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Outspoken Spain defenders making headlines at the World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Win or lose, Spain's outspoken central defenders aren't wary of controversy. Not even at the World Cup. Two matches into the tournament, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have already attracted headlines for their unguarded comments in Russia. Ramos had a spat with Diego Maradona and with...

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...

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...

Ronaldo moves atop Europe's international scoring list

Jun. 20, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's teams win trophies, but he takes home quite a bit of hardware himself. On Wednesday, the five-time FIFA player of the year added another personal milestone: In scoring the only goal in Portugal's match against Morocco at the World Cup, Ronaldo became Europe's...

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 4:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year's World...

Raised in Madrid, Cheryshev becomes Russia's World Cup star

Jun. 19, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia's team. Now he's the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup's top scorer. Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as Russia...

Coaches of Spain, Iran big fans of each other at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was a big fan of Fernando Hierro the player. He believes the former Real Madrid captain has all the qualities to deliver success at the World Cup as Spain's coach too. Among Queiroz's big regrets is having been deprived of the opportunity to coach Hierro...

Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 11:17 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz...

Salah has the chance to get Egypt's World Cup party going

Jun. 17, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah has the perfect chance to start Egypt's World Cup party and put Russia's on hold when he returns for a crucial match on Tuesday. Egypt needs his mercurial talent and scoring touch, for defeat will end Egypt's World Cup outright if Uruguay beats Saudi Arabia on...

Modric scores 1, sets up another as Croatia tops Nigeria 2-0

Jun. 16, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Even in a more defensive role, Luka Modric can still lead the attack. The Croatia midfielder scored one goal and set up the other in his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday at the World Cup. Modric sent in a corner that was headed by two teammates and then deflected into...