June 20, 2014 |
THE WORLD CUP is heading into its second weekend, and the second game in the group stage. Here are five players to watch in the matches from today through Sunday that even the casual fan will recognize, and the once-every-4-year fan will learn to love to watch. Didier Drogba During Ivory Coast's first match of the World Cup, it was down 1-0 to Japan. Drogba started on the bench, but came in over an hour into the match and instantly changed the flow of the game. His team scored two goals in less than 10 minutes, giving it a 2-1 victory.
June 8, 2014 |
Robbie Keane waited at the penalty spot, the Irish star hearing the full throttle of the Costa Rican fans that packed PPL Park on Friday night. His country's all-time leading scorer, Keane had returned after a four-game absence for a moment such as this, a penalty in the latter stages of a tied game. Keane stutter-stepped to the ball, and goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton dove to his right and knocked his try away harmlessly. Ireland and Costa Rica settled for a 1-1 draw in a spirited friendly that saw a red card, two penalties, and the return of the Irish main attraction to international play.
April 7, 2014 |
When Crawford Hill was a biology teacher at Episcopal Academy, his core pedagogical principle was to "give pause" - to encourage students to stop, look, pay attention, "to see things through a new lens about themselves and the world around them. " In 1999, Hill led a dozen students on a two-week trip to Costa Rica. It was, he says, "a life-changing experience for them and for me. " The Costa Rica trip became a yearly ritual for Hill and students. In 2010, after 35 years, Hill, 62, retired from the classroom, though he is still very much a teacher.
January 6, 2014 |
We sat on our surfboards and let the warm Pacific swell lift us and set us down in turns, waiting for the wave that would carry us to shore. Looking east, we squinted into the low morning light of a tropical sun and saw hot, white sand, steaming rain forest, and distant mountains all under a crystalline blue sky. For my wife, Amy, and me, it was the long-planned trip of a lifetime, repeatedly postponed because surfing the high season in Costa Rica...
September 6, 2013 |
I WON'T dramatize the importance of this match to the overall goal of the United States to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A draw tonight in Costa Rica would just about punch the USA's ticket to South America next summer. Considering the United States tops the table with 13 points in the CONCACAF hexagon, even a loss at the Estadion Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it has never won, would not be devastating as long as the Americans take care of future business.
August 13, 2013 |
Amid the thousands of obscure tropical specimens piled in a University of Pennsylvania office - silvery moths, wasps the size of a speck of dirt, butterflies with more patterns than a fabric store - a lean, bearded fellow marches on a treadmill. Daniel H. Janzen and his wife, Winnie Hallwachs, brought the insects here from Costa Rica. He strides on the treadmill while working at an elevated desk - logging nearly 20 miles on a good day so he can stay in shape to go back for more insects.
August 8, 2013 |
OCCASIONAL Philadelphian Terrence Howard is in hot water again after being slapped with a restraining order sought by his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent . TMZ.com reported that Michelle claims that Terrence beat her up in Costa Rica last week, and she showed up in court with a black eye to "prove" it. Terrence is now forbidden from coming within 100 yards of Michelle until the couple is back in court for another hearing later this month....
July 21, 2013 |
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - A fugitive former CIA base chief detained in Panama this week is being sent to the United States instead of Italy, which wanted him to serve prison time in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect, the Obama administration said Friday. Robert Seldon Lady was held in Panama on Thursday after Italy and Interpol requested his arrest for his role in the antiterrorism program known as extraordinary rendition. After barely a day in detention, he was put on a plane to the United States by the Panamanian government, a close U.S. ally that offered no explanation for its decision.
July 18, 2013 |
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute last night to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group. Seconds after Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick, Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence. The veteran Donovan, trying to work his way back into a starring role on the national team after a self-imposed hiatus, took the ball on the right side.
July 18, 2013
Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82d minute Tuesday to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn., and the top spot in its Gold Cup group. Donovan's pass hit Shea in stride, and the Stoke City player sent a left-footed shot from 15 yards off goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton for the winner, the Americans' eighth straight, a team record. NHL: The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.