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  • Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 at World Cup Jun 28, 2014 5:39 PM
    James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.

  • Bonnie Dundee Golf Club brings new hybrid sport of FootGolf to Fox Valley Jun 27, 2014 8:24 AM
    Switch out a golf ball for a soccer ball and replace a golf club with your foot, and you get FootGolf, a growing international sport making an appearance in various parts of the country, including in Illinois. The most recent course has opened at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville.

  • U.S. hopes to boost World Cup attack against Belgium Jun 27, 2014 6:35 PM
    No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday’s second-round game against Belgium. The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica’s 69.

  • Players’ union questions FIFA’s punishment of Luis Suarez Jun 27, 2014 9:49 AM
    The international players’ union has questioned the severity and focus of FIFA’s punishment of Luis Suarez for biting an opponent at the World Cup, saying it “infringes his right to work” and doesn’t offer him the treatment he needs. FIFPro said Friday that “rehabilitation and serious treatment ... must be a part of any sanction” for the Uruguay and Liverpool forward.

  • Uruguay coach quits FIFA position over Suarez ban Jun 27, 2014 5:23 PM
    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has quit his role in FIFA’s strategic committee in protest at the ban that football’s governing body imposed on his team’s star striker Luis Suarez for biting. “It is not wise, at least it is not prudent” to stay within FIFA, Tabarez said Friday at a news conference before his team plays Colombia in the World Cup Round of 16.

  • U.S. shows it deserves to advance; Belgium up next Jun 26, 2014 9:16 PM
    If the United States showed Sunday that sometimes a draw can feel like a loss, Thursday the Americans showed a loss can sometimes be a victory.The United States will play Belgium, the winner of Group H, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (ESPN). Belgium will be tough, but not as tough as Germany.

  • Images: United States vs. Germany, World Cup Jun 26, 2014 1:42 PM
    The United States soccer team lost to Germany 0-1 on Thursday but advanced to the second round of the World Cup.

  • U.S. advances in World Cup; faces Belgium Tuesday Jun 26, 2014 7:01 PM
    The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia. The team will face Belgium Tuesday.

  • U.S. second only to Brazil in World Cup ticket sales Jun 26, 2014 9:38 AM
    Surprised the United States is the world’s second-largest market for World Cup tickets, behind only host Brazil? Experts say you shouldn’t be. FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, says about 200,000 tickets were sold in the United States, many through an online lottery months ago. Insurance agent Zach Rambach of Springfield, Illinois, and five buddies spent about $5,000 each on their “bucket list” trip to the tournament.

  • FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent Jun 26, 2014 10:23 AM
    FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

  • Glen Ellyn soccer pioneer amazed by game's growth Jun 26, 2014 5:41 AM
    When Hank Steinbrecher, a National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former secretary general of U.S. Soccer, talks about this World Cup being “a tipping point for U.S. Soccer,” the Glen Ellyn resident does so with a perspective developed from decades of dedication to the sport. “The whole landscape of soccer has changed,” Steinbrecher said.

  • You’ll find much world-class talent when you go local Jun 26, 2014 7:48 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We are all missing something important when we pay high prices for concert or show tickets or focus our attention on television entertainers. We can be equally impressed and delighted by suburban performers right under our noses.

  • Chicago office workers pause to watch World Cup Jun 26, 2014 4:26 PM
    Downtown Chicago office workers extended their lunch breaks to watch the World Cup game between the United States and Germany. One woman, Sugey Lozano, said Thursday that she was taking a long lunch and didn’t mind if she got in trouble. Thousands watched the action on a 19- by 33-foot high-definition screen at Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell.

  • Gambling U.S. soccer fans put money where mouth is Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    You know soccer is making gains in the United States when gamblers treat a World Cup match as if it were a NBA playoff game. Vegas is rooting for the U.S. team to advance but is praying for the team to stop short of winning the whole thing. “There have been lines,” says David Pemberton, director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment, explaining how World Cup gamblers flock to the betting windows a half-hour before each match. “There is a ton of action on the day.”

  • Mike North Video: Go USA soccer Jun 26, 2014 9:43 AM
    USA Soccer is taking center stage and Mike North expects a victory over Germany.

  • World Cup: What to watch Thursday Jun 26, 2014 9:38 AM
    It’s the last day of the group stage at the World Cup, and seven teams are still vying for the last three spots in the Round of 16. The biggest matchup of the day pits the United States against Germany in a game that could put both teams through and will determine whether the Ghana-Portugal game has any real significance.

  • France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out Jun 25, 2014 6:28 PM
    France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament. In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 3-0 Honduras to finish in second place and join France in the knockout stages.

  • Overtime suits Fire just fine Jun 25, 2014 11:35 PM
    The Chicago Fire seems to have found a way to win: Avoid 90-minute games.

  • Bosnia beats Iran 3-1 in Group F at World Cup Jun 25, 2014 2:04 PM
    Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages with a 3-1 victory in Group F on Wednesday, registering its first World Cup win in the process. The Bosnians took a commanding 2-0 lead with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd and Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd before Iran hit back in a desperate late bid to qualify for the second round.

  • Argentina beats Nigeria 3-2 as both teams advance Jun 25, 2014 2:03 PM
    Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first African team in the round of 16 in Brazil.

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