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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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Palestinian players confident of success at Asiad

- Associated Press

Most football teams competing at the Asian Games get the benefit of national training camps and logistical backup to ensure all the players need to concentrate on is the games.

UEFA picks Wembley for Euro 2020 semifinals, final

- Associated Press

Wembley Stadium in London will host the semifinals and final of the first continent-wide European Championship in 2020, ending a run of bidding failures by England.

Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb, center, and Partizan Belgrade's Petar Grbic, right, challenge for the ball during the Europa League Group C soccer match between Partizan Belgrade and Tottenham Hotspur in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

UEFA to investigate Partizan Belgrade fans

Associated Press

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against Partizan Belgrade following the misbehavior of the Serbian club's fans, including the display of an anti-Semitic banner, during a Europa League game against Tottenham.

Wambach keeps up her fight against fake turf

- Associated Press

From the moment Canada's bid for the 2015 Women's World Cup was announced and an artificial playing surface was part of the deal, Abby Wambach was concerned.

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, file photo, West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka, right, gestures as he celebrates his goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London.  Anelka, was without a club since West Bromwich said it fired him in March 2014 following a five-match suspension for the racially aggravated goal celebration.  Former France striker Nicolas Anelka says he is joining Mumbai City FC in the new Indian Super League.The 35-year-old Anelka tweeted Monday Sept 15, 2014 "I'm pleased to join Mumbai City FC & very exciting in joining Indian Super League." (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

Assou-Ekotto banned for supporting Anelka gesture

Associated Press

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was banned for three games Friday for tweeting his support for Nicolas Anelka following the striker's contentious goal celebration during a Premier League match last season.

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves the pitch after the Group F Champions League match between Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Monaco hopes for a surge in form in French league

- Associated Press

Monaco spent large parts of last season challenging Paris Saint-Germain for the French league title, before eventually dropping off and finishing in second place.

Southampton's Graziano Pelle, above, scores during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St Mary's, Southampton, England, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, PA Wire)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES   -   NO ARCHIVES

Newcastle coaches sorry for clashes with fans

Associated Press

Two Newcastle coaches apologized Thursday for clashes with fans before and after last weekend's 4-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League, adding another chapter to the last-place club's miserable start to the season.

Hamburg's new coach faces Bayern in Bundesliga

- Associated Press

Domestic duty takes center stage after the midweek distraction of the Champions League with several Bundesliga sides desperate to kick-start their seasons. Hamburger SV's new coach faces a tough debut against defending champion Bayern Munich, while Schalke, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin and Freiburg are also winless after three games. Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp returns to Mainz, and Wolfsburg hosts a Bayer Leverkusen side sore after losing its first game of the season. Here are some things to know ahead of the fourth round of games:

Juventus' Carlos Tevez, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Champions League, Group A soccer match between Juventus and Malmoe, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)

Allegri returns to AC Milan as Juventus coach

- Associated Press

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will make his return to AC Milan on Saturday, and the reception he receives from his former fans could be as interesting as the match.