Men's soccer

Mexico's Rafael Marquez, right, hugs team mate Hirving Lozano after the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 02, 2018 - 1:11 pm
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — The "quinto partido" curse goes on. Mexico fell 2-0 to Brazil on Monday, marking the seventh straight time that El Tri has failed to reach the quarterfinals — or the fifth game — at soccer's premier tournament. Mexico last made it that far in 1986, when the nation hosted the...
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Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 02, 2018 - 12:17 pm
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn't enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil's 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker's character is going nowhere at this year's World Cup. And neither is Brazil...
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Switzerland's Josip Drmic, right, celebrates with Granit Xhaka after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Switzerland and Costa Rica, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
July 02, 2018 - 9:14 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Switzerland doesn't want to be caught napping early in its World Cup match against Sweden in the round of 16. The Swiss have twice conceded the opening goal in Russia — first in their 1-1 draw with Brazil and again against Serbia — when Switzerland became the first...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 17, 2013 file photo, Patrick Vieira smiles after throwing out the first pitch before the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays play a baseball game, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Patrick Vieira's coaching career at Nice has got off to a rocky start, with strikers Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea failing to show up for the first day of pre-season training Monday, July 2, 2018.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
July 02, 2018 - 5:50 am
NICE, France (AP) — Patrick Vieira's coaching career at Nice got off to a rocky start after strikers Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea failed to show up for the first day of pre-season training Monday. Balotelli top-scored last season with 18 goals, while Plea netted 16. Both have been linked with...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2018 file photo Russia's Fyodor Smolov, right, dives as he celebrates with teammates after Russia defeated Spain in a penalty shoot out during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
July 02, 2018 - 3:39 am
With a spirited home crowd cheering on, Russia made a memorable contribution to the World Cup's history of upsets. The Russians beat Spain on penalty kicks in the round of 16 on Sunday, eliminating the 2010 champions and overcoming seemingly nonstop possession by the Spaniards. Russia is No. 70 in...
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Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel misses a penalty shoot by Croatia's Ivan Rakitic after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 01, 2018 - 4:36 pm
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Despite saving three penalties, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got one-upped in the shootout. Schmeichel first saved a penalty from Croatia playmaker Luka Modric late in extra time to force Sunday's match to a shootout. He then saved two more spot kicks, but it...
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Russia soccer fans celebrate their team victory against Spain in Red Square after the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Russia shocks Spain at the World Cup, beating the 2010 champion 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
July 01, 2018 - 4:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Most Russian fans just hoped that this World Cup team would not embarrass itself at a home tournament. Now they are ecstatically flooding the streets to celebrate a massive upset with hopes for more. Russians partied loudly in the center of Moscow Sunday night after their team beat...
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Spain's Andres Iniesta, above, comforts Spain's Jordi Alba at the end of the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
July 01, 2018 - 4:11 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Add this to your book of Russian proverbs: He who only passes is passed. Mighty Spain dominated the field at Luzhniki Stadium, dulled the senses with mind-numbing ball movement around the perimeter of the penalty area Sunday. It was the classic "tiki-taka" style that led to a World...
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Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a save during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 01, 2018 - 4:07 pm
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Croatia advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by beating Denmark 3-2 in a penalty shootout Sunday. It was the second match of the day in which every penalty shot was on target, and the first time ever that goalkeepers combined to save half the shots in a World Cup...
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Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
July 01, 2018 - 3:59 pm
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia's World Cup hopes. In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Subasic tipped the first...
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