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Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From a childhood blighted by war to a successful playing career now being muddied by a criminal case, Luka Modric has arrived at the World Cup final with plenty of life experiences. Through it all, the Croatia playmaker will be the key member of a team that will face France on Sunday at the...

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...

Despite off-field chaos, limited resources, Croatia in final

Jul. 13, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Davor Suker was discussing the magnitude of Croatia's achievement reaching the World Cup final when he was interrupted in the Moscow hotel lobby by a familiar figure. One man is always "boss" for the former Arsenal and Croatia striker. "Davor," inquired Arsene Wenger, his coach at Arsenal....

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Convicted Croatia team official keeps World Cup VIP status

Jul. 11, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section on Wednesday despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric. When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the...

Croatia official allowed to watch semis despite conviction

Jul. 11, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA is letting a top Croatian soccer official watch the team's World Cup semifinal against England from a VIP section on Wednesday despite him being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of Luka Modric. When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the...

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...

Croatia's golden generation keen to live up to expectations

Jun. 15, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — For Croatia's golden generation, the great expectations held by key players outshine even those of the team's fanatical fans at the World Cup. There is speculation that the tournament in Russia could be the last chance of collective success for a talented crop of Croats that...

WORLD CUP: Swiss have talent to go far but face tough start

Jun. 12, 2018 8:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's World Cup prospects are one of the hardest to predict, and also the most intriguing. Ranked No. 6, the Swiss have enough talented players in the peak years of their careers to go far in Russia. Coach Vladimir Petkovic confidently said there was no limit to his team's potential...

Ex-soccer boss sentenced in Croatia after corruption trial

Jun. 6, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion over deals that included the sale of Croatia World Cup stars Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren. Mamic, 58, was not in court in the eastern town of Osijek when...