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Court says soccer's Maradona can pursue ex-wife case in US

Aug. 8, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona can pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. against his ex-wife claiming she misappropriated some of his money to buy Florida real estate, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state 3rd District Court of Appeal decided that a lower court correctly refused to dismiss...

Pavard's goal against Argentina voted best of World Cup

Jul. 25, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Benjamin Pavard has beaten Juan Quintero into second place in a fans' online vote to pick the best goal of the World Cup. France defender Pavard's spinning right-foot shot against Argentina in the round of 16 came top out of 18 candidates for the award. More than three million votes were...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. Croatia, a...

Matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France, Croatia

Jul. 14, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A look at the matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia: GOALKEEPERS French fans were concerned about Hugo Lloris, who set the tone for a shaky season with Tottenham last August when he allowed Marcos Alonso's 10-yard shot in the 88th minute to slip under his body,...

Paths to the final: France's was simple, Croatia's brutal

Jul. 14, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France and Croatia started their paths to the World Cup final similarly, needing a little help from their foes and officials to get their first wins. Both have benefited from great goalkeeping along the way. And both racked up goals against Argentina to help send the two-time champions home....

Reasons why France will win the World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — With a squad valued at over $1 billion dollars that includes teenager Kylian Mbappe, a coach who won the World Cup as a player in 1998 and a day more than Croatia to rest and prepare for the final, France should win soccer's most coveted trophy for the second time. After a labored opening 2-1...

A capsule look at the France-Croatia World Cup final

Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow (11 a.m. EDT, 6 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Les Bleus have an average age of just over 26, one of the youngest in the tournament, and an exciting, speedy spark in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who will be difficult for Croatia to...

Mbappe, France to face Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

Jul. 13, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle. Whether France wins its second title in 20 years or Croatia raises the trophy for the first time Sunday at the Luzhniki...

Column: Deschamps poised to make coaching history for France

Jul. 13, 2018 8:15 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Halftime at the 1998 World Cup final, France is 2-0 up against Brazil. In the locker room, Zinedine Zidane is flat on his back on the floor, legs raised on a bench, catching his breath after scoring both goals. Other players are getting thigh massages. But Didier Deschamps, the captain and a...