<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - World Cup 2014]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/world-cup-2014 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 24 May 2016 02:11:31 -0400Tue, 24 May 2016 02:11:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[LeBron Captures World Cup Streaker in Instagram Video]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:56:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Streaker-LeBron.jpg

Basketball star LeBron James posted an Instagram video of a streaker who ran onto the field during the World Cup final showdown between Germany and Argentina.

The game was briefly delayed in the second half when a fan ran onto the field with the words “Natural Born Prankster” written on his chest, according to USA Today Sports.

The incident did not make it on air, as broadcasters cut away to a shot of Christ the Redeemer. James, however, managed to capture the moment and post it on Instagram, which you can see below.

The NBA star captioned the video: “Hahaha!! We're going streaking! Everyone's doing it. Man that was hilarious. #WorldCupFinal #Brazil”

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup.

Recently, James announced he will be leaving the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

<![CDATA[Social Media Reacts to World Cup Stunner]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:22:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP18289346253.jpg

Social media erupted in disbelief as Germany routed Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup on Tuesday, as fans tried to make sense of the stunner by mourning, celebrating and mocking all things #GER and #BRA.

As the Germans scored an early onslaught of goals, their forward Miroslav Klose broke a World Cup scoring record with his 16th career goal — and while the Brazilians eked out a single goal in the final moments, they suffered for their missing key players Neymar and captain Thiago Silva.

Fans wasted no time in posting to Twitter during and after the historic game, whether they were painting a witty thought or a priceless picture.

 One young Brazil fan's reaction captured what thousands of fans were feeling: 

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<![CDATA[Brazil Aghast: Fans Shocked at World Cup Rout]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:32:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP406353255179.jpg Livid Brazilian fans reacted in horror as Germany routed the World Cup host nation 7-1 in their semifinal match.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Goalie Tim Howard Lights Up Twitter ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 08:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edt-AP862473252031_0.jpg

Belgium may have defeated the United States in their World Cup match Tuesday, but as far as Twitter was concerned, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was the winner, with his extraordinary 16 saves — the most since World Cup record-keeping began in 1966.

Twitter exploded with admiration for Howard's super saves as the match went into extra time. Tweets ranged from calling Howard the "next American sports hero" to a "machine" to pics of him as president of the U.S.

By the end of the match, "Tim Howard" was trending atop the social media site, with users in disbelief of the New Jersey 35-year-old's ability to lean the correct way almost every time the ball was fired at his goal.

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<![CDATA[Your World Cup Photos]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:40:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/f2ce9a92b0e44a74b4bc78be54d9d93e.jpg Here are your photos, showing support for Team USA during the World Cup.]]> <![CDATA[World Cup Action: USA vs. Belgium ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:22 -0400 Click through to see more dramatic photos from the nail-biting match.]]> Click through to see more dramatic photos from the nail-biting match.]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP297709455032.jpg Check out the top moments from the World Cup game between USA and Belgium.

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<![CDATA[Landon Donovan Initially Rooted Against Team USA]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_landondonovan.jpg

Landon Donovan admitted that at first he wasn't rooting for his former teammates in the World Cup send-off series.

"I'll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn't go very well today," Donovan told the LA Times. "In my heart of hearts, I thought, if we get a 1-0 win and the team doesn't perform well, that would feel good."

Donovan, 32, and U.S. soccer's all-time lead scorer, was cut from the World Cup roster in May. He had hoped to play his fourth World Cup in Brazil.

The LA Galaxy forward said his initial ill-will toward the American team didn't last long. He woke up the next day and realized his negativity wouldn't help himself or the energy of the team. 

NEWS: Landon Donovan Cut From U.S. World Cup Team Roster

Donovan holds the American scoring record with 57 goals in 156 international appearances and has won five Major League Soccer titles. He took a four-month sabbatical after the 2012 season, but when he returned U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his spot on the national team wasn't guaranteed.

Still, when news broke that he was cut from the roster, Donovan, his fans, and even those who used to root against him, were disappointed and shocked.

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Donovan has scored three goals for the LA Galaxy in the three games he's played this season.

He told the Times that playing his first game with the Galaxy after being cut from the national team was difficult and emotional.

But he said "this is what they pay me to do" and he didn't want missing the World Cup to define him.

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<![CDATA[Police Prepare for Mexico Match]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 03:08:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/huntington-park-world-cup-june-23.jpg

Police in Huntington Park are ramping up security in anticipation of Mexicos' World Cup match Sunday after several people were arrested during a rowdy victory celebration earlier this week.

Authorities will have a "visible presence" in Huntington Park on Sunday when Mexico plays the Netherlands at 9 a.m., the Huntington Park Police Department said in a news release. Police are also closing a three-block stretch of Pacific Boulevard, between Florence and Gage Avenues, to cars when the game begins.

Businesses will remain open and officials said they will monitor the street after the game to decide whether to reopen it.

Officials said there will be extra police on hand, and they'll be backed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, as well as officers from the nearby cities of Bell and Bell Gardens if needed.

After Mexico beat Croatia on Monday, five people were arrested in Huntington Park. Police wore riot gear and rode on horseback as they ordered the crowds to disperse.

"Of course it's fine that you celebrate, but just organized, in peace," said Jasmine Tiznado, the owner of an arts and crafts store in Huntington Park.

The city of Huntington Park has a history of "large scale civil unrest" during World Cup games, Huntington Park Police Lt. Neal Mongan said earlier this month.

Huntington Park police said they "appreciate our community's enthusiasm for Mexico's performance in the World Cup," but advised fans to act responsibly.

The Los Angeles Police Department is also preparing for any disturbances. On Monday night, revelers filled the streets in the Pacoima area, where they set off fireworks and waved Mexican flags to celebrate Mexico's victory over Croatia earlier that day. Seven people were detained and released shortly.

<![CDATA[Suarez Told FIFA Bite Was Not Deliberate ]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:52:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451158130.jpg

Luis Suarez told FIFA's disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

The Uruguay striker's defense that he lost balance and fell on his opponent will now be presented to FIFA's appeal panel, after his national federation notified FIFA late Friday it would challenge the nine-match, four-month ban.

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite," Suarez wrote in Spanish in a letter dated June 25.

The player's defense is in paragraph 6 of FIFA's disciplinary committee ruling, which has been seen by The Associated Press.

"After the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent," Suarez wrote in his submission to the panel which met Wednesday, one day after Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in a decisive group-stage match.

"At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth," Suarez said.

However, the seven-man panel which met on Wednesday evening dismissed the argument.

The bite was "deliberate, intentional and without provocation," the ruling stated in paragraph No. 26 of the panel's conclusions.

Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football. He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000).

The panel, chaired by former Switzerland international Claudio Sulser, included members from the Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa and Singapore.

On Saturday, FIFA confirmed that formal proceedings had begun to challenge the longest ban for a World Cup player in 20 years.

"We have a declaration that they are planning to appeal," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said. The Uruguay federation now has seven days to submit written grounds for the appeal.

Back in Montevideo, Suarez has been welcomed home as a hero by Uruguay fans.

"I'm writing this message to express thanks for the outpouring of support and affection that I'm getting. Both me and my family really appreciate it," Suarez said Saturday on his Twitter account.

"Thank you very much for being on my side and I want all of us to support our teammates today in the match against Colombia," he wrote, ahead of Uruguay's Round of 16 match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA's disciplinary ruling confirmed that Suarez's bite was missed by referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico, who acknowledged the oversight in his match report. So did his two assistants and the fourth official.

"I haven't seen the incident because the ball was in another sector of the pitch," Rodriguez writes in paragraph No. 4 of witness submissions in the 11-page document.

FIFA's verdict was welcomed by Brazilian great Pele.

"FIFA's decision was good, it was correct, because they had to set an example," he was quoted as telling Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. "If this example hadn't been given quickly, it could spread (the bad behavior on the pitch). This example shouldn't be copied by anyone. I think it was fair because it serves as a parameter going forward."

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