International soccer

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo a Nigeria fan holds up a live chicken decorated in Nigeria's colors of green and white, ahead of the start of Nigeria's African Cup of Nations tournament final soccer match against Burkina Faso, at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)
June 15, 2018 - 3:38 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:36 p.m. Chicken on plates, no problem. In the stadiums, not so much. A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches. Some fans sometimes dye...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal by penalty during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
June 15, 2018 - 3:35 pm
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups and stroked his chin as he ran in celebration. The apparent message? I'm the GOAT, not Lionel Messi. GOAT is the acronym for "greatest of all time," and Adidas is running an advertisement featuring Messi...
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Lionel Messi plays the ball during a training session of Argentina on the eve of the group D match against Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
June 15, 2018 - 12:40 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi takes the field for the first time in this year's World Cup on Saturday when Argentina opens group play against Iceland, the smallest nation to ever play in the tournament. The superstar forward goes into the World Cup under enormous pressure to finally win a major...
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Peru's Paolo Guerrero warms up on the pitch during Peru's official training on the eve of the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 15, 2018 - 11:43 am
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — The mere presence of striker Paolo Guerrero on Peru's national team could have been a major distraction. Any Peruvian success in Russia might have been tainted if opponents made a fuss that Guerrero, Peru's all-time leading scorer, had no business playing in the World Cup...
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The Red October factory buildings, right, are seen next to the new the World Cup stadium, left, on the banks of the Volga River in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. Workers at the Red October steelworks in Volgograd are angry over temporary layoffs linked to the World Cup and deeper financial troubles at the factory, which sits in the shadow of the Volgograd Arena tournament venue. The situation reflects difficult daily reality in Russia even as President Vladimir Putin seeks to showcase his economic successes. (AP Photo/Dmitriy Rogulin)
June 15, 2018 - 7:39 am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — A worker protest over pay cuts, layoffs and working conditions at the Red October steelworks is threatening to cloud Volgograd's first World Cup match. Many workers have been temporarily laid off as part of production cuts ordered in cities hosting the World Cup for...
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In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Geiger will become the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, worked Chile-Spain and Colombia-Greece during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, then became the first American to work a knockout stage match. Marrufo will be working his first World Cup after getting cut in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 15, 2018 - 6:58 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Jair Murrufo remembers the first time he picked up a whistle and called a soccer match. "My father kept saying, 'Hey, you want to be a referee?' And I'm 19 years old, and I'm like, 'No, why would I want to do that?'" he recalled. That was an under-8 contest filled with kids trying to...
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A man rides his bike past a wall covered by a mural of celebrating soccer fans, ahead of the Brazilian soccer team's World Cup debut in Russia, at the Alemao slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 13, 2018. Decorating the streets is a tradition ahead of each World Cup. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 15, 2018 - 6:18 am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil has spent four years trying to atone for its last World Cup match, the calamitous 7-1 defeat as hosts by Germany. Popular coach Tite purged players, eased dependence on Neymar, and rebuilt a team that concedes few goals and blazed through qualification. Those...
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Peru head coach Ricardo Gareca reacts during Peru's official press conference on the eve of the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 15, 2018 - 5:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will not commit to playing recently reinstated striker Paolo Guerrero in their World Cup opener against Denmark. Gareca's only promise in a news conference Friday is that if Peru's...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev look at the field during the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup, at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, is seen behind them on the left. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 5:27 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off Thursday is about much more than sports. It's about proving to the world that Russia is a global power broker and not an outcast, that it's an open,...
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People watch a speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a huge screen prior the 2018 soccer World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at a fan zone in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 14, 2018 - 4:35 pm
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...
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