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Netherlands beats Costa Rica on penalties

Netherlands' players celebrate after winning on penalty kicks the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3. Late substitute Tim Krul, center right, made two saves in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday to give the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals following a 0-0 draw. AP

Super-sub goalkeeper Tim Krul was the hero as the Netherlands ended their penalty shoot-out jinx to beat Costa Rica and set up a World Cup semi-final showdown with Argentina on Saturday.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Football: VW shuts down for Germany-France match

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German auto giant Volkswagen said Friday it will cancel the late shift at its main plant in Wolfsburg so workers can watch the quarter-final World Cup soccer match between Germany and France.

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos,Section | Read More »

Malaysia police arrest almost 200 over World Cup betting

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Malaysian police have arrested almost 200 people in raids on illegal World Cup betting that bust a group drawing daily wagers of $2.3 million, an official said Friday, after similar crackdowns in Macau, Singapore and Thailand.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi wants more offensive Argentina against Iran

Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, stands with teammates Enzo Perez, left, and Gonzalo Higuain, right, during a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Argentina plays in group F of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella has to back his side’s attacking capabilities and include him among a front three when they face Iran on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Football: Who’s saying what at the World Cup

Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.  AP PHOTO/MATT DUNHAM

Who’s saying what at the World Cup on Friday: “I’m bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don’t feel I need to resign.” – England manager Roy Hodgson after the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay. “For everything that was said, the doubts, this was a way to demonstrate everything I wanted to prove.”

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

A few handy words for speaking ‘futebol’

A miniature replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the sky as men play a popular local game known as 'altinho' on the Barra de Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 2, 2014. Altinho is played with a soccer ball on the beach. The goal is not to let the ball drop, but passing to other players while keeping it airborne. AP FILE PHOTO

To impress friends with your knowledge of futebol, here’s a few words and phrases Brazilians use to discuss their jogo bonito, the beautiful game:

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Spain playing for World Cup survival vs Chile

Spain's Andres Iniesta, left, and Fernando Torres talk during an official training session the day before the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.  AP

The magnitude of Spain’s opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

US emerges bloodied and victorious against Ghana

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After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.

Posted: June 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Teams bring favorite foods with them to Brazil

In this photo taken May 21, 2014, U.S. soccer sports performance dietitian Danielle LaFata talks in Stanford, Calif., about the team's food menu as the team trains in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil. Long before the U.S. team traveled to Brazil in June, chef Bryson Billapando and LaFata took a fact-finding mission to the team’s hotels in Sao Paulo, Natal, Manaus and Recife to scour the kitchens and dining spaces and scout food options. AP

Italy packed Parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. brought oatmeal, Cheerios, peanut butter and A1 Steak Sauce.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than vuvuzelas

Oct. 22, 2013 photo released by Portal da Copa 2014, shows an aerial view of the Itaquerao stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Part of the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Brazil next year, collapsed Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. AP/Delfim Martins-Portal da Copa 2014

The official noisemakers for next year’s World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

4 fans shot near World Cup host city in Brazil

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, hotels situated in the area known as the Hotel Sector in Brasilia, Brazil. The Brazilian government is concerned that some hotels listed on FIFA's website for the 2014 World Cup plan to overcharge during the tournament. Brazil's tourism board has notified the justice ministry after one of its studies showed that rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the World Cup in some hotels from the agency MATCH Services, which is listed on FIFA's website.  AP FILE PHOTO

Authorities say four fans were shot before a second division match in northeastern Brazil, the latest case of fan violence for the 2014 World Cup host.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Teams qualified for the 2014 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil logo is displayed on a giant screen during its official launch of the FIFA WC2014 Brazil Logo on July 8, 2010 at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. AFP

Teams qualified for the 2014 World Cup so far but there are still 32 places to be filled. Draw is on December 6:

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Spain, England, Bosnia qualify for World Cup

Bosnia's  Emir Spahic celebrates victory during the World Cup group G qualifying soccer match between  Lithuania and Bosnia in Kaunas, Lithuania, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. AP

Spain, England and Russia sealed spots in next year’s World Cup finals on Tuesday as Bosnia-Herzegovina delivered the feel-good story of European qualifying by also topping its group to reach a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation.   After a nervy final night of group-stage play across the continent, France and [...]

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos,Section | Read More »

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