• Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras 6-0 to rebound

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Just before they walked onto the field for a critical World Cup qualifier, American players received a message from Bruce Arena.

  • Hernandez, Araujo score in 1st half, Mexico beats Costa Rica

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Javier Hernandez and Nestor Araujo scored in the first half, and Mexico overcame the absence of half a dozen players to beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Friday night in a World Cup qualifying match.

  • Brazil boosted after win at Uruguay, Argentina falters

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The mood is definitely different in South America’s two football powerhouses.

  • FIFA VP wants guaranteed World Cup entry for all co-hosts

    GENEVA (AP) — With the United States, Canada and Mexico widely expected to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup, the region’s FIFA vice president believes all three should automatically enter the tournament if chosen as co-hosts.

  • Brazil destroys Uruguay, Argentina survives in qualifiers

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil was not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, beating second-place Uruguay 4-1 in South America’s World Cup qualifying group to retain the lead in the standings after 13 matches. Midfielder Paulinho scored a surprising hat trick, with Barcelona star Neymar adding another, to keep their team firmly on course for football’s main event in Russia next year.

  • Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

  • Brazil destroys Uruguay, Argentina survives in qualifiers

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil were not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, beating second-place Uruguay 4-1 in South America’s World Cup qualifying group to retain the lead in the standings after 13 matches. Midfielder Paulinho scored a surprising hat trick, with Barcelona star Neymar adding another, to keep their team firmly on course for football’s main event in Russia next year.

  • Chris Wondolowski thankful for call-up to national team

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski didn’t have to travel far when he got the call to join the U.S. national team ahead of two key World Cup qualifiers.

  • Tigers star Cabrera, out with stiff back, could return soon

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera could soon return to the lineup after being sidelined by back stiffness.

  • Brazil rebuilds after 7-1 debacle and aims high at World Cup

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The last time Brazil’s national team won six World Cup qualifiers in a row, it went on to lift the trophy in 1970 in Mexico — its second of five titles.