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'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 »

What Ronaldo Did in World Cup: Just, Wow

He scores a hat trick, including a beautiful free-kick goal late to tie it for Portugal

(Newser) - Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best soccer players ever, and he proved why on Friday. He scored three times, including one with about 2 minutes left in regulation, to lift Portugal into a 3-3 tie with Spain in their World Cup opener. The feat makes him, at age... More »

Trump's 3 Letters May Have Helped World Cup Bid

President takes some credit for getting FIFA to pick North America

(Newser) - President Trump gave himself a pat on the back Friday, two days after FIFA announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup over Morocco. "Thank you for all of the compliments on getting the World Cup to come to the US, Mexico and Canada. I worked hard on... More »

World Cup Is Here. Sorry, Americans

Team USA not one of the 32 teams, a big challenge for broadcaster Fox

(Newser) - The World Cup officially got under way Thursday in Russia, and casual soccer fans in the US might need a disappointing reminder when they check the schedule: Team USA failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. And that, as the AP explains, is a huge challenge for Fox,... More »

World's Biggest Sports Event Will Return to North America

World Cup will head back to US soil after 22-year hiatus

(Newser) - North American soccer fans have something to look forward to beyond Thursday's kickoff of the World Cup in Russia. FIFA announced Wednesday that the US, Canada, and Mexico had beat out Morocco to play host to the 2026 sporting event, the first to be awarded to three countries and... More »

ISIS Releases Threat Against Lionel Messi and Neymar

It's just the latest threat made against the upcoming World Cup

(Newser) - Two of the biggest soccer stars in the world are the target of a new threat from ISIS ahead of the World Cup this summer in Russia. Per AS , Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar appear in a photoshopped image released by the terrorist group this week.... More »

This Might Be the Worst Loss in US Sports History

Team USA's men's soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

(Newser) - The short version is easy enough: Trinidad and Tobago upset the US Mens National Team in soccer Tuesday night, and the 2-1 loss means that the Americans won't qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. But just how bad a loss is this? The defeat... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

Twitter's Ugly World Cup Response: 'Pearl Harbor'

American soccer fans joke World Cup win is payback for 1941 attack

(Newser) - Shortly after the USA's win over Japan in the Women's World Cup last night, Twitter fans exchanged jubilation and sportsmanship for something much darker: mentions of Pearl Harbor. Several soccer fans suggested the 5-2 victory was a form of payback for the 1941 attack during World War II,... More »

USA Routs Japan to Win World Cup, 5-2

Carli Lloyd scores hat trick in first half en route to 5-2 victory

(Newser) - So much for drama. The US women's soccer team beat Japan for the World Cup tonight by a score of 5-2—and four of those goals came in the first 16 minutes, three of them courtesy of Carli Lloyd. Lloyd made it 1-0 at the three-minute mark, 2-0 at... More »

US Women Advance to World Cup Final

USA beats Germany

(Newser) - One more game to go: The US women's soccer team beat Germany 2-0 to advance to Sunday's championship match in the World Cup. The big difference was this: With the game tied at 0 in the second half, Germany missed a penalty kick and the US then made... More »

Russia, Qatar Could Be Stripped of World Cups

Swiss investigators announce massive bank investigation

(Newser) - Banks in Switzerland have reported 53 possible acts of money laundering in the investigation of FIFA's 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country's attorney general said today. Michael Lauber described a "huge and complex" case that targets "criminal mismanagement and money laundering" in the... More »

Team USA Advances on Wambach Goal

Women advance to elimination round in World Cup soccer

(Newser) - On to the knockout round of 16. Team USA beat Nigeria tonight in women's World Cup soccer to clinch first place in Group D and advance. The lone goal came from Abby Wambach, playing in her last World Cup, just before the end of the first half. Finishing in... More »

Qatar Invites Journalist, Then Arrests Him

BBC reporter Mark Lobel says officials held his team for days

(Newser) - Curious about a career in journalism? Consider saving your trip to Qatar for later: A BBC journalist says authorities invited his team there and later arrested them for trying to see the conditions of migrant workers. "Our arrest was dramatic," writes Mark Lobel at the BBC . He says... More »

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