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June 16, 2018 10:10 PM Egypt's Mo Salah to return to pitch against Russia

Liverpool star missed opener on his birthday with injured shoulder Mohamed Salah celebrated turning 26 with a Chechen cake, but his biggest present was the news that he will play in Egypt's next World Cup match. A statement from the Egyptian soccer association gave no details about his fitness except that the Liverpool striker participated fully in training 9

June 16, 2018 3:32 PM Messi misses penalty kick as Iceland holds Argentina to draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup on Saturday. Lionel Messi missed yet another penalty kick and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina in an impressive World Cup debut on Saturday. Messi failed to give his team the lead when his 64th-minute penalty was stopped by Hannes 10

June 14, 2018 8:00 AM As World Cup kicks off, Russia looks to show the West it's not isolated

Inside Vladimir Putin's latest attempt to rebrand Russia With Moscow's historic squares, pedestrian malls — and, starting today, soccer stadiums — filling up with foreign tourists, President Vladimir Putin's latest rebranding exercise for Russia is well underway. The first game of the World Cup kicks off at 6 p.m. local time in the refurbished and freshly 18

June 13, 2018 11:12 PM Accountant from St. Catharines a World Cup referee

The World Cup is a favourite tournament for Fletcher, who called his experience in Brazil “incredible.” “I got an absolute appreciation for how much the world stops for soccer when that tournament is on,” he said. “Because news and stuff comes in from every part of the globe. Different to any other tournament I ever go to, the World Cup’s the one where 8

June 10, 2018 10:02 PM Canada falls to Mexico in U17 women's soccer semifinals

Can still earn World Cup berth with bronze-medal win on Tuesday Nicole Perez scored on a penalty kick in the 45th minute as Mexico clinched a berth in the 2018 FIFA under-17 women's World Cup by beating Canada 2-1 on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U17 championship in Bradenton, Fla. Canada can still earn a spot in the World Cup tournament in Uruguay 23

June 9, 2018 9:45 PM Confident Canadian women’s soccer team is deeper than ever

The last time the Canadian women’s national team played in Hamilton was in May 2015, a friendly match against England that came days before Canada began hosting the Women’s World Cup. Canada was ranked eighth in the world then, according to FIFA. England sat at No. 6. Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who scored the game’s lone goal to give Canada the victory 11

June 7, 2018 10:14 PM Canadian soccer official makes final stop on tour to promote North America World Cup bid

Peter Montopoli, Canada’s point man on the so-called unified bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has one more stop to make before flying to Moscow on Saturday for next week’s FIFA Congress. Gibraltar covers 6.5 square kilometres with a population of some 30,000. Its soccer team is ranked 195th in the world by FIFA. Montopoli’s visit is further proof that the unified 8

June 7, 2018 5:18 PM The week that was: A soccer tackle becomes a law-school question and a bridge turns into a double-zedder

REPURPOSED:The tackle that forced Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah off the field in the Champions League final. It’s become a question in a law exam. Syrian Facebook pages showed part of a first-year exam at the University of Damascus, the BBC reports. The question asks why Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, the tackler, can’t be held to account from a criminal law perspective 9

June 5, 2018 2:21 PM Man of the people: T.J. Oshie rides subway again, then is one of Capitals’ heroes in Game 4

WASHINGTON—T.J. Oshie was still posing for selfies with red-clad fans as he approached an exit fare box at the subway station in Washington, D.C., near the Capital One Arena Monday afternoon. The Washington Capitals forward had ridden the train, called Metro, from his northern Virginia home to Chinatown before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday 8

June 2, 2018 9:26 PM Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan signs lucrative extension with Lyon

22-year-old defender has won multiple titles with French club Canadian international Kadeisha Buchanan has signed a contract extension at Olympique Lyonnais that makes her one of the highest-paid defenders in women's soccer, according to her agent. The 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont., signed a new deal Saturday that will keep her with the French and European 11