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June 20, 2018

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup.

Stalingrad, the name of the city on the Volga river between 1925 and 1961, is now…

Russia WCup Stalingrad's Shadow

June 20, 2018

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Few teams in this World Cup have underperformed their potential as much as Nigeria. And while it’s still early in the tournament, few have exceeded expectations more than Iceland.

The teams meet in Volgograd on Friday in their second group match, and Nigeria faces the…

Russia Soccer WCup Argentina Iceland

June 20, 2018

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov knows that after victory in its opening World Cup match his Serbia lineup cannot ease off the intensity against Switzerland.

Two draws in its remaining matches could be enough to secure a spot in the round of 16 but with Brazil waiting in its last Group…

APTOPIX Russia Soccer WCup Brazil Switzerland

June 20, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has finalized a move to English Premier League club West Ham while on national-team duty at the World Cup.

The 33-year-old Fabianski has left Swansea, which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, to join West Ham on a three-…

June 20, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Ivan Rakitic has taken sides in the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate.

The Croatia midfielder says “For me, Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. And I hope he will continue playing for as long as he wants.”

Rakitic’s…

Russia Soccer WCup Australia-4

June 20, 2018

BC-SOC--World Cup Glance

2018 World Cup At A Glance By The Associated Press GROUP STAGE GROUP A W D L GF GA Pts ak-Russia 2 0 0 8 1 6 Uruguay 1 0 0 1 0 3 Egypt 0 0 2 1 4 0 Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 0 5 0

ak-Advanced to knockout stage

Thursday, June 14 At Moscow

Russia 5, Saudi…

June 20, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil’s national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament.

Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role?

A favorite of Tite’s since the coach took…

Russia Soccer WCup Brazil

June 20, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that’s the image Russia conveys to the world. But that’s not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering.

A Moscow subway security guard gives a visitor a thumbs-up sign. A waitress in Saransk bubbles over in wonder at meeting her first-ever…

Russia Soccer WCup Germany Mexico

June 20, 2018

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away New York 48 22 .686 — — 6-4 W-2 27-11 21-11 Boston 49 25 .662 1 — 6-4 L-1 23-11 26-14 Tampa Bay 34 39 .466 15½ 12 5-5 W-1 15-16 19-23 Toronto 33 39 .458 16 12½ 6-4 L-1 19-20 14-19 Baltimore 20 51 .282 28½ 25 1-9 L-1 11-…

June 20, 2018

East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 43 29 .597 — Washington 39 32 .549 3½ Philadelphia 38 33 .535 4½ New York 31 39 .443 11 Miami 29 45 .392 15 Central Division W L Pct GB Milwaukee 43 30 .589 — Chicago 41 29 .586 ½ St. Louis 38 33 .535 4 Pittsburgh 36 37 .493 7 Cincinnati…

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