FIFA World Cup

Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson holds his head as he lies on the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Germany won 2-1.
AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis
June 26, 2018 - 9:05 am
By Karel Janicak, Associated Press YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — A last-minute loss to Germany was difficult enough for Sweden to accept. A questionable celebration by German players near the Swedish bench added to the disappointment. And a wave of racist abuse aimed at midfielder Jimmy Durmaz...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, prepares to shot a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
AP Photo/Matthias Schrader
June 20, 2018 - 12:41 pm
By Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup. The Portugal forward headed in a fourth-minute cross from the right to give Portugal a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. It...
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Mexico players celebrate a goal by Mexico's Hirving Lozano, center right, during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
June 17, 2018 - 3:22 pm
By James Ellingworth, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception. The 2014 champions, ranked No. 1 in the world, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on...
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Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, left, and Canadian soccer player Alphonso Davies, right
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
June 13, 2018 - 7:36 am
By Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writers MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer...
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a man stands in front of a Nigerian national soccer team jersey is on display at a shop in London
AP Photo/Frank Augstein
June 12, 2018 - 11:20 am
By Leanne Italie, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Spain, your asymmetry is showing. Nigeria, you're so bright I need shades! Croatia, Russia's fresh out of Big Boy restaurants. No worries, though, your party duds will be just the ticket once the World Cup gets underway June 14. Those countries are...
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Will Smith
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May 23, 2018 - 9:37 am
By Zahid Mahmood, CNN (CNN) -- On your mark ready set let's go! Hollywood superstar Will Smith has been teasing social media that he's part of a musical quartet which is behind the official 2018 World Cup song. The multi-talented actor and rapper, best known for his role in "The Fresh Prince of Bel...
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