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US beats World Cup champion Germany, 2-1, in exhibition game

COLOGNE, Germany — Bobby Wood scored a late goal for the second time in six days to give the United States its first victory at a European soccer power, lifting …


Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president

ZURICH – Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The …


Corruption investigation of FIFA was overdue

International soccer corruption strikes closer to home than many American fans realize, according to a University of Idaho professor who’s also an expert in international sports politics. Were it not …


Leicester: FIFA needs to address atrocities of migrant workers in Qatar

PARIS – It certainly took a while, longer than it should, for the penny to drop at FIFA that deserts get hot in summer. Having belatedly adjusted for that fact, …


Nyman’s belief in himself pays off on slopes

Just before the season, American skier Steven Nyman made a $20,000 investment to bankroll a 30-something downhiller he believed could still be one of the best in the world. Maybe …


Hope Solo could be left off U.S. World Cup soccer roster

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the …


FIFA under fire after report on Qatar, Russia

GENEVA – A long-awaited day of judgment on World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar turned into another day of FIFA disarray. Nearly four years after FIFA chose Russia and Qatar …


Team USA regroups

CHICAGO – DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice Thursday. He briefly covered his face with a towel …


LeBron James taking in World Cup final

LeBron James, the four-time MVP of the NBA, is in Brazil to watch today’s World Cup final. Just a few hours after arriving in Rio De Janiero, James said soccer’s …


Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish third

BRASILIA, Brazil – When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing …


Netherlands, Brazil find importance in third-place game

Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is trying to motivate his players for the third-place match against Brazil by giving them the mission of becoming the only Dutch squad to finish …


World Cup run unites Argentines

Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued …


Rugged Brazil faces Germany in World Cup semifinal

There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in today’s semifinal game between …


World Cup quarterfinals average more than 10 million viewers in U.S.

The four World Cup quarterfinals averaged more than 10 million viewers in the United States combined on ABC, ESPN networks and Spanish-language Univision. Host Brazil’s 2-1 win over Colombia in …


Krul defends tactics

Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul insists he did nothing wrong in confronting Costa Rica’s penalty takers during a World Cup quarterfinal shootout. Krul’s crucial two saves on Sunday night followed his …


Neymar’s injury exposes FIFA’s selfish intent

RIO DE JANEIRO – “I kept getting tripped up and kicked to pieces …,” said Brazil’s superstar player, “and the referee did nothing to protect me or my teammates from …


Saturday’s World Cup games

Argentina vs. Belgium Time: 9 a.m. TV: ABC


Howard man of the hour

SAO PAULO – Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast – and fans around the world, really – for his incredible, improbable saves in the …


Colombia’s success transcends ’94 tragedy

BOGOTA, Colombia – The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, …


Luis Suarez apologizes for biting opponent at World Cup

After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV – he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he …


Altidore, referee focus before US-Belgium game

SALVADOR, Brazil — They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to …


Germany survives Algeria 2-1 in extra time

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — When it comes to the knockout stages of the World Cup, wins are worth more than style. That was on full display Monday when Germany labored …


France in World Cup quarterfinals as nerve holds vs. Nigeria

BRASILIA, Brazil — After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance that got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over …


World Cup players get time to cool off during game

SAO PAULO – The Netherlands’ 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday, a game played in 90-degee heat and high humidity, was the first World Cup game in which pre-planned cooling …


It’s another painful World Cup exit for Mexico

SAO PAULO – It’s a curse. There’s no other way to explain it. In six consecutive World Cup tournaments, Mexico has made it to the second round. But it has …


Costa Rica hangs on to beat Greece in shootout

RECIFE, Brazil – With his team down to 10 men for nearly an hour, Keylor Navas made sure Costa Rica’s last line of defense held firm. The goalkeeper came through …


Grip on Sports: Technologies change, but fans remain the same

Thursday: Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when streaming video did not exist. We had a thing you might call streaming audio. We called it a …


World Cup notes: U.S. forward Jozy Altidore trains alone

SAO PAULO – Jozy Altidore has trained on his own again, an indication the injured forward isn’t likely to start in the United States’ second-round World Cup game against Belgium …


Give and Take: Youth soccer spurs World Cup interest

Youth soccer has been popular in the U.S. for more than a generation, and that may be driving high viewer ratings for World Cup games involving the U.S. Here’s a …


USA-Portugal match sets viewing record

The United States’ 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-viewed soccer match ever in the United States. The Nielsen company said Monday that the gripping game …