Defending champion Spain will play its opening World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday’s draw. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
Ford and football, together again:Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continued his tradition of attending major football games in the city, arriving fashionably late to watch the Buffalo Bills play their annual game at Rogers Centre.
Ford arrived after the first quarter began on Sunday. He sat in an aisle seat, 35 rows off the field.
Fans lined up to have their picture taken with him. A stadium security guard took a seat on the armrest of a seat in front of the mayor, trying to usher fans along — to varying degrees of success.
The scene became increasingly chaotic, forcing Toronto police to try to step in and usher Ford away. (Photo: Gary Wiepert/The Associated Press)
The accident could delay the delivery of the stadium in Sao Paulo by FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready. Work was immediately halted at the Itaquerao Stadium, which was practically completed before the collapse.
Television images showed a huge metal structure buckled atop the stadium, destroying part of the stands in the east side of the venue. A LED panel installed outside the venue also was hit. (Photo: Nelson Antoine/The Associated Press)
At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that his coach put Picard at running back because he was so athletic for his size. Many NFL running backs weigh half as much as Picard.
Current NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles weighs in at 208 pounds. Picard’s size also rivals some of the largest NFL linemen around.
Video of Picard’s rumbling runs has drawn more than two million views on YouTube. The clips show the 17-year-old plowing through defenders while also showing swiftness on his feet. Picard hopes to go on to play college football. (Photo: Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic/The Associated Press)
Tough loss: The Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 24-20 on Monday Night Football after a pass interference penalty on the final play was waved off.
The penalty — which was initially called on Carolina’s Luke Kuechly for interfering with Rob Gronkowski in the end zone — would have given the Patriots the ball on the one-yard line with a final chance to win the game.
But the flag was picked up and the official declared the game over.
Tom Brady was not pleased.
After the game ended, he chased down the officials and berated them on their way into the tunnel. The ESPN cameras caught him apparently saying, “That’s f***** bull,” before cutting off his microphone. (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)