Messi mania grips Argentina in 1st match as World Cup champsMarch 24, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Messi mania gripped Buenos Aires as the Argentina national team led by Lionel Messi beat Panama 2-0 on Thursday in a friendly match that was essentially a celebration of their World Cup victory last December.
Farmers struggle in Argentina as drought withers their cropsMarch 23, 2023 GMT
URQUIZA, Argentina (AP) — The ground crackles as Guillermo Cuitino walks across dry farmland that should be green and lush this time of year. He grabs a soy plant and easily disintegrates its leaves with his hands.
Messi mania in Argentina as soccer star mobbed at restaurantMarch 21, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A steakhouse in the trendy Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo was mobbed by hundreds of frenzied soccer fans late Monday night when word spread that Lionel Messi was inside having dinner.
Huge demand in Argentina to see World Cup champs at friendlyMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina’s upcoming friendly quickly sold out Thursday after more than 1 million people formed an online queue for tickets to see the World Cup champions play at home for the first time since Lionel Messi's team lifted the trophy in Qatar.
Argentines struggle to make ends meet amid 100% inflationMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Jesica Fernández used to join seven family members every weekend for a large beef barbeque. Beef is no longer on the menu, and now they’re more likely to eat spaghetti or chicken wings.
Ecuador, Argentina order out envoys amid diplomatic clashMarch 16, 2023 GMT
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Argentina and Ecuador are in a diplomatic clash after a former Ecuadorian Cabinet minister who had been convicted of corruption and taken refuge with the Argentine ambassador escaped from Ecuador’s capital of Quito to Venezuela
Argentina boosts security forces in violence-plagued RosarioMarch 7, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s president said Tuesday he will send hundreds more federal security forces to the central city of Rosario where drug violence has drawn international attention due to a recent threat against soccer star Lionel Messi.
Argentina: Police arrest suspect in killing of 11-year-oldMarch 7, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Police detained a man on suspicion of killing an 11-year-old boy and neighbors wrecked his home Monday amid anger over escalating drug violence in the Argentine city of Rosario, where a threat was directed at soccer superstar Lionel Messi last week.
After World Cup win, Argentina has eyes set on an Oscar tooMarch 6, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Less than three months after Argentina won its third soccer World Cup trophy in Qatar, there is growing excitement about the possibility that the country could take home another major prize – an Academy Award.
UK says Falklands are British as Argentina seeks new talksMarch 4, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Britain has reasserted its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands after Argentina pulled out of a cooperation agreement and demanded new talks over the South Atlantic territory that sparked a 1982 war between the two countries.
Gunmen threaten Messi, shoot up family-owned supermarketMarch 2, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Gunmen threatened Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi in a written message left Thursday when they opened fire at a supermarket owned by his in-laws in Argentina, police said.
Argentina wants Ukraine war to end, says foreign ministerMarch 1, 2023 GMT
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said Tuesday that Russia's invasion of Ukraine must stop and has not only destabilized peace but also impacted prices in his country.
Argentine fishermen find remains of missing man inside sharkFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The remains of a man who had disappeared in southern Argentina earlier this month appear to have been found inside a school shark that was captured by local fishermen.
Argentina extends Scaloni’s contract to 2026 World CupFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — World Cup winner Lionel Scaloni will remain as coach of Argentina to the end of the 2026 World Cup.
The Argentine Football Association and Scaloni confirmed the deal on Monday.
New Zealand wins Los Angeles 7s title, extends series leadFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
CARSON, California (AP) — Brady Rush scored with seconds remaining to seal New Zealand’s 22-12 victory over Argentina in the Los Angeles Sevens final on Sunday, avenging an upset loss on home soil a month ago.
Alcaraz drops set but recovers to beat Fognini at Rio OpenFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz was far from his best against veteran Fabio Fognini but managed to advance to the Rio Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
The top-seeded Alcaraz overcame the 35-year-old Italian 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in 2 hours, 47 minutes.
Pregnant Russians flock to Argentina seeking new passportsFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Shortly after Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, Alla Prigolovkina and her husband, Andrei Ushakov, decided they had to flee their Sochi, Russia, home.
Ushakov had been detained for holding up a sign that read “Peace,” and Prigolovkina, a pregnant ski instructor, feared he would soon be drafted and potentially killed, leaving their baby fatherless.
Alcaraz wins at Rio Open, eyes race with Djokovic for No.1February 23, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the second round of the Rio Open on Wednesday, with his mind already set for a year-long contest with Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking.
Norrie advances, Alcaraz leads at rain-suspended Rio OpenFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top seeds Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie have carried over their momentum from last week's tournament to the Rio Open on Tuesday.
Finalists two days earlier in Buenos Aires, Norrie advanced to round of 16 in the clay court event on Tuesday, while Alcaraz was a game away from moving on before rain suspended play for the day.
Alcaraz beats Norrie on clay for 1st title since U.S. OpenFebruary 19, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz won his first title since his milestone U.S. Open triumph by beating Cameron Norrie in straight sets at the Argentina Open on Sunday.
Alcaraz to face Norrie in Argentina Open finalFebruary 18, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz reached his first final since his milestone U.S. Open triumph at the Argentina Open on Saturday.
Alcaraz beat Spanish countryman Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Top seeds Alcaraz, Norrie advance to semis at Argentina OpenFebruary 18, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The top two seeds advanced to the semifinals of the Argentina Open on Friday.
Top-seeded and second-ranked Carlos Alcaraz beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2 at the clay court event.
Thiem, Schwartzman beaten at Argentina OpenFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman were eliminated from the Argentina Open on Thursday.
Thiem, the 2020 U.S. Open champion who is trying to regain his form after falling to 99th in the rankings, lost 6-4, 6-4 to Juan Pablo Varillas.
Study: Don’t blame climate change for South American droughtFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
Climate change isn’t causing the multi-year drought that is devastating parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia, but warming is worsening some of the dry spell’s impacts, a new study says.
Alcaraz wins 1st match of the year at Argentina OpenFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Second-ranked Carlos Alcaraz won his first match of the year on Wednesday, beating Laslo Djere 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the Argentina Open.
The 19-year-old U.S. Open champion missed the Australian Open with a leg injury and ceded the No.
Dominic Thiem wins 1st match of 2023 at Argentina OpenFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Dominic Thiem accomplished his main objective at the Argentina Open on Tuesday, getting his first win of the year after an abdominal injury and struggles with his form.
Argentina worried over Russian women traveling to give birthFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine officials are expressing concern over the large number of pregnant Russian women who have recently entered the country to give birth as a way to obtain an Argentine passport, claiming three Russian spies who were recently detained in Slovenia were citizens of the South American country.
Scaloni, Ancelotti, Guardiola on FIFA coach award shortlistFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
ZURICH (AP) — Lionel Scaloni, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola were shortlisted Thursday for a “best coach” award, while Walid Regragui didn’t get enough votes despite leading Morocco on a stunning run to the World Cup semifinals.
South American 2030 World Cup bid seeks final in MontevideoFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Members of the South American candidacy for the centennial 2030 World Cup want to host the opening match in Buenos Aires and the final in Montevideo, where Uruguay won the first edition of the tournament.
Messi has doubts about playing 2026 World Cup at age 39February 3, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Lionel Messi may be in doubt as to whether he’ll be still playing for Argentina at the 2026 World Cup but he’s sure about one thing: he wants Lionel Scaloni to stay on as head coach until then, regardless.
Italy on alert amid anarchist attacks on diplomatic missionsJanuary 31, 2023 GMT
MILAN (AP) — Italy's government has increased security at its diplomatic missions around the globe in response to “a crescendo of terroristic attacks” by an informal anarchist network acting in solidarity with an imprisoned Italian militant, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
Messi regrets controversy against Dutch at the World CupJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — World Cup winner Lionel Messi regretted his testy exchanges with the Netherlands coach and players during their controversial quarterfinal in Qatar, he said in an interview aired on Monday.
Almada relishes World Cup win, looks forward to MLS seasonJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly.
The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game.
Sagan to stop road races, target 2024 Olympic mountain bikeJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Argentina (AP) — Three-time world champion Peter Sagan will ride a farewell season of World Tour road races and then target the mountain bike event at the 2024 Paris Olympics before retiring.
Argentina men, NZ women start well at Sydney Rugby SevensJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Argentina’s men and New Zealand’s women carried their recent winning form into the first day of the Sydney Rugby Sevens tournament on Friday.
New Zealand and Argentina won their respective titles at the Hamilton, New Zealand leg of the World Sevens Series last weekend.
Peru protesters tear-gassed after president calls for truceJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Peru's capital and were met with volleys of tear gas and pellets amid clashes with security forces just hours after President Dina Boluarte called for a “truce” in almost two months of protests.
Rights groups dismayed at lack of criticism for Peru abusesJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than 50 people have died in ongoing street protests in the weeks since Peru's elected leader was jailed, mostly demonstrators at the hands of police officers, but only a few international voices of concern have emerged.
Proposed Brazil-Argentina common currency is met with doubtsJanuary 23, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A proposal floated by the leaders of Brazil and Argentina to launch a common currency is being met with deep skepticism by analysts, who say neither country is positioned to tackle such a complicated undertaking or instill confidence in the idea with global markets.
New Zealand women, Argentina men win at Hamilton SevensJanuary 22, 2023 GMT
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has won the women’s and Argentina has won the men’s finals at the Hamilton Sevens tournament, shaking up the standings after the fourth round of the World Sevens Series.
Powerful earthquake hits north Argentina; no damage reportedJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook northern Argentina on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damages.
The quake struck at 8:09 p.m. local time with its epicenter about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of the town of Campo Gallo in Santiago del Estero province.
68 dead, 4 missing after plane crashes in Nepal resort townJanuary 16, 2023 GMT
POKHARA, Nepal (AP) — A plane making a 27-minute flight to a Nepal tourist town crashed into a gorge Sunday while attempting to land at a newly opened airport, killing at least 68 of the 72 people aboard.
Fernandez de Oliveira takes 4-shot lead in Latin AmateurJanuary 14, 2023 GMT
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of Argentina had a record day at Grand Reserve to build a four-shot lead Saturday in the Latin America Amateur Championship, leaving him one round away from a spot in the Masters and U.S.
Carrera leads Latin America Amateur with big perks in viewJanuary 14, 2023 GMT
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Luis Carrera of Mexico played bogey-free Friday at Grand Reserve for a second straight 5-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead going into the weekend of the Latin America Amateur Championship.
Messi vs. Mbappé Part II: World Cup stars chase Ballon d’OrJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
PARIS (AP) — Lionel Messi finally has something Kylian Mbappé already had with a World Cup winners' medal. Now Mbappé wants what Messi has won many times: the Ballon d'Or.
Brazil’s Lula welcomed back by Latin American leadersJanuary 2, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin American leaders converged on Brazil to meet with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his first full day in office Monday, welcoming him back to power and hoping his country assumes a great role on the international stage.
Argentines have tattoo fever following World Cup triumphDecember 30, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has tattoo fever.
Sometimes it’s to fulfill a promise, other times as a way to say thank you or simply to immortalize on the skin what was by all accounts an unforgettable moment.
Nobody disputes Pelé’s greatness but goal count fuels debateDecember 29, 2022 GMT
Nobody disputes Pelé’s greatness and his penchant for scoring. The exact number of goals in his career will forever be a topic for debate.
Pelé often said one of the reasons he should be considered the greatest player of all time was because of his feat of scoring more than 1,000 goals.
Mbappé haunted by France loss, not bitter toward ArgentinaDecember 29, 2022 GMT
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé may always be haunted by France's loss in the World Cup final, but says he bears no bitterness over the way Argentina celebrated and won't let the defeat hold him back with Paris Saint-Germain.
Argentina group IDs another baby stolen during dictatorshipDecember 28, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — DNA tests have confirmed that a man was snatched from his mother as a baby during Argentina's last military dictatorship and was illegally adopted by a family in a northern province, a human rights group said Wednesday.
Maxi Moralez to leave NYC, return to Argentina’s RacingDecember 23, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Midfielder Maxi Moralez is rejoining Argentina’s Racing after six seasons with New York City in Major League Soccer.
The 35-year-old Moralez had 36 goals and 60 assists in 194 games over all competitions, helping NYC win the 2021 MLS title.
Argentina group IDs 131st baby stolen during dictatorshipDecember 22, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — DNA tests have confirmed that a man was taken from his mother as a baby during Argentina’s dictatorship, a human rights group said Thursday, increasing the number of this type of case to 131.
FIFA reviews chef’s ‘undue access’ to hold World Cup trophyDecember 22, 2022 GMT
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is taking “appropriate internal action” to address breaches of World Cup protocol by a celebrity chef who held the gold trophy on the field, soccer’s governing body said Thursday.
Argentina’s government defends chaotic World Cup paradeDecember 21, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s government on Wednesday defended the mammoth parade held to welcome home the World Cup winners even though the event was abruptly cut short amid organizational chaos.
‘Top Gun,’ ‘Black Panther’ advance in Oscars shortlistDecember 21, 2022 GMT
Blockbusters like “Top Gun: Maverick,”“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” and pop stars like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna just got one step closer to getting Oscar nominations.
Sunday’s World Cup final most-watched soccer match in U.S.December 21, 2022 GMT
Argentina’s dramatic victory over France in penalty kicks in the World Cup final has become the most-watched soccer match of any kind in the United States.
With Nielsen and Fox releasing the “match only” rating on Wednesday, Sunday's match had an English- and Spanish-language total combined audience of 26,726,000.
Millions jam Buenos Aires streets to celebrate World Cup winDecember 21, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A parade to celebrate the Argentine World Cup champions was abruptly cut short Tuesday as millions of people poured onto thoroughfares, highways and overpasses in a chaotic attempt to catch a glimpse of the national team that won one of the great World Cup finals of all time.
FIFA mostly wins big but loses some trust at Qatar World CupDecember 19, 2022 GMT
Even before an epic final won by Lionel Messi and Argentina, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was calling it “the best World Cup ever” in Qatar.
Messi, Mbappe give Qatar the perfect World Cup endingDecember 19, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When it comes to soccer, money can buy the world.
It can pay for the World Cup. And the world’s best players. And it can bundle them all up into a perfect package and present it to a global audience of millions.
World Cup review: Best and worst of the tournament in QatarDecember 19, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After 64 matches, 172 goals and one of the best finals in history, the 2022 World Cup is over.
Argentina is the champion for the third time after beating France in a penalty shootout.
Argentines erupt in joy after epic World Cup finalDecember 19, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines let loose on Sunday and streets across the country became places of celebration after an epic World Cup final in which the national team beat France on penalties.
Messi’s hometown of Rosario celebrates after World Cup winDecember 19, 2022 GMT
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — The streets of Lionel Messi’s hometown of Rosario erupted in celebration on Sunday after Argentina beat France to win its third World Cup title.
“We’re champions, which is all we wanted, more than anything for (Messi) and for the whole team,” Santiago Ferraris, 25, said.
‘Very sad’ Macron congratulates Argentina for World Cup winDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Dejected but still proud of France’s World Cup team, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Argentina and Argentines for their win in Sunday’s final.
Messi wins World Cup to push claim to be soccer’s GOATDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — After finally winning the World Cup, Lionel Messi made his strongest case yet to be considered soccer’s greatest player of all time.
It will never be possible to say definitively, though, even after Argentina's 4-2 penalty shootout victory over France on Sunday in the final at Lusail Stadium.
Messi wins World Cup, Argentina beats France on penaltiesDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi, wearing a black Qatari robe over his blue-and-white Argentina shirt, kissed the World Cup, shuffled toward his teammates and hoisted the golden trophy high in the air.
Mbappé electrifies in World Cup epic, ends up on losing sideDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Kylian Mbappé scored a hat trick seemingly from out of nowhere to electrify the World Cup final, he ended the tournament as the leading scorer with eight goals, and he still missed out on winning a second straight title.
Messi plans to play on for Argentina after World Cup winDecember 18, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi is not ready to walk away from Argentina yet, despite ending his pursuit of a World Cup winner's medal.
The soccer great secured the one major trophy that has eluded him in his storied career as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties in the final at Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
France’s dismay mixed with awe for Messi in World Cup finalDecember 18, 2022 GMT
PARIS (AP) — In the pain, there also was consolation. Losing to Argentina in the World Cup final wasn't the ending that heart-broken France fans hoped for.
Live updates | Argentina wins World Cup final against FranceDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup final between Argentina and France:
Lionel Messi says he cannot wait to return to Argentina with the World Cup trophy.
World Cup in Qatar sets scoring record with 172 goalsDecember 18, 2022 GMT
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — The six-goal final between France and Argentina set a World Cup record of 172 at this year’s tournament.
The previous tournament record of 171 goals was set in 1998 and 2014.
Messi, Mbappé lead selections for AP’s team of the World CupDecember 18, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé head the selections for the team of the tournament as chosen by writers covering the World Cup for The Associated Press.
Argentines wake up dreaming of World Cup glory in QatarDecember 18, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Zeyda Cipra has been so anxious all week about Argentina's match against France in the World Cup final that she couldn’t avoid talking about how she was feeling with her psychologist.
Scaloni answers critics with Argentina’s World Cup final runDecember 17, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Argentina’s gamble paid off.
Criticism came quickly when Lionel Scaloni was hired as the unqualified, somewhat accidental coach of Argentina’s national team in 2018.
How, the nay-sayers said, could someone with no club experience — in fact, no senior coaching experience at all — be expected to lead a squad containing the great Lionel Messi?
Argentines flock to Qatar for chance to win the World CupDecember 17, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — From a soccer-crazed country known for its world-class players and its repeated economic crises, Argentine fans are making great sacrifices to be in Qatar to see their team try to win the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Argentina fans adopt ‘Muchachos’ as their World Cup anthemDecember 17, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — “Muchachos” has become a hugely popular unofficial anthem of Argentine fans at the World Cup.
The song, which was written by a fan, includes references to soccer greats Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
How Argentina can beat France in the World Cup finalDecember 17, 2022 GMT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi stands on the brink of a long-awaited World Cup winner's medal as Argentina faces defending champions France in Sunday's final.
EXPLAINER: Why are Argentines such ardent World Cup fans?December 17, 2022 GMT
Argentina arguably has the World Cup's most fervent fans, known for their rhythmical singing, incessant drumming and trance-like ferocity.
The country's history of success at the World Cup — champions in 1978 and 1986, and runners-up three times — is rivaled by few.
Each World Cup semifinal seen by 9M people in USDecember 16, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Victories by Argentina and France in the World Cup semifinals were each seen by nine million people in the U.S.
Argentina's 3-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday was seen by 9.3 million.
As sports betting grows in Africa, many see a real scourgeDecember 16, 2022 GMT
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan health official was so sure Argentina would win its World Cup soccer match against Saudi Arabia that he gambled $1,800 advanced to him by authorities as allowances for 243 people who had participated in a polio immunization campaign.
Messi’s hometown in Argentina yearns for World Cup victoryDecember 16, 2022 GMT
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Fernanda Quiroga still remembers how Lionel Messi played soccer in what were then dirt roads around their working class neighborhood in Rosario, Argentina’s third-largest city.