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  • Argentina edges Netherlands on penalty kicks to advance to World Cup final

    Argentina edges Netherlands on penalty kicks to advance to World Cup final
    For all his individual brilliance, one of the knocks against Lionel Messi has always been that he's only as good as the players around him. Surround him with an all-star team like he has at Barcelona and he wins six La Liga titles, three Champions...
  • U.S. falls behind Costa Rica, Mexico in soccer world rankings

    U.S. falls behind Costa Rica, Mexico in soccer world rankings
    In case there was any doubt, FIFA made it official Thursday: The U.S. is no longer the top soccer country in North and Central America. In fact, it's not even No. 2. In the latest world rankings released Thursday, soccer's global governing body...
  • Netherlands completes World Cup semifinalists with win over Costa Rica

    Netherlands completes World Cup semifinalists with win over Costa Rica
    Costa Rica was supposed to have gone home a long time ago. Before Brazil, it had qualified for only three World Cups, making it out of the group stage once. It was no better than the third-best qualifier from its own region. But Saturday the little...
  • All eyes on Arjen Robben in Netherlands-Costa Rica World Cup game

    All eyes on Arjen Robben in Netherlands-Costa Rica World Cup game
    Arjen Robben made a mistake. No, not diving -- a habitual act of folly perpetrated by  the fast Netherlands forward -- against Mexico. It was Robben, while casting himself as an honest man, acknowledging afterward that he dove. (Which literally makes it...
  • The Dutch, Argentines aren't only ones saying adios to Costa Rica

    The Dutch, Argentines aren't only ones saying adios to Costa Rica
    Viewers with no dog in the fight between the Netherlands and Costa Rica might have asked themselves: Do we pull for the big, bad favorite that ascribes to a delightful brand of soccer or root for the heartwarming Cinderella whose ultra-defensive...
  • Neymar's break is a bad one for Brazil

    Neymar's break is a bad one for Brazil
    He was a big part of the team's spine, the backbone of a high-energy attack that had Brazil poised to win a record sixth World Cup in next weekend's final. But now that Neymar's own backbone has been fractured, Brazil's title chances may be broken as...
  • Netherlands coach walks fine line with his goalkeepers

    Netherlands coach walks fine line with his goalkeepers
    Goalkeeping is a lonely existence. You stand in front of the goal, often reduced to a spectator, as your 10 teammates zip up and down the field. The blame aimed your way often overwhelms the plaudits. Anyone with a fragile psyche need not apply. The...
  • World Cup: Previewing Tuesday's Brazil-Germany semifinal

    World Cup: Previewing Tuesday's Brazil-Germany semifinal
    BRAZIL VS. GERMANY Where: Belo Horizonte. Time: 1 p.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, Univision. The buzz: Brazil, a five-time champion and playing at home, meets Germany, whose three titles are second-most in the tournament's modern era. Both teams are unbeaten,...
  • World Cup round-up: Argentina-Belgium, Holland-Costa Rica square off

    World Cup round-up: Argentina-Belgium, Holland-Costa Rica square off
    The joy of Brazil advancing to the World Cup semifinals on Friday was tempered by the loss of its star, Neymar. The 22-year-old playmaker suffered a fractured vertebra in his lower back when he was kneed in the back by Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga...
  • U.S. rival Costa Rica crashes the World Cup quarterfinals

    U.S. rival Costa Rica crashes the World Cup quarterfinals
    To be sure, the party crashers from Costa Rica who have elbowed and kneed their way into the World Cup's elite eight are like third-party candidates in elections. Their chance of winning it all ranges between slim and none. But the Ricans' opponents...
  • As Brazil sputters, World Cup still waits for dominant team to emerge

    As Brazil sputters, World Cup still waits for dominant team to emerge
    Three weeks ago, Juergen Klinsmann predicted his U.S. team wouldn't win the World Cup. And he was right. So who is he picking in the final? "Brazil is the No. 1 name to mention," Klinsmann said Wednesday, "because of their talent [and] their home...
  • World Cup games Saturday on TV

    World Cup games Saturday on TV
    A look at the two World Cup quarterfinal games scheduled for Saturday in Brazil. ARGENTINA VS. BELGIUM Where: Brasilia. Time: 9 a.m. PDT. TV: ABC, Univision. The buzz: Lionel Messi will make his 91st appearance for the Argentine national team in...