| May 17, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo has logged dozens of assists during his long soccer career. But it's likely none have been more important — or more characteristic — than the one he picked up in March after being asked to donate items to a charity auction....
| 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 10, 2014
| 6:13 PM
The greatest sporting event on the planet, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, begins Thursday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the host country and favorite, Brazil, taking on a competitive Croatian team. I believe this World Cup will leave many of the traditional powers...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Teams arriving in Brazil for the World Cup have been greeted by cheering throngs, waving flags and, in the case of Japan, fire trucks spraying an arc of water over the team plane.
But they've also been greeted by small armies of armed guards wearing...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:11 PM
When the U.S. meets Germany in its final group-play game of this World Cup, Juergen Klinsmann says he'll sing both national anthems before the game. And why not? He's had a hand in getting both teams here, now as coach of the American team and a few years...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 6:06 PM
Turns out the Amazon rain forest is air-conditioned.
Well, the indoor parts at least. The outdoors? No so much.
And that's become almost as big a topic of discussion in the run-up to Sunday's U.S.-Portugal game as Cristiano Ronaldo's sore knee....
| Jun 21, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Both the U.S. and Portugal will go a long way toward determining their World Cup fates when they meet Sunday in the heat and humidity of the Amazon.
For the U.S., it's win and go on. For Portugal, it's win or go home.
And a tie? Well, then it gets...
| May 10, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Landon Donovan likes the U.S.'s chances in World Cup group play against Ghana, Portugal and Germany. But the threat posed by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is something that could keep him up at night.
"Listen, there's no question he's one of the...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:57 PM
MANAUS, Brazil — As World Cup journeys go, the U.S. has gone from being in the driver's seat to having to ask for help in getting where they'd like to be.
That's how big Portugal's goal in the closing seconds of stoppage time looms for the U.S.,...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez have gone home and Brazil’s Neymar has gone to the hospital, this World Cup belongs to Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
And nobody knows that better then the players on Belgium’s...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Never before have the World Cup finalists met in the opening round of the succeeding tournament.
From the first-time-for-everything department, it's defending champion Spain versus runner-up Netherlands -- on just the second lap of the 4 1/2-week soccer...