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Saturday, June 21, 2014

US has fate in own hands against Portugal

With a win over the Portuguese and reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, the U.S. would accomplish a pair of American firsts: reaching the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups ...
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. is banged up after victory

After an opening victory, the U.S. hopes to become the first American team to win consecutive World Cup games since a 2-0 start at the very first tournament in 1930.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 16, 2014

US emerges bloodied and victorious against Ghana

John Brooks rose above the defense and headed in the game winner, putting the U.S. atop the group with Germany, with a 2-1 victory over Ghana.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 15, 2014

US looks to avenge losses to Ghana

The U.S. has never advanced in the World Cup after starting with a loss, and it is grouped with 37th-ranked Ghana, who it plays today, along with No. 2 Germany and No. 4 Portugal.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Heat in Brazil doesn't bother US team

SAO PAULO - While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on!
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 9, 2014

US arrives in congested Sao Paulo for World Cup

SAO PAULO - The 4,080-mile overnight flight to Sao Paulo was easy for the U.S. World Cup team. A 4-mile bus ride from its base hotel through the city's perpetually congested streets to the ...
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Successful sendoff lifts US hopes entering Cup

SAO PAULO - The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 1, 2014

US beats Turkey in World Cup warmup

HARRISON, N.J. - Goals by Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey led the United States over Turkey 2-1 on Sunday for the Americans' second consecutive win in their World Cup sendoff series.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, May 31, 2014

US struggles to find strong foes for exhibitions

Instead of preparing for the World Cup against top teams and global stars, the United States arranged a sendoff series against No. 85 Azerbaijan, No. 39 Turkey and No. 44 Nigeria.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pep rally held for US soccer team in Times Square

NEW YORK - A crowd of about 2,000 filled part of New York's Times Square to cheer the U.S. World Cup team during a televised send-off pep rally Friday night.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Donovan among 7 cuts on US World Cup squad

STANFORD, Calif. - Landon Donovan, the most accomplished American player in the history of men's soccer, won't be going to his fourth World Cup.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Americans hope forwards will step up in World Cup

STANFORD, Calif. - It's been 12 years since an American forward scored in a World Cup. As the Americans prepare for next month’s tournament in Brazil, pressure for goals will be on Jozy ...
By Ronald Blum

Friday, May 16, 2014

MLB to study increase in Tommy John surgery

This year, more than a dozen major league pitchers already have undergone Tommy John surgery.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Committee to find Selig's successor named

NEW YORK - St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. will lead the committee to find a successor to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baseball's new replay system is lauded by commissioner

NEW YORK - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
By Ronald Blum

Selig is praised on Jackie Robinson Day

NEW YORK - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fans get thrills after months of chills

Baseball came storming back Monday when 26 major league teams opened their seasons and seemed to make the outdoors feel a little warmer.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, March 28, 2014

MLB cracks down on PED violations

NEW YORK - Baseball players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year's postseason under changes to the sport's drug agreement ...
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dodgers end Yankees' run as top spenders in baseball

NEW YORK - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an off-season spending spree that has the average ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Home-plate collision rule has exceptions

Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season.
By Ronald Blum
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