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Brazil ready for Colombia

Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often. Scolari said he knows …


Saved by the woodwork vs. Chile, Brazil lives another day at FIFA World Cup

Tight and tense as it was, it was enough to keep Brazil’s national obsession of winning the World Cup on home soil from taking a desperately disappointing turn.


Brazil showing some nerves ahead of FIFA World Cup match vs. Chile

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad. The veteran coach …


World Cup Round-up: Mexico advances to knockout stage

One of the first things Miguel Herrera did when he became Mexico’s fourth coach in a year was call Rafael Marquez and ask the 35-year-old defender known as “the boss” …


Mexico blasts Croatia to advance

Rafael Marquez’s pivotal goal from a header in the 72nd minute ignited a scoring burst, and Mexico surged into the World Cup’s knockout stage for a sixth straight time with …


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 …


World Cup Capsules: Mexico holds host Brazil to draw

He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., June 12, 2014, 6:16 p.m.

Neymar leads Brazil to win over Croatia in FIFA World Cup opener

Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on …


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.


Destinations for travelers in 2014

The Olympics, the World Cup and commemorations of World War I, D-Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall are some of the events that will spotlight destinations like Sochi, …


Brazilian fans stand out for raucousness

SAO PAULO – Go to a sporting event in Brazil and you will be mesmerized by fanatic crowds, nonstop chanting and an incessant party atmosphere. Go to a sporting event …


Brazil 3-1 favorite, U.S. rises to 150-1 at World Cup

Brazil was made a 3-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting. The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday’s draw as they held going …


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 …


Nightclub fire in Brazil kills 230

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, …


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 …


One heady performance for U.S. women’s soccer

DRESDEN, Germany – Running low on hope and almost out of time, the Americans were surely beat, about to make their earliest exit from the Women’s World Cup. And then, …


U.S. women’s soccer team faces old foe in World Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist. However, the only number that matters right now is zero. …


U.S. will need more than Hope against Brazil in Women’s World Cup

DRESDEN, Germany – Bent at the waist, her back to the goal, Marta buried her face in her hands. Her left-footed blast from 6 yards looked certain to be a …


Brazil tops North Korea 2-1

Maicon and Elano scored a goal apiece in the second half and Brazil broke through a solid North Korea defense to win its first 2010 World Cup match 2-1 on …