May 28, 2014 |
The racks and shelves at By Brazil, a shop tucked onto Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, overflow with yellow-and-green hats, horns, flags, stickers, and soccer jerseys. But roughly three weeks from the opening game of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, owner Lindolfo Neto was glum. "How are we going to spend millions building stadiums, and our people don't have hospitals or schools?" he asked. "I'm not excited for the World Cup in Brazil. " What should be a time of passion and excitement for Brazilians in the Philadelphia area has been tempered, they say, by the civil unrest in their homeland over the billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on the most expensive World Cup in history.
October 11, 2012
Tiger Woods will consider the possibility of joining the European Tour after changes are made to membership qualification. The European Tour is expected to announce soon that participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and Seve Trophy will count toward the 13 events needed for tour membership. Woods said he last looked into joining the European Tour in 2000, when the requirement was 11 events. Woods would be only two or three events short of the 13 if the list includes the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, four majors, four World Golf Championship events, and appearances in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
October 7, 2011
Montenegro vs. England 3 p.m. Friday (ESPN3.com) This weekend brings the last rounds of qualifying for the 2012 European Championship. England needs just one point in its last two games to book its ticket for Poland and Ukraine next year. But somehow, it's never that simple for the Three Lions. Costa Rica vs. Brazil 10 p.m. Friday (ESPN3.com) Neymar and Ronaldinho get a taste of Costa Rica's hostile Estadio Saprissa, a venue that has given American soccer fans nightmares in many World Cup qualifying matches.
October 9, 2010
The University of Connecticut admitted that its men's basketball program committed major NCAA recruiting violations and has imposed its own sanctions, including two years of probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons. The university said the evidence does not support the NCAA allegation that coach Jim Calhoun - who has won two national titles with the Huskies - failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance. In a report released Friday, the school acknowledges its basketball staff made impermissible telephone calls and text messages as cited by the NCAA in a May report that followed a 15-month investigation.
June 15, 2010
Wow, work a mention of Ronaldinho into a High&Inside column and correct the spelling of Samuel Eto'o in a story and you get pulled off the copy desk and made into a Page 2 half-head talkin' 'bout the Worl' Cu'p. Guess Cohen couldn't afford Kyle Rote Jr. I'm just an average American soccer fan - there are more of us than you'd think, it just takes learning the secret handshake and complicated lingo such as "yellow card," "nil-nil," and "Shep Messing. " This means, of course, that I usually have little idea what strategy or tactics are being employed, I just know that it's all wrong - unless it results in a win, in which case it's what I thought they should have been doing all along.
May 29, 2010 |
When it rains, it's Florida The Phillies and Marlins started off Friday night's game in Miami with a rain delay, which was probably no surprise to Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez. After waiting out a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes in the middle of an 8-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, Gonzalez waxed philosophical about the meteorological: "That's the stuff you have to deal with here. [Both teams] lost our starters and had to go the bullpen. You try to push it, because nobody wants to lose their starters, but you can't control Mother Nature - not yet anyway.
December 25, 2008 |
Lance Armstrong may be busy baby-sitting between two major races next year. Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive years after overcoming testicular cancer, and his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, are expecting a baby in June. He is scheduled to compete in the Giro d'Italia, which runs May 9-31, and the Tour de France, which begins July 4. "Anna and I are thrilled to confirm that we are expecting in June and our families are ecstatic and grateful," Armstrong said in a statement released Tuesday night.
September 10, 2007 |
Shawn Johnson added a gold on floor to her all-around title at the world championships yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany, and fellow American Nastia Liukin steadied herself on the beam to take her first individual gold of the meet and make up for her disappointing fall in the all-around. "I'm still a world champion," Liukin said. "Yeah, it's not as big or prestigious as the all-around, but a world champion is a world champion and I'll never lose that title. " This medal, along with her somewhat disappointing silver on bars and the U.S. team's gold, give Liukin nine medals to tie her with Shannon Miller as the most decorated American gymnast in the history of world championships.
September 10, 2007 |
Brazil scored the go-ahead goal on Ronaldinho's free kick late in the second half to rally past the United States, 4-2, in an exhibition game yesterday in Chicago. It was the fifth straight defeat for the United States, its longest losing streak since 1994. The Americans dropped to 1-12 against Brazil, a five-time World Cup champion ranked No. 1 in the world. Carlos Bocanegra put the Americans ahead in the 21st minute off a Landon Donovan corner kick, but Brazil tied it with an own-goal off defender Oguchi Onyewu in the 33d after a shot by Kaka.