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Japan Beats USA in Penalties for World Cup Title

Posted: July 17, 2011 7:23 PM ; Updated: July 18, 2011 10:26 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Amid the sorrow that lingers throughout Japan, perhaps a little joy -- courtesy of the determined women on its World Cup team.

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

Posted: July 14, 2011 10:13 AM ; Updated: July 14, 2011 10:14 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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USA Stuns Brazil with Late Comeback

Posted: July 10, 2011 2:51 PM ; Updated: July 11, 2011 10:08 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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U.S. beats Panama to advance to Gold Cup final

Posted: June 23, 2011 9:26 AM ; Updated: June 23, 2011 9:28 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Clint Dempsey struck again, and the United States is back in the Gold Cup final for the fourth straight time.

Dempsey scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donovan, and the Americans earned a 1-0 victory over Panama in the semifinals Wednesday night, avenging a stunning loss in group play.

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Russia to Host 2018 World Cup, Qatar 2022; United States Shut Out

Posted: December 02, 2010 10:36 AM ; Updated: December 03, 2010 11:03 AM

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA sent the World Cup into uncharted territory Thursday, handing the 2018 edition to Russia and going to Qatar in 2022.

Russia's selection came despite the no-show of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, but his influence still had an impact on FIFA's 22 voters as the bid won over England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands.

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Rapids Win First MLS Title

Posted: November 21, 2010 9:07 PM ; Updated: November 22, 2010 11:57 AM

TORONTO (AP) -- FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman knows soccer can be cruel sometimes. It certainly was for FC Dallas defender George John on Sunday night in the MLS Cup.

John deflected a shot into his own net in overtime and the Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 for their first MLS championship.

"You play for 90 plus minutes and it's a game of inches," Hyndman said.More »

Spain Wins World Cup on Extra Time Goal

Posted: July 11, 2010 5:48 PM ; Updated: July 12, 2010 10:51 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Exhaustion etched on their faces, fatigued bodies ready to betray them, the players knew just one goal would be enough to win the elusive World Cup for their nation.

As the clock ticked toward penalty kicks, the shivering crowd at Soccer City Stadium grew anxious.

Spain or the Netherlands would win its first championship if only someone could find the net.

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