By Andrew Downie

Soccer: Brazil hope gold medal can boost faltering senior team

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil are hopeful that their Olympic soccer triumph will give the faltering senior national side a boost as they head into two key World Cup qualifiers next month. Although the Olympic tournament features...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 11:41 PM

Neymar hands Brazil precious soccer gold medal

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:10 AM

Soccer: Neymar hands Brazil precious soccer gold medal

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:57 AM

Brazil fans ask: What now for women's football?

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's Olympic women's football team was showered with joyous attention until their heart-breaking semi-final elimination on Tuesday which brought forward a key question: Was the interest the...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:24 AM

Soccer: Sweden beat Brazil in shootout to reach final

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the sides were goalless following extra time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women's football...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 1:12 AM

Soccer: Powers Brazil, Germany into semi-finals

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil beat Colombia 2-0 to move into the last four and a date with Honduras, while Nigeria and Germany both won on Saturday to set up an intriguing semi-final line up in men's soccer at the Rio...

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 5:55 AM

Soccer: Germany cruise into semis with 4-0 win over Portugal

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the men's football tournament on Saturday, where they will face Nigeria, who beat Denmark 2-0. Arsenal's Serge Gnabry scored...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:49 PM

Soccer: We lost to 'cowards', U.S. keeper says

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's football tournament on penalties on Friday. "I think we showed a lot of...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:38 PM

Soccer: Holders U.S. suffer penalty heartache against Sweden

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Favorites the United States crashed out of the women's soccer tournament on penalties on Friday but host nation Brazil advanced from the quarter-finals the same way on a day of surprise and high...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:46 AM

Soccer: Holders US suffer penalty heartache against Sweden

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden knocked the United States out of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Friday, recording one of the sport's biggest shocks by beating the holders 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 5:38 AM

Soccer: We lost to 'cowards', U.S. keeper says

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's football tournament on penalties on Friday. "I think we showed a lot of...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 3:03 AM

Soccer: Holders U.S. suffer penalty heartache against Sweden

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sweden knocked the United States out of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Friday, recording one of the sport's biggest shocks by beating the holders 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:36 AM

Athletics: Hurdler hopes U.S. dominate even without record holder

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It is a measure of the U.S. dominance in the women's 100 meters hurdles that even with the world record holder absent the Americans are still favorites. Brianna Rollins came off a couple of poor...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 1:18 AM

Soccer: Solo hopeless as Colombia holds U.S.

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - United States goalkeeper Hope Solo and Colombian midfielder Catalina Usme were embroiled in a battle royal when the sides met on Tuesday and while the match ended 2-2, there was only one winner in...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:37 AM

Soccer: Mexico's Gutierrez scores four in Fiji rout

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fiji got their first goal in a major soccer finals on Sunday but Mexican striker Erick Gutierrez got four to give the holders a 5-1 win on a day that Portugal struggled to beat Honduras and Germany shared the...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 3:38 AM

Soccer: U.S. women march on, Brazil impress

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A goal from captain Carli Lloyd gave the U.S. women's soccer team a barely deserved 1-0 win over France on Saturday, while hosts Brazil delivered an impressive 5-1 win over Sweden....

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9:02 AM

Soccer: U.S. women march on with 1-0 defeat of France

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A goal from captain Carli Lloyd gave the U.S. women's soccer team a barely deserved 1-0 win over France on Saturday in a hard-fought match in Belo Horizonte. The U.S. captain was in the right place...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4:03 AM

Cordeiro finds redemption in replacing Pele

By Andrew Downie RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The man who lit the Olympic flame was told he would be replacing Pele only an hour ahead of time and the selection of Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima provided the Rio Olympics with the perfect redemption story before...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 2:42 AM

No ransom paid or shots fired in Brazil kidnap rescue: governor

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - No ransom was paid and no shots were fired to free the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula One empresario Bernie Ecclestone, the governor of Sao Paulo state said on Monday, a day after the 67-year old was freed in a police...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 4:00 AM

Brazil police free mother-in-law of Formula One empresario

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian law enforcement agents stormed a hideout near Sao Paulo on Sunday and freed the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, police said. Aparecida Schunk was found safe and...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 7:05 AM