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Jul 2, 2014

World Cup teams catch breath on rare day off

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – After three weeks of unrelenting drama and excitement, the World Cup took a rare time-out on Wednesday as the eight surviving teams tried to catch their breath before the quarter-finals kick off on Friday.

A tournament which was derided as a disaster waiting to happen, has captivated the world, proved all the doom-mongers wrong and has already been declared as one of the greatest World Cups ever.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-World Cup teams catch breath on rare day off

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – After three weeks of unrelenting drama and excitement, the World Cup took a rare time-out on Wednesday as the eight surviving teams tried to catch their breath before the quarter-finals kick off on Friday.

A tournament which was derided as a disaster waiting to happen, has captivated the world, proved all the doom-mongers wrong and has already been declared as one of the greatest World Cups ever.

Jul 2, 2014

Is a 2026 USA World Cup win written in the stars?

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – If the United States is ever to conquer its final sporting frontier and win the soccer World Cup, 2026 could be the perfect time.

Although the disappointment of falling short in Brazil continues to linger, it could pay even richer dividends in years to come if 2014 really does turn out to be the turning-point for American soccer.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Is a 2026 USA World Cup win written in the stars?

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – If the United States is ever to conquer its final sporting frontier and win the soccer World Cup, 2026 could be the perfect time.

Although the disappointment of falling short in Brazil continues to linger, it could pay even richer dividends in years to come if 2014 really does turn out to be the turning-point for American soccer.

Jun 29, 2014

Mexico’s wild World Cup ride ends in cruel disappointment

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Mexico’s World Cup roller-coaster came to abrupt end on Sunday when they suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Netherlands in the last 16.

The soccer gods, who had smiled on Mexico during their troubled qualifying campaign, finally abandoned El Tri when they were just minutes away from reaching the quarter-finals.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Mexico’s wild World Cup ride ends in cruel disappointment

June 29 (Reuters) – Mexico’s World Cup roller-coaster came to abrupt end on Sunday when they suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Netherlands in the last 16.

The soccer gods, who had smiled on Mexico during their troubled qualifying campaign, finally abandoned El Tri when they were just minutes away from reaching the quarter-finals.

Jun 12, 2014

Stanley Cup final returns to LA with title still undecided

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Kings returned home on Thursday with their celebration plans still on ice after the New York Rangers staved off elimination in Game Four to send the Stanley Cup Final back to the West Coast.

The Kings always knew they would be returning to California after Wednesday’s Game Four but had hoped they would be doing so with a second National Hockey League title already in the bag.

Jun 12, 2014

Rangers beat Kings in thriller to extend Stanley Cup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Henrik Lundqvist pulled off 40 saves as the New York Rangers held their nerve to edge the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Wednesday and avoid being swept in the Stanley Cup Final while reviving slim hopes of winning their first championship in two decades.

Needing a victory to extend the best-of-seven series, the Rangers survived a ferocious fightback from the Kings to win a heart-pounding Game Four at Madison Square Garden and send the teams back to California.

Jun 11, 2014

Ronaldo shines in return for Portugal

EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in a 5-1 romp against Ireland on Tuesday.

Playing his first match since the Champions League final, Ronaldo’s presence helped reignite Portugal’s stuttering attack at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo shines in return for Portugal

EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in a 5-1 romp against Ireland on Tuesday.

Playing his first match since the Champions League final, Ronaldo’s presence helped reignite Portugal’s stuttering attack at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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