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Falcao Joins Manchester United on Loan

Falcao Joins Manchester United on Loan

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Striker Radamel Falcao has joined Manchester United on a season long loan from Monaco. 

United will reportedly pay Monaco between five and six million pounds for the striker and have an option to buy Falcao at the end of the loan period.

The transfer required an extension past the deadline, allowed by Premier League rules when all three parties are committed to finalizing the deal. 

Despite an injury-shortened 2013-14 season, Falcao scored nine goals in 17 games for Monaco. The injury also kept him out of the World Cup for his native Colombia. Prior to his season with Monaco, Falcao scored a combined 52 goals in two years with Atletico Madrid.

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Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country. The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador."For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he's provided over the years."Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA. "Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow," Klinsmann said in a statement. "As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished."

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Tim Howard Taking 1-Year Break from US National Team

Tim Howard Taking 1-Year Break from US National Team

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Goalie Tim Howard announced Thursday he will take a one-year off from the United States men's national soccer team.The 35-year-old will still play for Everton in England's Premier League and won't have a chance to return to the national team until September 2015.

"Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time," Howard said in a statement. "I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It's the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot."

On his Facebook page, Howard also expressed interest in playing for the U.S. in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

"Physically I feel as strong as ever, and right now my heart, mind, and body all feel good about continuing on with the national team for the next World Cup," Howard wrote. "It is difficult to predict the situation in four years but I know this decision is right for me today."

Howard has played every minute of every match for the Americans at the last two World Cups.

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Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defender DeAndre Yedlin is headed to England. Yedlin's current team, the Seattle Sounders, reached an agreement Wednesday to transfer the 21-year-old to Tottenham Hotspur. Yedlin signed a four-year deal with Tottenham, but will stay with Seattle through the end of the 2014 MLS season, which ends in December, possibly longer.According to ESPN's Taylor Twellman, the Spurs will pay MLS a $4 million transfer fee, 75 percent of that will go to the Sounders because Yedlin is a homegrown player from Seattle."We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career," Sounders part owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. "His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season."Yedlin came in as a substitute in three games for the U.S. National Team in the 2014 World Cup.

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Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At an auction in Baltimore, Md., Babe Ruth's 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox was sold for $1.02 million on Saturday night. When it was originally sold almost 100 years ago, the deal was worth just $5,000.

The contract was signed by American League president Ban Johnson, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, and Ruth himself. The price tag eclipsed the record for a bidding price of a sports contract, surpassing the 1919 document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees, which sold for $996,000 back in 2005.

The item was part of a collection of Ruth memorabilia, designed to honor the 100th anniversary of his professional debut. Other items included a bat from early in his career and a signed ball, both of which fetched more than $95,000. One of the more intriguing items, the very first home run ball Ruth ever hit at Yankee Stadium, did not sell. The ball was collected by a construction worker when Ruth was called over to test out the dimensions of the new ballpark in February of 1923.

Other items that were up for auction on Saturday included ticket stubs from the clinching game of each of New York's 27 championship years ($58,000) and a Super Bowl VIII ring from the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season ($19,000).

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Brazil Booed After Third-Place Loss

Brazil Booed After Third-Place Loss

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) -- The host country was already on thin ice with their fans when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. On Saturday, a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands resulted in Brazil being booed off the pitch in front of their own nation.

Thanks in part to some poor defending, the Dutch ran rampant in the 2014 FIFA World Cup third-place match. Robin Van Persie started the performance by converting on a penalty kick in the third minute. Arjen Robben went sprinting past the Brazilian defense but was dragged down by Thiago Silva just inside the box, awarding the spot kick.

Daley Blind, son of assistant coach Danny, tallied his first-ever international goal when David Luiz misplayed a ball in the box. Instead of heading it over his own net for a set piece, he attempted to clear it but instead directed the ball right to Blind's foot. 

Holland added another goal in stoppage time from Georginio Wijnaldum while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen stopped the two sure shots he had to face.

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Germany’s Klose Sets All-Time World Cup Goals Record

Germany’s Klose Sets All-Time World Cup Goals Record

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) -- On Tuesday, German striker Miroslav Klose broke the record for most goals scored at the World Cup.The 36-year-old Klose scored his 16th, and record-breaking goal, in the 23rd minute of Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal. Klose tied the record, held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, in Germany's Group Stage game against Ghana earlier in the tournament. Klose, who is Germany's all-time leading scorer with 71 goals in 136 matches, becomes only the third player ever to score in four straight World Cups. The other two are West Germany's Uwe Seeler and Brazil's Pele.

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Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Pool/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) -- The host nation will be without its most popular, and most powerful, player for the rest of the World Cup. Neymar suffered a broken vertebra late in Friday's quarterfinal matchup with Colombia.

Neymar went to the ground after a collision with Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Hours after the match, which Brazil won 2-1, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar delivered the bad news.

"It is a benign fracture," Lasmar said. "This news is not easy, but he will not be available at this World Cup. The fracture does not require surgery. There will be a conservative treatment and [he] will need physiotherapy and comfort to ease the pain."

The 22-year-old is the face of the Brazilian National Team and one of the top scorers in the world. Now, the host squad must find a way to continue their hope of winning the World Cup on home soil without one of their most talented players.

Brazil will face Germany on Tuesday in semi-final action. To make matters worse, captain Thiago Silva will not be available as well after picking up a second yellow card in the tournament.

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United States Falls to Belgium at World Cup, 2-1

United States Falls to Belgium at World Cup, 2-1

iStock/Thinkstock(SALVADOR, Brazil) -- The United States run at the World Cup is over after falling to Belgium in overtime on Tuesday, 2-1, in the round of 16. 

Belgium got on the board first when Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute. They would add a second goal in the 105th minute when Romelu Lukaku connected. The U.S. would cut the deficit two minutes later on a goal from Julian Green. 

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard recorded 16 saves -- a World Cup record.

Up next for Belgium is a quarterfinal showdown against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

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France Gets It Together Late to Advance to Quarterfinals

France Gets It Together Late to Advance to Quarterfinals

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) -- France scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of the game to upend Nigeria in the Round of 16 at the World Cup Monday. Paul Pogba scored the first goal off of a corner in the 79th minute to get France on the board. Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Joseph Yobo re-directed a cross from teammate Mathieu Valbuena into the back of the net to put the game out of reach for the Nigerians. France, which did not make it out of the group stage in the last World Cup, now advances to take on Germany in the Quarterfinals. "I have no words to describe this feeling," Pogba said. "The whole country is behind us and scoring that goal really liberated us. I am so happy for the team and all of France." France's match against Germany is Friday. The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the action on ESPN2.

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Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Martin Rose/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL) -- Algeria held tough against the powerhouse Germans, but in the end, the Germans survived and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by winning 2-1 in extra time Monday.

In actuality, it was only a matter of time before the Germans scored; they outshot Algeria 28-10. The scoring started in the second minute of extra time when substitute Andre Schurrle took a pass from teammate Thomas Muller, which he knocked past Algerian goalie Rais M'Bolhi.   Germany got back at it 18 minutes later when Mesut Ozil drilled a shot into the net off of a rebound. Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou scored just a minute later, but it was too late as Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the ninth straight time.  

Germany will take on France Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN2.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup: France 2 - Nigeria 0 

Germany 2 - Algeria 1

MLB: Chicago White Sox - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Postponed

Washington Nationals 7 (44-38) - Colorado Rockies 3 (36-47)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (43-39) - Texas Rangers 1 (37-45)

Chicago Cubs 2 (35-46) - Boston Red Sox 0 (38-45)

Detroit Tigers 5 (45-34) - Oakland Athletics 4 (51-31)

Atlanta Braves 5 (45-38) - New York Mets 3 (37-46)

Seattle Mariners 10 (45-38) - Houston Astros 4 (36-48) 

Kansas City Royals 6 (43-39) - Minnesota Twins 1 (37-44)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (36-49) - New York Yankees 3 (41-40) - 12 Innings

San Diego Padres 1 (36-47) - Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-39)

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (48-37) - Cleveland Indians 0 (39-43)

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Costa Rica Advances on Penalties

Costa Rica Advances on Penalties

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) -- After giving up a stoppage time goal that forced extra time, Costa Rica rebounded to defeat Greece 5-3 on penalty kicks Sunday afternoon. With the win, Costa Rica advances into the quarterfinals for the first time in history.

Following a very stagnant first half, Bryan Ruiz put Costa Rica on top in the 52nd minute to give Los Ticos the lead. Costa Rica had to play the final 25 minutes of regulation, and all of extra time, with just 10 men after Oscar Duarte was sent off with a red card.

The winners of Group D relied on some impressive play by goalkeeper Keylor Nevas to maintain the advantage until injury time. That was when Sokratis Papastathopoulos drove home a ball that was originally saved by Nevas.

Neither team was able to score in extra time and the match went to penalties. Both teams converted on each of their first three spot kicks, with Costa Rica scoring on their fourth. Theofanis Gekas approached to keep Greece tied, but Nevas made a sprawling save to his right and Michael Umana finished the Greeks off with his spot kick.

Costa Rica now faces the Netherlands, who defeated Mexico earlier in the day, in the quarterfinals.

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Netherlands Storm Back in Final Minutes to Oust Mexico

Netherlands Storm Back in Final Minutes to Oust Mexico

VI Images via Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) -- The Netherlands tied the game in the 88th minute and then netted a penalty kick in stoppage time to beat Mexico, 2-1, Sunday and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Wesley Sneijder smashed a shot from outside the penalty box into the back of the net in the 88th minute when the ball was headed to him off a corner.

The Dutch earned a penalty kick in the second minute of stoppage time when Arjen Robben was tripped up in the box by Rafael Marquez. Robben asked teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar if he wanted to take the kick, and Huntelaar obliged, making the kick and giving Holland the lead for good.

"You don't know when your chance will come, but it was today, and so you grab it with both hands,'' Huntelaar said, who was substituted in for Robert van Persie in the 76th minute. "And it was fantastic.''

Mexico has now lost in the Round of 16 in their last six World Cups.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands advance to the quarterfinals, where they'll meet Costa Rica on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.

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Brazil Advances Past Chile in Penalty Kicks

Brazil Advances Past Chile in Penalty Kicks

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) -- It wasn't easy but Brazil advances to the World Cup quarterfinals by beating Chile 3-2 in penalty kicks, after finishing the first 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw.

Neymar scored on Brazil's fifth penalty shot and Chile's Gonzalo Jara's missed the tying shot, nailing it off the post, to keep the host country alive.

“We needed this,” Brazil goalie Julio Cesar said. “I just hope that the next games don’t go to penalty kicks again because our family members and relatives might have a heart attack.”

Brazil started the scoring in the 18th minute when David Luiz scored his first World Cup goal. The lead didn't last long, as Chile's Alexis Sanchez slid one past Cesar and into the back of the net in the 38th minute to tie the match.

The rest of the game featured close calls but no goals. During stoppage time before the half, Chile almost scored off a corner but Luiz slid in front of the ball to keep the match tied.

Chile also had a chance in the 121st minute to end it, when Mauricio Pinilla's smashed a shot that just hit the crossbar.

Brazil advances to take on Colombia Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. You can catch that on ESPN.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup: Group G: Germany 1 - United States 0

Portugal 2 - Ghana 1

Group H: Algeria 1 - Russia 1

Belgium 1 - South Korea 0

MLB: Houston Astros 6 (34-46) - Atlanta Braves 1 (40-38)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (44-33) - Minnesota Twins 4 (36-41)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (40-39) - New York Mets 2 (36-43)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (45-36) - Chicago White Sox 0 (36-44)

Chicago Cubs 5 (33-44) - Washington Nationals 3 (41-37)

Detroit Tigers 6 (43-32) - Texas Rangers 0 (35-43)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (36-32) - Miami Marlins 3 (39-40) - 14 Innings 

Milwaukee Brewers 7 (49-32) - Colorado Rockies 4 (35-44)

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (45-36) - St. Louis Cardinals 0 (43-37)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (40-38) - San Francisco Giants 1 (46-33)

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Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Matthew Lewis/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) -- Xherdan Shaqiri's hat trick propelled Switzerland into the Knockout Stage and past Honduras, 3-0 Wednesday, in Group E play at the World Cup.

Switzerland ends up the second-seed from Group E after France and Ecuador tied 0-0, eliminating Ecuador.

Shaqiri started his scoring quickly, scoring in the sixth minute when he smashed a kick from outside the penalty box and into the top right corner of the net.

Shaqiri put the Swiss on the board again in the 31st minute when he took advantage of a 2-on-1 and slid the ball past a tripped-up Noel Valladares to make it 2-0.

In the 71st, striker Josip Drmic passed the ball to a streaking Shaqiri who struck the ball past a diving Valladares for the hat trick.

Switzerland will now take on Argentina Tuesday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) -- Uruguayan captain Diego Godin scored the golden goal in the 81st minute of the match as Uruguay advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup by ousting Italy 1-0 Tuesday in Group D play.

The game was scoreless in the 59th minute when Italy's Claudio Marchisio was given a red card, knocking him out of the match and forcing Italy to play with 10 men.

Uruguay capitalized on the man advantage in the 81st minute when Godin headed in a corner from Gastón Ramírez.

There was controversy just a few minutes before the goal. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini, who complained many times in the game when nothing happened, complained to the referee -- pointing at his shoulder -- but the referee paid no attention. After the game Suarez -- who has been suspended twice in his career for biting the opposition -- didn't confirm or deny the bite.

"These are just things that happen out on the pitch," Suarez said. "It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder, and that's how my eye got like this as well. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them."

Although nothing was called on the pitch, FIFA has announced it will investigate the alleged bite. If Suarez is found guilty he will likely face a long suspension. 

The loss means Italy is eliminated from the tournament.

Uruguay finishes Group D play in second place and will face Columbia Saturday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ABC.

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Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) -- Uruguayan captain Diego Godin scored the golden goal in the 81st minute of the match as Uruguay advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup by ousting Italy 1-0 Tuesday in Group D play.

The game was scoreless in the 59th minute when Italy's Claudio Marchisio was given a red card, knocking him out of the match and forcing Italy to play with 10 men.

Uruguay capitalized on the man advantage in the 81st minute when Godin headed in a corner from Gastón Ramírez.

There was controversy just a few minutes before the goal. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini, who complained many times in the game when nothing happened, complained to the referee -- pointing at his shoulder -- but the referee paid no attention. After the game Suarez -- who has been suspended twice in his career for biting the opposition -- didn't confirm or deny the bite.

"These are just things that happen out on the pitch," Suarez said. "It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder, and that's how my eye got like this as well. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them."

Although nothing was called on the pitch, FIFA has announced it will investigate the alleged bite. If Suarez is found guilty he will likely face a long suspension. 

The loss means Italy is eliminated from the tournament.

Uruguay finishes Group D play in second place and will face Columbia Saturday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ABC.

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Mexico Advances to Knockout Stage with 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Mexico Advances to Knockout Stage with 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) -- Mexico scored three goals in ten minutes of the second half to top Croatia 3-1 and advance to the Round of 16 at the World Cup. Mexico secures the two-seed in Group A and will now take on the Netherlands Sunday in Fortaleza. The score was tied nil-nil going into the second half, but Mexico erupted starting in the 72nd minute when Rafael Marquez sent a header past Croatian goalie Stipe Pletikosa. Just three minutes later, Mexico scored again, when Andres Guardado smashed a left-footed one-timer from 12 yards out into the back of the net. The Mexicans finished their scoring barrage seven minutes later when Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez headed in a shot that deflected off teammate Marquez's head.

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