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20 things we’ve learned from the group stages

<b>1 Don’t write off Europe just yet</b><p>It’s been a poor tournament for the European teams, with a number of big nations – notably Italy, England and Portugal – failing to live up to expectations. But the situation is no worse than in 2010, when seven teams also failed to reached the second round. Six …

USA 0-1 Germany

<b>Date</b>: June 26, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: USA 0-1 Germany<p><b>Scorers</b>:<p><b>Germany</b>:<p>Muller 55<p><b>Venue</b>: Arena Pernambucano, Recife<p><b>Attendance</b>: 41,875<p><b>Match overview</b>: Germany beat USA 1-0 in rainswept Recife but both teams still qualified for the knockout stage because of Portugal’s narrow win over Ghana. Thomas Muller scored his …

There is no cure for a recidivist like Luis Suarez

Demonising Luis Suarez is ultimately irrelevant and futile. This, the third of his biting offences, shows that in his present pathological state, he’s incurable. A classical recidivist. Meaning someone who will commit the same offence time and again, irrationally and instinctively.<p>Look at the bare …

Belgium 1-0 Russia

<b>Date</b>: June 22, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: Belgium 1-0 Russia<p><b>Scorers:</b><p><b>Belgium: Origi 88</b><p><b>Venue</b>: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro<p><b>Attendance</b>: 73,819<p><b>Match overview</b>: Belgium snatched a late winner but neither side deserved to win such a drab game. After a largely soporific second half, Belgium came to life in the final …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Why Apple switched from Yahoo to Weather Channel for Weather data in iOS 8

When Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this month, it didn’t take long for beta testers to notice it had replaced Yahoo with The Weather Channel as the source of data in the stock iOS Weather app. While recent reports suggested Yahoo was trying to get Apple to put even more of its services on the iPhone …

How can U.S. soccer team stop the world’s best player?

Since the U.S. men’s national soccer team began its string of participating in seven straight World Cup tournaments in 1990, it has faced world …

Soccer

Qatar 2022 a likely terrorist target, but warnings ignored

The dark shadow over FIFA and the Qatar World Cup scandal has deepened ominously with the latest <i>Sunday Times</i> revelation that a devastating report by a South African police officer about the dangers of terrorism has blithely been ignored and seemingly obscured by the deeply suspect voting committee; …

Images of the World Cup - Day 8

Reaction to Spain's World Cup elimination

“It is logical that the Spanish fans are disappointed, but the respect they should have this selection must be eternal. They achieved what no Spaniard imagined they could get. They made millions of Spaniards happy. They made everyone afraid of this team”<p><b>Marca</b><p>It was <i>Marca</i> which perhaps best …

The reaction to Uruguay's win in Montevideo

<b>Witness the contrasting scenes in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, and Rio, where England fans had gathered on the beach to watch the match.</b><p>Suarez in action for Uruguay during the World Cup.

The not exactly impartial view from Uruguay on Luis Suarez

“Suarez does not bite them, he swallows them,” was the somewhat predictable headline in <i>Ovacion</i> , referring to the Liverpool forward’s infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.<p>According to the newspaper his performance was revenge for the criticism the 27-year-old had endured in …

World Cup Fans

<b>Fans at Brazil 2014 have been bedecked with colour and smiles...apart of course from those from England.</b>

Of course the Spurs were prepared for broken air conditioning

Despite the oppressive heat, San Antonio went bonkers in the final eight minutes to seal (or steal) a Game 1 victory. What sorcery is this?<p>The Miami Heat had taken control of Game 1. Midway through the third quarter, hot shooting and more Spurs turnovers had put Miami ahead with a 13-2 run. The …

LeBron James on Game 1 cramps: 'Frustration and anger'

SAN ANTONIO — Something was up when Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra subbed out superstar LeBron James with 7:03 left in the third quarter.<p>James normally plays for a longer stretch at the start of second half. But with the air conditioning on the fritz turning the AT&T Center into an uncomfortable …

NBA downplays AC issue, AT&T Center says it's fixed

President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said Saturday that no one was endangered by the sweltering conditions and that the AC "should" be fixed. …

Cut the Cramp: Why LeBron James Deserves a Break

Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. with a cramp after a night of drinking? Sure you have.<p>Your sad and wretched body, pickled by Fireball shots and PBR …

NBA finals: can Spurs take the heat in the great air-con conspiracy?

The San Antonio Spurs have staked out a 1-0 series lead in the 2014 NBA Finals – but that wasn't the biggest headline after they beat the Miami Heat 110-95 in Thursday night's Game 1.<p>Instead, attention focused on the broken air-conditioning system that led to sweltering conditions inside AT&T …

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