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Ghana sends two home before match

BRASILIA, Brazil – Ghana threw Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng out of its World Cup squad for disciplinary reasons on Thursday, plunging the team into further chaos just hours before …


Thousands in U.S. turn out to watch World Cup match

Jose Arriaga has run out of excuses for missing work to watch the U.S. men’s soccer team in the World Cup. The births of his children, deaths of relatives and …


FIFA bans Luis Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO – Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters. The Uruguay forward, widely …


UPDATED: Thu., June 26, 2014, 3:01 p.m.

US advances to World Cup’s 2nd round despite loss

They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the …


Five things to watch for in U.S.-Germany match

The story lines for today’s match between the United States and Germany are gripping. Here are five things to keep an eye on in the Group G decider in Recife, …


FIFA World Cup roundup: Argentina beats Nigeria as both teams advance

Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the last World Cup Group F match on Wednesday in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos …


FIFA World Cup notes: Jozy Altidore to miss U.S.-Germany game

Jozy Altidore will miss the United States’ World Cup game against Germany on Thursday in Recife, Brazil, because of his strained left hamstring. The forward was injured in the Americans’ …


Soccer’s bad boy bites Luis Suarez opponent at FIFA World Cup

NATAL, Brazil – Biting opponents, racist comments – all that looked to be behind Luis Suarez, as soccer’s bad boy was maturing into a star for his club and country. …


FIFA World Cup roundup: Uruguay edges 10-man Italy to advance

Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 in Natal, Brazil on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, a victory …


FIFA World Cup notes: Bad boys win tournaments, Wayne Rooney says

Wayne Rooney says teams that succeed at the World Cup are nasty and cynical and England needs to play that way if it wants to win. “You look at teams …


FIFA World Cup roundup: Germany draws 2-2 with Ghana

Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and tied the World Cup scoring record in the process. Germany was held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday in Fortaleza, …


World Cup notes: U.S. confident it can stop Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday

Just after he was cut from the U.S. roster last month, Seattle Sounders right back Brad Evans posted this snarky tweet: “You got off easy this time @Cristiano.” The Americans …


World Cup roundup: Costa Rica poised for its best showing

Had Costa Rica been a less resilient team, it might still be stewing over referee Enrique Osses’ refusal to award a penalty when explosive striker Joel Campbell was taken down …


Germany’s Sami Khedira stumped by frequent FIFA World Cup midgroup letdowns

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is mystified as to why some teams, including his own, seem to run into problems in their second matches at big tournaments. Already …


World Cup roundup: Luis Suarez gives Uruguay win over England

Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed …


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 …


World Cup debut on legendary grounds awaits Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina will make its World Cup debut against a two-time world champion led by one of the greatest players in the game at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de …


Didier Drogba inspires Ivory Coast to FIFA World Cup comeback win over Japan

Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.


Mario Balotelli goal gives Italy FIFA World Cup win over England

Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup.


Luis Suarez watches as Uruguay stunned by Costa Rica in FIFA World Cup

Watching from the bench, Luis Suarez saw just how much his teammates miss him.


Colombia thumps Greece in FIFA World Cup Group C opener

Colombia started its first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd.


Alexis Sanchez shines as Chile beats Australia in FIFA World Cup

Chile capitalized on a sluggish start by Australia to earn a 3-1 win in their World Cup opener on Friday, with Alexis Sanchez carrying over his prolific form for Barcelona …


Netherlands thrashes Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup’s first upset

The Netherlands thrashed the world champions 5-1 Friday in the World Cup’s first shocker, toying with an aging Spanish team that has dominated global football for the past six years …


Oribe Peralta scores in Mexico’s FIFA World Cup win over Cameroon

With torrential rain pouring down and two goals already contentiously disallowed, tens of thousands of soggy but boisterous Mexico fans were getting nervous.


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 …


World Cup notes: U.S. will be ready for heat, travel

While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on! European teams worry they will wilt. The United States considers cauldron-like climates …


FIFA confident ahead of World Cup despite problems

SAO PAULO – FIFA is “not afraid” things will go wrong at the start of the World Cup despite preparation problems in Brazil. Football’s governing body said Thursday it’s “in …


Silva and Van Nistelrooy join ESPN for World Cup

Gilberto Silva, who helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, and veteran Dutch player Ruud van Nistelrooy will work as studio analysts during ESPN’s World Cup coverage. The network said …


Match-fixing probe: 680 suspicious games worldwide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious games — including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games — …