World Cup television viewership rose 41 percent over four years ago for English-language telecasts in the United States, with Spain's 1-0 overtime victory over the Netherlands setting a record.
Spain rules the soccer world, winning the World Cup at long, long last.
Andres Iniesta scored with four minutes of extra time remaining Sunday to give Spain a deserved 1-0 win over the Netherlands and a first World Cup title.
Carles Puyol powered in a header in the 73rd minute Wednesday to send Spain to its first World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Germany.
The Netherlands turned on the style in the second half and reached its third World Cup final with a 3-2 victory over Uruguay on Tuesday.
A leading Dutch environmental agency, taking the blame for one of the glaring errors that undermined the credibility of a seminal U.N. report on climate change, said Monday it has discovered more small mistakes and urged the panel to be more careful.
Lance Armstrong saw it coming: tight turns, narrow roads, big crowds and nervous riders would make crashes likely in Sunday's first stage at the Tour de France.
Even young Mick Jagger, bless his heart, could see that it's hard getting old.
Americans don't often extend to the Dutch the credit they might deserve - after all, they have given the world van Gogh, the pendulum clock and more innovations in cheese-making than I can do justice to here. Their politics and culture seem impenetrably alien to us - their native tongue sounds like endless karaoke-grade scatting - though their laws seem to appeal to our teenagers interested in both constitutionalism and marijuana. Still, it might be time that Americans finally take serious notice of a development slowly but discernibly unraveling within Dutch politics.