Men's soccer

A Russian fan blows a small vuvuzela at the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 19, 2018 - 7:32 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What a transformation. Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of "Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!" reverberated through the St. Petersburg...
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Russia's Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his team second goal during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
June 19, 2018 - 6:24 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia's team. Now he's the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup's top scorer. Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as...
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Russia's Ilya Kutepov celebrates after the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 19, 2018 - 6:14 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday...
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Referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia shows a red card to Colombia's Carlos Sanchez, on the ground, during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
June 19, 2018 - 5:12 pm
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez will be relieved about one thing. His third-minute dismissal in the team's opener with Japan on Tuesday at the World Cup isn't the fastest in the tournament's history. That honor remains in the hands of Uruguay defender Jose Batista, who...
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Senegal's Mbaye Niang, right, dances in celebration with his teammates scoring his side's second goalduring the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
June 19, 2018 - 5:01 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — By starting its World Cup with a win, Senegal also saved Africa from embarrassment in the tournament. The continent was facing the prospect of a worst-ever World Cup start before Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday. The 2-1 victory was the first and only African win in the first round of...
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Senegal players celebrate after winning the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Senegal won Poland 2-1. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
June 19, 2018 - 4:08 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field. Niang...
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Egypt's Mohamed Salah reacts as Russia won the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
June 19, 2018 - 3:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a...
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Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
June 19, 2018 - 3:37 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Banned by FIFA, Sepp Blatter was back at the World Cup on Tuesday expecting to see two games and hopefully Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former FIFA president landed in Moscow to fulfil a two-year-old invitation from the host nation's leader. Both did essential work to help...
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In this photo taken on late Monday, June 18, 2018, Saudi Arabian soccer team disembark the plane upon their arriving at the Rostov-on-Don airport, Russia. An engine burst into flames during the landing of a Russian plane carrying the Saudi Arabian soccer team to a World Cup host city, but nobody was hurt, officials said Tuesday. Russia's federal agency for air traffic said in a statement that the Airbus airplane flying from St. Petersburg to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don landed safely Monday evening and no emergency procedures were required. (AP Photo)
June 19, 2018 - 2:47 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national team endured an engine malfunction on the flight to Rostov-on-Don. That's not exactly the best preparation for a World Cup match against Uruguay. The Saudis landed in the southern Russian city late Monday after flames were seen coming out of one...
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez, left, challenges for the ball with Egypt's Sam Morsy during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
June 19, 2018 - 2:15 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Luis Suarez as the team prepared for Wednesday's World Cup match against Saudi Arabia — the 100th international appearance for the Barcelona striker. "It is a big number, but not just a number. It means so much more to a...
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