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Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Jun. 18, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now. But could the outcome of a crucial World Cup clash between the two nations damage their relations? Probably not, but as is frequently the case with soccer, Tuesday's game in St....

Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

Jun. 18, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year's World Cup. Russia dismissed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but the lopsided victory failed to show if the team is actually good...

The Latest: Lukaku scores twice as Belgium beats Panama 3-0

Jun. 18, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:53 p.m. Belgium broke lose in the second half to defeat newcomer Panama 3-0 in its opening World Cup game in Sochi. After struggling to find the net in the first half, the talented Belgian squad comfortably reached victory with a goal...

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

Jun. 18, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. But if President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles and...

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

Jun. 18, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — If President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported automobiles and parts, experts say it will cut auto sales and cost jobs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Trump has asked the Commerce Department to study the tariffs on national security grounds, hoping to...

Colombia's Rodriguez not confirmed for World Cup opener

Jun. 18, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — The top scorer of the 2014 World Cup is not guaranteed to play in Colombia's opening match against Japan. James Rodriguez is recovering from a left calf injury and coach Jose Pekerman would not confirm if Colombia's star midfielder will even be on the bench for Tuesday's game. "We...

Carlotta weakens to tropical depression off Mexico's coast

Jun. 18, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Tropical Storm Carlotta edged along Mexico's Pacific coast as a tropical depression Monday, bringing heavy rains that posed a threat of flash flooding and mudslides on shore. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Carlotta had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph) in the...

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

Jun. 18, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control. Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the...

Uruguay turning to veterans against Saudi Arabia

Jun. 18, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Not everything has gone according to plan for Uruguay and coach Oscar Tabarez. They had to fight harder than expected for a 1-0 win in their World Cup opener against an Egypt squad missing star Mohamed Salah. It took 13 attempts before Jose Gimenez's last-gasp header. The...

Forget stylish attacking moves, this is set-piece World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics. This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off of set pieces and...