Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Jun 30, 2014

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the ...

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Jun 21, 2014

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Had Costa Rica been a less resilient team, it might still be stewing over referee Enrique Osses’ refusal to award a penalty when explosive striker Joel Campbell was taken down in the area. Instead, the Ticos mounted another of their numerous raids on Italy’s ...

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Costa Rica buried predictions of its early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out. Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home ...

Costa Rica stuns Uruguay; Suarez watches from bench

Jun 15, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Uruguay; Suarez watches from bench

Watching from the bench, Luis Suarez saw just how much his teammates miss him. Uruguay was overrun 3-1 Friday by Group D underdog Costa Rica at the World Cup, a stunning result for the team that reached the semifinals four years ago and had ...

Japan storms by Costa Rica

Jun 3, 2014

Japan storms by Costa Rica

Manchester United striker Shinji Kagawa scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute Monday night as Japan rallied to defeat Costa Rica 3-1 in a World Cup warmup friendly. Kagawa stumbled as the ball came to him in the heart of the penalty area ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

Mar 22, 2014

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

by Lynn Dombek

A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our extended family of seven, ranging in age from 17 to 55 years old, ranked it ...