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PARIS | The Latest: French leader to soccer team: ‘Don’t change’

PARIS — The Latest on France celebrating team’s World Cup victory (all times local): 8:35 p.m. France‘s World Cup champions are sharing their win on the soccer field with hundreds of youth at the presidential Elysee Palace after getting a hero’s welcome home in Paris. Following a victory lap down the packed Champs-Elysees Avenue in … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: French leader to soccer team: ‘Don’t change’

MOSCOW | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): ___ 1:15 a.m. Some of Russia‘s World Cup legacy is already falling down. A large earth embankment separating the World Cup stadium in Volgograd from the Volga River gave way, sending tons of dirt sliding into a road on the day the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

PARIS | With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years … Continue reading PARIS | With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

MANCHESTER, England | Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal

MANCHESTER, England  — Manchester City has signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds ($80 million) as it further strengthens its team after winning the Premier League title. The 27-year-old Algeria winger was an integral part of Leicester’s astonishing run to the title in 2016, but has been pushing to leave the central England … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal

NEW YORK | Marketing firm to pay more than $24M in soccer bribery case

NEW YORK – A Spain-based sports media company must pay a hefty penalty after its U.S. affiliate pleaded guilty to charges it bribed Latin American soccer officials. A New York City judge ordered the company Imagina on Tuesday to pay more than $24 million in fines and restitution on charges stemming from the U.S. corruption … Continue reading NEW YORK | Marketing firm to pay more than $24M in soccer bribery case

PARIS | Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer’s new normal

PARIS — When France’s xenophobic fringes disparage the country’s diverse World Cup team as more African than European, fans say, “So what?” And then respond with a resounding “Allez les Bleus!” At a time when populist politicians are trying to choke off or reroute migration flows, what matters to fans of the teams that made … Continue reading PARIS | Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer’s new normal

SAMARA, Russia | After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

SAMARA, Russia — So often the source of letdowns and embarrassments, England’s soccer team is a unifying force among players and the nation. At least in some sections of the country riven by economic, political and social divisions that led to Brexit, reaching the World Cup semifinals is a welcome distraction from the charged atmosphere. … Continue reading SAMARA, Russia | After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

MOSCOW | The Latest: Beckham-Ibrahimovic have friendly World Cup bet

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Soccer superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have struck a deal ahead of the World Cup quarterfinal game between their two countries on Saturday. Ibrahimovic challenged Beckham via Instagram and the bet was relayed on the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Twitter … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Beckham-Ibrahimovic have friendly World Cup bet