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Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Area roundup: Team Washington finishes seventh in freestyle wrestling at Cadet National Duals

After finishing second in the country Thursday in the Greco-Roman portion of the Cadet National Duals, Spokane-loaded Team Washington placed seventh in freestyle Saturday. The USA Wrestling event at the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Luka Modric scores 1, sets up another as Croatia tops Nigeria 2-0

Luka Modric set up one goal and scored another from the penalty spot to give Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder sent …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Kasper Schmeichel, Yussuf Poulsen lift Denmark over Peru 1-0 at World Cup

Kasper Schmeichel’s slew of saves made Yussuf Poulsen’s opportunistic second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday at the World Cup.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Lionel Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. Messi failed to give his team the lead when …


Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick after the referee watched the replay of a …


Spokane Shadow’s Jake Levine earns national soccer honor

Spokane SC Shadow forward Jake Levine (Central Valley High) was selected as the 13th National Premier League Player of the Week for the 2018 season, the soccer team announced Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain in World Cup opener

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup. Ronaldo had …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 win over Morocco at the World Cup. The …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Jose Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A at World Cup

Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay’s rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A of the World Cup. The Uruguay defender jumped in the …


John Leicester: Vladimir Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Spain ready to leave World Cup coaching woes in the past

Spain can’t wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past. There would be nothing better than a victory against defending European champion Portugal in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Russia routs Saudi Arabia 5-0 in opening match of World Cup

Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals to lead the host …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country’s green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to support their national team …


The five best bars in which to watch the World Cup in Spokane

Although the U.S. national team didn’t make the cut, the World Cup remains the largest-watched sporting event on the globe.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Atlanta’s hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid

Atlanta’s burgeoning soccer scene was featured in North America’s successful bid to land the 2026 World Cup. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened last year, was shown off in the videos the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. The national soccer team is a favorite target of self-deprecating mockery …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener

The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Former player Fernando Hierro will take over as coach. Lopetegui …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

World Cup preview: Tactical tinkering unsettling Mexico players

Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio.


World Cup could end debate on whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is better

No player in modern soccer history has enjoyed a better run than Cristiano Ronaldo has had since the last World Cup.


Norman Chad: Land of the free, home of no soccer players

The World Cup begins this week in Russia, laughably minus one of the largest parts of the world, the United States.


Sounders break scoring drought, rally in second half to top D.C. United

Depending on how recent you want to take recent history, a second half go-ahead goal by their Saturday night opponent could have left the Sounders either downcast or slightly optimistic.


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Julian Green’s goal gives U.S. surprising 1-1 tie at World Cup-bound France

Julian Green scored in the 44th minute and a young United States team held on against tremendous pressure to tie World Cup-bound France 1-1 at Lyon. Kylian Mbappe tied the …


Alex Morgan scores, U.S. women beat China 1-0

Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute and the U.S. national team beat China 1-0 in an exhibition match. The teams also will meet Tuesday night in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

‘Things went horribly wrong’: Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer on poor start, how to turn it around

Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer agrees his team must start winning games in a hurry if it’s to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

AP Interview: Hope Solo says don’t vote for U.S. World Cup bid

Hope Solo is a World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States. Now she wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests, FIFA’s vote on …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 12:16 p.m.

UEFA to pay $2.28B prize fund to 32 UEFA Champions League teams

UEFA has announced big increases in Champions League prize money topping $2 billion next season, to be paid out in a new system favoring elite clubs with most historical success. …


World Cup spending, profits set to fall short of record sums

The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major …


FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

FIFA says it filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online platform Viagogo for selling World Cup tickets. FIFA says it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque …