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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...

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...

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

Jul. 16, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red —...

More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

Jul. 16, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the national team on Monday despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Hundreds of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white checkered colors and...

The Latest: French leader to soccer team: 'Don't change'

Jul. 16, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France celebrating team's World Cup victory (all times local): 8:35 p.m. France's World Cup champions are sharing their win on the soccer field with hundreds of youth at the presidential Elysee Palace after getting a hero's welcome home in Paris. Following a victory lap down the...

WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

Jul. 16, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Even FIFA accepts the soccer showpiece might never be so engrossing again. Russia might have staged the last 32-team World Cup. Or at least the last one not shoehorned in a crammed format at the end of the calendar...

No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

Jul. 16, 2018 2:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kylian Mbappe high-fived a political protester who invaded the field during the World Cup final. French President Emmanuel Macron leapt out of his seat in a VVIP area that included a leader charged with genocide. And Vladimir Putin was drenched in a sudden downpour as the trophy was handed...

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

Jul. 16, 2018 1:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

Jul. 15, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions...