2018 World Cup begins with match between Russia, Saudi Arabia

The world’s most widely-viewed sporting event, the men’s soccer World Cup, begins Thursday in Russia, where the host country’s national team will face off against Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Russia is the lowest-ranked team in the 2018 World Cup, Sporting News notes, have failed to win their last seven friendly matches since October, while Saudi Arabia last reached the global finals in 1994. “Never mind that it’s the least appealing World Cup opener ever,” writes Henry Bushnell for Yahoo Sports. “If you’re a soccer fan, you watch the World Cup opener.”

Beginning Friday, there will be three daily matches for the first 10 days of the tournament, followed by four daily matches during the final days of the group phase. The Round of 16 knockout phase begins June 30, with the tournament final scheduled for July 15. Germany, who won the last World Cup in 2014, will be defending their title.

Games can be watched on Fox or Fox Sports 1, or in Spanish on Telemundo or NBC Universo. Russia vs. Saudi Arabia kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. While the U.S. team failed to qualify, The Week has a handy guide to help you choose what team to root for instead.

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Stephen Colbert grills Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Avenatti about Michael Cohen flipping against Trump

In May, The New York Times reported that a television agent was shopping around a Crossfire-type show starring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels, and short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. They tried out the concept on Wednesday’s Late Show. Stephen Colbert started off the interview by asking, “What is this?” It never quite became clear, but you got a taste of what could be: Avenatti with the punchy answers, Scaramucci filibustering.

Colbert asked about reports that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s lawyer and fixer, might flip. “There’s no question in my mind,” Avenatti said. “I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot, and I think that the president is in a very, very bad spot, because this is what happens when you trust your innermost secrets to a moron.” Scaramucci said it was more complicated and depends on the indictment. “When my producer asked you about Michael Cohen, whether he was going to flip, you actually called Michael Cohen on the phone backstage,” Colbert told Scaramucci. “Did you bring your phone out with you?” “I don’t have my phone, do you want to talk to Michael?” Scaramucci asked, but sadly, he wasn’t serious. Colbert ordered a bottle of rosé and three glasses.

Colbert asked Avenatti and Scaramucci — both lawyers — about Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two lies the Trump team has been caught telling: About paying Stormy Daniels and about dictating the misleading letter about Donald Trump’ Jr.s meeting with Russian officials. “Lying is the rule rather than the exception with this administration, and when you can’t keep your lies straight, this is what happens,” Avenatti said. Scaramucci put it in the “historical context” of everybody lies, especially politicians, and Colbert wasn’t having it: “Not about colluding …read more

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Stephen Colbert has some ideas for Michael Cohen about flipping on Trump

President Trump may think he’s solved the North Korean nuclear crisis, “but now he’s got to deal with an even greater threat: Robert Mueller,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show. Specifically, Trump’s lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen has reportedly lost his legal team and is about to flip. “Yes, Michael Cohen is going to sing like a canary — which is ironic, because it’s Trump that actually looks like one,” Colbert said. He suggested Cohen hire Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti: “I hear that the last lawyer to go up against him is about to get arrested.”

This is bad news for Trump, not just Cohen. “One former White House official said, even before the news that Cohen was cooperating broke, that ‘Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen. … If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him,'” Colbert said. “Okay, well, that gives Cohen leverage because the last guy who threatened to blow up Trump got his own summit.” Cohen apparently hasn’t flipped yet, but Trump has reportedly been fuming about Cohen in private, blaming him for the Daniels fiasco. The Late Show had a brief video waving “goodby to their beautiful friend-thing.”

Colbert shot down Trump’s claim to have already denuclearized North Korea and noted the disconnect between Trump’s version and North Korea’s of what they agreed to orally, because, Trump says, he didn’t have time to get it in writing. “This raises a troubling question,” Colbert said. “If we’re negotiating with dictators, what happens to America’s status as an international bulwark against the rise of totalitarian — forget it! Can we talk about that raccoon now?!?” Watch below.

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U.S., Canada, Mexico win joint-bid to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico, and Canada have won a joint-bid to host the 2026 men’s World Cup, beating the only other candidate, Morocco, The New York Times reports. The vote was 134 to 65. The World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, with 60 of the tournament’s games scheduled for the U.S., 10 for Mexico, and 10 for Canada.

U.S. soccer president Carlos Cordeiro has boasted that the bid will earn $14 billion in revenue and turn an $11 billion profit for FIFA, a record, Al Jazeera reports. “We can focus on the game. We are ready made. Our cities are ready to host today,” said the executive director of the United Bid Committee, John Kristick.

It will be the first time the world’s biggest sporting event has been held in North America since 1994, when the United States hosted. The 2018 World Cup begins in Russia on Thursday. The U.S. men’s team did not qualify. The 2022 World Cup will controversially be held in Qatar.

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