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Croatia's Luka Modric listens to a question during a news conference of the Croatian national team at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
July 14, 2018 - 11:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — From a childhood blighted by war to a successful playing career now being muddied by a criminal case, Luka Modric has arrived at the World Cup final with plenty of life experiences. Through it all, the Croatia playmaker will be the key member of a team that will face France on Sunday...
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England's Danny Rose wears socks with holes cut in them, supposedly to prevent cramps, during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
July 14, 2018 - 11:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:30 p.m. FIFA has fined England 70,000 Swiss francs ($69,900) for a second time at the World Cup for players wearing non-approved socks. FIFA says it also warned England's Football Association for the misconduct of a small...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri arrives prior to the start of the Champions League group F soccer match between Manchester City and Napoli at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Chelsea has hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract. The announcement was made on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, File)
July 14, 2018 - 7:50 am
Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract on Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to football and for revitalizing Napoli in his only stint with a big European club. The 59-year-old Italian replaced Antonio Conte, who was...
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July 14, 2018 - 4:27 am
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract. The 59-year-old Italian takes over at Stamford Bridge from Antonio Conte, who was fired on Friday. The Premier League club made the announcement on Saturday. During three years with Napoli, Sarri helped the club...
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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez watches the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
July 13, 2018 - 7:21 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup, which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. KEEP KICKING AND CARRY ON Gareth Southgate and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, David Beckham poses for a photo at an event where it was announced that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, in Miami. Beckham's latest soccer plan for Miami might be decided by the city's voters. His target: A golf course. Beckham is scheduled to appear before the Miami city commission next week, as he and his partners aim to move closer to picking a stadium location for their Major League Soccer franchise.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
July 13, 2018 - 6:23 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Miami city commissioners have pushed back a vote following hours of public comment for and against David Beckham's latest soccer stadium plan. At the end of Thursday's meeting, commissioners delayed a decision until Wednesday to put a measure on the November ballot to replace the city-...
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France's Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France's Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
July 13, 2018 - 3:19 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — 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 wins its second title in 20 years or Croatia raises the trophy for the first time Sunday at the...
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Soccer fans use a giant Croatian national flag as a shelter during the rain at Manezh Square near Red Square ahead of the semifinal soccer match between Croatia and England during the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
July 12, 2018 - 2:46 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup , which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. PUMP UP THE VOLUME Will Smith, Nicky Jam and...
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Croatia's Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 12, 2018 - 11:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game. "We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England. With...
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Poland head coach Adam Nawalka, left, and Japan's head coach Akira Nishino, rear, watch their players during the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 12, 2018 - 9:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Jerzy Brzeczek has been appointed to replace Adam Nawalka as Poland's head coach after the team's group-stage exit at the World Cup. Poland's football federation says the 47-year-old Brzeczek will present his plans...
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