World Cup final

PARIS | Mbappe making case for Ballon d’Or with four-goal game

PARIS — Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d’Or award as the best soccer player in the world. The Paris Saint-Germain striker helped his case over the weekend, becoming the youngest … Continue reading PARIS | Mbappe making case for Ballon d’Or with four-goal game

LONDON | The Latest: Fulham signs Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid

LONDON — The Latest on transfer deadline day in the English Premier League (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Fulham continued a busy transfer window with the signing of Luciano Vietto from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old Argentine forward has played in Spain’s La Liga since moving from his native Racing Club in … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Fulham signs Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid

NEW YORK  | MMA star Conor McGregor back in court amid melee plea talks

NEW YORK  — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is due in court amid plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena.   The 30-year-old Irish fighter is expected to be joined Thursday in Brooklyn by his 25-year-old friend and co-defendant Cian (KEE’-uhn) Cowley.   Video showed … Continue reading NEW YORK  | MMA star Conor McGregor back in court amid melee plea talks

ZAGREB, Croatia | More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

ZAGREB, Croatia— In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes’ welcome for the national team on Monday despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Tens of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white checkered colors and waving Croatian flags poured into the … Continue reading ZAGREB, Croatia | More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

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 | Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

MOSCOW— Russian protest group Pussy Riot 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. The three women and one man who charged onto the field simultaneously in the 52nd minute of one of the world’s most watched sporting … Continue reading MOSCOW | Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

MOSCOW | France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

MOSCOW — Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest. The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday. Mbappe had … Continue reading MOSCOW | France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

MOSCOW | The Latest: Pogba gives France a 3-1 lead in World Cup final

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:22 p.m. Pussy Riot has just claimed responsibility for the four pitch invaders who disrupted the World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow. Just after Croatia goalkeeper saved Kylian Mlbappe in the 51st minute, four people emerged from the other … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Pogba gives France a 3-1 lead in World Cup final

MOSCOW | The Latest: Fans gather in rainy Zagreb to watch World Cup

MOSCOW— The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Braving rainy weather, Croatian fans are gathering in squares and streets around the country ahead of the World Cup final with France. Wearing Croatian team jerseys and waving flags, fans have filled up the central square in the capital Zagreb some … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Fans gather in rainy Zagreb to watch World Cup

MOSCOW | Matchups in Sunday’s World Cup final between France, Croatia

MOSCOW— A look at the matchups in Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia: GOALKEEPERS French fans were concerned about Hugo Lloris, who set the tone for a shaky season with Tottenham last August when he allowed Marcos Alonso’s 10-yard shot in the 88th minute to slip under his body, giving Chelsea a 2-1 … Continue reading MOSCOW | Matchups in Sunday’s World Cup final between France, Croatia

MOSCOW | Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

MOSCOW  — When Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind. Fans attending Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia will pass a huge statue of the Bolshevik Revolution’s leader as they enter the Luzhniki Stadium. Abutting the rear of the monument is a Budweiser concession stand with … Continue reading MOSCOW | Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

MOSCOW | Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

MOSCOW — Although small in stature, Luka Modric wields a big influence when he is on the soccer field. The Croatia playmaker, who will be the key player when his team faces France in the World Cup final on Sunday, has overcome much more than just criticisms about his height in his 32 years. “I’ve seen … Continue reading MOSCOW | Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA says World Cup can ease tensions over Qatar

MOSCOW— The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 3 p.m. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says talks over changing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can ease tensions with regional neighbors. Saudi Arabia has joined with other Middle East states in enforcing a hostile boycott of Qatar since June 2017. In … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA says World Cup can ease tensions over Qatar

MOSCOW | The Latest: Sexism a bigger issue than racism at World Cup

MOSCOW — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:21 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin with France having made it to the World Cup final in Moscow — and on the eve of Putin’s high-stakes meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Macron’s office said Wednesday … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Sexism a bigger issue than racism at World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — They’re young, they’re brash and they’re collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is an international title. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance. Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final. Samuel Umtiti clinched a 1-0 win over … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

MOSCOW | The Latest: Versatile De Bruyne ready for anything vs France

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is such a talented footballer he could play him virtually anywhere and he’d excel. It’s not yet clear what role De Bruyne will play for Belgium against a highly fancied France … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Versatile De Bruyne ready for anything vs France

MOSCOW | The Latest: Young: Croatia’s path is to England’s advantage

MOSCOW— The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 5:20 p.m. England defender Ashley Young says his team could have a “major advantage” in its World Cup semifinal match because Croatia has been taken to a penalty shootout in both of its games in the knockout stage. While England enjoyed a relatively … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Young: Croatia’s path is to England’s advantage

SOCHI, Russia | Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

SOCHI, Russia — They’ve gone 120 minutes twice in a week. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts, somehow coming out on top on both occasions, the first team since 1990 to do so at a World Cup. They’re dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England