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2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio 2016: Amateur, ISIS-Linked Terrorist Cell Taken Down

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Brazilian authorities arrested 10 suspects Thursday in an anti-terror operation carried out 15 days prior to the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said. "This was a suspected terrorist cell .. that went from exchanging suspicious messages online to making preparations" for a possible attack, De Moraes said at a news conference, ad...

Wikimedia Commons Rio 2016: Brazilian Marines Prepare for Riots

Wikimedia CommonsBrazilian marines on Tuesday practiced riot control maneuvers on Flamengo beach, in southern Rio de Janeiro, in preparation for possible violent demonstrations during the 2016 Olympic Games to be held here starting two weeks from now. During the exercise, one ship deposited three troop transport trucks on the beach and another vessel put ashore 80 marines. Once they had dis...

By Noah Salzman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons Defender from Costa Rica Makes the MLS All Star Game Roster

By Noah Salzman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia CommonsMajor League Soccer's best is set to take on English club Arsenal FC in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game as the MLS All-Star Gameday Roster including two Commissioner's Picks were unveiled today. The standout collection of world-renowned talent, domestic stars and young up-and-comers will represent MLS in the summer showcase at Avaya Stadi...

Wikimedia Commons 2016 Olympics: Rio de Janeiro Even More Expensive Than Costa Rica

Rio de JaneiroBy Alba Santandreu The drop in the dollar and higher prices for some services, such as hotels, will make Rio de Janeiro a more expensive city to visit during the Summer Olympics next month, but tourists will find the "Ciudad Maravilhosa" more affordable than during the 2014 World Cup. Visitors arriving in August will find that the Brazilian real is up about 20 percent against ...

Daryl Strawberry, left. By slgckgc - Darryl Strawberry and Jeff Francouer, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons Home Run! Daryl Strawberry Used to Have Sex Between Innings

Daryl Strawberry, left. By slgckgc - Darryl Strawberry and Jeff Francouer, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia CommonsThe national pastime of the United States is getting even more interesting after a spicy radio interview with the legendary and controversial right fielder Daryl Strawberry. According to a recent news report filed by Damon Salvadore of the New York Daily News, Strawberry revealed quite a bit o...

Instagram photo Despite Robbery, Japanese Midfielder Signs With Costa Rica Club

Instagram photoAtsushi Yamanaka, a talented play-making midfielder from Japan, recently made professional football history in Costa Rica by signing with Club Sport Uruguay (CSU) of Coronado. Mr. Yamanaka is the first Japanese player to sign with a professional football club in Costa Rica. Previously, Mr. Yamanaka played at the pro level in the Dominican Republic, where he was signed with the S...

Manziel at Cabo San Lucas. Instagram Betting on an NFL Quarterback’s Sobriety

Manziel at Cabo San Lucas. InstagramIn the world of sports betting, wagers are not limited to outright championship titles, game outcomes, spreads, or proposition bets (also known as live betting). Just about any event related to professional sports can be turned into a wager, and this extends to player transfers, draft picks and even the future of athletes as it relates to their lifestyles. E...

costa-rica-start-keylor-navas-04 Keylor Navas Feels More at Ease in Spain than in Costa Rica

Star goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who mostly resides in Spain by virtue of his contract with the stellar Real Madrid football club, recently explained during an interview that he feels less freedom in Costa Rica. Mr. Navas is currently on vacation in his native Costa Rica after recovering from a surgical procedure that was performed shortly after the Real Madrid obtained the UEFA Champions League t...

Gamecocks logo U.S. University Basketball Team Will Play in Costa Rica

Gamecocks logo COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina men's basketball team will embark on a six-day foreign tour in Costa Rica, August 6-12, fifth-year head coach Frank Martin announced on Monday. The Gamecocks will play two games versus the Costa Rica National Team and will have one day of combined practice with the Team while on the tour, in addition to holding two clinics, inclu...

PISCINAS-ICODER2 Big Athletic Facilities Coming to La Sabana and Parque La Paz

By Wendy Anders By late 2018 Costa Rica plans to offer athletes two sports complexes – an aquatics center in La Sabana Park and a sports complex in La Paz Park – announced Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís last week at the National Sports Games (Juegos Nacionales). Plans for the new centers presented to the public indicated the projects will be completed in November 2018. The two ce...

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Historic Title for Portugal Without Ronaldo

Source: PokerStars Tens of thousands of Portuguese crowded the Marques de Pombal square throughout the night to celebrate the country's first European Cup, 12 years after suffering the Euro 2004 final loss against Greece on home soil.   Passionate fans chanted "Portugal Allez" (Go Portugal), sang the Portuguese national anthem and emulated Ronaldo's characteristic "siiuhh" when he w...

Former Brazilian President Lula with football star Ronaldinho. Wikimedia Commons Ronaldinho Praises Messi as the Best Player in the World

Former Brazilian President Lula with football star Ronaldinho. Wikimedia Commons Brazilian soccer great Ronaldinho said FC Barcelona super-striker Lionel Messi was not in crisis and that, although there has been much speculation about his future, the fact remains that he is the "best in the world." "It's hard for the best in the world to be in crisis," the 36-year-old former Camp Nou talism...

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Final Odds for France v. Portugal

Source: UEFA Another unforgettable Antoine Griezmann match: two goals, a powerful presence on the pitch, precise dribbling and top speed. He was the star behind every goal opportunity and the player who propelled France to the Eurocup Final with a 2-0 score against a Germany that succumbed to the sensational forward. The final awaits him Sunday at the Saint Denis stadium against Cristian...

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Brexit Complete With Wales Loss to Portugal

Source: UEFA Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and set up the second here Wednesday as Portugal beat Wales 2-0 to advance to the 2016 Euro final. The loss ended a fairy-tale run for Wales, who had never before gone so far in an international competition, while the 31-year-old Ronaldo can look forward to what might be his last chance to win a trophy with the national side. With this loss,...

Messi with teammate Neymar. Wikimedia Commons Football Star Lionel Messi Gets Prison Sentence For Tax Fraud

Messi Poster in Buenos Aires A Spanish court has sentenced FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, along with his father, on Wednesday to a prison term for tax fraud committed between 2007 and 2009. The Barcelona Provincial Court ruled that Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, had committed three counts of tax fraud that were punishable with 21 months (one year and 9 months) in prison. In Spanish ...

Source: Pixabay Commons Brazilian Prostitutes Prepare for Rio Olympics With Discounts

Source: Pixabay Commons Just like during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil is ready to receive thousands of athletes, journalists, athletic support staff, sports fans, and sexual tourists. The occasion this time happens to be the already controversial 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, a city that has become synonymous with sexual tourism in the Americas. According to a rece...

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons Serena Williams Gets Closer to Grand Slam Record

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. star tennis player Serena Williams has defeated Germany's Annika Beck on Sunday 6-3, 6-0 in 51 minutes in the third round of Wimbledon, which is also the 300th Grand Slam victory for Williams throughout her career. Following Sunday's victory, Williams still has six Grand Slam wins to make in order to equalize the record of Martina Navratilova....

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Wales Halts Brexit and Advances to Semifinals

Source: UEFA Wales has advanced to the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory Friday night over Belgium, which paid dearly for its careless play on defense. With this victory, Wales is the last National Team from the United Kingdom remaining in the Euro 2016 tournament. Various football analysts had predicted an early "Brexit," for Englan...

Wikimedia Commons Rio Olympics: Body Parts Wash Up on Beach Volleyball Site

Wikimedia Commons Body parts from a murder victim were found Wednesday near the spot on Copacabana beach where the beach volleyball competition will take place when Brazil's second city hosts the 2016 Olympics in August, Jornal do Brasil reported. Authorities have not yet determined the age or sex of the victim, the daily said on its Web site, citing Rio de Janeiro state police. A forens...

12346475_942628815811845_4620014897716423717_n Interview: Costa Rican Skiing to the 2018 Winter Olympics

https://vimeo.com/171124011 Meet Andre Moreno Hamm, an elite skier who aims to represent Costa Rica at the 2018 South Korea Winter Olympics. A Costa Rican skier? That’s right. This 20-year-old slope style skier for the Costa Rican Olympic Committee will embark on the World Cup circuit in January to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Andre divides hi...

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Wales is the UK’s Last Hope to Stop Brexit

Source: UEFA Iceland made history here Monday with an astonishing 2-1 win over heavily favored England to claim a berth in the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championship. Not content with merely qualifying for the knockout stage, the squad representing the island nation of some 300,000 people thoroughly dominated an English side stocked with highly paid stars. With England and North...

Messi with teammate Neymar. Wikimedia Commons Messi Missed; Retires from Argentina National Team

Messi Poster in Buenos Aires Soccer star Lionel Messi said he was retiring from the Argentine national team after suffering yet another defeat in a final, this time a 4-2 loss to Chile in a penalty shootout at the Copa America. "I thought a lot about it in the locker room, and I think that I'm done with the (national) team. It's over," the Argentine national team captain said after Sunday n...

Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope. Source: FIVB Beach Volleyball: Costa Rica Gets Even Closer to Rio 2016

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica pulled off a major upset at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Cup as they defeated favourite Cuba 3-2 moving closer to the single ticket on hand to the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The duo of Karen Cope and Nathalia Alfaro beat Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez 15-9 in a “golden set” to break a 2-2 tie in the country versus country semifin...

Source: UEFA Euro 2016: Many Spanish Players Subjected to Doping Tests

Source: UEFA The UEFA subjected 10 players from the Spanish national team on Saturday to doping tests at a hotel on the island of Re, France, where the Euro 2016 is being held. Urine and blood samples were taken without any problems, according to the official website of the Spanish national team. The players subjected to the tests were not identified. Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets ...

Wikimedia Commons Euro 2016: No Brexit Here

Wikimedia Commons While political analysts are nervously waiting on the results of a crucial referendum for the United Kingdom to either leave or remain in the European Union, sports analysts note that there was no “Brexit” from the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship. After the first round of the Euro 2016, three national teams of the United Kingdom –England, Northern Ireland, and Wales- advanced ...

Wikimedia Commons NBA Finals: Historic Victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Wikimedia Commons OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, JUN 20 (EFE; betting context by IDSca.com). — LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first National Basketball Association title with a 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors. James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday night's deciding Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The win gave James his third title in the six straight NBA Fi...

One of hundreds of memes related to the infamous goal Copa America: Brazil Eliminated by Shocking Handball Goal

One of hundreds of memes related to the infamous goal The celebrated National Football Team of Brazil has not been able to shake off its prolonged slump that started with the humiliating 1-7 loss against Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which the South American spiritual home of football hosted. At the impressive Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, Brazil faced off against Peru, a nat...

Pixabay Commons Costa Rica Exits Copa America With Sublime Goal

Pixabay Commons Striker Johan Venegas from Costa Rica scored the best goal thus far in the 100th anniversary of the world's oldest football tournament at the federation level, but the victory against Colombia was hardly a cause for celebration. The National Men's Football Team of Costa Rica, affectionately known as La Sele, obtained its sole victory at Copa America Centenario against one of...

Twitter photo by Deric Ó h'Artagáin, Ireland TV3 Presenter Euro 2016: Russian Hooligans Brutally Beat English Fans

Twitter photo by Deric Ó h'Artagáin, Ireland TV3 Presenter Marseille, France, Jun 11 (EFE).- A 50-year-old English man is battling for his life at a hospital in this southeastern French city after being beaten by a group of Russian fans Saturday ahead of a Euro 2016 Group B game between England and Russia, Marseille's police prefect, Laurent Nunez, said. The man, who had suffered a heart at...

Source: UEFA Costa Rica Sportsbooks Are Ready for the Euro 2016 Championship

Source: UEFA Saint-Martin-de-Re, France, Jun 9 (EFE; betting context by ISDca.com).- Spain's national soccer team, winners of the last two European Championships, began training in France on Thursday as they set their sights on an unprecedented third straight title, and sportsbooks in Costa Rica are prepared to take wagers on this exciting football tournament. As in previous international t...

Wikimedia Commons NBA Finals: Costa Rica Sportsbooks Adjust Odds After Cavs’ Victory

Wikimedia Commons Cleveland, Jun 9 (EFE; odds by IDSca.com).- Superstar forward LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers finally got on the board in the NBA Finals after two discouraging away losses, routing the defending champion Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3. James scored 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists for the Cavaliers, who controlled Wednesday night's...

Pixabay Commons Copa America: Costa Rica Routed by the U.S.; Colombia Advances

Pixabay Commons Pasadena, California, Jun 8 (EFE).- Star midfielder James Rodriguez overcame a shoulder injury to lead Colombia to a 2-1 victory over Paraguay and a berth in the Copa America Centenario knockout phase, while the host United States got back on track by routing Costa Rica 4-0. Colombia grabbed the lead in its Tuesday night Group A round-robin game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena ...

Source: FEDEFUTBOL CR Copa America: High Expectations for Costa Rica – United States

Source: FEDEFUTBOL CR One of the most anticipated matches of the Copa America Centenario, which is currently unfolding across the United States, will take place on Tuesday, June 7th at the magnificent Soldier Field in Chicago. The National Men's Football Teams of Costa Rica (La Sele) and the United States (Team USA) are both in tight spots within Group A, which analysts believe is the most ...

Pixabay Commons Copa America Centenario Kicks Off (ODDS)

Pixabay Commons Santa Clara, California, Jun 4 (EFE; odds by IDSca.com).- Cristian Zapata and James Rodriguez scored first-half goals to lead Colombia to a 2-0 victory here over the host United States in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario. Friday night's win at Levi's Stadium was a critical one for Colombia in Group A, which also is made up of Costa Rica and Paraguay and has b...

"Stephen Curry 2" by Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA - Stephen Curry. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons NBA Finals: Costa Rica Sportsbooks See Golden State as Favorite

"Stephen Curry 2" by Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA - Stephen Curry. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons Oakland, California, Jun 3 (EFE).- The defending champion Golden State Warriors showed off their vaunted depth in a 104-89 victory here over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, cruising to the win despite uncharacteristically poor performances by their t...

Source: NORCECA Beach Volleyball: Costa Rica Gets Closer to the Olympics

Source: NORCECA GROS ISLET, St Lucia, May 29, 2016 - Costa Rica swept Guatemala 3-0 to claim first place at the NORCECA Inter Zonal Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament, the third round of the Continental Cup towards the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.   Nicaragua, U.S. Virgin Islands, El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago completed the top six countries qualified to the final round to b...

hanna gabriel Boxer Hanna Gabriels Could Win Two Titles for Costa Rica

The Sweet Science Press Release - LAS VEGAS, NV (May 28, 2016) – Reigning WBO World Female junior middleweight champion HANNA GABRIELS meets KATIA ALVARINO in a unification match on June 18 at Domo Jose Maria Vargas de la Guaira in Maiqueita, Venezuela. The 10-round contest is sanctioned for Gabriels WBO title and for the vacant WBA World super welterweight title. The 33-year-old Gabriels (15-1...

Source: Wikimedia Keylor Navas Makes Costa Rica Proud at UEFA Champions League

Source: Wikimedia Milan, May 28 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star).- Real Madrid captured an unprecedented 11th Champions League title with a victory here Saturday night on penalties over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which had rallied to tie the final at 1-1 late in second half. In a rematch of the 2014 final of Europe's biggest club competition, the same team came out o...

Source: FEDEFUTBOL CR Costa Rica 2 – Venezuela 1: A Rainy, Friendly Match`

Source: FEDEFUTBOL CR The National Men's Football Teams of Costa Rica and Venezuela played their final match before the Copa America Centenario at the Chinese-donated National Stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park. It was an exciting, though rain-soaked match for both national teams, and it was a considerable improvement over their previous friendly encounter in Venezuela, which was an ugl...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Sportsbooks See Heavy Betting on Cleveland Cavaliers

Wikimedia Commons Cleveland, May 26 (EFE; odds by IDSca.com).- The Cleveland Cavaliers pummeled the Toronto Raptors 116-78 to take a three-games-to-two lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and move within one win of trip back to the championship round. After losing the two previous games at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, which will be the venue for Friday's Game 6, the Cavaliers dominated fr...

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