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Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party

Jul 10, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday that the hour of the final is late for ...

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$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Jul 10, 2014

By ROBERT JABLON and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after his savage beating at the hands of Los Angeles fans at Dodger Stadium drew attention to sporting event violence, Bryan Stow was awarded about $14 million when a jury found the team was negligent.

For one juror,

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Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

Jul 10, 2014

By KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright.

But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate ...

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AP Sources: Riley, LeBron meet, no decision yet

Jul 9, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.

The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on ...

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Cavs agree to 3-way trade, make room for James

Jul 9, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to return to Cleveland.

They've made their moves. They're just waiting for him to make his.

The Cavs created enough salary-cap space to offer the superstar free agent a maximum contract on ...

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Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

Jul 9, 2014

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the ...

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Netherlands-Argentina semifinal goes to penalties

Jul 9, 2014

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — For the second straight World Cup match, the Netherlands is going to a penalty shootout after its semifinal against Argentina ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

A day after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1, the goals dried up in the rain at Sao Paulo's Itaquerao ...

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De La Hoya reflects on his career

Jul 9, 2014

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist

LAS VEGAS (AP) — He was the Golden Boy, a fighter who brought in fans for decades after winning a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. Oscar De La Hoya fought 45 times in 16 years as a pro, winning 39 of them along his way to titles in six different weight classes.

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Yankees' Tanaka on DL due to elbow inflammation

Jul 9, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation and has returned to New York to have an MRI on his right arm.

Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — in 6 2-3 ...

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Popovich agrees to extension to stay with Spurs

Jul 9, 2014

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer

Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multi-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs made the announcement on Tuesday. The team did not announce the terms of the deal in a two-sentence news release.

With Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and the rest of the key ...

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Scherzer outduels Greinke, Tigers top Dodgers 4-1

Jul 9, 2014

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, outdueling Zack Greinke and helping the shorthanded Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday.

Detroit was without sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, but the AL ...

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De Jong back in Dutch lineup for Argentina

Jul 9, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Midfielder Nigel de Jong has recovered from a groin injury the Netherlands team feared would end his World Cup and will start Wednesday's semifinal against Argentina.

Striker and captain Robin van Persie also has recovered from a stomach problem to take his place in the Dutch ...

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Blackhawks, Toews, Kane reach 8-year extensions

Jul 9, 2014

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known.

All that was left was crunching the numbers ...

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Golfer Wie goes for encore at Royal Birkdale

Jul 9, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — As much as Michelle Wie prefers to look forward, this is one week when it's tempting to get caught up in the past.

That could include her recent tour of New York as the U.S. Women's Open champion or a decade ago when the teen prodigy from ...

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Froome crashes out on bumpy 5th Tour stage

Jul 9, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

ARENBERG, France (AP) — Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed twice and quit the Tour de France on Wednesday during a chaotic, nerve-jangling, filthy fifth stage full of spills.

Froome fell even before the seven cobblestone patches on the slick road from Ypres,

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AP Source: Hornets to sign Hayward to offer sheet

Jul 9, 2014

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets are going all out to sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.

The Hornets have agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Hayward that would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years, a person close to with ...

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Moore, Delle Donne top WNBA All-Star vote getters

Jul 9, 2014

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Brittney Griner is thrilled to have a chance to play in her first WNBA All-Star game. The location makes it even more special.

"It means everything," Griner said. "Being here in Phoenix, playing in front of the home crowd, that's awesome."

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World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Jul 9, 2014

By BARBARA SURK, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even — and this is where it gets complicated —

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Sterling testily takes stage in Clippers trial

Jul 9, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, battling to stop the sale of his beloved Los Angeles Clippers, turned a courtroom into his personal stage, railing at a lawyer questioning him, denouncing doctors who deemed him incompetent and insisting he can get far more than ...

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Your Top Plays for Today

Jul 9, 2014

By The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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GERMANY DEMOLISHES BRAZIL 7-1 IN WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL, HOST NATION DESPAIRS

Germany puts in an astonishing performance to rout Brazil 7-1 in their World Cup semifinal, plunging the host nation into despair and putting the ...

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