Fire department personnel work to retrieve a body from a bus after retrieving it from underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Unfinished overpass in World Cup project collapses

SAO PAULO (AP) — An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. […]


FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo taken with a fisheye lens, a Brazil supporter attends the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

FIFA official ‘amazed’ by Brazil WCup drunkenness

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA’s number two official has said he’s “amazed” by the levels of drunkenness in Brazil’s World Cup stadiums, reviving a debate over whether alcohol sales should have been allowed at […]


Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014.  The Netherlands won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

World Cup: Dutch score dramatic victory over Mexico

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. An inspired […]


Lionel Messi is lifted as Argentina celebrates its win again Nigeria. (AP Foto/Michael Sohn)

Argentina beats Nigeria 3-2 as both teams advance

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. […]


Soccer fans pose for pictures with a statue of super hero Hulk near the Granja Comary training center, where Brazil is training during the World Cup, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The statue is in tribute to Brazil's soccer player named Hulk. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BRAZIL BEAT: A Hulk-ing photo opportunity

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Fans visiting Brazil’s training camp are lining up for a smashing photo opportunity with a huge statue of the superhero Hulk dressed in a national team jersey. The statue, located in […]


This June 18, 2014 photo shows the cobble streets of Olinda, Brazil. The coastal town of Olinda was founded in the 1530's by Portuguese explorer Duarte Coelho. The lumber and sugarcane industries that flourished in the area made Olinda one of the most important colonial outposts in all of Brazil. (AP Photo/Brett Martel)

Panoramic views of 500-year-old town

OLINDA, Brazil (AP) — Atop a hill offering panoramic views of the World Cup city of Recife is the nearly 500-year-old coastal town Olinda. Fans such as Ricky Jaramillo of Chicago have found its narrow, […]


England's Raheem Sterling runs into Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira with his knee during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Pereira was knocked out by the blow.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

World Cup focuses minds on concussion management

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Felled by an opponent’s knee to the head as they both chased the ball, a player is seemingly out cold on a World Cup pitch. The clock is ticking. Millions […]


Soccer fans from Belgium pose for a photo with a replica of a World Cup trophy on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Holidays, lost business in World Cup’s lazy days

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s World Cup is in full swing and the world’s biggest sporting event is becoming a great excuse to skip work and enjoy holidays decreed just for the event. Yet, […]


A Chile soccer fans jokes around with Dutch soccer fans at a subway station on their way to the World Cup group B match between Chile and the Netherlands at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Both teams having already qualified for the round of 16, Monday's match will decide which of them wins Group B. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

BRAZIL BEAT: For Chile, Dutch fans, fearing Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans sporting Chile’s red and the Netherlands’ orange streamed into Itaquerao Stadium on Monday. But it was another color they had on their minds: yellow. With both teams having already comfortably […]


Members of the Silva family, back row, from left, Silvia Santos, Joao de Assis, Pedro de Assis, Ana Carolina Santos and Silvana Santos, front row, Bernardo de Assis, left, and Maria Morena Santos, pose for a photo in their home to show that they each have six fingers on each of their hands, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The family was born with an extra digit on each hand as a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

6-fingered family roots for Brazil’s 6th World Cup

AGUAS CLARAS, Brazil (AP) — 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 the Silva family living […]


In this photo dated Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Algerian soccer fans watch their team's World Cup soccer match with Belgium on a large screen set up in Algiers Zocalo June 17, 2014. Belgium defeated Algeria 2-1. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

World Cup fans need math to figure out scenarios

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every four years, the World Cup forces fans to remember their math lessons. Working out what each team needs from its final match to finish in the top two of […]


A Brazuca, the official soccer ball of the 2014 World Cup, sits on a cone, during a training session at the Santa Cruz Stadium in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

A few handy words for speaking ‘futebol’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — To impress friends with your knowledge of futebol, here’s a few words and phrases Brazilians use to discuss their jogo bonito, the beautiful game: Fominha — player who selfishly keeps […]