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Reshuffle pays off for Germany at World Cup

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, second from right, makes a save after a shot by France's Blaise Matuidi, second from left, during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. AP

Joachim Loew’s decision to reshuffle his lineup and return captain Philipp Lahm to right back paid off immediately Friday, galvanizing the defense and earning Germany a place in the semifinals of the World Cup.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Germany beats France 1-0, reaches World Cup semis

Germany's Mats Hummels, left, scores on a header during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. AP

It just wouldn’t be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos | Read More »

Klose back for Germany vs France in World Cup

Germany's Miroslav Klose performs a flip as he celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. AP

Germany recalled veteran striker Miroslav Klose and dropped center back Per Mertesacker among a slew of changes for its World Cup quarterfinal match against France on Friday.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos | 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 »

Deschamps: Guts and goals win you World Cup games

France head coach Didier Deschamps answers journalists' questions during a press conference at the Teatro Pedro II, in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Friday, July 1, 2014. AP

France coach Didier Deschamps has never lost a World Cup match, and heading into Friday’s quarterfinal against Germany he says winning such big matches comes down to guts.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

France beats Nigeria 2-0 to reach World Cup QF

France's Mathieu Valbuena, right, slides in to kick the ball away from Nigeria's Ahmed Musa during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014.  AP PHOTO/PETR DAVID JOSEK

Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Security tightened ahead of Algeria World Cup match

Algeria's players listen their coach Vahid Halilhodzic during a training session at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Algeria will play against Germany on Monday in the round of 16 of the soccer World Cup. AP

Authorities in France tightened security and appealed for calm on Monday ahead of a World Cup match between Germany and Algeria following riots after the last two Algerian fixtures.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Serena Williams loses in 3rd round at Wimbledon

Serena Williams of U.S. plays a return to Alize Cornet of France during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 28, 2014.  AP

Five-time champion Serena Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos | Read More »

France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out

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France’s much-vaunted attack missed a series of chances as it drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans bowed out of the tournament.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

French teams in ‘record-breaking’ 73-hour football match

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Amateur footballers in France believe they have broken the world record for the longest match after playing 73 hours non-stop from Thursday to Sunday to raise awareness about the rare medical disorder Crigler-Najjar.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

France beats Swiss 5-2 to take control of Group E

Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner, left, and France's Blaise Matuidi go for a header during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. AP

France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of. Four years ago to the day, France’s players shamed the nation by going on strike at the last World Cup. On Friday, the team put on a striking attacking display, blowing Switzerland away with a 5-2 win on Friday to take total control of Group E and put themselves in position to avoid a showdown with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the next round.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

France poised for last 16 after Swiss rout

France's Olivier Giroud jumps on Blaise Matuidi's shoulders after Matuidi scored his side's second goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Giroud scored the first goal for France. AP

France are on the brink of reaching the World Cup last 16 after their emphatic 5-2 win over Switzerland on Friday kept them in control of Group E.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

France beat Honduras as goal-line technology makes history

France's Karim Benzema, center, is congratulated by France's Blaise Matuidi (14), Rio Mavuba (12) and other teammates after their 3-0 victory over Honduras during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.  AP PHOTO/FERNANDO VERGARA

France beat 10-man Honduras 3-0 in a bruising World Cup clash on Sunday where goal-line technology awarded the first international goal in history.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

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