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Plane Crash In Colombia Leaves At Least 76 Dead, 6 Survive [VIDEO]

On Monday night, a chartered plane carrying nine crew members and 72 passengers, including members of the Chapecoense Brazilian soccer team, crashed as it approached Jose Maria Cordova Airport in Medellin, Colombia. Colombian police said early Tuesday that at least 76 people died in the crash. Among the survivors, at least three were players for…

Kidnapped Soccer Player Tells About His Escape [VIDEO]

Mexican star soccer striker Alan Pulido has been rescued after his Saturday night kidnapping, authorities said early Tuesday. Officials said Pulido, who has played for Mexico’s national team and is on Greece’s Olympiacos club, managed to call a police emergency line after an altercation with one of the kidnappers in Ciudad Victoria, the restive capital…

Germany-Netherlands Match Called Off Due To Threat [VIDEO]

A stadium set to host a friendly soccer match between Germany and The Netherlands was evacuated, and the game called off, Tuesday, for what was described by media as a “concrete” threat. The police chief of Hannover, Germany, said it was a serious threat the the city and explosives were involved. Top officials, including German…

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015: England Scores on Own Goal, Loses [VIDEO]

Japan will face off against the U.S. in a World Cup 2011 rematch on Sunday, after England’s ladies fell in a heartbreaking loss in their women’s World Cup semifinal game Wednesday. In the final minutes of the match, English defender Laura Bassett sliced an intended clearance into her team’s own net. Japan defeated the Lionesses…

Interpol Issues Alerts for 6, a Day After Sepp Blatter Resigns [VIDEO]

Interpol issued wanted person alerts on Wednesday for two former senior FIFA officials and four corporate executives, one day after Sepp Blatter’s surprising announcement that he would resign as the head of soccer’s governing body. The Interpol alerts, so-called red notices, issued at the request of the United States, include the former FIFA vice president…

FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges in Raid [VIDEO]

Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges. The indictment names 14 people on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Attorney General Loretta Lynch: ‘Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of…

South Africa Soccer Captain Killed

Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in Johannesburg, the SA Football Association confirmed on Sunday. Details surrounding the shooting have not yet been released. The 27-year-old most recently captained the Pirates in a 4-1 win against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night.

Brazil’s Neymar Out Of World Cup With Fractured Vertebra

Brazil striker Neymar has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a broken vertebrae after being injured in the quarterfinal match against Colombia, the team doctor said. Brazil advanced to the semifinals after beating Colombia 2-1 today. The team will face Germany on Tuesday. AP

Costa Ricans Celebrate Historic World Cup Win Against Greece In Brazil

The streets of the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, have been filled with fans celebrating the national team’s latest win at the football World Cup. Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout after the match, which ended 1-1, went into extra time in Recife. With the result, Costa Rica have qualified for the quarter-finals,…

Brazil’s World Cup win beats Super Bowl on Twitter

Nervous Brazilian soccer fans took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief Saturday, with the final, tense-filled minute of a penalty shootout against Chile generating more buzz online than Super Bowl. Almost 389,000 tweets were generated in the minute after Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara’s penalty shot hit the right post and allowed Brazil…

KLM deletes controversial World Cup tweet

Dutch airline KLM deleted a controversial celebratory World Cup tweet on Sunday. The airline’s account tweeted ‘Adios Amigos’ after Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup match. Many responded to the tweet chastising KLM for alienating potential customers. [digiday]

Portugal scores late to tie US 2-2

A stoppage-time goal by Silvestre Varela tied Portugal and the U.S. 2-2 in Manaus, Brazil. The U.S. would have secured a place in the World Cup’s knockout stage with a win. Now, the U.S. will need to at least draw against Germany to advance. Photo: Clint Dempsey’s goal gave the USA the 2-1 lead over…

Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Star soccer player Hope Solo was arrested on Friday night for allegedly assaulting her sister and her nephew at her Kirkland, Seattle home, the Seattle Times reports. Solo is being held without bail in the SCORE misdemeanor jail in South King County for two counts of investigation of domestic-violence assault. Police told the Seattle Times…

World Cup viewing center attacked in Nigeria

Witnesses say a suicide bomber in tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing center in northeast Nigeria, killing several people. Hospital workers say the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in at Damaturu, state capital of Yobe state. [AP]

Malcolm Glazer, owner of Buccaneers, Manchester United, dies at 85

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer died Wednesday, the team announced. He was 85. The Glazer family bought the Bucs in 1995. The team won its first and only championship after the 2002 season. Glazer also owned Manchester United, the famed English Premier League soccer club. [usatoday]

Landon Donovan misses cut for US men’s team for World Cup

Soccer legend Landon Donovan was one of seven players cut from the US men’s team to reach a 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup, the team announced Thursday. Defenders Michael Parkhurst, Brad Evans, and Clarence Goodson; midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu; and forward Terrence Boyd were also cut from the team. [ESPN] Photo:…