RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana on today, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Adam Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 Wednesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez's a pitcher, and that's not his only position. He'll throw a batter out at first base while sitting on the mound. He'll lie flat on his back while watching a teammate make a play.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad's celebrated success this time around.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.