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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...

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...

Ziyech fails to live up to hype after glaring Morocco miss

Jun. 15, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Hakim Ziyech had the perfect chance to give Morocco an early lead against Iran in their opening World Cup match on Friday when the ball rolled to him near the penalty spot. He whiffed. Ziyech missed the ball, which went under his foot, and swiping at thin air was the not the...

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

Jun. 15, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation. Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good. In the second dramatic finish to a World Cup match on...

Trump says he 'worked hard' on World Cup bid, thanks Kraft

Jun. 15, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing...

Diplomat who helped Jews flee Holocaust gets highway marker

Jun. 15, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A state historical highway marker will be dedicated this month to a diplomat from Virginia who helped 1,200 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust. Lynchburg native James Rives Childs served in the U.S. Army as a code breaker in France during World War I. After working for the American...

The Latest: Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

Jun. 14, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local): ___ 11:20 p.m. The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer. Spain is in chaos...

Spain and Portugal both distracted before World Cup opener

Jun. 14, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Spain and Portugal meet for just the second time in the World Cup in one of the most intriguing games of the group stage. Spain is in chaos after firing its coach two days before Friday's match, and Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming...

US gets Russia's World Cup vote as logic trumps politics

Jun. 13, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States was able to celebrate a World Cup victory in Russia after all. Thanks to assistance from the host nation at a FIFA Congress addressed by President Vladimir Putin. For all the geopolitical tensions between the superpowers, Russia had no qualms about pressing the electronic...

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

Jun. 13, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the...