The Football Association of Ireland says Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy have agreed to let forward Robbie Keane play in friendlies against England and Georgia that are not on FIFA fixture dates.
VATICAN CITY- Players and officials from Roma and Lazio met with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday in a peace initiative before the Italian Cup final between the two bitter rivals.
VIENNA-Austria midfielder Marko Arnautovic was selected Wednesday for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sweden in June despite not playing club football since being banned by Werder Bremen in April for speeding.
DORTMUND, Germany-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze will miss Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, leaving the team without one of its best players.
SYDNEY-The A-League season will extend into May for the first time in 2013-14 in a move designed to bring Australia more into line with European competitions and to give domestic players as much preparation as possible for the World Cup.
NEW YORK- WNBA general managers are predicting the Phoenix Mercury, with a healthy returning roster and the addition of No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner, to win the championship, and Los Angeles' Candace Parker as the top choice to earn the MVP award.
NEW YORK- Hoping their baseball success will translate to titles in another sport, the Yankees are combining with English power Manchester City to own a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015.
DORTMUND, Germany-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze pulled out of training on his comeback from a hamstring injury Tuesday, putting his participation in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in doubt.
SEOUL, South Korea-FC Seoul advanced to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals for the third time in five years Tuesday, while Buriram United became the first Thai team to reach the last eight in 10 years.
BRIGHTON, England-Brighton has formally apologized to Crystal Palace after excrement was found on the floor of its fierce rival's changing room before the second leg of their second-tier League Championship playoff last week.
BRASILIA, Brazil-Brazilian organizers acknowledge there were setbacks in the inauguration of the stadium which will host the opener of the Confederations Cup, vowing to try to fix the problems in time for the second and final test event at the venue next Sunday.
BUCHAREST, Romania-Bucharest's highest court has ordered a retrial in the case of eight Romanian football officials who were sentenced to prison for tax evasion and money laundering in connection with the transfer of 12 players over a six-year period.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-New Zealand's only professional football team has hired Scotland-born Ernie Merrick, one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Australian A-League, as its new manager.
Arsenal qualified for the Champions League for the 16th straight season, edging Tottenham for fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday, while Alex Ferguson bowed out as Manchester United manager with a 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
MEXICO CITY- Mexicans often feel that billionaire Carlos Slim owns everything in their country, from telephone and Internet companies to banks and chain stores, but his latest acquisitive foray is meeting resistance after touching a national passion: soccer.