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Brazilian super-volunteer is back _ at her 2nd Confed Cup
MOSCOW (AP) -- She has worked at the World Cup, European Championship, Olympic Games and the Confederations Cup. A high-ranking sports official?...

Russia has reasons for optimism despite Confed Cup exit
MOSCOW (AP) -- When the anger subsides after another group stage exit and another goalkeeping blunder, Russian fans might find they can be proud of their team at the Confederations Cup....

European champion Portugal is not only about Ronaldo
KAZAN, Russia (AP) -- He may be a great player, but Portugal is not just Cristiano Ronaldo. A whole array of players has driven the team to the top of European football....

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- European champion Portugal showed 95th-ranked New Zealand the respect of selecting Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars when rest was an option....

Germany's Goretzka in demand after new diet-aided healing
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- With his lung-bursting runs, shrewd vision on the ball and versatility linking up play, Leon Goretzka's reputation as Germany's midfield dynamo is growing by the game....

Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico
KAZAN, Russia (AP) -- Host nation Russia fought valiantly but could not avoid early elimination at the Confederations Cup after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday, a result that secured the Mexicans a place in the semifinals of the World Cup warm-up tournament....

Hiddink urges FIFA to pick best referees for World Cup
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- FIFA should pick the best referees for the World Cup and not limit its list to one per nation, according to coaching great Guus Hiddink....