Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties to reach the World Cup final after a dire two hours of defence-dominated football failed to provide a semi-final goal for the first time in the tournament's history.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from all football activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal, FIFA said.
Brazilian Olympic organisers are benefiting from the successful hosting of the World Cup and showing "great dynamism'' to overcome the delays that have plagued the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to IOC President Thomas Bach.
Germany poured in the goals to hand Brazil their heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semi-finals that stunned the host nation.
Brazil will grind to a halt when the hosts, missing injured talisman Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva, take on European heavyweights Germany in their World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval to a settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players who suffer from brain damage and dementia as a result of concussions suffered on the field.
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