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Gregg Popovich, finally, gets his turn at leading USA Basketball

Gregg Popovich walked into USA Basketball’s first team meeting in advance of World Cup training camp, and it seemed to some in the room that he was having a little …


Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field

Adoring fans lined New York City’s Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team as athletic leaders on the field – and as …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

‘I just want to be like them’: Fans celebrate with U.S players at parade honoring Women’s World Cup win

U.S. women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe and her teammates shared a float with Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro at a parade honoring them. Rapinoe …


China’s World Cup team sees Summer League as opportunity

China’s national team came to the NBA Summer League looking for education. They’re learning plenty.


A Grip on Sports: The World Cup win for the U.S. women opened a Sunday full of action

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Summer is officially in full swing. The Fourth of July holiday is in the rearview mirror and the only thing standing between us and football …


Steve Christilaw: Local ties built enthusiasm for national soccer teams

A person can tell a great deal about people by the jokes they like to tell.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

Gonzaga-bound Anton Watson earns invite to USA U19 World Cup training camp

Anton Watson, Gonzaga Prep standout and incoming Gonzaga Bulldog freshman, has been invited to the USA U19 World Cup team training camp.


Mikaela Shiffrin wins giant slalom race to seal World Cup title

Another race won, another crystal trophy earned, another World Cup record written by Mikaela Shiffrin.


Her knees ‘broken beyond repair,’ Lindsey Vonn retiring after worlds

Lindsey Vonn says she will retire from ski racing after this month’s world championships in Sweden.


Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson propel U.S. to 100-88 win over China

Breanna Stewart scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half and A’ja Wilson added 20 points to help the United States beat China 100-88 on Sunday in the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Brazil coach Tite extends contract until 2022 World Cup

Brazil coach Tite has extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Tite is the first Brazil coach to extend his deal after a World …


World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost

The members of France’s victorious World Cup team returned home from Russia to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane’s arrival and a red carpet welcome Monday, and that was …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

Fans flock to Geno’s for World Cup final

Try telling the 100 people packed into Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales at 8 a.m. on a Sunday that Spokane isn’t a soccer town. To the warm and inviting scent …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 2:45 p.m.

France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian …


‘It’s unbelievable’: Washington’s Croatians celebrate reaching World Cup final

Washington state is home to 13,000 people that have declared Croatian ancestry. Most will be in front of their TVs on Sunday morning as the Croatian national team plays France …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group and Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

England’s Gareth Southgate, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez tackle a game no one wants to play at FIFA World Cup

England’s Gareth Southgate and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez are working on a tricky coaching problem – how to motivate a team for a game no one wants to play? Southgate is …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, France to face Luka Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle. Whether France …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

England’s Harry Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

Croatia is going to its first World Cup final. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England. Croatia will …


World Cup kickoff: Ending a long wait on the line for both Croatia, England

It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Goal-fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there’s potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals.


World Cup flop Spain parts ways with emergency coach Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro is out as coach of Spain’s national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run at the World Cup.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: England’s ‘easy’ path runs through Sweden

A key storyline in Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups at the World Cup will be England coach Gareth Southgate’s strategy in picking what part of the bracket his team is in. Southgate …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup, wins 2-1 in quarterfinal thriller

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1. The result sends Neymar home without living up to the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie follows France’s World Cup journey from afar

Killian Tillie wore his jersey Saturday to Hoopfest while signing countless autographs for fans at Gonzaga’s booth. It wasn’t his Zags’ basketball No. 33 uniform. It was France’s national soccer …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, Thierry Henry would have another link if France wins World Cup

Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry have similar histories. Henry is France’s leading scorer with 51 goals. The 19-year-old Mbappe is Les Bleus’ new sensation. They both played at the same …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: First quarterfinals feature familiar foes

The first day of quarterfinals at the World Cup includes several teammates from top clubs playing against each other. The France-Uruguay match features Antoine Griezmann playing against Atletico Madrid squadmates …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts at World Cup

Brazil coach Tite isn’t a fan of penalty shootouts. He just doesn’t have any better ideas. Tite said “a football match should never end by taking penalties.” Brazil will face …


FIFA rebukes Diego Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

FIFA’s patience with Diego Maradona’s World Cup antics has finally run out. Soccer’s world body said it “strongly rebukes” comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger’s handling …