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Costa Rica says coach Oscar Ramirez out after disappointing World Cup

Costa Rica compiled a record of 9 wins, 6 ties and 4 defeats in 16 qualifying and three World Cup matches under Oscar Ramirez. Villalobos thanked the coach but said …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Matt Calkins: Seattle an obvious choice to host 2026 World Cup matches

Of the 17 U.S. cities bidding to host World Cup games, Seattle deserves to be one of the 10 FIFA selects (three cities from Canada and three more from Mexico …


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

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

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: Tue., June 12, 2018

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.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018

Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque

The president of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco says the organization will redo a plaque of soccer star Brandi Chastain after a social media uproar. …


The place to be: Uruguay 1930 – where the World Cup began

The 21st World Cup gets underway next month in Moscow and billions around the world are expected to tune in during the monthlong tournament – a far cry from its …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz wins final men’s World Cup downhill before Olympics

Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite. The world champion completed the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course …


FIFA: Video tech ‘definitely’ at World Cup, finding sponsor

Video replays will be used at the World Cup for the first time and talks are underway with potential sponsor branding to appear when the technology is used, a FIFA …


Mikaela Shiffrin matches her idol Marlies Schild with 37th World Cup win

Mikaela Shiffrin won a parallel slalom city event on Monday to match her childhood idol, Marlies Schild, with her 37th World Cup victory.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Axel Lund Svindal dominates 50th anniversary of Val Gardena downhill

Aksel Lund Svindal knows the recipe for success on the Saslong Classic course and he wasn’t about to let his latest knee injury slow him down. Svindal dominated the 50th …


Lindsey Vonn takes World Cup super-G race, 1st win of season

With her father proudly watching from the bottom of the slope, Lindsey Vonn sped to an emotional win in a World Cup super-G race in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday. …


German speed team’s rise could boost skiing’s TV ratings

Early starter Josef Ferstl put down a nearly flawless run in a foggy super-G to become the first German man to win a World Cup speed event in 13 years.


Nao Kodaira and Ted-Jan Bloemen set speedskating records at World Cup

Japan’s Nao Kodaira and Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen set world records Sunday on the final day of the World Cup speedskating event at the Utah Olympic Oval.


Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Witness says soccer official was bribed for World Cup vote

A powerful FIFA soccer official from Argentina demanded bribes to vote for Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022, a key witness at a U.S. trial testified.


Italy defeat no surprise: Sweden is its bjte noire

MILAN – Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades shouldn’t come as a shock to those who believe in fate, destiny and …


Mikaela Shiffrin becomes third American to win skier of year

Overall World Cup champion


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. men’s soccer coach after World Cup bid fail

Bruce Arena resigned as U.S. men’s national team coach on Friday, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.


In a stunner, U.S. falls to Trinidad and Tobago, failing to qualify for 2018 World Cup

The U.S. men’s national soccer team is not going to the World Cup next year. Let that sink in for a moment.


US back on track for World Cup, Christian Pulisic leads 4-0 rout of Panama

Teenage star Christian Pulisic scored with a brilliant touch to complete a field-length attack just eight minutes in, then split the defense with a pass that set up Jozy Altidore …


Bobby Wood’s equalizing goal gets U.S. out of Honduras with 1-1 draw

Bobby Wood scored off a scramble in the 85th minute, and the United States escaped from Honduras with a 1-1 tie after nearly falling into a deep hole in World …


U.S. to host Venezuela in Utah ahead of World Cup qualifiers

The United States will play Venezuela in an exhibition on June 3 at Sandy, Utah, as the Americans prepare for World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico.


U.S., Mexico, Canada launch bid for soccer’s 2026 World Cup

The United States launched its bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada on Monday after gaining the support of President Donald Trump to pursue soccer’s showpiece …


Federica Brignone wins race, Tessa Worley wins title in women’s slalom

Tessa Worley waved her ski pole at the finish and pumped her fist. Rarely has not winning felt this rewarding.


Andre Myhrer upsets Marcel Hirscher to take World Cup slalom at Aspen

Not to get all mushy, but that’s exactly how Andre Myhrer of Sweden prefers his snow.