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  1. Messi brace leads Argentina by Nigeria 3-2; Group goes to Albiceleste

    Jun 25, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

    Brazil Soccer WCup Nigeria Argentina

    A pair of beauts from Lionel Messi cancel out a brace from Ahmed Musa, and Marcos Rojo nets the group-winner for Argentina.

  2. WATCH: Messi’s free kick freezes Nigeria, reopens Iran’s hopes

    Jun 25, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

    Ogenyi Onazi, Lionel Messi

    It’s not over yet, as Lionel Messi’s second of the night is a sensational free kick that leaves Vincent Enyeama looking silly.

  3. At halftime: Messi with two, one a wonder; Dzeko scores –FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 25, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Dzeko nets the opener to help Bosnia to their first-ever World Cup victory.

    One of the world’s deadliest is keeping Iran alive, but the Persian Stars are trailing Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  4. WATCH: Eric Wynalda claims US failure would cost Klinsmann his job

    Jun 25, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

    USA Training & Press Conference - 2014 FIFA World Cup

    For real, Wynalda? Do you think there is any truth to the former US player’s claims that Klinsmann could lose his gig by failing to advance?

  5. Game(s) on: Iran needs help, Bosnia a win; Will Nigeria go for group?

    Jun 25, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    Iran v Nigeria: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nigeria’s decision to go for a point or the group win will make all the difference in the excitement level for G.

  6. This NYT visual history of the World Cup ball is amazing

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

    New York Times

    Everything you’ve ever wanted to read about balls, at the World Cup.

  7. World Cup Today: Only one of 8 teams out of it in Groups E & F

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Argentina Training & Press Conference - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Lionel Messi hopes to drive Argentina on the day after his birthday; Bosnia & Herzegovina is the only eliminated team playing on Wednesday.

  8. Silverbacks player’s face stomp ignites four red cards; overshadows upset of Colorado (video)

    Jun 25, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

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    A hideous face-stomp and resulting fight mars a huge upset of the Colorado Rapids by the Atlanta Silverbacks.

  9. Raising bar on villainy, Suarez says, “He thrust his shoulder into me”

    Jun 25, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT

    Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Admire what Luis Suarez does for your club or country, but know he won’t learn. More on the Uruguayan’s latest wicked behavior and ignorance.

  10. FIFA officially charges Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini

    Jun 25, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT

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    From the AP: If the panel finds Suarez guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.

  11. Early look: Colombia faces Uruguay, Greece takes on Costa Rica in World Cup’s Round of 16

    Jun 25, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT

    Colombia's James Rodriguez (10) celebrates with teammate Colombia's Pablo Armero, right after scoring during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Two more second round games are set. Here’s what we know about the teams that advanced out of Groups C and D.

  12. Shattered glass: Hotel mirror paid the price when Bill Clinton found out about Qatar 2022

    Jun 24, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

    Former President Bill Clinton speaks to gathered participants at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, at the Sheraton Downtown, in Denver, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    The former president took his frustrations out in his Zurich hotel room.

  13. Luis Suarez has issues, now FIFA must address them quickly and with conviction

    Jun 24, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Suarez is a man desperate to shed his demons and struggling mightily to do so.

  14. Neymar, Rodríguez: South America’s future shines before the knockout round

    Jun 24, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.

    They’re their teams’ best players, and they’re only 22 years old. Brazil and Colombia’s future also dominates their present.

  15. As FIFA begins Suárez investigation, two-year ban the maximum punishment at its disposal

    Jun 24, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

    Uruguay's Luis Suarez kicks the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match against Italy at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Mauro Tassotti’s eight-game suspension in 1994 is the longest in World Cup history.

  16. Dominant Rodriguez leads Colombia past Japan, top of Group C

    Jun 24, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

    Japan's Shinji Kagawa, front, brings down Colombia's James Rodriguez during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    One goal and two assists over the halftime sub clinches first place for the Cafeteros.

  17. Samaras’s stoppage time conversion sends Greece into nation’s first World Cup knockout round

    Jun 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Greece's Vasilis Torosidis, center, challenges with Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou, left, and Arthur Boka during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Giovanni Sio’s late penalty costs Ivory Coast its first place in the final 16.

  18. At halftime: Colombia even with Japan, Ivory Coast falls behind Greece — FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 24, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Colombia defender Carlos Valdes, battles Japan forward Shinji Okazaki for the ball during the first half of a group C World Cup soccer match at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Japan and Greece are shaking things up in the Cafeteros’ group.

  19. Italian manager Cesare Prandelli steps down after World Cup exit

    Jun 24, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Italian boss calls it quits after Italy crash out.

  20. Sports psychologist predicted Luis Suárez would bite again

    Jun 24, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Luis Suarez of Uruguay looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

    After last year’s incident in the Premier League, University of Salford sports psychologist said Suárez “would react in the same way” again.

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