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Postcard from Brazil: Getting out of the big city

On Friday we spent the day in picturesque Olinda, set around a tree-covered hill a few miles north of Recife. Olinda is the artsy colonial counterpart to the big city, and is brimming with galleries, artisan’s workshops, museums, colonial churches and music in the streets.

France in World Cup quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Nigeria

Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday.

Cavs fans should love new Anthony Bennett

Last year, the Canadian kid the Cleveland Cavaliers took first was Anthony Bennett from UNLV; this year it was Andrew Wiggins from Kansas. Taking Bennett first hasn’t worked out. Not yet, at least.

UFC’s Ronda Rousey expecting more big things

Ronda Rousey is not pregnant. That would make her title defense against Alexis Davis on the Ultimate Fighting Championship card Saturday at Mandalay Bay quite difficult.

World Cup Bankroll: June 30


Haixia Zhang wins ladies’ hold’em championship

Haixia Zhang of Los Gatos, Calif., won the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the World Series of Poker on Sunday at the Rio Convention Center.

Bad Tweet: Dutch airline angers Mexico soccer fans

What was meant to be a joke has turned into a PR blunder for Dutch airline KLM after it angered Mexican soccer fans by taking to Twitter to celebrate the Netherlands’ dramatic comeback victory in the World Cup.

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.