The Red October factory buildings, right, are seen next to the new the World Cup stadium, left, on the banks of the Volga River in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. Workers at the Red October steelworks in Volgograd are angry over temporary layoffs linked to the World Cup and deeper financial troubles at the factory, which sits in the shadow of the Volgograd Arena tournament venue. The situation reflects difficult daily reality in Russia even as President Vladimir Putin seeks to showcase his economic successes. (AP Photo/Dmitriy Rogulin)
June 15, 2018 - 7:39 am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — A worker protest over pay cuts, layoffs and working conditions at the Red October steelworks is threatening to cloud Volgograd's first World Cup match. Many workers have been temporarily laid off as part of production cuts ordered in cities hosting the World Cup for...
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In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Geiger will become the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, worked Chile-Spain and Colombia-Greece during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, then became the first American to work a knockout stage match. Marrufo will be working his first World Cup after getting cut in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 15, 2018 - 6:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Jair Murrufo remembers the first time he picked up a whistle and called a soccer match. "My father kept saying, 'Hey, you want to be a referee?' And I'm 19 years old, and I'm like, 'No, why would I want to do that?'" he recalled. That was an under-8 contest filled with kids trying to...
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A man rides his bike past a wall covered by a mural of celebrating soccer fans, ahead of the Brazilian soccer team's World Cup debut in Russia, at the Alemao slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 13, 2018. Decorating the streets is a tradition ahead of each World Cup. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 15, 2018 - 6:21 am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil has spent four years trying to atone for its last World Cup match, the calamitous 7-1 defeat as hosts by Germany. Popular coach Tite purged players, eased dependence on Neymar, and rebuilt a team that concedes few goals and blazed through qualification. Those...
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FILE - This is a June 29, 2016, file photo showing Boris Becker at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Lawyers for Becker claimed in Britain’s High Court late Thursday June 14, 2018, that Becker's role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, FILE)
June 15, 2018 - 5:33 am
LONDON (AP) — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings. The three-time Wimbledon champion took up that role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain's High Court late...
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In this May 21, 2018 photo Iceland defender Birkir Mar Saevarsson trains in Reykjavik, Iceland, with his club team, Valur. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
June 15, 2018 - 5:30 am
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — To prepare for his job of keeping Lionel Messi quiet in Iceland's opening game of the World Cup, defender Birkir Saevarsson worked as a salt-packer at a warehouse in an industrial zone of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. Not because the 33-year-old seasoned football pro...
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Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) is congratulated on his solo home run by Rafael Devers as Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino stands nearby during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 15, 2018 - 2:33 am
SEATTLE (AP) — When shortstop Xander Bogaerts is cranking out home runs, and crawling around to save runs, the Boston Red Sox know they are in good hands. Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night for their fourth...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew Knapp, left, slides into third base past Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story to advance on a ground out by Scott Kingery during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 9-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
June 14, 2018 - 10:51 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: TEXAS STORY Colorado shortstop Trevor Story gets to play a big league game near home for the first time when the Rockies open an interleague series Friday night at the Texas Rangers, in a stadium only a few miles from his hometown of Irving,...
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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres watches his three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
June 14, 2018 - 10:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell (8-4) as New...
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Dustin Johnson reacts after sinking a shot from the bunker for par on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 14, 2018 - 9:36 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open lived up to its reputation in the return to Shinnecock Hills. So did Dustin Johnson. Fresh off a six-shot victory last week, Johnson managed all aspects of his game Thursday on a classic U.S. Open course that required nothing less. He wasn't perfect, but he...
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June 14, 2018 - 8:56 pm
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff's deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San...
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