• Dutch put mental strength ahead of skill for final

    After defeat in their country's two previous World Cup finals, the Netherlands' players are determined not to put lavish skill ahead of single-minded focus a third time on Sunday.

  • Armstrong loses ground at Tour de France

    Lance Armstrong dealt with treacherous cobblestone sections with authority on Tuesday, but a flat tire left the 38-year-old American on the ropes following the first three stages of this year's Tour de France.

  • Report: ESPN to air LeBron's decision Thursday

    Broadcaster ESPN is reporting that LeBron James will announce his NBA plans on its network Thursday night in an hourlong special.

  • Japanese police search sumo training facility

    Japanese police have searched a sumo training facility, known as a stable, in search of more evidence on a widespread gambling scandal that his hit the country's ancient sport.

  • Same old, same old: Europe wins World Cup

    The World Cup champions will be European. Either Dutch, Spanish or German, to be precise.

  • Discipline gets talented stars into WCup final

    Bert van Marwijk's insistence on adding disciplined play to natural Dutch flair has guided the team into a World Cup final 32 years after its last.

  • Van Bronckhorst's last game will be WCup final

    Giovanni van Bronckhorst has only one better way to say goodbye for good. That is to score in his last competitive game as well, and finally give the Netherlands the World Cup.

  • Forlan fights injury, but devastated by Dutch win

    Diego Forlan ignored the pain for as long as he could, carrying Uruguay on his shoulders and giving the little nation hope of a most improbable World Cup final berth.

  • Octopus oracle shows Germany the red card

    The eight-legged oracle has spoken: Paul the octopus says Spain will sink three-time champion Germany in their World Cup semifinal.

  • Tour riders enter cobblestone showdown

    Tour de France riders have started the most treacherous stage of the first week - facing seven bumpy sections of cobblestones as the race heads home to France.

  • Uruguay, Netherlands aim for World Cup final

    Uruguay or the Netherlands will be in the World Cup final by the time Tuesday is over, while Germany's harmonious campaignmay just have hit its first note of discord.

  • Casillas lauds Spain's teamwork ahead of WCup semi

    Spain captain Iker Casillas says his squad's teamwork and commitment to attractive football are the reasons why it has made it to the World Cup semifinals, while teams led by superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have not.

  • Lahm wants to stay Germany captain

    Philipp Lahm wants to stay on as Germany captain even if the injured Michael Ballack returns after the World Cup.

  • Europe dominates as World Cup heads into last week

    Uruguay is aiming to keep alive South American interest in the World Cup this week as Europe's leading nations prepare to dominate the semifinals.

  • Villa vs. Klose highlights Spain-Germany semifinal

    The World Cup's two most impressive strikers - David Villa and Miroslav Klose - will go head-to-head when European champion Spain meets three-time winner Germany in the semifinals Wednesday.

  • Tiger bogeys way to 7-over-par round in Ireland

    Tiger Woods looked just as out of form in a celebrity pro-am as he did on the PGA Tour.

  • Maradona urged to stay on the job

    One of Diego Maradona's assistants wants him to stay, and a top Argentine football official said the job is his despite the team's devastating 4-0 loss against Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals.

  • FIFA, France Football merge world player awards

    World football's two most prestigious player of the year awards will merge into a single title called the FIFA Ballon d'Or from next year.

  • All eyes on Tiger at Irish golf celebrity pro-am

    Tiger Woods will be headlining an Irish charity tournament this week, though it could be his last with his No. 1 ranking.

  • SBY searches for soccer coach for Indonesian team

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says he spent some time abroad last week helping search for professional soccer coach to train Indonesian players.