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Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. Stalingrad, the name of the city on the Volga river between 1925 and 1961, is now often...

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...

Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

Jun. 19, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What a transformation. Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of "Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!" reverberated through the St. Petersburg Stadium...

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...

Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

Jun. 19, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday. Confounding...

Try as he might, Salah couldn't do enough to give Egypt win

Jun. 19, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Try as he might, Mohamed Salah couldn't do enough to give Egypt the victory it needed at the World Cup. The Premier League player of the year won and converted a late consolation penalty in his team's 3-1 loss to Russia on Tuesday, a result that makes it extremely unlikely for...

Cuper uncertain over his Egypt future after World Cup loss

Jun. 19, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Hector Cuper doesn't know what his future holds now that Egypt is on the brink of World Cup elimination. Egypt lost Tuesday for the second time of the tournament when it fell 3-1 to host Russia. Asked after the game if he thinks he will retain his job as coach, Cuper was...

Senegal saves Africa from embarrassment at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — By starting its World Cup with a win, Senegal also saved Africa from embarrassment in the tournament. The continent was facing the prospect of a worst-ever World Cup start before Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday. The 2-1 victory was the first and only African win in the first round of matches,...

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

Jun. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty...

Saudi coach says players not rattled by plane incident

Jun. 19, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national team endured an engine malfunction on the flight to Rostov-on-Don. That's not exactly the best preparation for a World Cup match against Uruguay. The Saudis landed in the southern Russian city late Monday after flames were seen coming out of one of the...