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Fans at World Cup criticized for videos disrespecting women

Jun. 20, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Some Latin American fans at the World Cup are receiving strong criticism for sexist behavior and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which they encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. In one of a handful of...

Iran player dodges question on women's rights at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Women's rights are a sensitive issue within the Iran team at the World Cup. Masoud Shojaei was evasive during his team's news conference Tuesday when the midfielder was asked what he thought of Iranian women in stadiums in Russia. "With all due respect for you and your question, we are...

Aussies undeterred by opening loss at the World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 5:34 AM EDT

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Far from being discouraged about a heartbreaking opening loss to France, Australia is confident going into another tough World Cup match against Denmark. The plucky underdog label seems to inspire the Socceroos. Australia fell 2-1 to the French on Saturday in Kazan. But the scoreline...

The Latest: Croatia beats Nigeria on own-goal, penalty kick

Jun. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 12 a.m. Luka Modric scored on a penalty kick after Croatia went ahead on an own-goal by Nigeria in a 2-0 victory in their World Cup match on Saturday night. Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo deflected the ball into his own net in the 32nd...

The Latest: Ronaldo 3, Spain 3: Star's hat trick earns draw

Jun. 15, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, capped by a dipping free kick in the 88th minute as Portugal and Spain played to a wild 3-3 draw in the Group B opener for both countries.  Ronaldo scored twice in the first...

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

Jun. 15, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation. Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good. In the second dramatic finish to a World Cup match on...

Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

Jun. 15, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Iranian fans at the national team's first game at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting Iran's ban on women attending soccer matches back home. The banner read "#NoBan4Women" and "Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums" and it was held aloft during the match against...

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

Jun. 14, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country's green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup's opening match. More importantly, perhaps, they were...

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

Jun. 14, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local): ___ 11:20 p.m. The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer. Spain is in chaos...

Russian official urges love at World Cup after backlash

Jun. 14, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian women and visiting World Cup soccer fans: be fruitful and multiply. After a lawmaker caused a backlash on social media by advising Russian women against getting involved with soccer fans from different countries and races, one of her colleagues is urging love and procreation during...