World Cup

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 […]

06/29/2014

United States players warm up during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Soccer interactions dwarf other events on Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Through one week of the World Cup, Facebook has already seen more people having more interactions about the tournament on the social media site than it had for the Sochi Olympics, […]

06/20/2014

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 […]

06/20/2014

General view at the Itaquerao Stadium during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Will Brazil’s Cup spotlight burn too bright?

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s day has finally arrived. The sun rose Thursday on a tropical nation hosting its first World Cup in 64 years. Nearly half the world’s population, well over 3 billion […]

06/12/2014

Stella Winter, 7, of Sao Paulo, attends the United States work out at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The U.S. will play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Klinsmann says unrealistic for US to expect title

SAO PAULO (AP) — American fans decked out in red, white and blue watched their team’s lone public training session in Brazil, cheering and seeking autographs. Jurgen Klinsmann maintains they shouldn’t expect the U.S. to […]

06/11/2014

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)

ESPN: Donovan to analyze US team during World Cup

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ESPN has hired Landon Donovan to offer commentary on the U.S. soccer team he was cut from just before the World Cup. The all-time American leader in goals and assists, the […]

06/11/2014

In this May 21, 2014 photo, Children and adults play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. The haunting ruins built in 1898 at the height of the region’s rubber boom, briefly transformed Manaus into one of the richest cities in the world. The sprawling villa was initially intended to house the Italian immigrants who arrived to work in the rubber trade. The building’s decline over the next century mirrored that of Manaus, which after the rubber boom went bust, slipped into a long period of decadence and decay. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

PARICATUBA, Brazil (AP) — If Hollywood were to set a psychological thriller in the Amazon rainforest, the haunting Paricatuba Ruins would be the perfect backdrop. Massive root structures poke through the foundations of the once-stately […]

05/30/2014

Stephen Hawking helps England with World Cup chances

LONDON (AP) — Physicist Stephen Hawking has turned his brilliant mind toward perhaps his toughest challenge yet — helping England win the World Cup. Britain’s most famous scientist, known for his theories on physics and […]

05/28/2014

Second placed Brittany Bowe of the U.S skates in the ladies' 1000-meter Division A event at the World Cup speed skating stage in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexei Filippov)

Starting from scratch at US speedskating trials

Everyone is starting from scratch at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. It doesn’t matter if you’re two-time gold medalist Shani Davis or an obscure long shot — you have to earn your way onto the […]

12/26/2013

Lindsey Vonn speeds down the training course at the U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, Colo. on Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)

Speeding up return, Vonn 2nd in downhill training

VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Lindsey Vonn had the second-fastest run in World Cup downhill training Thursday as she increased the pace in her comeback from injury. The American finished only 0.04 seconds behind Dominique […]

12/19/2013

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