World Cup

Cricket

Jacques Kallis retires from one-day cricket and gives up dream of World Cup farewell

Gerald Imray South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has retired from all international cricket, as one of the game’s greatest all-rounders admitted that a swansong at the World Cup next year was...

Indoor cricket

ACT Rockets players Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros in Australian indoor cricket team for World Cup

Lee Gaskin ACT's Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros selected in Australian men's indoor cricket team for World Cup.

Cricket

Canberra's super summer of cricket a tourism bonanza

David Polkinghorne Cricket ACT won't get a financial windfall, despite hosting Canberra's biggest ever summer of cricket, but the ACT government is expecting tourism to gain in a big way.

Real Madrid unveil World Cup star James Rodriguez

The Golden Boot winner is heading to Real Madrid.

Gabriel Rubio-Giron Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

German fans moved to tears after late World Cup winner

Fans at the Harmonie German club react with delight as Germany scores.

Henry Belot The president of the Harmonie German Club, Hans Stoehr, broke down in tears as he watched close to 300 people from the German community jump for joy as substitute Mario Gotze netted the winning goal...

Lionel Messi: World Cup Golden Ball award meant 'nothing'

Little consolation: Messi was less than thrilled with his Golden Ball award.

Jeremy Wilson and Henry Winter Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi last night (Monday) revealed the full depth of his anger and devastation at failing to crown his career by winning Sunday’s World Cup final amid a bizarre row about...

Soccer

Germany throws giant homecoming party for World Cup heroes

Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, defender Shkodran Mustafi, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, midfielder Andre Schuerrle and defender Erik Durm arrive for a victory parade at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.

Berlin Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans mass at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to cheer the World Cup winners.

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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Football

Lydia Williams won't let knee injury keep her down in race for World Cup

Injury blow: Canberra United keeper Lydia Williams.

Fleta Page Matildas keeper Lydia Williams is determined to recover in time for the women’s World Cup next June.

Cricket

Daniel Vettori still in World Cup cricket frame

Daniel Vettori delivers a ball during the Lord's bicentenary match.

Former Black Caps skipper Dan Vettori remains in the frame for next year's cricket World Cup.

Football

Australian World Cup referee Ben Williams' brush with Lionel Messi

Canberra referee Ben Williams impressed at the World Cup.

Lee Gaskin Ben Williams hopes his performances on the game's biggest stage inspire future generations of referees.

Football

World Cup hero Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid

Unstoppable: Toni Kroos was part of a powerful German midfield.

German World Cup winner Toni Kroos on Thursday agreed a deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich on a six-year deal, the Spanish giants announced.

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Football

Socceroos crash but World Cup champions Germany top rankings

Slipping: The Socceroos have plummeted in the rankings after losing their three games at the World Cup.

Matt Bungard The Socceroos have plummeted 14 places to 76th in the latest rankings released by governing body FIFA.

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FIFA punishes Suarez as group phase of World Cup ends

As Luis Suarez flies home from the World Cup in disgrace, Americans and Algerians are celebrating their places in the knockout rounds after a dramatic final day of the group stage.

Team of the World Cup ... so far

Dom Bossi and Michael Lynch The group phase of the World Cup is over, and half the squads have now departed. Traditionally its time to pick a Team of the Tournament - at least thus far.

World Cup provides place in the spotlight for the right reasons

Hard to get past ... Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates the victory over Italy.

Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?

World Cup goalfest inspires keepers to excel

Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.

The Brazilian paradox that the World Cup presents

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Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.