LIONEL MESSI (Argentina): Shy, only 22, and already considered the best soccer player in the world, he’s a magician with the ball. You’ll need slow motion to keep track of his footwork once he starts weaving through opponents inside the box. He scored one goal in his first World Cup appearance, in 2006, which also made him, at age 18, the youngest player to play for Argentina in the World Cup. “Messi is a creature as biologically adapted to play football as a shark is to smell blood, a salmon to swim upstream, a squirrel to gather nuts,” says the London Times. He plays professionally for Barcelona. Soccer fans in Pretoria, South Africa, wave to Messi and teammate Juan Sebastian Veron during practice on June 6.
World Cup results: No late comebacks this time as the US loses to Ghana 2 - 1.
All the aspirations of an entire continent were channeled through the Ghana's Black Stars. Every goal was brilliant, every injury a matter of hot dispute.
Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in a 1-0 US World Cup victory Wednesday over Algeria, sending the American squad into the next round of the South Africa soccer tournament.
World Cup results are good for the U.S. as Landon Donovan scored in injury time as the United States advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Algeria
Offshore drilling: Judge Martin Feldman, who overturned the government's moratorium on offshore drilling for oil, has reported owning stock in Transocean Ltd, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig which exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico over two months ago.
US vs. Slovenia World Cup: The Americans fell behind, 2-0, to Slovenia, but fought back to get the tying goal late in the contest.
The fact that the USA held England to a 1-1 draw in the World Cup Saturday was an accomplishment. But the result raised more questions about England than it answered about the USA.