Thirty two teams and a world of possibilities.
The 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil will cross fingers and toes and hope for the luck of the draw on Friday when their names are plucked from bowls one by one in a globally televised extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football's showcase tournament.Full Story
Former Spain coach Luis Aragones, the founder of the country's "tiki-taka" style of football, announced he is retiring.
The 75-year-old Aragones, who last coached in 2009 at Turkish club Fenerbahce, tells Spanish online magazine Voxpopuli that "age has retired me. When I left Turkey I knew it would be difficult to continue and today it is definitive."Full Story
Dutch star Arjen Robben is out for six weeks after suffering a painful knee injury in Bayern Munich's German Cup third round win at Augsburg, the club said Thursday.
As well as Saturday's league trip to Werder Bremen, Robben misses Tuesday's Champions League tie at home to Manchester City, with Bayern through to the knock-out stage, as well as the Club World Cup in Morocco to be played from December 11 to 21.Full Story
Portland took over as the NBA Western Conference leader by beating Oklahoma City 111-104 on Wednesday, ending the Thunder's eight-game winning streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.Full Story
Host Myanmar has won two gold medals in the traditional sport of Chinlone, the first event for the 27th Southeast Asian Games.
The sport, in which six players juggle a rattan ball with their feet, heads, knees and chest, is believed to have originated in Myanmar but is played in various forms regionwide.Full Story
She's only 17 and barely five feet tall, but schoolgirl ski jumper Sara Takanashi is already eying her second world title and could be set to make history at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Takanashi, who comes from a family of ski jumpers in the snowy Japanese island of Hokkaido, begins her World Cup defense this week after taking the sport by storm last season.Full Story
Luis Suarez's stunning quadruple for Liverpool capped a goal-laden night in the Premier League that saw the top four all win, but Manchester United lose 1-0 to Everton to be cut adrift in the title race.
Arsenal preserved its four-point lead as Nicklas Bendtner capitalized on a rare start to score in a 2-0 win over Hull, while Eden Hazard capped a brilliant performance with two goals in Chelsea's wild 4-3 victory at Sunderland.Full Story
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique suggests unhappy players should look to leave the club as it battles through its first slump of the season.
Wednesday's comments came days after Cristian Tello and Marc Montoya said they could look to leave at season's end if their minutes did not improve.Full Story
A Formula One race planned for next year in New Jersey with the New York City skyline as a backdrop has been postponed.
Race promoter Leo Hindery Jr. said on Wednesday it's been a challenge arranging the event's "financial structure," but he hopes the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey can debut in 2015.Full Story
The new ball for next year's World Cup — called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course — was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
The word "Brazuca" has a double meaning, used as a term for Brazilians living abroad — including its many footballers — but also as slang used to describe national pride or anything "Brazilianish."Full Story