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US Women’s Soccer Stars Take Lead on Risks of Heading – New York Times

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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FIFA: Mexico Soccer Federation Won’t Be Fined for Fans’ Slurs – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mexico’s fans celebrate holding a mask of Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera after the match between Croatia and Mexico on Monday. Associated Press Mexico’s soccer federation no longer faces potential fines over its fans’ use of the Spanish insult “puto,” a slur for a “gay man,” during goal kicks, FIFA said on Monday. So what did Mexican fans do at the country’s very next game, just hours after FIFA’s edict?…

Soccer’s Notorious Vampire Strikes Again – Daily Beast

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When Italy plays Uruguay and needs only a draw, you’d expect an exhibition of soccer’s dark arts. Flops, dives, timewasting and lurid simulations of injury: We saw everything that makes the Italians, the loveliest of people in real life, such a charmless team on the pitch. Italy’s soccer teams have been known, through history, for elevating the end above the means, and today was no different. “Whatever it takes” is…

Debate: NASCAR’s burning questions – ESPN

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Huge Day For Carl Edwards NEXT VIDEO A Huge Day For Carl Edwards A Huge Day For Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Wins At Sonoma Carl Edwards Wins At Sonoma Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR this week: Turn 1: Should there be a road course in the Chase? Tell us why or why not. And if there should be, which current event would…

ESPN cancels weekday NASCAR Now show – SportingNews.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

facebook twitter googleplus tumblr pinterest ESPN has canceled its weekday NASCAR news show “NASCAR Now,” which had been airing in the wee hours of the morning on ESPN2 during the season. The show went on hiatus at the start of the World Cup earlier this month, and ESPN spokesman Andy Hall confirmed the show would not return. Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree (ESPN) “We decided to make a change…

It’s Official: Soccer is Bigger than Basketball, Baseball – TIME

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal in a Group G World Cup soccer match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago. Fans were turned away from the free event after a 10,000-person capacity was reached. Scott Olson—Getty Images But it doesn’t hold a candle to football ratings World Cup viewership continued to break records on Sunday, drawing millions more viewers than the most recent big match-ups…

World Cup|In Time Warp of Soccer, It Ain’t Over Till … Who Knows? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Soccer’s Notorious Vampire Strikes Again – Daily Beast

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When Italy plays Uruguay and needs only a draw, you’d expect an exhibition of soccer’s dark arts. Flops, dives, timewasting and lurid simulations of injury: We saw everything that makes the Italians, the loveliest of people in real life, such a charmless team on the pitch. Italy’s soccer teams have been known, through history, for elevating the end above the means, and today was no different. “Whatever it takes” is…

World Cup|In Time Warp of Soccer, It Ain’t Over Till … Who Knows? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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US will never love soccer? Heartbreak over a tie proves it already does – CBS sports.com (blog)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More World Cup: Scoreboard | Schedule | Group Standings | U.S. Team news Of course it hurt. Damn right it hurt. This is the World Cup and we’re not the soccer country we used to be, not as a team and not as a fan base. And this is good, so very good, the big picture that gets obscured by one lousy touch, the very last touch in a game…

FIFA: Mexico Soccer Federation Won’t Be Fined for Fans’ Slurs – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mexico’s fans celebrate holding a mask of Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera after the match between Croatia and Mexico on Monday. Associated Press Mexico’s soccer federation no longer faces potential fines over its fans’ use of the Spanish insult “puto,” a slur for a “gay man,” during goal kicks, FIFA said on Monday. So what did Mexican fans do at the country’s very next game, just hours after FIFA’s edict?…

NASCAR Cup drivers racing on Kentucky Speedway undercard – The Courier-Journal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Carl Edwards (99) and the rest of the field early in last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (Photo: (AP Photo/Garry Jones) ) There has been plenty of debate in NASCAR over the last decade or so about the impact of the top-level Sprint Cup Series drivers dipping into the development ranks, where when they enter, they often win. NASCAR’s…

Hockey Hall of Fame: Nicklas Lidstrom leads hopefuls for 2015 – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom are both eligible in 2015. (Getty Images) More NHL Offseason: NHL rumors | Updating rumor mill | 2014-15 preseason odds On Monday the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its next class of inductees with Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Pat Burns getting the call (along with referee Bill McCreary). It’s a very fine class with each as deserving as the next….

World Cup|In Time Warp of Soccer, It Ain’t Over Till … Who Knows? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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FIFA: Mexico Soccer Federation Won’t Be Fined for Fans’ Slurs – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mexico’s fans celebrate holding a mask of Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera after the match between Croatia and Mexico on Monday. Associated Press Mexico’s soccer federation no longer faces potential fines over its fans’ use of the Spanish insult “puto,” a slur for a “gay man,” during goal kicks, FIFA said on Monday. So what did Mexican fans do at the country’s very next game, just hours after FIFA’s edict?…

World Cup|In Time Warp of Soccer, It Ain’t Over Till … Who Knows? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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USA-Portugal was most watched soccer game in American history – USA TODAY

Monday, June 23, 2014

The World Cup thriller between the United States and Portugal on Sunday night was the most watched soccer game in American history. ESPN announced Monday that its telecast of the game averaged 18,220,000 viewers. The previous high for a soccer game came in 1999, when 17.975 million viewers watched the U.S. women win the 1999 World Cup final in a game played at the Rose Bowl. Viewership peaked at nearly…

Here’s what the rest of the world thinks about American soccer fans – SB Nation

Monday, June 23, 2014

MANAUS, Brazil — 1. They need more than one chant. “USA! USA! USA!” is pretty solid (and, when set against another three-syllable team like Por-Tu-Gal, leads to some decent back and forth), but there are times when it doesn’t do the job. Something sad, for when the late equaliser goes in. Something funny, for when Ronaldo’s pouting. Something with Wondolowski in it, because that’s a fun name. …

Passion, pain as US soccer fans party in Center City – Philly.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

Their pain poured for blocks down Broad Street. Their elation echoed north toward City Hall. As the United States men’s soccer team battled Portugal to a 2-2 draw at the World Cup in Brazil on Sunday, Philadelphia soccer enthusiasts proved that at least for one night, on one Center City block, they could rival the world’s most fervent sports fans. Neither rain nor a sluggish start…

Thompson: US soccer falls from the heavens – San Jose Mercury News

Monday, June 23, 2014

It was the most heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, Sunday-spoiling tie most of America has ever experienced. The U.S. men’s national soccer team was on the brink of beating Portugal and advancing to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals. It was 37 seconds from conquering the Group of Death, the toughest group in the tournament, a feat only the irrational predicted when the draw was announced six months ago. Instead, a late goal —…