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Team USA Cruises In World Cup Basketball Tilt

By Jim McCoy Thu 4th September SportsbasketballWorld Cup
James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona.Read More »

Winner Of USA-Belgium Now Knows Their Opponent (SPOILER)

By Jim McCoy Tue 1st July SportsWorld Cup
Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. With a penalty shootout looming, Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball off to Di Maria on the right, and the winger sent a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.Read More »

US vs. Portugal Match Enjoys High Ratings

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th June SportsTV ratingsWorld Cup
- FIFA has hailed the TV rating in the United States for the World Cup match between the Americans and Portugal as a milestone for the sport. FIFA's director of television Niclas Ericson says 24.7 million television viewers were "spectacular figures" for a group-stage match. ESPN got 18.2 million viewers for the 2-2 draw on Sunday, and 6.5 million more watched on Spanish-languageRead More »

Another Team Advances At The World Cup

By Jim McCoy Fri 20th June SportsWorld Cup
Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process. Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz gave his side the lead in the 44th minute, heading in off the underside of the crossbar following a cross from Junior Diaz.Read More »

Team USA Castoff Takes To Broadcast Booth For World Cup

By Jim McCoy Wed 11th June SportsESPNLandon DonavanWorld Cup
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 U.S. leader in goals and assists, the 32-year-old Donovan was dropped last month in a highly debated move by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.Read More »

Goal Line Technology To Settle Disputes At World Cup

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th June SportsofficiatingWorld Cup
Was it a goal, or wasn't it? The question shouldn't need to be debated in the next five weeks in Brazil, where goal-line technology will be used for the first time in a World Cup. Fourteen cameras - seven trained on each goalmouth - have been hung up in all 12 World Cup stadiums. The cameras will record 500 images per seconds, and a computer will digest the frames.Read More »

Soccer Legend Pele Critical Of Brazil's Spending In Prep For World Cup

By Jim McCoy Tue 20th May SportsPelesoccerWorld Cup
Pele says Brazil has spent unwisely in preparing for the World Cup. Speaking at Anahuac University in Mexico City, the soccer great says he sides with those protesting the big spending on the World Cup. But he also laments "what protesters are doing, which is breaking and burning everything.Read More »

Mexico Thankful For Team USA Soccer Victory

By Jim McCoy Wed 16th October SportsMeixcoPanamasoccerTeam USAWorld Cup
America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans. Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S. kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Mexico and the U.S. are usually bitter rivals.Read More »

Brazil Asks FIFA, Hotels To Lower Prices For 2014 World Cup

By Jim McCoy Tue 20th August SportsBrazilsoccerWorld Cup
Brazil's tourism board says it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup. The request comes just days after a study showed that room rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the World Cup in some hotels offered by the FIFA-appointed agency MATCH Services. The tourism board says MATCH and the hotels need to fiRead More »

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