International soccer

Brazil head coach Tite gestures during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 23, 2018 - 1:45 pm
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team's coach needing medical attention. Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, the team said Saturday, but added Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite...
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Senegal's Sadio Mane smiles during the official press conference on the eve of the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 23, 2018 - 1:28 pm
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive...
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This Thursday, June 21 photo, released by the National Security Ministry shows fake World Cup trophies stuffed with cocaine, and the product itself on display next to the trophies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The ministry said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in the fake World Cup trophies. The so-called "Narcos de la Copa" took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions. (National Security Ministry via AP)
June 23, 2018 - 12:44 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor. The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies. The so-called "Narcos de la Copa" took...
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Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
June 23, 2018 - 12:30 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium seems to be getting better and better — maybe even the best yet at the World Cup. It's still early, but a hugely talented Belgian squad made a big statement on Saturday in its 5-2 rout of Tunisia. No team has scored more goals than Belgium's eight, and only Cristiano Ronaldo...
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FILE - In this file photo from June 10, 2018, Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, right, and Chechnya's regional leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, greet soccer fans as they arrive to attend a team training session in Grozny, Russia. (AP Photo, File)
June 23, 2018 - 10:00 am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has granted honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad. The Pharaohs, as the Egyptian squad is known, adopted the Russian region's capital, Grozny, as their base for the tournament...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, former Spanish soccer international Carles Puyol arrives at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. The former captain of Spain's national soccer team, Carles Puyol, is claiming that Iranian TV officials barred him from appearing as a World Cup commentator because of his long hair. Iranian officials have denied the claim. The report on Saturday, June 23, 2018 by Jam-e Jam newspaper's TV affiliate quotes government TV official Morteza Mirbagheri as saying the issue was about money not hair. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)
June 23, 2018 - 7:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The former captain of Spain's national soccer team, Carles Puyol, is claiming that Iranian TV officials barred him from appearing as a World Cup commentator because of his long hair. Iranian officials have denied the claim. The Saturday report by Jam-e Jam newspaper's TV...
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Iceland soccer fans watch the final minutes on television of the team's loss to Nigeria in a World Cup soccer match at a sports bar, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 23, 2018 - 7:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — American soccer fans: Iceland's prime minister wants your support. The United States is absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1986, which means up to 325 million Americans are temporarily free agents. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir says her island nation about 900...
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England head coach Gareth Southgate attends England's official training in Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018 on the eve of the group G match between Panama and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 23, 2018 - 6:11 am
ZELENOGORSK, Russia (AP) — Dele Alli has returned to practice with the England squad but carried out individual drills away from the main group, keeping him in doubt for the World Cup match against Panama. The midfielder hurt his thigh in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday and didn't practice...
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Brazil head coach Tite gestures during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 23, 2018 - 6:00 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It will be remembered for Neymar's post-game tears, the two injury-time goals, and another big call from the video assistant referee. Yet the dramatic finish to Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica was instructive in showing the thinking of Tite and the plans the coach may...
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Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 22, 2018 - 4:57 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and play each other Monday to determine who wins the group. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. GROUP B Morocco has been eliminated, leaving...
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