It's looking increasingly like Arsenal is the real deal in the English Premier League.
It's also looking like Liverpool hasn't got what it takes to mount another title challenge.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored again to lead Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Mallorca on Saturday as the Poland newcomer continues destroying defenses in the Spanish league.
Mallorca tried to keep Barcelona in check by packing a line of four midfielders in front of five defenders close to its area.
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored a late winner as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain edged Nice 2-1 to restore its two-point lead over Marseille in the French league on Saturday.
Mbappe pounced on a pass from Nordi Mukiele to beat Kasper Schmeichel with a low strike in the 83rd minute.
ROME (AP) — André-Frank Zambo Anguissa earned notice for his physical presence in the Napoli midfield across 30 matches during his first season on loan from Fulham — without a goal.
Ten matches into his second season with the southern club — which has since purchased his full rights — Zambo Anguissa is revealing attacking abilities that he can also show off for Cameroon at the World Cup in Qatar.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalize on Bundesliga leader Union Berlin’s first defeat when it conceded a one-goal lead and lost to Cologne 3-2 on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Union 2-0 at home, ending the last unbeaten team’s record in the league, though Urs Fischer’s side remained top for the third round straight – on goal difference ahead of Freiburg.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner angrily hit back Saturday at “fictitious claims” by rivals that his team breached Formula One's budget cap last year and said he is considering legal action if they are not withdrawn.
GENEVA (AP) — Political issues are swirling around the Iran men’s soccer team amid turmoil on the streets at home just weeks before the World Cup where it will play the United States, Wales and England.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Richard Mansell doubled his lead to four strokes at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by shooting 5-under 67 at Carnoustie in the third round on Saturday.
PARMA, Italy (AP) — Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open on Saturday.
Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich players Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.
The Bavarian powerhouse said neither player had any symptoms, and both were “doing well” in isolation in their homes.
LONDON (AP) — Miguel Almiron struck twice as Newcastle cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory at 10-man Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Saudi-owned Newcastle went into the game with just one win in the league — and that came on the opening weekend — but stormed to victory following an eighth-minute red card for Nathaniel Chalobah following a reckless challenge on Sean Longstaff.
LONDON (AP) — Conor Gallagher marked his return to Selhurst Park with a last-minute winner in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Palace, came off the bench and curled home a shot from the edge of the area in the 90th minute to hand Graham Potter victory in his first league match in charge of Chelsea.
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Bournemouth was left fuming after being denied a penalty kick in a 0-0 draw with Brentford in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Cherries were perplexed by referee Thomas Bramall ruling out a spot kick despite being ordered to the pitchside monitors by VAR official John Brooks.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Everton scored twice for the first time this season and came from behind at Southampton to win 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Toffees extended their unbeaten run to six matches and provided a rare league success on the road, only the second in this calendar year.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Leandro Trossard completed his hat trick with an 83rd-minute equalizer to earn Brighton a 3-3 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, marking an entertaining start to Roberto De Zerbi’s time in charge of the team from England’s south coast.
Lewis Hamilton was “not trying to make a statement” by wearing a nose stud at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday, and the seven-time Formula One champion got his wish for leniency granted when stewards cleared him for putting it in again.
LONDON (AP) — Gabriel Jesus marked his first north London derby with a goal as Arsenal beat 10-man Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday to strengthen its grip on first place in the Premier League.
Jesus took advantage of a defensive blunder to make it 2-1 early in the second half and Tottenham’s chances of a comeback were then ruined by Emerson Royal earning a straight red card for a needless studs-up challenge on Gabriel Martinelli in the 62nd minute.
SYDNEY (AP) — Lauren Jackson admitted she couldn't have imagined a better ending to her Hall of Fame career.
Jackson willed Australia to a win in the bronze medal game at basketball's World Cup, scoring 30 points to lead the Opals to a 95-65 win over Canada on Saturday.
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Charley Hull has forced herself to work a little harder on the putting and she saw it pay off Friday with eight birdies in her round of 7-under 64 to take the 36-hole lead in The Ascendant LPGA.
ANGERS, France (AP) — Jonathan Clauss notched a goal and two assists to help Marseille take the lead in the French league by downing Angers 3-0 on Friday.
Marseille remained unbeaten to overtake Paris Saint-Germain by a point, but the defending champion can take the top spot back when it hosts Nice on Saturday.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Brothers Nico and Iñaki Williams assisted one another for goals in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-0 home win over Almería that pulled the Basque Country side level with Barcelona in the Spanish league on Friday.
WARE, England (AP) — Vikings outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith was listed Friday as questionable for Minnesota's game against the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium because of a knee injury.
BERLIN (AP) — Crisis? What crisis?
Jamal Musiala starred and Bayern Munich ended its four-game winless run by beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 as the Bundesliga returned from the international break on Friday.
LONDON (AP) — Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton is preparing to square off with Kirk Cousins again in London.
Dalton is expected to start after Jameis Winston was listed as doubtful for New Orleans’ game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin winger Jean-Paul Boëtius had a testicle with a malignant tumor removed and won't need chemotherapy, the club said on Friday.
“Follow-up treatment is not necessary because the intervention by Dr.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Phil Salt's 88 trumped Babar Azam's 87 for England to beat Pakistan in a Twenty20 on Friday and set up a series decider.
Both openers carried their bats through the sixth match, and Salt's extra ruthlessness was a big reason why England won by eight wickets to even the series 3-3.
PARMA, Italy (AP) — The semifinals of the Parma Ladies Open have been postponed by a day and will be played shortly before Saturday’s final.
The decision was made because of persistent rain at the clay-court tournament on Friday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — France midfielder Boubacar Kamara has been ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining knee ligament damage.
Kamara was injured while playing for Aston Villa in a 1-0 win against Southampton this month.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — English golfer Richard Mansell stood up to bad weather to shoot a stunning 4-under 68 on the Old Course and open a two-shot lead halfway through the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton is counting the cost of the jubilant but raucous scenes sparked after it avoided relegation from the English Premier League last season.
The club was fined 300,000 pounds ($334,000) for on-field invasions during and after a 3-2 win against Crystal Palace on May 19.
GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes who do not endorse their country’s war in Ukraine could be accepted back into international sports, IOC president Thomas Bach said in an interview published Friday.
“It’s about having athletes with a Russian passport who do not support the war back in competition,” Bach told Italian daily Corriere della Sera, adding, “We have to think about the future.”
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed measures are in place to protect players’ mental health at a time when club captain Harry Maguire has been the subject of intense criticism.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has not called up any of the female players who renounced playing for their nation in a decision that the Spanish federation interpreted as a move towards removing their coach.
While last year's intense Formula One title battle went to the wire and captivated the world of sport, this year's championship has long looked like a procession for Max Verstappen.
It could be all over by Sunday if the Red Bull driver wins the Singapore Grand Prix and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc crumbles.
Russian players on two NHL teams opening the season in the Czech Republic will be allowed to participate in the two Global Series games in Prague after all.
The Czech government has dropped its attempted ban of Russian players on the rosters for San Jose and Nashville, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.
SALISBURY, England (AP) — The famous royal silks returned to British horse racing on Thursday, with the first runner under the ownership of King Charles III finishing a distant second at Salisbury.
PARMA, Italy (AP) — Top-seeded Maria Sakkari rallied past 97th-ranked Maryna Zanevska 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semifinal since the grass-court season.
Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a spot in the final of the clay-court event after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — With nasty weather on the horizon, golfers at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship were looking to get in a good early score on the storied Scottish courses staging the European tour event.
ROME (AP) — Making his second visit to Rome in two weeks, IOC president Thomas Bach met with Giorgia Meloni, whose far-right party won the most votes in Italy's election, as concerns rise over delays in organizing the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Formula One driver Alex Albon even surprised himself by recovering from his recent appendicitis and respiratory failure in time to be ready for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Albon jumps back into the Williams FW44 for Friday's first practice session — just three weeks after being hospitalized with appendicitis.
ZURICH (AP) — French financial regulators cleared FIFA to start processing hundreds of millions of dollars from transfer fees owed to smaller clubs who nurture players, soccer’s world body said Thursday.
GENEVA (AP) — Fans going to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat COVID-19, organizers said Thursday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Just two weeks into the season, Manchester City fans might have believed Pep Guardiola had pulled off his greatest act.
Never mind four Premier League titles and 11 trophies in total since taking charge at the Etihad in 2016 — the latest crisis at rival Manchester United had his fingerprints all over it.
SYDNEY (AP) — Alyssa Thomas and her United States teammates were tested for the first time in the World Cup by a physical Serbia team.
After a slow start, the Americans used a dominant run spanning the half to take control of the game and reach the semifinals again.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — American forward Gio Reyna will be out for up to 10 days with a muscle strain picked up on international duty, Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzić said Thursday.
The 19-year-old Gio Reyna came off in the 30th minute of the United States’ 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.
BERLIN (AP) — The international break provided little respite for Bayern Munich’s struggling stars ahead of the team’s high-stakes Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann welcomed Germany players Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry back to training on Wednesday after what proved to be a frustrating two games with the national team.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Xavi Hernández oversaw the remodeling of Barcelona’s squad this summer, the coach made sure he was so well covered at right-back that his club could afford to loan out United States defender Sergiño Dest to AC Milan.
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin and will not play again before December, the club said Thursday.
Discomfort in his groin has limited Smith Rowe's game time this season for Arsenal, which said he had a "significant setback" after a substitute appearance in the 3-1 loss at Manchester United on Sept.
PARIS (AP) — Nice's defenders must be hoping their former coach Christophe Galtier is kind enough to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday’s game at Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi's two goals for Argentina against Jamaica on Wednesday — a typical solo goal followed by a free kick — made it nine goals in his past three games for the national team, taking his international tally to 90.
ROME (AP) — It’s one of the few Serie A clubs to run its own stadium, has been owned by the same family for 36 years and has stayed in Italy's top division for more than a quarter of a century.
Udinese, the hottest club in the Italian league following five straight wins, is not unaccustomed to punching above its weight.