The performance of the U.S. in the World Cup has convinced some local soccer observers that perhap's the team's No. 13 world ranking is more than just hype. The U.S. seeks a quartefinal berth for the first time since 2002 at 4 p.m. today against Belgium (ESPN). … U.S. coach Juergen Klinsman got good news Monday when he learned forward Jozy Altidore who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, will be available today. …World Cup fever has bitten Mike Tyson, who delivered a video pep talk to the U.S. team on the eve of its second round showdown. … Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson will reportedly be suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, although the NFL and the Eagles have yet to confirm the report. … Speaking to the Philadelphia media for the first time, Joel Embiid said he is grateful the 78ers took a chance on him with the third pick, adding he "will not disappoint them." Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel, last year's top pick who sat out the 2013-2014 season while recovering from a torn ACL, is anxious to get started in this month's summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas. … NBA free agency got underway at 12:01 a.m. today but despite having $30 million in cap room, the 76ers are not expected to make much of a splash. … NHL free agency is also underway but the Flyers are not expected to pursue major names due to lack of space under salary cap. … Valley resident Rob Kitei and daughters Rhea and Arielle have come up with a way to keep mud from accumulating in spikes. The Morning Call's Nick Rabasco tells the story behind the creation, testing and marketing of Cleat Gript … Wimbledon heads toward its championship weekend without any Americans in the fourth round for the first time since 1911. …A Los Angeles judge has ruled that next week's trial over Shelly Sterling's $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will not focus on Donald Sterling's mental capaicity but instead whether she acted properly under the terms of the family trust and whether her husband can legally block the deal. … A radio poll in the Washington, D.C., area revealed that most area residents back the Redskins' nickname but a majority also believe the team will be forced to change it. … By the end of the month fans entering the right field gate at Citizens Bank Park will be required to pass through metal detectors as part of a pilot program by Major League Basetball to standardize security. … The Phillies open a 10-game road trip tonight in Miami (7:10 p.m., Comcast) while the IronPigs, who beat Scranton 9-7 Monday on Russ Canzler's three-run home run complete a quick two-game trip up the Turnpike tonight (7:05 p.m.).