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Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too
by Ronald Blum - July 16, 2018 - 8:27am
Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese decent.
Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1
by Ronald Blum - July 12, 2018 - 10:14am
Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute , Mario Mandzukic got the go-ahead goal in the 109th and Croatia shocked England with a 2-1 victory Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that advanced...
Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles
by Ronald Blum - July 1, 2018 - 10:30am
Today will likely mark the end of an era for the World Cup, a decade in which much of the hype and pre-tournament talk has been about the best players in the world, the Spanish league rivals who have evenly split...
Mexico chasing elusive fifth World Cup game
by Ronald Blum - June 18, 2018 - 1:16pm
This milestone victory, Mexico’s first over Germany in a competitive match — and first in any game since 1985 — gave hope El Tri could one day rise to the top.
Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century
by Ronald Blum - June 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-cen...
US out of World Cup contention with 2-1 loss at Trinidad
by Ronald Blum - October 11, 2017 - 3:29am
The US was eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer's showcase.
Young girl hospitalized by 105 mph foul at Yankee Stadium
by Ronald Blum - September 21, 2017 - 2:10am
 A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph (170 kph) foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game  (Thursday in Manila) against Minnesota, leading some players to call for...
After Copa loss, Messi says he is quitting international football
by Ronald Blum - June 27, 2016 - 1:22pm
Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and put both hands over his face.
Chile wins 2nd straight Copa America title
by Ronald Blum - June 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Lionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina's national team.
Messi leads Argentina over US 4-0, into Copa America final
by Ronald Blum - June 22, 2016 - 12:26pm
 Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain.
US: Facing Argentina, Messi in Copa semis not overwhelming
by Ronald Blum - June 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
American players maintained over and over that playing Argentina and Lionel Messi in a Copa America semifinal on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) was a big deal, yet not mind-boggling.
A-Rod makes vague apology, turns down news conference
by Ronald Blum - February 18, 2015 - 11:43am
Alex Rodriguez issued a five-paragraph handwritten apology "for the mistakes that led to my suspension" on Tuesday without detailing specifics about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Alex Rodriguez meets with Yankees, apologizes for actions
by Ronald Blum - February 11, 2015 - 12:17pm
Alex Rodriguez met with top New York Yankees' officials on Tuesday and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement...
AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod
by Ronald Blum - January 27, 2015 - 10:15am
The New York Yankees are considering not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.
Giants beat Royals 5-0 for 3-2 World Series lead
by Ronald Blum - October 27, 2014 - 11:57am
Madison Bumgarner allowed just four hits as the San Francisco Giants blanked the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1
by Ronald Blum - October 22, 2014 - 12:51pm
Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's...
Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game
by Ronald Blum - July 17, 2014 - 12:45am
Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hit...
US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to Belgium
by Ronald Blum - July 2, 2014 - 9:17am
They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.
US World Cup players buoyed by large audience
by Ronald Blum - June 30, 2014 - 11:21am
The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.
Dempsey scores after 29 seconds vs Ghana
by Ronald Blum - June 17, 2014 - 11:08am
Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal by an American in World Cup history and the fifth-quickest ever, putting the United States ahead after 29 seconds of its opener against Ghana on Monday night.
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