Brazil vs. Portugal, North Korea vs. Ivory Coast, Chile vs. Spain, and Switzerland vs. Honduras are on the World Cup schedule Friday.
In Group E today, the Japan-Denmark match was won by Japan 3-1. And The Netherlands ousted Cameron, moving into the Final 16 without a loss.
Arrivederci Italy! The 2006 champs finished last in World Cup Group F and exited the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia. The Slovakia team moves on to the next round.
1. Cristian Riveros's goal in the 86th minute sealed the deal for Paraguay in its 2-0 win over Slovakia in their June 20 match. He took the ball to his left in traffic then blasted it from the top of the 18 through three Slovakian defenders and into the back of the net.
Paraguay vs. New Zealand, Slovakia vs. Italy, Cameroon vs. Netherlands, and Denmark vs. Japan are on the World Cup schedule Thursday, June 24.
VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.
Venus Williams knocked off Rossana de los Rios in first-round action at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer, Marcos Daniel, and five other men in this year's 128-player Wimbledon draw are fathers.
WATERMELON FEAST: Kids participate in a watermelon eating contest at Tolmachoff Farms' Family Farm Day in Glendale, Ariz., in this June 2006 photo.
Portugal vs. North Korea, Chile vs. Switzerland, and Spain vs. Honduras on the World Cup schedule Monday, June 21.