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Spain’s plane struck by lightning on trip home from World Cup

Spain’s soccer team, returning home after a wretched World Cup in Brazil where the holders were eliminated in the first round, had another shock on Tuesday when their aircraft was struck by lightning as it came in to land in Madrid.

U.S. may not win Cup, but at least we know who players are

Former UNLV soccer coach Barry Barto played for the U.S. men’s national soccer team from 1972 through 1975 but never made the World Cup. It’s hard to qualify for the World Cup when some of your best players can’t make it to the qualifiers because they can’t get off work. at a time when players sometimes couldn’t get off work to play international matches. On Sunday, more than 24.7 million domestic TV viewers watched the Americans battle Portugal to a 2-2 draw Sunday in the group stage of the World Cup. In the group stage! That was more Americans, on average, than watched last year’s Wor

Lara’s lobbying campaign lacked tact, but gained him fight against Alvarez

The 31-year-old from Cuba said he didn’t want to come across as boorish but Alvarez left him little choice in ducking him. The two will face each other July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in a 12-round non-title junior middleweight main event to be televised on Showtime Pay Per View.

World Cup betting: Don’t fall for the draw

Las Vegas Review-Journal sports writers Adam Hill and David Schoen have been given $5,000 fantasy bankrolls to bet during the World Cup on either sides, totals or props. Below are their bets for today, with an explanation of their picks:

Skip work, watch soccer

Want to ditch work and watch the USA-Germany World Cup match Thursday? Do it. You’ve got a note.

France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out

France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament.

ESPN debuts new SportsCenter studio with Parkour

An unsuspecting production assistant goes all Parkour on ESPN’s campus to help show off the new SportsCenter studio.