RIO DE JANEIRO - The Argentines didn't need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The fireworks celebrating victory had barely subsided when the disastrous news came through for Brazil: Neymar is out. The star who lit up the World Cup with his skill and sunny temperament fractured a bone in his back. The only way for Brazil to win now will be without him.
CLEVELAND - Yordano Ventura's dominating performance Friday night produced plenty of superaltives.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
MINNEAPOLIS - Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
RIO DE JANEIRO - One thing for certain on Friday is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals.
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks plan to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night in Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the plans said.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Kansas City Royals have played well away from home. They're consistently capable of winning with only a couple of runs.
SAO PAULO - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.
LONDON - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.
MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 Tuesday night.
LONDON - Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.
SAO PAULO - Argentina's theme at this World Cup seems to be scrappy wins with Lionel Messi pulling through at the last minute to save the day.
SALVADOR, Brazil - They captured the hearts of America - from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.
The people of Cleveland burned LeBron James' jersey when he jilted the Cavaliers four years ago. They cursed his name and swore he was no son of theirs any longer. They cheered his defeats on South Beach with more enthusiasm than they cheered his victories on the shores of Lake Erie.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs' defense during three weeks at Missouri Western.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.
MINNEAPOLIS - Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.