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Football 19 Jun 2014 | 8:37 AM

Champions Spain out of World Cup, Dutch march on

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Holders Spain crashed humiliatingly out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a second shock defeat while 2010 runners-up the Netherlands continued their perfect start with another high-scoring win.

Football 18 Jun 2014 | 1:27 AM

Brazil's Rousseff gets a boost as World Cup starts well

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's hosting of the World Cup has been far from perfect but it has gone more smoothly than many expected, boosting President Dilma Rousseff's chances for re-election in October.

Football 30 Jun 2014 | 7:27 AM

Costa Rica reach quarter-finals with shootout victory

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) - Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday after conceding a stoppage time equaliser and playing 54 minutes with 10 men.

Football 20 Jun 2014 | 7:48 AM

Sao Paulo protest turns violent as World Cup game ends

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A street demonstration in Brazil's biggest city ended in violence on Thursday as anti-government protesters vandalized cars and banks and police responded with tear gas.

Football 05 Jun 2014 | 5:12 AM

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - With just over a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil is racing to get its stadiums, airports, roads and phone networks ready before hundreds of thousands of football fans descend on the country.

Football 09 Jul 2014 | 11:40 PM

Rio's Christ to light up Twitter's World Cup campaign

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Rio's iconic Christ statue will be lit up on the eve of Sunday's World Cup final in the colours of each of the finalists' flags with Twitter users to determine which is displayed the longest.

Football 14 Jul 2014 | 9:42 PM

World Cup was biggest social media event ever - Facebook

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called "real-time" market dominated by Twitter.

Other Sport 29 Jul 2014 | 10:03 PM

Lawn bowls team not finished yet after two silvers (updated)

GLASGOW: The national lawn bowlers are not finished yet. With four more events to go, they will going all out to add to the two silvers they have won so far.

Cycling 23 Jul 2014 | 10:42 PM

Sri Lankan cycling team stopped by police on motorway

GLASGOW, July 23 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s cycling team took to the open road for training at the Commonwealth Games but prompted a police response as they rode along one of Scotland’s busiest motorways on Wednesday.

Football 25 May 2014 | 11:02 PM

World Cup a minefield for Brazil's Rousseff in election year

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - The script was simple enough: host the football World Cup, win it for a record sixth time and ride a wave of national euphoria to another four years in power.