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Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check

Jul. 20, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jul. 20, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

A boy catches water droplets in the Philippine capital, Manila, where heavy monsoon rains brought floods and shut schools and workplaces. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Indian children at a school hostel watch on laptops the World Cup final match between France and Croatia on the...

Alisson joins Liverpool as world's most expensive goalie

Jul. 19, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson became the world's most expensive goalkeeper on Thursday when he joined Liverpool from Roma. Roma said the deal for Brazil's starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia "could be worth up to 72.5 million euros" ($84.5 million). "In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for...

Sarri wants to meet Hazard over Chelsea future; Zola returns

Jul. 18, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri called Eden Hazard one of the top two or three players in Europe on Wednesday, and said he wants to meet the Belgium forward face-to-face to discuss his future. Chelsea, the 2017 Premier League champion, later announced that Gianfranco Zola has returned to the...

Mourinho bemoans 'very bad' preseason for United

Jul. 18, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described the team's preseason as "very bad" because of the disruption caused by the World Cup and the absence of Alexis Sanchez for the tour of the United States. Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Phil...

Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

Jul. 18, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has strongly criticized a far-right singer's participation in the celebration welcoming Croatia's national soccer team home from the World Cup. The center issued a statement on Wednesday that described Marko Perkovic — who goes by the...

World Cup finale reaches 16 million viewers in U.S.

Jul. 17, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday. While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in viewership from the...

World Cup winner Mbappe donating bonus of about $350,000

Jul. 17, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Teenage World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is giving his bonus to an association that puts sports in the lives of hospitalized children. The head of Premiers de Cordee (First in Line), Sebastien Ruffin, says two weeks before France clinched the World Cup he was informed that Mbappe would give the...

Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge

Jul. 17, 2018 7:07 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down. The Icelandic Football Association says Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to leave at his own request, ending seven years in the role. Hallgrimsson was the co-coach with Lars Lagerback of Sweden at the European...

The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar

Jul. 17, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The "next" World Cup got plenty of hype in Russia. A massive cube was alight with video images of "Qatar 2022" in Gorky Park, while the ground floor of the high-end shopping mall at Red Square was devoted to displays touting the event. But apart from a social media campaign, there was little...