champions League final in Budapest cost only 3.10 euros ($3.50).
UEFA opened ticket sales on Friday with adult prices...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of evangelical pastors from the U.S. visited the predominantly Muslim Shiite nation of Azerbaijan to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight...
UEFA cuts ticket costs for Europa League final in Azerbaijan
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has cut ticket prices by one-third for the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
The cheapest tickets will be 30 euros ($34) for the game on May 29 in Baku — 15...
Azerbaijan renews F1 contract through 2023
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Baku renewed its contract Tuesday to host the Azerbaijan Grand Prix through 2023, prolonging the stay of a circuit which initially struggled for acceptance in Formula One but has since become a fan favorite.
Baku's current deal was to expire next year but race organizers and F1 management signed the three-year extension, though an extension to 2025 had been possible under the old contract.
10 detained in Estonia over massive money laundering
HELSINKI (AP) — Ten former employees of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank have been detained in connection with a probe into a major money laundering scandal that allegedly involved money from Russia and former Soviet states.
Estonian Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said Wednesday the employees were mainly Danske Bank client managers suspected of knowingly assisting large-scale money laundering that involved Azerbaijan and Georgia, two former Soviet republics.
5-time champion Sevilla to play Lazio in Europa League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Five-time champion Sevilla has been drawn to face Lazio in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Sevilla, which has won all five of its titles since 2006, is in second place in Spain and Lazio is fifth in Serie A.
Arsenal landed another long trip and will play BATE Borisov in the first leg in Belarus after group games in Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
Ex-leader of Houston nonprofit pleads guilty over 2013 trip
HOUSTON (AP) — The ex-operator of a Houston nonprofit has pleaded guilty to concealing that Azerbaijan (ah-zur-by-JAHN') paid for a 2013 visit by 10 U.S. lawmakers.
Kemal Oksuz was extradited from Armenia and pleaded guilty Monday in Washington, D.C., to devising to falsify, conceal and cover up material facts. He faces up to a year in prison in the plea deal.
Armenia premier’s bloc winning vote, early returns show
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Early returns from Armenia's snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country's new prime minister's bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would help further consolidate his power.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May, pushed for the elections in a bid to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Gymnastics federation creates $2M project to fight sex abuse
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The International Gymnastics Federation has approved a $2 million project to safeguard athletes after an American sex abuse scandal.
The sport's governing body says the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation will have a help desk for athletes, judicial panels to prosecute and judge cases, and a compliance section to monitor good governance.
FIG acted in response to "abuse cases in the United States which so shocked the world of gymnastics."