Five talking points for sports in 2014

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By Gene Cherry

Five talking points for sports in 2014:

1. Soccer World Cup

It began as a chance for fun-loving Brazilians to take back soccer's biggest honor but ended in humiliation for the hosts in what was widely regarded as one of the best ever World Cups.

After years of doubt whether Brazil as a nation would be ready for the quadrennial show, Germany emerged as champions, defeating Argentina in the final after destroying Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.

While the Brazilian loss may have been the tournament shocker, no incident garnered more attention than Uruguay striker Luis Suarez's bite of Italian Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA banned Suarez for four months, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport allowed Suarez to participate in friendlies with Barcelona's reserve team. He returned to full play in October.

2. Sochi Olympics   Continued...

Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray