Columbus Crew's Ethan Finlay plays against the Portland Timbers during an MLS soccer match Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ethan Finlay had two goals and an assist, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara each added a goal, and the Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Saturday night.


Posted: April 26, 2015, 1:53 am

New England Revolution players Lee Nguyen, top, and Charlie Davies celebrate a goal in the first half of their MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Scott Caldwell scored his first MLS goal and had an assist and the New England Revolution beat Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Saturday.


Posted: April 26, 2015, 1:51 am

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, left, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi, from Argentina, against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Lionel Messi helped Barcelona stay in control of the title race in Spain, while Manchester City left it late for a victory that inched the English champions toward Champions League qualification. Here is a look at the action in Europe's top leagues: --- SPAIN Messi and Neymar scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Espanyol that provisionally increased its lead over Real Madrid to five points. Luis Suarez, the third member of the star-studded attack, played a part in both goals against Barcelona's cross-town rival.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 9:46 pm

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli points during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Manchester City's disappointing season looks like ending with the consolation prize of Champions League qualification after an unconvincing win over Aston Villa opened a nine-point gap to the fading chasers for the English Premier League's top four on Saturday. An 89th-minute goal by Fernandinho earned City a 3-2 victory that moved the soon-to-be-deposed champions provisionally into second place - above Arsenal and Manchester United, who both play on Sunday. More importantly, City was nine points ahead of fifth-place Liverpool and sixth-place Tottenham with four games remaining after their draws.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 7:46 pm

Bayern Munich players acknowledge their fans after winning their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Hertha Berlin in Munich April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday. "We may not be champions mathematically but in theory we are," the Spaniard told reporters. Our legs were a bit heavy today." Guardiola rested several players who helped crush Porto 6-1 in midweek to advance to the Champions League semi-finals.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 7:42 pm
Winger Ezequiel Lavezzi grabbed a hat trick and striker Edinson Cavani scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from its lackluster performance against Barcelona by thrashing Lille 6-1 to move three points ahead of Lyon at the top of the French league on Saturday. PSG also boosted its goal difference to close that gap on Lyon, which has a marginally better goal difference and can move back to the top if it wins away at Reims on Sunday. ''It's our best performance of the season,'' midfielder Blaise Matuidi said. ''It's important to get six goals because Lyon scores a lot.'' League Cup winner PSG remains on course for an unprecedented domestic treble and will be looking to plunder more goals on Tuesday when it plays its game in hand at home to 19th-place Metz.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 6:52 pm
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney is convinced his club will lock down defensively as it continues a stretch of playing its first seven games on the road. Toronto (1-4-0) won't play its first home game until May 10 with BMO Field undergoing renovations. Dallas scored 29 seconds into the match and three times in the first 27 minutes before Sebastian Giovinco netted goals in the 83rd and 89th minutes. Toronto has scored eight goals, but the 11 it has conceded are among the most in MLS.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 6:09 pm

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli, middle, attempts to break through West Brom's Gareth McAuley, right, and Joleon Lescott, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- Liverpool's chances of qualifying for the Champions League took another hit with a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 4:47 pm

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