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Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

Jun. 23, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden's penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from...

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

Jun. 23, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the...

The Latest: Kroos' late winner revives Germany hopes

Jun. 23, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden. Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of...

Belgium looks best yet at World Cup in 5-2 rout of Tunisia

Jun. 23, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium seems to be getting better and better — maybe even the best yet at the World Cup. It's still early, but a hugely talented Belgian squad made a big statement on Saturday in its 5-2 rout of Tunisia. No team has scored more goals than Belgium's eight, and only Cristiano Ronaldo...

Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — The criticism of Mexico's national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16. "We didn't...

Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care

Jun. 23, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team's coach needing medical attention. Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, the team said Saturday, but added Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite undergoing...

England seeks own version of 'happy football' at World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 1:54 PM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — The England soccer team is apparently described in China as one of those that plays "happy football." It's not meant as a compliment. At the World Cup, a Chinese reporter revealed to England coach Gareth Southgate on Saturday that the term coined on Chinese social media...

Serbs angrier at World Cup ref than at nationalist gestures

Jun. 23, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring. Years of simmering Balkan tensions surfaced at the World Cup on Friday night as...

Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with LA Kings

Jun. 23, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings. The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL. The 35-year-old...

Friendship between players has limits at World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive mainstay...