Emelia Acquah

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Florida threatened by the biggest “red tide” in nearly a decade

A red tide occurs when algae grow out of control, endowing the waters with a reddish-brown hue<p>Florida's shores are being threatened by the approach of the biggest red tide since 2005. Large quantities of <i>Karenia brevis</i>, a microscopic algae, are known to gather every summer along Florida's Gulf …

David Luiz apologises to the whole country of Brazil after 7-1 World Cup 2014 semi-final defeat to Germany

Described by Alan Hansen as having put in 'the worst performance I have ever seen', David Luiz says sorry to 'all Brazilians' and he 'just wanted to see my people smile'<p>David Luiz, the Brazil captain, gave a tearful television interview after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to …

US Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

BOSTON (AP) — World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international …

Lionel Messi is exhausted ahead of World Cup final clash with Germany, reveals his father

Argentina's talisman feels 'as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each', according to father Jorge<p><b>Lionel Messi</b> is struggling at the <b>World Cup</b> because he is suffering from exhaustion, his father Jorge has claimed ahead of <b>Argentina's</b> final showdown against <b>Germany</b> on Sunday.<p>The Argentina playmaker, who was …

Pogba will be one of the world's best - Benzema

The France striker believes his team-mate will develop into an elite player, while his midfield partner, Blaise Matuidi, was also full of praise after the win over Nigeria<p>Paul Pogba will develop into one of the world's best players, according to France team-mate Karim Benzema.<p>Although the …

Belgium edge into quarter-finals after De Bruyne and Lukaku sink USA

Marc Wilmots did what everyone seemed to be asking him to do and started the teenaged Divock Origi in this game, only for the Belgian to spend 90 minutes being foiled by Tim Howard like the rest of his team-mates.<p>The Everton goalkeeper played one of the games of his life in taking the tie to extra …

Vincent Kompany says Belgium fancy their chances against Argentina

Vincent Kompany insists Belgium have a good chance against Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final – with the Red Devils coach Marc Wilmots claiming the South American side “lacks balance”.<p>The Manchester City defender, who is a slight doubt for the match in Brasília on Saturday after picking up …

World Cup 2014: Luiz Felipe Scolari calls Brazil psychologist

<b>Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari summoned the squad's psychologist to his side's training base after the emotional last-16 win over Chile.</b><p>The hosts won 3-2 on penalties and a number of Selecao players were seen shedding tears during celebrations at the Estadio Mineirao.<p>Brazil playmaker Neymar was …

Luis Suárez allowed to train during ban after Fifa backtracks

Fifa has confirmed Uruguay have launched an appeal against Luis Suárez’s ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini but the world governing body appeared to contradict its earlier ruling by stating the striker would not be barred from training during his suspension.<p>Suárez was banned from “all …

World Cup: Neymar of Brazil runs afoul of FIFA with headphones choice

Superstar Brazilian striker Neymar has gotten just one caution from a referee in the<p>World Cupbut now he's in danger of being red-carded by FIFA.<p>Neymar drew the ire of soccer's global governing body by wearing Beats by Dre headphones to a news conference this week. The brand was banned from the …

History Beckons as Argentina Get Set for Thriller Against Belgium

From the start of the World Cup Argentina have featured high on the list of favorites to add a third title to the two they won in 1978 and 1986.<p>History Beckons as Argentina Get Set for Thriller Against Belgium<p>07/03/2014<p>From the start of the World Cup Argentina have featured high on the list of …

Vlaar warns Netherlands: Costa Rica clash will not be easy

The Aston Villa centre-back is not making the mistake of underestimating a side that topped a group containing three former world champions in Italy, Uruguay and England<p>Ron Vlaar has dismissed the notion that Saturday's World Cup quarter-final clash with Costa Rica will be an easy game for …

World Cup 2014: Germany confident their ‘better’ team will beat France

Toni Kroos reflected the confidence within the German ranks when he declared that his country had a better team than France and it was merely a matter of proving it in the quarter-final tie at the Maracanã.<p>The Bayern Munich midfielder, who refused to comment on reports linking him with a transfer …

Germany reach World Cup semi-finals as Mats Hummels header sinks France

Germany did not need any miracles on this occasion. Sixty years to the day since the old West Germany fashioned the Wonder of Berne to beat Hungary in the final of the 1954 World Cup, Joachim Löw’s current crop produced a performance of cool authority to edge one step closer to glory.<p>This was a …

Brazil sink Colombia after David Luiz thunderbolt proves decisive

Where to start? It was another epic thriller and the thought does occur that Brazil are in danger of wearing us all out if they continue scraping at everyone’s nerves this way. It is both enthralling and exhausting and now they must clear their heads and prepare to do it all over again. They are, …

Brazil striker Neymar to miss rest of World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — With tears streaming down his face after being kneed in the back, Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher.<p>He won't …

World Cup 2014: Argentina into semi-finals at expense of Belgium

Argentina’s players bounced in unison in front of the banks of compatriots in sky blue and white on the final whistle here, some in their number ripping off their shirts and swirling them round in celebration to mimic those in the stands. This team burst through a psychological barrier in …

Tim Krul's penalty shootout role was a secret from Jasper Cillessen, reveals Holland coach Louis van Gaal

World Cup 2014: Netherlands' Louis van Gaal says goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was kept in the dark about plan to substitute him for Tim Krul if Costa Rica match went to penalties<p>Louis van Gaal has revealed that Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was kept in the dark about plans to turn to Tim Krul …

Brazil 'half the force' without Neymar - Raul

The Spain great predicts that the Selecao will struggle without the injured forward against Germany, suggesting that they pose a limited attacking threat without him<p>Raul believes that Brazil will struggle against Germany without Neymar, describing the forward as the only threatening player in their …

Brazil lodge appeal to have Thiago Silva’s yellow card overturned

Fifa has confirmed Brazil have lodged an appeal against Thiago Silva’s yellow card that has resulted in the <i>Seleção</i> captain being banned for the World Cup semi-final against Germany.<p>Silva picked up the caution against Colombia, awarded after he blocked the goalkeeper David Ospina taking a kick, and …

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Without Neymar, Brazil plays on against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Even without Neymar, Brazil's show must go on.<p>The World Cup hosts, now forced to play without their injured superstar, …

FIFA won't sanction Colombian player for tackle on Brazil's Neymar

A FIFA disciplinary committee announced Monday it will not take action against Colombian defender <b>Juan Zuniga</b>, whose rough tackle in Friday's quarterfinal game knocked Brazil's <b>Neymar</b> out of the<p>World Cupbecause of a fractured vertebra.<p>"In this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken," the …

Schweinsteiger ready to start against Brazil

Bastian Schweinsteiger's fragile left knee has been a matter of concern for weeks and the reason the Germany midfielder started the World Cup on the bench. Now he's fit again just as the tournament gets into the decisive stage and Germany faces host Brazil in the semifinals.<p>Germany coach Joachim …

Brazil v Germany: Team doctor denies report Neymar will have painkilling injection in bid to still play in World Cup

Brazilian media claiming Neymar exploring options in bid to play in World Cup final should Luiz Felipe Scolari's men beat Germany<p><b>Brazil</b> have denied reports Neymar could still play in the <b>World Cup</b> final, should they beat <b>Germany</b> on Tuesday night, after local media claimed the Barcelona star is …

World Cup 2014: Tim Krul defends penalty shootout antics

Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul has defended his antics during the World Cup shootout victory over Costa Rica.

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Argentina's Angel Di Maria ruled out of semifinal against the Netherlands

Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play after recovering from a similar problem.<p>Di Maria limped off the field in the first half of Argentina's quarterfinal …

Brazil v Germany: Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side can cope without Neymar

World Cup 2014: Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side can cope without Neymar because they have another 22 'special' players<p><b>Brazil</b> are trying to surf to the <b>World Cup</b> final on emotion. “I will have my heart on the field to help these players and Neymar’s heart will be out there too,” said …

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