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The Latest: Portugal, Spain want routine wins to advance

Jun. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:10 a.m. Portugal and Spain want routine victories to lock up its place in the knockout rounds. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament Monday includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces...

Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can't coast to World Cup 2nd round

Jun. 24, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to secure its place in the round of 16. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces...

Smolov back in Samara, where he scored his 1st club goal

Jun. 24, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Russia forward Fyodor Smolov is back in Samara, the city where he scored his first league goal in 2008. He's not very sentimental about it, though. "That was 10 years ago, and now we are playing here at the World Cup and that's a different situation," said Smolov, who is a member of...

Russia's World Cup fixer deals with scams and injuries

Jun. 24, 2018 8:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Oleg Semyonov is Russia's World Cup fixer. The call center he runs for fans is a hubbub of talk in several languages, resolving taxi scams, ticket fraud and even medical emergencies. "Fans from Tunisia, Morocco, Asian countries celebrate so emotionally on Manezh or Nikolskaya," he says,...

The Latest: England-Panama game could decide World Cup group

Jun. 23, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:11 a.m. If more stoppage-time drama is too much to ask of this suddenly stunner-filled World Cup, at least Sunday could bring more clarity about which teams will make it out of their groups. England starts the day with a question...

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Xhaka, Shaqiri

Jun. 23, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA's disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for goal celebrations during their 2-1 win over Serbia in Kaliningrad. FIFA also said Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd...

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

Jun. 23, 2018 2:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling, laughing and cheering. While foreign spectators from all over the world are having a blast at the World Cup being hosted by Russia, human rights activists are urging them not to overlook the other...

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:13 a.m. Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance? The World Cup could take...

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 12 barrel...

The Latest: Musa gives Nigeria 1-0 lead vs Iceland

Jun. 22, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:08 p.m. Ahmed Musa has scored in the 49th minute to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead against Iceland at the World Cup. Musa's half-volley came after a quick Nigeria counter attack which started in its own area. Victor Moses crossed from the...