Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win that puts Greece through to the knockout stage. Ivory Coast would have advanced with a draw.
Overcoming a deficit against a flat-hitting opponent who kept finding lines early, Rafael Nadal beat 51st-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the second round.
Through his agent, James informed the Heat on Tuesday that he has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract, a move that means he becomes a free agent on July 1.
Eight Canadians could be drafted Thursday, a stunning development for a hockey-crazed country that had only eight players selected after Steve Nash was taken in the first round in 1996.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning, Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs off Zack Greinke and the Royals held on to beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night in their first meeting in nine years.
Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage.
Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals to ensure top spot in Group A for Brazil, which will face South American rival Chile in the second round.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal can, it seems, do no wrong at this World Cup. He sent on replacements Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay in the second half of the match against Chile on Monday and they scored both goals in a 2-0 win that confirmed the Dutch as Group B winners with a maximum nine points.
Ahead of Monday's matches, only the Netherlands and Belgium are guaranteed to reach the second round after winning their first two games. However, only a remarkable set of results will prevent France from joining them after its two convincing victories.
Carl Edwards' win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway was his second of the season and locked him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
The Nielsen company said that Sunday's World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal was seen by an average of 24.7 million viewers on ESPN and Univision.
Big men offer big risks and often, big problems in the NBA.
Tim Duncan has decided to exercise the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return next season.
Andy Murray briefly basked in the moment as he returned to Wimbledon as the defending champion.
Carmelo Anthony "loves being a Knick" but is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options, his agent said.
Carl Edwards' win is his first career victory on a road course, and he'd never been higher than third at Sonoma. More important, it was his second win of this season and locks him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.
Mark Ellis drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score with a bunt, and the Cardinals got a scoreless effort from their bullpen to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Sunday.
After winning 10 straight to move into first place in the AL Central, the Royals have dropped four in a row, three of them by 2-1 scores.
Varela's goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo's cross on the game's last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie Sunday on an exhausting night in the rainforest capital.
The United States is a win away from the knockout stage at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will stand in the way Sunday.