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Postcard from Brazil: Touring the Fernando de Noronha archipelago

On Saturday, we decided to take a flight to Fernando de Noronha, a 21-island archipelago in the Atlantic, 300-plus miles from Recife for a four-night stay. Noronha’s natural beauty holds its own against any tropical locale in the world.

Internet, pro athletes praise Isaiah Austin moment

The moment NBA commissioner Adam Silver drafted Baylor’s Isaiah Austin on Thursday night — the NBA was the true winner of the evening.

Postcard from Brazil: Changing plans and moving on

We met and made friends with Andrew and his cousin Adam from Baltimore, and Andrew’s father Luciano, at our Boa Viagem area apartment in Recife.

Wiggins top pick in an NBA Draft loaded with talent

Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Duke’s Jabari Parker went second to the Milwaukee Bucks, followed by Kansas center Joel Embiid to the Philadelphia 76ers, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon to Orlando and Dante Exum of Australia to the Utah Jazz.

Female high school knuckleballer plunks Rays’ Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays have taken batting practice against a female high school knuckleballer Evan Longoria, Jose Molina and David Price hit against 17-year-old Chelsea Baker from Durant High School in nearby Plant City.

Postcard from Brazil: Deflated by the tie with Portugal

We are feeling very deflated today from that late goal by Portugal. The bar we watched the game at here in Praia da Pipa was packed with spirited Americans going absolutely crazy.

Postcard from Brazil: Cold beer, coconuts and caipirinhas.

On Thursday we hopped a cab and met Rey, his girlfriend Carla and his best friend Eduardo at a bar near a university campus in Natal. We watched Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s two goals put England on the brink of elimination, while a local band busted out the axé genre of music.

Japanese fans show sportsmanship, clean up after World Cup loss

Some Japanese fans showed what true sportsmanship really is all about after voluntarily cleaning up their section of the stadium after Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday.

Witnesses describe blast that ripped apart World Cup party

Survivors of a bomb blast at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria that killed at least 14 people said Wednesday the force of the explosion blew off limbs and knocked people senseless.