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Liam Plunkett: A son first, a cricketer later

In 2007, Liam Plunkett almost quit cricket as he wanted to donate his kidney to his ailing father.


‘No soccer fan’, Argentina prez thought team had won

A day after the final loss to Germany by a score of 1-0, Fernandez received the national team in the capital.


All roads lead to Berlin

Fans began arriving overnight to secure good spots to welcome home coach Joachim Loew’s team and the trophy.


FIFA World Cup 2014: Pick your best playing XI

Choose your best playing XI out of the 40 players we have shortlisted.


Tom Hanks enjoys World Cup match with family

Tom Hanks posted a picture of himself watching a World Cup match with his family.

Fixer denies predicting result, magazine sticks to its guns

Match was also marred by an argument between Cameroon teammates with Assou-Ekotto head-butting his teammate.

Subs to the fore as teams leave it late

The US pulled a goal back and again it was a substitute who made the difference.


FIFA World Cup: France top group after lively draw

France topped with seven points while Switzerland finished on six, Ecuador ended with four and Honduras none.


FIFA World Cup: All that magical Lionel Messi touches turns to goals

Lionel Messi had his best match of the World Cup so far, scoring twice in the first half.

Suarez lawyer alleges European conspiracy

Soccer’s world governing body is investigating the incident during Tuesday’s Group D match in Natal which has made headlines around the world.


The defence: Luis Suarez thrust shoulder

Suarez blames Italy defender Chiellini for triggering urge to bite; FIFA officially charges striker.


Rio swings to football by day and Samba at night

Not a speck of ground is visible as people sway and swing in time to the joyous, simple beats of simple instruments.


Scenario for Portugal: Goal glut or go home

Ronaldo’s Portugal must beat Ghana, preferably by several goals, to have any hope of progressing.


FIFA World Cup: The fantastic Mr Klinsmann

Having taken Germany to the semis in 2006, he has now invested USA with the pace and strength of his old side.


What is it about football that enriches us

With the football alone, you may not be able to fully comprehend the “moments of grace” in the stadiums of Brazil.