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Pavard's goal against Argentina voted best of World Cup

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ZURICH (AP) — Benjamin Pavard has beaten Juan Quintero into second place in a fans’ online vote to pick the best goal of the World Cup. France defender Pavard’s spinning right-foot shot against Argentina in the round of 16 came top out of 18 candidates for the award. More than three million votes...


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Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injury

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PARIS (AP) — France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semifinals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals. In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during the tournament in Russia three days before France...


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Tears, then giggles: Honduran baby is back in parents' arms

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The parents got to embrace the 15-month-old boy again Friday, five months after U.S. immigration officials forcibly separated the baby from his father at the Texas border.


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World Cup winner Mbappe donating bonus of about $350,000

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PARIS (AP) — Teenage World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is giving his bonus to an association that puts sports in the lives of hospitalized children. The head of Premiers de Cordee (First in Line), Sebastien Ruffin, says two weeks before France clinched the World Cup he was informed that Mbappe would...


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Russia's post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

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For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself.


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Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down. The Icelandic Football Association says Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to leave at his own request, ending seven years in the role. Hallgrimsson was the co-coach with Lars Lagerback of Sweden at the...


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World Cup protesters get 15 days in jail, sports event bans

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MOSCOW (AP) — The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday’s match...


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World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

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PARIS (AP) — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France’s victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red — overhead....


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More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes’ welcome for the national team on Monday despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Hundreds of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white checkered colors...


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The Latest: French leader to soccer team: 'Don't change'

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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France celebrating team’s World Cup victory (all times local): 8:35 p.m. France’s World Cup champions are sharing their win on the soccer field with hundreds of youth at the presidential Elysee Palace after getting a hero’s welcome home in Paris. Following a victory lap...


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