• Russia plans to reverse cuts to World Cup budget

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government proposed a 2-percent increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year.

  • Iran coach says Guam visa hassles nothing to do with soccer

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz says the frustrations faced by the tiny Pacific island of Guam in obtaining visas to travel to Tehran for a World Cup qualifier next month give just a glimpse of the problems long faced by his team in negotiating international soccer.