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Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

Jun. 20, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — No beer at this time of year? A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe, sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup. Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, says...

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations. The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the...

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...

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo walked out for warmups at sun-splashed Luzhniki Stadium with diamonds affixed to each earlobe and a new goatee sprouting from his chin — like a goat, get it? Greatest of All Time. He sparkled, even before the opening whistle of Portugal's World Cup match against...

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...

Brazil says FIFA has dismissed its complaint over VAR use

Jun. 20, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Brazilian soccer federation says FIFA has dismissed its complaint over the use of video review in the team's World Cup opener against Switzerland. The federation said Wednesday FIFA didn't specifically address the plays contested by Brazil: non-calls on a push inside the area...

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...

Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he's ready

Jun. 20, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World Cup A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the team's biggest star was just fine....

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

Jun. 20, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players. Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning. The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King's social media accounts...