Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 with a deserved 3-0 win over Greece in a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.
Brazilians have celebrated in the streets after their football team won the World Cup's opening game, but scattered violent protests were a reminder that many locals remain angry over the billions the country spent to host the tournament.
The San Antonio Spurs took a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals with another comfortable 107-86 road win over Miami, closing within one victory of avenging last year's loss to the Heat.
UEFA Chief Michel Platini will not support FIFA President Sepp Blatter if he stood for another term, with the Frenchman adding that world football's governing body needed a breath of fresh air.
Police in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo have fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to break up an anti-World Cup protest hours ahead of the tournament's opening match.
David Beckham's bid for a Major League Soccer team suffered a setback when the city of Miami rejected his plan to build a downtown waterfront stadium on a site next to the Miami Heat basketball arena.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack on those he said were "plotting to destroy" world football's governing body, and branded some of the criticism of the Qatar World Cup award for 2022 as racist.
Qatar has said it is confident it will keep the 2022 World Cup after new allegations by a UK newspaper that a Qatari actively aided the country's bid, using royal connections and the country's energy wealth to influence FIFA members.
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|Denis G. Rancourt|