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Spain and Portugal in same group at World Cup

MOSCOW/December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — Spain and Portugal, the last two European champions, were drawn Friday to meet in the first round of the World Cup, one day after Russia opens the tournament in one of the easiest groups of the competition. The Russians will play their first match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow … Continue reading Spain and Portugal in same group at World Cup

The Latest: Russia has some homework to do before World Cup

MOSCOW /December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) —  The Latest on the World Cup draw (all times local): ___ 7:45 p.m. Russia will have some homework to do before facing Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay at the World Cup. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says “we’ve never played any of these teams and I’ve never seen them.” Cherchesov … Continue reading The Latest: Russia has some homework to do before World Cup

The Latest: Mutko defends Russia against doping allegations

MOSCOW/ December1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) —The Latest on the World Cup draw (all times local): ___ 2:05 p.m. At a media event that overran its one-hour slot, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko defended Russia against allegations of doping and wrongdoing. Mutko says “we are a good partner of the world sports movement. I don’t … Continue reading The Latest: Mutko defends Russia against doping allegations

World Cup finalists gather at Kremlin for tournament draw

MOSCOW/December 1, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — Officials from the 32 World Cup teams have gathered in Moscow to find out who will play who at next year’s tournament in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to appear at the draw ceremony, which will take place Friday at the State Kremlin Palace. The draw will … Continue reading World Cup finalists gather at Kremlin for tournament draw

Putin welcomes soccer world to Kremlin for World Cup draw

MOSCOW /November 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption. By staging the ceremony for the 32 World Cup finalists at the seat … Continue reading Putin welcomes soccer world to Kremlin for World Cup draw