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Vikings' public relations staff wins Pete Rozelle Award

Jun. 18, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

The Minnesota Vikings' public relations staff has won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for excellence in dealing with the media. The Vikings' PR staff is the 29th Rozelle Award winner and earned the award for the first time in club history. Minnesota is the 15th different...

The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:09 a.m. Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on...

The Latest: Pogba goal for France now an Australia own goal

Jun. 18, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Paul Pogba is no longer the scorer of France's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Australia. FIFA says its panel of former coaches and players analyzing World Cup games judged that Australia defender Aziz Behich got the...

TV host Jimmy Kimmel beat by Sen. Ted Cruz in charity game

Jun. 17, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic. With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate...

England reconnects with disaffected fans with image makeover

Jun. 17, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, England (AP) — Whatever happens to England at the World Cup, at least the reception facing the squad should be less brutal than it was in 2014 after its exit following the group stage. For once, the players can't be accused of hiding away, retreating behind their headphones. The hallmark of...

Anti-racism group blames local officials for eviction

Jun. 16, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city. The Fare Network, which helps FIFA and UEFA investigate cases of discriminatory behavior by fans, had planned to operate...

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

Jun. 15, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in...

Oklahoma City Thunder won't renew contract of announcer

Jun. 15, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder will not renew the contract of the only television play-by-play announcer the team has had since it relocated in 2008. The team said Friday the contract of Brian Davis, play-by-play announcer since the team relocated from Seattle, will not be renewed for 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...

Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Romania's Halep sparks outrage

Jun. 15, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have been expressing outrage at a cartoon in the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo likening their newly crowned tennis champion to a Roma scrap metal collector. The caricature in Thursday's edition of the weekly showed Simona Halep holding up her French Open...