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After Soccer Stunt, Members of Pussy Riot Get Punishments

15 days in a jail, plus a 3-year ban from sporting events

(Newser) - Four members of Pussy Riot who ran onto the field during the World Cup soccer final will spend 15 days in jail. Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov also are banned from attending sporting events for three years, reports ABC News . The four took advantage of the... More »

France Wins, Pussy Riot Zings

France beats Croatia 4-2 in exciting World Cup victory

(Newser) - France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot, the AP reports. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and... More »

Croatia Is Going to Its 1st World Cup Final

Shocks England 2-1 in extra-time match

(Newser) - When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday, the AP reports.... More »

France Reaches World Cup Final

For the first time since 2006

(Newser) - France has reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium in a semifinal match that attracted presidents, royalty and a rock star, the AP reports. Samuel Umtiti's header in the 51st minute was the only goal in a tense match... More »

Nyet This Time: Russia Loses to Croatia in Shootout

And England advances with decisive victory over Sweden

(Newser) - Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw, the AP reports. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70,... More »

World Cup City's Suggestion to Locals: Take Showers Together

Due to heat and 'thousands of guests' in Russian city of Samara, there's a strain on water supply

(Newser) - Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting a strain on water supplies, the AP reports. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heat wave and "thousands of guests"... More »

No Team USA? No One's Watching World Cup

Fox's rating for soccer extravaganza are down 42% over 4 years ago

(Newser) - The lack of a US team caused a big viewership drop for World Cup telecasts, reports the AP . The 48 group stage broadcasts on Fox and FS1 averaged 2,069,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is down 42% from the 3.54 million average on ESPN, ESPN2,... More »

Nigeria Captain Proves World Cup's Most Dedicated

John Obi Mikel played June 26 match hours after dad's kidnapping

(Newser) - Facing arguably the world's best soccer player in a World Cup match is hard enough, but Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel did it hours after learning his father had been kidnapped for a second time, and without telling a soul on his team. Mikel only opened up about the... More »

Russia Pulls Off One of Biggest Upsets Ever in World Cup

Russia defeated Spain in a shootout

(Newser) - Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup , surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3, AP reports. Russia's captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, while all four... More »

2 Giants Exit the World Cup

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo head home after failing once again to perform for their countries

(Newser) - Lionel Messi stared, hands on hips, pain etched across a face once boyish and filled with limitless joy, now hardened by unmet expectations for his nation. Four hours later and 950 miles away, Cristiano Ronaldo's eyes were wide in anger as he shouted in protest just ahead of the... More »

World Cup Elimination a First Since 1938 for Germany

It's 4th defending champion in last 5 tournaments to be eliminated in group stage

(Newser) - Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage. The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because... More »

Pro-Brexit Chants Could Mean Trouble at World Cup

FIFA could punish England if fans chant pro-Brexit songs at Thursday's game versus Belgium

(Newser) - England could face punishment if fans at the World Cup chant insulting pro-Brexit sentiments, FIFA has said. Per the Telegraph , rules against “insulting or political slogans” and “uttering insulting words or sounds” at the biggest event in soccer might mean sanctions against the team should fans veer from... More »

He Tried to Kiss Her on Air. She Wasn't Having It

World Cup journalist shuts down man who tries to kiss her on air

(Newser) - It is apparently a thing among some male soccer fans to interrupt a female reporter on the air to force a kiss, sometimes a grope. Days after one high-profile incident at the World Cup tournament in Russia comes another, but this time the journalist not only avoids the kiss, she... More »

'Too Far': Reporter Groped at World Cup Speaks Out

Julieth Gonzalez Theran says she was 'humiliated'

(Newser) - "We do not deserve this treatment," says a female reporter groped and kissed by a male bystander during a live report on the World Cup from Russia. Colombia's Julieth Gonzalez Theran completed the June 14 segment for Deutsche Welle's Spanish news channel without missing a beat—... More »

Burger King Sorry for 'Clearly Offensive' World Cup Offer

It offered money, free Whoppers to women impregnated by soccer stars

(Newser) - Burger King's offer of lifetime supplies of Whoppers for Russian women came with a catch: They first had to be impregnated by a World Cup player. Now comes the seemingly inevitable apology: "We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online,"... More »

Japan's Fans 'Make Statement' at World Cup—With Trash Bags

Japanese fans came armed to clean up the stadium after their team's match

(Newser) - They showed up at the World Cup match sporting trash bags. That's what the BBC is reporting about fans of "Samurai Blue," the Japanese national soccer team that beat Colombia's players 2-1 Tuesday in Russia. After the soccer teams' jobs were done in Saransk's Mordovia... More »

Mexico's World Cup Captain Blacklisted by US

Accused of helping a drug lord, Rafael Marquez takes part in 5th tournament

(Newser) - The captain of Mexico's World Cup squad became one of only three athletes to play in five World Cup tournaments on Sunday. But Rafael "Rafa" Marquez's substitution in a 1-0 win over defending champions Germany, per ESPN , wasn't to be applauded by all onlookers, including in... More »

Little Bugs are Big Annoyance For World Cup Athletes

The little midge is a mighty problem in Volgograd

(Newser) - Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday. During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena. Players from both sides, but particularly those from England, spent an undue amount of time trying to ward them off during the match per the... More »

Celebrating Mexicans Set Off Earthquake Sensors

Though 'quake' said to have resulted from 'massive jumping' during World Cup was deemed 'artificial'

(Newser) - Mexico pulled off a big upset during the World Cup on Sunday, defeating defending champ Germany 1-0. And that one goal in Moscow got hometown fans so riled up 6,600 miles away in Mexico City that it may have created an "artificial" earthquake, per the New York Times ... More »

Egypt's Goalkeeper Won't Take Budweiser Award

Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons

(Newser) - An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons, per the AP. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told... More »

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