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Latest World Cup stadium debuts without gliches

The latest stadium inaugurated for the World Cup in Brazil held its first two matches without major glitches on Sunday, a day after demonstrators across Brazil protested against the tournament. …


Hotel rates high for World Cup

Hotel rooms are expected to cost almost 50 percent more in Rio de Janeiro during the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament than when the city will host the 2016 Olympics, …


32 teams, world of possibilities in World Cup draw

Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities. The 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil will be hoping for the luck of the draw today …


Newsmakers

Extended The University of Montana extended the contract of head football coach Mick Delaney through the 2014 season. Delaney is in the second year of a two-year contract. The Grizzlies …


Mexico gets last chance to qualify for FIFA World Cup

Mexico has one last chance to reach next year’s World Cup in Brazil. El Tri, which last missed a World Cup in 1990, opens a two-game playoff today ( ESPN, …


Zusi, Altidore lead U.S. over Jamaica

Soccer: Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored second-half goals in Kansas City, Kan., to give the United States a 2-0 victory over Jamaica and clinch first place for the Americans …


High diving makes splash in Barcelona

Swimming: High diving has taken the plunge into the sports mainstream. Thousands of people turned out Monday to watch 14 competitors descend from the height of a nine-story building into …


FIFA announces prices for World Cup

Fans will pay $90 for tickets to see World Cup matches in Brazil next year, $10 more than in 2010 in South Africa. Announcing ticket rates Friday, FIFA said $15 …


Confederations Cup to open Saturday after protests

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Confederations Cup begins following protests that turned violent in three of Brazil’s biggest cities, while builders were still slapping cement on stadiums. The eight-nation tournament, …


Evans resuces Americans in World Cup qualifier

Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans (pictured) scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, giving the U.S. a thrilling 2-1 win over host Jamaica at Kingston on Friday night …


Americans in Jamaica for qualifier

LOS ANGELES – The last time the U.S. played a soccer match in Jamaica, it wilted in the heat and lost a 2-1 decision on a ragged field. That was …


U.S. men’s soccer team ties Guatemala in qualifier

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the United States in a World Cup qualifier on …


U.S. starts bit shaky in World Cup qualifying

TAMPA, Fla. – Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored as the United States soccer team opened World Cup qualifying with a somewhat shaky 3-1 victory over Antigua and …


Olympics, World Cup preparation bring evictions

RIO DE JANEIRO – Like most Brazilians, Evandro dos Santos’ devotion to soccer borders on the religious. Even when he wasn’t watching a game, he loved hearing the roar of …


UPDATED: Wed., July 13, 2011

U.S. women’s soccer team heading to finals

The United States is in the World Cup final for the first time since it last won the title in 1999, and once again, it was Abby Wambach coming up …


In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the …


Extra-time goal gives Spain long-awaited World Cup title

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – It was a night Spain will never forget. And one the Netherlands would do well not to remember. Sunday’s World Cup final was supposed to be …


Finalists learned from best

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa – Netherlands great Johan Cruyff probably never expected the style of play he made synonymous with attacking soccer would pay off for Spain. Or that the Spaniards …


Finalists masters of the pass

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – For the climax of the World Cup, it is all coming down to the art of the perfect pass. The Spanish proved in Wednesday’s semifinal …


Ole! Ole! Spain tops Germany

DURBAN, South Africa – They pressured Germany the entire match and peppered its goalkeeper so many times a score seemed inevitable. Finally, with a mighty swing of his head that …


Netherlands, Spain in historic Cup final

JOHANNESBURG – The first World Cup in Africa appropriately presents something new: Spain or the Netherlands as a champion. The Spaniards and Dutch will meet Sunday at Soccer City after …


Spain tops Germany to gain final

Spain will play for the World Cup title for the very first time, thanks to Carles Puyol’s goal on a powerful header in the second half Wednesday night. The 1-0 …


World Cup semifinal has final feel to it

DURBAN, South Africa – The reigning European champion vs. the runner-up. One of the top scorers at this World Cup vs. No. 2 on the all-time list. The most dynamic …


Netherlands tops Uruguay in semis

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Arjen Robben emerged from the bottom of an Oranje mosh pit, mud on his brow and a smile on his face. For good measure, he …


Irmatov, Kassai to ref Cup semis

Ravshan Irmatov and Viktor Kassai will referee the World Cup semifinals, FIFA said on Monday. Uzbekistan’s Irmatov will take charge of the Netherlands-Uruguay match at Cape Town today for his …


Uruguay the upstart

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The World Cup turned sour for South America in the quarterfinals. Only one team from the continent advanced – Uruguay, the least likely of all …


German side peaking at right time

JOHANNESBURG – Germany is the team to beat as the World Cup comes down to four contenders, with Spain, the Netherlands and Uruguay looking for a way to beat a …


Ghana can’t cash in

JOHANNESBURG – Nothing, it seemed, would go in for Ghana. Not the shot kicked away at the goal line. Not the block ruled a handball an instant later as extra …


Netherlands pulls shocker

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Don’t call the Dutch underachievers anymore. Not after the way the Netherlands rallied to upset five-time champion Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup quarterfinals Friday.


Brazil’s double trouble

JOHANNESBURG – A quick look. A pass. A goal. Another assist from Kaka and another goal by Luis Fabiano for Brazil. The pair have come up big for the five-time …