World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MOSCOW  — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 5:15 p.m. Will Smith loves Cristiano Ronaldo, won’t hear a bad word spoken against Neymar, and accepts Brazil could have done better. Smith will perform the official World Cup song before Sunday’s final, and was asked how Brazil’s quarterfinal exit compared … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MOSCOW | The Latest: Costa Rica risks unwanted record in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the World Cup (all times local): 8:30 p.m. In another embarrassment for the North and Central American soccer confederation, Costa Rica is in danger of being the only team to finish the World Cup in Russia without a goal. The Costa Ricans slipped out of contention after losing 1-0 … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Costa Rica risks unwanted record in Russia

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in … Continue reading ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

MOSCOW | No team but 2 referees for US at World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW — Jair Murrufo remembers the first time he picked up a whistle and called a soccer match. “My father kept saying, ‘Hey, you want to be a referee?’ And I’m 19 years old, and I’m like, ‘No, why would I want to do that?’” he recalled. That was an under-8 contest filled with kids … Continue reading MOSCOW | No team but 2 referees for US at World Cup in Russia

MADRID | Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid, putting an end to widespread speculation that the France forward would leave to join Spanish rival Barcelona. Griezmann says Thursday that “I have decided to stay” at the end of a 45-minute television special called “The Decision,” broadcast on Spanish TV station Movistar … Continue reading MADRID | Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid

BRONNITSY, Russia | Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

BRONNITSY, Russia (AP) — In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn’t be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the height effect. Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russia, with an average … Continue reading BRONNITSY, Russia | Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: Abortion debate reaches Argentina team in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup, including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 6:47 p.m. The issue of legalizing abortion in Argentina has reached the national team at the World Cup in Russia. Goalkeepers Wilfredo Caballero and Nahuel Guzman were asked about it at a news … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Abortion debate reaches Argentina team in Russia

SYDNEY | World Cup: Cahill makes Australia’s provisional squad

SYDNEY (AP) — Tim Cahill has been included in Australia’s provisional squad for this year’s World Cup in Russia, boosting his prospects of being selected for a fourth World Cup. Cahill was among 32 players picked in an expanded training squad, announced by coach Bert van Marwijk on Monday, but the veteran striker faces an … Continue reading SYDNEY | World Cup: Cahill makes Australia’s provisional squad

CAIRO | Salah furious over image rights dispute with soccer body

CAIRO (AP) — Premier League leading scorer Mohamed Salah said Sunday he is insulted over the unauthorized use of his image and blames the Egyptian Football Association in a dispute that comes less than two months before the World Cup in Russia. The Egyptian soccer star is furious his image features prominently on the outside … Continue reading CAIRO | Salah furious over image rights dispute with soccer body

The Latest: Russia: UK expulsion ‘hostile, unacceptable’

LONDON/March 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Russia’s UK ambassador says Britain’s decision to expel some 23 Russian diplomats is hostile and unacceptable. The embassy says in a statement Wednesday that U.K. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office … Continue reading The Latest: Russia: UK expulsion ‘hostile, unacceptable’

Tottenham keeps EPL top-4 hopes on track despite Kane injury

LONDON /March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A goal down and Harry Kane injured, Tottenham’s bid for a third consecutive Premier League top-four finish looked to be taking a serious hit. Mauricio Pochettino’s team had other ideas, delivering a stirring comeback to defeat Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday. Dele Alli equalized, before Son Heung-min struck twice and Serge … Continue reading Tottenham keeps EPL top-4 hopes on track despite Kane injury

FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup

ZURICH /March 3, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — FIFA’s rule-making panel approved adding video review to the laws of soccer on Saturday, clearing the way for its use at the World Cup in June. The panel, known as IFAB, voted unanimously to begin updating the game’s written rules to include video assistant referees (VAR) and let competition … Continue reading FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup

Monaco title challenge fades after draw at Montpellier

PARIS/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Monaco drew at Montpellier 0-0 on Saturday and further relinquished its grip on the French title it won so convincingly last season. If league leader Paris Saint-Germain wins at fifth-place Nantes on Sunday it will move 11 points clear of Monaco with 20 of 38 matches played. Monaco scored more than 150 … Continue reading Monaco title challenge fades after draw at Montpellier

FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero

RIO DE JANEIRO/December 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Marco Polo del Nero was suspended Friday as the head of the Brazilian soccer confederation, a move that could bring him closer to facing trial in the United States on charges of racketeering and money laundering. FIFA said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been … Continue reading FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero