U.S. Win Over Ghana Was Most-Watched World Cup Game Ever in America

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Fans cheer after the U.S. scored a second goal during the 2014 Brazil World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on June 16, 2014. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

1. USA World Cup Win Over Ghana Pays Off for ESPN and Sponsors

When John Brooks headed in his late goal against Ghana, he didn’t just give the US soccer team a victory for the books: he also made a lot of money for the companies that invested heavily in World Cup sponsorships, from Nike to Visa. ESPN says the game was the most-watched World Cup broadcast in its history.

2. Balancing Chinese Art With Hollywood Profit at The 2014 Shanghai Film Festival

kidman Nicole Kidman arrives at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. Reuters

The 2014 Shanghai Film Festival reflects a shift in Chinese audience's tastes, and filmmaker's confidence.

3. Tony Gwynn Death Revives Baseball Insiders' Smokeless Tobacco Debate

tony-gwynn San Diego Padres legend and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died on Monday at age 54. Reuters

Health advocates are calling for a ban on chewing tobacco following the untimely death of Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn. Critics hope that the beloved player's passing will be a wake-up call, but the practice has long been a part of baseball culture.

4. Mexico Earn Hard-Fought Draw With World Cup Favorites Brazil

save Guillermo Ochoa denies a header from Neymar in Mexico's draw with Brazil. Reuters

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa put on a virtuoso performance in a group match against host-nation Brazil, 0-0.

5. USA Soccer Fans, Largest Group of Foreign Ticket Holders at World Cup, Revel In U.S. Win

2014-world-cup An unnamed Brazilian fan (R), joins Americans Eddie Salas (L) and Sonny Chattle (C) in celebrating the U.S. win over Ghana in its first match of the 2014 World Cup. Cedar Attanasio

After the U.S. won its first World Cup match, against Ghana, the country's soccer fans made a splash across Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo.

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