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Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli

After selling Suarez, Liverpool in talks to sign another controversial striker in Balotelli
The Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England - Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another.

Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million.

Balotelli, who spent 2 1/2 years with Manchester City up to 2013, left the club's Milanello training ground on Thursday for possibly the last time.

5 things to know about the English Premier League

5 things to know about the upcoming round of games in the English Premier League
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England - One round of Premier League games has already backed up many pundits' pre-season predictions, notably that Chelsea and Manchester City are title favourites and Manchester United needed more than just a change of manager to arrest its slump.

Strengthened by new attacking signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea delivered the best display of the opening weekend in beating Burnley 3-1 away and meets another promoted side, Leicester, in its second match Saturday.

Porto, Celtic well set in Champs League playoffs

Porto, Celtic, Zenit on course for Champions League groups as home teams struggle in playoffs
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Former European Cup winners Porto and Celtic took big steps toward the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, as home teams struggled in their playoff round, first-leg matches.

Two-time champion Porto won 1-0 in Lille, and Celtic took advantage of a reprieve from UEFA to play in the competition by drawing 1-1 at Maribor.

Russian league leader Zenit St. Petersburg's 1-0 victory at Standard Liege helped ensure all five home teams failed to win.

FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban

FIFA rejects Barcelona's appeal against transfer ban, which will apply for whole of 2015
The Associated Press

ZURICH - Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching transfer regulations.

FIFA said Wednesday that its appeal committee confirmed that the signing of 10 players to Barcelona's renowned La Masia program violated rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar joins Benfica

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar joins Benfica from QPR after signing 2-year deal
The Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal - Benfica announced Tuesday that it has signed Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar from English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old Cesar had been on loan to Toronto FC in Major League Soccer since February after playing only occasionally under Rangers coach Harry Redknapp.

Cesar, who conceded nine goals in seven matches with Toronto, returned to Rangers on July 25.

He played in all of Brazil's World Cup matches and made two vital saves during a penalty shootout win against Chile in the second round.

FIFA, Russia relations hit rough spot

Blatter, Putin meet amid strained FIFA-Russia relations over Crimea clubs, World Cup plans
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Relations between FIFA and its next World Cup host, Russia, are under strain.

Two major issues have flared since July 13, when Russian state President Vladimir Putin sat next to FIFA President Sepp Blatter at the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Control of Crimean football clubs and expensive new stadiums for FIFA's flagship tournament.

Suarez pledges to not bite again with Barcelona

Luis Suarez pledges to not bite again after 3rd suspension & move to Barcelona
Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain - Luis Suarez says Barcelona's fans needn't worry— he won't bite again.

Barcelona unveiled Suarez on Tuesday, an event delayed for over five weeks since his transfer from Liverpool due to his latest suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Suarez says "I say to all the fans, don't worry, because I won't do that anymore."

Pope cheers San Lorenzo's Copa Libertadores win

Pope cheers beloved San Lorenzo's win in Copa Libertadores - but says it wasn't a miracle
The Associated Press

Pope Francis has cheered the victory of his beloved San Lorenzo soccer club in the Copa Libertadores, saying he was overjoyed with the victory but that it didn't constitute a miracle.

San Lorenzo defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the title for the first time Wednesday. A team delegation is expected at Francis' general audience this week.

Francis was asked how he felt about the win, and the Argentine pontiff joked that anything was good news "as long as Brazil comes in second."

Pope cheers San Lorenzo's Copa Libertadores win

Pope cheers beloved San Lorenzo's win in Copa Libertadores - but says it wasn't a miracle
The Associated Press

Pope Francis has cheered the victory of his beloved San Lorenzo soccer club in the Copa Libertadores, saying he was overjoyed with the victory but that it didn't constitute a miracle.

San Lorenzo defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the title for the first time Wednesday. A team delegation is expected at Francis' general audience this week.

Man City, Liverpool open Premier League with wins

New season, same position: Man City tops fledgling Premier League after 2-0 win at Newcastle
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England - Two days into the English Premier League season and there is a familiar sight at the top of the standings.

Manchester City began the defence of its title with a 2-0 away victory over Newcastle on Sunday, with star forwards David Silva and Sergio Aguero scoring at St. James' Park.

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