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Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.  AP

Germany has climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Brazil declares ‘victory’ — in staging of Cup

Dilma Rousseff

Although her country failed to net a sixth triumph, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday declared as a victory the giant nation’s staging of the World Cup.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Argentina’s gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home

Argentina World Cup

Argentina’s national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

What worries? Brazil World Cup scores high

Netherlands' Robin van Persie heads the ball to score during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. AP

Brazil’s World Cup organizers can say it now: “Esta tudo bem” — it’s all OK. What was everyone so worried about?

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Brazil fires national football coach Felipe Scolari – report

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Brazil’s football confederation (CBF) will not renew national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s contact, local media reported early Monday, just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Germany beats Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Argentines hold heads high after World Cup loss

Argentina Brazil World Cup

Sad-but-proud Argentine soccer fans applauded their national team for giving it all against a powerful German squad, losing 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the country’s first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Brazil celebrates rival Argentina’s World Cup defeat

Mario Goetze

Brazilians bitter about their team’s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

World Cup Goalflash

Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates with Thomas Mueller after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—Germany (Mario Gotze, 113) 1, Argentina 0.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

World Cup: Germany and Argentina go into extra time

(From left) Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero and Germany's defender Jerome Boateng leap for the ball during extra time of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/PATRIK STOLLARZ

Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Germany were tied at 0-0 as the third successive World Cup final went into extra-time on Sunday.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Germany and Argentina at 0-0 at 75 minutes

Germany's Mats Hummels tries to kick the ball away from Argentina's Lionel Messi during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. The score between Argentina and Germany was even at 0-0 after 75 minutes.  AP PHOTO/NATACHA PISARENKO

Lionel Messi missed an early second-half chance Sunday, shooting wide to leave the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany even at 0-0 after 75 minutes.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Germany and Argentina at 0-0 at 60 minutes

Argentina fans cheer for their team during the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Lionel Messi missed an early second-half chance, shooting wide to leave the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany even at 0-0 after an hour.  AP PHOTO/MANU FERNANDEZ

Lionel Messi missed an early second-half chance Sunday, shooting wide to leave the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany even at 0-0 after an hour.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Germany and Argentina at 0-0 at halftime

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, and Germany's Mats Hummels go downfield during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.  AP PHOTO/FRANK AUGSTEIN

The World Cup final between Argentina and Germany is still level at 0-0 after the first half.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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