14 July 2014

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel laureate, activist, dies

This is a Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 file photo of Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, of South Africa, as she listens to a question during a news conference on the Guadalajara International Book Fair at Guadalajara's Expo in Mexico. Gordimer died in her sleep in Johannesburg, Sunday July 13, 2014, aged 90.
Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated apartheid's dehumanization of blacks, she was also a determined political activist in the struggle to end white minority rule in her country.

World Cup title ends 10-year project for Germany

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew celebrates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.
The World Cup title for Joachim Loew and his "golden generation" crowned a process that was 10 years in the making. With a talented crop of new players coming through, the future looks bright for Germany.
The 1-0 victory over Argentina at the Maracana that gave Germany its fourth title and made it the first European team to win the championship on South American soil completed a circle for Loew that began in 2004, when he became Juergen Klinsmann's assistant.

AP PHOTOS: "All of Germany is the world champion"

Thousands of German soccer fans wait for the live broadcast of the final match between Germany and Argentina at the soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at a public viewing area called 'Fan Mile' in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Sunday, July 13, 2014.

United Germany stands at the top of the world

Germany's Miroslav Klose poses with the World Cup trophy and his sons following their 1-0 victory over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
United they stand, right at the top of the football world.
And right on South American soil.
Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II was finally glued back together.

Fan on pitch stops play at World Cup final

A spectator who ran on to the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina is subdued by security personnel at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
The World Cup final was interrupted for nearly a minute by a spectator running on to the Maracana Stadium pitch.
Germany and Argentina were level at 0-0 when the incident happened in the 82rd minute.

Stars of politics, sport, music at World Cup final

Shakira performs during the closing ceremony for the soccer World Cup at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday.
Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game.

Messi wins award as best player at World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks up the tribune to collect the second place trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0. Germany won 1-0.
Lionel Messi has received the award for best player of the World Cup, minutes after his Argentina team lost the final 1-0 to Germany.

Kramer head injury revives concussion concerns

Germany's Christoph Kramer is substituted by Germany's Andre Schuerrle during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer's head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concerns about the way football deals with concussions.
It was the latest in a series of head injuries at the World Cup that raised questions about the sideline medical checks.

Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, and Germany's Mats Hummels go downfield during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday — denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the game's all-time greats.
It was the moment of brilliance that ensured Germany's 1-0 victory in a tight and tense final.

Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi jogs during an official training session at Vasco da Gama Stadium a day before the World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends.
The now four-time champions, the first European team to win the World Cup on Latin American soil, earned the honor of lifting the most recognized trophy in sports with a tooth-and-nail 1-0 victory in a final as terrifically entertaining as the tournament itself.

Dejected Argentine fans, elated Germans in Brazil

Argentina soccer fans cheer on Copacabana beach the morning of the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday.
More than 70,000 Argentina fans packed into Rio de Janeiro in recent days, many traveling upward of 40 hours by car and seemingly all wearing their team's sky-blue jerseys and chanting day and night.