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Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, right, and D.C. United's Chris Pontius, left, vie for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Chris Pontius healthy just in time for D.C. United stretch run

A dynamic attacking presence from the flank or up top, Pontius logged eight minutes in a loss to New York last week before playing 23 minutes Tuesday. Going into Saturday’s trip to face the Chicago Fire (5-7-15), he feels he’s ready to potentially push 60 minutes.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with Real Madrid's Marcelo after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Basel at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Champions League roundup: Real Madrid opens defense with rout

- Associated Press

Madrid’s win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club’s domestic season. Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions’ victory.

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Brazilian fans throw rocks, bottles at team's bus

- Associated Press

One of Brazil's most successful clubs is facing harsh criticism from supporters after enduring one of its worst losses ever, prompting some fans to throw rocks and bottles at the bus carrying its players.

Gambia: Ex-govt. minister elected football head

Associated Press

A former government minister has been elected president of the Gambian football federation in a move that has been criticized as being about politics and not sport.

Qatar insists World Cup question of 'when not if'

- Associated Press

Qatar organizers dismissed any chance of the 2022 World Cup being taken away from the Gulf nation after a warning on Monday by a FIFA executive committee member.

FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FIFA ethics judge hesitates on World Cup

- Associated Press

For Qatar or Russia to be stripped of the World Cup, a key person in the legal chain needs to make use of the powers available to him.

CAPTION CORRECTS THE TEAM - Manchester City's Frank Lampard reacts after scoring against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Lampard stuns former club Chelsea, United implodes

- Associated Press

Chelsea's winning start to the Premier League was ended by a dramatic goal from one of its greatest ever players while Manchester United's all-star attack was undermined by its jittery defense in a 5-3 loss at Leicester on Sunday.

Everton's Leighton Baines, left, scores his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Byrne, PA Wire)     UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

Palace hangs on to beat Everton 3-2

Associated Press

Crystal Palace came from behind to cling on for its first Premier League win of the season on Sunday, beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against Ludogorets during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Liverpool and Ludogorets at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Police probing racist tweets sent to Balotelli

Associated Press

Police say they are investigating racist messages sent to Mario Balotelli on Twitter in reaction to the Liverpool striker's posts about Manchester United's 5-3 loss to Leicester in the Premier League.

Ajax wins at Feyenoord 1-0

Associated Press

Defending champion Ajax beat Feyenoord 1-0 Sunday in the Dutch league as Ricardo van Rhijn scored an early goal with a free kick from 25 meters out.

Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium, left, and Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro, right, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Wolfsburg, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Wolfsburg beats Leverkusen for 1st Bundesliga win

- Associated Press

Ricardo Rodriguez scored two goals and set up another as Wolfsburg defeated 10-man Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 in the Bundesliga for its first win of the season on Sunday.

CAPTION CORRECTS THE TEAM - Manchester City's Frank Lampard reacts after scoring against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Lampard equalizer denies former club Chelsea

- Associated Press

Frank Lampard made Chelsea pay for releasing him this summer after 13 years, scoring a trademark equalizer against his former club for Manchester City in a 1-1 draw between the two biggest contenders for the Premier League title on Sunday.