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    He is a giant among men, and the internet understands this.

    Last night Team USA played Belgium, and lost, but one man was a hero.

    Last night Team USA played Belgium, and lost, but one man was a hero.

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    That man was Tim Howard, who broke the record number of saves in any World Cup game since 1966.

    That man was Tim Howard, who broke the record number of saves in any World Cup game since 1966.

    AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez


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    The USMNT player has some options for his next destination.

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    In the waning moments of regulation in yesterday's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Belgium, the US national team had a very good chance to win the game. Jermaine Jones put a header right on the foot of US forward Chris Wondolowski, who could have either passed to Clint Dempsey or tapped the ball in for a goal that would have almost certainly won the match. Here's what happened instead:

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    Many will accuse Chris Wondolowski of blowing the best chance for the US to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, which only comes around once every four years. Regardless of whether or not that is true, perception is reality, as they say, and Chris Wondolowski may need a place to go for awhile to reflect and recover. Here are some places that we think would be good for Chris Wondolowski, right now.


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    One nation. One team.

    It united a nation.

    It united a nation.

    Twitter: @ussoccer

    By having us all cheer...

    By having us all cheer...

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    Scott Olson / Getty


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  • 07/02/14--11:47: Just Goalie Things
  • “When he carries a whole country in his arms.”

    Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed / Via Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Sport

    Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed / Via Jamie McDonald / Getty Images Sport

    Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed / Via Jamie McDonald / Getty Images Sport

    Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed / Via Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Sport


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    Despite overwhelming evidence of the sport’s dangers, high school football participation is down just 2% since 2008. Since the kids won’t kick the sport, legislators and state athletic associations are trying to make it safer.

    More than 5% of high school football athletes will suffer a concussion, according to studies in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Neurosurgery. Youths and adolescents are more vulnerable. And yet: High school participation has barely waned.

    Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

    In late 2013, ESPN's Outside the Line reported that Pop Warner, which includes players ages 6 to 14, had seen participation decrease 9.5% from 2010 to 2012. ESPN attributed the drop to the rise of coverage in concussions.

    But high school participation hasn't dropped nearly as much. During the 2012–'13 school year, 1,115,208 teens played high school football. That's just 2% less players than in 2008–'09, when participation hit its peak, and just above the total for the 2005–'06 school year according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations analyzed by BuzzFeed.

    In football-mad states such as Texas, Georgia, and Alabama, high school football participation has actually increased — it's up roughly 3% in each of those states since 2009. Washington, Utah, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Louisiana have all seen double-digit percentage gains. So even though 37 states have seen high school football participation decrease since 2009 — with the biggest hits coming in Arkansas (27%), Hawaii (24%), Vermont (23%), Ohio (17%) and Florida (14%) — participation hasn't budged much overall.

    Meanwhile, legislators and state athletic associations are trying to make the sport safer. Nineteen states have restricted the amount of time high school football teams can spend on "full-contact" practice in-season and/or during the off-season — restrictions the NFL has had in place since 2012. A bill that limits tackling during football practice in California passed the state senate on last month and is now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. The University Interscholastic League, which governs high school football in Texas, implemented similar restrictions last year. Other states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon, are also working on practice restrictions.

    The idea behind these bills is that fewer "full-contact" practices will mean fewer opportunities for students to suffer concussions. But some coaches worry that the restrictions could place athletes in greater danger by leaving them unprepared for games. The California bill, which also aims to prevent concussed students from returning to action too quickly, is supported by American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Neurology, and the California Psychological Association.

    If these restrictions don't curb concussions, schools and athletic organizations will face a difficult question: Do the often-intangible benefits of fielding a football team outweigh the risks?


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    Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic are making history at Wimbledon.

    If you haven't heard, on Wednesday, Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian ever to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in singles since the Open Era began in 1968.

    If you haven't heard, on Wednesday, Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian ever to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in singles since the Open Era began in 1968.

    Bouchard defeated No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany (who had beaten French Open champion Maria Sharapova in the previous round) to move on to the semis. She is officially the first Canadian woman to reach this point in singles at Wimbledon in the Open Era.

    AP Photo/Ben Curtis

    The Montreal native is also the only woman to reach the final four of each of the three Grand Slams so far this season.

    The Montreal native is also the only woman to reach the final four of each of the three Grand Slams so far this season.

    When she reached the Aussie Open semis in January, she was the first Canadian woman to reach a slam semi in three decades.

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    WELL, if this wasn't news enough, fellow Canadian Milos Raonic has also just reached the final four on the men's side.

    WELL, if this wasn't news enough, fellow Canadian Milos Raonic has also just reached the final four on the men's side.

    Raonic defeated Nick Kyrgios, an Australian teenager ranked No. 144 who himself had defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the prior round.

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    Raonic is also the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era.

    Raonic is also the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era.

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    You da man!

    How would you react if you got $90 million dollars? After star point guard, Kyrie Irving signed a max contract extension (worth $90M) with the Cavaliers, he celebrated like how every other human being would... By dancing around the house at 5:00 a.m.

    Dexter Strickland / Via youtube.com

    Before his celebratory dance, Irving took to Twitter and reassured all of Cleveland that he was sticking around for the long haul.

    Via Twitter: @KyrieIrving

    Nice dance moves, Kyrie. Now hopefully you can translate that to the court.

    Nice dance moves, Kyrie. Now hopefully you can translate that to the court .

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    Updated: It appears the story is a hoax, but this has not yet been confirmed.

    The Algerian team performed heroicially in the World Cup: so heroically that they were given an open-top bus tour on their arrival in Algiers.

    The Algerian team performed heroicially in the World Cup: so heroically that they were given an open-top bus tour on their arrival in Algiers.

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    They reached the knockout stages for the first time in their history thanks to a goal from striker Islam Slimani.

    They reached the knockout stages for the first time in their history thanks to a goal from striker Islam Slimani.

    And they were eventually knocked out by Germany in the 92nd minute, despite a superb performance from goalkeeper Raïs M’Bolhi.

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    There were reports yesterday that Slimani had told Jordanian football writer Waleed Abu Nada that all of their prize money will be donated to the people of Gaza.

    There were reports yesterday that Slimani had told Jordanian football writer Waleed Abu Nada that all of their prize money will be donated to the people of Gaza.

    Ramzi Boudina / Reuters


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    In just three easy steps!

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    The problem: FIFA is wildly corrupt, and shouldn't be in charge of soccer's most important event
    The solution: Create a new governing body led by Nike & Adidas

    If you're a soccer fan — or just caught that amazing John Oliver rant a few weeks ago — you know that FIFA is almost comically corrupt. Their members have been caught taking bribes, and if they're not taking bribes, they're siphoning off millions from other parts of the international soccer machine.

    And these are the people we let run the biggest soccer tournament in the world?

    It's time to get rid of FIFA. But in order to do that, we need a new soccer governing body — one big enough to immediately capture the respect of the biggest soccer nations in the world, and one powerful enough to actually put on an event as big as the World Cup.

    So meet your new corporate overlords: Adidas and Nike.

    Together, they'll be the founding members of a new soccer governing body. (Let's give it a name like Football for The World — FTW, for short.) And when they announce they're pulling their multi-billion dollar support from FIFA and putting everything behind FTW, guess who comes along? Every nation already signed to Nike and Adidas, including Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, England, the Netherlands, the U.S., Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia… you get the idea. Those two companies represent virtually every powerful soccer nation on the planet.

    And as a bonus, they're publicly held companies, which means that unlike FIFA, the companies backing FTW will already be significantly more transparent. That's a good thing for soccer fans, and that's a good thing for the game as a whole.

    At the head of FTW, there'll be a president, and then a six-person board with one representative from each continent, elected every four years — and no member will be allowed to serve more than two terms. Same for the president. That'll keep the Chuck Blazers of the world from dominating soccer for decades on end.

    If you're worried about the World Cup going corporate, just remember: This tournament is already a month-long ad for the Coca-Colas and Volkswagens of the world. How would it be any different with FTW?

    ESPN / Via screamer.deadspin.com

    The problem: Too many games are decided by bad refereeing
    The solution: Institute instant replay on all goal-scoring plays and red cards

    Since FTW's backed by two companies with one goal in mind — putting together a the best sporting spectacle possible — the FTW board will also push for changes in the way games are refereed. The introduction of goal-line technology in 2014 is a start, but let's take it a step further.

    FTW will follow the lead of the NHL and MLB in creating an off-site replay office to review any goal-scoring play or red card. So if there's a foul in the box leading to a penalty kick, or an offsides called on a goal, the replay office can review those in real time. (Let's give them 45 seconds to make a call.) A second yellow — or a straight red — can also be reviewed.

    So here's how it might work:

    Remember that Arjen Robben flop against Mexico that cost El Tri a spot in the round of eight? On the field, that dive in the box resulted in a yellow card for Mexico and a penalty kick for the Dutch.

    Under the FTW system, that yellow call would be reviewed; the PK would be rescinded; and the yellow would be given to the Robben for flopping — not Mexico's Rafael Márquez.

    A fun bonus of this system: It might actually lead to a decrease in diving, now that offensive players know that their theatrics could be immediately punished by the replay office.

    It's 2014, and this is the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. No one should ever be wrongly red-carded, and no one penalty kick should ever be given incorrectly.


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    Most WTF moment of the World Cup so far .

    The World Cup's top scorer, Colombia's James Rodriguez, scored a penalty against Brazil during his side's Quarter Final defeat. Eagle-eyed viewers spotted something on his arm as he celebrated.

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    It landed on him before he took the penalty, and flew off shortly afterwards.

    It landed on him before he took the penalty, and flew off shortly afterwards.

    Via Twitter: @skizz__


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    Respect for David Luiz and James Rodriguez.

    Brazil won 2-1 against Colombia in their quarterfinal match on Friday, but the highlight of the game wasn't a goal.

    Brazil won 2-1 against Colombia in their quarterfinal match on Friday, but the highlight of the game wasn't a goal.

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    It was Brazil's David Luiz urging the crowd to acknowledge Colombia's James Rodriguez for a stellar World Cup performance.

    It was Brazil's David Luiz urging the crowd to acknowledge Colombia's James Rodriguez for a stellar World Cup performance.

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    Rodriguez, 22, scored a record-breaking six goals during the 2014 World Cup.

    Rodriguez, 22, scored a record-breaking six goals during the 2014 World Cup.

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    “It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover,” says Brazil’s team doctor.

    Brazil's team doctor announced on Friday that Neymar is out for the remainder the World Cup after suffering a fractured vertebra during a collision with a Colombian defender.

    Brazil's team doctor announced on Friday that Neymar is out for the remainder the World Cup after suffering a fractured vertebra during a collision with a Colombian defender.

    The 22-year-old striker was carted off on a stretcher and taken directly to the hospital after being kneed in the back by Colombia's Juan Zuniga.

    Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil's team doctor, later confirmed that Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra from the result of the collision late in the quarterfinal match versus Colombia, which Brazil went on to win, 2-1.

    "Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play," said Lasmar to Brazil's SportTV, according to BBC News. "It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover."

    Neymar has played in all give of Brazil's matches at this summer's World Cup and is the team's leading goal-scorer with four goals. Brazil is scheduled to take on Germany in the World Cup semi-final match on Tuesday, July 8th.

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    Here's the collision between Neymar and Colombia's Juan Zuniga that led to the injury:


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    Win or lose “Los Cafeteros” were one of the best parts of the World Cup.

    Dear Colombia,

    Dear Colombia,

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    There is no need to be sad.

    There is no need to be sad.

    Laurence Griffiths / Getty

    You have so much to be proud of.

    You have so much to be proud of.

    Jamie McDonald / Getty

    You are one of the best things to happen to soccer in ages.

    You are one of the best things to happen to soccer in ages.

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    Sixteen drivers were involved in a crash during lap 20 of Sunday’s Coke Zero 400.

    During lap 20 of Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway a massive crash took place off Turn 4.

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    The crash included many well-known drivers, such as Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, and Jeff Gordon, but there were no reports of injuries.

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    An overhead view from NASCAR shows Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s No. 17 car getting a bit loose coming off Turn 4 and making contact with Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, which caused a "big one."

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    An insane view from track-side at Daytona shows the wreck, and ultimately the camera getting taken out.

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    For those of you who still don’t really get it.

    No Vine has ever been so real.

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    Honored like the heroes they are.

    The Colombian team retuned to an amazing welcome home reception in Bogota on Sunday.

    The Colombian team retuned to an amazing welcome home reception in Bogota on Sunday.

    John Vizcaino / Reuters

    It featured thousands of adoring fans.

    It featured thousands of adoring fans.

    Jose Miguel Gomez / Reuters

    An open bus parade.

    An open bus parade.

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    Selfies.

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    How many do you know?

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    Fastest goal in a World Cup? 10.8 seconds.

    Fastest goal in a World Cup? 10.8 seconds.

    WHAT?! Hakan Şükür of Turkey scored in 10.8 seconds against Korea Republic in 2002.

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    A fan rally in Brasília appears to have gotten out of hand.

    Brazilian superstar Neymar suffered a back injury against Colombia on Friday.

    Brazilian superstar Neymar suffered a back injury against Colombia on Friday.

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    He is expected to be out for the remainder of the World Cup with a fractured vertebrae.

    He is expected to be out for the remainder of the World Cup with a fractured vertebrae.

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    There has been an outpouring of support and Neymar released a video thanking people for their kind words and affection.

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    On Saturday, YouTube user Manuel Tascon uploaded a video of a group of Argentinian fans appearing to mock Neymar's injury.

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    Ben Tribbett says he’s become a “distraction” in the fight to preserve the Washington Redskins team name.

    WASHINGTON — Less than a month after taking a job that put him in charge of defending the embattled Washington Redskins team name from its critics, Virginia progressive activist Ben Tribbett said on Twitter Monday night he will resign from the NFL franchise.


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