Tuesday's deadly bombing in Maiduguri appears to be the continuation of a string of fatal explosions around Nigeria and allegedly linked to the militant Islamist sect.
Germany vs. Algeria and France vs. Nigeria: Monday's games sent Germany and France to the quarterfinals and ended any chance of the World Cup heading to Africa.
Jozy Altidore was injured in the US opening match against Ghana on June 16 and didn't appear in their next two games. He has been working out on his own.
Projections of large-scale protests and infrastructure issues at Brazil's World Cup games have so far gone unmet. But that doesn't automatically spell smooth sailing for the Rio Olympics.
Monday's World Cup knockout round matches feature France vs. Nigeria (at noon) and Germany vs. Algeria (at 4 p.m.)
The extremist Somalis have killed soccer fans and bombed stadiums. But it seems their jihadis love the beautiful game and have their own 'halal' team. A score requires an 'Alahu Akbar!'
The Netherlands will move onto the World Cup quarterfinals thanks to Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who took the field as a 76-minute substitute and scored the wining goal with an injury-time penalty kick.
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar was the hero of Saturday's match between Brazil and Chile. Thanks to Cesar, Brazil advances to the World Cup quarter finals.
The first match of the day features Brazil vs. Chile. This could be a close contest. Later, Colombia plays Uruguay. Colombia is expected to dominate.
Soccer may be hugely popular in Brazil, but the girls and women who want to play have largely been left on the sidelines.