Growing up in Northwest Indiana, Trevor Spangenberg saw his fair share of Chicago Fire soccer matches.
MIAMI | When the inaugural International Champions Cup arrives this summer, seven of the eight club teams in the field will be working through their preseason schedules.
FORD HEIGHTS | A dispatcher with the Ford Heights Fire Department is accused of pawning stolen fire equipment and keeping the cash.
WEMBLEY, England | Abby Wambach didn't put on her "Greatness Has Been Found" T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield — and cried into a U.S. flag.
LONDON | Vincent Hancock is putting together quite the Olympic resume.
KIEV, Ukraine | Spain has taken its place among soccer's great teams by becoming the first nation to successfully defend its European Championship after winning the World Cup. The task, now, is to be remembered as the greatest.
WEMBLEY, England | A long journey across the Atlantic wasn't about to slow down Matt Forte.
LONDON | The NFL is considering a plan to have a few teams play regularly in Britain to build an overseas following — part of the league's evaluation about whether a franchise could be permanently based in London.
NEW YORK | NBC's Olympic coverage in London will look very familiar, with one major twist.
SITRA, Bahrain | When anti-government protests broke out in Bahrain, Alaa and Mohammed Hubail hunkered down in their family compound and refused to take part. They feared their reputations as top soccer players would make them easy targets for police.
LONDON | A few miles from the worst violence to hit the city in 25 years, beach volleyball players dived headlong in the sand, the most summery of Olympic sports on display less than a year before the London Games.
CHICAGO | Once again, Manchester United used a second-half surge to overwhelm a Major League Soccer opponent.
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany | The Americans feel just fine, thank you, not tired a bit. The high they were on after that epic Brazil game? That's so yesterday.
DRESDEN, Germany | Bent at the waist, her back to the goal, Marta buried her face in her hands.
DRESDEN, Germany | Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper.
FRANKFURT, Germany | When Germany won its first major title in women's soccer, coming home with the trophy from the 1989 European Championship, the players' bonus was a coffee set. A tacky one to boot, with a design of red and blue blooming flowers — and a flaw.
BRIDGEVIEW | Kasey Keller got his fourth shutout of the season and the Seattle Sounders tied the Chicago Fire 0-0 on Saturday night.
TORONTO | Marco Pappa and Orr Barouch scored in the second half to give the Fire a 2-2 tie with Toronto FC in windy and rainy conditions Saturday night.
CHICAGO | If Chicago has been willing to believe that a cow caused the Great Chicago Fire, maybe it will buy this one: The White Sox got the idea to throw the 1919 World Series after the Cubs did the same thing one year earlier.
JOHANNESBURG | A perfect season for Wesley Sneijder turned sour, minutes from its happy conclusion.
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