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France goes 3-0 at World Cup with 1-0 win over Nigeria

Jun. 17, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

France completed World Cup group play with a 3-0 record for the first time, beating Nigeria 1-0 Monday night at Rennes when Wendie Renard converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after missing her first attempt but getting a second chance. France will play a third-place team on Sunday at Le Havre in the round...

30 killed in Nigeria suicide bombing while watching TV match

Jun. 17, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Nigeria say at least 30 people have been killed by a suicide bomber. The victims had been watching a soccer match on television Sunday night in the town of Konduga in Nigeria's Borno state. Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency...

France looking to close out World Cup group play undefeated

Jun. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France hit its first goal by advancing to the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup. Now the host nation wants to make a statement by rolling through group play undefeated. France closes its Group A play Monday against Nigeria in Rennes, and Corinne Diacre expects her squad to have a 3-0 record...

Analysis: A global NBA now has a truly global champion

Jun. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself "world champions." These Toronto...

Brazil unsure if Marta will play against Australia

Jun. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Brazil played coy on the status of star player Marta ahead of its Women's World Cup match against Australia, a team reeling from a first-round upset and unsure if it will face the six-time FIFA Player of the Year. Marta did not play in Brazil's opening game against Jamaica because of a left...

Germany looks strong, as usual, heading into the World Cup

Jun. 8, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Now the Women's World Cup gets down to business. After the gala opening match in Paris on Friday night which saw host France emerge victorious, the group stage of soccer's most prestigious tournament goes into full swing with three matches on Saturday. Two-time World Cup champion Germany,...

Nigerian ambassador is next UN General Assembly president

Jun. 4, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Members of the United Nations General Assembly have chosen the Nigerian ambassador to the world body as its next president. They elected Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (teeh-JAH'-neeh moo-HAH'-mahd BAN-deeh) by acclamation Tuesday to preside over the 74th U.N. session for one year, starting...

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in again, faces challenges

May. 29, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns over his health. The 76-year-old former military dictator read the...

Soto leads US over Nigeria 2-0 at Under-20 World Cup

May. 27, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

Sebastian Soto scored a pair of goals, and the United States beat Nigeria 2-0 Monday in the Under-20 World Cup at Bielsko Biala, Poland, to rebound from an opening loss to Ukraine. Soto headed in Alex Mendez's corner kick from 5 yards in the 18th minute, getting free from defender Zulkifilu Rabiu, then doubled...

Suspected extremists kill at least 20 in Nigeria ambush

May. 25, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say at least 20 people are dead and many others are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a military and civilian convoy in Nigeria's northeast. The witnesses say the military was relocating civilians to a displacement camp in Damboa on Saturday morning when the ambush...