International soccer

Russian police detane Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, center, as he holds a banner that read "Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people" near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. A British LGBT activist has been detained has been detained near the Red Square for holding a one-man protest against Russia's abuse of gays. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
June 16, 2018 - 4:38 pm
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...
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Brazil head coach Tite arrives to a press conference after Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
June 16, 2018 - 4:32 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not perfect. Brazil, which will play its first World Cup match since its humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinals against Switzerland on Sunday, has lost only...
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Mexico players listen to Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, left, during Mexico's official training on the eve of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
June 16, 2018 - 2:35 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has spotted a weakness in Germany's defense. The Colombian said Saturday that Germany's four-man backline leaves itself open to being hit on the counterattack because it plays too high up the field. "Any team that tries to play with a back four at the...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi covers his face at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
June 16, 2018 - 1:11 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi's genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games. Add Messi's saved attempt against Iceland on Saturday at the World Cup to misses for Argentina in shootouts for the Copa America title, and for Barcelona in a Champions League...
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Egypt captain Essam El Hadary reacts during a press conference on the eve of the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
June 16, 2018 - 1:08 pm
ST. PETERSBUG, Russia (AP) — A string of spectacular saves in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay earned goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy the man of the match distinction and an outpouring of admiration at home in what is a dream World Cup debut for the 29-year-old. So, is the Essam El Hadary era nearing its...
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FILE - In this file photo from May 13, 2018, Cossacks practice on the bank of the Don river near the World Cup stadium before a Russian league match between Rostov and Ural, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 16, 2018 - 10:58 am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — A senior official in Russia's southern Rostov region says Cossack patrols in this World Cup city will "display their military skills" and not replace the role of police. Deputy regional governor Igor Guskov told reporters Saturday that members of the academy of the self...
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Australia's Robbie Kruse, center, and Andrew Nabbout, right, react on referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay, left, after he watches a replay on a screen during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
June 16, 2018 - 10:39 am
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game. The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2018 file photo, Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic during the international friendly soccer match between Serbia and Nigeria at The Hive Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
June 16, 2018 - 10:08 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Serbia's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday will have added significance for Branislav Ivanovic. A win would be nice, but the 34-year-old defender and former Chelsea player could make his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. "He...
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Brazil's soccer players Philippe Coutinho, right, and Gabriel Jesus practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Brazil will face Switzerland on June 17 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 16, 2018 - 8:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Brazil's quest for World Cup redemption begins Sunday. So does Germany's title defense. The nations are forever linked by Germany's 7-1 humiliation of host Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. This year's Brazil squad is stacked with talented strikers as usual, while top-ranked...
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FILE - In this file photo from June 1, 2018, Belgium players warm up during a training session at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
June 16, 2018 - 6:36 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The celebration after Panama qualified for the World Cup was wild and emotional, enough that Panama City essentially shut down in honor of reaching soccer's showcase event for the first time. Elation from that night last October was replaced with a stark dose of reality when...
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