The SB Nation World Cup Final preview

Get ready for the centerpiece of the 2014 World Cup with our in-depth preview of the final between Argentina and Germany.

Your guide to the World Cup awards

We're expecting to see Argentina and Germany dominate the awards after getting to the final. The Netherlands are probably going to get seriously snubbed.

Lionel Messi is the best, now he needs to prove it

All that's missing from Lionel Messi's trophy collection is the World Cup. He has his chance to rectify that and join the pantheon of greats on Sunday.

Win or lose, Argentina have toppled Brazil

For decades, the albiceleste have been been in their neighbor's shadow. But even if they lose in the World Cup final, they've managed to get one over on Brazil in this World Cup.

The Hoff is fully prepared for the World Cup Final

The Hoff tells YOU when it's time for the World Cup Final.

World Cup final Google Doodle is full of surprises

This is a lot of fun!

Carmelo couldn't win

The 30-year-old superstar had to choose between financial security and contention, but he's subject to criticism either way even though neither choice was ideal.

LeBron's decision reveals his humanity

Why is LeBron James going home to the Cleveland Cavaliers? For the same reason anyone else does: It makes him feel comfortable.

LeBron's Cavs contract is for just 2 years

LeBron James' deal with Cleveland will not be for the maximum amount of time. Instead, it gives James the ability to become a free agent again when the new TV deal kicks in.

The right decision


Even if it doesn't mean the easiest path to a championship, the return of the King to Cleveland means a young roster has the best leader it could ever hope for.

Carmelo is a Knick again

The All-Star won't be changing teams after testing the free agent market.

The complex workings of a Tour de France team

Just as eight riders help one man win the Maillot Jaune, it takes a near-batallion of support to make a Tour de France team function on a daily basis. And yet for all of the diligent work, well-laid plans still rest on hope.


Wizards sign Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce will play for his third team in three years, joining the Wizards on a two-year deal.


With maturation, the Cavs look promising

Becoming a contender requires internal growth, but on paper the outlook for the Cleveland Cavaliers is promising.

Even with LeBron gone, don't bet against Pat Riley

As long as Pat Riley is around, the Heat are not to be taken lightly.

Wiggins, Parker take over Summer League

The top two picks in the draft made their unofficial NBA debuts in front of a packed gym in Las Vegas.

Ian Thorpe: 'I'm comfortable saying I'm a gay man'


"I could have lived a very different life if I'd been out," Australian gold medal swimmer says.

Every signing and trade in one place


There's going to be a lot of player movement in the NBA this summer. Keep up to date with all of it here.

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