Diego Costa Snubs Brazil For Spain And Could Swing The World Cup

Diego Costa is, at this moment, the best Brazilian striker in the world. The 21 goals he's scored for this year's title-challenging Atlético Madrid team are the fourth highest tally in the top five European leagues. Normally, you'd think Costa's impressive resumé would see him as one of the faces of the Seleção, out among… » 3/05/14 4:47pm 3/05/14 4:47pm

How Atlético Madrid Is Making La Liga Fun Again

The typical European soccer league hierarchy is in a bit of flux this year. Yes, England's league, as usual, remains the deepest in the world in the midst of an amazingly competitive campaign with more swerves and shifts of momentum than a Gareth Bale free kick. But in Germany—often the most competitive from top to… » 2/11/14 2:47pm 2/11/14 2:47pm

Neymar Scores Golazo Against Spain, Is The Truth

Neymar is absolutely brilliant. That is now undebatable. His latest goal against Spain to end the first half of the Confederations Cup shows exactly why he's already one of the best players in the world. » 6/30/13 7:15pm 6/30/13 7:15pm

Tomorrow's Brazil-Spain Confederations Cup Final Is All About Neymar

The Confederations Cup doesn't really matter. The games are scrimmages, and tomorrow's result between Brazil and Spain will have no bearing whatsoever on the World Cup. The tournament is just a dry run to make sure Brazil's stadiums and services will be able to handle next year's influx of fans. What does matter,… » 6/29/13 3:15pm 6/29/13 3:15pm

Cristiano Ronaldo Has A Sad

Oh noes! Ronaldo is "sad," and no one knows why. Not his teammates, not his bosses, and surely not the media, who have speculated that it could be anything from dissatisfaction with his contract to missing out on Player of the Year award to rifts in the locker room to the anniversary of his father's death. But, real talk … » 9/04/12 11:15am 9/04/12 11:15am

USA Vs. Spain: Let's Discuss

The US men's basketball team is set to tip off its exhibition match against Spain in just a few minutes. Earlier, we wrote about what this game could mean, and now we want to yak about it with you as it unfolds (4:30 ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN). Please report to the discussion section below with all of your Hot Sports… » 7/24/12 4:15pm 7/24/12 4:15pm

Today's USA-Spain Basketball Game Could Mean Everything Or Nothing

The last time the United States and Spanish Olympic basketball teams met each other, they gave us one of the greatest basketball games that nobody watched. That was the 2008 gold medal game in Beijing, which the USA won 118-107 after being up by only four points with under three minutes to play. It was a hard-fought… » 7/24/12 1:50pm 7/24/12 1:50pm

Bristolmetrics: ESPN Navigates The Dark, Sportless Days Of Summer

When last we met, SportsCenter finally covered the Jerry Sandusky case, we found out if the Rose Bowl will stay on ESPN (it will), and Outside The Lines aired one of the year's most fantastic features. What would this week bring? » 7/11/12 2:25pm 7/11/12 2:25pm

A Final Moment Of Sportsmanship At Euro 2012, As Spanish Goalkeeper…

For a tournament that began with more than its fair share of racism and fan violence, Euro 2012 ended on a note more in line with the spirit of the game. Already down 2-0, Italy lost its last sub to injury, and conceded another pair of goals with just 10 men. In stoppage time, cameras caught Spanish goalkeeper and… » 7/03/12 9:40am 7/03/12 9:40am