| Jun 11, 2014
| 12:00 PM
A look at the teams competing in Group D at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil:
WORLD CUP PREVIEW
FIFA World ranking: 28.
Last World Cup: 2006.
Best World Cup finish: Round of 16 (1990).
How qualified: CONCACAF runner-up.
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Group A: BRAZIL VS. CROATIA
Where: Sao Paulo.
Time: 1 p.m PDT.
TV: ESPN, Univision.
The buzz: Brazil has won a record five World Cups but lost in the final the only time it played the tournament on its home turf. It has rebounded since then and is...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Monday's Pictures in the News begins in West Hollywood, where thousands line Santa Monica Boulevard for L.A. Pride Parade. The parade featured 130 entrants, including grocery stores, banks, politicians, television news stations and advocacy groups....
| Jun 10, 2014
| 5:59 PM
When Belgium was knocked out four games into the 2002 World Cup, it looked more like an ending than a beginning.
And it was since it marked the conclusion of the country's Golden Generation, a period that saw Belgium qualify for six consecutive World...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Jennifer Lopez did show up for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, taking the stage with Pit Bull and Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte in Sao Paulo, the host nation's largest city.
The three performed the tournament's...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 6:41 AM
Yesterday in one sentence: World Cup officiating is probably going to be brutal and will ruin the tournament for some, no matter how deserved Brazil's 3-1 win was.
What's on tap today: Mexico vs. Cameroon, noon, ESPN2; Spain vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m.,...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:30 AM
LONDON -- The opening game of the soccer World Cup, in which host nation Brazil beat Croatia, attracted an average audience in the U.K. of 11.2 million viewers on ITV1, the flagship channel of the U.K.'s top commercial network. This equated to a 50%...
| Jun 15, 2014
Over the last seven years, Brazil undertook a countrywide mega-construction project that sparked discontent among the population and led many of the country's widely admired architects to wrinkle their noses in disgust.
The 12 stadiums, built or...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:56 AM
Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, hosts of the popular soccer podcast Men in Blazers on Grantland, believe no proper country can send its team to the World Cup without an anthem.
When they solicited submissions for an unofficial theme song to send along...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:09 AM
Luis Suarez flew home to Uruguay on Friday after being thrown out of the World Cup in Brazil and banned from soccer for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D match earlier this week.
The Liverpool striker was met by...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 2:05 PM
I came across Mike Piazza, former baseball player and now, apparently, die-hard Italian soccer fan, in the Sao Paulo airport Saturday morning.
Piazza, the former Dodgers and Mets catcher who finished his 16-year major league career with a...