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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.

Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick, next to D.C. United's Bobby Boswell during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 4-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Landon Donovan, Galaxy rout D.C. United

Associated Press

Los Angeles (12-5-7) won its third straight game for the first time this season, while D.C. United (13-8-4) lost for the first time in three matches.

Argentina's Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring his side's only and winning goal in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Argentina defeated Switzerland 1-0 to move on to the quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Angel Di Maria signs with Man United for record fee

Associated Press

The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United’s spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million) in the summer transfer window as England’s most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Potts, PA Wire)     UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

5 former European champs headline Europa League

- Associated Press

While the Europa League is regarded as a minor competition by top teams, no less than five former European champions are taking part in the group stage.

Fans banned for African Champions League semi

Associated Press

The Confederation of African Football has ordered that an African Champions League semifinal in Algeria be played without fans because of repeated incidents of "unsporting behavior."

Hamburg appoints Josef Zinnbauer as coach

Associated Press

Hamburger SV has promoted under-23 coach Josef "Joe" Zinnbauer to first-team manager on Tuesday after sacking Mirko Slomka the day before.

Zidane eyeing France job

Associated Press

Former France great Zinedine Zidane says he would be interested in taking charge of the national team once he'll get more experience under his belt.

Atletico Madrid tops AP soccer poll

- Associated Press

Spanish champion Atletico Madrid replaced Chelsea at the top of the AP Global Football 10 on Tuesday after beating Real Madrid 2-1 over the weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Column: Without Scotland, not so great Britain

- Associated Press

After 26 years guiding Manchester United, Alex Ferguson knows better than most that one should always think very, very carefully before breaking up a winning team. Perhaps that helps explain why he donated money to the campaign urging voters in his native Scotland to say "No" to independence in the historic ballot this week.

FC Barcelona's Dani Alves, center, controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Apoel in a group F Champions League on Wednesday Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona hosts APOEL in Champions League

Associated Press

Luis Enrique will make his Champions League debut as Barcelona coach when the team hosts Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, left, duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Bilbao counting on home advantage in return

Associated Press

Athletic Bilbao has a long-standing tradition of only fielding players with Basque connections, a policy that has sometimes worked to its advantage but more often made it hard to progress at Europe's top level.

Chelsea big favorite in Champions League group

- Associated Press

The start of the season could not have gone any better for Chelsea - four straight Premier League wins, the emergence of a striker who can't stop scoring and a spot into one of the easiest groups of the Champions League.

Marco van Basten steps down as AZ Alkmaar coach

Associated Press

Former Netherlands great Marco van Basten stepped down as coach of AZ Alkmaar only five matches into his first season with the Dutch club, saying Tuesday he has long struggled to cope with the pressures of coaching.

CAF denies it has lifted ban on games in Guinea

Associated Press

The Confederation of African Football has denied claims by the Guinea Football Federation that the temporary ban on games in the Ebola-hit country has been lifted.