MOSCOW (AP) — She has worked at the World Cup, European Championship, Olympic Games and the Confederations Cup. A high-ranking sports official?
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Perhaps keeping the ball on the ground should be the order from air traffic control rather than coaches in this southern Russian coastal resort.
A FIFA-assigned training ground, used so far by Australia and Cameroon at the Confederations Cup, is directly on the flight path into Sochi's airport.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's soccer team couldn't hit the target against Portugal, but at least its fans could hit the bar.
Russia has lifted its ban on beer sales at stadiums for the Confederations Cup tournament as part of its deal with FIFA, which has Budweiser as a key sponsor.
Ahead of Russia's 1-0 loss to Portugal on Wednesday, fans crowded stalls surrounding the stadium which offered two brews from 200 rubles ($3.30), plus a no-alcohol option.
MOSCOW (AP) — He towers over the crowds at Moscow's Spartak stadium, a metal gladiator atop a vast football.
The meaning of the 25-meter high monument outside one of Russia's Confederations Cup stadiums is rarely clear to foreign fans, even as they shoot selfies in front of the giant.
Some reckon he's an ancient Greek warrior while others have no clue at all.
MOSCOW (AP) — Fans are sure to sample delicious food in Russia at the Confederations Cup, but chances are it'll be from Georgia.
It's not southern soul food, though.
The Georgia in question is an ex-Soviet country of just under 4 million people in the Caucasus region whose rich and hearty food and wine has conquered the hearts of many Russians.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It's been dubbed as the mural that no one can see.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been honored with a large mural with his image in the Russian city of Kazan, but it was painted on the facade of a private building that is only visible to hotel guests where Portugal's team is staying for the Confederations Cup football tournament.
MOSCOW (AP) — Forgot your toothbrush on your way to Moscow for the Confederations Cup or the 2018 World Cup? You can buy a new one at the hotel lobby. Fancy an ultra-luxury car? You can get one of those too.
In a capital where the black Mercedes Benz and the Ranger Rover are ubiquitous, the luxury-obsessed and deep pocketed can hop into a Bentley or Rolls-Royce at showrooms in two city center hotel lobbies.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Chilean journalist was taken for a very expensive taxi ride during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Moscow.
Diego Saez, a 38-year old journalist from Radio ADN in Chile, was scammed by the driver, who charged him 50,000 rubles —around $900— for a one-hour ride from the Domodedovo airport in southern Moscow to his hotel in the city center after arriving from Munich in the early hours of Thursday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dry humor, slyly delivered.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov seemed to enjoy toying with the media on his Confederations Cup debut.
The 53-year-old man from Soviet-era central casting — a football-sized bald head and broad moustache — gave little away in a mandatory news conference before the host nation's opening game against New Zealand on Saturday.
Yet this "Mr. Nyet" delivered his most stonewall answers with mischief, comic timing and a just-concealed smile.