World Cup 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’