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The New World of Wimbledon Junior Champ Reilly Opelka: Autographs, Pressure and a Rising Ranking

| August 28, 2015

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka turned 18 today as he prepared for the U.S. Open, where he qualified for the doubles draw and will play in the Juniors tournament next week, but fell in qualifiers for the men’s draw.

USA 1, Belgium 2: Back to Flanders Fields (or Houligan’s)

| July 1, 2014

A US win over Belgium is a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 2002, but Belgium is fielding the strongest team in its history, stronger than both Ghana and Portugal. There will be goals.

Brazil 1, Chile 1 (Brazil on PKs): Sudden Death

| June 28, 2014

Brazil have not been performing as a World Cup-winning team. They’ve been playing like the scattered parts of a Swiss watch, and some of them have yet to be wound up. Now they face a Chilean team that could give them nightmares.

USA 0, Germany 1: Small Loss for a Big Win

| June 26, 2014

There are numerous ways for the Americans to advance to the next round, but only two ways to guarantee it: a win or a tie against Germany, which happen to be the hardest and second-hardest results to achieve. That may leave the American fate yet again in Ghana’s hands.

From Houligan’s to the Portuguese-American Club, the World Cup Inflames Palm Coast

| June 25, 2014

FlaglerLive’s Ezra Salkin braved the brawn and brash of Palm Coast’s emerging soccer–sorry, football–culture and reports on his close encounters with fandom in two of the city’s most football-fevered spots.

The Despicable Luis Suárez Bites Again: Time to Ban the Cannibal From Football

| June 24, 2014

Uruguay’s Luis Suárez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini moments before Uruguay took a 1-0 win into the next round. It’s Suárez’s third recorded biting incident on top of other repulsive acts on the field. Time to ban the little chomp of horrors.

USA 2, Portugal 2:
Triumph and Agony

| June 22, 2014

Beating Ghana was thrilling, but only beating Portugal will prove that the Americans are serious about their World Cup campaign. Against whiny, brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo, and without Jozy Altidore, the Americans may have a crucifying 90 minutes in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

This Is It: Ghana 1, USA 2: Revenge Complete

| June 16, 2014

Both Team USA and Ghana return to the World Cup with revenge on their mind–the US for losing to Ghana in a terrifically fought round-of-16 match four years ago, and Ghana for being unjustly eliminated by the cheating hand of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez in the quarterfinal. It should be a high-energy, dazzling match as long as both teams display the verve they have, but don;t always produce.

France 3, Honduras 0: Slogging back to Honor

| June 15, 2014

French national football has been a comedy of errors and disgrace since the team got clobbered in South Africa four years ago, and self-imploded with acrimony and racist issues. A much calmer, gentler team heads to Brazil, with higher hopes.

Don’t Bother Me. I’m at the World Cup.

| June 14, 2014

The World Cup is as close as it comes to a religious experience for many of us–despite the sport’s corruption, match fixing scandals and ubiquitous racism among fans, in Europe especially. But it’s not for nothing that they call i the Beautiful Game. Try it. You might be reborn.

Costa Rica 3, Uruguay 1: Magnificent Upset

| June 14, 2014

The despicable Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, one of the greatest players and most repulsive human beings in world football, will lead Uruguay to what may be yet another impressive run in international competition, again on Brazilian ground.

Colombia 3, Greece 0: Juan Valdez Beats Zeus

| June 14, 2014

Colombia can be among the surprises of the tournament, and they’re playing in a group that favors it: anyone in Group C can win it, anyone can advance.

Chile 3, Australia 1: The Mapuche Gods Have It

| June 13, 2014

So, while Iraq falls apart and the United States considers a summer air campaign there, it’s time for the day’s third match, a free-wheeling affair between lowly but beer-swilling Australia and tightly disciplined Chile, whose spoiler capabilities should not be underestimated.

Spain 1, Netherlands 5: Rematch, Beauty and Dethroning

| June 13, 2014

This is the treat of the day: a rematch between the 2010 World Cup finalists, a game Spain won 1-0 at the end of a violent and too often ugly game. Spain these days feels like Rodney Dangerfield in Brazil: it’s getting no respect despite its crushing record in the past eight years.

Mexico 1, Cameroon 0: Nothing To Lose

| June 13, 2014

An evenly matched game between two formerly competitive teams that don’t have it this year, and barely qualified, which should make this a lot more fun than it deserves to be: in essence neither team has anything left to lose and can make a stepping stone of the other.

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