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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, scores his side's equalizing goal 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/Francisco Seco)
June 15, 2018 - 4:00 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, capped by a dipping free kick in the 88th minute as Portugal and Spain played to a wild 3-3 draw in the Group B opener for both countries. Ronaldo scored twice in the first half,...
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June 15, 2018 - 10:52 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Marlins Man got taken deep. A bookkeeper pleaded guilty this week to embezzling $1.5 million from South Florida lawyer Laurence Leavy, who often sits in the best seats at major sporting events nationwide bedecked in his bright orange Miami Marlins visor and jersey. The...
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June 15, 2018 - 9:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2016, file photo, New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) argues with umpire Tom Hallion after being ejected during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in New York. Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires. The profanity-laced video surfaced this week from a Dodgers-Mets game in May 2016 that Fox televised. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
June 14, 2018 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires. The profanity-laced video surfaced this week from a Dodgers-Mets game in May 2016 that Fox televised. Collins fumes...
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Soccer fans from different countries gather at the main ticket office in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Scalpers are still very visible at the World Cup, despite FIFA and Russia's claims they've cracked down on illicit ticket sales. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
June 14, 2018 - 5:56 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Scalpers are still operating at the World Cup, despite claims of a crackdown by FIFA and Russian organizers on illicit ticket sales. Sellers have been visible outside the main ticket office in Moscow, buying spare tickets from foreign fans and sell at inflated prices. An Associated...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2018 file photo Argentina's Manuel Lanzini, left, Giovanni Lo Celso, second right, and Angel Di Maria, right, congratulate teammate Lionel Messi, second left, after his hat trick during a friendly soccer match between Argentina and Haiti at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the height effect because Argentina is among the shortest teams at the tournament at 1.79 meters (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
June 13, 2018 - 2:47 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp:...
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Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Standing on front row from left: Steve Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. soccer president and Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 13, 2018 - 2:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday 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 showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 9, 2018, file photo, Chamique Holdsclaw speaks as her former assistant coach at Tennessee, Mickie DeMoss, listens during induction ceremonies at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. The hall and the WNBA are trying to think outside of the box to help generate more interest in the sport. Playing a regular season WNBA game in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of Hall of Fame weekend would certainly be a win-win situation for both entities. "It is an interesting concept and something worthy of discussion as we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to grow our fan base and build our brand," WNBA President Lisa Borders told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
June 13, 2018 - 2:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the WNBA are trying to think outside of the box to help generate more interest in the sport. Playing a regular season WNBA game in Knoxville, Tennessee, as part of Hall of Fame weekend would certainly be a win-win situation for both entities...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo, Tennessee Titans' Taylor Lewan sits on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Nashville, Tenn. The two-time Pro Bowler is skipping the team's mandatory minicamp. The team issued a statement just before the first practice from the general manager saying Lewan's representatives told the team he would not be at camp. (AP Photo/James Kenney, File)
June 12, 2018 - 6:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan is skipping the Titans' mandatory minicamp while his agents negotiate a new contract for the two-time Pro Bowl lineman. Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement Tuesday just before the team started a three-day minicamp that...
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FILE - In this Saturday March 17, 2018 file photo, a giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca, Morocco. The 2026 World Cup contest has been engulfed in intrigue about whether Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and foreign policy will cost North America votes, but what’s barely talked about is the impact of a territorial conflict that is impeding Morocco’s bid. Heavily criticized by FIFA for the lack of infrastructure and LGBT protections, Morocco’s claims on Western Sahara appear to be a factor for some countries heading into FIFA's vote on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)
June 12, 2018 - 12:49 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — If the football federations follow FIFA's guidance, the 2026 World Cup should be awarded to the North American bid on Wednesday. Success for Morocco relies on the electorate to follow the trend of recent hosting decisions and vote for a risky bid facing doubts about the ability to...
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