• The Canadian Press

    Mandžukic returns to Italy, signs for league leader AC Milan

    MILAN — AC Milan signed 34-year-old Mario Mandžukic on Tuesday, giving 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic support in attack for the Italian league leader’s title challenge. Milan said the Croatia veteran “agreed on a deal until the end of the current season with an option to extend the contract for the next one." Mandžukic returns to Serie A — where he won four straight titles with Juventus from 2015-19 — after a spell in Qatar with league winner Al-Duhail. Milan is seeking a first Serie A title for 10 years and leads by three points from city rival Inter. Milan is also in the Europa League round of 32 and faces Red Star Belgrade next month. Mandžukic will wear the No. 9 shirt, the club said. He won a Champions League title with Bayern Munich in 2013 and scored for Juventus in a 4-1 loss in the 2017 final against Real Madrid. Mandžukic is also the only player to score for both teams in a World Cup final, in Croatia’s 4-2 loss to France in 2018. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

  • The Associated Press

    The Latest: Amateur clubs cleared to play in French Cup

    The French soccer federation says amateur clubs will take part in this year's French Cup after the ministry of sports agreed to the move amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federation says amateur teams in France and overseas territories involved in the 104th edition of the yearly tournament have been allowed to resume training immediately. No matches will be postponed if there is a COVID-19 outbreak at a specific club.

  • The Canadian Press

    Mewis' hat trick leads US women past Colombia 4-0

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Samantha Mewis scored three goals and her big sister Kristie Mewis added another to give the United States a 4-0 exhibition victory over short-handed Colombia on Monday. The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 33 matches. The defending World Cup champions have a 49-game undefeated streak on home soil. The teams were set to play at Exploria Stadium again on Friday. It was the first home game for the Americans since the SheBelieves Cup last March. Colombia did not play a match last year. Alex Morgan was not with the team because she contracted the coronavirus over the holidays. Carli Lloyd started up top against the Colombians. Megan Rapinoe also started after taking much of last year off because of concern over COVID-19. Rapinoe served up a perfectly placed cross to Samantha Mewis in front of the goal in the fourth minute. Samantha Mewis, who plays for Manchester City of the FA Women's Super League, scored again in the 33rd minute. She converted a penalty kick early in the second half to complete the hat trick. Kristie Mewis, who came in as a substitute in the second half, scored in the 86th minute. It was her third international goal. Catarina Macario came off the bench for the second half, making her first appearance for the national team. Macario, who was born in Brazil, became a U.S. citizen last fall and recently received approval from FIFA to play for the Americans. Macario decided to forgo her senior season at Stanford and sign with French powerhouse Lyon. Colombia was without three players — midfielders Daniela Montoya, Diana Carolina Ospina and defender Carolina Arias — who were in isolation because of COVID-19 tracing protocols. A fourth player, midfielder Ana Gabriela Huertas, had inconclusive test results and was ruled out of the match. Those players could be available on Friday. U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski announced before the game that defender Becky Sauerbrunn would take over as team captain. In recent years, the captain’s armband was passed among a group of veterans, including Rapinoe and Lloyd. Andonovski, who replaced Jill Ellis after she stepped down following the 2019 World Cup victory, is 12-0-0 as the U.S coach. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press