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As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers

When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.

Miami or Cleveland?

The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He ...

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Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

Jul 11, 2014

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in ...

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Yankees' Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament

Jul 10, 2014

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees hope their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season.

General manager Brian Cashman said Thursday night that Tanaka could return in six ...

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Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari as coach

Jul 10, 2014

By LUKE NORMAN, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil football great Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance.

"We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too.

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Clippers trial put on hold past Tuesday deadline

Jul 10, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.

Donald Sterling has ...

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Three-way tie for lead in John Deere Classic

Jul 10, 2014

By TIM CRONIN, Associated Press

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman

shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first

round of the John Deere Classic.

Johnson and Sabbatini played bogey-free golf, while Harman had nine

birdies and one bogey on the ...

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NBA signing day arrives, but action moves slowly

Jul 10, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James — isn't everybody? — before making their decisions.

There's been no indication ...

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Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

Jul 10, 2014

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.

He wants to go faster — right now.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history figured he would be putting up better times by this stage of his comeback.

"That the hard part for him," his longtime ...

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Sale, Rizzo, Aybar added to All-Star rosters

Jul 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.

Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 ...

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Jackson says Knicks still awaiting word from Melo

Jul 10, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

Knicks President Phil Jackson says he hasn't heard from Carmelo Anthony, though expects word from the All-Star forward soon.

Jackson says he hoped to get news Thursday, but adds that he "expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday."

Speaking to ...

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Chicago panel approves Wrigley Field upgrade

Jul 10, 2014

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Wrigley Field took a step in the direction of every major league ballpark in the country on Thursday when a city commission unanimously approved the Chicago Cubs' massive renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs.

The ...

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Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY BROOKS and RENATA BRITO, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A World Cup hospitality company director has been declared a fugitive by Brazilian police investigating a ticket scalping scheme.

Police have told The Associated Press the probe is set to expand to include FIFA and domestic ...

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Azinger: Swing changes making Woods worse

Jul 10, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Paul Azinger believes that a plan by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.

Azinger said Thursday on a conference call for ESPN that Woods has made major changes to his swing in a quest to improve. He says the result is ...

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Valbuena lifts Cubs to 6-4 win over Reds in 12

Jul 10, 2014

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win Thursday.

Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on ...

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White Elephants: Looking for games, events, fans

Jul 10, 2014

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Once the World Cup and its traveling circus leaves town, four gleaming stadiums that cost $1.6 billion and hosted massive crowds will echo noisily as their owners struggle to find a use for them or even partially fill them.

In the western ...

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Rollins' single ends Brewers' Garza's no-hit bid

Jul 10, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Garza of the Milwaukee Brewers had his no-hit bid broken up after the Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins led off the top of the seventh inning with a single.

Rollins hit a hard chopper just past diving first baseman Mark Reynolds for the single into right. Until then, the ...

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Uehara's 68 leads Women's British Open; Wie has 75

Jul 10, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women's British Open. And the best she could manage was a 4-under ...

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Greipel wins 6th Tour de France stage in a sprint

Jul 10, 2014

REIMS, France (AP) — Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.

The German champion collected his sixth career Tour stage victory by outpacing Norway's ...

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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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