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World Cup Day 1

<i>23:44pm (BST)</i><p>That’s the end of the first day of Brazil 2014 and as opening matches go, it was one of the better ones. The hosts, as expected, but perhaps not in the manner many had anticipated, kicked off their campaign with a win. Croatia will feel hard done by, but optimistic they can still …

Soccer

Suarez: Hodgson jibes gave me extra motivation to hurt England

The Three Lions boss insisted the Uruguay star needed to prove himself at the World Cup before scoring two goals to set the country's elimination from the tournament in motion<p>Luis Suarez has revealed Roy Hodgson's assessment that he must prove himself at the World Cup gave him the motivation to …

Mourinho hails Suarez: He is absolutely amazing

The striker returned from keyhole surgery to score two goals and effectively eliminate England from the World Cup, with the Chelsea boss lauding his player and fan relationships<p>Jose Mourinho feels Luis Suarez proved his "amazing" quality by inspiring Uruguay's crucial World Cup win over England.<p>The …

Maradona: England deserved more from Gerrard

The Argentina legend was disappointed by the performance of the Three Lions captain and believes he let his side down, particularly with his role in Uruguay's winner on Thursday<p>Diego Maradona believes Steven Gerrard needed to give England much more against Uruguay when the two teams met in Sao …

Time for captain Gerrard to jump ship

England's final days in Brazil will have an undoubted purgatorial feel. Cut in any direction, being knocked out of a tournament by Costa Rica before …

Wayne Rooney apologises for England’s ‘devastating’ World Cup exit

• Rooney: England players are hurting after going out • ‘Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at home’ • ‘We had great belief in ourselves but it hasn’t worked out’<p>Wayne Rooney has issued a public apology to supporters after England’s exit from the World Cup after just two group games. The …

A Messi end to Iran's defiance

Lionel Messi saved Argentina's blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the World Cup to send the South Americans into the last-16.<p>Argentina's fabled "Fab Four" strike force had appeared heading for a blank at the Mineirao stadium despite dominating possession to the …

Hope Solo arrested on domestic violence charge

Olympic gold medalist and soccer star Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of hitting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, according to a statement by the Kirkland (Wash.) police department.<p>Solo is being held without bail for investigation on two counts of domestic-violence assault …

The 54 Most Mesmerizing Photos From The World Cup

The World Cup took over the world for a month and the Germans came out on top. The tournament produced incredible moments and photos.<p>Brazil was a beautiful background for amazing sports photography.<p>From soaring header goals to games in the pouring rain to fans cheering, here are the most …

Soccer

Drogba off colour as Chelsea through

Didier Drogba's love affair with Chelsea will not have been dampened by the Londoners' 2-0 Champions League win over his new team Galatasaray on Tuesday, but the match may have convinced some that the Ivorian is better off as a glorious part of the Blues' history books rather than on their team …

Associated Press News

Melbourne Victory stay competitive in Champions League Group G

First half Kosta Barbarouses goal is enough to hold off Yokohama F. Marinos in Melbourne.<p>Three points at so-called Melbourne Rectangular Stadium keep Melbourne Victory afloat in the highly competitive Champions League Group G. Kosta Barbarouses scored in the ninth minute to give the hosts a 1-0 win …

Flooding a concern ahead of USA vs Ghana match

In several hosting cities the rainy season is coming to an end and anyone who witnessed the heavy downpour that started during Mexico’s game with Cameroon on Friday, will have an idea of the type of conditions that might be encountered over the next few weeks.<p>That downpour in Natal turned out to be …

United States

Ronaldo ready to take on Germany; US vs Ghana

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to lead Portugal against Germany in one of the biggest games of the World Cup's first week, saying his sore knee won't be a problem.<p>The Real Madrid forward, arguably the most recognizable player in the sport, said he wouldn't risk his career by going …

Iran v Nigeria Preview

June 15th Kicks off Iran and Nigeria's World Cup campaigns as both teams meet in Curtiba for their first game of the tournament.<p>Iran v Nigeria Preview<p>06/16/2014<p>June 15th Kicks off Iran and Nigeria's World Cup campaigns as both teams meet in Curtiba for their first game of the tournament. Both Iran …

Africa

Why an hour is the most Uruguay can hope from Luis Suarez against England

Luis Suarez's last meaningful intense activity was the for Liverpool against Newcastle, six weeks ago. He is recovering well but he lacks match fitness<p>We should expect to see Luis Suarez for somewhere between 30-60 minutes on Thursday against <b>England</b>. Whether he starts or comes off the bench will …

Dan Evans loses to Tobias Kamke in first round at Eastbourne

• British No2 goes down 6-2 6-3 to German player • Fifth seed Ivo Karlovic also loses early on<p>The British No2, Dan Evans, has lost to German Tobias Kamke in the first round of the Aegon International at Eastbourne<p>Evans, who has a wildcard into Wimbledon, was unable to make inroads on his opponent’s …

Argentina get Lionel Messi back to his best with 2nd-half tweak

Argentina, widely considered serious rivals to Brazil to lift the 2014 World Cup, kicked off their campaign against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. Bosnia are largely an unknown, mostly because this is their first appearance at a World Cup, and because of that nobody quite knows what to make of …

American Andrew Talansky Wins Critérium du Dauphiné

The American who races for Garmin-Sharp steals the overall win from Alberto Contador on the final stage<p><b>COURCHEVEL, June 15, 2014 (AFP) —</b> American Andrew Talansky picked up the biggest victory of his career as he won the Criterium de Dauphine after an epic battle against Spanish double Tour de …

Road Cycling

Michael Schumacher: road to recovery will be long and difficult for Formula One legend

Dr Ganesh Bavikatte, of The Walton Centre, Liverpool, claims Schumacher's ambition and determination could aid his recovery but also make the rehabilitation more frustrating<p>For people like Michael Schumacher, rehabilitation after a severe traumatic brain injury will be a lengthy, long drawn out …

Steven Gerrard ‘hugely disappointed’ to see England unrewarded against Italy

• Captain encouraged by his side’s attacking efforts • Our World Cup Daily podcast reacts to England’s defeat • Michael Cox: Rooney thrived when free of defensive duties • Five talking points from England v Italy<p>Steven Gerrard has admitted that England “fell short” and face an even more uphill task …

Henry's handball joke gets thumbs down from Irish

French World Cup winning striker Thierry Henry may look at home in the BBC studio but judging by the reaction to a joke about an infamous handball incident he should scrap any plans he may have had of a holiday home in Ireland.<p>Henry's handball joke gets thumbs down from Irish<p>06/15/2014<p>French World …

Soccer

Messi enters World Cup stage against First-timers Bosnia & Herzegovina

Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi enters the World Cup fray on Sunday, hoping he can at last add a major team title to all the individual honors he has accrued over the years. But, crucially, he needs to help Argentina get off to a good start against World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina. …

Soccer

FIFA to probe flying drone above France camp

France coach Didier Deschamps has said FIFA will look into claims one of his side's training sessions was disrupted by a drone flying overhead earlier this week.<p>FIFA to probe flying drone above France camp<p>06/15/2014<p>France coach Didier Deschamps has said FIFA will look into claims one of his side's …

Drones