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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arsenal considering a move for Greek international, Kostas Manolas

Vavel.comArsenal considering a move for Greek international, Kostas ManolasVavel.comWith out of favour club captain, Thomas Vermaelan reportedly on his way to Manchester United for between £10-12m, Arsenal are considering possible replacements. One such repplacement is 23-year-old Greek international Kostas Manolas. This is not the ...Arsenal transfer latest: Gunners consider move for Greek defender Kostas ...The IndependentArsenal chasing Greek Vermaelen replacementFootballFanCast.comArsenal Turn to Greek International as Potential Thomas Vermaelen ReplacementcaughtoffsideMetro -fanatix -International Business Times UKall 10 news articles »


Bugging of Autocephalic Greek Church of America and Australia priest and his home being probed

POLICE are examining alleged threats made to a Greek priest and the bugging of a church house in which he was living. The alleged threats, involving an unnamed priest from the Autocephalic Greek Church of America and Australia, were reported a fortnight ...


Greek aid threatened by court rulings on pay

The GuardianGreek aid threatened by court rulings on payThe GuardianGreek aid threatened by court rulings on pay. PM vows to repay wages cut under deal with 'troika' of lenders due to return to Athens to keep debt-stricken Greece on track. Share · Tweet this. Email. Helena Smith in Athens. The Guardian, Sunday 6 July ...


Colombia's national soccer welcomed home as heroes after elimination during World Cup

by  Associated Press Colombia WCup team welcomed home as heroes by Associated Press, Associated Press - 6 July 2014 12:20-04:00

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Members of Colombia's national soccer team have been welcomed home from the World Cup in Brazil with shouts of thanks from grateful compatriots.

Thousands of fans turned out for the Sunday homecoming of superstar James Rodriguez, his teammates and coach Jose Pekerman following their 2-1 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday. Colombia won the previous four games, against Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan and Uruguay.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sent a message thanking the team "for so much joy and for teaching us how to dream."

It was soccer-crazy Colombia's best-ever World Cup performance, as it reached the quarterfinals for the first time. Its earlier success in the tournament delighted Colombians who hope unity can help end a half-century of conflict that has claimed more than 220,000 lives.

News Topics: General news, Sports, 2014 FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup, International soccer, Men's soccer, Soccer, Events, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Jose Pekerman, Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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North Greece Home Heavily Damaged in Fire

North Greece Home Heavily Damaged in FireTWC NewsA home in North Greece was seriously damaged after an early morning fire near the lake. Lake Shore, Hilton and North Greece Fire Departments helped battle a fire on North Drive along Cranberry Pond around 3 a.m. Sunday. They said there were heavy ...


World's earliest erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island

Racy inscriptions and phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula shed light on very private lives of ancient Greece

Wild, windswept, rocky and remote, Astypalaia is not an obvious place for the unearthing of some of the world's earliest erotic graffiti.

Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn't think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago. Until he chanced upon a couple of racy inscriptions and large phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula at Vathy. The inscriptions, both dating to the fifth and sixth centuries BC, were "so monumental in scale" and so tantalisingly clear he was left in no doubt of the motivation behind the artworks.

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New priest Damaskos 'fit right in' at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity

New priest Damaskos 'fit right in' at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy TrinityCharleston Post CourierWhen Father Aristotle Damaskos was growing up, he and his Catholic cousins would always "play mass." "And I was always the priest," Damaskos, a Greek Orthodox priest for 26 years, said with a smile. But it wasn't until a church camp trip to Greece at ...


Bowling Green State University to rebuild Greek housing

Bowling Green State University to rebuild Greek housingColumbus DispatchBOWLING GREEN, Ohio — A new housing village intended to help promote fraternities and sororities on campus will be constructed on the Bowling Green State University campus in northwestern Ohio. The planned Greek housing village will replace houses ...Ohio college to build new Greek villageFort Wayne Journal GazetteUniversity in Ohio plans new Greek housing villageWANEall 14 news articles »


Greek Org of Football Prognostics : Czech KKCG, Emma Capital submit bid to operate Turkey's national lottery

A consortium of Czech investment groups KKCG and Emma Capital and Italian gaming company GTECH has submitted a binding bid to operate Turkey's national lottery Milli Piyango, KKCG said in a statement on its website. Friday, June 27, was the deadline for ...


Greek Epidaurus festival kicks off with new talents

Greek Epidaurus festival kicks off with new talentsShanghai Daily (subscription)ATHENS, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The 60th Epidaurus Festival kicked off on Saturday with an aim to bring a breath of fresh air and optimism to the Greek and foreign audience. The festival, dedicated to ancient Greek drama, opened with Euripides' Helen ...


Ohio college to build new Greek village

Ohio college to build new Greek villageFort Wayne Journal GazetteThe planned Greek housing village at Bowling Green State University will replace fraternity and sorority houses to be torn down. University officials determined that conditions at the existing houses on campus were substandard and renovating the ...University in Ohio plans new Greek housing villageWANEUniversity in northwestern Ohio plans housing village on campus for sororities ...The Republicall 12 news articles »


Concerns linger on Greece's economic growth as IMF calls for further reforms

Concerns linger on Greece's economic growth as IMF calls for further reformsFinancial TimesFor the first time since a joint EU-International Monetary Fund programme veered off track in 2011 – less than a year after it was launched – the IMF says it is cautiously optimistic about Greece's prospects, citing an “extraordinary fiscal adjustment ...


Celtic manager Ronny Deila open to possibility of re-signing Greek forward ...

Daily MailCeltic manager Ronny Deila open to possibility of re-signing Greek forward ...Daily MailHe has a list of potential signing targets but admits Greek forward Samaras, who has yet to secure a new club despite being linked with Sevilla and Everton, remains an option for the new campaign. Feel the love: Celtic manager Ronny Deila is open to ...and more »


Hasty: Greek community could solve mystery

Hasty: Greek community could solve mysteryFayetteville Observer... 12:00 am. Hasty: Greek community could solve mystery By Kim Hasty. Mark Marrano, the consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, is trying to help solve a mystery. He's hoping someone in Fayetteville's Greek community might be able to help.


Greece bailout monitors approve another loan payout

Press TVGreece bailout monitors approve another loan payoutPress TVGreece's finance ministry said on Friday that the one-billion-euro tranche was finally approved during the Euro Working Group's session, which is made up of eurozone finance ministries, as well as officials from the European Commission, and the ...


Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas leaves World Cup despite man-of-the-match performance

by  Associated Press Not even Navas can rescue Costa Rica this time by ANDREW DAMPF, Associated Press - 5 July 2014 21:19-04:00

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Not even Keylor Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time.

The goalkeeper who made so many wonderful saves in this World Cup was outclassed in the penalty shootout that decided the quarterfinal against the Netherlands.

But for 120 minutes — and for most of Costa Rica's previous four matches at the tournament — Navas simply couldn't be beat.

In the first half alone Saturday, Navas made four saves that helped earn him the man of the match award, even after the Dutch won a shootout 4-3 after a 0-0 draw marked by 120 minutes of Dutch dominance.

In the 29th minute, Navas denied Memphis Depay with his boot.

Ten minutes later his diving, one-handed, effort to swat away a free kick from Wesley Sneijder would have stood as the save of the night if Tim Krul had not stopped two Costa Rica penalties in the shootout.

And there were plenty more saves, too, all the way through extra time.

But in the shootout, the Netherlands converted all four of their spot kicks.

"Of course you want to stop the penalty, but they shot better and I could not stop them," Navas said.

Still, that shouldn't cast a shadow on what Navas did against Uruguay, Italy and England in the group stage — or on the class he displayed against Greece and the Netherlands for 120 minutes in the knockout stages.

It was largely thanks to Navas and an impenetrable defense that Costa Rica reached the last eight for the first time.

In five matches Navas conceded a tournament-low two goals and he couldn't be blamed for either of them.

The first was a penalty kick from Edinson Cavani in Costa Rica's opening 3-1 win over Uruguay and the second was a rebound effort from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the penalty-shootout win over Greece in the round of 16, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Papastathopoulos scored only after Navas had stopped a shot from Theofanis Gekas with a diving effort — with Costa Rica down to 10 men. Then, in the ensuing shootout for that game, Navas made the only save, diving to swat away Gekas' attempt.

While the 27-year-old Navas may not have been well known until his run here, he recently enjoyed one of the best seasons of any goalkeeper in the Spanish league.

Navas was credited with a La Liga-best 160 saves for Levante during his most recent club season. He had 16 clean sheets and allowed 39 goals, meaning he stopped a La Liga-best 80.1 percent of the shots he faced.

No wonder Levante had offers for Navas from European runner-up Atletico Madrid even before the World Cup began. Now, though, Navas' transfer fee could well have doubled.

News Topics: Sports, Men's soccer, International soccer, Soccer, Men's sports, Professional soccer

People, Places and Companies: Keylor Navas, Wesley Sneijder, Edinson Cavani, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Theofanis Gekas, Salvador, Costa Rica, Brazil, South America, Latin America and Caribbean, Central America

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Sunday, July 13

by  Associated Press Sunday, July 13 by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 5 July 2014 20:03-04:00

Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1558 - Flemish army under Duke of Egmont in service of Spain's King Philip II, aided by English fleet, defeats French at Gavelines.

1648 - French take Tortosa in Italy.

1787 - The Northwest Ordinance is enacted by Congress; outlining how the territory north of the Ohio River will be governed and evolve into states.

1793 - A radical leader of the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat, is murdered in his bath by patriot Charlotte Corday at the height of his power and influence. A journalist, Marat's writings helped bring about the Reign of Terror soon after his death.

1822 - Greeks defeat Turks at Thermopylae in Greece.

1854 - Abbas I, viceroy of Egypt under the Ottomans who opposed Western-inspired reforms, is strangled by two of his servants, and succeeded by Mohammed Said.

1863 - Rioting against U.S. Civil War military conscription breaks out in New York City, and about 1,000 people are killed in three days of disorder.

1878 - Russo-Turkish War ends, resulting in gradual expansion of Russian power in Ottoman territory.

1911 - Britain and Japan renew their alliance for four years.

1971 - Firing squads in Morocco execute 10 army officers accused of trying to overthrow King Hassan.

1986 - Two Muslims are burned alive by Hindus at main government hospital in India's Gujarat State on fifth day of Hindu-Muslim riots.

1987 - Two Iranian gunboats attack French container ship in the Gulf off Saudi Arabia, and Iraq says its warplanes make retaliatory raids.

1990 - Mayors of Moscow and Leningrad show solidarity with populist Boris Yeltsin by resigning from the Soviet Union's Communist Party on last day of Party Congress.

1991 - Iraq requests emergency meeting of 21-nation Arab League to discuss military threats against that country if it doesn't fully disclose extent of nuclear activities.

1992 - President George Bush announces that the United States will no longer produce plutonium and highly enriched uranium for weapons.

1993 - Croat militiamen in Mostar embark on a new wave of ethnic cleansing, detaining hundreds of Muslim men and evicting women, children and the elderly from their homes.

1994 - Firms from Denmark and Yugoslavia pull their staffs out of Algeria as more foreigners flee a new wave of slayings by Islamic extremists.

1995 - A jury in Panama declares former President Manuel Antonio Noriega innocent of the murders of nine army officers who participated in a 1989 coup attempt against him.

1997 - U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, recently told about her Jewish heritage, finds names of family members who were killed by Germans during Holocaust on wall of Prague synagogue.

1998 - Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto resigns after his party is humiliated in parliamentary elections.

1999 - In Peru, President Alberto Fujimori personally supervises the military operation to capture Oscar Ramirez Durand, the last leader still at large of the Maoist Shining Path guerrillas, one of Latin America's most violent rebel movements. He is caught the next day.

2000 - Ending a hostage standoff that paralyzed Fiji, coup leader George Speight frees the ousted prime minister and 17 others. His hand-picked nominee is named the country's new president.

2001 - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrives in India for a landmark summit aimed at smoothing stormy relations between these two nuclear rivals.

2002 - An attack by suspected Muslim militants kills 29 people in a slum in the Indian-controlled part of the Kashmir region long disputed by India and Pakistan.

2003 - The Stockholm, Sweden-based International AIDS Society (IAS) holds its second international conference in Paris, which examined scientific developments in the fight against AIDS.

2004 - The Red Cross says it suspects that the United States is holding terror suspects secretly in locations across the world despite granting the organization access to thousands of detainees in Iraq and elsewhere.

2005 - Egypt steps up pressure for the return of five of its most precious antiquities from museums abroad — including the Rosetta Stone in London and the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin — bringing in UNESCO to mediate.

2006 - South Korean businessman Tongsun Park, accused of being an Iraqi agent and trying to influence the United Nations' oil-for-food program, is found guilty of conspiracy.

2007 - Argentina's Supreme Court throws out a 1989 presidential pardon that absolved a former army general of alleged human rights abuses during Argentina's dictatorship.

2008 - An assault by militants on a U.S. base close to the Pakistan border kills nine American soldiers and wounds 15 in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three years.

2009 - U.S. government budget deficit hits milestone, tops $1 trillion, intensifying fears about higher interest rates and inflation.

2010 - Swiss authorities declare Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski a free man — no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa and free to return to France, rejecting a U.S. request for his extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.

2011 - Rupert Murdoch's dream of controlling a British broadcasting behemoth evaporates after he withdraws his bid for BSkyB — the latest, biggest casualty of what Prime Minister David Cameron called the hacking "firestorm" sweeping through British politics, media and police.

2012 - Islamic insurgents based in northeast Nigeria claim responsibility for weekend raids on Christian villages in Plateau state that left at least 58 people dead.

2013 — Typhoon Soulik kills at least 9 people and affects more than 160 million in East China and Taiwan.

Today's Birthdays:

John Dee, English alchemist and mathematician (1527-1608); Gustav Freytag, German novelist (1816-1895); Souphanouvong, Laotian communist leader (1909-1995); Wole Soyinka, Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate (1934--); Harrison Ford, U.S. actor (1942--); Erno Rubik, Hungarian inventor of Rubik's Cube (1944--); Cheech Marin, actor/comedian (1946--).

Thought For Today:

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).

News Topics: Business, General news, War and unrest, Militant groups, Political resignations, Government and politics, Crime

People, Places and Companies: George W. Bush, Manuel Noriega, Madeleine Albright, Alberto Fujimori, Pervez Musharraf, Roman Polanski, Rupert Murdoch, David Cameron, Wole Soyinka, Harrison Ford, Cheech Marin, India, Pakistan, United States, Middle East, North Africa, Iraq, East Asia, South Asia, Asia, North America, Africa

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Greece government orders country's striking electricity sector workers back to work

Economic TimesGreece government orders country's striking electricity sector workers back to workEconomic TimesATHENS: Greece's government said Saturday it was ordering striking electricity workers back to their posts to ensure a vital public service, after an Athens court ruled their industrial action "illegal". The demand sought to end a rolling stoppage launched ...Greek government moves to end power union's strikeSan Diego Source (subscription)all 58 news articles »


Cyprus divided: 40 years on, a family recalls how the island was torn apart

The award-winning Observer correspondent who covered the 1974 Turkish invasion returns to the rocky battleground with one Greek Cypriot guardsman he met in the conflictTime stands still in Cyprus's UN buffer zone in pictures

On the outskirts of a mountain village in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Lakis Zavallis, 72 in September, is scrambling about a rocky roadside hillside looking for an imitation-leather grip he had first used when he was a law student in London in the early 60s.

Some 40 years ago he was a lieutenant commanding a diminishing platoon of weary Greek Cypriot National Guardsmen when he hid the bag under the overhang of a rock. They had just been ordered to make what he thought might be a temporary withdrawal from a forward position and he wanted to lighten his load. In it was the English paperback edition of Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward and a sweater, for even during the island's scorching summers the Kyrenia range gets chilly at night when you're dodging mortar bombs by living in a hole in the ground.

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Holland v Costa Rica: World Cup 2014 quarter-final

Live updates as the Dutch take on Costa RicaRead Alan Smith on Dirk Kuyt's value to the DutchGive Scott and Rob Smyth's World Cup MBM book a goEmail scott.murray@theguardian.comThe best images from Salvador

11.29pm BST

ET 26 min: It wasn't worth waiting for. Bolanos loops it straight through the area and out of play on the right!

11.28pm BST

ET 25 min: Bolanos has come alive! Now he's attacking Holland down the left - and upon entering the box, his shot is deflected out left for Costa Rica's first corner of the match!

11.28pm BST

ET 23 min: Chances at either end! First Bolanos twists and turns down the right, and enters the area. He can't quite get a shot away, but for a second he threatened to open Holland up. Then down the field, Lens is sprung clear into the box down the left! He's one on one with Navas! But the keeper smothers! What a stunning save! Turns out Lens was offside, but Navas wasn't to know that!

11.26pm BST

ET 22 min: Tim Krul is going through his warm-up routine on the touchline. Will Louis van Gaal switch keepers if this goes to penalties?!

11.25pm BST

ET 21 min: Kuyt loops a cross in from the right. Huntelaar goes up with Navas. The keeper claims, despite getting a faceful of Huntelaar's fingers. The striker's booked, and the keeper is given an opportunity to waste a lot of time while being dabbed with the magic sponge.

11.24pm BST

ET 20 min: A long hoof downfield sees Urena nearly break clear into the Dutch area down the right! But the bounce isn't kind, allowing De Vrij to get in the road. Urena hooks the ball back in the hope there's a team-mate nearby, but no.

11.23pm BST

ET 19 min: Diaz takes about 30 seconds to get to a throw in. Holland aren't too happy about it. The crowd are certainly sympathising with Costa Rica, as you'd imagine they would.

11.21pm BST

ET 18 min: Robben and Kuyt causing more bother down the right. Another corner. And it's not a particularly good one, clanked out of play by Vlaar.

11.21pm BST

ET 17 min: Robben at high speed down the right. He looks to break into the area, but bangs into the back of Acosta. Was Acosta booked? Not clear! He shouldn't be, it looked clumsy but nothing more, and the pair clashed heads accidentally, so that'd be insult added to injury. The resulting free kick is far too deep, and hacked clear by Costa Rica.

11.19pm BST

And we're off again! Huntelaar comes on for the ludicrous Martins Indi. Costa Rica set the ball in motion once more. Costa Rica's Plan B is penalties, isn't it?" wonders Sarah Rothwell. "Worked pretty well last time." Yep, their spot kicks in the shootout against Greece were magnificent. Meanwhile the Dutch have been in five tournament shootouts - and have won only the once!

11.15pm BST

Kuyt crosses from the right. Navas punches clear. And we're 15 minutes from penalty kicks! What tense entertainment this is!

11.14pm BST

ET 15 min: There will be two added minutes of this half. Costa Rica have, to be fair, fannying around quite a lot, taking their time at restarts, helping each other out with cramp, etc.

11.13pm BST

ET 14 min: Ruiz rolls a ball down the centre for Urena, who would have been clear on goal had his team-mate not overcooked the pass slightly.

11.12pm BST

ET 12 min: Robben goes on a rococo ramble down the right wing. He whips a shot goalwards and sees it clank off Diaz's shoulder. The ref claims that's handball. Harsh. For a second, it looks like he's pulling out that second yellow, too, but it's only his Temporary Graffiti spray. Robben blasts the free kick into Urena's startled coupon. But the Costa Rican striker will take those all day, because that's the situation dealt with!

11.10pm BST

ET 11 min: Ruiz is down, after being clattered in the trouser arrangement by Martins Indi, tonight's star galoot. He's on a yellow too! Sneijder doesn't put the ball out and goes on a skitter down the left, and is fairly unhappy when the referee orders play to be stopped.

11.08pm BST

ET 8 min: Costa Rica have a decent shout of a penalty here! Urena dribbles the ball into the Dutch area down the right. He's chasing the ball to the byline with Vlaar, who does brush the Costa Rican striker. Urena goes down looking for the penalty kick, but the referee isn't interested. File that under Seen Them Given But Would Have Been Harsh. Vlaar gives Urena a mouthful of abuse. File that under Chutzpah, given the controversy surrounding the Mexico game.

11.06pm BST

ET 7 min: Cubero comes on for Tejeda. Navas must be OK, because that's Costa Rica's three subs used.

11.05pm BST

ET 6 min: Navas clattered into Kuyt while flapping. For a second it looks like his heroics might be at an end, but after a lengthy delay, and a squeeze of the magic sponge, he's up again. Holland do nothing with the corner.

11.04pm BST

ET 4 min: Kuyt bustles down the right and wins a corner. Robben whips the set piece towards Vlaar on the penalty spot. Vlaar directs a clever header towards the bottom left, but is of course denied by Navas, who turns the ball away spectacularly. The resulting corner nearly sees the keeper run out of luck, as he flaps at the cross and misses. The loose ball's bouncing just wide of the left-hand post. Acosta attempts to bicycle kick the ball clear, but misses. The ball clanks off his knee and out for another corner.

11.01pm BST

ET 2 min: Costa Rica looked spent at the turnaround, splayed across the turf. Louis van Gaal took a leaf out of Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup final winning book, telling his players to get up and look sprightly. The mind games appear to have worked, with Holland on the front foot again. Robben tears clear down the right wing but is unfairly pulled back for offside. He'd have been clear on goal there.

10.59pm BST

And we're off again! Holland get the ball rolling for the first period of extra time. Another 30 minutes like those last ten would be just the ticket!

10.56pm BST

The end of that game was magnificent. A combination of Navas's brilliance, van Persie's profligacy, and Tejeda's luck. And Costa Rica, the 2,500-1 outsiders, are still in this World Cup!

10.53pm BST

And that'll be extra time! A terrible game that exploded into life in the last ten minutes! How did Costa Rica survive that late onslaught? Not sure!

10.52pm BST

90 min +3: From that save, some more tumult in the Costa Rican area. A low cross from the left is met by van Persie, six yards out, at the far post. He blooters a low shot towards the bottom right. It's cleared off the line by Tejeda, but in the most ludicrous way imaginable! He kicks it straight in the air, nearly takes his own nose off, and the ball rattles off the bar! It really isn't van Persie's night. Not yet, anyway.

10.51pm BST

90 min +2: ... sends the ball towards the top right. It's a brilliant effort, but Navas is right behind it to parry!

10.50pm BST

90 min +1: Just to the right of the Costa Rican box, Diaz sticks out a leg to challenge Robben. Contact. Robben goes over. Diaz should probably be awarded a second yellow - again! - but the referee looks kindly upon him. This free kick is in a very dangerous position, though. Van Persie steps up, and ...

10.48pm BST

90 min: There will be four added minutes of this.

10.48pm BST

88 min: Plenty of love in the stadium for Costa Rica, who have been staunch. Can they hold on? It would look like it. And here's proof that it might not be Holland's night: Sneijder makes some space for himself on the left-hand edge of the Costa Rican box. He stands a pinpoint-perfect cross into the middle for van Persie, who is clear six yards out, with the ball gently dropping towards his feet. But the striker gets in an awful tangle, and his legs turn to pipe cleaners as they buckle under him. He wafts a boot at the ball, but it's nowhere near! What a fresh-air swipe! What a miss! That's Robin van Persie doing that. Very strange.

10.45pm BST

85 min: Van Persie very nearly brings a long ball down on the edge of the Costa Rican box. Holland not afraid to mix it up. He can't quite control. "American cheese in a can actually delivers when you want it," argues Kraft employee Scott Martin.

10.43pm BST

84 min: Another free kick for Holland, to the right of the Costa Rican area. Robben takes. Van Persie and Kuyt make nuisances of themselves at the near post. Bedlam, bedlam, bedlam. What a stramash! Navas gets a block in as van Persie whips a shot in from a tight position on the right, and Costa Rica clear. This game has suddenly exploded into life!

10.41pm BST

82 min: The free kick, just outside the Costa Rican area, on the far left. Sneijder takes a step, and curls a stunning free kick onto the left-hand post. The ball twangs back out and into the middle of the box. Plenty of oranje shirts, but it doesn't break to any of them. Costa Rica hack clear. Navas was beaten all ends up there. For once. Lucky, lucky Costa Rica!

10.39pm BST

81 min: Robben turns Gonzalez brilliantly down the left, on the edge of the penalty area. Gonzalez tugs him to the floor. Robben falls in the area, but the foul was outside the box. Free kick. Gonzalez is rightly booked, and will miss the semi should his country make it.

10.37pm BST

80 min: Kuyt in a bit of space down the right. He whips a high cross into the box, where Lens powers a header towards the top right. Navas saves in spectacular fashion, a wonderful parry, and the flag's up anyway.

10.37pm BST

78 min: Turns out Dr Murray really is an old quack, and Gamboa is jiggered. He's stretchered off with some sort of jarring of the leg, and will be replaced by Myrie. "The problem with Jon Wilde's suggestion is, although we Welsh fellas do indeed make the best cheddar, it's essentially an English cheese," writes Matt Dony. "And joint ownership simply isn't allowed, as Sheffield United still bang on about. This game is more like American cheese in a can."

10.34pm BST

76 min: Lens comes on for Depay, who has faded badly. "If Jon Wilde is saying that a Welsh Cheddar would beat a Tasty Lancashire in the Cheese World Cup then I'm afraid I may have to ask him to step outside," writes Phil Sawyer, the first instance of serious hooliganism at this World Cup threatening to break out. Over cheese. "Except, of course, that Lancashire would need to declare itself a separate country to be eligible. Speaking as a Lancashire lad, this would not be an unpopular move in the land of the Red Rose."

10.33pm BST

74 min: Gamboa, refreshed and fully fit, attempts to high kick Blind down the left wing. Free kick. Sneijder teases in a lovely set piece, which Vlaar meets with purpose. But his strong header flies over the bar.

10.31pm BST

72 min: Bolanos breaks clear down the left. Nearly. He's got a split second to get a shot away, a step or two inside the area, but indecision is his enemy. Both teams will be feeling the nerves now as the clock runs down, though Costa Rica may have decided they've got less to lose.

10.29pm BST

71 min: Gamboa's back on!

10.28pm BST

70 min: Gamboa goes up for a high ball with Blind. Perfectly innocent, but Gamboa lands awkwardly. Might have turned an ankle, but you know Dr Murray, the Guardian MBM medical correspondent, he's a right old quack who doesn't know what he's talking about. Gamboa's stretchered off, but after a bit of a rest he doesn't appear in too much pain, he might be OK.

10.27pm BST

68 min: Robben zips down the right and cuts inside, one-twoing with van Persie and cocking his leg to shoot. But Tejeda intercepts and concedes a corner. Fine attack and defence. There's a mild stramash in the area from the set piece, but eventually van Persie is flagged offside. Again. A bit better from both teams, though. I've upgraded this match from casu marzu to Dairylea cheese slice.

10.25pm BST

66 min: Urena comes on for Campbell, who doesn't look at all happy at being hooked. Here's Jon Wilde again: "Not wishing to labour the point but, if this was a cheese World Cup, Wales (honest to goodness, strong Cheddar) would beat Canada (Lankaaster) in the final on penalties. In football terms, a Wales v Canada final is not likely to happen in my lifetime or, indeed, anyone else's. Good cheese though."

10.23pm BST

64 min: In the least surprising development of the night, Martins Indi is booked for pointless clumsiness. He's all over Ruiz, and that's a yellow card. The free kick from the right wing, 35 yards out, is whipped to the far post by Bolanos, and Gonzalez gets a head onto it. The effort flies over the bar. Good defending by Vlaar, who put the pressure on there, but Holland want to watch themselves here. They're not playing well at all.

10.21pm BST

63 min: Sneijder rolls a pass down the inside-left channel to release van Persie into the Costa Rica area. The striker's gone too early, and the flag goes up before he can gets a shot away.

10.20pm BST

62 min: Free kick for Costa Rica, 35 yards out, just to the right of centre. They're having a decent spell here. Bolanos makes an awful song and dance about waving at his team-mates, who are gathered at the left-hand post. Sure enough, it's a con, and he blooters a shot towards the top right. Incredibly ambitious, that, and miles over the bar to boot.

10.19pm BST

60 min: Another left-to-right diagonal pass by Sneijder. This one's all out of whack, but Diaz panics and bundles it behind for a corner with no oranje shirt near him. Robben's corner isn't up to much. Then Costa Rica race up the other end, Campbell down the left. Campbell reaches the byline, then pulls the ball back towards Diaz, who is knocked over from the back by the clumsy Martins Indi. Not much contact there, but some referees would give that. Again, Costa Rica don't complain much, which is usually a sign. But Martins Indi wants to watch himself, he appears to be in Galoot Mode tonight.

10.16pm BST

58 min: Sneijder rakes a stunning diagonal pass towards the right touchline for Robben, who does spectacularly well to keep the ball in play while chasing after it at full tilt. He zips along the byline from a position near the corner flag, and nearly finds Kuyt free at the near post. Holland are turning up the pressure a bit here.

10.15pm BST

56 min: Van Persie dances down the right, and wins a corner off Gonzales. Robben whips it to the far post, where De Vrij is in a bit of space. But his header is lame and misdirected, and Costa Rica clear. A decent chance, that. "I said to my wife this morning, 'Gee, I hope I can get through the Guardian's text feed for Holland-Costa Rica without having to see a picture of insect larva munching on cheese'," writes the picky Richard Warner. "Oh, Scott, you've gone and dashed my dreams." Sorry. I suppose you should just be thankful this isn't the tea-time kick-off.

10.11pm BST

53 min: Kuyt shapes to curl in a high ball, but it's a disguise. He pulls a low ball across the front of the area. Sneijder scores three rugby union points. A fairly dismal effort.

10.10pm BST

52 min: Robben goes down as he races along the right wing, and it's fair to say he didn't dive this time, clattered in a pincer movement by Diaz and Umana. Diaz is already booked, and lucky to escape a second yellow for his block on Robben, but Umana goes in the notebook for the initial trip. Free kick in a very dangerous position, just outside the area on the right wing.

10.09pm BST

50 min: All a bit scrappy, this. Costa Rica are as comfortable as they could be. Pictures of scrap, anyone? There'll be good pictures in our Gallery, good pictures of great scrap.

10.06pm BST

47 min: Campbell clips a lovely ball down the left wing for Borges to run onto. He whips a first-time cross into the area. Cillessen gathers high under the bar, under no pressure whatsoever. A fine atmosphere in the stadium but at the moment the fans are making their own entertainment.

10.04pm BST

And we're off again! Holland get the ball rolling for what is hopefully a better second 45. "If this was a cheese World Cup," begins Jon Wilde, in extremely promising fashion, "you'd reckon that Holland would do an Arbroath v Bon Accord and see off Costa Rica 36-0 or thereabouts. But you'd be wrong. My auntie Pam returned from Costa Rica a few years ago and presented me with a feta-like, strangely-tangy cojita cheese that had the beating of any Edam, Gouda or Limburger I've ever tasted. So, in cheese terms: Holland 0 Costa Rica 1." If this was a cheese World Cup, what's being served up tonight is casu marzu.

9.50pm BST

Half-time refreshment:

9.48pm BST

Everyone trudges off, as well they might. This hasn't been the worst game, but it's far from the best. A step up in quality for the second half, please, everyone! It's a World Cup going on here. And its reputation is, let's be honest with ourselves and face facts, in the balance.

9.47pm BST

45 min: Van Persie might have left a boot in on Umana. There was certainly a coming together, but the rights and wrongs aren't clear yet. The Costa Rican bench aren't happy, though, and are up as one to berate the referee. They're demanding action. About what? No idea. Action replays, so popular when introduced at the 1966 World Cup, seem to have fallen out of fashion at the 2014 edition. Are we all that jaded?

9.44pm BST

42 min: This is nice from Holland, though. Robben slides a can-opener of a pass down the inside-left channel, and van Persie is chasing after the ball, free in the area! But the superlative Navas is quick off his line, and smothers at van Persie's feet. It's a perfectly timed save, as it had to be. Van Persie tumbles over, but in fairness isn't looking for a thing; the keeper got there first, and got there fairly. Nice football all round.

9.43pm BST

41 min: A lot of Dutch possession, but they're forced to enjoy it in the midfield. De Vrij gets fed up, and lumps a simpleton's ball down the middle. Robben takes it down, then fresh-air swipes as he looks to shoot from the edge of the box. Hmm. This is not great.

9.41pm BST

38 min: ... Robben dummies, allowing Sneijder to curl a gorgeous effort towards the top left. It's going in, but Navas extends himself to tip the ball acrobatically round the post. What a shot! What a save! The finest football of the half, the Robben-Kuyt-Depay-van Persie combination of 22 min apart. Nothing comes from the corner, but that's enough entertainment for now, let's not be greedy.

9.39pm BST

37 min: Diaz shoves Robben's back as he slaloms down the middle of the park. Free kick, 30 yards out, centrally. Diaz is booked, quite rightly. Robben and Sneijder stand over the set piece. They step up, and ...

9.37pm BST

35 min: Another free kick to Costa Rica, down the inside right. The ball's looped to Borges at the left-hand post, and he nearly manages to rotate his body under severe pressure to bundle home. He can't, though, and Holland break upfield through Robben, who is unfairly stopped in his tracks by Gamboa. Were it not for the Robben diving furore of the last week, Gamboa would probably be in the book for that, but the Dutch star opts not to make a meal of it, and the referee goes easy. The resulting free kick, with the Costa Rican box loaded, is a risible disgrace.

9.34pm BST

32 min: ... sends a dreadful free kick straight into the arms of Cillessen. Holland romp upfield, Robben challenging for a high ball on the edge of the Costa Rican box. But he's penalised, rather harshly, as Gonzalez falls over.

9.33pm BST

31 min: Martins Indi is putting himself about, and not necessarily within the laws of association football. He bundles over Gamboa in the middle of the park. Costa Rican free kick, hoicked down the right. Campbell battles on the edge of the area, but loses possession. But Costa Rica are soon coming back at Holland, and van Persie is forced to clank into the back of Tejeda, 35 yards out. Costa Rica load the box. Bolanos steps up, and ...

9.31pm BST

28 min: A nice end-to-end feel about this, all of a sudden. Van Persie down the Dutch inside left. Depay to his left in a bit of space. He's fed the ball by an unselfish van Persie, and unleashes a low shot goalwards. Navas is in no mood to be beaten at his near post. A brilliant parry denies the Dutch striker.

9.29pm BST

27 min: Sneijder barges Ruiz in the back as the pair contest a loose ball down the left, Martins Indi having put Holland under a bit of needless pressure with a poor blind pass. Free kick, in a dangerous position, as Costa Rica can load the box. Bolanos hooks the set piece to the far post. Borges goes up but can't meet the ball with his head. Martins Indi was a bit hands on there, you've seen penalties given for that sort of wrestling. You've seen them not given, too, mind you, and that's what's happened here. To be fair to the referee, Costa Rica aren't moaning much about it.

9.27pm BST

25 min: Kuyt in more space down the right. His low cross into the area should be sidefooted home by van Persie from ten yards, but the striker takes a fresh-air swipe, and is offside in any case. Millimetres in that. The offside decision, that is, the fresh-air swipe was out by a matter of feet.

9.25pm BST

24 min: Sneijder scoops a pitching-wedge pass down the inside-left channel. Depay is clear on goal, but he's offside. After a quiet period, Holland are working up a head of steam here.

9.24pm BST

23 min: Robben runs at Costa Rica with extreme prejudice down the inside right, but is never in total control and his eventual shot is weak.

9.24pm BST

22 min: Fine play by Holland here. Kuyt is sent down the right by a lovely reverse pass from Robben. He pulls a low ball back to the edge of the area for Depay, who takes a touch and instead of shooting, shifts it left to van Persie in space. The striker hammers a low shot straight at Navas from a tight angle. Parry. The ball rebounds to Sneijder, 20 yards out. He takes a touch to the right and hits another shot straight at the keeper, who gathers. Poor finishing, all told, but a lovely crisp passing move to open Costa Rica up.

9.21pm BST

20 min: Campbell and Gamboa ping a couple of passes down the right, the latter fizzing in a low cross that's easily cleared by Martins Indi. Throw. Gamboa takes an age to take it, much to the referee's annoyance. All part of a plan? Holland are a little subdued at the moment.

9.20pm BST

18 min: Plenty of Costa Rican possession right now. The crowd, on the whole, seem pretty happy to see this, and holler accordingly. Bolanos attempts to thread a pass from the left to Campbell in the Dutch box, but the angles are all wrong. Costa Rica will be very pleased to continue in this manner, getting deeper into the game without conceding, with a view to seeing what happens then.

9.17pm BST

16 min: For a split second, it looked like Borges was going to break clear on goal. De Vrij hacked a hapless clearance upfield under a little pressure from Ruiz. Borges picks up possession and bombs down the centre. He attempts to drop a shoulder to beat the last man, Vlaar, to the right, but miscontrols. Hearts in Dutch mouths, though. Costa Rica are looking fairly comfortable at the moment.

9.15pm BST

14 min: Robben, van Persie and Kuyt triangulate down the right. It's a crisp passage of play, and Kuyt's in space along the wing. His cross is dismally overhit, though. Holland not quite clicking yet.

9.14pm BST

13 min: A bit of possession for Costa Rica. Ruiz is close to one-twoing his way through the Dutch defence down the inside right, with Balanos, but the ball's intercepted. Van Persie zips down the other end of the pitch, but his attempt to spring Depay clear down the left wing is misdirected. Not a classic yet, but there's plenty of time.

9.12pm BST

11 min: It's mainly Holland, as you'd expect. Robben attempting to come at the Costa Ricans from all angles. But no great scares for the underdogs yet. "I never realised Gordon Strachan was young and unsurly once," writes Joseph Rega of our preamble star. "But that is a bit of a resemblance to Messi, isn't it? Did Scotland play in Argentina in '87?" It's a lovely idea, mental images of Wee Gordy making the beast with two backs notwithstanding. But even if it were true, Scotland can't stake a claim, Wee Lionel's committed to Argentina now. They'll just have to wait for Ryan Gauld to blossom. No pressure!

9.09pm BST

8 min: Robben at speed down the right now. Gonzalez is forced to step in and concede a corner, just as the winger threatens to break into the box. The corner is a laughable piece of nonsense, and back at the feet of Cillessen within ten seconds of it being taken. Not what was planned, one can assume.

9.08pm BST

6 min: Robben has his first serious run at the Costa Rican defence, down the left. Costa Rica backtrack. Robben flicks the ball out wide left to Depay, who lumps a fairly agricultural cross towards the far stick, where Van Persie miscontrols. He's offside too. Half a chance to carve something out goes to waste.

9.05pm BST

4 min: Costa Rica move forward for the first time in the match, through Bolanos. And he's upended by De Vrij down the inside-left channel. The free kick's hoicked towards the far post from 40 yards out by Ruiz, but with too much juice, and Campbell can't reach it. Out on the right. Costa Rica hardly loaded the box there.

9.04pm BST

3 min: It's pretty much all Holland right now. Everyone happy to get a feel of the ball in the midfield. Nothing really happening otherwise. Gary Ashdown has been eyeing the pic of Big Louis: "Stewart Lee's let himself go, no?" This is the Guardian, we're contractually obliged to mention him at some point.

9.02pm BST

And we're off! Holland are in their famous oranje, while Costa Rica wear their change strip, white with a red sash across the shoulder. Costa Rica kick off, but quickly lose possession. Holland tear forward through Depay down the left. The ball's rolled across the front of the box. Umana hoofs clear. Just in time, too, with Robben racing in with a view to shooting first time. A lively start, but not necessarily one Costa Rica would have appreciated.

8.57pm BST

The teams are out! First, la platitudes de Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Don't be bad to each other, kids, is the general thrust. Which is fair enough. And then the national anthems. Holland's is a hymn, really, isn't it. I suppose that's the point of national anthems, a paean to the motherland. It's not very jaunty, though. A bit of a dirge, in fact, which belies the laid-back national image. The 2010 final as dots on a stave. Costa Rica's effort is much more enjoyable, built around the sort of elbow-rocking swing that could get an evening in a bierkeller going at a fair old whip. A Total Anthem. It would suit the Dutch, actually.

8.54pm BST

A bit of footage on the television of Louis van Gaal wandering onto the pitch to have a little look around before the match. He was sauntering down the tunnel with his wonderful trademark mix of insouciance, aloofness and healthy arrogance, the sort all the best managers have. He's got one hand in his pocket. And the other one might as well be giving the V sign. He's got a dip in his hip and a glide in his stride, strutting along in a gentle I-own-this-stadium rhythm. He clearly fancies this tonight. I wonder if he's started to dream about becoming a World Cup winning manager? You couldn't blame him. It's there for the taking, for nobody in this competition is any good whatsoever!

8.29pm BST

A couple of changes for Holland to the XI named against Mexico in the second round, with striker Memphis Depay and central defender Bruno Martins Indi in the starting line-up. They replace the injured midfielder Nigel de Jong and perfectly fit left back Paul Verhaegh. It's an attacking gambit by Louis van Gaal, I'll be bound*. Meanwhile Costa Rica name Johnny Acosta in the place of suspended defender Oscar Duarte. Both teams are playing 3-4-3. Or 3-2-2-3, or 3-2-2-2-1, depending on how pedantically you interpret the diagrams on the official Fifa tactical line-up documentation. Does it make much, or indeed any, difference? Of course not! Eleven men running about. They're pulling the wool over your eyes, people! It's meant to be fun, it's not double maths.

* I'll not be legally bound

8.09pm BST

Holland: Cillessen, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Depay, Wijnaldum, Blind, Kuyt, Sneijder, van Persie, Robben.|Subs: Vorm, De Jong, Janmaat, de Guzman, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Krul.

Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, Diaz, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell, Umana.Subs: Pemberton, Duarte, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Brenes, Miller, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero.

7.56pm BST

Style guide: GEORGE: What is Holland?

7.30pm BST

Juan Cayasso. Now there's a name to send shivers down the spines of Scottish football fans. Admittedly there are quite a few names which send shivers down the spines of Scottish football fans, but this one has special resonance for a certain generation perhaps a little too young to remember the calamities of 1954 or 1978. The Scots had gone into Italia 90 with hope. Four years earlier they'd been drawn in the original Group of Death, alongside perennial major finalists West Germany, the most exciting team in Europe in Danish Dynamite, and Enzo Francescoli's Uruguay. No chance. But this time they just needed to be runners up to Brazil in what looked a thoroughly escapable group that also contained a very average Sweden side and the minnows of Costa Rica. Would they make it to the second round for the first time in their history at last?

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Areva Meeting Results

by  Associated Press Areva Meeting Results Associated Press - 5 July 2014 17:04-04:00

PARIS (AP) — Results Saturday from the Areva Meeting, a Diamond League event at Stade de France (all race distances in meters):


100_1, Michael Rodgers, United States, 10.00 seconds. 2, Richard Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago, 10.08. 3, Kim Collins, Saint Kitts and Nevis, 10.10. 4, Nesta Carter, Jamaica, 10.12. 5, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jamaica, 10.14. 6, Chijindu Ujah, Britain, 10.20. 7, Alonso Edward, Panama, 10.26. 8, Christophe Lemaitre, France, 10.28.

800_1, Asbel Kiprop, Kenya, 1:43.34. 2, Nijel Amos, Botswana, 1:43.70. 3, Yeimer Lopez, Cuba, 1:43.71. 4, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, France, 1:44.23. 5, Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot, Kenya, 1:44.30. 6, Andre Olivier, South Africa, 1:44.42. 7, Marcin Lewandowski, Poland, 1:44.49. 8, Adam Kszczot, Poland, 1:44.50.

5,000_1, Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, Kenya, 12 :59.82. 2, Yenew Alamirew, Ethiopia, 13:00.21. 3, Paul Kipngetich Tanui, Kenya, 13:00.53. 4, Galen Rupp, United States, 13:00.99. 5, Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa, Kenya, 13:01.74. 6, Lawi Lalang, Kenya, 13:03.85. 7, Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku, Kenya, 13:08.47. 8, Muktar Edris, Ethiopia, 13:09.08.

110 Hurdles_1, Hansle Parchment, Jamaica, 12.94. 2, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, France, 13.05. 3, Orlando Ortega, Cuba, 13.10. 4, Ryan Wilson, United States, 13.18. 5, David Oliver, United States, 13.26. 6, Dimitri Bascou, France, 13.27. 7, Yordan O'Farrill, Cuba, 13.35. 8, Jason Richardson, United States, 13.53.

400 Hurdles_1, Michael Tinsley, United States, 48.25. 2, Cornel Fredericks, South Africa, 48.42. 3, Javier Culson, Puerto Rico, 48.45. 4, Felix Sanchez, Dominican Republic, 48.91. 5, Mamadou Kasse Hann, Senegal, 49.29. 6, Ashton Eaton, United States, 49.58. 7, Niall Flannery, Britain, 49.73. 8, Johnny Dutch, United States, 49.98.

Pole Vault_1, Renaud Lavillenie, France, 5.70. 2 (tie), Augusto Dutra, Brazil, and Kevin Menaldo, France, 5.70. 4, Piotr Lisek, Poland, 5.60. 5, Konstantinos Filippidis, Greece, 5.60. 6, Mark Hollis, United States, 5.60. 7 (tie), Damiel Dossevi, France, and Pawel Wojciechowski, Poland, 5.45.

Triple Jump_1, Benjamin Compaore, France, 17.12 meters. 2, Christian Taylor, United States, 17.11. 3, Alexis Copello, Cuba, 17.04. 4, Nelson Evora, Portugal, 16.97. 5, Ernesto Reve, Cuba, 16.94. 6, Alexey Fedorov, Russia, 16.84. 7, Will Claye, United States, 16.79. 8, Daniele Greco, Italy, 16.68.

Shot Put_1, David Storl, Germany, 21.41. 2, Reese Hoffa, United States, 21.38. 3, Kurt Roberts, United States, 20.67. 4, Tomasz Majewski, Poland, 20.14. 5, Ryan Whiting, United States, 19.92. 6, Ladislav Prasil, Czech Republic, 19.90. 7, Marco Fortes, Portugal, 19.75. 8, Joe Kovacs, United States, 19.46.

Javelin_1, Ihab Abdelrahman, Egypt, 87.10. 2, Tero Pitkamaki, Finland, 86.63. 3, Thomas Rohler, Germany, 84.74. 4, Ryouhei Arai, Japan, 81.52. 5, Vitezslav Vesely, Czech Republic, 81.43. 6, Lukasz Grzeszczuk, Poland, 81.04. 7, Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway, 80.79. 8, Zigismunds Sirmais, Latvia, 77.99.


200_1, Blessing Okagbare, Nigeria, 22.32. 2, Allyson Felix, United States, 22.34. 3, Anthonique Strachan, Bahamas, 22.54. 4, Myriam Soumare, France, 22.60. 5, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica, 22.63. 6, Simone Facey, Jamaica, 22.75. 7, Jamile Samuel, Netherlands, 22.81. 8, Kimberlyn Duncan, United States, 23.01.

400_1, Sanya Richards-Ross, United States, 50.10. 2, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Jamaica, 50.40. 3, Novlene Williams-Mills, Jamaica, 50.68. 4, Amantle Montsho, Botswana, 50.70. 5, Olha Zemlyak, Ukraine, 51.35. 6, Natasha Hastings, United States, 51.74. 7, Floria Guei, France, 51.89. 8, Marie Gayot, France, 52.05.

1,500_1, Sifan Hassan, Netherlands, 3:57.00. 2, Jennifer Simpson, United States, 3:57.22. 3, Hellen Obiri, Kenya, 3:58.89. 4, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Kenya, 3:59.21. 5, Shannon Rowbury, United States, 3:59.49. 6, Laura Muir, Britain, 4:00.07. 7, Mimi Belete, Bahrain, 4:00.08. 8, Laura Weightman, Britain, 4:00.17.

100 Hurdles_1, Dawn Harper-Nelson, United States, 12.44. 2, Queen Harrison, United States, 12.46. 3, Lolo Jones, United States, 12.68. 4, Cindy Billaud, France, 12.71. 5, Tiffany Porter, Britain, 12.72. 6, Sally Pearson, Australia, 12.89. 7, Kristi Castlin, United States, 12.96. 8, Nadine Hildebrand, Germany, 13.00.

3,000 Steeplechase_1, Hiwot Ayalew, Ethiopia, 9:11.65. 2, Emma Coburn, United States, 9:14.12. 3, Sofia Assefa, Ethiopia, 9:18.71. 4, Etenesh Diro Neda, Ethiopia, 9:19.71. 5, Salima El Ouali Alami, Morocco, 9:21.24. 6, Lidya Chepkurui, Kenya, 9:24.07. 7, Stephanie Garcia, United States, 9:24.35. 8, Milcah Chemos, Kenya, 9:26.49.

High Jump_1, Blanka Vlasic, Croatia, 2.00. 2, Mariya Kuchina, Russia, 2.00. 3, Ana Simic, Croatia, 1.94. 4, Ruth Beitia, Spain, 1.94. 5, Oksana Okuneva, Ukraine, 1.94. 6 (tie), Justyna Kasprzycka, Poland, and Inika McPherson, United States, 1.94. 8, Svetlana Radzivil, Uzbekistan, 1.92.

Long Jump_1, Eloyse Lesueur, France, 6.92. 2, Brittney Reese, United States, 6.87. 3, Ivana Spanovic, Serbia, 6.78. 4, Shara Proctor, Britain, 6.70. 5, Darya Klishina, Russia, 6.63. 6, Tianna Bartoletta, United States, 6.60. 7, Sosthene Moguenara, Germany, 6.59. 8, Irene Pusterla, Switzerland, 6.57.

Discus_1, Sandra Perkovic, Croatia, 68.48. 2, Dani Samuels, Australia, 67.40. 3, Gia Lewis-Smallwood, United States, 65.59. 4, Melina Robert-Michon, France, 64.17. 5, Denia Caballero, Cuba, 63.29. 6, Shanice Craft, Germany, 63.21. 7, Yaime Perez, Cuba, 62.72. 8, Julia Fischer, Germany, 61.13.

News Topics: Track and field, Men's track and field, Women's track and field, Men's sports, Sports, Women's sports

People, Places and Companies: Michael Rodgers, Richard Thompson, Nesta Carter, Asbel Kiprop, Yeimer Lopez, Galen Rupp, Jason Richardson, Michael Tinsley, Felix Sanchez, Ashton Eaton, Renaud Lavillenie, Christian Taylor, Nelson Evora, Will Claye, David Storl, Reese Hoffa, Tomasz Majewski, Ryan Whiting, Tero Pitkamaki, Andreas Thorkildsen, Allyson Felix, Myriam Soumare, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sanya Richards-Ross, Novlene Williams-Mills, Novlene Williams, Amantle Montsho, Jennifer Simpson, Shannon Rowbury, Dawn Harper, Sally Pearson, Emma Coburn, Blanka Vlasic, Brittney Reese, Darya Klishina, Sandra Perkovic, Gia Lewis-Smallwood, France, Netherlands, Kenya, Germany, Poland, Ethiopia, Cuba, Jamaica, Caribbean, Croatia, Russia, Botswana, Western Europe, Europe, East Africa, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Southern Africa

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