ATLANTA - Major League Soccer announced its newest team Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.
The team will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. He donned a traditional soccer scarf and was serenaded by a burgeoning fan group that calls itself "Terminus Legion," a reference to the city's former name.
BIRMINGHAM, England - Aston Villa has suspended the assistant manager and a key off-field official as the club fights to stay in the English Premier League.
The sudden announcement on Tuesday comes with Villa just four points above the relegation zone with five games remaining.
The central England club says Ian Culverhouse, assistant to manager Paul Lambert, and Gary Karsa, the head of football operations, have been suspended pending an internal investigation. Further details were not provided.
HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing incident involving 11 professional soccer players.
Hoang Manh Truong, the owner of the top-flight V-League side the Vissai Ninh Binh, said Monday the players had admitted to police they conspired to fix the result of an Asian Football Confederation Cup match against Malaysian club Kelantan last month after placing bets with a bookmaker.
He said police are widening their investigation into other domestic and international matches played by his club.
LIVERPOOL, England - There could be unlikely league winners in England and Spain this season, with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid keeping up their good form with wins on Sunday.
Liverpool is two points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League after a 3-2 victory over third-place Manchester City, while Atletico leads La Liga by three points from Real Madrid following a 2-1 win at Getafe.
Here is a look at the action across Europe's main leagues:
LIVERPOOL, England - Liverpool took command of the captivating Premier League title race by beating Manchester City 3-2 in a match of wide-ranging emotions at Anfield, although the destiny of the trophy is also in Chelsea's hands after its win at Swansea on Sunday.
MUMBAI, India - A new professional soccer league in India this year will feature movie stars and former Indian cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as co-owners of teams.
Aging star players like Thierry Henry, Hernan Crespo and Fredrik Ljungberg are expected to compete in the first edition of the Indian Super League from September to November. India already has the national I-League, which has several foreign players but none of them stars.
CARSON, Calif. - A momentary lapse in focus Saturday night proved costly for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
As a result, Robbie Keane scored in the 47th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 victory over Vancouver, stretching the Whitecaps' losing streak at Stub Hub Center to five games.
Since joining Major League Soccer in 2011, Vancouver has not won a game on the road against L.A.
"In two seconds or five seconds, we lost the game," Vancouver midfielder Gershon Koffe said.
LONDON - Barcelona isn't used to such demoralizing weeks. After being eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, the Catalan giant made a miserable return to Spanish league action, losing 1-0 at Granada on Saturday and dropping to third place.
It also looked like a bleak day for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger's side scraped into the FA Cup final by beating second-tier club Wigan in a penalty shootout.
Here's a look at the action from the leading leagues in Europe:
LONDON - By the Wembley pitch, 96 seats remained empty on Saturday. Just a Liverpool scarf draped over each of them: a powerful tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who went to an FA Cup semifinal 25 years earlier but never returned home.
MONACO, Monaco - FIFA's medical chief is "really not happy" with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples taken from players must be flown across the Atlantic for analysis at a laboratory in Switzerland, which could slow results.
FIFA had to turn to the Swiss lab because the Brazilian laboratory that was expected to analyze World Cup samples repeatedly failed to comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards.