Iceland has to beware comedown from Argentina high

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The last time Iceland pulled off a huge surprise at a major tournament, it was stung by a big letdown. That's something the team will be wary about when it f...

Ronaldo moves atop Europe's international scoring list

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's teams win trophies, but he takes home quite a bit of hardware himself. On Wednesday, the five-time FIFA player of the year added another ...

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

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 ...

Nigeria needs win against Iceland after opening defeat

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 Icel...

Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest World Cup red card

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez will be relieved about one thing. His third-minute dismissal in the team's opener with Japan on Tuesday at the World Cup isn't the fastest i...

It's been a journey for Maguire from England fan to player

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Two years ago during the European Championship, Harry Maguire was a fan in France watching his beloved England. Now, he's the first Leicester City to represent the country at ...

Midges annoy players from England and Tunisia in Volgograd

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday. During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena. Players from...

Late header from Kane gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Harry Kane scored two goals, including an injury-time header, to give England a 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday at the World Cup. Standing alone at the fa...

Tunisia, Senegal aim to turn things around for Africa

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — African teams have so far lost three matches from three starts at the World Cup in Russia. It's now up to Tunisia and Senegal to get the continent's teams back on track. ...

England, for a change, comes into World Cup under the radar

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — For once, there's little hype surrounding England at the World Cup. Come to think of it, how could there be given England hasn't won a World Cup match for nearly eight years? ...

WORLD CUP: Brazil humiliated by Germany at home in 2014

Getting what you wish for doesn't always work out well. Brazil had partly wanted to host the 2014 World Cup to exorcise the ghosts of the past — specifically, its traumatic 1-0 loss ...

WORLD CUP: Rossi explodes into life as Italy wins 3rd title

Italy has a reputation of being a slow-starter at the World Cup, not least because of its exploits at the 1982 tournament in Spain. The team barely advanced after drawing its three g...

WORLD CUP: Beckenbauer wins World Cup as player and coach

In 1990, months after the Berlin Wall came crashing down, West Germany won its third World Cup and Franz Beckenbauer became the first person to win as captain and coach. Beckenbauer,...

WORLD CUP: Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal in 1986

Diego Maradona scored one of the most underhanded goals in World Cup history in 1986. It's known as the "Hand of God." Argentina wasn't a one-man team at the tournament in Mexico, bu...

WORLD CUP: Ronaldo puts Paris agony behind him in 2002

The path to glory can be a painful one. Ronaldo, one of Brazil's greatest strikers, can attest to that. The big question at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan centered on Ro...