- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) - Is it “Let’s Go” or “Les Bleus”? It’s getting hard to tell in a Bohemian neighborhood of Brazil’s largest city where foreigners have taken over the streets to improvise a big outdoor festival of fans.

“Everyone out here speaks everything but Portuguese,” said Matt Baca, a 31-year-old tourist from Los Angeles, sipping beer with his two friends while watching a game Sunday. “This area is awesome. Downtown is a little rougher.”

Young international tourists arriving for World Cup celebrations in Sao Paulo have been asking local friends or cab drivers their suggestions for places to watch the games and enjoy the nightlife. The trendy neighborhood of Vila Madalena has been the answer so far.

The neighborhood in Sao Paulo’s west side is known for its happy hours in the Brazilian pubs known as botecos. But the streets are buzzing a lot more than usual with people selling beers on the corners as if they were Popsicles and some even grilling hotdogs from the back of their SUVs.

Knowing this would happen here, a 27-year-old Brazilian, who until recently had been working as a barista in Australia, designed scarves of each country and is selling them in the street of Aspicuelta that’s dotted with bars and restaurants.

“Business is good,” Luis Lobo said. “Italy and Mexico sold out.”

- By Adriana Gomez Licon - www.twitter.com/agomezlicon



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Dutch newspaper says that Arjen Robben ran faster than any footballer recorded on his way to scoring the final goal in the Netherlands’ 5-1 drubbing of Spain at the World Cup.

De Telegraaf says it clocked winger Robben at 37 kilometers per hour (22.9 mph) in his blistering breakaway for his second goal in Salvador on Friday. According to the paper, that broke the previous known speed record of 35.7 kph (21.8 mph) by Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt reportedly reached a top speed of 44.72 kph (27.7 mph) when he set the 100-meter world record of 9.58 seconds.

- By Gerald Imray - www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAP


TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) - Brazil’s ministry of justice says five Argentine citizens have been prohibited from entering the country because of their alleged involvement with fan violence.

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