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Messi wins Golden Ball

Rio De Jeniro, July 14 (IBNS) Argentina captain Lionel Messi, who might not guide his team to victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night, but clinched the Golden Ball for his performance in the tournament.

Gotze wonder goal crowns Germany champions

Rio De Janeiro, July 14 ( are the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, lifting the Trophy for the fourth time in their history, after overcoming Argentina 1-0 courtesy of an extra-time goal by Mario Gotze at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Dutch deny Brazil send-off, seal third place

Brasilia , July 13 ( IBNS) The Netherlands secured the consolation of third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of a straightforward 3-0 victory over Brazil, who were denied an opportunity to sign off from their own tournament in style at the Estadio Nacional.

FIFA announce nominees for Golden Ball

Sao Paulo, July 12 (IBNS): FIFA has announced the names of 10 players who are in the run for the adidas Golden Ball.

Selecao stunned, seventh heaven for Germany

Belo Horizonte, July 9 ( Germany have advanced to the FIFA World Cup Final with a sensational 7-1 drubbing of Brazil at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

Novak beats Federer to win Wimbledon

London, July 6 (BNS): In a thrilling encounter between two of the biggest names in the world of Tennis, Serbia's Novak Djokovic defeated Swiss icon Roger Federer to lift the Wimbledon title here on Sunday.

Sub Krul wins shoot-out for Dutch

Salvador , July 6 ( Tim Krul emerged as the unlikeliest of heroes as the Netherlands edged Costa Rica on penalties to book a FIFA World Cup semi-final against Argentina.

Higuain's early strike enough for Argentina

Brasilia , July 5 ( An eighth minute half volley from Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain proved to be enough for Argentina to reach the semi-finals of Brazil 2014 at the expense of Belgium side who failed to fire in Brasilia.

Petra Kvitova clinches Wimbledon title

London, July 5 (IBNS) Petra Kvitova defeated Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to lift Wimbledon title here on Saturday.

Brazil gears up for semis without Neymar

Fortaleza, July 5 (IBNS): With key player Neymar thrown out of thw ongoling World Cup due to injury, the rest of the Brazil team are now focusing on the crucial semi-final clash against Germany next week.

Hosts beat Colombia, set up Germany semi

Fortaleza , July 5 ( Brazil have set up a FIFA World Cupâ„¢ semi-final with Germany after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Colombia in Fortaleza. The hosts were indebted to their two centre-halves, Thiago Silva and David Luiz, for providing the goals at the Estadio Castelao that ultimately rendered James Rodriguez's late penalty a mere consolation.

Hummels heads Germany past France and into semis

Rio De Janeiro, July 4 ( Mats Hummels headed Germany past France at the Maracana and into a FIFA World Cup semi-final at the Mineirao.

Wimbledon: Leander- Stepanek reach quarter-finals

London, July 2 (IBNS): India's Tennis icon Leander Paes and his doubles partner Radek Stepanek reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon doubles event by beating Netherlands' Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau of Romania here on Wednesday.

Murray bows out of Wimbledon

London, July 2 (IBNS): Defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the Wimbledon after he was defeated by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov here on Wednesday.

Belgium edge USA in thriller

Salvador, July 2 ( Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku finally took the umpteenth opportunities of a pulsating game as Belgium survived a late USA rally to reach the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.