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Wikimedia Commons Death of NBA Star’s Cousin Turned Into Cheap Politics

Wikimedia Commons Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that blacks will vote for him in the November elections because of tragedies like the way NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed while walking her baby in Chicago. "Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will...

Wikimedia Commons Two Vancouver Whitecaps Players Called Up by Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston, midfielder Christian Bolaños, and strikers Giles Barnes and Blas Pérez have been called up to their respective national teams for the fourth round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Group B of the qualifying tournament resumes play on September 2 when Pérez and Panama host Barnes and Jamaica, while Waston, Bol...

Source: FIBA Basketball Officials Seek to Advance Sport Within Costa Rica

Source: FIBA SAN JUAN (Americas) - The regional office of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas announced it will make a historic visit to Costa Rica next week, from August 28 to September 2 to join scheduled meetings with government officials, the national basketball federation in the country, private entities and the media. Costa Rica is added to the list of count...

Striker Joel Campbell of Costa Rica plays for the Arsenal FC of the EPL Portuguese Club Seeks Championship With Two Costa Rica Players

Source: Joel Campbell's Facebook Timeline Arsenal agreed on Sunday to loan its Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell to Sporting Lisbon for one season. The Portuguese side announced the agreement on its social media accounts, while according to the local press; there is a final purchase possibility option for 10 million euros ($11.3 million). According to statements by the player publish by ...

Nery Brenes. Wikimedia Commons Rio 2016: A 16-Year Olympic Medal Drought for Costa Rica

Now that all athletes who represented Costa Rica at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have returned, organizers are reflecting on the country's long-running medal drought. Costa Rica has participated in 19 Summer Olympics and 10 Winter Olympics. The historic medal count stands at four: one gold, one silver and two bronze. The last time Costa Rica brought back hardware was in 2000, when the Olympics ...

Wikimedia Commons Neymar Returns Hope to Brazilian Football With Olympic Gold

By Jose Antonio Pascual, EFE Brazil ended the curse of the Olympic Games, avenged Germany and avoided a Maracanazo ( "Maracana Blow" blow in English) version of Olympics thanks to its great success in the penalty shootout of the Rio 2016 final in which the magic of Neymar appeared insufficient for the Canarinhos to strike down the Germans neither during the 90 minutes nor in overtime. Wikim...

Cartoon by Clay Jones Blame It On Rio? U.S. Olympic Swimmers’ Lie Turns Scandalous

Cartoon by Clay Jones The US Olympic Committee (USOC) today publicly acknowledged that four of its swimmers made a false police report and created a story of being held at gunpoint and apologized to the organization of the Olympic Games and Brazil for the swimmers behavior. "The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the ...

CONCACAF Saprissa Sets Costa Rica Club Record at CONCACAF Champions League

CONCACAF SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Rolando Blackburn scored a pair of goals to lead Saprissa to a 6-0 win over visiting Dragon on Thursday in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Francisco Calvo, Marvin Angulo, Mariano Torres and Ulises Segura also scored to complete the most lopsided victory in the the Monstruo Morado’s 33-game SCCL history. Its previous largest margin of victo...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio 2016: Elite U.S. Olympic Swimmers Lied About Robbery

Olympic mascots are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, Feb. 7, 2016. (Reuters OMX) Members of the U.S. Olympic swimming team fabricated their story about being robbed at gunpoint and got into an altercation with security guards at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, the section of Rio de Janeiro where the Olympic Park is located, Brazilian police said. Ryan Lochte, James F...

Gaby Alfaro. Source: NSU Talented Center Forward from Costa Rica Joins U.S. College Team

Gaby Alfaro. Source: NSU FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Only days after announcing 29 new players, NSU women's soccer coach John Constable has decided to add one more for the 2016 season. Constable makes it an eighth international signing with the capture of former Costa Rica U17 national team captain, Gaby Alfaro Alvarado. Gaby Alfaro Alvarado Hometown: Costa Rica Position: Center Defender/Cent...

USA Surfing Team World Surfing Games in Costa Rica: U.S. Gets First Gold Medal

Heading into the Final Day of the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games, Team Portugal has gained the lead, determined to make history by winning their first ISA World Surfing Games Team Gold Medal in history. With 3981 potential team points, Team Portugal stands in first place ahead of Team Peru (3745), Team France (3308) and Team Costa Rica (3055). The first Medal of the competition was awarded...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Picking a Costa Rica Pay-Per-Head Service for the NFL Season

Source: WIkimedia Commons For most sports bookmakers, the NFL season is always their busiest and most profitable time of the year. The market size of the global online gambling and wagering industry is greater than $40 billion per year, and a good portion is handled in Costa Rica through offshore sportsbooks. Since the late 20th century, Costa Rica has gained a strong reputation of providin...

Soccer_fans_poland_italy, Wikimedia France Awards “Second Scoreboard” to Reduce CR Domestic Violence

By Wendy Anders http://www.canneslionsarchive.com/winners/entry/781606/the-second-scoreboard The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (formerly the International Advertising Festival) held annually in Cannes, France recently shortlisted J. Walter Thompson Costa Rica’s social issues communications project “Second Scoreboard.” Developed in conjunction with the Costa Rican Minis...

La Sele FIFA Ranking: Costa Rica Climbs Six Spots to Position 21

The new FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has been released, and Costa Rica is the 21st best national football team in the world. Since the last ranking, Costa Rica has improved by six positions, which puts La Sele just below the national teams of Turkey and Hungary and one position above Austria.   Costa Rica will return to the qualifying rounds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be pl...

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons Rio 2016: Tennis Odds After Shocking Defeat of Serena Williams

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons The world's women tennis number one Serena Williams was disappointed by her defeat to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina (6-4, 6-3) and regretted the missed opportunity at the Rio 2016 Olympics. "It was a great opportunity. It didn't work out the way I wanted it to be, but at least I was able to make it to Rio. That was one of my goals," the reigning Olympi...

Cartoon by Clay Jones Rio 2016: U.S. Gold Medalist Speaks About Gun Control

Cartoon by Clay Jones Sports shooter Virginia Thrasher from the United States won the first gold medal awarded at the Rio Olympics, edging Chinese rival Du Li Saturday in the women's 10m air rifle finals. After her victory, Thrasher spoke about gun laws in her country, which has greatly suffered from gun violence in recent years. Thrasher won gold with a score of 208 points, a new Olympi...

Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope. Source: FIVB Rio 2016 Beach Volleyball: Consecutive Losses for Costa Rica

Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope. Source: FIVB Madelein Meppelink and Marleen Van Iersel posted their second Rio 2016 Olympic Games victory here Monday over a team from Costa Rica as the Dutch girls are one win away from matching their combined win total at the London 2012 Summer Games when they played with two different partners. After opening Rio action with a two-set win Saturday over a tea...

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons Rio 2016: Serena Williams is an Absolute Gold Medal Favorite

Serena Williams. Source: Wikimedia Commons United States tennis superstar Serena Williams, the world No. 1, rolled over Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2 Sunday in her debut at the Rio Summer Olympics.   The 34-year-old Williams is trying to add a second singles gold medal to her Olympic medal haul, which also includes three golds in doubles.   Williams kept the pressu...

Source: Facebook Costa Rica Club Starts Champions League With a Draw

Club Sport Herediano Costa Rica's Club Sport Herediano clinched a crucial point with a 1-1 tie against Panama's Plaza Amador in the first Group G match of the 2016-2017 Concacaf Champions League. Amador, leader in the Panamanian first division, took an early advantage when defender Sergio Ortega connected with his left foot just 12 minutes into the match. The reigning champions of Costa ...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio 2016: Chinese Sports Journalists Witness Violent Shootout

Olympic mascots are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 7, 2016. (Reuters OMX) A bus ferrying Chinese journalists from the airport to the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro, was taken by surprise when a shootout broke out and although no reporters were harmed in the incident, six local people were reported dead, according to the South China Morning Post. The shootout occurred Wedn...

Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope. Source: FIVB Olympic Beach Volleyball: Costa Rica vs. Australia

Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope. Source: FIVB Rio de Janeiro, August 3, 2016 – Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy will encounter unknown opponents when they open the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games women’s beach volleyball tournament against Natalia Alfaro and Karen Cope-Charles of Costa Rica, a team they have not faced previously. The match is due to start at 12.00 (local time) at the 12,500...

Messi with teammate Neymar. Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Sportsbooks Prepare for Spain’s Supercopa

Messi with teammate Neymar. Wikimedia Commons The Barcelona squad returned to training on Monday after a one-week camp in England, as 10 international players rejoined the workouts. The club's next major engagement will be La Supercopa de España (Super Cup) against Sevilla FC. The squad had a rest on Sunday, while Monday's training saw the return of Spanish internationals Jordi Alba, Andres...

Source: Pixabay Commons Rio 2016: Prostitution Ring Dismantled Near Olympic Park

Source: Pixabay Commons Brazilian police on Thursday dismantled a prostitution ring operating near Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park, where several events of the 2016 Summer Games will take place. The ring used social media to entice low-income teenagers and young women with promises of careers as models, actresses or singers, police said in a statement. "A burning desire to become a model, ...

Source: Policia Civil do Rio de Janeiro Rio 2016: Drug Dealers Sell Cocaine Branded With Olympic Rings

Source: Policia Civil do Rio de Janeiro Brazilian police seized a small shipment of both powder and crack cocaine packaged in bags bearing the Olympic rings and the logo of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, authorities said Tuesday. The drug was in plastic bags marked with the Olympic lettering, the stamp identifying the point of sale and a warning to "keep away from children," according to in...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio 2016: Major Plumbing and Electrical Issues at Olympic Village

Olympic mascots are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, Feb. 7, 2016. (Reuters OMX)The head of the Australian delegation of athletes to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Kitty Chiller, said Monday that the team will be able to return to the Olympic Village on Wednesday once the electrical and plumbing problems they complained about have been fixed. The Australian delegati...

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 ...

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