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MOSCOW | French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

MOSCOW — In a stadium packed with presidents watching the World Cup final, no one had as much fun as Emmanuel Macron. The French head of state joined his country’s victorious players in the locker room after they beat Croatia 4-2. He jostled with midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat. And he posed … Continue reading MOSCOW | French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:24 a.m. Jorge Sampaoli is out as Argentina coach, two weeks after his team was beaten by France in the World Cup round of 16. The Argentina soccer federation says it reached a “mutual agreement” to terminate his contract. Sampaoli took over … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach

MOSCOW | Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

MOSCOW — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin‘s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled the three women and one man … Continue reading MOSCOW | Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia PM says fans rejoice despite Cup loss

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic says the national team players are “the first in the world for me” despite their 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final. Plenkovic tells the state broadcaster the Croatia players “were great!”  He … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia PM says fans rejoice despite Cup loss

MOSCOW | A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for World Cup

MOSCOW — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. … Continue reading MOSCOW | A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

MOSCOW | Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia

MOSCOW — Sexism has been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup in Russia, according to anti-discrimination experts advising FIFA. Fans harassing female broadcasters while they worked are among about 30 cases of “sexism on the streets” reported to FIFA by the Fare network. Analyzing the World Cup’s issues at a briefing Wednesday, … Continue reading MOSCOW | Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia

MOSCOW | The Latest: Wimbledon fans tuning in to World Cup semifinal

MOSCOW — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:55 p.m. It seems even some tennis fans at Wimbledon would rather watch England‘s World Cup semifinal than closely watch the action at the All England Club. Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal match between … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Wimbledon fans tuning in to World Cup semifinal