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Tim Howard bends over backward to put World Cup effort in perspective
Tim Howard bends over backward to put World Cup effort in perspective

It took goalkeeper Tim Howard years to become an overnight sensation, so he wasn't overwhelmed by the effusive praise he received for his acrobatic performance Tuesday in the U.S. World Cup team's round-of-16 loss to Belgium. "I just keep my feet on the ground and just figure out a way to deal with it," Howard said of his instant fame. "It's nothing new when you're in the public eye." But never in his distinguished international soccer career has the 35-year-old New Jersey native been admired by as many eyes as he was during his valiant, 16-save effort at Salvador, Brazil. Howard was in constant demand Wednesday and seemed to be everywhere, from being interviewed on TV morning shows to...

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