• Borussia Dortmund signs Andre Schuerrle from Wolfsburg

    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund says it has signed attacking midfielder Andre Schuerrle from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg.

  • In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo the stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, under construction in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, July 18, 2016, has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

    IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

    LONDON (AP) — Russia’s hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA’s leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation.

  • Sam Allardyce on verge of being hired to coach England

    LONDON (AP) — England is on the verge of hiring Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce to take charge of the national team as Roy Hodgson’s successor.

  • In this July 6, 2016 file photo, soccer legend Diego Maradona arrives to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which the FIFA intervened in the midst of the institutional crisis in the South American organization. Maradona offered to lead Argentina's selection for free, as he spoke on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 on Fox Sports. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

    Maradona wants to coach Argentina again, this time for free

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona is offering to coach Argentina’s national team again — this time for free.

  • Pak marks 50 years since North Korea’s World Cup shock

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It has been five decades since Pak Du Ik scored the winning goal in North Korea’s shocking upset of Italy to reach the quarterfinals at the 1966 World Cup, a match that remains the country’s most memorable in football folklore.

  • In this Dec. 25, 2015 file photo Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian sports head Mutko at risk from doping scandal

    GENEVA (AP) — The fallout of Russia’s state-backed cheating at the Sochi Olympics could add pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also is its top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

  • In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo the stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, under construction in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, July 18, 2016, has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

    Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal.

  • Russia’s Alfa-Bank signs with FIFA as 2018 World Cup sponsor

    MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has filled the first of 20 sponsor slots for the 2018 World Cup in a new program that stalled during its corruption crisis.