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Portugal ties U.S. on match’s final shot

MANAUS, Brazil – They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with …


Amazon villagers welcome soccer fans, show them a different lifestyle

ALDEIA INDIGENA TATUYO, Brazil – At the sound of an approaching boat, the people of this river village run out to greet their visitors, feather headdresses bobbing, loincloths and grass …


Here’s where U.S. stands in Group G

The United States and Germany both have four points and are atop Group G over Ghana and Portugal who have one point each. In the group stage of the World …


Portugal’s late goal ties U.S. at World Cup

Varela’s goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross on the game’s last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie with the United States on Sunday on an exhausting night …


US can clinch advancement with win over Portugal

MANAUS, Brazil – Moths and mosquitoes circled when the United States took the field for practice Saturday evening at Arena da Amazonia, a 40,000-seat stadium built in a remote area …


Christians in Manaus pray to the ‘Jewish saint’

MANAUS, Brazil – Deep in the Amazon rainforest, but right in the middle of the jungle region’s biggest city, lies the final resting place of the “Jewish saint.” Yes, that’s …


U.S. soccer match is best bet on the tube

With interest up in the World Cup, the United States’ match against Portugal today ( 2:30 p.m., ESPN; 3 p.m. game time) is poised to take a run at viewership …


Ronaldo expected to play for Portugal against US

Cristiano Ronaldo will play, and Portugal needs to win. The world player of the year hasn’t been able to shake a lingering left knee injury since coming to Brazil, but …


U.S. chases pair of firsts vs. Portugal

With a win over Portugal the U.S. would accomplish a pair of American firsts: reaching the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups and advancing with a game to spare.


Six-fingered Brazilian family roots for sixth World Cup title

AGUAS CLARAS, Brazil – A family is counting on the fingers of a single hand its hopes for Brazil to win a sixth World Cup championship. All the members of …


Spokane’s growing soccer base enjoys thrill of World Cup

It was business as usual Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane – until the United States soccer team took care of business against Ghana in its opening match of the World …


Heads up! U.S. slips past Ghana in World Cup opener

Clint Dempsey scored one of the fastest goals in World Cup history and John Brooks scored the game winner on a header in the 86th minute of a 2-1 U.S. …


Local fan base enjoys U.S. soccer win

It was business as usual Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane – until the United States soccer team took care of business against Ghana in its opening match of the World …


Relief for France

Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France eased into its World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday …


Brazilian city where Americans face Ghana played critical role for U.S. in World War II

NATAL, Brazil – Long before the U.S. soccer team arrived in this balmy coastal city for the World Cup, another group of uniformed Americans came through. They turned this isolated …


Police use tear gas on protesters

RIO DE JANEIRO – Police fired stun grenades and tear gas to block a march by about 200 protesters toward Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ahead of Sunday’s World Cup …


U.S. faces Ghana, sweltering heat

While the skies started to clear a bit Sunday in Natal, the forecast was unsettled for today’s game, when the Americans try to avenge losses to Ghana that knocked them …


World Cup roundup: Mario Balotelli goal gives Italy win over England

The heat and humidity of the jungle made its mark on the first World Cup match to be played in the Amazon rainforest, and so did Mario Balotelli. With players …


Van Persie’s header ‘goal of my career’

Even by Robin van Persie’s standards, the Dutchman’s header that looped over a stranded Iker Casillas in the Spain goal was something very special. “It was a great goal, I …


Big second half propels Netherlands past Spain in World Cup opener

The Netherlands thrashed the world champions 5-1 Friday in Salvador, Brazil, in the World Cup’s first shocker, toying with an aging Spanish team that has dominated global football for the …


Brazil rallies to defeat Croatia in World Cup opener

SAO PAULO – Neymar showed why he is carrying Brazil’s hopes at the World Cup, scoring twice on Thursday to help the underwhelming hosts escape a disappointing start to the …


Norman Chad: Ready or not, it’s time for the World Cup

The World Cup is the world’s greatest sporting spectacle – actually, I prefer the PBA’s Tournament of Champions; of course, there’s no accounting for taste – a quadrennial festival viewed …


World Cup Soccer notes: Team USA arrives in Brazil

The U.S. World Cup team has arrived in Brazil. The Americans landed in Sao Paulo on Monday morning on an overnight commercial flight from Miami and reached their downtown hotel …


U.S. heads to Brazil with boosted confidence

SAO PAULO – The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time. Playing only its third match in nine …


U.S. soccer heads to Brazil on winning note

The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.


In Brief: Florida wins Game 1 of NCAA softball final

Softball: Hannah Rogers threw a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three College Women’s World Series championship series Monday night in Oklahoma City. Rogers …


Americans show progress in 2-1 victory over Turkey

HARRISON, N.J. – With its first World Cup game scheduled for June 16 against Ghana, the U.S. men’s national team still has plenty of work to do. During the second …


Imposter tries to hitch ride with British team

England almost had a 24-man squad departing for the World Cup on Sunday. As the country’s footballers prepared to board a flight to Miami for two pre-World Cup friendlies ahead …


Newsmakers

Rescheduled The NCAA approved moving the women’s basketball Final Four to a Friday-Sunday format beginning in 2017. The women’s Final Four had that format from 1996-2002 before switching to the …


In Brief: Bryan brothers keep U.S. alive in Davis Cup

Tennis: Bob and Mike Bryan beat Dominic Inglot and Colin Fleming 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Saturday in San Diego to pull the United States to 2-1 against Britain in the …