• Maicon scores crucial goal for Brazil

    Maicon's goal from a tight angle in the second half proved the key for Brazil in the 2-1 opening win over North Korea, adding yet another achievement for the right back's already special season.

  • More than 450,000 flock to SAfrica's World Cup

    South Africa's immigration ministry says more than 450,000 foreign tourists have come for the World Cup so far.

  • Ivory Coast outplays Portugal but draws 0-0

    Ivory Coast drew 0-0 with Portugal in the teams' opening match of the World Cup on Tuesday, largely outplaying its higher-ranked opponent despite Didier Drogba only coming on as a late substitute.

  • Portugal, Ivory Coast scoreless after 60 minutes

    Portugal and Ivory Coast were scoreless after 60 minutes of their World Cup match, despite plnty of attacking ambition and tough tackling from both teams.

  • Italy goalkeeper Buffon's back problem 'serious'

    Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has a "serious" back problem and the team physician is not sure when he'll be able to play again in the World Cup.

  • Portugal, Ivory Coast scoreless after 30 minutes

    Portugal and Ivory Coast each had one good scoring chance but the teams remained scoreless after 30 minutes of their World Cup Group G match.

  • Outgoing Barca chief hints at new Fabregas offer

    Barcelona's outgoing president hinted Monday the club would make a new offer for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

  • NZealand scores late for 1-1 draw with Slovakia

    Winston Reid headed in an injury-time goal Tuesday to give New Zealand a 1-1 draw with Slovakia at the World Cup.

  • World Cup stadium workers call on FIFA to confirm pay

    Hundreds of World Cup security stewards protested over wages in Durban on Tuesday, calling on FIFA to confirm what they should be paid for working at the tournament a day before Spain plays Switzerland in the city.

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  • Buffon: I can recover from back injury in 2 days

    Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he can recover from a back problem in time for the Azzurri's next game.

  • Italy draws 1-1 with Paraguay to open World Cup defense

    Italy opened the defense of its World Cup title with a laborious 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

  • Honda helps Japan beat Cameroon 1-0

    Keisuke Honda scored in the first half Monday to lead Japan to a 1-0 win over an uninspired Cameroon in Group E of the World Cup.

  • Netherlands beats Denmark 2-0 at World Cup

    The Netherlands managed to grind out a 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday despite struggling to live up to its billing as one of the most dangerous attacking teams at the World Cup.

  • Netherlands leads Denmark 1-0 after own goal

    The Netherlands has a 1-0 lead over Denmark from an own goal Monday in the World Cup after 60 minutes of play.

  • Opening match draws 10m South African TV viewers

    More than 10 million television viewers in South Africa watched the host nation play Mexico to open the World Cup.

  • Hong Kong closes loophole on free World Cup on TV

    Fans in football-crazed Hong Kong were dealt another blow in their campaign for free World Cup coverage after local regulators moved to close a loophole that allowed locals to watch games on mainland Chinese television.

  • Celtics handle Kobe onslaught and lead LA 3-2

    Paul Pierce scored 27 points - his best performance of this year's finals - as the Boston Celtics withstood 38 points from Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 on Sunday and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Tim Cahill in tears after World Cup red card

    The first time Tim Cahill ran into Bastian Schweinsteiger he earned a red card. The second time he dissolved into tears.

  • Gyan penalty gives Ghana 1-0 win over Serbia

    Asamoah Gyan scored an 85th-minute penalty Sunday to help Ghana to a 1-0 victory over Serbia and the first win by an African team at this World Cup.