10:16 PM EDT 08/01/2014
Originally posted 07/03/2014 11:15AM
U.S.A. Soccer goalie Tim Howard might not be the Secretary of Defense any longer, but the World Cup hero still got to experience the thrill of a cabinet meeting Wednesday when he received a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama.
Originally posted 07/02/2014 12:05PM
If you're just looking at the scores, the United States' World Cup journey was a slow slide of disappointment: a win, then a draw, then a 1-0 loss, then finally a 2-1 loss to Belgium that knocked them out of the tournament in the Round of 16.
But that view doesn't quite tell the full story of the Americans' run through the World Cup, as an underdog team emerged from the Group of Death and hordes of passionate fans put lie to the old saying that the U.S. doesn't care about soccer. Even in defeat the American side earned the respect of soccer fans the world over, scoring a late goal in extra time and finding a national hero in goalie Tim Howard, whose valiant defense kept competitive what should have been a rout.
Originally posted 06/27/2014 04:00PM
Instead of being drafted by an NBA team, Baylor power forward/center Isaiah Austin was drafted by the entire league.
Originally posted 06/26/2014 03:35PM
Athletes aren't the only ones playing the field at the World Cup.
According to a report from Quartz, Brazil's influx of World Cup tourists are trying to do a bit of scoring on their own – mobile dating apps like Tinder and Grindr are seeing their numbers skyrocket in the South American nation.
Originally posted 06/25/2014 07:00AM
Feeling a little left out during World Cup madness? Just don't care about soccer that much? (Ssshh, they'll hear you.) You're not alone.
Gabe White, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, is a big soccer fan. He and his wife and son were watching the U.S.-Portugal match Sunday night, though one of his sons decided his time would be better spent playing with his wrestling figures.
Originally posted 06/25/2014 11:25AM
Oops, Luis Suárez did it again.
As he had twice before, the Uruguayan football star allegedly bit an opposing player on the pitch during Tuesday's World Cup match against Italy.
Human flesh is something of a weakness for Suárez – the 27-year-old footballer had previously chomped down on opponents while playing for AFC Ajax in the Netherlands in 2010, and for Liverpool in the English Premier League in 2013.
Though Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 to move into the knockout stage of the World Cup, there is a chance that Suárez will not be there to join them; FIFA is still considering his punishment, and it's possible he will be banned from the remainder of the tournament.
Coming during a slow day of group play, Suárez's bite was the story of Tuesday's World Cup matches, and instantly started a social-media firestorm. See the best reactions to the surprise mandible assault below:
Originally posted 06/22/2014 03:35AM
Originally posted 06/22/2014 10:40AM
If there's one thing we love about the World Cup, it's spontaneous displays of patriotism when the U.S. wins a match.
But if there are two things we love about the World Cup, it's spontaneous displays of patriotism and the image of handsome, athletic men celebrating their sporting accomplishments with sweaty displays of physical affection.
Luckily, many of the players in the World Cup come from countries where there isn't a stigma against male friends exchanging emotional PDA. We've collected the 13 best images of such displays from the first week of the World Cup, because … isn't it obvious?
Originally posted 06/18/2014 11:55AM
With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl. Except that this week, she's playing the biggest event in women's golf.
Originally posted 06/18/2014 11:50AM
In a landmark case, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins trademark association Wednesday, calling the team's nickname "disparaging of Native Americans."
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