Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in Argentina

CHABAS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on...

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TOP STORIES: SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP LONDON — Defending champion Manchester City is denied a third straight win in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton....

Maradona stadium name change causes controversy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A plaque at the main entrance of the Argentinos Juniors club stadium reads: "The best player of all times made his career debut in this stadium on October 20, 1976." ...

Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis

BRONNITSY, Russia (AP) — In any other context, the gesture would have gone unnoticed: Lionel Messi received birthday greetings from Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. The best wishes, h...

Argentina coach plans major changes to team at World Cup

BRONNITSY, Russia (AP) — Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major changes to his team for the South Americans' next World Cup match. In the team's first training session sinc...

Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

BRONNITSY, Russia (AP) — In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament. But there is a bit of w...

WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened by setbacks

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Without Lionel Messi, would Argentina even be going to the World Cup? The team's destiny is more closely tied to the Barcelona forward than ever before...

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TOP STORIES: TEN--FRENCH OPEN PARIS — Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman. Tw...

Argentinean Soccer Fans Write Stadium Anthems

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The San Lorenzo soccer team has just scored the decisive goal to qualify for the Libertadores Cup. But in the stands behind one of the goals, the fans barely notice. ...

Record number of Argentine coaches at World Cup

Argentine football is mostly known for producing outstandingly skillful players like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, but the country is a talent factory for coaches as well. "If you...

Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has to get over recent disappointments in major tournaments in order to challenge for the World Cup title in Russia, defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano sai...

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Injured Aguero and Biglia in Argentina World Cup squad

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Injured striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Lucas Biglia were included in the preliminary, 35-player Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia on Monday. ...

Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women's groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion. The protests and shif...

Argentine leader's support of police officer triggers outcry

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A photograph of Argentina's president shaking hands with an off-duty police officer who fatally shot a man in the back after he stabbed and robbed a U.S. tourist has tri...