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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 »

Fans panic at overcrowded stadium in Brazil

AP FILE PHOTO

Fans climbed a fence and jumped onto the field to escape the overcrowded stands during a second-division football match Saturday in one of Brazil’s World Cup host cities.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Section | Read More »

Japan looking to close gap on football’s best

Japan's head coach Alberto Zaccheroni of Italy celebrates with his players after their 1-1 draw with Australia in their Asian zone Group B qualifying soccer match for the 2014 World Cup in Saitama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Japan became the first team to reach 2014 World Cup. AP

In the minds of most football fans, Japan is essentially the “other team” in Saturday’s Confederations Cup opener.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Football: Messi magic leaves Argentina in charge

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Lionel Messi scored once and set up two goals as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 to remain in control of the South American qualifying race for the 2014 World Cup here Friday.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Second World Cup stadium ready in Brazil

Photo from thebrazil.com

Brazil’s Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte was ready to reopen on Friday after renovation work in preparation for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Japan wins, on verge of reaching 2014 World Cup

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Striker Shinji Okazaki tapped in a late goal to help Japan. (Photo: AP/Osama Faisal)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Striker Shinji Okazaki scored a late winner Wednesday as Japan beat Oman 2-1 to move closer to clinching a spot in the 2014 World Cup, while Iraq revived its campaign with a 1-0 victory against Jordan. Group A was thrown wide open after Uzbekistan beat Iran 1-0 to go top. [...]

Posted: November 15th, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Fifa defends kickoff times at 2014 World Cup

Players’ health in Brazil has not been jeopardized to please European broadcasters, Fifa’s top 2014 World Cup official said Friday after some matches were scheduled in early-afternoon heat.

Posted: September 30th, 2012 in Football,Headlines,Other Sports,Section | Read More »

Crunch time for Southeast Asian hopefuls

Azkals’ Angel Gaurido (12) is hugged by team mate Manuel Oh (third from left) after Gaurido scored the Philippines' fourth goal in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match on July 3 in Manila. At right is Robert James Gier. AP File Photo

With continental powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran virtually assured of advancing to the next stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, much of the second-round drama is expected to center on Southeast Asia this week.

Posted: July 27th, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Long, rocky road to World Cup glory for the Azkals

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COLOMBO—The Philippines’ showdown with Sri Lanka is just the start of a long, arduous journey to the sport’s showpiece event, the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. But getting there is almost impossible considering the Philippines’ stature as a developing football nation. In fact, the country has fallen at the very first hurdle in past [...]

Posted: June 29th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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