Netherlands fans celebrate World Cup third place win over Brazil

(Reuters)–  The Netherlands supporters celebrated their team’s 3-0 victory over a beleagueredBrazil in the World Cup third-place playoff in the Brazilian capital on Saturday (July 12). A handful of Dutch fans cheered as they left Brasilia’s national stadium, but were out-numbered and out-chanted by hoards of disappointed Brazilians letting off steam. Some who tried to speak to reporters were quickly surrounded by crowds chanting, “A thousand goals. A thousand goals. Only Pele. Only Pele.” But those who managed to […]

Argentina, Germany start final tuning, Suarez loses appeal

By Julian Linden RIO DE JANEIRO Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:37pm EDT (Reuters) – Argentina and Germany were both back at work on Thursday, secretly hatching plans for Sunday’s World Cup final as Uruguay striker Luis Suarez lost his appeal against his ban for biting. While their contrasting styles promise a classic battle between Europe and South America, Argentina and Germany have plenty to think about as they put the finishing touches to their preparations. […]

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) – Despite continued speculation about the future, there’s still no word on where LeBron James will play next season. James had meetings that lasted more than three hours on Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported. The free-agent forward did not tip his hand when asked where he plans to play next season, saying only that he had “no complaints” about his situation. The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Zach […]

Germany, U.S and Algeria advance, Suarez banned

(Reuters) – Germany, the United States and Algeria sealed last 16 World Cup places on Thursday but much of the spotlight was on the tournament’s bad boys as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez got a nine-match ban for biting and Ghana sent two players home in disgrace. On the final day of group matches, Germany beat the U.S. 1-0, a result that put both teams through from Group G, while Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Russia saw them […]

Messi shines again and Shaqiri joins the fun

(Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday. Nigeria scraped through behind already-qualified Argentina, becoming the first African team to reach the last 16 at this tournament, while Switzerland also qualified along with France, who drew 0-0 with Ecuador. Shaqiri and […]

Unity Games in Northern Europe

As the Iglesia Ni Cristo approaches its Centennial celebration on July 27 this year, the Church members in Northern Europe countries recently held together a two-day event in Germany called ‘Unity Games’. Marie Francisco reports

U.S. soccer star Hope Solo arrested in assault on sister, nephew

(Reuters) – Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, was arrested early on Saturday morning for striking her sister and a teenage nephew during a dispute at her home in a Seattle suburb, police said. Police who responded to a 911 call at Solo’s house in Kirkland a little after midnight could hear noise from the “disturbance” from the street, according to a police statement. Solo, 32, appeared intoxicated and upset, police said, […]

Messi magic saves Argentina, Klose rescues Germany

(Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi and record-equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark goals on another day of rich entertainment at the World Cup on Saturday. Messi snatched a 1-0 win for Argentina against plucky Iran with a typical piece of brilliance that put them in the last 16, while Klose equaled the record for World Cup goals of 15 with a classic poacher’s effort to salvage a 2-2 draw against […]

Record-equalling Klose salvages 2-2 draw for Germany

(Reuters) – Germany striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana in a pulsating Group G game on Saturday. With his first touch two minutes after coming on, Klose poked home at the back post from a Toni Kroos corner in the 71st minute to move level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo. He becomes only the third man after compatriot Uwe Seeler and Brazil’s Pele […]

Ryan Moore has one-shot lead at Travelers

(Reuters) – American Ryan Moore made an unlikely eagle from a cart path on his way to a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Saturday. The three-time PGA Tour winner used the fortunate break to set the stage for a bogey free four-under-par 66 in delightful conditions at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. He posted a 13-under 197 total, while Australian Aaron Baddeley notched a 65 to […]

Ochoa hero, Akinfeev villain in World Cup draws

(Reuters) – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday. While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless Akinfeev was left to bury his head in his hands after he allowed Lee Keun-ho’s straightforward shot from 25 meters to slip through his grasp. Algeria […]