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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...

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

Jul. 14, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European...

AP PHOTOS: Belgium, England put on one last World Cup show

Jul. 14, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The consolation game, the bronze-medal match, the half-hearted fight for third place. Playing the World Cup's penultimate and least popular contest Saturday in St. Petersburg, England and Belgium could have packed it in. Instead, it turned into a valedictory of sorts for some...

The Latest: Martinez praises Belgians for style, substance

Jul. 14, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 9 p.m. Roberto Martinez believes his Belgium lineup deserves high praise for its third-place finish at the World Cup. Belgium beat England 2-0 in the third-place playoff on Saturday at St. Petersburg, surpassing the country's previous...

The Latest: Belgium 1-0 at halftime in 3rd-place playoff

Jul. 14, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 5: 47 p.m. Belgium has taken a 1-0 lead into halftime in its World Cup third-place playoff against England. Thomas Meunier gave the Belgians the lead in the fourth minute, scoring from close range off a cross from Nacer Chadli....

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...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup

Jul. 13, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup, which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. KEEP KICKING AND CARRY ON Gareth Southgate and Roberto...

Protests, diplomatic backflips mark Trump's visit to England

Jul. 13, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump closed out a turbulent 30-hour visit to England on Friday that featured massive protests, moments of pageantry and startling diplomatic backflips as the U.S. leader tried to smooth over controversies on trade, Brexit and his critical assessment of British Prime Minister...

Southgate and Martinez tackle a game no one wants to play

Jul. 13, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — How do you stay motivated for the game no one wants to play? England and Belgium have different answers. After both were eliminated in the World Cup semifinals, a once-in-a-lifetime chance gone, the teams have to play again in Saturday's third-place game. As always in English...

The Latest: Croatia, Sweden fined $50,000 for branded socks

Jul. 13, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 7:20 p.m. FIFA has fined Croatia and Sweden 50,000 Swiss francs ($49,990) each for players wearing non-approved socks in games against England. FIFA says one Croatia player "displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing...