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Wedding to follow World Cup for US teammates Krieger, Harris

Jun. 19, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Many World Cup teammates have special bonds. The tie that binds U.S. defender Ali Krieger and American goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris is among the strongest at the tournament. They got engaged last year and are planning a December wedding. "A lot of our teammates with their partners and spouses,...

Platini: "It hurts," soccer star says of police questioning

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday morning...

Soccer great now mired in corruption scandals

Jun. 18, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his...

Kerr has 4 goals and Australia beats Jamaica 4-1

Jun. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

Sam Kerr scored four goals, one shy of the World Cup record and the most by an Australian, in a 4-1 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night at Grenoble, France, that advanced the Matildas into the knockout rounds Kerr tied American Alex Morgan for the tournament lead with five goals. "I actually wanted more after...

England and Japan to meet in rematch of 2015 semifinal

Jun. 18, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — England was overjoyed to make it to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup four years ago, an overachievement the squad believed, so the eliminating loss to Japan wasn't a surprise or a bitter disappointment. Much has changed in mentality and quality of play since, and England no longer is...

France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

Jun. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part,...

US wants win vs Swedes, even if it would mean tougher path

Jun. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Victory is the goal for the United States in its group stage finale against Sweden, even though a loss might give the Americans an easier path through the knockout rounds of the Women's World Cup. "I think it's in our team's DNA to want to win and do really well," defender Abby...

Boeing signs first deal for 737 Max jet since deadly crashes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Boeing is selling its 737 Max planes again. The company announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and other carriers, signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft. Boeing said it's the first sale of the jetliner...

AP Interview: Russia's MiG sees drones as fighter jet future

Jun. 18, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The head of Russia's MiG warplane manufacturer says his company is entering the drone market, and sees pilotless fighter jets as the future. Ilya Tarasenko said in an interview Tuesday at the Paris Air Show that "we have several options that we are preparing for the market" and...

The Latest: Blatter says Paris meeting swayed vote for Qatar

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting in Paris involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini and Qatar's future Emir swayed the 2022 World Cup...