• Greece, Ghana and Algeria also earned berths, and Mexico took a 5-1 lead into the second leg of its playoff against New Zealand.

    France's soccer team celebrate after defeating Ukraine during the World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg soccer match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. France beats Ukaine 3-0 in playoff second leg to qualify for World Cup.
    LAST UPDATE : Nov 19, 2013, 11:04 PM EST
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their quarterfinal match at the Paris Masters tennis at Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

    Novak Djokovic won his 15th straight match and Roger Federer avenged last week's loss to Juan Martin del Potro, setting up a semifinal match between the two at the Paris Masters.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 01, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT
  • Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against Julien Benneteau of France in their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2013.

    No. 2-seeded Roger Federer was broken in the opening game but held the rest of the way and eased into the fourth round.

    LAST UPDATE : May 31, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT
  • Team France's Sacha Treille celebrates after the match when they beat Russia 2-1 during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships preliminary round match Russia vs France in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, May 9, 2013. At back is France's goalie Florian Hardy.

    Defending champion Russia was upset 2-1 by France, which shocked a team dominated by NHL and KHL players at hockey worlds on Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : May 09, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT
  • Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins of Britain poses for a photograph during a media opportunity ahead of the Giro d'Italia cycling race which begins in Naples, Italy on May 4, at at a hotel in Wigan, England, Monday, April 29, 2013. Wiggins will be hoping to complete a childhood dream when the 96th Giro d’Italia starts in Naples on May 4. The Tour de France winner has made no secret of the fact the Giro is his main aim for this year and he will be supported by a strong Team Sky lineup.

    With cycling again shadowed by doping, Bradley Wiggins begins his possible attempt Saturday to accomplish that rarest of doubles — victories in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year.

    LAST UPDATE : May 02, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT
  • In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas. The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, Apriil 23, 2013 saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

    The government had previously announced it would join a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis under the federal False Claims Act.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 24, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT
  • In this July 25, 2012 file photo, United States' Alex Morgan, center, is challenged by France's Wendie Renard, left, during their women's group G soccer match before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics in Glasgow. Morgan and Abby Wambach are to headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States. The season kicks off Saturday, April 13, 2013, with FC Kansas City hosting Morgan and the Portland Thorns FC in Kansas. Wambach,

    Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 12, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT
  • Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng and AC Milan soccer player, left, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights South African Navanethem Pillay, center, and Patrick Vieira, right, former captain of the French national football team and current Football Development Executive at Manchester City Football Club, pose for a photographers prior to a panel discussion on Racism and Sport during the World Humanitarian Day at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The

    The ugly side of the beautiful game emerged Thursday as the U.N.'s top human rights official joined soccer officials and players in calling for an end to the "crime" of racism in sport.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 21, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT
  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, right, celebrates with his teammate Jordi Alba after scoring against Rayo Vallecano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 17, 2013.

    Barcelona received the maximum points in AP's global soccer rankings on Tuesday, with the team's striker, Lionel Messi, coming close to top marks.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 20, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT