• NBC Sports

    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. Russia failed to reach the knockout rounds of a fourth major tournament in a row, but there’s no shame in losing by one goal to European champion Portugal and North American champion Mexico. “We will move on,” coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mexico.

  • ABC News

    Soccer game turns violent as fans of Mexican teams brawl

    A friendly weekend game in California between former players of two professional Mexican soccer clubs turned violent during halftime when dozens of fans rushed the field and brawled. The Orange County Register reported ( http://bit.ly/2rTmsxn ) the "game of legends" Sunday between former Club America and Pumas players was a benefit for the Santa Ana-based United Soccer Talents Foundation, which supports soccer players. Santa Ana police Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith said about 50 fans descended from the stands after the first half ended and began fighting. Police officers cleared the field and stands. Five suspects were detained and the rest of the game was canceled, Smith said. Video showed some fans repeatedly

  • Reuters

    Tennis-Britain hopes Konta's cosmopolitan journey could end in glory

    Johanna Konta heads to Wimbledon as the best hope Britain has had of a women’s champion in years but while a triumph would be treated as a national success, she is in many ways the epitome of the modern cosmopolitan tennis player. The WTA rankings are filled with players whose backgrounds do not fit easily into the national identities that Fed Cup team competition demands. Caroline Wozniacki is a Dane of Polish extraction, Kristina Mladenovic is French but with Serbian parents and Andrea Petkovic a German born in Bosnia.