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Second Half Goals Lift USA Past France, Into World Cup Final 13

Posted: July 14, 2011 11:13 AM ; Updated: July 14, 2011 11:14 AM

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) -- Abby Wambach sure knows how to deliver.

A goal, a promise and soon, she hopes, a World Cup title.

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Fielder's HR Leads National League Win 15

Posted: July 13, 2011 10:30 AM ; Updated: July 13, 2011 11:10 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Prince Fielder 's three-run homer sailed over the left-field wall at Chase Field, and the conveyor belt from the National League bullpen began.

One after another, a hard-throwing pitcher walked to the mound - well, one of them sprinted and slid into the infield feet first - and then shut down the American League's hitters for the second straight year.

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A-Rod to Miss a Month After Knee Surgery 4

Posted: July 11, 2011 10:52 AM ; Updated: July 11, 2011 11:10 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is going to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Yankees say the slugging third baseman will be operated on Monday by Dr. Lee Kaplan at the University of Miami.

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Jeter homers for 3,000th hit, goes 5 for 5 in win 24

Posted: July 11, 2011 10:27 AM ; Updated: July 11, 2011 10:27 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The only way his 3,000th hit would have felt right to Derek Jeter was if it came in a Yankees win.

So, as with everything else Saturday, he took care of that himself.

Jeter homered for hit No. 3,000 and raced right past the milestone in a scintillating performance, going 5 for 5 with a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that gave New York a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays .

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USA Stuns Brazil with Late Comeback 8

Posted: July 10, 2011 3:51 PM ; Updated: July 11, 2011 11:08 AM

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- An hour after the game, Abby Wambach was still at a loss for words.

Amazing. Riveting. Dramatic.

Take your pick, any one of them will do.

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Report: Yao Set to Retire 9

Posted: July 08, 2011 10:49 AM ; Updated: July 11, 2011 11:15 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming is retiring after nine NBA seasons, according to a person with direct knowledge of his decision.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity, because Yao has not announced his plans. Yao has scheduled a July 20 news conference in Shanghai to talk about his future.

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Djokovic beats Nadal to win Wimbledon title 8

Posted: July 05, 2011 1:05 PM ; Updated: July 05, 2011 1:05 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - When Novak Djokovic realized he was the Wimbledon champion, he fell to the ground and covered the grass like a blanket.

It was a fitting celebration for a man whose court coverage was the biggest reason he was able to defeat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in Sunday's final.

Djokovic, who was already guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Spaniard on Monday, won his first Wimbledon title and extended his mastery over Nadal this season with a fifth straight head-to-head victory.

After shaking hands with Nadal at the net, Djokovic walked back out on court and crouched down. He pulled a blade or two of grass out of the manicured lawn and put it in his mouth.

"I felt like an animal,'' said Djokovic, who won his first grass-court title. "I wanted to see how it tastes. It tastes good.''

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