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- 07/01/14--08:16: Argentina Defeats Switzerland 1-0 In Extra Time
- 07/01/14--09:41: Bizarre Scene At Wimbledon As Serena Williams Bails Out Mid-Match
- 07/01/14--09:44: The Most American True Or False Quiz You'll Ever Take
- 07/01/14--10:36: How Two Weird British Dudes In Blazers Are Winning The World Cup
- 07/01/14--12:27: Belgium Defeats United States 2-1
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- 07/01/14--13:34: Some Dude Ran On The Field During The World Cup
- 07/01/14--12:06: 7 U.S. Presidents Awkwardly Interacting With Soccer Balls
- 07/01/14--15:38: Tim Howard Is America's Lord And Savior, Despite World Cup Loss
Warning: Video may cause nausea.
In the 87th minute of Sunday's Netherlands-Mexico game, Oranje midfielder Wesley Sneijder scored the equalizing goal...
Causing mass hysteria in the Netherlands.
Check out the video:
Suárez apologizes for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, but says the bite was a result of the “collision he suffered with me.”
Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suárez posted this apology Monday for the biting incident that occurred during the Italy vs. Uruguay World Cup match last week:
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After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014. Independent from the fallout and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.
1.I deeply regret what occurred.
2.I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.
3.I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this involving me.
In Montevideo, on 30th june 2014.
Following the incident, FIFA announced that Suarez would be suspended for nine matches and not allowed to participate in any football related activity for four months.
In the past decade, participation in high-school lacrosse has exploded. Maybe it’s really America’s sport of the future.
More Americans than ever are watching the World Cup, making soccer seem like sport's flavor of the month. But at the high school level, it's a different sport that's truly taking off.
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Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in high-school lacrosse grew 19 percent among girls (to more than 77,000 players) and 15 percent among boys (to nearly 102,000 players), according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations analyzed by BuzzFeed. Over the past decade, the trend is even stronger, with participation more than doubling over that time.
Among sports with at least 10,000 high schoolers, lacrosse has had the highest growth rate since 2009. Other growth sports include 8-player football (up 12 percent), cross country (up 8 percent for both boys and girls), soccer (up 8 percent for girls, up 7 percent for boys), and girls bowling (up 7 percent).
"There are two main reasons for the trend," said Rick Burton, the Falk Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, about the rise in popularity of lacrosse. "One is that lacrosse is being developed as a gender neutral sport. It's a virtually identical game between men and women. Two, it's an active, contemporary game. It's not based on set plays with limitations of where people can play."
Despite lacrosse's reputation as a preppy, Northeast-centric sport, the sport grew the most in the Midwest and South. Between 2009 and 2013, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio saw the largest percentage increases in participation. And there's an opportunity for much more growth: In 32 states, fewer than 1,000 students played high-school lacrosse during the 2012-13 school year, according to the NFHS data.
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This time against Germany. Sports are unfair.
This is Raïs M'Bolhi. He's the goalie for Algeria.
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You remember this Landon Donovan goal in the 91st minute?
He was the one who let it in.
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Yeah, that's the kind of moment that typically defines an entire career.
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If this doesn’t make your heart swell with pride, I don’t know what will.
YouTube user Tyler Wirfs created a video to get fans excited for the upcoming USA vs. Belgium game.
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It encourages the team to "flip the script" and advance even further into the knockout round.
ESPN / Via youtube.com
This amazing video will hype you up like nothing else.
If this doesn't move you, nothing will.
Guarding goals and guarding the galaxy are pretty much the same thing.
This is Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
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He's one of the stars of the Brazilian team and has played his heart out this World Cup.
Pool / Getty
But they've also noticed something else about him: He looks an awful lot like Buzz Lightyear.
Disney / Via alilfrosting.blogspot.com
Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla came agonisingly close to knocking hosts Brazil out of the World Cup at the weekend.
The 30-year-old striker hit the crossbar in the dying seconds of extra time, with the game deadlocked at 1-1.
The match eventually went to penalties, with Brazil emerging victorious – after Pinilla, Alexis Sanchez and Gonzalo Jara all missed their spot kicks for Chile.
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“Bond, James Rodriguez”
Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez has emerged as the breakout star of the World Cup, leading the tournament with five goals.
Pool / Pool
After an impressive performance in Saturday's game against Uruguay, which featured two goals by Rodriguez, The Times of India ran an article with this headline:
Which is wrong on so many levels, including the fact that his name in Colombia is not pronounced "James" but rather "Hah-mez."
The newspaper has since changed the headline for their online version.
Run in style.
stroop.pl BuzzFeed/ Ailbhe Malone
Callanish Stones Marathon, Scotland.
Direct from Lord of the Rings, this run goes around the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. Sights include the famous Standing Stones and a crofters village straight out of Middle Earth. It's a one-off, so enter now while you still can.
Difficulty Level: Medium, full Marathon.
Date: 2nd August 2014
Snowdonia Marathon, Wales.
Your calves won't thank you for tackling one of the Marathon circuit's toughest climbs but just think of the views (and watch out for falling rocks).
Difficulty Level: Difficult, full Marathon.
Date: 25th October 2014
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Loch Ness Marathon, Scotland.
Watch out for Nessie as you run this scenic route.
Difficulty Level: Easy, full Marathon.
Date: 28th September 2014
Loch Ness Marathon
Argentina advances to the quarterfinal to take on the the winner of Belgium vs. USA.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Before Tuesday's second round doubles match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams was struggling to hit balls, seemed disoriented, and even started crying.
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And then things got even worse for her during the match.
(And getting Americans genuinely excited about soccer, too!)
The World Cup isn't over for another 13 days, but for Americans who've been devouring every last televised morsel of this year's tournament, there's already a clear winner: a madcap duo of soccer-obsessed British ex-pats who call themselves the "Men in Blazers."
Tucked tightly away inside ESPN's head-spinning 290 hours of original World Cup programming, the Men in Blazers have become the network's breakout stars of the tournament, charming both ardent soccer fans and the casual watchers alike with their passionate love for American soccer and somewhat unhinged takes on the high and low culture of the tournament. More importantly, their formidable presence online (a Grantland podcast, where they got their beginning, constant tweets, and several video segments per day) as well as appearances on ESPN's World Cup Tonight show, have in no small part assisted the sport's recent boom in the country.
For the uninitiated, the duo of Roger Bennett, a writer for ESPN, and Michael Davies, a TV executive and CEO who's produced, among other things, Wife Swap and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, bring a level of weirdness and sport savvy that's been compared to the 1990s SportsCenter glory days. Chock-full of idiosyncrasies born from their podcast — they have their own vocabulary (emails are "ravens," GFOP stands for "Great Friend of the Pod") — Davies and Bennett are a refreshing break from ESPN's sometimes bland talking heads.
The group's trademark phrase: "Size The Day" (via @chimp_mcghoul).
"For us, football makes us feel feelings that you're meant to experience in real life that neither of us are capable of," said Bennett. Things like happiness and excitement and loss and joy and disappointment. "Dav-o and I are ultimately wedded by the fact that we're most alive when we're watching football. We always say we'd watch two horses play football, if that's all that was available."
Their obsessions this World Cup include the hyper-combustible, sometimes rain-soaked Mexico coach, Miguel Herrera; tiny Brazilian bananas; the interplay between the "smalls and talls" of the French national team; and the always visible protruding nipples of each team's players. Try for a moment to imagine Chris Berman discussing Tom Brady's nipples and you'll understand why the "Men in Blazers" are like nothing ESPN has seen in years.
"Authenticity is an important trait for me, as someone who consumes a lot of sports media and viewers are too often treated to manufactured, ego-driven, self-serving buffoonery," said Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch. "That's why I like what ESPN has done with Michael Davies and Roger Bennett. They are decidedly different from what we are used to seeing on television and their passion for soccer blows through the screen. As I've written this month, ESPN's World Cup soccer coverage is the network at its best and World Cup Tonight (where the Men in Blazers appear) has been sensational sports television because it's authentic. Undoubtely, MiB (and a ton of others) have helped push the world soccer to the American sports fan."
Beyond witty commentary, the duo has helped to ignite a very real passion for soccer in America — their motto is "driven by the belief that Soccer is America's Sport of the Future. As it has been since 1972."
"Their witty and undeterred support of American soccer has been invaluable," Dan Wiersema, a member of the American Outlaws, a U.S. national team fan club, told BuzzFeed. "As a popular show in both the U.S. and across the pond, they've done immeasurable positive work in creating new fans at home and abroad for the USMNT."
Belgium defeats the United States 2-1, advances to the quarterfinals to play Argentina.
Clear eyes, full hearts, oh my god I lose my goddamn mind if they lose.
One week before the biggest game of the season (thus far), you'll begin fervently reading about what to expect from the other team.
You are suddenly an expert on a team you haven't cared about all season. Good. A warrior is always prepared.
Three days before the game, you begin wearing only team color and gear.
By this time, the game is the only thing you can think or talk about.
You begin paying close attention to every minor injury or distraction. On both teams.
And he got out there pretty far.
Less than ten minutes into the United States — Belgium match in Salvador, Brazil on Tuesday.
Meet your courageous pitch invader. His name is Mario Ferri. He's done this before.
Yahoo Sports points out that at the 2010 World Cup Ferri ran on the field during the Spain-Germany semifinal. He was wearing a slightly different Superman t-shirt.
Mario, you serial pitch invader.
AP Photo/Felipe Dana
The awkward interaction with piece of sporting equipment is a presidential past time.
Nixon Presidential Library / Via facebook.com
U.S. National Archives
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
George H.W. Bush
Soccer is as soccer does.
The only member of the Hanks clan missing was Chester aka Chet Haze, who was either taking this photo... or rapping about it elsewhere.
You did everything you could, Tim. Thanks for being our guy.
This is Tim Howard, America's World Cup goalie and all-around hero.
Getty / Jamie McDonald
He just played in his second World Cup for America.
ESPN / Via thebiglead.com
Needless to say, Howard is pretty good at his job.
During USA's Round of 16 game against Belgium, Howard proved his greatness, and the world noticed.
America’s lord and savior speaks for all of us.
Denial and Isolation.
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