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  • Football meets philosophy in Kaliningrad, hometown of Kant

    In Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost sandwiched between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea, philosophy and football are coming together as fans troop through a small museum dedicated to the World Cup host city and its most famous resident, Immanuel Kant. Players themselves could learn a...

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  • The Latest: Brazil World Cup fan arrested in St. Petersburg

    The Latest on the World Cup (all times local): 1 p.m. A Russian court official says a Brazilian World Cup fan has been arrested in St. Petersburg as part of an extradition request from Brazil. Daria Lebedeva, a spokeswoman for the St. Petersburg city court, said Monday that Rodrigo...

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  • Even with 2 wins, Mexico's place in next round not secure

    Seven teams have won their first two World Cup matches, and six of them are through to the next round. The exception is Mexico. El Tri still may need points to secure a place in the round of 16 for a seventh consecutive World Cup. Victories over defending champion Germany and South...

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  • DJ Calvin Harris stoked by Harry Kane nod to ‘One Kiss’

    Harry Kane led England into the round of 16 at the World Cup then gave a nod to Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.

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  • Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

    Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press Sunday.

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  • AP PHOTOS: England grand, Poland gone on Day 11 of World Cup

    Things went so right for the English on Day 11 at the World Cup that by the end of their 6-1 drubbing of Panama, they were scoring on accident. Harry Kane's hat trick came courtesy of two penalty kicks and a teammate's shot that went off Kane's heel as he was trotting away from the goal. And...

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  • Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

    Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press. Salah said he...

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  • What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer?

    Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out. What does that say about the United States, which didn't even make it to soccer's showcase? "It's an extra twist of the knife," said former U.S. forward Taylor Twellman, now ESPN's lead soccer analyst....

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  • Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

    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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  • Spain needs to stay motivated for last World Cup group match

    Spain doesn't need to win its last World Cup group match to advance, but that doesn't mean coach Fernando Hierro wants his team to look past Morocco to the round of 16. The 2010 champions can go through if they beat or draw with already-eliminated Morocco or if Portugal beats Iran in the...

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  • Panama's captain makes history with World Cup goal

    He made his World Cup debut at age 37, when he's about to hang up his boots, and scored his country's first-ever goal on soccer's biggest stage. What more could Panama captain and defender Felipe Baloy ask for. The 6-1 thrashing that Panama suffered at England's hands on Sunday and the...

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  • Switzerland awaits FIFA judgment on 'provocative' gestures

    Despite goal celebrations seen as inflaming political tensions with Serbia, the head of Switzerland's soccer federation said Sunday he doesn't expect FIFA to suspend his players. FIFA has added a third Swiss player — captain Stephan Lichtsteiner — to an investigation of both scorers in a...

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  • With luck, Kane joins England's great World Cup strikers

    Harry Kane now has a permanent souvenir from the World Cup. The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team's 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday. Those goals — two penalties and a lucky deflection — made Kane the third Englishman after...

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  • Iran coach lambasts World Cup use of VAR on close calls

    Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted what he said is the overuse of video review at the World Cup to overturn close and debatable calls instead of being limited to only correcting obvious mistakes. In the past, the Portuguese was an outspoken proponent, but now he's seeing problems with the...

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  • England scores 6 but falls well short of World Cup record

    England's 6-1 rout of Panama is the biggest winning margin at this year's World Cup. However, it falls well short of the tournament record. Here's a look at the biggest World Cup winning margins: HUNGARY 10, EL SALVADOR 1 Hungary scored the most goals in a single World Cup match...

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  • Uruguay defender Gimenez ruled out of final group match

    Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez has been ruled out of the team’s final World Cup group match against Russia because of a right thigh injury.

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  • Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can't coast to World Cup 2nd round

    Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to lock up its place in the knockout rounds. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival...

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  • 12 missing youth soccer players feared trapped in Thai cave

    Search and rescue teams were looking Sunday for a dozen members of a youth soccer team who were missing and believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

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  • Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

    Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn't afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup's most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday. Both teams have a history of sending offs when they meet, with three red cards handed out in their last four matches. Arnason sees...

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  • Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis

    In any other context, the gesture would have gone unnoticed: Lionel Messi received birthday greetings from Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. The best wishes, however, came amid turmoil embroiling Sampaoli and the squad, which is on the brink of elimination from the World Cup in Russia. ...

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  • Like Pele, French teen Mbappe's World Cup timing is perfect

    The delicate move was ballet worthy of the Bolshoi. Having shaken off his marker, Kylian Mbappe spotted N'Golo Kante haring to his left. At this point in the attack on Peru's goal, a simple pass to his France teammate would have been just fine. But where's the fun in that? Instead, the...

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  • Messi is running out of time to save Argentina's World Cup

    For Lionel Messi, the time is now. Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world's best players. Time to end questions about his performance on the biggest stage. The one thing there...

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  • The Latest: Lovren says Modric deserves highest honors

    The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says teammate Luka Modric would be a contender for the world's best player of the year award if he played for one of the supposed powers of international football. Modric has been one...

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  • AP PHOTOS: Germany salvages campaign on Day 10 of World Cup

    Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-1 on Day 10 of the World Cup after the defending champions were reduced to 10 men.

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