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Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 4:52 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro had an abrupt answer to those asking questions about his tactics and strategies at the World Cup. "I'm the new coach. I'm the national coach," the former Real Madrid captain said. "You have to get used to that." No doubt about that. In just two matches in charge of the...

Iran lists demands for improving relations with US

Jun. 21, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has announced a list of 15 demands for improving relations with the United States, including a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear accord, in response to a similar list of demands made by Washington last month. In an article in a state-owned newspaper Thursday, Foreign Minister...

Iran staff member hospitalized during Spain game

Jun. 20, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — A member of the Iranian national team staff was hospitalized Wednesday after the team was denied a goal following a video review during a World Cup match against Spain. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not reveal the identity of the person, who felt ill after referee Andres Cunha...

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup. During a frustrating evening at the Kazan Arena when the 2010 champions struggled to break through the stubborn Iranian defense, Diego Costa scored on a deflection for a 1-0...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

Jun. 20, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:16 a.m. Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi over an ad...

Player union blasts concussion management at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The impact to his head was so violent that Noureddine Amrabat can't remember the World Cup match at all, even though he was playing in it. "Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran. "When you think...

Iran arrests lawyer for criticizing execution

Jun. 20, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian lawyer has been arrested for "spreading lies" after saying on social media that a Sufi executed this week was wrongfully convicted. Mohammed Salas was hanged on Monday after ramming police with a bus as they dispersed a Sufi rally in February, killing three police. The...

The Latest: Rakitic casts vote for Messi in GOAT debate

Jun. 20, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Ivan Rakitic has taken sides in the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. The Croatia midfielder says "For me, Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. And I hope he will continue playing for as long as he wants." Rakitic's spoke...

Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated

Jun. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup. The Portugal forward headed in a fourth-minute cross from the right to give Portugal a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. It was his 85th goal for his country, the most...

Iran's top leader opposes joining anti-money-laundering body

Jun. 20, 2018 7:11 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publically opposed joining a global anti-money laundering convention. Referring to recent debates in country's parliament on joining the Financial Action Task Force, Khamenei told lawmakers Wednesday: "It is not necessary to join...