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  • Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

    MOSCOW (AP) — Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Defying authorities in Ukraine, Russia is incorporating three Crimean teams into its own leagues — a move that could strain relations between the host country of the...

  • Man sues soccer star Ronaldo over 'CR7' trademark

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has sued Cristiano Ronaldo over the phrase "CR7," which is used by soccer fans around the world as shorthand for the Real Madrid forward. Christopher Renzi filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence against the Portuguese soccer star...

  • Russia-Ukraine conflict keeps soccer clubs apart

    With tensions between Russia and Ukraine increasing, European soccer officials have called a timeout between the two countries.

  • Germany basks in 4th World Cup after 24-year wait

    BERLIN (AP) — It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title. The Die Welt newspaper celebrated Monday with a three-word headline in the national colors of black, red and gold that read simply: "It is true," while Der Spiegel magazine's website listed Germany's...

  • The World Cup's big winner? Merchandise

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wondering how to drive it like Dempsey, move it like Messi or rip it like Ronaldo? There's an app for that. As Argentina and Germany prepare for Sunday's World Cup final, companies that produce soccer-related merchandise are already winning. The once-every-four-years...

  • Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in the World Cup final, most Latin...

  • World Cup defeat can hurt domestic stock market

    LONDON (AP) — Argentina and Germany face off in the World Cup final on Sunday and investors in both countries will do well to be alert to potential drops on their stock markets the day after in case of defeat. With markets driven by sentiment as well as fundamental factors such as growth,...

  • Harry Reid loves soccer shootouts

    The Senate majority leader recalls his son's penalty kick in an NCAA tournament game, and likens Argentinian star Messi to the great Pele.

  • Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World...

  • FIFA claims 2 Twitter records for Germany rout

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA is claiming two Twitter records for Germany's stunning 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. FIFA says there were 35.6 million Twitter posts about the game on Tuesday, making it the most tweeted sports event. FIFA says the previous record was 24.9 million...

  • Real Madrid great Di Stefano dies at age 88

    MADRID (AP) — Alfredo Di Stefano, the player Real Madrid has hailed as the most important component in its mid-20th century ascent to becoming a global football powerhouse, has died. He was 88. Real Madrid said in a statement that Di Stefano, its honorary president, died on Monday afternoon at...

  • Germany beats France 1-0, reaches World Cup semis

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 on Friday and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in the...

  • Police blow up bag left near Rio's soccer stadium

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian bomb squad blew up a bag deemed suspicious that was left near a metro station entrance close to the stadium where the World Cup game between Germany and France was underway. Associated Press journalists saw the events while authorities closed the metro station...

  • Stealth World Cup ads raise sponsorship questions

    In an ad for Beats by Dr. Dre stereo headphones, Neymar jams to Jay-Z's remix of the song "Jungle." Fans cheer, toast and pray across Brazilian neighborhoods and cameras flash while reporters shout questions, but the pounding rhythm of the rap drowns out distractions for the Brazilian striker...

  • When the president becomes fodder for late night comedians: U.S. World Cup chant edition

    When a president's approval rating is in the dumps, it's only natural that he becomes fodder for late-night comedians. And why not? He's low-hanging fruit.



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