UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably the best-known Muslim athlete in Russia, and he’s rapidly becoming a leading conservative voice at home.
Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell.
A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game.
Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0 Sunday.
The teams will clash Sunday at Moscow’s vast Luzhniki Stadium in one of the biggest draws of the group stage.
A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city.
The opening day of the World Cup showed different sides of Russia’s approach to gay rights, with the rainbow flag displayed during President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the first game and a British LGBT activist detained for holding a protest.
For many fans of food and football, a World Cup in Russia is unfamiliar territory.
Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the turbulent situation that greets the 2018 World Cup.
Racist and anti-gay chants have become more common in Russian soccer as the country prepares to host the World Cup, even as overall incidents of discrimination declined.