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Zika spread via blood transfusion, Brazil official confirms

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States.

IOC will order testing for viruses around Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO – The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.

Sub scores in 80th minute for Australia’s historic victory

Substitute Kyah Simon scored in the 80th minute to lift Australia to its first Women’s World Cup knockout win, a 1-0 upset of Brazil and star Marta on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Moncton, New Brunswick. After Katrina Gorry won a ball at midfield, Lisa de Vanna’s shot from the top of the penalty area was turned aside by Brazilian keeper Luciana. But the rebound went straight to Simon, who had entered in the 64th minute. She buried the shot for the first goal allowed by Brazil all tournament.

UW hires Eastern Washington government and community affairs director

Catherine Brazil, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton who has served as public affairs director for the Cowles Co. since 2001, will coordinate government, business and community relations efforts from the university’s new center in downtown Spokane. She’s expected to take an active role in building and maintaining community relationships as the

Pele doing ’fine’ after taken to special care unit

Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday. The hospital released a statement saying Pele, 74, was transferred to a “special care” unit after his condition became unstable, but his spokesman denied his health condition deteriorated. “He is fine,” Jose Fornos Rodrigues told The Associated Press. “The problem was that he was receiving too many visitors and that wasn’t helping, so they transferred him to a calmer area to continue receiving the proper treatment. He should be out of the hospital in a few days.” The hospital’s statement created a scare in Brazil, with local media widely reporting that Pele’s condition had worsened. – AP

Derrick Rose hears cheers as U.S. beats Brazil

Derrick Rose heard the cheers and showed some of his old explosiveness, fellow Windy City product Anthony Davis scored 20 points, and the U.S. beat Brazil 95-78 in a tuneup for the World Cup of Basketball on Saturday night in Chicago. With fans roaring for Rose all night, the Chicago Bulls point guard flashed some of his MVP moves. He also seemed happy to defer to his teammates in his first appearance at the United Center since his latest season-ending knee injury, finishing with seven points. Davis, who like Rose grew up on Chicago’s South Side, dominated down the stretch, and the U.S. pulled away after Brazil kept it close for three quarters. – Associated Press

Soccer notes: Colombia’s James Rodriguez signs with Madrid

After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Scolari out as coach of Brazil soccer team

The Brazilian football confederation says it won’t keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil’s head coach. The confederation said in a statement Monday that Scolari will not be coming back after the national team’s embarrassing finish at the World Cup. Scolari had promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals after a disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also fell 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match. Scolari’s contract ended after the World Cup and he said it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions. His replacement was not immediately announced. – Associated Press

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish third

BRASILIA, Brazil – When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the team a 3-0 win over Brazil in the third-place game on Saturday.

Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match. Across the nation, fans hoping for some measure of redemption were crushed as Brazil failed to score and said their only solace was that the country managed to put on a good World Cup show for the world.

Netherlands, Brazil find importance in third-place game

Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is trying to motivate his players for the third-place match against Brazil by giving them the mission of becoming the only Dutch squad to finish a World Cup unbeaten in regular play. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is just hoping Brazil can finish on a high note in front of the home fans in Brasilia following the devastating 7-1 loss to Germany.

Brazilian gold-mining town home to country’s independence movement

OURO PRETO, Brazil – Removed from the bustling World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte lies a charming colonial town that gave birth to Brazil’s independence. Ouro Preto, a UNESCO world heritage site whose name means “Black Gold,” is a former mining village a two-hour drive away from the metropolis of Belo Horizonte, where thousands of soccer fans will gather Tuesday to see Brazil face Germany in the tournament’s semi-final match.

Brazil searches for effective strategy versus Germany

SAO PAULO, Brazil – There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in today’s semifinal game between Germany and host Brazil in Belo Horizonte. The first is Neymar, the 22-year-old star striker and heir apparent to the long line of legendary Brazilian players that runs from Zizinho to Garrincha to Pele, then down through Zico, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. That’s because Neymar is out for the rest of the World Cup because of a fractured vertebra.

Rugged Brazil faces Germany in World Cup semifinal

There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in today’s semifinal game between Germany and host Brazil in Belo Horizonte.

Neymar talks about injury, expects Brazil to win World Cup

Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive. In a video released by the Brazilian football confederation on Saturday, Neymar thanked fans for the support in his “very difficult moment.”

Brazil wins, but Neymar ruled out of World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Not long after celebrating another all-important win at the World Cup, Brazil was jolted by the loss of Neymar. The tournament’s poster boy with the dyed-blonde fauxhawk fractured a vertebra in his back during Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Colombia on Friday. The injury has knocked the striker out of the rest of the competition, dealing a massive blow to the team’s chances of finally winning a World Cup at home.