Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. » 6/12/14 2:13pm 6/12/14 2:13pm

Gallery: In The Shadow Of Rio's Maracana Stadium

AP photographer Léo Corrêa recently documented the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mangueira lies in the shadow of Rio's iconic Maracana stadium, but there are deep fissures between the favela's residents and fans that will enjoy this month's World Cup just blocks away. Above, women visit on a rooftop where… » 6/06/14 4:21pm 6/06/14 4:21pm

The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:57pm 6/06/14 2:57pm

Have Rio's U.S. Gymnastics Darlings Already Arrived? Meet Katelyn…

WORCESTER, Mass.—None of the stars from the "Fierce Five," the highly meme-able gold medal team from the London Games, competed in Worcester for the American Cup last weekend. The American Cup is the only international gymnastics competition held in the U.S., but these girls are still on the final leg of London promo:… » 3/06/13 4:30pm 3/06/13 4:30pm