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March 24, 2015 11:35 AM Darren Clarke could ask Steven Gerrard to address European team ahead of next year's Ryder Cup

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard removes the captains armband after being sent off by referee Martin Atkinson during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super) (The Associated Press) LONDON – Darren Clarke says he could ask Liverpool captain 6

March 24, 2015 11:02 AM Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe

UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer. Rising extremism in European society is an "insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums," Platini told UEFA's annual meeting on Tuesday. The France great, who witnessed the Heysel Stadium tragedy in 1985 playing for Juventus, said recent 7

March 24, 2015 9:44 AM UEFA needs more help to fight violence, racism: Platini

VIENNA (Reuters) - UEFA has been left to fend for itself in the battle against racism, violence and match-fixing and needs more help from government authorities, its president Michel Platini said on Tuesday. The Frenchman said that a rise in nationalism and extremism in Europe was being reflected in stadiums and that, after several recent incidents of fan violence 6

March 23, 2015 11:12 PM 2014-15 AP Division II boys All-Ohio teams

FIRST TEAM: Luke Kennard, Franklin, 6-6, sr., 39.0; Joshua Williams, Akron SVSM, 6-2, sr., 18.1; Drew Rackley, New Concord John Glenn, 6-1, jr., 20.6; Antwon Lillard, Cleve. Cent. Cath., 6-5, sr., 18.9; Chris Darrington, Tol. Scott, 6-2, sr., 23.3; Jason Carter, Johnstown-Monroe, 6-6, jr., 20.1; Joe Burrow, Athens, 6-4, sr., 20.0; Amos "AJ" Harris, Dayton 10

March 23, 2015 10:38 PM Liverpool's Mario Balotelli Held Back By Fans During Match To Prevent Fight

Most of the time, fans who interject themselves into games are not well-received. But Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has fans who have his back -- or more literally, hold him back -- when it comes to team scuffles. During the club's home match against Manchester United on Sunday, a couple of Liverpool fans restrained the star soccer player after a particularly 3

March 23, 2015 6:52 PM Stoppage Time: Gerrard stomps out Liverpool's top four hopes

Philadelphia, PA ( - Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool Football Club legend and unquestionably one of the greatest players in the history of the English game. He has been with Liverpool his entire career, joining the club's academy program at the age of 9 before making his first team debut in 1998. Since the debut, Gerrard has served as captain 11

March 23, 2015 6:16 PM A look at new English rules for foreign players

The English Football Association announced Monday that new British work permit rules are being introduced to restrict the number of non-Europeans in Premier League squads to promote the development of homegrown players. Currently: a player must have played in at least 75 percent of senior competitive international matches over the previous two years 8

March 23, 2015 10:33 AM Suarez's goal against Madrid marks turnaround for Barcelona

Luis Suarez is scoring again, and Barcelona is getting back to its best. The Uruguay striker, who sat out the start of the season while suspended for biting an opponent at the World Cup, has rediscovered his devastating touch in front of goal, and it's translating into wins. On Sunday, Suarez scored a superb game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid 8

March 23, 2015 7:07 AM The top stories in the world of sport

Barcelona takes a grip on Spanish title with 2-1 home win over arch rival Real Madrid, with Luis Suarez scoring the winner in 'El Clasico'. Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in three sets to win his fourth title at Indian Wells, tying the Swiss star for the record. Steven Gerrard sent off after less than a minute as Liverpool is beaten 2-1 by Manchester 9

March 23, 2015 12:08 AM Suarez gives Barca win over Madrid, United beats Liverpool

Luis Suarez scored Barcelona's winning goal as it beat fierce rival Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday, while Steven Gerrard was sent off in Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Manchester United in England. Suarez answered Cristiano Ronaldo's equalizer to get the important win as Barcelona extended its lead over its main title challenger at the top of the La Liga standings 19