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Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final

Jul 13, 2014

By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup is ending with a marquee match-up of Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics.

The winning captain, either Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany ...

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The day is here! Brazil celebrates World Cup final

Jul 13, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY, AP Sports Writers

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's here!

Tens of thousands of fans were flocking to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday as millions of Brazilians and people across South America celebrated the last game in their monthlong football festival.

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Alvarez wins split decision over Lara

Jul 13, 2014

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Alvarez chased Erislandy Lara far too long Saturday night to pay much attention afterward to Lara's complaint that he won their fight.

"You don't win by running, you win by hitting," Alvarez said. "You don't win a fight like that."

Lara thought ...

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McCutchen's HRs rally Pirates over Reds 6-5 in 11

Jul 13, 2014

By JOE KAY, AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates' MVP saved them. Twice.

Andrew McCutchen tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning Saturday night, then connected again in the 11th inning, rallying the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race in Iowa

Jul 12, 2014

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay blew past the field with two laps to go and won the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday for his first victory since the Indianapolis 500.

It was the fifth straight win in Iowa for Andretti Autosport, and the second in ...

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Phelps edges Lochte in 100 backstroke

Jul 12, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — For the second consecutive night, Michael Phelps saw a number he liked.

Phelps won the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday at the Bulldog Grand Slam, edging Ryan Lochte in another encouraging performance in his comeback.

Phelps, who retired after the last Olympics and stayed away ...

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AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract

Jul 12, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James' word. Then they got his signature.

James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland and try to end the city's 50-year ...

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AP Source: Anthony staying with Knicks

Jul 12, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks.

Anthony has decided to remain in New York, choosing the Knicks over a number of teams which could have given him a better chance for the championship he craves.

The All-Star forward met with ...

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Segura out after son's death, Brewers fall to StL

Jul 12, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A most difficult day for the Milwaukee Brewers only got harder when they had to face Adam Wainwright.

After shortstop Jean Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic to mourn the death of his 9-month-old son, the Brewers lost their seventh straight game ...

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Cards win, Brewers SS Segura out after son's death

Jul 12, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals sent Milwaukee to its seventh straight loss, 10-2 on Saturday as the Brewers mourned the death of shortstop Jean Segura's young son.

Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic, a day ...

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LeBron: World Cup final 'bigger' than NBA finals

Jul 12, 2014

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James says the World Cup final is bigger than the NBA finals "in the sense that it's the world and you have so many countries here."

James landed in Rio on Saturday, a day after announcing he ...

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Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd

Jul 12, 2014

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen ...

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Pele remembers despair of last Maracana final

Jul 12, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY, AP Sports Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's the day of the last World Cup finale in Brazil. Pele is nine years old. Back then, he's just Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

Edson has been playing outside. He rushes into his house and notices his father is crying. Brazil has just lost to ...

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Tennis hall opens doors for Lindsay Davenport

Jul 12, 2014

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Lindsay Davenport remembers picking up a tennis racket as a child and the feeling that came with the ease of a powerful return. After giving up on two other sports, she found something she liked.

On Saturday, she reached her sport's highest ...

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Kadri wins 8th Tour stage in entree to Vosges

Jul 12, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

GERARDMER, France (AP) — In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Vincent Nibali extended his lead over his biggest rivals except an important one:

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Jazz match Charlotte offer for Gordon Hayward

Jul 12, 2014

ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

Gordon Hayward is staying in Utah after all.

The Jazz on Saturday matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for the restricted free agent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah's move first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

"I think it's certainly a ...

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Inbee Park has 1-shot lead at Royal Birkdale

Jul 12, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — A late ruling took Inbee Park from one shot behind to leading the Women's British Open on Saturday, the slightest head start in her quest to become only the seventh player to win four of the LPGA Tour's major championships.

Park handled the ...

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James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

Jul 12, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.

Yes, the Cavaliers are going to be good, no doubt. It's impossible not to be with the game's best player. But even LeBron James knows Cleveland has a lot of work ...

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5 things to watch as Cavs bring in LeBron James

Jul 12, 2014

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer

LeBron James' decision to come home to Cleveland is being hailed as a story about the power of forgiveness and maturity and a victory for a blue-collar Northern city over a destination spot in glitzy Miami.

Now that the decision has, finally, been made, what ...

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The Return: James goes home to Cavaliers

Jul 12, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James returns older, more mature. He's got a little less hair, and a ton more experience.

Like anyone, he changed in four years.

The NBA's biggest star left four summers ago on poor terms, despised by fans who burned his jersey and scorned by an ...

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