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World Cup live blog: June 20

Games kick off at noon with Italy vs. Costa Rica, followed by Switzerland vs. France at 3 p.m. and Honduras vs. Ecuador at 6 p.m.

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Colombian players' hips don't lie: A dance review


Click the link to see why Sarah Kaufman, The Post’s dance critic, is among the many to fall under the (hip) sway of Pablo Armero and his Colombian teammates.

David Larimer
June 20, 10:16 am
  • David Larimer June 20, 10:16 am

What's at stake in Friday's World Cup action

Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group D WorldCup soccer match between Uruguay and CostaRica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group D WorldCup soccer match between Uruguay and CostaRica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

In Group D: Costa Rica (3 points) vs. Italy (3 points), Noon ET

- Winner seizes control of Group D

- If Costa Rica wins, they advance, as Italy plays Uruguay next and Costa Rica will have beaten both teams thanks to its stunning 3-1 win over Uruguay in its World Cup opener.

- If Costa Rica wins or draws, England is eliminated.

In Group E: Switzerland (3 points) vs. France (3 points), 3 pm EST and

Honduras (0 points) vs. Ecuador (0 points), 6 pm EST

- For Switzerland vs. France, winner slides into top spot in Group E headed into final group-stage game.

- If Honduras and Ecuador draw, the winner of the first game advances.

- For Honduras vs. Ecuador, winner avoids immediate doom to stay somewhat relevant in this group.

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 10:20 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 10:20 am

It's Shark Week at the World Cup

Though tourists are almost always well-informed and rarely oblivious to their surroundings… Brazilian authorities have posted lots and lots of signs along the Boa Viagem beach near Recife, a city that will host five World Cup matches. The signs, which feature Portuguese and English (and giant pictures of menacing sharks for everyone else), aim to enlighten tourists to the higher-than-normal risk of shark attack in the region, which is home to a higher-than-normal concentration of sharks.

A local lifeguard told Reuters that there have been 59 “incidents” with sharks in the past 21 years along a 20 kilometer stretch of beach in the region. For those who don’t keep up with these things, that’s apparently far above the world average.

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 10:34 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 10:34 am

Where to watch the World Cup in D.C.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

You’ve been waiting for four years for these three games. You bought your Landon Donovan jersey (but called it a “kit”). You mourned the news of the United States’s group of death. You googled “World Cup songs” until you finally realized there’d never be another Waka Waka. You even brought out that old vuvuzela…before reconsidering and putting it back in the closet.

Now, you’ve got all that enthusiasm pent up and the U.S. held up its end of the bargain with the 2-1 win over Ghana, all you want is to watch Red, White, and Blue and go rabid with your fellow Americans. Lucky for you, if you’re in D.C., you’ve got plenty of options of where to do that. Check out the Post’s guide to the best places to watch Sunday’s game inside, outside, and bar-side.

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 10:46 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 10:46 am

10 World Cups the United States Would Win

The Wall Street Journal has put together a brilliant graphic of “The World Cup of Everything Else” in which it takes World Factbook type stats about the countries involved in the 2014 World Cup and determines which nations would win if the criteria were slightly different than games won and goals scored. Here are 10 World Cups the United States would win, according to the graphic:

1. Population: 318.9 million strong!

2. Highest GDP per capita: that’s good, right?

3. Most airports per capita: narrowly edging Uruguay for the top spot in this category. No really, Uruguay.

4. Most cars per capita: which brings us to…

5. Most CO2 emissions per capita: but all those Priuses…

6. Most Starbucks per capita: and still America runs on Dunkin’?

7. Most McDonalds per capita: obviously.

8. Highest BMI: see Nos. 6, 7

9. Highest obesity rate: sensing a theme.

10. Biggest sugar eaters: so go drive through at Starbucks with a venti mocha frappachino (extra whipped) then McDonald’s and you’re ready for Costa Rica vs. Italy at noon!

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 11:10 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 11:10 am

Lineups for Italy vs. Costa Rica

For the Italians:

For the Costa Ricans:

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 11:24 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 11:24 am

England and its fans rooting whole-heartedly for Italy

Not since…well, pretty much ever… have the English been so vehemently rooting for the Italians. But the Brits are out in force and hoping for a little help towards the miracle they need:

 

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 11:31 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 11:31 am

Lineups for Italy-Costa Rica

Matt Bonesteel
June 20, 11:33 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 20, 11:33 am

If Italy beats Costa Rica, Mario Balotelli wants a kiss from the Queen

If Italy wins Friday, it will keep England’s hopes to survive and advance alive — though barely. As he usually does, Mario Balotelli had something to say about that:

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 11:35 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 11:35 am

Craziest fan reactions from week one of the World Cup

While I’m inclined to think that my 43 consecutive jumps in place when John Brooks scored that goal Monday rates pretty highly among celebrations worldwide, we’ve got a video of some even better reactions  from the first week of World Cup 2014. Check it out:

Chelsea Janes
June 20, 11:42 am
  • Chelsea Janes June 20, 11:42 am
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