• Germany reaches Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon, which had a player sent off after confusion with experimental video replays.

  • Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Vettel leads overall

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo profited from the chaos to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, while Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton.

  • Brazilian super-volunteer is back _ at her 2nd Confed Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — She has worked at the World Cup, European Championship, Olympic Games and the Confederations Cup. A high-ranking sports official?

  • Russia has reasons for optimism despite Confed Cup exit

    MOSCOW (AP) — When the anger subsides after another group stage exit and another goalkeeping blunder, Russian fans might find they can be proud of their team at the Confederations Cup.

  • Albania votes in election seen as key toward EU

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanians voted in what was expected to be low numbers Sunday in a general election that was aimed at giving the country’s two biggest political parties a chance to look past their bitter differences and work toward eventually joining the European Union.

  • Hiddink urges FIFA to pick best referees for World Cup

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA should pick the best referees for the World Cup and not limit its list to one per nation, according to coaching great Guus Hiddink.

  • Germany coach Loew offers advice to Goretzka on club career

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With his lung-bursting runs, shrewd vision on the ball and versatility linking up play, Leon Goretzka’s reputation as Germany’s midfield dynamo is growing by the game.

  • Planes provide glimpse into private Sochi training sessions

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Perhaps keeping the ball on the ground should be the order from air traffic control rather than coaches in this southern Russian coastal resort.

  • Bottas fastest ahead of Raikkonen in final practice in Baku

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took pole position from Valtteri Bottas with a brilliant last-gasp drive for a Mercedes 1-2 followed by Ferrari on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid on Saturday.

  • Verstappen fastest in 2nd practice in Baku _ then crashes

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Red Bull driver Max Verstappen secured the fastest time before crashing at the end of a chaotic second practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday.