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.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk from David Carpenter in the seventh inning to break a tie and the Oakland Athletics rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Thursday night.
ZURICH (AP) - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig's American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.
OAKLAND (AP) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul.