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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 …


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 …


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 …


Sounders fall to Buddle, Galaxy

MLS: Edson Buddle and Juninho scored to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday night in Carson, Calif. Buddle and Landon Donovan …


Black Widows rally

Marissa Mykines and Tiara Pittman scored second-half goals and the Spokane Black Widows rallied to beat the Clovis Sidekicks 2-1 in Women’s Premier Soccer League action Saturday night at Joe …


Sounders hope for turnaround

On paper, this looks like a worst-case scenario for Seattle Sounders FC. A team struggling through the first half of its season, Seattle has to play in Los Angeles tonight …


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 …


Bradley wants to stay

NEW YORK – Bob Bradley said he’d be “honored” to remain the U.S. soccer coach, and he expects a decision in three to four weeks. Bradley told The Associated Press …


Villa leads Spain past Portugal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — David Villa called it one of his best goals. On a night when Portugal’s defense fought off attack after attack, the Spanish striker finally broke …


Paraguay tops Japan on PKs

PRETORIA, South Africa — The last thing Paraguay wanted was to wind up in a shootout with Japan. After all, the South Americans almost never practice penalty kicks – or …


U.S. coach, boss to meet

JOHANNESBURG — U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says the American team did not meet his expectations at the World Cup and he likely will meet with Bob Bradley to …


Healthy Robben lifts Netherlands

DURBAN, South Africa — Impressive as Arjen Robben and his Dutch teammates were in advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, they seek much more. The Netherlands reached the final eight …


Brazil waltzes into quarters

JOHANNESBURG — As Brazil was dismantling Chile, a couple of fans delighted the crowd by parading around the stadium with two giant gold replicas of the World Cup trophy. Another …


Donovan soaks up spotlight

IRENE, South Africa – The words came haltingly, then not at all, as Landon Donovan tried to explain how much the goal meant to him. He’s the greatest player the …


American soccer arrives with Donovan’s dramatic goal

PRETORIA, South Africa – Long after the game had ended and the jubilant players had left the field, the U.S. fans partied on in the stands, singing, dancing and waving …


USA’s World Cup fate in its hands

PRETORIA, South Africa – One more game, one last chance to make their reputation. When the Americans play Algeria at the World Cup this morning they’ll either live up to …


World Cup host fans happy with team’s play

JOHANNESBURG – Their beloved Bafana Bafana are out of the World Cup, yet South African fans greeted the farewell win over France with pride and celebration. Across South Africa, multiracial …


World Cup: U.S. expects aggressive Algeria

IRENE, South Africa – Landon Donovan thinks the best is yet to come for the U.S. soccer team. Yes, 2006 was a disappointment and even the quarterfinal finish in 2002 …


Four teams set to advance today

JOHANNESBURG – Moving Day arrives today at the World Cup, and it could be a Latin American fiesta. Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay need only draws in their final opening-round matches …


Protest beyond ‘stupid’

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – France coach Raymond Domenech said his players acted like imbeciles by protesting Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the team by refusing to train just two days before …


Algeria confident in matchup with U.S.

Algeria has no fear of the United States at the World Cup. Algeria’s surprising 0-0 draw with England saved it from becoming the first team to exit the World Cup. …


U.S. team aware win is a must

JOHANNESBURG – They played 62 games over four years just to get ready for the World Cup, convinced obsessive preparation and attention to detail would turn around their fortunes after …


Argentina, Mexico, Greece win at World Cup

Highlights from Thursday’s World Cup matches.


Win over Slovenia critical for U.S.

IRENE, South Africa – Tim Howard thought about Andrej Komac’s prediction of victory for Slovenia and chuckled. “I think talk is cheap,” the American goalkeeper said Wednesday. “He’s got to …


Sub guarantees Slovenia win over U.S.

JOHANNESBURG – Andrej Komac probably never has heard of Joe Namath, even though he sure can imitate the Hall of Fame quarterback. The Slovenia midfielder is so confident about the …


World Cup TV broadcasters try to limit noise from horns

JOHANNESBURG – TV viewers can take out their earplugs because the vuvuzelas are going to have a bit less buzz. Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed …