FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 1998 file photo, France's players from left, Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc hold the soccer World Cup after France defeated Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final, at the Stade de France in Saint Denis. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
May 20, 2018 - 7:14 am
Despite playing a central role in the establishment of the World Cup, France had always fallen short at the tournament. That changed on one glorious night in Paris in 1998. After a strong start to the tournament it was hosting for the second time, France struggled in the knockout stages. It only...
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In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, France's soccer player Paul Pogba signs an autograph before a training session at the Clairefontaine training center, outside Paris. Not all the money that will change hands after the World Cup, when clubs trade players who distinguish themselves on football’s biggest stage, will line the pockets of selling clubs, agents and the players themselves. A sliver of the wealth will also trickle down to football’s grassroots, to unpretentious, volunteer-run clubs where kids take first steps toward their dreams of making a career in the sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 20, 2018 - 1:55 am
TORCY, France (AP) — The ideal scenario for the club where Paul Pogba played football as a kid might go something like this: The France midfielder shines so brightly at the World Cup that a money-no-object club — for argument's sake, let's say Real Madrid — decides that it cannot live without him...
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May 20, 2018 - 12:33 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Zoltan Stieber, Darren Mattocks and Yamil Asad scored to help D.C. United beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Saturday night. Stieber opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slipping behind the defense on Luciano Acosta's long ball and slotting it past goalkeeper Andrew...
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New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell, left, knocks the ball away from Columbus Crew defender Milton Valenzuela, right, during the second half of an MLS soccer game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
May 19, 2018 - 9:52 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Lalas Abubakar scored in the 85th minute to give the Columbus Crew their third straight victory, 1-0 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night. Abubakar headed home Federico Higuain's corner, overwhelming goalkeeper Matt Turner, who got his hands on the shot, for...
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Real Salt Lake's Adam Henley, right, and Philadelphia Union's Fafa Picault compete for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 19, 2018 - 9:37 pm
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Marcus Epps and Borek Dockal scored in the first half and the Philadelphia Union added two more in the second to beat Real Salt Lake 4-1 on Saturday night. Fabrice-Jean Picault had a 40-yard run up the left channel to set up the opening goal in the 21st minute, rounding his...
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Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri (8) tries to dribble past LAFC's Jordan Harvey (2) during an MLS soccer game, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in in Portland, Ore. (Sean Meagher//The Oregonian via AP)
May 19, 2018 - 6:48 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — To celebrate his first MLS goal, Portland's Samuel Armenteros headed straight for the Timbers Army. Armenteros got the deciding goal in the 81st minute for a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles FC on Saturday. It was the Timbers' fifth straight win. The 27-year-old striker who had...
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May 19, 2018 - 5:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa had two goals and an assist on "David Villa Day" and New York City FC beat Colorado 4-0 on Saturday, extending the Rapids' losing streak to five. It was NYCFC's first home game after the Spanish forward scored his 400th goal in all competitions on April 29. NYCFC (7-2-3...
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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/pool photo via AP)
May 19, 2018 - 2:40 pm
WINDSOR, England (AP) — The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a dramatic departure for their evening reception, making the short drive from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a classic Jaguar convertible with the top down...
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Serena Williams arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/pool photo via AP)
May 19, 2018 - 1:24 pm
WINDSOR, England (AP) — Tennis great Serena Williams and soccer star David Beckham were among the famous from sports attending the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. Williams said on Instagram before walking into St. George's Chapel on Saturday with husband Alexis Ohanian...
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May 19, 2018 - 12:44 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead. The attack underscored security challenges in Russia as it prepares to host...
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