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Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russia's 2018 World Cup

costs grow by $600m

MOSCOW, Russia (AP):

Russian authorities say next year's World Cup will cost US$600 million more than previously planned.

There was no immediate explanation from organisers or the Russian government for the latest cost rise, published in a government decree on Tuesday and signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Costs have risen by 34.5 billion rubles (US$600 million) to 678 billion rubles (US$11.8 billion), the decree states.

Of that, 57.6 per cent comes from the federal budget. There is another 13.6 per cent from regional government budgets, with a further 28.8 per cent from "legal entities", a category that can include both private and state-run companies.

MLS All-Star Game headed to Atlanta in 2018

ATLANTA, Georgia, USA (AP):

Atlanta's new stadium has landed another big event.

Major League Soccer announced on Monday that its 2018 All-Star Game will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one day after Atlanta United set records for single-game and season attendance.

"We're honoured," United owner Arthur Blank said at a news conference attended by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "We will not let you down."

Mercedes-Benz Stadium already landed the College Football Playoff championship game, which will be held in January, as well as the 2019 Super Bowl and the men's basketball Final Four in 2020.

"The record is now complete," Mayor Kasim Reed said. "We have this amazing event coming to the city of Atlanta."

Sevilla rebound with Cup win

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Sevilla ended a three-game losing streak by beating third-division Cartagena 3-0 in the Copa del Rey's round-of-32 yesterday.

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, who is in his first season with the club, was in need of a turnaround after his team lost 4-0 to Valencia, 5-1 to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League and 1-0 to

Athletic Bilbao.

But Sevilla had little trouble making a positive start to Spain's cup competition thanks to goals by Pablo Sarabia, Joaquin Correa, and substitute Luis Muriel.

After Sarabia chipped in the 25th-minute opener, midfielder Ganso set up Correa with a back-heel pass 10 minutes later. Ganso then set up Muriel in the 51st.

Meanwhile Malaga coach Michel Gonzalez will face more pressure after his side conceded two goals in stoppage time to lose 2-1 at second-tier Numancia.

Other results: Valencia 2, Zaragoza 0; Getafe 0, Alaves 1.